Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Best for: Romance
Location: Nestled within the natural amphitheatre of Petite Anse on the southeast coast of Mahé
Décor: Inspired by a combination of rustic island and French-Colonial styles; works by locally based artist Michael Adams are displayed throughout.
Clientele: Honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway; families who enjoy the turtle sanctuary
Rooms: 67 luxury treehouse villas are set amid a lush landscape. The infinity plunge pools and hardwood decks are perfect vantage points for sunset viewing.
Food and Drink: Zez Lounge offers a wide array of pre-dinner cocktails and sushi with ocean views. Beachside restaurant Kannel serves Creole-, Indian- and Southeast Asian-inspired dinner menus and a variety of fresh seafood for lunch.
Strengths: The mountaintop spa has tailored “journeys” and a kids’ menu; the sunset Mountain Meditation yoga.
Weaknesses: The hillside location means it’s a hike back to the villas from the beach, though buggies are available.
Price: Doubles from AED 4,253
Contact: Petite Anse, Baie Lazare; 00248-439 3000, fourseasons.com
North Island Seychelles
Best for: Exclusivity
Location: This tiny granite island is a sanctuary where Seychellois wildlife is rehabilitated – there are nearly 100 free-roaming giant tortoises, endemic birds and aquatic life offshore.
Décor: 10 Presidential Villas (plus the sprawling Villa North or No.11) are constructed from reclaimed woods, such as takamaka trees, pine and ylang-ylang and topped with thatched roofs.
Clientele: Eco-conscious A-listers and royalty such as George and Amal Clooney, and Prince William and Kate Middleton
Rooms: Villas come with a spacious bedroom, kitchen and pantry, sun deck and a good-sized Jacuzzi. Fit-outs include pebble and bark sculptures, billowing curtains and fine linens.
Food & Drink: The Island Piazza serves sophisticated dishes in a picturesque setting and is a good place to meet fellow guests. Many opt for private in-villa dining, beach barbecues, picnics or set-ups in the grape cellar.
Strengths: Impeccable attention to detail by personal villa attendants, the breath-taking setting.
Weaknesses: All that exclusivity does not come cheap
Price: Presidential Villas from AED 25,308
Contact : North Island; 00248-4293 110, north-island.com
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Best for: Sustainability
Location: The only resort on far-flung Félicité Island in the north-east of Seychelles, this is as far away from everything as it’s possible to be.
Décor: The classic Six Senses barefoot luxury. The resort has the feeling of being simultaneously organic, sustainable and incredibly lavish.
Clientele: Discerning honeymooners and eco-minded travellers. Six Senses has a loyal band of repeat guests.
Rooms: In the 28 one-bed and two two-bed villas locally inspired décor meets high-tech equipment, and even entry-level Hideaway Pool Villas have a 20 sqm private infinity pool.
Food & Drink: The all-day Island Café serves a range of international cuisine. Alternatively there’s the meat-free Ocean Kitchen, or take matters into your own hands with a cooking class.
Strengths: Few guests and an abundance of well trained staff, plus stylish décor and a world-class spa.
Weaknesses: For some, the extra transfers to reach Félicité may be an inconvenience.
Price: From AED 4,950
Contact: Félicité Island; 00248 467 1000, sixsenses.com
Best for: Family
Location: The resort is built into Praslin’s granitic hillside, with direct access to two beaches: Petite Anse Kerlan for swimming and Grande Anse Kerlan for turtle-spotting.
Décor: A recent makeover gives the resort a modern feel. The neutral colour palette is punctuated by pops of aqua-inspired flourishes.
Clientele: Retired French footballer Zinédine Zidane and high-profile families.
Rooms: Spacious, well-appointed suites and villas are scattered across more than 100 hectares of well-manicured gardens and wild, lush landscape. The Presidential Villa sleeps nine and boasts three multi-tiered swimming pools.
Food & Drink: Highlights of the resort’s five culinary outlets include The Nest for delicious seafood, and Takamaka – an ideal spot to sip on coconut cocktails under towering palm trees. A private picnic on Anse Georgette is a must-do.
Strengths: The only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles; U Spa by Constance is a haven with burbling fountains engulfed by hibiscus trees – plus a kids’ club so you can enjoy it all.
Weaknesses: Can be difficult to get a table at The Nest.
Price: Junior Suites from AED 3,038
Contact: Anse Kerlan, Praslin; 00248-4281 281, constancehotels.com
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Best for: Castaways
Location: The resort hugs a narrow sliver of rugged coastline on Silhouette Island, also home to a national park
Décor: All classes of accommodation are united by a bright, airy feel, with a relaxed beach vibe. Stylish but not pretentious, practical but pretty.
Clientele: Those looking to experience the Seychelles minus the stratospheric prices found in other resorts; Hilton loyalists
Rooms: Of the 100 villas, the beach-front deluxe are the ones to go for with individual swimming pools, enormous double-hammocks and access directly on to the white-sand shore.
Food & Drinks: Fresh seafood gets different interpretations at the Japanese and Italian restaurants. Try the spicy octopus at Grann Kaz, set in a plantation house.
Strengths: Good value and surprisingly private considering the number of villas.
Weaknesses: Can feel isolated on Silhouette; tides can be very strong when swimming in the ocean.
Price: Beach-front deluxe villas start from AED 1,885
Contact: Silhouette Island; 00248-4-293 949, hiltonseychelleslabriz.com