Could there possibly be anything more soul soothing than enjoying a spa treatment overlooking the deep blue Indian Ocean? Kenwood Travel’s Top 5 Spa Resorts in the Seychelles each bring something different to the (massage) table, but all specialise in your spiritual and physical enlightenment.
1. Paradise Sun
Fronted by the immaculate Cote d’Or beach, and nestled within landscaped gardens below towering tropical trees, Paradise Sun more than justifies its name. Balinese massage techniques are the signature at the spa here, supported by Everglow beauty products which are locally manufactured. The therapist team was trained in Bali by Susan Stein and possess a range of skills that will soothe, satisfy and soften even the most stubborn stresses and strains. The combination of dedicated, highly trained professionals and the organic botanical extracts used in the lotions and oils is the secret to success at spa Paradise Sun.
Best for? Specialist therapies
2. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
20km northwest of Mahe lies an island of intrigue and mystique – Silhouette Island was once home to pirates and smugglers, but you don’t need a treasure map to find its riches today. Just head to Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. Your quest for quiet relaxation will reveal a sanctuary of wellness tucked into the hillside of a tropical jungle. Honeymooners especially will welcome the spa’s six couples treatment suites which perch tentatively on stilts, appearing to float, as indeed you will too.
Best for? Couples
3. Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa was once a favourite bolthole of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, who enjoyed the private atmosphere created by the hills and coves that surround the hotel’s Beau Vallon Bay setting. Today none of that secluded charm has gone and this historic hideaway has introduced several first-rate facilities – not least Duniye Spa – that continue to consolidate its status as a jetsetter’s hotspot. Duniye Spa’s lofty position atop giant granite boulders presides over sweeping ocean views. It’s a location cleverly devised to reinforce the feelings of escape and total calm created by the spa’s expert wellness treatments.
Best for? Private location
4. Raffles Praslin
The inventory at Rafflles Praslin Spa is impressive to say the least. 13 treatment pavilions, living lounge and tea room overlooking the ocean, fitness studio, steam room, sauna, whirlpools, experience showers, outdoor lounge with soaking pool, outdoor movement pavilion, beauty salon and spa boutique. What is abundantly clear is a commitment to your wellness goals, and the Raffles Spa also has a secret ingredient: the pearl. Hailed for its calming qualities, skin rejuvenation and mood enhancement, this remarkable jewel, found locally in the glistening ocean waters, can centralise your chakra and bring balance to body and soul.
Best for? Ocean views
5. Sainte Anne Resort & Spa
Forgetting about the outside world is a breeze at the Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, hidden away among coconut palms and mangroves. Spa by Clarins provides lavish, luxury treatments designed to leave guests with a rekindled glow and sense of true relaxation. Three main areas of the facility are dedicated to massage, beauty and recovery and offer everything from facials to reflexology. Indulge in some deserved pampering and enjoy a full array of amenities including five single massage cabins, two double massage cabins, ayurvedic and balneotherapy cabin, two hammams, two saunas, hairdresser, beauty salon and yoga pavilion.
Best for? Range of treatments