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Nestled in the most romantic and exotic spots across the Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts have created special sanctuaries, perfect for romantic getaways, anniversaries, honeymoons and weddings.
With resorts in the Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius, their A-team staff are on hand to make your celebration truly unforgettable. Each resort offers exclusive spa experiences, with highly trained therapists to introduce you to a new level of relaxation; and their renowned catering team will satisfy your every craving, from French and Thai cuisine to fresh seafood.
Locally inspired architecture and indigenous artefacts in every resort offer guests a unique sense of place. With a wide variety of activities and water sports, your stay will be packed full of adventure.
SUITCASE takes a look at the resorts in the Indian Ocean and asks their General Managers about the special romantic experiences they have created for couples staying at their resorts.
THE ULTIMATE PROPOSAL IN THE MALDIVES Angsana Ihuru is the perfect spot for water sport lovers. Home to a shipwreck and one of the world’s best coral reefs, this boutique island resort is a marine-life haven. Enjoy drinks and dinner seated above the ocean, or have a relaxing massage at Angsana Spa Ihuru.
“A no-expense spared way to propose in style would be to organise a private fashion show with a well-known designer and A-list models. Taking place in the evening on our jetty surrounded by the Indian Ocean, with invited hotel guests as well as the lucky couple in attendance, the dramatic setting would include torches and coloured flags, a private DJ and an entourage of Cirque du Soleil members dancing on the beach. The show would culminate with the couple invited to the stage, where the surprise proposal would take place. After saying yes, the party would continue for the couple on the beach complemented by the DJ, a BBQ dinner and Cirque du Soleil performances.” Ilias Vamvakas, General Manager, Angsana Ihuru
HONEYMOON HEAVEN IN MAURITIUS On the northwest coast of Mauritius, a very special honeymoon at the boutique resort of Angsana Balaclava Mauritius awaits. Designed with couples in mind, this stunning beach resort is also home to the island’s best spa, where hydrotherapy meets pampering treatments. Nearby, you can venture through the shops of Grand Baie and Port Louis or visit the exotic Botanical Gardens before taking a sunset yacht cruise accompanied by dolphins.
“A dream day would begin early – after waking in your private beach villa we would take you for a very unique breakfast in a special submarine to experience vibrant marine life and a shipwreck or two. A couple of hours later we would take you on a private light plane tour over the island, returning to the resort for a light lunch on the beach, followed by a couple’s spa massage outside on a special platform over the sea. The day would be complete with a private in-villa BBQ dinner presented by our Head Chef, accompanied by a jazz trio.” Franck Seguin, General Manager, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius
RE-AWAKEN MIND, BODY AND SOUL IN THE MALDIVES If you consider yourself and your other half one of those ‘active couples’, then Angsana Velavaru is your ideal holiday destination. With a wide variety of over 100 activities offered at the beach, in the lagoon or in the ocean, there’s no doubt this resort will keep you well entertained. Experience the spa where natural ingredients will nourish mind, body and soul, followed by a drink at the bar on the sandy beach and fresh seafood infused with Asian twists.
“A guest asked us to put a love letter he had written into an empty bottle, which we did along with a rose, and placed it on the beach where we knew they would walk after dinner. The couple came across the bottle; the lady picked it up and read the love letter as her partner kneeled down to propose to which she said yes of course.” Nicholas Mason, General Manager, Angsana Velavaru
TIE THE KNOT IN THE SEYCHELLES Overlooking the Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree Seychelles rests on one of the Indian Ocean’s best beaches, nestled between tropical verdant hills. Just a short drive from the airport, the resort offers award-winning spa treatments, a selection of water sports and beautiful plantation-style villas, whilst the cuisine varies from French and Creole to Thai Cuisine. With the spectacular scenery of a lush forest behind and a panoramic ocean view in front, this haven is the perfect wedding destination.
“Our weddings are simple and absolutely beautiful. The setting could not be more perfect, on our powder white-sand beach of Intendance, with a backdrop of granite boulders and the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.” Ricardo Suarez, General Manager, Banyan Tree Seychelles
BAREFOOT LUXURY IN THE MALDIVES Lying on a white sand beach, encircled by the transparent Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is the ultimate island destination for complete escapism. If you’re not having a freshly squeezed fruit juice and soaking up some rays, a wealth of water activities await, from coral planting and diving to pampering treatments at the award-winning spa and morning swims with stingrays gliding beneath you. Dinners à deux can be organised by the resort’s catering team on your own private sandbank; perfect for a romantic evening ahead.
“One gentleman wanted to surprise his wife with a romantic dinner. We decided to liaise with our Spa team to convert one of the Spa Pavilions on the beach into a private venue for the dinner, decorated with beautiful flowers and candles. Our Destination Dining team suprised the couple with their very own ‘Secret Oasis.’” Srikant Peri, General Manager, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
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