With active and adventure holidays increasingly on the rise among all age-groups, thrill-seekers are looking for new places to fulfil their adrenaline needs. Cue the Seychelles, no longer just a destination for honeymooners and sun worshippers, but now an ever-popular destination for those seeking an action-packed, culturally rich and diverse paradise to explore.
Stay at Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles – Allamanda Resort & Spa on Mahé Island, the Seychelles’ largest island in this archipelago, a great affordable luxury option for solo travellers, couples and families who want to enjoy more than the usual fly and flop getaway.
When you’re not making the most of the hotel’s complimentary kayaking, canoeing and snorkelling facilities, why not hire one of the hotel’s mini mokes to explore this diverse and beautiful landscape.
With its unrivalled location on the Anse Royale beachfront, guests of Allamanda Resort & Spa are spoilt for choice when it comes to exhilarating water sports. From snorkelling and diving, to water-skiing, surfing and paddle-boarding, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean welcomes keen water-sportsmen and newbies alike.
Enjoy a spot of snorkelling in Baie Lazare or Anse Royale’s shallow lagoons or take a dive off the steep drop-offs near Anse Soleil and Anse Major and discover the kaleidoscopic reefs. Those wanting to keep their head above water can kayak along the water’s edge and watch turtles, rays and fish.
Those wanting to immerse themselves in Mahé’s tropical landscape can spend their mornings discovering the numerous hiking trails which wind themselves through the south of the island before enjoying some well-deserved R&R on one of the hidden white sandy beaches.
Starting just a couple of minutes from Allamanda Resort & Spa, guests can take an invigorating hike from Anse Marie-Louise to Anse Petite Boileau as they follow the concealed trail through relatively thick vegetation, across to Police Bay. The trail’s surrounding unspoilt forest provides a Robinson-Crusoe feeling of isolation and guarantees that hikers will truly feel at one with nature.
After a morning in the wilderness, guests can relax on Police Bay, a secluded beach only accessible by foot, or travel up to Anse Intendance, a hidden gem. Anse Intendance is arguably one of the most spectacular beaches in the Seychelles with fine white sand, crystal clear water and no reef – guests can while away the hours lazing on the sand, swimming in the sea and relaxing in the beach bar with a fresh coconut or cold beer.
Whilst the Seychelles is known as a beach-lovers paradise, Mahé also offers a host of options for those wanting to get a culture hit on holiday. Hire a car or mini moke and discover all that the south of the island has to offer – from the famous Michael Adams MBE’s art studio in Anse aux Poules Bleues to Le Jardin du Roi, there’s plenty to see and do.
The lush spice garden, Le Jardin du Roi, is situated up in the hills above Anse Royale and has a rich history following its conception by French spice entrepreneur Pierre Poivre in the 1700s. Learn about the garden’s heritage on a self-guided walk around the 35-hectare orchard, before stocking up on spices and delicious homemade jams & marmalades.
Where to stay
Allamanda Resort & Spa is a boutique four-star hotel located in the south of Mahé Island, a great affordable luxury options for solo travellers, couples and families. With its proximity to secluded, lesser-known beaches, challenging hiking trails and spice and flower gardens, the hotel is the ideal bolthole for those looking to explore all that the Seychelles’ largest island has to offer.
The hotel’s 30 guest rooms have been carefully designed to offer breath taking views of the azure waters and untouched lush tropical surroundings, and with each room boasting its own balcony, and some with private outdoor whirlpool baths, guests can take in the hotel’s glorious setting from their own private hideaway. Allamanda Resort & Spa boasts two restaurants, an eforea spa and large outdoor swimming pool.
Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled getaway, a culture-filled trip, or a back-to-nature escape, Allamanda Resort & Spa caters to all your needs.
DoubleTree by Hilton is located only 20 minutes from Pointe Larue International Airport by car or taxi.
Prices at DoubleTree by Hilton – Allamanda Resort & Spa start from €300/ £273* in a King Deluxe Room with Ocean View per night on a B&B basis.