T+L Reports: Banyan Tree Seychelles
Published: May 2009
By Shane Mitchell
Of course Banyan Tree Seychelles has satellite uplinks, but do you really need to phone home when you're this far out in the Indian Ocean?On the southern tip of Mahé Island, 36 stylish villas blend colonial plantation architecture with contemporary Creole touches—ethnic textiles, louvered doors, breezy verandas. In keeping with the Banyan Tree ethos, the spa specializes in centuries-old healing traditions, such as Thai honey facials, rice-and-sandalwood rubs, and acupressure massages. You won't want to spend all your time indoors, though: remote coral atolls teem with sea turtles and dolphins, and a neighboring primeval jungle shelters some of the world's rarest plants and trees. Banyan Tree Seychelles, Mahé; 800/525-4800; www.banyantree.com; doubles from $1,100.