We stayed on a bed and breakfast board and the breakfasts were lovely. You had allthe normal cereals, fresh fruit, croissants.pastries etc, but you could also have a full English breakfast and the menu was unbelievable. I have never tasted eggs benedict like these...absolutely yummy!!!!We always ate in the hotel restaurants and they were escellent too, although quite expensive. Some guests travelled out to other hotels in the area but we actually never left the hotel for our full week.
The "villas" are beautiful and immaculate. Everyday, they would come and clean the villa and pool and leave the usual display on the bed with flowers and would leave lovely soothing music playing. In the evening, when we returned from dinner, there was always a little gift for us and a candle burning. can I just say to make sure that when they are in cleaning the room in the evening,just make sure they close the doors when they go in and out as one night our housekeeper left the door open while she was turning down the bed. When we were in bed that evening, I felt somethin land on my shoulder. There on the bed was this horrible insect and that was the first of many. They give you a can of bug spray in your room and that night I used the whole can. What made things worse is that the bedding was made of white linen, and all the half-dead insects were landing on the bed and you could see them as clear as anything. It got to the stage that I was in tears as I am not keen on creepie-crawlies. I think I made things worse by using so much bug spray. Anyway, we phoned concierge and they came up and changed our bedding and swept the floor for us. There certtainly wasn't any insects ledt after all the sparay I had used. Just to be warned though to keep your door closed in the evenings. Other than that time there was no problems with insects at all.
What really made this hotel so special was the views. They were simply breathtaking. We stayed ina "pool villa by the rocks" and we were quite high up on the hillside. When you enter the wooden door to your private garden,in front of you is a paved area and to the right was our villa, then on the left was a raiesd dining area with table and chairs and a sofa, the in front of that was your own infinity pool. straight ahead from the entrance is another area with steps down that lead to our jacuzzi. We were surrounded beneath us by foliage and it looked as though we were the only villa there. You could see some roofs from villas below us but we had a completely uninterrupted view of the beachand the Indian Ocean. I have never seen anything so beautiful. Inside your villa you have a rainshower and plunge bath and in front there is a window which opens completely up and if you open it you had those most wonderful views again. You could shower and have this awsome view while showering. Nobody was anywhere near you so it was completely private.
Seychelles is an absolutely stunning island and this hotel is on one of the most beautiful beaches there. It is a private beach so was always empty. It was total "Paradise".
The staff are the most friendly you could hope to meet anywhere and with such a beautiful place we did not want to leave. As far as entertainment goes, there is nothing much to do in the evenings except sit on the terrace with a drink and just take in the stunning views.
If you are looking for somewhere to just chill out in luxury and be amazed at how beautiful a place is, then you will love the Banyan Tree. We will definately return one day.
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