If you’re dreaming of a sun-filled vacation to chase away the winter blues, Waldorf Astoria’s gorgeous new resort in the Seychelles might be exactly what you need. Located on a pristine private island 130km south of Mahé Island, the luxury brand’s latest outpost lies within an untouched atoll fringed by palm trees.
Getting to this slice of paradise isn’t easy – you’ll need to fly to Seychelles International Airport and take another 25-minute flight to reach the resort – but the journey is certainly worth it. Protected by a lagoon, the idyllic island is home to an array of wildlife, from hawksbill turtles to manta rays and whale sharks.
As you would expect from a Waldorf Astoria property, the accommodations are seriously luxurious. The resort features 50 oceanfront villas each with its own swimming pool and a personal concierge on hand to take care of your every need. Designed to resemble the shell of a turtle, the pitched rooves are made from faceted pieces of wood that open out to become large, airy canopies.
Most exclusive of all is the five-bedroom Eagle Ray Villa. Spanning 8,804 sq ft, the sprawling property is set within its own private gardens and has a spacious outdoor terrace – the perfect spot for dining al fresco. Interiors are breezy and laid-back, with sliding glass doors revealing sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.
It would be easy never to step foot outside your villa, but it’s well worth whiling an afternoon away at the spa. The building itself is inspired by the coco de mer – a native palm tree of the Seychelles archipelago known for its distinctive double-coconut shape. Located among the lush greenery of a tranquil garden, the wellness haven is home to a hammam, six treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room and a yoga studio. There’s also an array of sessions on offer to help you fully relax and unwind, from meditation to guided breathwork classes.
As for food, there are six restaurants and bars dotted throughout Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island including chef Jane Therese Mulry’s Creole-Latin eatery and an upscale Mediterranean fine dining restaurant showcasing an assortment of locally sourced seafood. And, if you’re looking for something a bit more laid-back, Lalin is an excellent spot for watching the sunset with cocktails and tapas-style sharing plates.
Waldorf Astoria has also crafted a selection of unique experiences to keep guests entertained, spanning everything from star gazing sessions to deep sea fishing, kayaking and coral planting with expert guides. Eco-conscious travelers will be pleased to hear the brand has taken steps to preserve the beautiful surroundings, employing a resident environment manager and marine biologist to oversee several projects and partnerships with nonprofits. The resort is home to a dedicated 2.5-megawatt solar farm that powers 95% of its operations, an on-site water treatment plant and a vegetable garden that supplies produce to the restaurants.
“The debut of Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island represents an intersection between luxury, the highest echelon of personalized service and eco-conscious travel,” commented Dino Michael, senior vice-president and global head at Hilton Luxury Brands. “The resort is a one-of-a-kind offering that creates unparalleled experiences and exceptional service, in a setting that is truly remarkable. We look forward to welcoming guests to the serene island sanctuary that is Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island.”
[See also: A Long Weekend in The Seychelles]