Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
The Four Seasons Seychelles dramatic position on a steep jungle hillside and a glamorous castaway-chic vibe doesn't disappoint: the 67 villas resemble private residences offering spectacular views of the beach and turquoise sea below.
The villas are huge-each have expansive inside and outdoor space, a wrap-around terrace, outdoor shower and daybeds, plus a private infinity-edged swimming pool. The resort is designed in the style of a village and, if you find yourself staying in a villa far from the beach or restaurants, you will be reliant on a buggy to take you around. As befits a more intimate Four Seasons outpost, there are fewer restaurant options here than at larger resorts around the world. Zez offers a glorious breakfast spread and Mediterranean dishes in the evening, while beachside Kannel serves local and Asian cuisine, including excellent fresh sushi. The spa, located at the top of the hill with spectacular views of Petite Anse, is worth an early evening visit-if only to take in the sunset. Five individual spa pavilions offer treatments that are indigenous to the Seychelles, using local herbs and spices.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles: Petite Anse, Mahé, Seychelles (00 248 393 000; www.fourseasons.com/seychelles). Room rates from about Rs 25,091