We spent 5 nights at the Banyan Tree Seychelles as a family with our 5 months baby. I have to say, the beach is one of the most stunning in the world, and we have seen our fair share (Bora Bora to Thailand and Bali) - the friendliness and responsiveness of the staff was excellent and the Spa was amazing. We had the luxury of spending the 5 nights in the Beachfront Pool Villa, which has direct access to the beach, which one shares with no-more than 10 couples at a time. Honestly, I was told that at the time of our stay there were 120 guest at the resort and my guess would have been 30 - this is how well it is managed. Finally, the main house is an old colonial mansion and the reason we picked this resort - there is just so much character to it - that makes you feel like you traveled back in time.
Now you might wonder, why we didn't give it a 5/5 rating. The answer is simple - the kitchen! Honestly we tried almost everything - and I don't know why, but nothing tasted really exceptional - at times it was even below average. We tried the simple things like Pizza Margarita (too much Cheese) and Cheeseburger (too dry) to more elaborate Thai (given its a Thai chain) - which was way too greasy and didn't have the typical tropical / spicy flavor. We tried the buffet - which was ok - but nothing special at $200 pp. Probably the best experience, and one I can recommend everyone is to have the in Villa Cook it Yourself BBQ - at least it's fun to be your own chef and you can blame no-one but yourself if you don't like it.
Here our recommendation - get a creative, young aspiring cook from France or UK and let him run the kitchen as a personal signature location. If you need inspiration what can be done with tropical food / fusion cusine we recommend a trip to Bali / Mosaique restaurant - amazing food / amazing wine pairing and same price as a at BT Seychelles. At the price you ask / night and per dish I firmly believe your guests deserve better.
In my mind you have everything it takes to be one of the most outstanding resorts in the Region - all it takes is a little bit more effort on the F&B side. Hope this feedback is helpful - if you look for a fantastic resort to stretch your legs and soak up the sun and don't give much thought about what lands on your plate - BT is your pick. If you are a foody - think twice about booking with BT or at least when ordering from the menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banyan Tree Seychelles offers an intimate retreat experience featuring its own signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality. The philosophy behind the resort is based on providing a place for rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a sanctuary for the senses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Seychelles Hotel Mahe Island
- Banyan Tree Seychelles Mahe Island