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Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree Seychelles and Dubai

Enjoy the sights of Dubai and a dune safari before a relaxing stay at the Banyan Tree Seychelles, one of the world's most luxurious hotels.

Whats Included:
3 nights Dubai, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Banyan Tree Seychelles, including breakfast and excursions. Includes flights and transfers.

11 days from £4,425pp

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On the beach - 8 days

Banyan Tree, Mahe

Elegant, understated and very refined, the Banyan Tree Seychelles is one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. A combination of contemporary, colonial and plantation design, it seamlessly blends the old world with the new.

The exceptionally private Banyan Tree is an exclusive hideaway featuring lavish villas cut into a hillside and surrounded by lush tropical foliage. Cool marble floors and balustraded balconies lead out to the stunning infinity pool and endless views of the deep-blue sea. The hotel’s three restaurants have earned an enviable reputation for their fine food, while the enchanting spa offers a range of signature treatments. Attentive staff can arrange a host of personalised experiences from private dining under the stars to cookery courses. Alternatively, visit the botanical and spice gardens or take a trip in a glass-bottomed boat. Whatever you choose to do in this incredibly romantic resort, it is highly likely you will leave wishing you had booked just a few days more.

The enormous private villas feature high, sloping ceilings, airy verandas and louvred doors. All come with their own plunge pool, a decking area with a separate gazebo and stunning sea views.

Before the beach - 3 days


Ancient yet avant-garde, demure yet decadent, Dubai is a city of dramatic and bewildering contrasts. Visit old Dubai on a guided tour to see the magnificent Majlis Al Ghorfat, modern palaces, and the Bastakia district. Then explore the 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort and the gold and spice souks before heading to the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for an evening of traditional Arabian entertainment. Relax on low cushions in an authentic Bedouin tent and watch the sun set over the rolling sand dunes before taking a camel ride under the stars.

The Palace Downtown Dubai is a lakeside hotel offering a blend of local heritage and contemporary style. The 323 guest rooms have Middle Eastern decor and stunning views.

Banyan Tree, Mahe

60 rooms, 3 restaurants, 1 pool


Banyan Tree Seychelles overlooks beautiful Intendance Bay in the southwest of Mahé. The resort is a mix of wooden decking, white clapboard villas and infinity pools, with views out over the beach and the sea. The architecture complements the tropical landscape with the white of the pavilions contrasting with the jungle greens and marine blues.

The views of the beach are the big draw: white sand framed by coconut palms and jungle. The resort is designed to make the most of its beautiful location with villas sitting on the sand, or perched up above with sweeping views. The 60 villas are well-spaced allowing guests privacy.

There are three restaurants, serving international, Thai and Creole cuisine, and two bars, Lavarange Bar and the pool bar. Excellent facilities ensure an action-packed or relaxing break, from tennis to the landmark Banyan Tree Spa.

For families

Children of all ages are welcome at Banyan Tree. Villas have sofabeds, and cots can be arranged.

The two-bedroom double pool beachfront villas are ideal for family groups, with plenty of space for everyone.

The Banyan Tree Seychelles is perched in a prime spot above the long, crescent-shaped beach of Intendance Bay, with views stretching right along the coastline. Whilst on the main island of Mahé, the hotel feels very secluded — once you’re arrived it’s easy to feel like it’s the only hotel on the island.

The beach is ideal for strolling, lounging or paddling in the warm Indian Ocean. The sea can sometimes be rough here, so it's not always possible to swim in the ocean. Instead, each room has a private plunge pool, and the hotel has an infinity pool.

The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is 45 minutes from the hotel, while Mahé airport is just 30 minutes’ drive away.

Our opinion

The Banyan Tree Seychelles is a stylish choice in a secluded, postcard-perfect location. It’s a well-thought out hotel with plenty of facilities and we are impressed with its eco-credentials.

The extensive spa facilities will suit those looking for a focus on well-being, and their range of dining options are ideal if you’re celebrating a special occasion. This is a good value choice if you’re eager to have your own private pool. The sea can be quite rough and unsuitable for swimming, but snorkeling trips further afield can be arranged.


The 60 villas are finished in a colonial-plantation style, with white clapboard walls, cool marble floors and louvred doors. Each has so much outdoor space that you don't really need to leave your villa, including an alfresco lounge, dining pavilion and private pool.

All villas have king size beds, air-conditioning, satellite television and CD player, minibar, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities and en suite bathroom, with double basins, a sunken bath tub and shower, bathrobes and hair dryers.

Ocean Pool Villa

Situated high on a hill these ocean view villas are surrounded by rainforest. They have a private plunge pool, veranda with sun loungers and an open-air pavilion.

Intendance Bay View Pool Villa

Set in front of the ocean and large granite boulders, each of these villas has a private pool, massage pavilion, large veranda, outdoor jet pool and steam room. A delightful villa garden offers direct access to the beach.

Beachfront pool villa

The beachfront pool villas are luxurious and spacious. There is a private swimming pool, massage pavilion, sprawling veranda, outdoor jet pool and steam room. A delightful villa garden offers direct access to the beach.

Sanctuary Ocean View Pool Villa

Perched on the hillside in the tropical rainforest, these villas have spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The villas have both a swimming pool and Jacuzzi and lots of living space, all cleverly connected by a network of paths and walkways.

One Bedroom Royal Banyan Ocean View Pool Villa

This villa has a prime location at the end of the beach, overlooking its own private cove with large amounts of space in which to unwind. The infinity pool spreads out over the rocks that protect the villa from the Indian Ocean giving you a swim with a view.

Two-Bedroom double pool beachfront villa

The two bedroom double pool beachfront villas are just steps away from the beach, and are an inspired choice for groups and families looking for a tropical retreat. They have lots of space to spread out in, and are supremely comfortable, with plenty of al fresco dining space.

Because just one might not be enough, they have two private swimming pools, as well as a Jacuzzi. When teamed with a villa host and the in-villa chef service, they are the ideal way for a big group to relax and celebrate in style.

Pictures of the rooms

Activities, diving & excursions

There is a tennis court, gym, library and small boutique (we recommend purchasing the Banyan Tree spa products). The hotel can arrange mountain bike hire, snorkeling, canoe hire, boat charters and fishing. Cooking lessons are also available.

From October to February, turtle nesting season sees hundreds of baby turtles crawling into the sea. As part of the resort’s turtle protection program, you can join staff to monitor the nests.

The resort works with a dive centre 15-minutes from the hotel. They can teach you to dive if you’re a first-timer, or for experienced divers, they can show you the best local spots.

Average dive depths are 15 m (49 ft), with the maximum depth of 22 m (72 ft), so most dives are suitable for Open Water Divers and Advanced Open Water Divers.

Local dive sites of repute include Shark Point, which has swim-through boulders, a huge variety of marine life and, unsurprisingly, several shark species. Also notable is Takamaka Rocks, which is home to most of the Indian Ocean's fish species, including frog fish and ghost fish.

The best time of year for diving is October to April, with visibility more limited in December and January.

Food & drink

There are three restaurants to choose from at Banyan Tree: Au Jardin d'Epices, Saffron and Chez Lamar.

Au Jardin d'Epices is set above the bay, and serves buffet breakfasts, a selection of light lunches and fine international cuisine for dinner. The dinner menu is inspired by local, fresh ingredients, and features a variety of Creole and Mediterranean cuisine. We highly recommend the lobster curry.

Chez Lamar is set in a colonial-style house that exudes old-world charm, overlooking the Seychellois wetlands, and serves a fusion of Creole cuisine and Arabic specialities.

Saffron has tables on the veranda of the colonial mansion. The resort’s signature restaurant, it serves fine Southeast Asian cuisine, with an emphasis on Thai food. 

La Varangue is the place to grab a couple of drinks and snacks, a pizza, or some light Thai specialities with views out over the ocean. Alternatively the Rum Shack set on the beach offers cocktails made with local rum and a bento box selection.

When you just can't drag yourself away from the pool, the Pool Bar serves up freshly squeezed juices and other refreshing drinks, plus snacks.

It's also possible to enjoy beach picnics, or dine in the pavilion in your villa.

The evenings at the Banyan Tree are filled with a mixture of jazz evenings, Creole dance performances, and a cinema under the stars.

Spa Facilities

Banyan Tree Spas are world-renowned and therapists are trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Bintan, Phuket or Lijiang.

The spa has a strong Asian influence, drawing on Banyan Tree's heritage. There are eight pavilions, some open to the elements with views of the surrounding gardens, and a Jacuzzi set in its own jungle clearing. A wide variety of beauty and massage treatments are available using Banyan Tree Spas own, high-quality, signature products.


Location: Dubai

On the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai was, until recently, an oil rich desert state with little tourist infrastructure, but in only a few decades it has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading beach destinations.

If you are travelling to the Musandam Peninsula in Oman or flying to Muscat with Emirates airlines you will be landing in Dubai and it makes for a natural break for a few days’ relaxation. Dubai’s hotels are renowned and include some of the most lavish properties in the world, either on the beach, around Dubai Creek, or in the splendid isolation of the desert.

Never understated, Dubai makes a bold statement with an extensive list of activities including excellent restaurants, shopping, championship golf courses, and an indoor real snow ski slope.

The Palace Downtown Dubai

Accommodation: The Palace Downtown Dubai

This luxurious hotel is located in the heart of the area of Dubai known as downtown, facing the towering Burj Khalifa, the tallest man made structure in the world. The Palace is directly connected with the Souk Al Baha, a few minutes walk from the enormous Dubai Mall and just a short stroll from a huge variety of restaurants and shops. The Palace is set on the edge of downtown’s lake where every day a fountain show to rival that of The Bellagio in Las Vegas happens regularly. Although set within the heart of downtown Dubai, the hotel’s lakeside setting, small garden areas and grand entrance driveway allows guests to escape the hustle and bustle of the area.

Surrounded by tall towers, the Palace has only 8 floors and the design of the hotel is a delightful blend of Middle Eastern heritage and contemporary Dubai. The Palace offers an elegant Thai restaurant with views over the fountains and lake and an excellent Argentinean grill as well as more informal options serving Arabic dishes and international cuisine. There is also an outdoor pool and a spa. The 242 guest rooms are spacious and comfortable with a sophisticated décor.


Day by day

Day 1

You will leave the UK today for your flight to Dubai. You will be met on arrival and taken to your hotel by private vehicle and driver. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2

Day at leisure in Dubai. This evening we have arranged a sundowner dune safari, including dinner in the dunes. This is a great way to experience the desert and escape the city for the evening.

Day 3

We have included a guided half day City of Merchants tour of Dubai City today. Lunch will be payable locally. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore independently.

Day 4

You will be driven to the airport for your Emirates flight to the Seychelles, arriving in the early afternoon in Mahe. Here you will be met and transferred to the Banyan Tree where you will stay for the next week relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

Day 5

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a private tour of the island with your own driver and guide. Visit Victoria, explore the botanical gardens and enjoy great views over the island from Morne Seychellois National Park. You will also visit a small, artisanal rum distillery and a traditional plantation home surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Day 6

Today you can enjoy a day at leisure to spend doing as much or as little as you like. The pool is a lovely area to unwind, soaking up the sun and catching up on a good book.

Day 7

Another day at leisure to relax or explore independently if you wish. Car-hire can be easily arranged locally if you'd like to see more of the island.

Day 8

If snorkelling is something you particularly enjoy, there are plenty of small islands and marine parks to visit off Mahe. St Anne is a particular highlight, as the marine life here is really superb.

Day 9

At leisure.

Day 10

At leisure.

Day 11

You will be picked up this morning and taken to the airport for you flight back to the UK via Dubai.

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