Mango House is Seychelles’ latest uber-luxury hideaway. Paradise is open again and much sought after, running at 95% occupancy and available on a B&B, half or full board basis.
The ever-expanding terrestrial Garden of Eden now also offers even greater and more tempting fine dining options to satisfy all tastes and nationalities, from soulful sharing plates, to poke-and-build-your-own bento box bars treats, and Sukiyaki nabemono-style to “locale Creole” cooking. Along with the sunset yoga session and blue eggs for breakfast, the Garden of the Gods also now boasts another wellness sanctuary (“Anpe” is Creole for “at peace”), three more swimming pools, and another well-appointed gym.
The latest oceanfront uber-luxury boutique hotel to open in Seychelles is the 41-room colonial-meets-eclectic vernacular LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s Mango House on the Baie Lazare on the south-west shoreline of Mahe, near the world’s smallest capital city, Victoria and only 30 minutes from the international airport.
Championing local and natural, it offers rooms rather than villas and has a built-in go slow vibe, bohemian beach chic and wicker and rattan aesthetic, being constructed from granite and nalauwood and bucson wood.
Only an artist could have lived among the mango trees on the beachfront at Blue Chicken Beach (Anse Aux Poules Bleus). Mango House is the former home of celebrated Milanese fashion-turned-travel photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri who worked for Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour, and Vogue Italia and Paris with models like Mirella Petteni, Jerry Hall, Monica Belluci, and Audrey Hepburn and designers such as Armani, Fere, Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Indian Ocean Reunion islander and Institute Bocuse graduate executive chef Olivier Barré, who worked under Joel Robichon and formerly at Seychelles Four Seasons Desroches Island, oversees five fine dining options including the Japanese robatayaki, nigiri, and moriawase sushi seafood brassiere “Azido” (meaning, “Do taste and flavor”), Italian “Muse” and Mouya, named after the 115-island Indian Ocean archipelago’s traditional dance, which specializes in sustainable barbecuing over steamed husks and charcoal coconut shells. Mango House’s signature cocktails are gin tea martini and a five-spice rum sour.
The property’s exclusive 13 guestroom Cliff House comes with its own private elevated pool. With its white draped four-poster beds, Mango House is also Seychelles’ newest barefoot beach wedding and honeymoon venue.