The villas of the Four Seasons Seychelles are dotted around a quiet cove on Mahe Island,…
Four Seasons Seychelles Resort: Our full report
Spread over steep, lush hillsides around a big quiet cove in the south-west of Mahe Island, the Four Seasons Seychelles Resort offers high-quality accommodation, food and services – as you’d expect from any resort of this well-known brand. It’s an excellent base for a beach holiday, with varied activities for couples, families and solo travellers alike.
All rooms at the Four Seasons Seychelles are designed in the same elegant, contemporary style, tastefully furnished and possess similar facilities. There are queen-sized beds enclosed by mosquito netting, a sitting area, a writing desk, a coffee table and a large wardrobe. A sleeper couch can comfortably accommodate children. The rooms are equipped with plenty of electronics, including a very clever light system. For example, when getting up at night, lights under the bed will guide you the way without brightly lighting the whole room at once. Further amenities include an espresso making machine, a tea station, a large flat screen TV with DVD player and some welcoming nibbles on arrival.
The en-suite bathroom is fitted with a toilet, two washbasins, a bidet and a massive sunk bath made of dark stone. This is enclosed by glass on two of its sides, overlooking your outside private plunge pool. Outdoors, there's also another shower, a lower wooden deck and a private sala. Some of the larger villas even feature a private open-air Jacuzzi and sitting area.
The rooms at the Four Seasons Seychelles differ in location, view and size – and this split explains the different prices and names.
In terms of the location of the rooms, the Four Seasons distinguishes between 'garden/beach view', 'ocean view' and 'hilltop ocean view' rooms. The villas in the lower section of the resort feel much more tucked away in the vegetation but get a bit less of the refreshing island breeze. The higher on the hills you opt for your accommodation, the more it will cost, due to the better view.
Considering the size of the rooms, 62 of the 74 villas at the Four Seasons Seychelles are called 'guestrooms', 5 are 'suites' and 7 'private residences' – and between them there are one, two three, four and five bedrooms. A rough breakdown is as follows:
- Each of the 62 1-bedroom villas here are called 'guestrooms', and can take two to four guests. Of these:
- 23 are situated in the lower section of the resort, with views of the garden and the beach.
- Another 13 overlook the ocean, from a medium height of the hill and are called 'ocean view guestrooms'
- You'll have the best views of the sea from the 13 guestrooms in the upper section of the Four Seasons resort, which are also referred to as 'hilltop ocean views'.
- The Four Season's four 2-bedroom suites are dotted around the site of the resort. One of them is low on the hillside and looks out onto the garden and beach; another has ocean views from a medium height on the side of the hill; and the last two sit on the hilltop. Each one sleeps a maximum of six.
- Travellers who want 3 bedrooms can book one of the For Season's three private residences which each have three bedrooms, and are located in the upper section of the resort. Alternatively, consider the 3-bedroomed suite down on the beach/garden level. Each residence/suite is suitable for up to six adult travellers.
- There are also three private residences with 4 bedrooms each at the Four Seasons. These sit in the middle section of the resort, part way up the hillside, and each accommodates up to eight adult guests.
- For a group of up to ten adults, there is only one private residence with 5 bedrooms at the Four Seasons Seychelles; this offers stunning sea views from the top of the hill.
On one of our visits here, we stayed in an 'Ocean View Guestroom' part way up the hillside. We loved the room; everything was consistently excellent quality. Everything worked very well and the staff who attended the room – cleaning and providing room service – were also uniformly first class.
Given the steep incline of the hills here we, like most people, didn't generally walk up and down between our room and the beach, the main pool or the Kannel Restaurant. Instead, we'd usually order a golf buggy to ferry us around. (These are complementary and their drivers are courteous!) They normally arrived swiftly after our request. However, note that after dinner, or at any other time when a lot of guests are moving around, we had to wait a while for a free one to come. That wasn't an issue at all for us, but it's worth noting as we imagine some travellers might find this a bit inconvenient.
Please note that the private residences cannot only be rented but also bought. Hence, some of them might not be available for renting during your dates if they are in use by the owners.
The main areas at the Seychelles' Four Seasons include:
- The ZEZ Restaurant in the main building on top of the hillside, which features an inside and an outside dining area –next to a large formal pond with koi carp! You can have breakfast and dinner here.
- The Kannel Restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner and is situated next to the common pool, a few steps from the beach. Dine open-air or in the shade, within a few steps of the water.
- Two bars - one at each restaurant.
- A massive shared pool (shallow end depth 1.3m) directly behind the beach and lined by sun loungers and sun umbrellas.
- A gym.
- A very spacious spa overlooking the sea and surrounding hillsides from the highest point of the resort.
- A top-end kids club, with very lovely staff, beside the main pool.
- A library in a separate 56m² pavilion.
Activities at the Four Seasons Seychelles Resort are very varied. Many sun worshippers will while away time at the resort's lovely beach or the surrounds of the massive main pool.
If you love sports and exercise, consider the three daily complimentary yoga classes at the Four Seasons's spa, which are conducted by a very capable yoga teacher from India; exercise at the gym; or go scuba diving or sailing from the resort's beach! Off site, you can also go jungle trekking, biking, hiking or join water sports like kayaking, canoeing, diving, snorkelling and jet skiing.
For a very relaxed day, or you could pamper yourself with a massage, body treatment or facial in the resort's spa. This has eight treatment rooms including five couple rooms where special couple treatments for honeymooners are available. Each of the extensive treatment rooms comes with one or two massage couches, a ceiling fan, a separate, partially open area with a big outdoor shower and a large stone bath, a little changing area and toilets. Big windows from the ceiling to about one metre above the wood-paneled floor allow stunning views of the ocean.
The spa team at the Four Seasons Seychelles Resort uses organic products exclusively - in their own words - “only what nature is giving us". They mainly rely on two brands: Ila from the USA and Sodachi from Australia. There are male and female therapists. In-room treatments are also possible.
When we last visited the spa here we felt that its quality was good but - given the general standards of the Four Seasons – not quite as impressive as we would have expected.
Other activities include helicopter flights, bird watching, fishing and trips to local sights such as the Victoria Market or the Mount Fleuri Botanical Gardens.
Our viewWhen we've stayed at the Four Seasons Seychelles, it's impressed us greatly. Its rooms are cleverly designed and very tastefully furnished; the food was consistently varied and of a very high quality, and the resort's location is lovely. On top of that, it offers a kids club of outstanding quality, with fun activities, very good equipment and professional, genuinely dedicated staff. If you don't mind the distance between the beach and a room higher up the hills, it's an absolutely superb resort hotel!
Ideal length of stay: It’s very usual for guests to stay here for a week or more; we wouldn’t recommend coming here for less than three nights.
Directions: Fly in to Mahe Island and have yourself be transferred to the Seychelles’ Four Seasons Resort.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: The Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles serves 'Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, Creole-inspired and International cuisine.'
Breakfast is served from 7-10:30 am in the ZEZ restaurant. There is a very extensive, high-quality buffet including a choice of juices, sliced fruit, croissants, muffins, a selection of bread and cereals and a choice of yoghurts. Eggs are cooked to order with different vegetables and smoked meat or sausages.
Lunch is taken from 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm at the Kannel Restaurant. The menu comprises different soups, salads and octopus as starters, as well as sandwiches and pizzas. Among the main courses you'll notice a strong focus on seafood, although other options are offered, too, for instance grilled chicken with green papaya salad and banana chips. For desert, we could choose between various ice creams, sorbets and cakes, with warm jackfruit beignets with milk tea ice cream and ice-cold pineapple shooter being a delicious example.
Dinner (7-11 pm) is offered by both of the Four Seasons's restaurants – the choice is yours. Sadly we didn't get to stay here on our most recent visit in July 2015, but on a previous stay, for starter we had the choice between different seafood dishes like tuna tartare or lobster summer roll, salads, soups and vegetable spring rolls. There were also three curries on the menu, one cooked with fish, one with shrimps and one with chicken. For main course, you could consider e.g. Nasi Goreng, octopus fricassee, grilled rib eye steak and spiced rubbed chicken breast. Furthermore, vegetarian meals are always part of the menu at the ZEZ. Dessert faced us with an extensive choice between – to name some examples – a coconut roll (caramelized coconut crepe with caramel sauce and coconut sorbet), Mahé pumpkin & cassava crumble, chocolate mud pie, vanilla panna cotta with hibiscus sauce and a fruit platter as well as ice creams and sorbets.
Moreover, the Four seasons Seychelles often serves themed dinners; when we last stayed at the resort we had, on different evenings, a Japanese and an Indian evening. Both were very good and impressively authentic.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info: There’s a well-stocked minibar in each room at the Four Seasons Seychelles Resort. Plus, the room service offers an extensive choice of snacks and mains for in-villa dining throughout the day – and even at night! We liked the in-villa dining very much and found it was easy to arrange. Picnic baskets and sunset dinners can be requested, too.
Family holidays: The Four Seasons is fantastic for family beach holidays in the Seychelles with children of all ages. Its well-equipped kids club, which offers e.g. soccer, painting and talent contests, is run by dedicated staff. Children can also enjoy the beach and water sports here.See more ideas for Family holidays in Seychelles
Honeymoons: Consider the luxurious Four Seasons on Mahe for an unforgettable honeymoon to the Seychelles! Pamper yourself with a couple treatment in its spa and enjoy romantic dinners outside or in the privacy of your villa. This resort offers first-class service throughout!See more ideas for Honeymoons in Seychelles
Beach holidays: Situated at a quiet sandy cove, with lush hills rising right behind the beach, the Four Seasons is a great destination for beach holidays in the Seychelles. Some villas have direct access to the beach, from where you can join a variety of water sports.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Wellbeing: The Four Seasons Seychelles has a good-quality spa with a range of wellbeing treatments on offer, including couple treatments especially for honeymooners. They use organic products only. An Indian yoga teacher conducts three complimentary yoga classes per day.See more ideas for Wellbeing in Seychelles
Private villas & houses: The Four Seasons Seychelles Resort has seven large private villas for sale and renting, all offering a massive pool and outside area, clever in-room electronics and fantastic sea views. You can book one with three, four or five bedrooms.See more ideas for Private villas & houses in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: The Four Seasons Seychelles Resort welcomes children.
Property’s age restrictions: At the pool, children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. The fitness centre accepts only children from the age of 13.
Special activities & services: The Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles has a well-equipped and very professionally-run kids club with truly dedicated staff. Children’s activities include for example painting, underwater marble hunts, watching movies, building sandcastles, talent contests and soccer. On our most recent visit we were really impressed with the quality of the kids club here. A children’s menu is available.
Equipment: Sleeper couches can easily accommodate children.
Generally recommended for children: Yes – it’s a great place for families with children – and we last visited here with a two-year-old boy. The staff went out of their way to accommodate him, displaying great flexibility throughout our stay, and he loved every minute of it! There is enough to do and explore for the whole family together, as well as an excellent kids club.
Notes: The villas and main areas are generally well equipped with rails. However, there are still a few unfenced steps and drops that could pose a danger. Likewise, the pond next to the dining area isn't fenced, so children need to be supervised.
Power supply: Combination of power
Power supply notes: The local voltage is 240V.
Communications: There is a telephone in each room at the Four Seasons Seychelles. Complimentary WiFi is available for up to two devices per villa though, like in most of the Seychelles, this can be very slow. Faster WiFi is available for an additional cost.
TV & radio: Each villa has a large flat screen TV with DVD player. They also have a 'Movies on Demand' system, though this is chargeable.
Water supply: Other
Water supply notes: The resort desalinates seawater for general use in the resort. The villas have a flushing toilet, shower and bathtub.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There is a nurse on the property and a doctor on call.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: The resort has 24-hour security.
Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher and fire hose for each villa, as well as a 'fire alert' system.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full laundry service – Extra charge
Money: There is a safe in each of the Four Seasons’ villas.
Accepted payment on location: The Four Seasons accepts payment by Visa, Amex or MasterCard credit card, as well as cash in Seychellois Rupees, Euro, US dollars and Pounds Sterling.