The magical swaying of the palm leaves to the tune of the sultry sea air, the awe-inspiring hues of the turquoise sea, the sun setting in a vermilion painted sky and a perfect companion. Nothing can be as close as this for a perfect tropical vacation.
Tropical islands have always been our choicest holiday destinations. Be it Maldives, Malaysia or Thailand, it’s hard to pick our favorite.When our flight was about to land in Mahe, Swati and I were all pumped up and excited about our tropical vacation. Yes, this year it was Seychelles, which we had planned to strike off from our ever growing bucket list.As we disembarked from the plane at Mahe and headed towards Kempinski Seychelles, we knew that Seychelles would enchant us like no other.
The picturesque white powdery beaches and aqua blue water greeted us on our way to the resort, we could not resist but had to ask the taxi driver to stop at a couple of places so that we could dip our toes in the white sand and feel the sea air caressing our faces. He was kind enough to oblige considering we were just too excited and mesmerized by the stunning views that Seychelles had to offer.
We spent our days lounging on the beach chairs and sipping onto colorful tropical cocktails, snorkelling in the pristine waters of Baie Lazare, feeding giant tortoises during the afternoons, breakfast picnic on the hill with the stunning backdrop of resort and the Baie Lazare beach, watching the sun go down in the Indian Ocean and last but not the least, hogging on scrumptious Creole cuisines. It was an escape into the world of luxury and relaxation.
• • • Welcome • • •
As soon as we arrived at the resort we were greeted by the hotel staff with wet towels, a drink and a welcoming smile. While we were escorted towards the check-in desk our luggage was whisked away by the porter. Sipping on the welcome drink, we completed the check in formalities. The whole process took less than 5 minutes. A quick introduction followed and we were then escorted to our room where our luggage was already waiting for us.
• • • Rooms • • •
As we tiptoed into our Sea View Room we found it beautifully decorated with hibiscus flowers. On one side was the huge boulders while the other side was endless views of the ocean. Room interiors were quite modern. We loved the earthy tone that was used for furnishing the entire room.
The foyer had a large sized mirror which leads to a working desk and on the right side was the bed and left had a spacious bathroom and walk-in closet. The queen size bed was covered with wrinkle free white linen with an add-on white coloured bed canopy. The sleeping area was divided with an elevation separating out the seating and sleeping area and making the room spacious.
But the best was the floor to ceiling window which opened up to the patio that overlooked the manicured garden which led to the turquoise blue sea.
Other amenities in the room included large screen flat interactive TV, an iPod docking station, weight measuring machine, three phones, a well stocked mini bar and a study table.
The resort offers three different kinds of rooms – Hill View Room, Sea View Room and Sea View Garden Room. Some of the rooms also face a natural lagoon which is present inside the resort. There are two different types of suites namely One Bedroom Hill View Suite and One Bedroom Sea View Garden suite which are offered by the resort. Each room is tastefully decorated and had all modern amenities.
• • • Dining • • •
The food was one of the highlights of our stay at Kempinski Resort & Spa, it was the best that we had during our entire stay at Seychelles. The hotel boasts of three restaurants which serve multi cuisine food. The breakfast spread is varied and huge and starts from 7:30 AM in the morning and continues till 10:30 AM and is hosted at Café Lazare restaurant. The breakfast spread has the choicest of bread, muffins, cakes, freshly squeezed juices, cereals, eggs to order, boiled veggies to kick start the day.
Windsong is the beach themed restaurant where you can enjoy your lunch watching the waves crash against the powdery white beaches.
During lunch on our first day at the resort, the chef prepared amazing sumptuous Creole food for us. Swati ordered fish and I ordered chicken. We washed down all with a pint of the locally produced beer -Seybrew.
We also did not miss to experience their fining dining restaurant. The chef came up with his choicest of champagnes that followed with white and red wines to go along with the starter, main course and dessert.
On the very next day, we went for a yoga session with the in-house yoga instructor at the resort on top of the hill. We trekked all the way up to the hills and were taken back by the surprise picnic planned for just the two of us, on top of the hill overlooking the resort and the sea, after the yoga session. The picture says it all.
The resort hosts theme nights on every weekday and Thursday was a Bollywood themed night. That night buffet included everything starting from chat, Pani Puri, Gajar halwa, Besan laddoo too ;). The taste was as good as having dinner at any Indian restaurant back at home, later we found out that an Indian Chef works at the resort and the taste were spot on.
During our entire stay, we gorged on delectable dishes which were prepared by the amazing chefs at Kempinski Resort and Spa. Perfect for gourmands and for fine dining experience. 🙂
• • • Amenities • • •
The resort is well equipped with all the modern amenities like a gym to keep you fit, creche and kids corner to keep your munchkins busy while you go for snorkelling or diving, swimming pool to relax, spa to calm your senses. The resort even has a CASINO.
• • • Activities • • •
The Resort has no dearth of activities and will keep you occupied all day or even a week ;). It is perfect for family or couples as you won’t find a reason to part away from the resort. Yoga sessions can be organized upon request. The resort also boasts of having one of the best dive centers in Mahe.
The Dive center is the place from where you can just grab your snorkel gear or suit up in your scuba attire to explore the world underneath.
The resort also has tortoise feeding sessions every afternoon and hosts cocktail parties every week with a traditional dance performance by the locals.
• • • Location • • •
Tucked in the southern part of the island, Kempinski Resort and Spa is just 30 minutes away from the airport. A perfect tropical setting makes it secluded and a private oasis of luxury.
The resort has a 1 km long white sandy beaches. Though the beach is not a private property but most of the time you won’t find anyone else apart from the resort guests spending time on the beach.
• • • Overall • • •
We loved our stay at the resort and would highly recommend it if you are looking for all inclusive secluded stay at Seychelles. Kempinski Resort & Spa would perfectly fit in.
Apart from location, amenities and activities, we found the staff warm and friendly. Few of them were of Indian origin and they loved giving us suggestions on the best cuisines to try whilst our stay at the resort.
We would definitely love to return back to Kempinski soon 🙂
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We were guests of Kempinski Seychelles Resort but opinions as always are our own.