Banyan Tree Seychelles Hotel

, Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Banyan Tree Seychelles Hotel

, Mahe Island
5 star

Rooms: 60

Anse Intendance - Mahe Island - Seychelles | 248 383 500
225 Traveller

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Excellent

from jrf1977
8 nights at the Banyan Tree Seychelles as part of a longer honeymoon this September. Flew from Dubai with Emirates which was superb - much better than the direct Air Seychelles flight back which was very poor and the business class certainly not worth any extra. We loved the Banyan Tree. Worth noting that the weather in September can be quite stormy - we had rain most days and the sea was very rough. Stayed in a pool villa by the rocks and thought the view was worth the extra over the hillside villas. Be careful however as the rock villas have proved very successful and hence the resort has created some more by just adding a jacuzzi into a couple of hillside villas where the view is nowhere near as good. Hence it is well worth asking for the rock villas on the left side of the resort map and not up in the hills as these ones have superb views. We stayed in villa 301 which was superb. Service is excellent and not too over the top like we found in some one and only resorts.

The resort has 2 restaurants (with a third seafood one being built at the far end of the beach). The food was good but nothing special to be honest for the cost. The Thai restauarant was better but some of the meat in international restaurant not up to scratch - i guess it needs to be imported. The setting of the restaurants is excellent and we sat outside on the terrrace every night listening to the waves crash. One word of warning is that the hotel is expensive but that seems to be the way these days. Even without going out of control on wines and not touching the spa, budget for 500 us dollars a day for food and drinks etc. On top of the 1000 dollar plus room rate a night be prepared! They seem to be able to charge what they want as the resort is so popular - full occupancy the whole time we were there and they are building another 16 beach villas!

Must be one of the most picturesque hotels in the world

from acgk
My Wife and I spent 7 days for our honeymoon at the hotel. We stayed in a Pool Villa By The Rocks (#209), which is very secluded and has just an unbeliveable view of the ocean. The hotel's facilities are all top rate and the food at Saffron and Au Jardin are both good. Those looking for a great meal outside the hotel should check out Chez Batista, only about 15 mins away by taxi.

The service at the hotel is good, though not up to Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton levels. The spa services though are much better than at these other hotel chains. Best spa we had ever been to.

Our only real compaint about our experience was that the hotel switched our reservation to a honeymoon rate plan simply because we were on our honeymoon despite our travel agent booking us on a seperate plan (which gave us some more freebies). When we pointed this out they simply said we were in error and didn't do anything about it. When you check-in make sure you are on the right plan.

The other issue with our trip, which is no fault of the hotel's, is that vendors in the Seychelles give better rates if you pay in foreign currency. The problem is that the Seychellois government doesn't permit ATMs, banks or hotels to give foreign currency to tourists. They will only give you local Rupees. For example a taxi we wanted to hire for a day trip in Praslin wanted US$60 or the equivalent of US$100 if we paid in Rupees. So a piece of advice is make sure you bring enough foreign currency for all your activities etc otherwise you'll pay significantly higher prices.

I'd also note that the surf is pretty rough on the South of Mahe during September and October so swimming isn't possible, but the waves crashing into the rocks by our villa was breathtaking.

All in all a very beautiful hotel on a very beautiful island.

Total paradise

from JimmyH
My wife and I stayed here last September (2005). We were on Honeymoon and we could not have wished for much more. The staff excellent and every bit attentive. We had a hillside villa with pool and jacuzzi and a double sized bed as a sun lounger. Great for those lazy days. I agree that you are quite tucked away down there. We spent 10 days there and ate out one night at a restaurant reccomended by the hotel. Lovely fish and great value for money. Something the Banyan tree is not so great for. If you are planning a honeymoon there budget some of your wedding funds to cover the bar bill at the end. Although the drinks and wine were rather expensive it did not bother us. The whole feel was relaxed and enjoyable. The sea is quite rough and if you are not a competent swimmer it can be seen as quite daunting. However I loved the body surfing every afternoon. Very invigorating! The swimming pool was lush and my wife and I would spend late afternoons doing a few lengths preparing ourselves for the amount of food we were about to consume that evening. The portions were good! We had one day of rain, to be expected in a tropical climate like the Seychelles. They had a great selection of DVD's to borrow which helped pass the time. You have to experience the spa. We had a 3 hour treatment where we were covered in warm rice and then washed down and massaged from head to toe. I felt a new man when I came out. Excellent and worth every penny. A great destination if you want to wind down and chill out. A week probably long enough. We combined it with a further 5 days in Mauritius which was 2 hours flight away. Great holiday and ordering a golf buggy (their taxi service) to pick you up from your room in the evening and take you to and from the man complex brought a smile to my face every night!

Absolute Luxury

from TEEVEE
The Banyan Tree Seychelles is an absolute treat. We stayed in a beachfront villa that was beautiful. Villas are very private, huge pool, cozy hot tub and massage pavilion outside. Inside, cozy & comfortable. The bed was decorated every night, roomy shower had a bench and a steam feature. It was a short walk to the beautiful beach....soft white sand, crystal clear water. A bit rough for swimming, but otherwise wonderful. Staff was excellent and service was impeccable. The balinese massage was fabulous and having them come to the villa and use your own private outdoor massage pavilion was perfect. Food in both restaurants was very good. Everything in Seychelles is spendy, so expect to have a fairly hefty dining bill. Villas are extremely comfortable and the breakfasts are amazing. Any small problems are fixed immediately and staff is great. It's a 30-45 minute drive to Mahe town....and there's not much to do there. This is THE place to go for rest & relaxation. Not much to do except relax and that was fine by us. There is only 1 computer available, so expect a wait most times. However, in-villa internet access is available if you bring your own laptop. We opted to spend all day every day on the beach or in villa pool...but there seemed to be a lot of day trips to other islands or other activities you could arrange.
Not an inexpensive place to go....but we thought it was worth the splurge.

crashing waves at the banyan

from A TripAdvisor Member
we have just returned from a second honeymoon at the banyan tree seychelles. on arrival at the banyan tree the service was slow, and after travelling through the night with no sleep, this was dissappointing. We were not satisfied with the villa we were given, so we complained to the manager, who was very helpful and apologetic. the second villa we were given was better, so it pays to complain. we stayed for 12 nights, which, maybe was too long, as there are only two restaurants to choose from, they were both quite expensive and although the food was excellent, after a while was repetative, also there is no entertainment apart from a jazz band on a Monday night.

On a more positive note if your idea of a good holiday is to do absolutely nothing day and night then the Banyan Tree is for you, if you want something a bit livlier then go elswhere. The service was very good, the staff very attentive. The noise from the crashing waves can be noisy, we were there in June which is their winter, but still very sunny.

We found the music and the insence burners in the room were a very nice touch, and made our stay very special and memorable.

We were slightly dissappointed with the Banyan Tree because we did not realise how isolated it was from everywhere, it was a 30 minute taxi ride to the capitol Victoria, I think maybe the brochures should point this out a bit better.

All in all we both enjoyed the Banyan Tree very much but it was'nt perfect.

It is absolute paradise

from Identity1
My husband and I stayed at this hotel at the end of May 2006 for one week.

From the moment we arrived the Banyan Treet exceeded our expectations.

We stayed in a beachfront villa which was private. The beach was down a few steps from the villa and you arrived at your private sunbeds.

The rooms are huge and decorated perfectly.
Each night your bed is left decorated with lovely flowers, and sometimes gifts.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and refer to you by name.

I would highly recommend the beach bbq which although expensive was a lovely romantic experience and the food was excellent.

The only downside was that it was very expensive. Both food, drinks and treatments at the spa were a lot more expensive than we had imagined. For a once in a lifetime holiday don't let this put you off. The experience is worth every penny !

I would recommend this hotel if you want to find paradise... we're certainly going to be returning !

Fabulous

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just come back from a fabulous honeymoon where we stayed at the Banyan Tree for 4 days. We stayed in a hillside villa with a private pool which was very comfortable and spacious.

The food was wonderful and staff very helpful and friendly.

The only complaint we had was that service charge and tax was added onto everything - even the minibar. Despite this, we would definately recommend the Banyan Tree and are even looking into visiting another one of their resorts for our anniversary.

Fantastic Honeymoon

from Traveller Hampshire
We've just returned from our honeymoon. We stayed in a villa by the rocks which really was lovely (villa 302) from Oct 8th to 13th. We couldn't have been happier about our choice it was lovely been secluded with our own pool. The villa was really spacious and everything was really modern.

Most of the time we ordered food at our villa which was no more expensive than having it at the restaurant. We can recommend all the thai food on the in villa dining menu ...khao pad and the skewers are great. Breakfast is great too eat as much as you like and I agree that the fried eggs are great also!! Have to disagree on the last comments on Saffron. We at there one night and the food was fantastic...try phad thai.

The sea was quite rough and even when it looks calm it is still quite a job to get past the breakers. We were quite happy though to have the beach as a view and our pool for swimming.

If you can afford it the Presidental villa would be really worth it for the views alone.

The only downside for us was on the last night we experienced the palm spider that I had been dreading. I was reading when suddenly out of the corner of my eye I saw the biggest spider ever crawling up the wall inside the villa. It was literally the size of your hand. We called guest services and they came at great speed to kill it for us. And that was the only 1 we saw....however 1 was enough.

This really is a great place one of the best we've been to and the staff can't do enough for you......

Paradise Found

from Trinkettes
We stayed at Banyan Tree for 5 days a week ago (late Sept. 2005). I had high expectations, and the place lived up to all of them in spades! The location itself was just gorgeous - white sand beach, turquoise waters. And our hillside villa was beautiful - our view was breath-taking. I always wanted to wake up to blue skies and our huge window in the bedroom made the view picture-perfect.

There is always a debate about whether the beach villas are better than the hillside villas - my vote is for hillside because you just can't beat the awesome view. But I think we also got one of the best hillside villas because we were the only couple getting married at the time. Our location was great and I think we had the only villa which had the inifinity pool going vertically out of the hillside (others appeared to run horizontally; not as dramatic). The downside (for lack of a better word) is that you need to take the hotel's buggy service (golf cart) to get to and from your villa, and there are a lot of bugs up in the hillside villas. But these are minor considerations (and you can always walk instead of taking the buggy for some exercise).

We arranged for the hotel to handle our wedding ceremony and they took care of all of the details. The ceremony was short and sweet, but it was everything we hoped it would be, thanks mainly to the beautiful setting. We had a beach barbeque after the wedding, but it rained half-way through dinner and so we had to move into a gazebo which was close by. My new husband said he was glad that the most beautiful wedding he had ever attended was his own, rain or no rain. (Same for me.)

It did rain one whole day during our stay, but I think rain is a constant in Mahe even though we went during the dry season. I guess that is the price you pay for paradise.

We rented a car, but we ended up hardly using it becasue our stay was too short to bother exploring. We wanted to enjoy Banyan Tree and not waste time running around. We went into Victoria the one day it rained, but the trip was not worth taking. There is absolutely nothing to see or do in Victoria and we would have been better off staying in our villa. Plus the drive there was very dangerous because of the single lane winding roads and rainy downpour. In addition, we are not used to left side driving as we are from the U.S. (California). We do regret a little that we never checked out the north side of the island because we heard the beaches were great there, but our stay was too short. I recommend a period of 7 days and longer if you want to see the other islands. (We stayed for 5 days because of plane schedules and we were on a safari in Kenya prior to arriving.)

As with other reviews, I will say that dining prices are high at Banyan Tree. The food was good in the main restaurant downstairs, but we were disappointed by the Thai restaurant, Saffron. The food was not very good at all, but maybe it was just what we ordered since we only ate there one time. We actually liked the food (lunch) by poolside - good selection and tasty. Our breakfast was included and it was the best meal of the day - they make fabulous eggs. We did not try to eat at any other places outside of the hotel because it was just too dark at night to drive and plus we did not see any restaurants which looked good.

It goes without saying that the service is top notch at Banyan Tree and the staff was always cheerful. They gave you privacy, but at the same time, you knew they were always on hand to help if you needed them. It was also refreshing for us to be at a resort which did not have big crowds and screaming children. We finally found a place where we could relax peacefully, but I guess peace just comes at a price.

All in all, a most memorable experience - perfect for a destination wedding / honeymoon.

The best of the Seychelles - Banyan Tree

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from an eleven night stay at the Banyan Tree Seychelles. We had a fairly appalling journey to get there thanks to Air France/air Seychelles, but on arrival we were greeted by a driver from the hotel who could not have made us more welcome and relaxed. From start to finish the staff at the hotel did everything they could to ensure our comfort. We had no problems with service at all. We had a "Pool villa by the rocks". It was very private and had spectacular views. The private pool and outdoor dining deck were a real luxury and very conduicive to private dining. Each night a small gift was left for us and on our last night the gift was a photo taken on arrival mounted in a silk frame. This was a very thoughtful touch. If there were any negatives I'd say the hotel needed to add another restuarant for variety. The Thai (Saffron) and the main restaurant were very good but if you don't like fish or spicy foods then choice becomes a little limited. We took a tour to La Digue and Praslin - nice to see but very organised and we were pretty much herded all the way. If you are someone who likes to do their own thing then you would be disappointed in the day. We also hired a car and travelled all round Mahe. It is a very beautiful island and in my opinion much prettier than Mauritius. This gave us the opportunity to visit The Le Meridien and although lovely just did not compare to the Banyan Tree. The Banyan Tree Spa was probably the highlight - just supberb!
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