The Four Seasons Seychelles is a luxury resort located on the southwest coast of Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago.
The resort is nestled on a hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of Petite Anse Bay, and offers guests a luxurious retreat surrounded by pristine natural beauty.
Seychelles had been on my bucket list ever since I saw the granite boulders on the turquoise beaches on a screensaver years ago after researching Prince William and Kate’s honeymoon. I knew I would visit at some point and now just felt like the right time to take a personal vacation.
Four Seasons Seychelles
Four Seasons Seychelles: The Resort
From the moment you arrive at the resort, you feel home. The warmth of hospitality exudes from the staff.
Immediately upon walking into the beautiful, open-air lobby, you are greeted with cold towels and a beverage where you can relax and check-in.
The lobby overlooks Petite Anse Bay, and immediately you can see the beauty of Seychelles.
Overall, the property is spread out. Because each room is a private villa, no one is too close together, and with varying view points, you’ll notice rooms cascade down the hillside.
One thing that I think will stand out above everything else on this property is the beach. Yes, it is stunning with crystal clear waters, but it is the granite boulders that make it unique. Prior to my visit here, I had never experienced anything quite like this.
Know before you go:
After you book your stay, if you haven’t already, download the Four Seasons App. You can load up your reservation and you have access to concierge already. You can arrange transfers to and from the resort, book reservations for dining, spa reservations, ask questions, make requests, etc.
I can’t stress how much the Four Seasons app has helped me on all of my trips! It is free to use.
The resort is about a 30 minute drive from the airport. While the ride is relatively easy and on paved ground, it winds through the hills. There is a fair amount of switchbacks, but nothing too crazy.
I would recommend either getting a private transfer from the resort or a taxi when you arrive. Just make sure to have local currency, Seychelles Rupee (Seychellois Rupee) – at my time of visit, the exchange rate was about 14.1 to 1 USD.
The property does take credit card, so you will not need cash for anything on site unless you want to tip the staff.
Since the property cascades down the hillside, the roads are very steep. I did not see a lot of people walking. There are drivers with golf carts to take you anywhere on property, whenever you want. You can either call the front desk or send a message in the app and request a pick up.
Some of the Four Seasons Resorts in beach destinations give you free beach bags, but not here. You can use the bag in your room, but you cannot take it home unless you pay for it. If you feel like you want to take one home, just go to the boutique on property and pick out a new, unused bag.
I definitely purchased one to take home because unlike any other beach bag I own, this particular bag has a drawstring interior that allows you to close the bag.
If you love sunsets and champagne, head to the yoga deck at the gym during sunset for an incredible view and a toast.
Read more: Ultimate Guide to Visiting The Seychelles
If you are planning to island hop, I highly recommend visiting La Digue. You can easily do a day trip, but this is where some of the best beaches in the world are.
The Four Seasons Seychelles features a range of luxurious accommodation options, including 67 villas and suites that offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.
Each villa and suite is designed to provide guests with maximum comfort and privacy, with features such as private pools, outdoor showers, and spacious sun decks.
The resort offers a bevy of luxurious room selections, and even the most basic room category is amazing.
During my stay I checked into a “Serenity Villa.” Located in the upper area of the resort (the rooms all cascade down), the villa was surrounding my lush greenery and offered a perfect view of Petite Anse Bay.
Before walking into this villa, the entry way showcased the beautiful verandah complete with multiple sitting areas, the pool, the private pavilion with a day bed, and the insane view of the property and Bay.
Coming in at just over 2,000 square feet, the villa boasts generous indoor and outdoor living space.
When you walk in, the room opens up to the living space and bedroom with a king size bed and a couch. There is also a desk area, TV and and area for coffee and tea with a minibar.
The bathroom is very large and half of it is floor to ceiling glass, but no worries, no one can see you. The bathroom offers duals sinks, dual wardrobes, a closet, a separate toilet, a shower, and the icon piece is the tub.
A deep soaking tub surrounded by glass with a magnificent view and it also overlooks your pool.
Outside of the bathroom you have access to an outdoor shower and you can access your pool here.
During my visit I stayed in room 505, and while I LOVED this room, the one thing I don’t want to leave out is that it is at the upper area of the mountain, which will take a golf cart to get to and there are 52 steps up to the villa. There is not an elevator to this room.
If you have any mobility issues, please let the resort know so you can book a room that does not require all the stairs.
Pro tip from the staff – I asked what the best room with a view is and everyone had the same answer: Hilltop Villa 609. If you can get that room – good for you! Here is a photo:
The main restaurant, hilltop ZEZ restaurant, which offers contemporary Japanese cuisine and stunning views of the ocean, is open all day.
When I booked my hotel, breakfast was included and arguably, the best meal everyday. There was multiple rooms for the buffet and a menu you could order from. We ate here for four mornings and every meal here was delicious.
Technically we were only supposed to have three breakfasts but we arrived super early in the morning and the staff told us we could dine.
Just to add to the flare here, someone was always walking around with hot, fresh croissants. The ones with chocolate were my favorite!
There was another item that I REALLY loved, and it was a bagel with seasonings and seeds. Every single morning I had one!
At night, Zez offers Asian delights – but I did not dine here for dinner during my stay. Maybe when I return!
This beachside island grill is feet in the sand, perched close to Petite Anse Bay, picnic table style dining. The food is all cooked on a charcoal oven outside.
Highly recommend dining here during sunset so you can watch the sun melt into the ocean backdrop.
We tried a few things here, including: asparagus wrapped in ham, mussel en cocotte, wagyu boneless ribeye, and some sides like corn and potatoes.
Pro tip: any drink that has passionfruit in it – order it. Everyday I tried something with passionfruit in it, and they were all amazing.
The food was so good!
Guests can also enjoy fresh seafood at the fish counter or Creole lunch at the beachfront Kannel restaurant, casual dining at the poolside bar.
I did eat lunch here one of the days on my visit and it was such a delight to indulge in the Creole cuisine, which is what the Country is known for.
This is a very intimate Japanese dining experience with just a few tables and the counter.
In my opinion, the best way to approach this restaurant is to just get the omakase. AKA let the chef decide what to make. This is my preferred way to dine, because ten you get to try a lot of different things and don’t have to make any hard decisions.
I did not get the omakase because my dining companion is not an adventurous eater – but that is ok. The food was still fantastic.
In-villa dining is also available for guests who prefer to enjoy their meals in the comfort of their own villa.
To be completely honest, I got room service on my first night because I was so tired, and it just fell short. I opted not to get it again. But the rest of the property had great food.
The resort offers a range of activities for guests to enjoy, including water sports such as snorkeling, diving, and kayaking.
The resort also features a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, and a spa, where guests can indulge in a variety of treatments and therapies.
Unequivocally, the best activity on property is the beach, Petite Anse Bay! This gorgeous beach has been rated one of the best in all of the Seychelles and just seeing it in person, you get it.
*There is a Petite Anse Beach on other islands – but just know – this is the highly rated one!
The turquoise waters are clear to the bottom and lap against the high cliffs and granite rocks. The stretch of white sand the beach sits on has plenty of chairs for the guests to use and staff will bring out coolers with ice cold water.
There is also a beautiful pool in front of the beach with loungers and views of Petite Anse Bay.
For those needing to stay in contact back home, you’ll be happy to know the resort offers amazing Wi-Fi. I was able to get internet on my computer and phone with no issues at all.
There is a resort shop on property where you can pick up something you may have left at home OR if you want a souvenir. I ended up buying a bag and a couple magnets, which I LOVE.
If you are traveling with kids, the resort does offer their signature “kids for all seasons” program. I do not have kids, so I didn’t stop by, but have heard wonderful things.
Beach volleyball and badminton are available out by the beach (but not directly on the water, set back a little behind the chairs and trees).
The Four Seasons Seychelles is the perfect destination for travelers who want to experience the ultimate luxury getaway in a beautiful tropical setting.
The resort’s stunning location, luxurious accommodation, and wide range of activities and amenities make it an ideal destination for couples, families, and honeymooners alike.
Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or explore the natural beauty of the Seychelles, the Four Seasons Seychelles should definitely be on your list of resorts to visit!
How I booked my stay
I ultimately booked my four night stay through the Chase portal. My favorite credit card is the Chase Sapphire Reserve and one of the perks of earning points is that you can earn 10 X points on hotels when booking through their portal.
I made sure to shop around and make sure it wasn’t higher priced or that there wasn’t a better deal elsewhere. I ultimately paid $9542.00 for my hotel stay and an additional $1612.96 for extra things like transfer from the airport, meals, etc.
Total for this four night stay was $11,154.96
At the end of the day, I netted nearly 100K points just from using my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and booking through their portal. Looking at my portal right now, it looks like the conversion is about $1,000 for 65,000 points (if used to book more travel in the portal). I have about 259K points and the value in the travel portal is about $3881.
This is my elevator pitch to convince you to get a travel credit card if you don’t already utilize one. I know I talk about the CSR constantly on Instagram stories .. and I have been a ride or die since day one in 2016. If you are already spending and buying travel – why not earn free future travel?
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