With so many islands and regions in the Seychelles, visitors can expect a plethora of resort styles. Here's an overview of the properties I visited during my recent trip
• As the country's most populated island, Mahe provides travelers resorts and hotels of all sizes and star ratings. It's also the island on which all visitors land; therefore, at least a few days should be spent on Mahe.
Only 30 minutes from the international airport, the Kempinski Seychelles is a five-star property on Baie Lazare beach, which can be seen from most of its luxury suites. Tropical design includes just the right amount of contemporary flair, especially in the panoramic open-air lobby that overlooks a centrally located swimming pool and a toes-in-sand beach bar that grills up on-demand seafood and meats.
With its exceptional dining — most notably the fusion of flavors at L'Indochine and the bountiful buffet breakfast (unlimited bloody marys and mimosas!) — the Kempinski is the perfect starting point for an island-hopping Seychelles tour and a great choice for pre- and post-exploring.
Nightly rates begin at $300, double; see www.kempinski.com
• No matter how many options there are, some people just want to stay put. For them, the best choice on Mahe is the five-star Constance Ephelia Resort, where guests can stay for two weeks and never get bored. Over 260 rooms and suites, 47 villas, 10 restaurants and bars, an entire spa village, two unique beaches, a range of activities and a kids club, all on almost 300 acres, create a little world of tropical luxury.
The resort is so large, in fact, that there's an entire ziplining course. Service, cuisine and amenities are top-notch, and weekly events provide guests with cultural dinners and entertainment.
Nightly rates begin at about $700 to $1,000, depending on season. See www.constancehotels.com
• For a more intimate experience on Mahe, there's Carana Beach Resort, a locally owned, design-driven boutique property.
With 40 contemporary chalets and a stunning infinity pool overlooking one of Mahe's most picturesque beaches, this brand-new resort is the perfect in-between.
Nightly rates begin at about $480; see https://caranabeach.com
• Some of the Seychelles' most exceptional resorts reside on otherwise uninhabited, self-sufficient islands, where travelers get the quintessential private island experience.
The newest and most lavish is undoubtedly Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Thirty ultra-private villas, each with plunge pools and breathtaking views, were designed with the brand's full commitment to wellness and sustainability in mind, and come with a personal guest experiences maker, aka GEM. Nothing at the resort has been overlooked, and it is setting a new standard for eco-luxury. For more information, see www.sixsenses.com