Seychelles has always been a one of a kind destination that serves its visitors with a glorious abundance of rare species and breathtaking scenic views. Mahe, Seychelles' largest island and home to its capital Victoria is a well known and frequented island. Known for its pristine beaches and lush views, the island has gained a lot of attention from all over the world. Just 15 kilometres from the airport, lies one of the country's most famous beach, Anse Intendance which is ideal for sunbathing and surfing and is a picture perfect spot with a minimum amount of human life in spite of being one of the Mahe's more famous beaches.
What makes Anse Intendance a truly beautiful place is not only the fact that it is covered in glittering white sands but also the wild jungle path that is dotted with huge mangroves as well as palm trees that provide shade. The large granite formations visible on the beach also add to its beauty. Although the beach is not safe for swimming due to strong currents from June to September, the lack of reef which makes the waters quite deep, attract several daring surfers looking for a challenge.
Located away from the hustle and bustle of the main island, the strip of Anse Intendance is also mostly isolated unlike the other crowded beaches of Mahe making an ideal spot for grabbing a drink on the seaside and getting tanned in the sun. The remote beach hosts only one resort known as the Banyan Tree, which is a luxury paradise for all its guests. The beach is also one of the few beaches in Seychelles where turtle nests are still common.
Banyan Tree Resort
The Banyan Tree Resort is a well-known luxury resort and is the only structure to inhabit the Anse Intendance beach. The resort, which is right next to the beach, is home to around 60 villas. These villas come in 7 unique styles that cater to the different needs of every guest. Each villa is also equipped with a private pool that enhances your experience at the resort. Other facilities provided by Banyan Tree Resort are an exclusive gym, relaxing spa, tennis court, wetland area and an infinity pool.
The resort offers several tours and activities for guests to enjoy that can be found on their website. It also contains 4 restaurants that serve both local and international cuisines as well as 2 bars- one near the pool and another to refresh you when on the Anse Intendance beach. Destination dining is also available for booking for those wishing to indulge in gourmet cuisine with a fabulous one of a kind view.
Anse Intendance beach may cater to the souls of many travellers but as it is located in the outer reaches of the towns, there are no restaurants dotting the beach aside from the Rum Shack Bar by Banyan Tree Resort that provides cool refreshments. However, several nearby restaurants and cafe provide visitors with delicious meals that truly satiate their hunger.
For a local menu filled with authentic Creole dishes, as well as a taste of the Seychelles lifestyle, the Le Reduit Restaurant and Surfers Beach Restaurant provide a hearty welcome. The many restaurants in the Banyan Tree Resort are also open to visitors, out of which the Saffron specialises and Asian and Thai food whereas the Au Jardin D'Epices' terrace location attracts those looking to enjoy gourmet food with a spectacular view of the turquoise ocean.
Photos of Anse Intendance
How to Reach Anse Intendance
Anse Intendance is easily accessible by a bus or a car. The beach is just a few minutes away from the bus stop and also offers parking spots for visitors.
From Victoria- 45 minute car/bus ride (30 kilometres).
From the Seychelles International Airport- 30 minute car/bus ride (20 kilometres)