STORY Seychelles, Mahe
Positioned on a long sweep of sugar-soft Seychellois sand on the main island of Mahe, STORY is popular with couples and families – and for good reason.
As well as a superb beachside location, the resort has an enticing infinity pool, spacious suites and villas, plenty of dining options and an excellent kids’ club. There are activities aplenty, from kayaking to guided snorkelling trips, and a great spa for unwinding afterwards.
Facilities & Activities
Wits its proximity to the calm, turquoise sea, the water-based activities are a real draw at STORY. Adrenaline lovers can get their fix on a range of high-octane sports such as wakeboarding, jet skiing, kneeboarding and parasailing above the bay. To explore the ocean at a more leisurely pace, guests can make the most of the guided snorkelling tours that run three times a week, or simply borrow a mask and snorkel from the Pool Cabana and head out under their own steam. Children and adults alike will enjoy spotting the marine life, which includes sea turtles, rays and colourful fish galore.
Another option is a Reef Safari, combining sailing, snorkelling and tasting Creole cuisine. There are also beach cleanups and trips to see the resort’s coral rehabilitation programme with the resident marine biologist. Other water-based activities include deep-sea diving, game fishing, kayaking and semi-submarine trips.
The resort itself has a great range of facilities, including a 24 metre-long pool, tennis courts, volleyball, table tennis and a gym overlooking the lagoon. There are complimentary yoga classes and a spa with seven treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy room. Treatments include a cocoa body scrub and a rejuvenating “After Flight Massage”.
Those keen to venture out of the resort could book a day trip to Victoria, taking in the capital’s various temples, fresh food markets, museums and “Little Ben” clock tower.
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There’s a great choice of eating options, with seven restaurants and bars plus in-room dining available. Just steps from the beach, Vascos is the main restaurant, serving buffet breakfasts and à la carte dinners with a sea view. Ripples offers poolside lunches (think salads, sandwiches and Creole coconut curry) while Eden is a toes-in-the-sand grill restaurant.
Trader Vic’s is named after the creator of the Mai Tai cocktail and has a French-Polynesian interior, a Chinese wood-fired oven and live Cuban music. For Japanese cuisine with a sophisticated setting floating on a lagoon, there’s Seyshima. Watch your yellowfin tuna and ribeye steak get prepared before your eyes in their flamboyant teppanyaki shows.
Guests can also enjoy a romantic evening with Tête-A-Tête private dining experiences, where couples tuck into personalised menus at candlelit tables on the beach.
Accommodation is divided into smart Suites and even more exquisite Villas, which have plentiful space and prime positions on the beach. The style oozes tropical luxury, with muslin-draped beds, dark wood furnishings and either a balcony or private garden. Bathrooms feature standalone baths, walk-in rainfall showers and twin sinks.
The standalone villas are totally secluded and offer more space. They are worth splashing out on for their private pools, plush lounge areas, cabanas and direct access to the beach.
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All room types can accommodate two adults and one additional child or adult sharing. Interleading rooms can also be booked to create a family suite for those travelling with younger family members.
The Treetop Kids’ Club welcomes children aged three to 12 and offers a range of supervised activities such as lagoon excursions. There is a small playground plus a shallow children’s swimming pool. Older children will love guided snorkelling trips and water sports.
Cots can be requested in rooms and babysitting can be arranged. Children’s menus and portions are also available in most restaurants.
The resort prides itself on its sustainability. It has its own water-bottling plant and has phased out single-use plastic. Other green initiatives include using solar lighting, putting on beach cleanups and running a coral restoration project in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles. Products used in the resort are local, organic and Fair Trade wherever possible.
STORY is se on Beau Vallon, a beautiful white sand beach just a half-hour drive from Mahé International Airport. It takes around 15 minutes to drive to Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles. You’re also only a few minutes from Morne Seychelles National Park, a dramatic landscape that’s home to coastal mangrove forests and the country’s highest peak (Morne Seychellois, 905m).