This stylish, serene and welcoming beachside refuge provides an authentic taste of the Seychelles without breaking the bank.
Anyone looking for an away-from-it-all experience of the Seychelles without the high price tag of a private island resort will be enchanted by CaranaBeach Hotel. This quietly luxurious boutique property in the north of Mahé has been a hit, especially with couples, since it opened in 2016. Its success lies in its intimate, laidback atmosphere and its enchanting setting on one of the island’s loveliest beaches. The richly planted grounds help to add to the sense of privacy, while the chic-yet-unobtrusive buildings blend perfectly into the landscape.
In tune with the hotel’s ethos, there’s no frantic roster of activities. Life revolves around the pool area where you can laze on cosy sun loungers or giant beanbags on the large beachside deck and graze from the temptation-filled all-day menu. Or you can tumble straight on to powder-soft white sand for a dip in the Indian Ocean. There’s a small spa, whose soothing treatments use only natural island ingredients such as coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla. And there are a few suitably de-stressing optional experiences – “Emotions” as the hotel calls them – from a special photo session on the beach to a coastal horse-riding trip with a sunset champagne picnic at the end.
The 40 large, high-ceilinged rooms are arranged in 20 chalets draped around the gently sloping curve of the bay, with wooden decks providing sea and sunrise views. Inside, the breezy décor offers a contemporary take on a rustic beach hut, with pale wood floors, white walls and soft furnishings in a palette of soft blues and greys: muted echoes of the turquoise sea and granite boulders just outside. For simplicity, there are only two types of room. Ocean View Pool Chalets have a deck with a private infinity-edge plunge pool and enough space for an inviting daybed and a couple of equally comfortable loungers. The Ocean View Chalets are slightly smaller, and the terrace has a daybed but no pool – a great option for those planning to spend the whole day by the beach anyway.
In a picturesque bay with a white sand beach at the northern tip of Mahé, the Seychelles’ main island
Good to know
Minimum stay: 5 nights 22 Dec-06 Jan, 3 nights 10-24 Apr
40 chalet rooms
1 restaurant, 1 lounge bar
Breakfast at Lorizon.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Lorizon.
*Denotes local charge