Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio brand debuted in the Seychelles with the opening of Iaïla, Seychelles, a Tribute Portfolio Resort on March 16, 2023.
Located close to Anse Royal, the white sand beach on the southeastern coast of Mahé, the Seychelles’ largest island, the 76-key property features five restaurants and bars, a water sports center, outdoor swimming pool, 24/7 guy, spa, barbershop, and kids’ recreation area.
“The remote country of Seychelles is as fascinating as it is eye-catching with its own indie spirit, making for a mesmerizing setting for our first Tribute Portfolio property,” said Jennifer Connell, global brand leader, Tribute Portfolio, and vice-president, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International. “From its captivating design and vibrant social spaces to moments of sincere service – hallmarks that bring the brand to life across our family of independent hotels – Iaïla, Seychelles, a Tribute Portfolio Resort has its own unique personality and is destined to rise to the top of every traveler’s ‘must experience’ list.”
Designed by MMAC Design, the resort features a calming color palette complemented by pops of green which pay homage to its tropical surroundings. Unique design elements include a lobby ceiling carved to reflect the shapes of the many islands in the Seychelles, and hand-woven macramé bed boards and wood and rattan room separators in guestrooms.
The resort’s accommodation options include eight boutique suites, including the Senior Suite with a private plunge pool and private terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean and surrounding mountains.
Food and beverage venues at the resort include Laroul, which offers an international array of cuisines with a distinctive Seychellois touch; Kafe Kreol Beachside Bar and Restaurant, which serves authentic Creole and Italian cuisine paired with classic and locall-inspired cocktails made with Takamaka Bay rum and fresh local produce such as tamarind and coconuts; and the poolside Laroul Bar.
Iaïla, Seychelles, a Tribute Portfolio Resort, also has an large roster of activities and thoughtfully-curated village experiences, including Creole cooking classes, traditional weaving demonstrations, visits to village markets, fishing trips, jewelry making with foraged shells, and more.