East of Africa, just north of Madagascar, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands &#x2013; only about 20 inhabited &#x2013; scattered across the Indian Ocean Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vall&#xE9;e de Mai on Praslin where the wondrously shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms and fabled Aldabra, the world&#x2019;s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D. First settled by the French in 1770, the Seychelles islands still feel undiscovered The 87,122 strong Seychellois population reflects its multi-ethnic roots &#x2013; with the largest groups of French, African, Indian and Chinese descent There are three official languages in Seychelles: Creole (a lilting, French-based patois), English and French. Many Seychellois also speak fluent Italian or German. Strong French Creole influence in culture, customs, cuisine and language Protected land- and seascapes are home to rare plant and marine life &#x2013; with more than 1,000 recorded species of fish, a massive seabird colony, and the largest population of giant tortoises outside the Galapagos Thrilling water sports and jungle exploration in a world of natural wonders &#x2013; giving a sense of Robinson Crusoe-style adventure and discovery
Mah&#xE9;, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Inner Islands, and the international gateway to Seychelles. It is home to the international airport and the nation&#x2019;s capital, Victoria. The island is home to almost 90% of the total population or approximately 72,200 people.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is a lush, castaway sanctuary &#x2013; a tropical fantasy for romantic seclusion or family adventure Laced across a steep hillside with granite outcroppings and dense jungle, edging the white powder-sand beach of Petite Anse Uncomplicated treehouse living for a lifestyle of barefoot ease Mornings shimmer with the chatter of jungle birds; warm breezes carry the fragrance of cinnamon trees and frangipani flowers In the evening, sunset glows over the Indian Ocean and waves whisper over the private beach Four Seasons care welcomes with warmth and friendliness &#x2013; enriching the Seychelles experience
All Four Seasons accommodations are treehouse villas Vast hillside terrain creates a sense of seclusion for each villa Sleek, airy living spaces contrast the rugged granitic landscape Dining choices satisfy with authentic flavours and extensive variety Diversions range from spa relaxation to water sports on the Resort&#x2019;s own secluded beach 233 m&#xB2; (2,207 sq. ft.) of function space for up to 150 guests, including an outdoor bay-view terrace, gardens and beaches Multilingual Four Seasons concierge staff help connect to Seychelles culture and people, accessing the highest quality excursions and experiences
Treehouse villas feature traditional Creole design of natural timber and brick Most perched on stilts on the hillside, some on level ground for families; many incorporating natural granite boulders into the interior design At least 186 m&#xB2; (2,002 sq. ft.) of indoor/outdoor space &#x2013; with more living area outdoors than indoors Expansive hardwood deck encompassing 87 m&#xB2; (936 sq. ft.): - covered veranda with poolside marble dining table- pavilion with shaded daybed for two- 29-m&#xB2; (312-sq.-ft.) infinity-edge private plunge pool- sundeck with chaises longues Air-conditioned interior with restful Four Seasons bed, sitting area, TV, as well as convenient desk and wireless Internet access Suites offer up to three bedrooms with 512 m&#xB2; (5,506 sq. ft.) of indoor/outdoor space, including a whirlpool (in addition to the plunge pool) Also available are 26 spacious Four Seasons Private Residences &#x2013; spectacularly spacious homes, complete with kitchen, laundry facilities and four to six bedrooms
Hugely spacious bathroom area, fully connected to nature Outdoor shower, open to sky and sea, yet completely discreet Glass-walled indoor rain shower Deep soaking tub, overlooking the plunge pool and ocean Twin vanities, supplied with premium toiletries Private WC with bidet Walk-in closet/dressing area
Dine at hillside or beachside, choosing from exceptionally diverse menus
ZEZ &#x201C;ZEZ&#x201D; is the Creole name for the zither, a stringed instrument popular in the Seychelles All-day restaurant with panoramic ocean and sunset views from a hillside terrace Breakfast buffet with continental and Asian dishes; Mediterranean dinner specialties include Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Lebanese fare &#xA0;
ZEZ Lounge Perfect spot to enjoy sushi and sashimi, pre-dinner cocktails or after-dinner drinks Cigars and shisha, the traditional Middle Eastern water pipe
Kannel &#x201C;Kannel&#x201D; is the Creole word for cinnamon, reflecting the restaurant&#x2019;s informal, open-air setting amongst cinnamon trees, next to the pool and beach&#xA0; Serves authentic international and Creole-influenced flavours including pizzas from the restaurant&#x2019;s wood-fired oven.
Kannel Bar Next to the pool and close to the beach, a casual indoor-outdoor setting with light snacks, lunch, refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails&#xA0;
24-Hour In-Villa Dining Dine al fresco on your villa&#x2019;s private veranda &#x2013; magical for breakfasts or late-night suppers
On the Resort&#x2019;s highest hilltop with soaring, inspiring views over the ocean Holistic approach with a focus on solitude and serenity Five individual Spa Pavilions comprising right treatement rooms &#x2013;open to warm breezes Indigenous treatments, plus therapies from India and other Asian traditions Exclusive, custom-designed products, incorporating island herbs and spices Hair and nail salon Ocean-view Yoga Pavilion with one-on-one sessions, available from sunrise to sunset
The island of Mah&#xE9; offers much to experience within a short drive: giant tortoises, botanical gardens, local craft galleries and a national history museum Go horseback riding to discover secret jungle groves with rare species of flora and fauna Island-hop by yacht or helicopter to explore the highlights of the archipelago A 15-minute flight away on Praslin, discover the UNESCO World Heritage wonder of the Vall&#xE9;e de Mai; walk amidst the dense jungle of over 4,000 coco-de-mer palms &#x2013; towering trees only found in the Seychelles Fly to Bird Island &#x2013; 30 minutes away &#x2013; to watch millions of nesting seabirds, shorebirds and land birds in one of the world&#x2019;s largest seabird colonies Four Seasons smoothes every detail of the journey
Four Seasons makes it easy to balance exhilarating activities and peaceful relaxation Fitness centre with cardio and weight-training Library of books, movies and games, as well as guest computers with high-speed Internet access Four Seasons staff offer consistently friendly guest support, creating an unprecedented Seychelles experience
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