FOUR SEASONS SEYCHELLES
Our next stop on the Seychelles trip was the stunning Four Seasons Resort on Mahe Island. The resorts 67 villas and 27 private residences are spread over 170 acres of lush foresty hills. What is unique about the resort is that every villa really does feel like a tree house, is built on stilts and cleverly designed to get the best view of the Turquoise waters of Petit Anse Bay.
Cliffside pool villa number 607 was home for the next few days. The beautiful 'luxury tree-house' which sits on stilts has its own deck and sala and is set amongst a lush natural landscape. The spacious villa interiors are colonial style. The villa has a large bed that faces the pool and the beautiful view. It has a sitting area and attached en-suite bathroom. The bathroom opens up to an outdoor shower with access to the swimming pool. Alternatively you can access the pool via the deck, through the sliding doors opposite the bed or main door. Out on the deck you have two lounge chairs that are a few steps lower than the main deck and the entire villa faces the beautiful bay and lush hills.The highlight of the villa has to be the bathroom. A sunken bathtub with ceiling to floor windows looks out onto the wrap-around pool and spectacular view. This was, by far, my favourite spot in the villa. The villa location is just magical.
Lightfoot Travel is a luxury travel company with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Dubai. It is made up of a team of experienced travel designers who can tailor-make any holiday for you anywhere in the world.
With a passion for travel these experts will seek only the best for their clients.
My Lightfoot 'travel designer' Victoria Troskie took care of everything for me. Victoria looks after Lightfoot's African holidays. She was born in Namibia and has worked in some of the most luxurious properties in Africa. Lucky for me, she also lived and worked in the Seychelles for two years. With first hand knowlege of the Seychelles, I could not have been in better hands.
Victoria recommended the best time to travel, booked my stay, communicated with the resort and organised the meet and greet at the airport. Transfers to and from the resort were also taken care of.
A detailed itinerary was sent to me prior to the trip
The Seychelles lies between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and lies in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar
The Four Seasons Seychelles is a 170 acre property in the South West of Mahe facing Petit Anse Bay.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR) however resorts and hotels also accept the Euro.
The Seychelles has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging between 24 and 32 celsius year round. The weather is coolest and driest between May and September due to southeast tradewinds. During the months of December to March the winds change and blow from the Northwest which ushers in the summer warmer, wetter months. The transitional months of November and April bu gentle winds and calm seas with good visibility ideal for snorkelling and diving.
The official languages of the Seychelles are Creole, English and French.
HOW TO GET THERE
The resort is only 35 minutes away from Mahe airport. Our transport arrangements were taken care of by Lightfoot Travel and our chauffeur was there to pick us up upon arrival. After a short drive we arrived at the Four Seasons.
Before You Go
If you are planning any excursions to other islands in the Seychelles it would be worth booking it before-hand.
The Seychelles islands are a distance away from each other and Helicopter transfers are not only significantly quicker but it is a wonderful way to see the Seychelles by air. It is the more expensive option but worth the extra! If this is to be the transport mode of your choice it would be better to book it earlier in order to get the timing you prefer otherwise it will be subject to availability.
Ferries and domestic air transfer rates and timings are not fixed but can still be arranged by Lightfoot Travel
Recommended excursions include: A day trip to Praslin and La Digue.
There are a number of other islands to explore:
Cousine Island, Denis Island, Fregate Island, Silhouette Island
VILLAS & RESIDENCES
Tree-house style villas are spread out all over the hills to get that wonderful 'over the treetop' view of the magnificent bay below. The resort also has family friendly garden view villas which offer safer accommodation options for families with small children.
There are 62 one bedroom villas:
Garden view villas,
Ocean View Villas
Hilltop ocean view villas
All the above villas are 186 m2 in size and are located at different heights on the hill.
The resort also has 4 suite categories:
Two-Bedroom Ocean-View Suite
Two-Bedroom Hill top Ocean-View Suite
Two Bedroom Presidential Suite
Three bedroom Beach Suite
The resorts three, Four, Five and six bedroom residences are located higher up on the hills and come with their own Residence host.
Pool and Deck
Pool Lounge chairs
Table and chairs
Sunken bathtub with View
Shower and outdoor shower
Mosquito Net around bed
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Sitting area in villa
Snorkelling and Diving
Water sports (Kayaking,
Stand Up Paddle Boarding)
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
Check in is normally at 2pm
Check out is at 12 PM and but as we had a late evening flight Victoria arranged a late check out for us which was great!
POOL & BEACH
The resorts main (infinity) pool is just steps away from the beach and and there are a number of complimentary water sports on offer as well. Choose from a variety of activities like kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling and diving. The resort has a Padi dive centre too. I really enjoyed Kayaking. The water surrounding the bay was quite calm and I enjoyed floating around the bay and taking in the views. Definitely book an excursion if you want to dive or snorkel.
For hill-side dining the best place to eat would be Zez, which serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte dinner. Open air and with gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean you can enjoy your meal al fresco here. Or you can head to the connecting 'Koi' restaurant for some sushi and Asian cuisine.
Kannel, an open air beachside restaurant serves seafood and Mediterranean food. We were glad we got to try the Creole cuisine during one of their themed nights.
The spa at the Four Seasons Seychelles lies high above the resort. With eight treatment rooms and spectacular views it is worth getting pampered here. It also has the best spot on the property to watch the sunset.