A tranquil retreat tucked into a lush tropical grove, just steps from the Indian Ocean.

While the Seychelles isn’t exactly short on beaches, some make your jaw drop. Barbarons Beach is one of them with its sand as soft as icing sugar and water in jewel tones. Backing the beach is AVANI Barbarons Seychelles Resort, a peaceful hideout on the west coast of Mahé – the only retreat on this coastal stretch. The sandy crescent is encircled by a wall of emerald foliage, concealing low-slung rooms and suites made from local materials.

A bedroom-to-beach vibe means you’re always only steps from the ocean: wake up with a refreshing dip or take a cooling afternoon bathe as respite from the balmy sun. Rooms and suites are bright and breezy, with African-inspired furnishings and lots of gleaming wood, accented with splashes of blue in shades of the sea. Pick an Avani Beachfront Room for easy access to the palm-fringed shore – or go all out with an Avani Ocean View Suite for double the space and a private balcony.

It’s all about laid-back luxury here: indulge in a decadent spa massage; we recommend trying the blissful Comfort Zone Tranquility Body Ritual). Work your way through the hotel’s six dining options: highlights include fresh seafood at the ocean-view Elements and Pan Asian plates on the waterside deck at Tamarind. Later, linger over drinks at chilled day-to-night hangout Gravity – the best spot for catching a staggering sunset.

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Key information

Tucked into an idyllic bay, on the west coast of Mahé

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30 minutes from Mahé airport
Rooms: 124

Good to know

Minimum stay: 4 nights 26 Dec-03 Jan. Compulsory New Year's Eve gala dinner, supplement applies.

Accommodation information

124 rooms and suites

Activities

• Whip up a sizzling Creole dish at an island cookery class* • Explore the Seychelles archipelago on a scenic boat trip* • Go horse riding at sunset along Barbarons beach* • Stretch it out with beachside yoga.    

Dining

3 restaurants, 2 bars

What's included

Breakfast at Elements.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board from £53 • Breakfast at Elements • Dinner at Elements or Tamarind (reservation required; set menu applies)

Full Board from £92 • Breakfast at Elements • Lunch and dinner at Elements or Tamarind (reservation required; set menu applies).

*Denotes local charge