Stern's Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World, Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation, Stern's Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges, and The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases--by Steven B. Stern (Sponsored by Stern's Travel Guides, Ltd.)
     
 
 
THE INDIAN OCEAN
RESORTS OF THE SEYCHELLE ISLANDS
 
In my opinion, the Seychelles are the world’s most lush, exotic islands with the most picturesque beaches. The two most luxurious resorts situated on this 175-square-mile archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles east of Kenya, are Banyan Tree on the main island of Mahe and Lemuria on the tropical, paradise island of Praslin.
 
Set on lovely Intendance Bay at the southwestern tip of Mahe, surrounded by tropical foliage and steep protective mountains, the 47 stunning, plantation/colonial style, air-conditioned villas of Banyon Tree range in size from 1,000 to 4,800 square feet. Facilities include three restaurants, an infinity swimming pool, a gym and the world-class Banyan Tree Spa.
 
Lemuria, a 250-acre property with 88 suites and villas surrounded by lush, rare vegetation and three white-sand beaches is located on the island of Praslin. Suites and villas range in size from 600-to12,000-square feet. Facilities include a three-level pool that cascades down to the sea, an 18-hole golf course, two tennis courts, a children’s club, four bars, a spa-fitness center, three restaurants and all water sports.
 
Praslin is a beautiful floral island with some of the best beaches in the world. There are several other less expensive, but upscale properties on Praslin including La Reserve, L’Archipel and Acajou. On Mahe a good alternative, full-facility resort is Plantation Club, located not far from Banyan Tree.
 
 
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