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By Elite Traveler | July 16 2018
More a cluster of gorgeous villas than a suite, Banyan Hill Estate’s main house has a huge living space, separate lounge and study plus a generous kitchen for the estate’s personal chef to create delicious cuisine using fresh, local produce. The main house opens onto a large terrace with a private pool, and the other villas each have a master bedroom opening onto a private veranda; the perfect choice for groups who still want privacy. The island itself is astonishingly beautiful with seven beaches (one for every day of the week), six miles of rain forest trails and rare wildlife. The resort’s conservation efforts are impressive—bred from a population of 150 tortoise 25 years ago, the current number of Giant Aldabra tortoises on the island is now over 3,000, and the Seychelles White Eye and Seychelles Warbler have been rescued from near extinction.