Why the Seychelles is a shore 

WT Writer
May 1, 2018
Get unplugged and adopt the easy-breezy island way of life at AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa


Slow down the pace, switch off your devices and feel the sand between your toes at this tropical island resort and spa, where warm Creole hospitality sets the tone for a tailor-made escape. 

The 124-room property, on the tranquil west coast of Mahé, is just a few minutes from Anse Barbarons bay and close to Grand Anse – the longest stretch of sand in the area. Great for couples and families alike, you can tailor your stay to suit your mood by selecting from the sun-soaked activities, pampering rituals and delicious dining experiences on offer. 

The first decision you need to make is which room to plump for. If a soul soothing view is a top priority, the AVANI Beach Front Rooms, set along the palm-fringed shore, are sure to deliver. Unwind on your private balcony or terrace, drink in hand, and enjoy life’s little pleasures. And when it’s time to rest, the sound of the lapping waves will lull you to sleep.

Lazy days are easy to come by here but we recommend you factor in some downtime at AVANISPA – the AVANI Signature Touch oil massage will send you into an entirely different dimension of relaxation. If you have little ones in tow, they’ll be happy playing in the Kids Club, which is free for those aged four to 12 (with babysitting services available for younger tots). 

Afterwards, get some vitamin D by the 25-metre-long swimming pool. If you feel like getting active, you can bend it like Barbarons at a sunrise yoga session, ace your game on the tennis court, take to the water for a peek at the marine life beneath your fins, or fulfill a celluloid fantasy with the wind in your hair as you enjoy a horseback gallop along pure white sands.

Beyond the resort, half-day trips to the capital, Victoria, exploring the crystal clear waters of the marine park, or a day spent island hopping are just the ticket for a snapshot of Seychellois life.

Culinary pit stops to assuage those post-excursion hunger pangs come in the form of four dining venues. Elements, with its beachside deck setting, is all about Creole specialities (we rate the cultural dining nights that mix market-fresh food with music and dance). Indian Ocean seafood and a table on the sand defines the Tamarind experience while Gravity Bar’s casual bites and beanbag culture is ideal for a chilled experience.

Want to take a piece of the island vibe home? Forgo the usual gift hunt and sign up for a Creole cooking class so you can keep a taste of your trip with you forever.


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