Recently, few of the places I traveled to lately have been short haul flights from Dubai and some might think more of them as honeymoon destinations. Although they hold a reputation of being just that, they also are fabulous countries to explore as families, group of friends and singles. It drives me nuts when a person categories a beautiful place as just a ‘honeymoon destinations’ and reacts so confused when single friends or families fly there. It all depends what you are looking for. Maldives, could be for a group of single women, friends, mothers, divers or simply beach lovers. Sri Lanka for adventure seekers, lovers, friends, single women…anything! My recent visit to Seychelles, (pronounced SAY Chelles, yes I was guilty of pronouncing it sea-shells, but it’s actually french pronounced ‘c chelle’) a 4.5 hour direct flight with Emirates proved it to be everything I expected to be. A family destination, a lover’s paradise and a beach craze holiday for everyone. The only question in my mind, is if it’s a place I would re-visit. I think it may all depend on what hotel you are staying in for a somewhat different experience perhaps.
My first stop was at Mahe Island where I spent 3 nights at Four Seasons Resort. We did all sorts of water activities, dining, going out to watch the carnaval that took place on Saturday, met some locals, danced to the music and had such a wonderful family vacation!
Here is my diary
Travel Junkie Diary
Front Cover: Wearing Mara Hoffman Dress from Carla’s Closet. You can find it here
I’d be lying to you if the first thing I told you was that I was impressed as we drove into the property, don’t get me wrong, I knew exactly what I was about to expect from Four Seasons Resorts (and of-course I spent hours lusting over the internet). After a 45 minutes drive from the airport, in a BMW X5 series, WITH internet, I knew not to expect anything but top luxury from a brand that manages 94 hotels and residences in 39 countries! Wifi is also included throughout the whole property.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles & Wiseoceans aim to also transplant 16,000 coral fragments by June 2017! Read more about the restoration project on their website!
The Four Seasons Resort is built on a remote hillside retreat that is almost the exact replica of a treetop living simplicity overlooking the idyllic bay of Petite Anse. 67 tree house suites and villas with infinity-edge plunge pool overlooking the Indian ocean is nothing more that just a breathtaking picture from your favorite movie. Picture a room designed by Julie Andrews from Sound of Music in a tree house. Explosions of pastel colours everywhere in the room and special home made music of choice playing continuously when we were in the room.
The beach at The Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles is in one word, breathtaking and photogenic. The sand is as white as powder, we spent hours at the beach, in and out of sleep, half awake with no roof on top of our heads.
Things to do
We spent our mornings by the beach, we watched baby sea turtles being washed in shore and the team made sure they were strong enough to send them back out. We fooled around with badminton on the grass, stand up paddle board, morning yoga sessions (they even have kids yoga!), wind-sailing, surfing and snorkeled with a marine educator! We wanted to book the helicopter tour and the glass bottom boat but the award wining spa option won my heart and it could possibly be one the very best spas I’ve experienced. I highly recommend it!
Kids are cool
Let’s face it, traveling with kids is not easy. It’s not impossible, but definitely not as easy as pinterest or instagram make it look like. A lot of planning, pre-planning and post planning must be done. How easy would it be if a hotel prepared a full itinerary for you and your family (Big or small). That’s exactly it, our itinerary was planned and my mommy duties consisted only doing a guest appearance to the plans. All the hard work (even pick up) was already planned leaving Chloe (and my husband) a very happy child, which makes me very stress-free and relieved. Pti Torti Kids Club is opened from 9am to 9pm with indoor and outdoor activities. Although, with no surprise there, Chloe did get sick the first day, she still managed to feed the turtles and enjoy her little welcome pack she received in her room. Chapeau bas to Mr. Alex Porteous for thinking of every small details that a parent would want to have on the trip but too heavy to carry such as strollers and car seats which are available complimentary to guests, a colorful standing stool for when they can’t reach the sink to brush their teeth, a turtle welcome stuffed toy and a good bye gift as well. It was really all about the kids and their happiness. Kids below 4 also eat for free!
Food & Dining
Zez – Hillside restaurant main restaurant (which means a zither, a traditional string instrument in creole), offers international breakfast buffet with breakfast a la carte as well as s little local fresh fruits and juices which we had for 3 mornings. On the plus side, they had Gluten free pastries and bread which worked really well for me!
Kannel – Creole for cinnamon, is a beach side restaurant which brings authentic international and creole influenced flavor. Lunching at Kannel was just perfect when we first arrived. It gave us a little introduction on how our vacation was going to be like. Steven at the bar always took great care of us and this is where I found out that they served Coconut water and my introduction to bread fruit. We had dinner here one night where they had a sea food market night…pick your fish and they will it for you a la minute! You can also join Kannel’s chef & learn how to prepare traditional Creole Dishes in open air cooking class.
The last 2 days we ordered dinner in room and had lunch out on Saturday while watching the Carnaval International.
I was invited for a 90 minute signature spa treatment. I had passed through the premises on a tour guide and I thought to myself that this could possibly be one of the most photogenic and secluded open air spa I have come across. Just not out loud…
The Spa at The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is your perfect start, middle and end way to your vacation. My only regret is that I did not have more time to book for another. Located at the top of the hill with spectacular views of Petite Anse bay. The juice bar immediately caught my eye and all the natural products from Sodashi, ila & Seychelles own brand Yi – King are used in the treatment. Highly recommended for couples, singles, luxury romantic getaways. It was even given the royal sea of approval by Prince William & the Duchess of Cambridge as they chose it for their honeymoon as their package back in 2011. The award winning spa has won my heart at a very high price nevertheless.
Rooms & Designs
If you are anything like me and loved designing tree houses when you were little, then here is your over the top luxury tree house with a background of tropical vegetation, a large infinity pool facing the ocean. It was almost as if the colours were flirting with each other and I would fall in love with the artistic paintings on the wall every time I walked it. I even snapped a picture of the closet I want to build for our new house! We were staying at the Serenity Hilltop Ocean View villa (room 108). To the team and housekeeping…well done for keeping all bugs out of the room and the garden area. It’s a tough job but the resort managed to do so despite being in a jungle/island.
Other categories are Two bedroom Ocean View Villa and the presidential & Royal Suites with butler service and a fantastic choice for a bigger group or families.
I would love to see more restaurant choices at The Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles hopefully in the near future, however the hotel concierge does also recommend fabulous restaurants around Victoria in case you do want to drive outside the hotel (around 50 euros one way). I would recommend this for families with children, but keep in mind that the property is on a hilltop so best to call a buggy to your room to get you around. (They are always at your doorstep in 3 minutes) It’s also a wonderful getway for spa-cation (did I just make that word up?) Single traveler and those who just want some peace and quiet or a luxurious break.
Would I return? To the hotel,Yes! I would also love to explore more dining options around the island too and also, can’t wait to return to the spa! As for Seychelles, I would love to try and explore neighboring islands or countries but glad I had ticked Seychelles off my list!
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Petite Anse, Baie Lazare
P.O Box 1397
Tel. +(248) 4393000* Fax. +(248) 4393001*