So you’re planning your holiday in Seychelles! The Seychelles islands are one of the most beautiful in the world and home to one of the richest cultures and cuisines, with a lush flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth!
There are 115 islands in the archipelago! So why chose to base yourself on Mahé for your holiday in Seychelles? Mahé is the biggest Island in the archipelago, home to the majority of the population and the capital Victoria. You can find most of the cultural and historical sites here and it’s very easy to get a ferry from Mahé to all of the islands. So it’s a perfect central place to be from which you can then explore all the other islands.
Step one is, of course, to find where to stay on Mahé and then you’ll want to know all of the amazing things to do on Mahé.
Where to Stay on Mahé – 5-Star Luxury Stay
The following resorts are rated some of the most luxurious hotel destinations in the world.
The majority of the 5-star resorts on Mahé Island have their own private white sandy beaches and one, if not two stunning swimming pools. They boast luxury spas, several award-winning restaurants and a friendly multi-lingual staff ready to cater for your holiday dreams.
Some resorts have chalets seemingly lost in the middle of the forest, with views gazing out at the Indian Ocean, while others are right on the waterfront where the crash of the waves in the ocean will lull you to sleep every night.
All of these places aim to promote sustainable tourism, promote local businesses and follow eco-friendly practices that enable the pristine paradise around them to continue to thrive.
But first! Getting around Mahé – Hotel Transfers vs Public Transport
There are 26 Districts on Mahé island and the central area is the capital Victoria.
Your international flight will land at the Seychelles International Airport at Anse Aux Pins (a 15 minute drive from the capital) and from there you’ll make your way to your hotel in paradise.
All of the hotels offer transfers from the airport but you can just as easily get a taxi right outside the arrivals terminal to take you where you need to go.
You could also rent a car and make your own way to your hotel which can be a fun way to see your first glimpses of the island at your own pace. There are several rentals located outside the arrivals terminal at the airport or to get yourself ready to go you can prepare your booking online!
Public transport is available in the form of buses but I wouldn’t recommend trying to take the bus upon arrival with all your suitcases. Taking the bus is an experience in itself and you don’t want to be doing that with your heavy suitcases right off a plane. If you do decide to take the bus, you don’t need to get a bus pass (there are none!), so do have some cash (Rs7 per person) on hand to pay the driver for your ticket.
Kempinski Island Resort
Location: In the South in the Baie Lazare District
Distance from Airport: 18.5km / 30-35 minute drive
Nearest beach: Anse Solei, Anse Intendance
The Resort is located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and boasts four different restaurants and a luxury spa. They’ve got a fitness centre, a kids centre, as well as a watersports pavilion where guests can rent equipment to enjoy the pristine Indian Ocean waters.
The Hotel has been awarded with the Sustainable Tourism label for several years in a row for their efforts to promote sustainable running of the hotel in order to preserve the lush biodiversity of the environment that surrounds it.
Location: In the west in the Port Launay area
Distance from Airport: about an hour’s drive
Nearest beach: Port Launay Marine Park
With over 246 rooms and suites, Constance Ephilia is beautifully scattered across the lush landscape at Port Launay. The hotel is known for its untouched island views, romantic honeymoon packages and activities such as rock climbing and zip lining.
The hotel was awarded the Green Globe award for their continued efforts in conservation and sustainable tourism that involves both the staff and the visitors to the hotel. They assist with the rehabilitation of mangroves in the surrounding marsh area as well as ensuring recycling of their waste by disposal at the recycling plants on the island.
Banyan Tree Resort
Location: In the Southern district of Takamaka
Distance from Airport: 20km / 40 minutes by car
Nearest beach: Anse Intendance
A beautiful resort on Mahé, located in one of the more sparsely populated areas of the island, The Banyan Tree prides itself in its dedication to protecting the pristine biodiversity of the wetlands around it and is home to a Wildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation Center.
The rooms and villas at the resort are all blended into untouched greenery, with 7 dining options, a spa, tennis court and a beautiful swimming pool with an exquisite ocean view. The resort is also the proud recipient of a Seychelles Sustainable Tourism label.
Maia Luxury Resort & Spa
Location: Along the western coast at Anse Louis
Distance from Airport: 10km from the airport / 30 minutes drive
Nearest beach: Anse Louise, Anse La Mouche
Maia luxury resort has just over 30 villas over 30 hectares of lush forest overlooking turquoise waters. They’ve got an infinity pool, several inclusive dining experiences, an exclusive spa and with the ultimate package, a 24/7 butler and complimentary daily yoga sessions.
Their efforts in sustainability are reflected through the very design of the hotel that incorporates much of the natural landscape, as well as eco conscious decisions such as the use of biodegradable straws, chemical free villa cleaning services, water which is filtered in their very own filtering plant and fruits, vegetables and herbs being sourced from the hotel’s own award-winning gardens.
Four Seasons Resort & Spa
Location: In the South in the Baie Lazare District
Distance from Airport: 18km / 30 minutes drive
Nearest beach: Petite Anse
The resort has guest rooms, luxury suites and private residences. They all feature private pools, stunning ocean views and access to the blissful hilltop spa and 6 dining options that feature fresh catch of the day and locally grown fruits and vegetables. They are also the winners of the Sustainable Tourism Label Certificate and is devoted to promoting local entrepreneurs and protecting the environment.
Every week, they host a Creole night where local musicians perform and local artisans are encouraged to sell their craft. They work closely with Sustainability for Seychelles and other organisations in order to monitor the marine environment and coral reef restauration project of the reefs on the island.
Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino
Location: in the North at Beau Vallon
Distance from airport: 45 minute drive
Nearest beach: Beau Vallon beach, Bel Ombre beach
The resort is right at the end of the popular Beau Vallon beach and is sat right on the ocean amongst glorious granitic boulders and lush green palm trees. With a total of 232 rooms and suites, guests can also enjoy one of 5 dining options, not to mention all of the watersports, restaurants and outdoor activities available with the beach right on their doorstep.
The hotel has integrated sustainability practices into their business operations with the aim of safeguarding the biodiversity and culture of the country.
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