All eyes are on the Seychelles this weekend, as BA takes to the skies on its first non-stop flight from London, which comes hot on the heels of the debut of the much-anticipated Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island earlier this month.
From 24 March, the airline will fly direct from Heathrow to the island of Mahé twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, enabling UK groups to reach the tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean in around ten hours, instead of over 13 hours with a connection in the Middle East.
The move makes the destination a more accessible and attractive option for incentive groups in search of the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Scattered across the Indian Ocean and famed as some of the most idyllic islands on the planet, the Seychelles boast world famous beaches, crystal clear waters and colourful coral reefs.
At the start of this month, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island opened its doors – the only resort on this captivating coral island. Four Seasons sprawls over the southwestern portion of a 402 hectare (933 acre), sparsely populated and virtually untouched tropical paradise just 35 minutes by scenic flight from the international airport on Mahé island.
Featuring 71 exclusive beach suites and private residence villas, it’s one of the brand’s most intimate properties. Tucked within lush gardens, each accommodation includes its own plunge pool or a full-sized pool, as well as direct beach access.
The resort also features two restaurants, deli and bar, with activities ranging from world-class diving, fishing and nature walks to luxurious indulgence at the Spa.
Another relative newcomer to The Seychelles, was Six Senses Zil Pasyon, which opened on the private island of Félicité in September 2016. Brilliantly designed to embrace the picturesque landscape of vibrant beauty, the resort features just 28 one-bedroom pool villas and two two-bedroom pool villas.
Other facilities include a stunning elongated infinity pool offering views of the surrounding islands with the ocean’s waves breaking over a rock wall, three white sand beaches, a gym with on-site personal trainer, cooking classes, treasure hunts, signature cinema beneath the stars and a library.
Right off the resort’s beach, guests have the opportunity to swim with turtles and the resort’s Experience Centre has all the equipment that is required for exhilarating water activities, including dive excursions around the island.
Also a great option for groups are Constance Hotels & Resorts’ two properties – Constance Lemuria and Constance Ephelia – both located on stunning beaches.
Constance Lémuria with its 18-hole championship golf course – the only one on the Seychelles – was fully renovated and reopened in November 2016. It offers 105 suites and villas, each positioned just 15 meters from the shore, discreetly nestled among the natural Seychelles gardens. It also boasts four restaurants, two tennis courts, a Padi dive centre and spa.
The bigger of the two properties, Constance Ephelia offers 313 suites and villas, situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé and overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay. Facilities include five restaurants and bars and a spa, four tennis courts, squash court with activities including pedal boats, catamaran, windsurfing and kayak, yoga lessons on request, diving and climbing wall/Zip line.