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An Amazing Archipelago: The Seychelles Islands

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Lou Fox

Discover an unspoilt tropical paradise...

Once named the original 'Garden of Eden', the Seychelles is a firm favourite with both families and couples alike - but this beautiful location has a lot more to boast than just pristine beaches. From Créole culture and cuisine to emerald rainforests and rare endemic species, this isolated archipelago is a melting pot of many cultures and wildlife, with each island promising its own distinct character and charm all year round. Delve deeper into the islands and you'll discover why a luxury holiday in the Seychelles is like nothing else on earth.

Island Hopping

With 115 islands making up this idyllic part of the world it can be hard to know where to start. Do you visit the Seychelles' main island Mahé, home to the capital city, where tropical forests cascade down luscious mountainsides to more than 60 picture-perfect beaches, or do you spend time on smaller and more laid back islands, such as Praslin or La Digue, where you'll see fishermen wandering the meandering roads with wooden poles hung with a variety of fish and rustic shacks selling local rum amongst the white sands of the beach? A spot of island hopping is the best way to cover them all!

The island of Praslin is the ideal starting spot for island hopping, with many of the other islands situated nearby. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting rare species such as the Black Parrot in the UNESCO protected Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, while crystal clear waters, soft sandy beaches, and shoals of vividly coloured tropical fish will bring beach lovers back again and again. The islands reflect the Seychelles' vast diversity, with each offering something unique, and an island hopping adventure is the best way to explore all that the Seychelles can offer.
Beautiful tropical beach Anse Lazio on the island of Praslin
Beautiful tropical beach Anse Lazio on the island of Praslin
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue

Wildlife

Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, the islands of the Seychelles were uninhabited until the late 18th-century, creating the perfect conditions and environments for unique species of plants and animals that can still be seen today. Head to the Seychelles to walk amongst living fossils, the Aldabra giant tortoises, and keep an eye out for the rare coco de mer palm tree, which produces nuts that weigh up to 65 pounds! Snorkelling and diving excursions reveal an impressive underwater world, but even a wade through shallow waters can uncover a marine jungle with angel fish, clown fish, and more! Visit the Seychelles between October and January and you might be lucky enough to spot rare hawksbill or green turtle as they come to nest on the white sand shores.
Giant tortoise eating,  Corieuse Island, Seychelles
Giant tortoise eating, Corieuse Island, Seychelles
Angel fish in the Seychelles
Angel fish in the Seychelles
If you want to combine giant tortoise with sumptuous luxury, then Four Seasons Desroches Island is perfect. It is more easily accessible than Aldabra, and of course the accommodation is world class. The island still feels quite wild - the Four Seasons is the only hotel - and it is the location of the Island Conservation Society's Tortoise Sanctuary. Guests are encouraged to visit the tortoise here to learn about their characteristics and habits, as well as the conservation challenges they face. There are currently 150 giant tortoises on Desroches - some of which are roaming wild - and it is hoped that the population will grow as the breeding programme takes effect.
Villa at Four Seasons Desroches Island
Villa at Four Seasons Desroches Island

Private Islands

The Seychelles is also home to a host of private islands, each boasting tranquillity and natural beauty. Head to the magnificent Desroches Island and enjoy your own private tropical paradise, where couples and families alike can revel in utter privacy and seclusion. Intimate yet luxurious, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is the perfect place to detach from the outside world. Utterly paradisiacal, expect 14km of unspoilt white sands and crystal-clear waters, boundless activities, and unforgettable dining. Alternatively, head to the private island of Félicité, home to Six Senses Zil Pasyon, a private island paradise home to just 30 pool villas and three and four-bedroom private residences. Hidden within 600 acres of exotic vegetation, this exclusive paradise treats travellers to the wonders of the Seychelles through an abundance of dreamy experiences, all just steps from your retreat.
Scuba Diving Seychelles
Two Bedroom Villa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Swimming Pool at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Beach fun
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Lou Fox

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Ready with a guidebook and my camera, I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world. From learning to dive in Egypt, traversing the theatres and museums in NYC, to volunteering in a small village in rural Uganda, I'm passionate about exploring the planet and writing about what the world has to offer.

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