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*From October 2017

Beach "Anse Intendance" · Mahé

  • Anse Intendance, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Restaurant
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

The powder-fine white sand, the thickly-vegetated mountain backdrop, the perfect turquoise water, and the imposing granite formations make Anse Intendance a real postcard image. The incredible beauty of the location makes it no wonder that Anse Intendance is, for many, one of the most breathtaking beaches in the Seychelles.

Facts:

  • 1000m x 25m - some visitors
  • Water gets deep quite quickly - seaweed from June to September
  • Normal tide - high waves
  • Beautiful wild beach on Mahé
  • Great for photographs

Map:

At a Glance:

  • Spectacular wild beach in the south of Mahé that ranks among the most beautiful on the island.
  • Due to the lack of offshore coral reef, the ocean gets deep quickly here. Swimming can also be dangerous between May and September.
  • The beach is sometimes watched over by a lifeguard from the Banyan Tree Resort.
  • Easy to reach with the bus or car. There are parking spaces next to the beach, and the bus stop is just a few minutes away.
  • Numerous palm trees offer protection from the sun, although watch out for falling coconuts!

Description:

Anse Intendance is a well-known wild beach in the south of Mahé, the largest Seychelles island. This breathtaking white sandy beach is framed on each side by incredible granite formations, and ranks among the most beautiful spots on the island, if not the whole world.

Thankfully, getting to the beach via car or bus is really simple. The bus stop is located just a few minutes from the sand, and there are also parking spaces nearby. Besides the incredible beach, Anse Intendance bay is also home to the Banyan Tree Resort, therefore the beach itself is largely visited by guests of this prestigious hotel. In fact, this resort is almost the only thing in the whole bay, with no further guesthouses or restaurants located nearby. There is, however, a small beach bar, which sells a few snacks and some cold drinks to keep you ticking over while you enjoy the beach.

The fine, white, sandy beach, in combination with the thickly-vegetated mountain backdrob, the turquoise water, and the imposing granite formations create a picture-book backdrop to the beach. There is no offshore coral reef to protect the bay from the open ocean, so the water does get deep quite quickly, and during the south-east trade wind (May to September), large waves can strike the beach, making swimming dangerous for most people. The locals often enjoy surfing in the bay, as the conditions can be perfect for surfboards and bodyboards. Besides that, the beach is always excellent for sunbathing, and the numerous palm trees provide relief from the sun when you want a break. That said, watch out for falling coconuts, which can be rather dangerous!

Anse Intendance ranks among the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles, and, for many, it compares favourably with anything worldwide. Even though it is not always possible to swim here, the beach offers almost everything that you’d expect from a postcard location. During the months where you can’t swim, the bay is the ideal location for a romantic picnic on the incredible sand, and a great place to enjoy the sunset over the ocean.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Le Reduit Restaurant
    • creole 
    • 4.0 of 5 79 Reviews  
    • 0.8 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 61 16
      E-mail:
      lereduit@seychelles.net
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 11am - 10pm
      (sundays and public holidays closed)
      Address:
      Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Le Reduit is a real insiders' tip and is largely frequented by locals. This small, family-run restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery, and offers delicious Creole cuisine to its guests, including flying fox and fresh crab, served in coconut milk; really a must-try for any Seychelles holidaymaker!

    • Saffron
    • creole, international, asian 
    •  
    • 1.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 35 00
      E-mail:
      reservations@banyantree.com
      Website:
      www.banyantree.com/en/em-seychelles/saffron
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7pm - 10pm
      Address:
      Banyan Tree Seychelles, Intendance
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      This thai restaurant is a feast for the senses; exotic cuisine, a top-class atmosphere thanks to the layout of the restaurant, and incredible smells thanks to the Asian herbs and spices. The dress-code is smart casual, so shorts or shirts without collars should be avoided.

    • Au Jardin d'Epices
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 462 Reviews  
    • 1.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 35 00
      E-mail:
      reservations@banyantree.com
      Website:
      www.banyantree.com/en/em-seychelles/au-jardin-depices?_ga=1.43884261.13343770.1445509399
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 10.30am
      12.00pm - 3.00pm
      7.00pm - 10.00pm
      Address:
      Banyan Tree Seychelles
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The wonderful restaurant of the Banyan Tree resort is located in the stunning bay of Anse Intendance on Mahé, and serves its guests a mixture of traditional Creole cuisine and Mediterranean or African dishes. From the terrace, guests can enjoy a stunning view of the turquoise ocean.

    • Cap Lazare
    • creole 
    •  
    • 2.6 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 29 70 00
      E-mail:
      info@creoletravelservices.com
      Website:
      www.creoletravelservices.com
      Opening hours:
      Mo-Fri: 3pm - 22pm
      Address:
      Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      A visit to the Cap Lazare is, for many Seychelles holidaymakers, a real must-do. Through a combination of traditional elements such as bamboo, palm leaves, and granite formations, the luxurious interior of this restaurant makes it a real experience for anyone.

    • Surfers Beach Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 484 Reviews  
    • 3.1 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 78 37 03
      E-mail:
      surfersbeach@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.facebook.com/surfersbeachrestaurant
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11.30pm - 10pm
      Address:
      Anse Parnel, Takamaka
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      This is a good place to meet locals, who often come here to meet up with friends and family in the middle of the day or in the evening, often to enjoy a meal or an evening drink together. The atmosphere is relaxing and friendly, and the food is traditional and fresh. This is really a good place to see the authentic Seychellois lifestyle first-hand.

    • Lazare Picault Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 3.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 11 11
      E-mail:
      lazarpco@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.lazarepicaulthotel.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 6.30pm - 9pm
      (Sundays closed)
      Address:
      Baie Lazare
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Try a bit of the exotic thanks to the Creole cuisine on offer here. Fish curries, chutneys, and lovingly-prepared seafood dishes are amongst the best dishes you can try here.

Nearby accommodation:

Resort · Mahé · Distance: 0.3 km · Map

4.5 of 5 1001 Reviews

Apartment · Mahé · Distance: 1.3 km · Map

4 of 5 34 Reviews

Villa · Mahé · Distance: 1.8 km · Map

5 of 5 4 Reviews