Set in one of the quieter spots of Mahé on the south-western coast, Kempinski Seychelles Resort is around 30 minutes from the international airport and 40 minutes from the capital Victoria. Adjacent to Baie Lazare beach, where Lazare Picault, the first mariner who claimed Mahé for France in 1742, landed, this palm-fringed bay isn’t just worth visiting for its historical sands. As well as clear waters, you can also spot turtles and marine life.
Located at the foot of the Baie Lazare rock formation, The Kempinski Spa by Resense is the ideal place to rejuvenate. Its indulgent treatments combine therapies in one of six private treatment rooms or a twin treatment suite for couples. Make time for the Signature Treatment of full-body salt exfoliation, Thai massage, acupressure and warm aromatic herbal compresses, a massage or a beauty treatment for a special occasion.
Whether you choose a suite or a room, you’re sure to enjoy luxurious accommodation. Rooms are split into Hill View, looking out onto tropical forest, Beachside, with easy access to the beach, and first floor Sea View for stunning ocean vistas, all with a sitting area lower than the bedroom so you can enjoy views from your bed. Suites, with a separate lounge, kitchenette and dining area, come in Hill View, Beachside or the pinnacle of opulence, the resort’s signature Presidential Suite.
For fitness in the sun, take a dip in the Olympic-length swimming pool, play tennis, badminton or beach volleyball or try some of the watersports on offer. Snorkelling gear is available with route advice, while kayaking and diving are also fascinating ways to explore the reef. Inside, the Kempinski Gym offers cardio-vascular and power training. Take a less strenuous approach to unwinding and visit the air-conditioned Tidal Lounge with its library of books and DVDs, games room, piano and snooker table or casino. For children aged 3-12 years, there’s also a kids club and a shaded wading pool.
Four venues cater for you when it’s time to dine. For restaurants, decide between all-day dining Café Lazare, named after Lazare Picault, for a hearty breakfast, a la carte lunch and themed buffet dinner or the L’Indochine, serving fresh seafood and a fusion of flavours inspired by the cuisine of the Indian Ocean rim. The casual Planter’s Bar and Lounge offers snacks and cocktails, while the Windsong Bar is pure beachside luxury with a menu of cocktails and snacks and with a band playing in the evenings. Private dining is also available.