You will have no doubt daydreamed of the Seychelles – those Indian Ocean islands where palm trees pop out from behind smooth, granite boulders, framing a deserted white sand beach and crystal clear water...
Unlike the Maldives, the Seychelles has both granite and coral islands, and unlike Mauritius, large numbers of them haven’t experienced heavy tourism. But it’s not all about beaches - the vegetation and the wildlife on these islands is as beautiful as it is historical; Vallee de Mai is a UNESCO protected palm forest which has remained unchanged since prehistoric times, and on Praslin, Curieuse and North Island you can see ancient, giant tortoises in their natural habitat. If not admiring the vibrancy of the fauna in each islands’ lush vegetation you will be bowled over by spectacular underwater displays.
Shallow, sheltered beaches and a malaria-free climate make the Seychelles one of our top luxury destinations for families as well as honeymooners, and anyone else who will appreciate a slice of paradise filled with natural wonders. Top accommodation in the Seychelles comprises of relaxed, barefoot luxury on private islands or slick resorts with all the bells and whistles. Our Seychelles itineraries tend to take in at least two destinations, as hopping between the islands is all part of the fun.
THE S&A TO DO LIST
Come face to face with the resident Aldabra giant tortoises on North Island whilst cruising round in your own North Island buggy
Visit the sleepy island of La Digue where bicycle is the best mode of transport
Anse Georgette on Praslin is one of the best beaches we have seen, just 15 minutes’ walk from Constance Lemuria resort
On the main island of Mahe guests can chose between the super-chic villas which hug the lush hillside at the Four Seasons Seychelles, home a gentle-sloping beach with talcum powder sand and crystal-clear water. Or the more intimate and tranquil Maia Resort & Spa, where privacy is paramount and the 30 individual pool suites all come with panoramic ocean views and 24/7 butler service. On Anse Intendance; colonial decor, a fabulous spa, a plantation-style main house and lush gardens evoke an Asian/ Seychellois fusion at Banyan Tree whilst on the neighbouring island of Praslin, the stylish and contemporary villas of Raffles offer the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful island, home to the world famous Anse Lazio beach.
For those seeking true escapism and tranquility, Denis Island's 25 elegant cottages, each nestling near the ocean shore amid lush tropical gardens, combine comfort with a natural Creole flair. At Fregate Island guests will discover the ultimate in eco-luxury combined with discreet service in an outstandingly beautiful setting with tropical forests, hidden coves and seven dazzling white beaches. Further south, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is soon to open and promises to be a game-changer, set on an idyllic coral island surrounded by 14km of immaculate white, soft sandy beaches, turquoise waters and a protective house reef which is home to some of the best diving sites in the Seychelles. A relatively new addition to the Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the private island of Felicite is only accessible by helicopter or boat – a tranquil retreat set amongst towering granite rocks, tropical foliage and white sandy beaches. The Seychelles is known as a spectacular water sports destination and Six Senses offers year-round activities such as diving, fishing, snorkelling and sailing, whilst hikers will love exploring the many walking trails hidden throughout the island's lush forests.
North Island is undoubtedly the Seychelles’ most exclusive and luxurious island hideaway. Lush with endemic vegetation and wildlife, this private island is a veritable Noah’s Ark and is arguably home to the one of the world’s best all-inclusive beach resorts with just 11 locally crafted private villas. Despite a constant stream of royal and celebrity guests and a long list of accolades, the island remains first and foremost a place of sanctuary and outstanding natural beauty and remains as one of the best places we have ever visited.
For those looking for the perfect family holiday destination, head to the island of Praslin, the second largest in the Seychelles where Constance Lemuria has extensive grounds, three beautiful beaches and one of the best kids clubs we’ve seen – matched only by their sister property, Constance Ephelia on Mahe. Of course there is plenty to keep parents busy with deep sea fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and golf on their award winning championship course. Those looking for something more low-key can hop on a boat over to sleepy La Digue island, where guests of Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie have complimentary use of bicycles to explore the many beaches and make the most of this car-free, paradise island home to yet more award-winning beaches.
Looking to extend your trip?
The Seychelles combines well with safari in Kenya (just a four hour direct flight from Nairobi) or South Africa...