Raffles Resort & Spa – Praslin, Seychelles
A luxury oasis in the heart of the Seychelles:
Opened in 2011, Raffles Seychelles has been included in Forbes Travel Guide’s Top 10 Beach Resorts around the World and Condé Nast Readers’ Choice – Best Hotels in the Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean, as well as winning World’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort at the World Travel Awards.
Tucked away in blissful seclusion, Raffles Seychelles is nestled amongst lush greenery, gentle slopes of stunning granite formation and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The resort is an oasis of calm and comfort, with facilities and service designed to create a haven of peace and relaxation for guests.
The 86 luxurious and contemporary villas at Raffles Seychelles represent some of the largest accommodation in the archipelago. Thoughtfully spread across gently sloping hills, these villas combine privacy with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the island’s lush and tropical greenery.
Each villa features an outdoor pavilion with sun-loungers, dining table and private plunge pool, while an easel with sketching paper encourages inspired artists to capture the beautiful views.
Raffles Spa is a haven of peace, relaxation and rejuvenation. Steps away from the coastline of Anse Takamaka, amidst stunning surroundings, it is carefully designed to calm the spirit and awaken the senses. The luxurious spa features 12 treatment pavilions, showcasing the spectacular view of the blue ocean, tropical gardens and dramatic granite boulders. Two spa suites, a first in the Seychelles, are fitted with steam showers, Japanese soaking tubs and observation decks where guests can enjoy stuning vistas in privacy.
A tranquil spa garden makes the ideal spot for pre- and post-spa relaxation. Set among natural rock formations and high above the water, even the journey to the treatment pavilions is an intrinsic part of the Raffles Spa experience. At 1,234 square metres this is the largest spa in the archipelago, and the closest spa to the Indian Ocean.
The magnificence and beauty of the lotus is admired by cultures across the world. Elegantly delicate at first glance, the flower’s daily transformation is an inspiring symbol of revitalisation and raw natural strength. It begins as a bud of pure vitality beneath the water’s surface. At sunrise, it breaks through into the fresh air, radiant in full bloom, then retires once more to the calm stillness of the water when night falls.
Raffles Spa Journeys are a considered mix between traditional and local methods, each ready to be expertly personalised to ensure that your sensory escape is everything you hoped for and more.
Beach dinners under the stars, cocktails on a rooftop overlooking the ocean, finely crafted sushi and sashimi, contemporary Creole dishes: Raffles Praslin presents a diverse collection of culinary experiences, led by Executive Chef Chris Meredith.
Chef Chris’ passion and experience, gathered from world-renowned luxury hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, result in exquisite, flavourful food that is thoughtfully executed. Working with local suppliers to incorporate fresh and regional ingredients, such as the unrivalled Indian Ocean catch, the menus throughout the resort fuse the spirit of the Seychelles with dishes from around the world.
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A wicked seductress, Praslin has lots of temptations: stylish lodgings, tangled velvet jungle that’s ripe for exploration, curving hills dropping down to gin-clear seas, gorgeous stretches of silky sand edged with palm trees and a slow-motion ambience. No, you’re not dreaming, but this is the Seychelles you dreamed of when you first imagined this tropical archipelago.
Lying about 45km northeast of Mahé, the second-largest island in the Seychelles is closer to the sleepiness of La Digue than the relative hustle and bustle of Mahé. Like Mahé, Praslin is a granite island, with a ridge of small mountains running east–west along the centre, and the svelt interior, especially the Vallée de Mai, is fascinating for its flora and bird life. Its combination of manageable size (you’re never more than 90 minutes from anywhere else on the island) and stellar attractions makes Praslin a fine choice for your Seychelles holiday.
Talcum-powder beaches lapped by topaz waters, lush hills, a sublime laid-back tempo; these dreams of a tropical paradise become reality in the Seychelles.
Mother Nature was very generous with these 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, and has spoiled them rotten. Undeniably, the beaches are the big attraction, and what beaches: exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders. And hardly a soul in sight. Choosing your favourite beach is like trying to pick a flavour of ice cream – they’re all so good! Hot favourites include world-famous Anse Source d’Argent, secluded Anse Marron, sexy Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio.
White-sand beaches, secluded coves, coral-coloured sunsets, swish hotels, slick restaurants, hushed spas. With such a dreamlike setting, it’s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the Seychelles at the top of their wish lists. You too can live the high life at one of the country’s star-spangled hotspots, provided you have the cash. If you’re not a millionaire, fear not. This paradise is more affordable than you think. On top of ultraluxurious options, the Seychelles has plenty of self-catering facilities and family-run guesthouses that are easier on the wallet and offer local colour.
Ecotourism & Wildlife Spotting
Charge your camera batteries, people – the Seychelles is not dubbed ‘The Galàpagos of the Indian Ocean’ for nothing. Watching sea turtles nesting on Bird Island’s sandy beaches or giant Aldabra tortoises roaming freely on Curieuse is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If you’re hoping to spot sooty terns, tropicbirds, warblers and magpie robins in their natural habitats, the bird sanctuaries of Aride, Cousin, and Bird Islands should figure heavily in your planning. And Praslin’s Vallée de Mai is a slice of Eden where you can see the very rare coco de mer palms in their natural state.
Diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities in the Seychelles, and rightly so. Healthy reefs, canyon-like terrain, shallow shelves, exciting shipwrecks, impressive granite outcrops and splendid coral gardens give divers and snorkellers almost instant access to a variety of environments. The water is warm and clear, and teeming with life from the tiniest juvenile tropical to the largest pelagic creature, including whale sharks. Whether you’re an experienced diver or slapping on fins for the first time, there are sites for all levels. And you’ll be welcomed by qualified, multilingual instructors in state-of-the-art dive centres.