2004 sees the opening of several eagerly anticipated spas in the Seychelles such as: the luxurious Frégate Island Private, and the refurbishment of Le Meridien’s Fisherman’s Cove, and not to mention the Banyan Tree who recently won Top Award at the Prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Awards.Frégate Island Private
With the opening of their indigenous spa on 1st May 2004, Frégate Island Private is set to become the ultimate luxury retreat.
Embracing the planets natural elements of earth, air, fire and water, the ethos of the spa is to communicate the nature and ecology of the island’s unique surroundings.
Situated on a plateau high above sea level, the spa is surrounded by tropical gardens in which palm trees, natural stone boulders, pools of water and cascading waterfalls break up the area that covers one and a half acres of land. From the main spa building - a two storey structure comprising two massage suites - guests can enjoy their surrounding scenery through large windows that offer a 180 degree panoramic view over the treetops.
Therapists will prepare botanical treatments out of local ingredients carefully cultivated and harvested on the land or in Frégate’s own hydroponics house. Signature treatments will include the Frégate Retreat Massage a fabulous full body massage that uses a unique blend of different types of massage, deep tissue, Swedish, shiatsu and reflexology.
North Island has been the name on everyone’s lips since it opened in May 2003. Bought in recognition of its potential as a Noah’s Ark, it is a sanctuary where natural habitats can be rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora is being be re-introduced and given a place to regenerate.
It is the ultimate in barefoot luxury and with 11 luxuriously appointed villas crafted from natural local materials, each with a private plunge-pool set along the secluded eastern side of the island the emphasis is on complete privacy.
The 5-star treatment extends from personal butler service and individually customised accommodation to top class diving and watersports. And by the end of 2004 the eagerly awaited spa is set for completion. Currently guests are offered a range massages and beauty treatments in their private villas, but a separate retreat where guests can escape for some serious pampering will be the perfect addition to this irresistible resort.
Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove
Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove is currently closed for total refurbishment but is still on schedule to reopen mid-summer 2004 as an exclusive five-star Resort and Spa hotel.
Located on the north coast by the Beau Vallon beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove is synonymous with charm and tranquillity and its combination of comfort, design and service will provide a unique contemporary, yet tropical feel to the resort. The hotel prides itself on its rooms - exotically decorated with stunning sea views - and the fabulous location which offers guests the chance to explore the fantastic coral formations and incredible sea life that make the Seychelles an ideal diving destination.
When completed, the resort will have 70 Rooms (including 14 exclusive Senior Suites), two restaurants, a bar, a rejuvenating spa, tennis and all sports facilities.
Banyan Tree Spa - Wins Top Award at Prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Awards
Banyan Tree Spa Seychelles was named as best spa in the “Africa, Indian Ocean & Middle East” category at February’s prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Spa Awards. The Banyan Tree Spa also achieved a superb fourth place on “The World’s Top 25” list making it one of the most desirable resorts to visit.
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