Afloat in waters in the Outer Islands of Seychelles, the new Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island – the only resort on the island – is the quintessential tropical escape, while also providing every modern comfort and luxury, and plenty to discover for today’s active travellers.
Four Seasons sprawls over the southwestern portion of a 402-hectare, sparsely populated and virtually untouched island just 35 minutes by scenic flight from the international airport on Mahé.
For a limited time, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is offering a Breakfast & Dinner included package and the full-board Paradise Escape offer.
With the opening of its second resort paired with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Mahé, Four Seasons also offers the only opportunity for island hopping between two luxury resorts in Seychelles.
Adventures on-site and around the island
The first stop on any day of adventure, the Castaway Centre is headquarters for water sports including scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding and ocean fishing; cycling treks through 15 kilometres of trails; or nature walks led by a member of the Island Conservation Society. Underwater explorers can join WiseOceans Marine Educator Hannah Harries for guided snorkelling.
At the nearby Discovery Centre, the naturally curious can learn about the unique Seychelles flora, fauna and sea life, as well as the history of Desroches Island, before heading out to the Tortoise Sanctuary to meet the locals or visiting a tiny Creole Village, where local craftspeople operate a furniture workshop.
With 14 kilometres of white-sand beaches circling the island, plus plenty of quiet groves for a shady repast, island picnics are a must, so the culinary team provide a selection of portable goodies, fresh and ready to go each morning at the resort’s Deli.
Four Seasons attendants are always on hand at the outdoor pool and resort beach, ready to offer complimentary frozen treats or cold drinks and snacks from the pool bar and grill.
Young castaways aged 4 to 12 will love playing at the Kids for All Seasons facility, including an outdoor playground, recreation pavilion and air-conditioned relaxation rooms, where Four Seasons staff supervise a daily program of games, discovery and exploration. There’s also a Teen Centre, ensuring that every member of the family has a place to call their own.
The Circle of Connection Spa
Four Seasons invites guests to begin and end each day by connecting with the world around them and within themselves at the Morning Awakening and Evening Reflection rituals at the Circle of Connection Spa.
The organic Circle of Connection Spa has created a series of Sensory Connection Rituals designed to calm, to refresh and detoxify, to relax and restore, to invigorate, balance and more. Therapists work with each guest to identify their needs and wants, customising the spa experience to each individual.
Yoga programs with in-house yogi Ganga Sadhuka include Hatha, Nidra, Meditation, Pranayama and Ashtanga in a dedicated pavilion or on the beach, and there is also a fitness studio for weight and cardio training.
There’s also an open-air floodlit tennis court for day or evening play.
Dining and drinking
A highlight of any stay is surely dinner amid the views at the Lighthouse on the southern tip of Desroches Island, where the evening may begin with drinks at the circular bar terrace on the first floor. Downstairs in the main restaurant, dining is indoors or out on the lawn terrace, where freshly grilled or cooked meat and fish – plus a seafood raw bar – is prepared by head chef Olivier Barré and his brigade.
Barré, an avid fisherman, also invites guests to join him in catching their own fresh seafood, which he will prepare for them to enjoy later that day.
At Claudine, the Mediterranean coast is the inspiration for a menu of French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek and Spanish specialities created in the open kitchen at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a children’s menu of tasty, healthy options of which both parents and kids will approve.
The Bar offers poolside refreshments by day, sunset cocktails and evenings enjoying Creole tapas, cigars and shisha.
The Deli is the place for grab-and-go fare to be enjoyed on a day out, or to stock up for in-villa enjoyment. Twenty-four-hour room service and custom catering are also available.
An island home
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is home to a variety of accommodations for families, couples and friends travelling together. One- and two-bedroom suites, as well as a selection of villas with private plunge pools, are dotted along the Sunset Beach or the Coral Beach (best for those who never want to miss a sunrise), and for larger parties, there are three-, four- and five-bedroom villas as well as the seven-bedroom Presidential Villa.
Whether the guest list numbers two, 20 or more, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is an ideal setting for a beach wedding, honeymoon or other celebration of love. Staff are ready to help realise romantic dreams, and working in coordination with the team at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Mahé, couples can opt for a multi-destination experience.
Both resorts are also part of Four Seasons Extraordinary Exclusives and Buyouts program for corporate retreats, weddings or reunions.