Five kilometres off the coast of Mahe, lies a gem known as Sainte Anne, it is thanks to her that the waters around Round, Moyenne, Cerf, Longue, were given the name Sainte Anne Marine National Park. First discovered in 1742 by Lazare Picault, Sainte Anne was given its name by Corneille Nicholas Morphey in September 1756, on Sainte Anne‘s day.
Much of the pristine beaches and tropical foliage that the first settlers laid eyes on, can still be seen on the island today. Over 200 years later the island has maintained its virgin complexion.
Having portrayed a great potential for cultivation the first settlement of the Saint Anne Archipelago was set up in 1770, consisting of fifteen whites, seven slaves, five malabars and a black woman. Together they quickly set to work to cultivate maize, rice, cassava, coffee and vegetables.
But despite its initial great success, in 1773 Sainte Anne was found to be in complete disarray. The settlers were dying of hunger and fighting amongst themselves and killing sea turtles for food. Alas, having ended up a failure, the settlement on Sainte Anne was closed.
Despite having had such a troubled history, being turned into a quarantine zone for small sufferers in 1792, and being used as a refueling station for ships during the world war, the island was eventually given a new lease on life.
In 1939 it became the property of the Seychelles Government and in 1973, the Sainte Anne Marine National Park was created.
Sainte Anne is an exclusive resort; a magnificent retreat surrounded by three fabulous beaches and clear glistening sea. Set amongst stunning tropical gardens the Sainte Anne Resort in Seychelles is conveniently only a ten minute boat ride from Mahe island.
Accommodation is in individual spacious villas, each with a secluded garden with views toward the sea and a furnished gazebo for just relaxing or dining al fresco. The 87 villas come complete with air-condition, bath, shower, outside shower, mini bar, safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, free wifi internet access, tea/coffee facilities, and patio with gazebo. 29 villas have private pools. Garden Villas are located in the exotic garden, Ocean Villas are closer to the beach. One and two bedroom villas are available and the spectacular Royal Villa has three bedrooms and private valet service.
The Sainte Anne Resort & Spa has an excellent reputation for its exceptional cuisine and now offers a choice of five restaurants: the main L‘Abondance overlooking the swimming pool and sea; Le Mont Fleuri with its Mediterranean theme, amongst the granite rocks; Takamaka beach restaurant (October to April only); plus two intimate and romantic restaurants right on the beach - L'Oceane and Le Robinson.
Sports lovers will not be disappointed with tennis courts, a fitness centre offering the latest equipment including Power Plates and complimentary watersports including: Hobie Cats, kayaking and snorkelling. Diving and deep-sea fishing can be arranged at a charge. Regular boat transfers to and from Sainte Anne Island are available during the day for guests wishing to shop or explore Mahé and the capital Victoria. The luxury Spa by Clarins offers a full range of health and relaxation treatments, including a Hammam, beauty salon and yoga pavilion. All villas come with bicycles for guests exclusive use.