Reached via a 15-minute flight or an hour’s ferry trip from Mahé, Praslin island, the second largest in the Seychelles, is home to the luxurious Dhevatara Beach Hotel. Looking onto Grande Anse beach on the eastern coast, it’s also close to a host of other exotic beaches and near Praslin National park and the Vallée de Mai nature reserve, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Be greeted at Dhevatara’s spa with a welcome cocktail and a refreshing cold towel. Treatments here look to ancient Thai rituals and native and organic ingredients, with a range of products on offer using the hotel’s homegrown herbs and spices. Choose from a variety of massages from hot stone to Swedish or Thai or indulge in a signature massage, such as the Ladies Hideaway Relax for almost three hours of pampering.
Ten suites, each paying homage to a different aspect of cultural and historical influences from the Seychelles, give a stay here a truly individual aspect. Complete with king-size beds or twin beds, air conditioning and ceiling fans as well as flat screen TVs and DVD players, you’ll be spoil for choice when it comes to picking a suite. Opt for the Peroke Suite for a view over the pool and the ocean with matching décor or try the Sunset suite for a rich mix of Indian colours and dark wood furniture. Or for more space, pick the Kolibri suite, named after the local birds, that has a connecting single room that can be made into a triple room. All the suites have outdoor seating areas.
Situated between the beach and the hotel pond, with a fringe of lush greenery, time spent in and around the chlorine-free 65sqm, 1.5m deep swimming pool is well invested. Sunbeds, umbrellas, towels and cushions are in plentiful supply as is complimentary usage of bicycles, canoes, snorkelling equipment and board games. And if you can’t stay off the grid, there’s always Wi-Fi access.
With views of the hotel’s water garden, Dhevatara’s à-la-carte signature restaurant, The Pond is a dining experience to be savoured. Flavours from around the Mediterranean and Asia fused with Creole influences come together with homegrown spices, local herbs and flowers picked from the in-house garden to create a stunning menu. After dinner, retire to the Lounge Bar for a glass of wine, which also provides lunch during the day and dinners. For more informal dining, head to beachfront Barefoot for simple fresh fish and meat platters while you can feel the sand between your toes or sit poolside or in the garden. In-room dining is also available.