Sapphire blue and bathed in tropical sunshine, the vast Indian Ocean is home to some of the most diverse cultures on Earth. Bordered by the Indian Sub-Continent, Arabia, Africa and the East, these ancient waters have long been important trade routes and the influence of travellers from these lands, is clearly evident today in the language, cuisine and lifestyle. These elements though are just part of what attracts leisure visitors today. It is the sheer beauty of coral reefs protected islands, encircled by sparkling white sand beaches, gently swaying palms and feathery casuarinas that first catch the eye. Little wonder then that this is truly most people’s vision of paradise.
Long a little-known island lost in the Indian Ocean, 1,200 miles from Africa. Today, it’s one of the hottest holiday spots for jet setters and discerning escapists alike. Expect some of the Indian Ocean’s finest world-class resorts and exclusive hideaway hotels. It craggy peaks and vast sugar cane fields are encircled by miles of casuarinas-fringed beaches and coral reef-ringed lagoons.
Incomparable and distinguished, One&Only Le Saint Géran nestled peacefully in the private white sands of its own peninsula. Its stately gates welcome guests into a Mauritian garden paradise of friendly calm and easy luxury. With a special kind of hospitality, the promise of discovery awaits.
Suites are handsome spaces of fine proportion, offering vistas of the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. All suites feature a private terrace facing either the ocean or cove or a door opening onto a tropical garden. Spacious bathrooms are beautifully appointed, with great cascading showers. All guests have personalised 24-hour butler service. Exquisite taste and grand opulence seamlessly blend with the state-of-the-art technology with One&Only Le Saint Géran’s 162 suites and one villa. Panoramic windows seem to magically bring the azure sea and lagoon close enough to touch. Beds are covered with Egyptian cotton sheets, piled high with goose down pillows. Every piece of hand-selected furniture along with artful colours of Indian Ocean spices contribute to the suites’ gentle ambience.
At One&Only Le Saint Géran, dining is an experience of gastronomic world discovery and delight, worthy of all senses. With two dining options from Michelin-starred chefs, guests at the resort can expect a culinary experience that is the pick of Mauritius, and far beyond imagination. Welcome to One&Only Le Saint Géran.
Seychelles is a thousand miles from anywhere but an easy flight away and described by General Gordon of Khartoum as the original Garden of Eden. You’ll catch his drift as soon as you reach this mid-ocean cluster of 115 exotic islands large and small; some of granite, lush and mountainous, others of coral and hugged by eye-popping Robinson Crusoe beaches. Long isolated, the islands retain their character and charm.
Nestled in Intendance Bay with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees and lush tropical forest, the Banyan Tree hotel and spa resort in Seychelles provides a rare taste of paradise for your Seychelles holiday. For the very best of Seychellois architecture, its 60 stunning pool villas combine contemporary, colonial and ‘plantation’ décor, from high sloping ceilings, airy verandas and louvred doors to ethnic woven textiles. The eclectic villa interiors provide a true sense of place – allowing you to experience Banyan Tree’s signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality in luxury.
Au Jardin d’Epices is an eclectic restaurant with a homely, African ethnic feel to it. Full buffet breakfasts are on offer in the mornings, a selection of snacks, sandwiches, salads and light meals for lunch, and some fine international cuisine for dinner. The seductive dinner menu is inspired by local fresh ingredients to Mediterranean rim cuisine and dishes from Mauritius and South Africa and all around the globe. Au Jardin d’Epices looks out onto the turquoise blue Indian Ocean and the idyllic surroundings of Anse Intendance, the perfect place for a relaxing meal.
A fantastic new addition – stay and sail in comfort within the great inner islands of Seychelles aboard the Banyan Tree Lagoon 1, a 47-foot twin-hulled catamaran. A marvellous way to leave your stresses behind and sail into the sunset! Extend your stay at the Banyan Tree Resort and be sure to experience the extended hospitality from shore to sea. With two luxury cabins onboard (maximum 4 persons) sail on a three-night cruise along with the full crew, inclusive of full-board meals, and landing fees. It is the perfect way to enjoy diving with access to five Marine Parks.
Over one-thousand tiny sunlit coral islands scattered across the biggest and bluest natural aquarium imaginable. The islands are a diver’s paradise found, though these warm, crystal-clear lagoons fringed by pristine white-sand beaches will bowl over just about every water sports enthusiast.
There is a place in a far blue ocean of wonderful beauty; a jewel among a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands. The experience is privacy, warmth and moments of magic, a promise of utter contentment fulfilled. This is One&Only Reethi Rah.
One&Only Reethi Rah is home to 130 private villas discreetly placed along the shore, with 98 Beach Villas secluded by lush tropical greenery, and 32 Water Villas set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon. Among the largest resort villas in the world, each is detached, expansive and equally luxurious. Designed with contemporary elegance, their stylish feel is combined with a diverse Asian influence, blending clean lines with skilful use of natural materials such as coconut shell, seagrass, silk, rattan, teak, mahogany, terrazzo and thatch. Generous exterior spaces range from beach verandas to private swimming pools and large over-water decks. Each attended by a personal Villa Host, the freestanding villas feature state-of-the-art technology and are designed with high airy ceilings complemented by bamboo arches, their spaciousness allowing for a variety of personal entertainment and dining options.
In thatched pavilions over water, or on Arabian carpets in the sand, guests enjoy a level of service and culinary creativity that is unsurpassed in tropical island resorts. With an eye towards perfection, the resort features its own organic Chef’s Garden, and speciality items such as Kobe beef and toro from Japan are shipped on a regular basis. At One&Only Reethi Rah, island-chic is the keynote for evenings, and the innovative and fresh cuisine is prepared with passion and flair.
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