Opening in early 2018, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island aims to blend everything you’d want out of a vacation: all the amenities and luxury of a top-tier resort, with the isolation and intimacy you could only dream about. Gone are the nearby crowds and packed beaches; rather, the island’s forest, soft Indian Ocean sands, and intriguing underwater seascapes are yours to take in.
Creating this character, the resort is the only property of its type on Desroches Island, itself one of the 115 islands composing the Seychelles’ archipelago and a 35-minute flight from the main island of Mahé. Once you’re there, its 933 acres feels expansive, especially when framed with nine miles of white sands. The result represents the ultimate getaway.
Within this setting sit 71 beachfront bungalows, villas, residences, and suites, all adorned with rustic, natural décor reminiscent of the 19th century explorer era, while modern amenities, private pools, indoor-outdoor bathrooms, and daybed pavilions round out their essentials. For dining, the Lighthouse – a grill and seafood raw bar – lets you look out at the Indian Ocean’s vastness, and Claudine takes influence from the Mediterranean Riviera’s cuisine.
Yet, in getting away from it all, the urge to explore and know this secluded paradise pushes you outdoors, and that’s where both the Castaway Centre and Discovery Centre come in. The former serves as your introduction to the island, while the Discovery Centre gets into more detail about the Seychelles’ flora and fauna, including its natural history and the island Conservation Society’s Tortoise Sanctuary, itself home to 150 giant Aldabra tortoises.
But, why stay on the land? The coral barrier surrounding the island’s perimeter creates a place to swim, snorkel, kayak, or windsurf. And, better yet, the environment creates one of the Seychelles’ top diving locations home to 15 classified sites with wall dives, passages, troughs, caves, and tunnels. Your journey, guided by certified professionals, further lets you observe its stunning coral groupings and marine life. The setting, too, is one of he region’s best fishing spots – especially if you’re attempting some offshore angling.
After all that – on top of any biking you do across the island – the Spa is open for serene relaxing retreat. Like the living accommodations, its approach is one of straightforward, natural luxury – from the setting itself to the treatments and the yoga program. Facials, massages, and body work by Terres d’Afrique incorporate natural skincare base on Africa’s botanical history, while each of its rooms comes complete with a private washroom and shower.
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