With all the stress and admin surrounding the wedding planning, booking your honeymoon is something delightful on your to-do list. It’s time set aside, specifically, just for you and your partner, away from friends, family and life stressors. It’s the calm after the storm. It’s pure relaxation. And to make sure your experience is just that, we went to visit the Seychelles and picked our favourite five resorts that are perfect for any honeymooner or couple looking for a romantic, luxurious island escape.
Frégate Private Island
If a private villa is not enough seclusion for you, then a private island is what you need. Frégate is located on an island (no day visitors allowed) with 16 large private villas each with a pool. There’s a choice of seven beaches – at least one can be reserved for private use each day – and the staff transports meals, drinks, or anything else you desire to you. It’s a tropical paradise with resident turtles, flying foxes, romantic architecture and candlelit evenings.
How to get there: A staff member meets you at arrival and fast-tracks you through the airport. Depending on your preference, you take a 15-minute helicopter transfer with “Zil Air” or a 1.5-hour boat transfer.
Banyan Tree Seychelles
If you’re looking for a private experience and would prefer not seeing tourists, then booking a private villa at Banyan Tree is a good option! Perched on a hill, Banyan Tree has the choice of 22 spacious villas, and each villa comes with a private pool, pavilion and sundeck. A private pool is a great place to relax, sunbathe and unwind after the wedding stress. The Seychelles’ landscape is punctuated by granite outcrops and hills, lending Banyan Tree fantastic views over the ocean. Its award-winning spa is a recharge for your body – and there are couple massages too!
How to get there: A 20-minute car ride from Seychelles International Airport.
MAIA Luxury Resort
Set on a private peninsula, this exclusive resort is on the idyllic Anse Louis beach on the south-west coast of the main island, Mahé. With 30 rustic villas and an exceptional spa, MAIA Luxury Resort is the place to go to if you want to spend your days lazing by your private pool, the quiet beach or in the spa. The villa experience is central here – bring a great book and enjoy the luxurious peacefulness. There’s also a restaurant, bar and black lava pool if you do want to leave your honeymoon nest.
How to get there: From Mahé Island, it’s a 15-minute flight or 1.5-hour boat trip.
North Island Seychelles
Rumoured as being Pippa Middleton’s honeymoon destination, this private island has 11 beautiful villas that sit lightly in the natural landscape. North Island is all about understated barefoot luxury. Imagine walking on the beach, stepping onto the bare wood piazza for a gracious, candlelit dinner to the sounds of the ocean. It’s just you, your partner, and the chef delivering culinary masterpieces. North Island has great beaches, butler service and sports activities!
How to get there: A short helicopter flight from Mahé Island.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Both secluded and connected to other islands, Six Senses is the only human presence on the fifth largest island in the Seychelles. Half of the island is a national park, managed by an island ecologist who replaced the alien coco plum with endemic plants. Described by those who’ve visited as “an Eden”, it’s a true five-star property that’s not flashy but technologically sophisticated and truly luxurious in an understated way.
How to get there: A helicopter flight with “Zil Air” takes 20-minutes from the main island Mahé, or by a short boat trip from neighbouring Praslin or La Digue island.