The Republic of Seychelles is a scenic archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It claims some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery in the world and is associated with luxury and elegance. Resorts in this region offer incredible services and accommodations to guests with discerning taste from all over the world. The overwhelming number of beaches make it an ideal vacation for people that enjoy water sports or simply relaxing on the sand.

An overview of the best Seychelles luxury resorts, as rated by visitors.

10.  Maia Luxury Resort & Spa *****. The Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is located on a private peninsula on the southwest coast of Mahe and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. There are 30 separate villas at the luxury resort which are all private and air conditioned. Each villa is decorated in a tropical island style and includes a private swimming pool, a large bathroom with an outdoor bath. The hotel spa offers everything from caviar body treatments to massages. For kids, the hotel also has a program that offers activities like treasure hunting and sandcastle building, and adults can participate in activities like sea kayaking and snorkeling.

9. North Island Resort *****. Located some 30 km from the main island of Mahe, North Island is a small granitic island developed as a private luxury resort. The resort has a lounge, dining room, library, health spa and gym, world-class dive center and a rim-flow swimming pool. It features 11 guest villas which have been handcrafted on the island from wood, local stone and glass, with thatched roofs.

8. Banyan Tree Seychelles *****. Situated in the Intendance Bay on Mahe, the Banyan Tree Seychelles hotel offers guests beautiful views of Indian Ocean. There are 47 separate villas, which all have verandas and diverse decorations. Each villa includes a private pool and come with kitchenettes and separate living and dining areas. The hotel offers an infinity pool, a tennis court, a full-service spa, and it can also help guests organize water sports and excursions into the surrounding area.

7. Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove *****. Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove is located at the southern end of Beau Vallon, with views of the North Island. The luxury resort offers 70 guest rooms, some of which are suites. Each room faces the sea and has beautiful views. The rooms of the Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove include satellite televisions and internet access. Guests can enjoy Cajun food at the Le Bourgeois restaurant or enjoy mixed drinks at the Le Cocoloba Bar and Lounge.

6. Coco de Mer Hotel ****. The Coco de Mer Hotel is surrounded by private beaches in the Anse Bois de Rose Bay. Guests can sunbathe and relax in hammocks and on sun loungers on the beaches or at one of the pools. Children can also enjoy the sun in the kiddie pool. This luxury resort offers onsite mini-golf, tennis courts, a gym, bicycle and snorkel rentals as well as a guided natural trail. There is live entertainment many nights in the Hibiscus Restaurant, and diners can enjoy world-class meals with an international flair. There are several gardens throughout the resort that showcase local plants and animals, including Josephine, the intelligent eel.

5. Hotel L'Archipel ****. Located on Praslin island, the Hotel L’Archipel sits on the scenic Cote d’Or bay. The hotel is enclosed within a tropical garden, and guests stay in private bungalows that overlook the beach. There are several different room choices, but all rooms are luxurious and beautifully decorated and have a minibar and satellite TV. Guests can enjoy water excursions such as windsurfing, snorkeling, canoeing and sailing from the beach. The hotel will happily arrange trips for deep sea or fly fishing and scuba diving, as well.

4.Le Domaine De L'Orangerie ****. Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie is located on La Digue island and boasts 55 villas in an idyllic setting. Guests can enjoy a day on the beach and snorkeling before being pampered at the full-service spa and dining on local dishes with Creole and Asian influence at the restaurant. The villas are only a few steps from the beach and each is designed to be soothing and luxurious while reflecting the natural beauty of the Seychelles.

3. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles *****. The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles in Mahe looks out over the Bay of Petite Anse. It is in a remote location and surrounded by natural beauty in a landscape that includes white beaches, forested hilltops, and rocky cliffs. The separate villas of the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles each include a private pool with a sundeck, an outdoor dining area, and an outdoor shower and daybed. Each of the villas is decorated in island style for a unique Seychelles holiday feel.

2. Hilton Seychelles Northolme *****. The Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa inspired Ian Fleming to write “For Your Eyes Only,” and continues to be one of the best luxury resorts in the Seychelles. The hotel is located on a hillside and along small beach coves on Beau Vallon Bay on the island of Mahe. The spa offers massages and a full range of Ayurvedic services while overlooking the pool and beach, while more adventurous guests can scuba dive or enjoy other water sports before retiring to one of the three restaurants or the lounge area for a drink.

1. La Reserve Hotel ****. Guests will enjoy the ocean-facing rooms at La Reserve Hotel, as well as the services provided by this family-run business. Each room is carefully decorated to give it a personal feel and showcase local artists and styles. The largest swimming pool in Seychelles is available for guests, and has a lounge and bar located in the center. Guests that want to indulge in retail therapy can visit the Isabelle Boutique to purchase souvenirs and jewelry.