JA Enchanted Island Resort, Seychelles

There are 13 rooms on property today including private pool villas, residences and 2 new categories: Hilltop Rooms and the Hilltop Villa. We were checked into a Private Pool Villa called Villa Lagati and it was my favorite of that room type on the entire island. Most of these villas are fairly private from the walkway, but definitely request this villa if you are looking for the most private experience as you cannot see into any part of the villa from the path. Some of the villas are closer to the walkway so you can see into the pool area or outdoor dining area from the path. Sitting at 1,400 square feet, the villa comprises a studio-style bedroom with a king bed, sitting area and desk. There are floor to ceiling windows looking out over the lagoon and outdoor lounge area as well as vaulted ceilings.

There is a lot of natural light thanks to the added windows behind the bed as well as the large floor to ceiling window facing the view. The bathroom is the most unique feature of the room. His and hers vanities are located inside as well as the walk-in closet, however, the toilet, shower and tub are located outside in your private covered terrace. The toilet faces the lush trees and view as well as the shower complete with Elemis products. While this type of bathroom is not for everyone, it is very reminiscent of the Maldives and we loved it. It’s worth mentioning that there were virtually no bugs, so they must do an excellent job of spraying the property. 

The outdoor space is beautiful in the villas. We had a large pool deck with chaise loungers, umbrella, a beautiful infinity edge pool and a covered dinette overlooking the lagoon and Mahé in the distance. Our villa also had a fantastic sunset view. 

The rooms are dated, with poor lighting in the closets making it difficult to see clothing particularly in the evening as well as a lack of master switches that turn off the ancillary lamps around the room. We hope in a future update to the resort that they add in some upgrades in technology as well as decor. In its current state, it feels very much like a cozy cabin retreat, but not quite like a 5 star luxury villa. We kept talking about this being the perfect writer’s retreat and joking that Hemingway must have come here to think and write. 

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