The Seychelles has to be one of the world's ultimate luxury holiday destinations, being a favourite among celebrities, as well as many other travellers. If you needed any proof of the island nation's star quality, this selection of previous guests should suffice: Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Sir Paul McCartney, Salma Hayek and Prince William and Kate Middleton, who spent their honeymoon there after their 2011 royal.
Take a look at the following selection of the Seychelles' top resorts:
- North Island
- Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove
- Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa
- Le Meridien Barbarons West Mahe
The good news is that not all of the resorts here come with a price tag that only the likes of Brad Pitt and Prince William can afford - although there are certainly some that are targeted at the top end of the market. While it can never be considered a cheap destination it's certainly not one that should be discarded as out of your reach, it's totally achievable if you take your time and save up for it.
The North Island resort is by far one of the most expensive and exclusive in the Seychelles. It's where Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed, as well as being rumoured to have hosted Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Liz Hurley and JK Rowling, among others. So, this one is for the real money-makers or those having wads of cash to splash.
There are just 11 villas on this island paradise, with seclusion, privacy and outstanding service guaranteed. The resort prides itself on its eco-friendly credentials, while anyone lucky enough to stay here can look forward to being pampered in the outstanding spa, trying scuba diving in crystal-clear waters and indulging in delicious picnics on the sandy beaches.
Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove
Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove is located on Mahe and although it's not as exclusive as North Island, it certainly offers plenty of luxury. All the rooms in this hotel have ocean views, looking over the picturesque Beau Vallon Bay.
There's an extensive water sports centre attached to the resort, where scuba diving, kayaking and deep-sea fishing are among the activities on offer. Meanwhile, the Zen Fitness and Spa Centre is there to make sure you're suitably relaxed and pampered throughout your holiday, making this a wonderful spot for a luxury tropical island getaway.
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa
The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa is also located on Mahe and it offers understated luxury in the most picturesque of settings. This hotel also overlooks the stunning coves of Beau Vallon Bay and has a truly secluded feel to it.
Water sports such as snorkelling and kayaking are offered by the hotel, while it also boasts an outstanding spa where you can indulge with a range of pampering treatments. To add a special touch to your holiday, arrange to have a private candlelit dinner on the beach, rather than in the restaurant. This is on the higher end of the scale when it comes to room rate prices, so it's definitely one to save up the pennies for.
Le Meridien Barbarons West Mahe
This is the most affordable of them all, yet still offers a premium level of luxury that combined with its stunning setting and spectacularly secluded and pristine private beach, few other hotels in the world can match.
Majestically poised in an area of stunning beauty, against the backdrop of dramatic mountains and giant granite boulders, this retreat will seduce you with its location and romantic atmosphere. Perfectly secluded, this haven of tranquillity offers fine dining by the seaside and exotic cocktails on a rooftop wooden deck affording magnificent views over the beach.
Seychelles - the ultimate lavish hideaway
There are many opulent resorts in the Seychelles, and as some of these are tucked away on little-visited islands, you'll be able to find a secluded slice of paradise without too much difficulty.
If money is not an object, then the Seychelles is definitely the place to loosen the purse strings and truly indulge in a lavish getaway – you are guaranteed to have the time of your life and come back home totally renewed and rejuvenated.