Seychelles – Spa holidays & nature in perfect harmony
The Seychelles is renowned as being one of nature's finest sanctuaries, blending idyllic white sand beaches, sparkling oceans and exceptional landscapes with unique tropical foliage and endemic plants and animals. In this unspoilt paradise, you can take your pick of pampering spa treatments and wellness packages at a wide choice of luxury resorts and exclusive island hideaways, many using local products from Seychelles virgin plants and forests.
Signature treatments at world-renowned spas, relaxing massages, scrubs, detox baths, wraps, yoga and wellness programmes, provide the ideal opportunity to rediscover your personal sense of balance and harmony….. and all in sublime surroundings that blend seamlessly with the natural Seychelles environment.
A Seychelles Spa holiday is perfect for unwinding and rejuvenation, but also combines flawlessly with other activities such as snorkelling, sailing, diving, hiking and golf, as well as a little bit of adventure and discovery on island-hopping excursions. Whether for a Seychelles honeymoon or special anniversary celebration, and with packages to suit most budgets, it provides just the right balance between relaxation and exhilaration on an irreplaceable Seychelles holiday experience.
It is important to understand that the Seychelles islands are extremely diverse, offering an array of resorts and memorable signature spa treatments in a variety of stunning settings: beside pristine white sand beaches on a small coral island; amongst tropical vegetation with the sound of ocean waves breaking; or perhaps a hill-top location with picture postcard views of the setting sun. Coupled with a year-round tropical climate of 28-30°C, a spa holiday in Seychelles is the perfect place to recalibrate mind, body and soul amid timeless natural beauty.
With 115 islands in the archipelago, Seychelles is able to offer a choice of unique island retreats with spa treatments inspired by the location. These ‘boutique hideaways have only a handful of villas, all set ‘into the island environment with a rustic chic yet modern feel and a seamless transition to the outdoors. Unparalleled levels of service ensure your stay is truly exceptional.
One of the finest examples is Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Felicite Island. Opened in late 2016, its 30 villas occupy just a third of this 650acre island paradise, with the remainder left to wildlife and the beauty of nature. The resort's spa is one of the finest in Seychelles with a real wow factor and accentuating the island's natural geology. Set beside the sparkling turquoise ocean, its five treatment rooms are positioned between giant granite boulders with glass walls to maximise the view; access is via a rope bridge adding to the feel that you are in a unique space. The menu of local and African-inspired treatments and holistic wellness programmes has been designed using the islands fauna, flora and eco-system and is provided by experienced therapists. There's also a sauna and steam room, saltwater infinity pool and a wonderful elevated yoga platform with magical ocean views.
North Island is perhaps the ultimate luxury Seychelles island retreat, offering high levels of privacy in addition to supreme levels of service. On this eco-friendly island, everything is tailored to you. The islands ‘barefoot ritual on arrival is designed to help soothe away stresses and relax you in true Seychelles island mode! Spa treatments form an integral part of a stay on North, using natural herbal ingredients and Thalgo marine spa cosmetics to arouse the senses and rejuvenate mind and body. Treatments may be taken in the spa, or within the privacy of your villa or on your pool deck.
Another super luxury island escape is the renowned Fregate Island – a jewel of Seychelles conservation. The island's Rock Spa, a teak house on a granite hilltop, features bespoke, tailored treatments by highly trained therapists and uses the botanicals and fruits from around the island. All guests receive a complimentary yoga sessions and welcome wellness ritual.
On the main island of Mahe several luxurious resorts, all an easy private car transfer from the international airport, have award-winning spa facilities to tempt and tease – perfect for a Seychelles honeymoon or anniversary surprise. The sumptuous Four Seasons Seychelles Resort, set beside the private Petite Anse bay on the quieter south west coast, has a heavenly hill-top spa with stunning views over the coast; sunsets are sensational here. An exceptional choice of treatments and wellness packages include 7 signature rituals, 5 tailored spa journeys, facial & body treatments, bath ritual selections as well as a choice of unique starlight spa experiences. Private yoga sessions can be tailored to personal needs and there's also a selection of children's spa treatments.
The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is immersed in nature within tropical foliage and granite rocks above the resort. Here, relaxation is almost guaranteed from the moment you enter its tranquil surroundings with the sound of birds, insects and the ocean waves far below. Renowned Banyan Tree therapists provide the ultimate pampering experience with holistic treatments to ease away stress and relax the mind, such as the ‘Royal Banyan, ‘Tropical Rain mist and, created exclusively for the destination, the ‘Island Touch. Yoga sessions by personal trainers can be taken in a variety of locations, including on the hillside overlooking the ocean. The resort itself has a breathtaking setting on the south west coast overlooking Anse Intendance Bay and offers a choice of private pool villas, in either hillside or beachfront locations, most with high levels of privacy.
The Maia Resort & Spa on Mahes west coast, provides an All Inclusive tropical getaway in stunning private villas. Set within a granite rock garden of tropical foliage and birdsong, its Spa has a ‘Balinese-style where highly trained staff offer beauty treatments and massages using La Prairie products, as well as meditation and yoga sessions. The resort also provides a choice of kids-only treatments.
Elsewhere on Mahe island, the boutique Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa (the smallest Hilton in the world) has an old-world Seychellois charm with much use of local Takamaka wood, and offers spacious rooms, some with private pool. The small spa is set dramatically on a rocky promontory above the ocean and affords spectacular sunsets. Not surprisingly, treatments around this time are particularly popular and book out very quickly! On a private island off the coast of Mahe, the tiny Enchanted Island Resort has just ten private pool villas. The emphasis here is very much about privacy and the islands small spa offers a variety of treatments, as well as yoga sessions, which can also be taken in the privacy of your own villa. For the ultimate celebration with friends and family, the island can be booked on an ‘exclusive ‘island basis.
On Seychelles second largest island, Praslin – a 15minute flight by light aircraft from Mahe – the spa at the Luxury Raffles Seychelles Resort has won many awards since 2011. Its spa pavilions, including open-air as well as couples rooms, have either garden settings or look out over the ocean towards Curieuse Island; two also feature steam showers (a first in Seychelles) and Japanese soaking tubs. Raffles Spa Journeys combine a mix of traditional and local methods, while yoga and meditation sessions promoting wellness and relaxation may be taken in the tranquil oceanside gardens.
Perhaps a round of golf in the morning followed by a spa treatment in the afternoon presents your perfect vision of relaxation? If so, your best choice is the 5-star Constance Lemuria on the north west coast. With three lovely beaches, including gorgeous Anse Georgette, a variety of water sports and a spectacular 3-level swimming pool, it also has Seychelles only 18-hole golf course. The USpa by Constance offers classic or deluxe ranges of pampering treatments. Inspired by the surrounding tropical nature, all use geranium, ylang-ylang or eucalyptus to let you relax, rejuvenate and detox.
For many, the opportunity to visit Seychelles on a Spa Holiday means a stay in a boutique hotel is the preferred way to capture the unique Seychelles environment and immerse oneself in the laid-back island-style way of life and its relaxed rhythms.
For a barefoot island paradise, Denis Private Island is hard to beat. From the moment you step off the light aircraft onto this tiny coral island, you can feel stress ebb away. Theres no actual spa on the island; instead, treatments are brought to you in the open-air – either within the spa pavilion or sala of your cottage, or under the shade of casuarina trees. Retreat within yourself to the soothing sounds of nature as waves lap the shoreline. Massages, wraps and scrubs all use local ingredients.
On the magical island of La Digue, laid back island-life is the norm. Here, bicycles are the main form of transport, perfect for discovery of its stunning beaches. The boutique Le Domaine de LOrangeraie has rooms that have been built into, and around, the tropical vegetation and boulders meaning that no two rooms are identical; we particularly like the Villas de Charme. Crowning the top of the hill is the hotels wonderful spa, again built into the natural features. With stunning views over Praslin island, spectacular at sunset, an excellent choice of spa therapies and massage treatments are on offer.
Back on the main island of Mahe, the boutique Carana Beach Hotel has a secluded setting by an idyllic sandy bay on the north coast. Its small spa offers an excellent variety of therapeutic treatments.
For families or couples who prefer a wider choice of leisure activities alongside spa facilities, several excellent options exist. Constance Ephelia on Mahe Island ticks almost every box, both for its range of Suites and Villa accommodation and extensive leisure facilities. As well as excellent water sports, theres also tennis, squash, gym and lap pool on land, in addition to rock climbing on giant granite boulders and zip wires through the forested tree canopy. The resorts large USpa has 18 treatment pavilions rooms, including several couples suites. An extensive ‘menu of treatments range from foot, back and shoulder massages to bodycare treatments including Balinese, Ayurveda and Thai-shiatsu. Fitness and yoga sessions complete the excellent array of wellness options.
Also on Mahe, H-Resort Seychelles benefits from the variety of water sports available on the popular Beau Vallon Bay. Its Sesel Spa (the Creole name for Seychelles) focusses on the healing elements of nature and offers signature treatments that infuse the best of western and eastern techniques. Theres also a hydrotherapy room.
On Silhouette Island, a 40minute boat ride from Mahe, the Eforea Spa at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort is a magical retreat set amidst a landscape of tropical forest and ancient rocks. This is truly a spa at one with nature. Treatments and therapies are designed to individual needs based on locally sourced organic skincare products.
The Seychelles is one of nature's perfect paradise destinations and an ideal choice for a spa holiday. To plan your perfect escape, contact the travel experts at Mahlatini Luxury Travel, who, with first-hand knowledge of the islands, and the hotels, will help plan your perfect experience.
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