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 beaches. From Créole culture and cuisine to emerald rainforests and rare endemic species, delve deeper into these isolated islands and you'll discover why a luxury holiday in the Seychelles is like nothing else on earth.
Stay At: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Experience: Hike through Morne Seychellois National Park - follow one of the twelve walking trails and you'll feel like you're in a living laboratory, with the park containing most of the Seychelles' remaining indigenous forest, while endemic bird species fly overhead.
The largest island in the archipelago and the spot for sightseeing, Mahé is a melting pot of culture, including the country's capital city. While Victoria may be one of the world's smallest capitals, it's overflowing with history; begin your day at the morning market, inhaling aromatic spices and watching fishermen lay out their fresh catch, before visiting the Natural History Museum, or strolling through the blossoming Botanical Gardens. On the island's east coast, discover the 200-year-old estate that houses the Takamaka Rum Distillery and its traditional medicinal gardens, before enjoying the quieter and wilder west, featuring beaches backed by palms and perfectly translucent water for snorkelling on your luxury Seychelles holiday.
Stay At: Raffles Seychelles
Experience: Bask on Anse Lazio - regularly voted one of the world's best beaches, this postcard-perfect setting is idyllic for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling, whilst a handful of eateries nearby means you can spend the whole day lapping up the sun.
Originally named 'Île de Palme in honour of its spectacular palm forests, Praslin provides a calming contrast to nearby Mahé. Towering indigenous trees - including the famed coco de mer - occupy most of this Seychelles island, including the unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, while the charming coastline varies from beautifully boulder-strewn coves, to sweeping curves of white sand. Curieuse Marine National Park is the perfect excuse to splash into the surrounding sapphire waters, with diving at Pointe Rouge and snorkelling around St Pierre, or you can head further offshore by boat to smaller islets - why not see how many of the 300 giant Aldabra tortoises you can spot wandering freely on Curieuse Island?
Anse Lasio Beach in Praslin
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in Praslin
Royal Ocean View Villa at Raffles Seychelles
The most easy-going of the Seychelles inner islands, little La Digue is only a 15-minute boat ride from nearby Praslin and provides laid-back look into local life. Explore by bicycle as you pedal between the island's few small villages, before heading Anse Source d'Argent: the island's - and the Seychelles' - most photogenic stretch of sand and the perfect place to rest your legs. Sample the freshest catch of the day at one of the waterfront seafood restaurants, before rebuilding your appetite as you follow one of this motor-free island's wild walking trails.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Where nothing can distract you from tranquillity, naturally beautiful Desroches Island can be your private tropical paradise. While relishing Four Seasons' gorgeous accommodation and signature service, there's countless island curiosities to explore; ride challenging offshore breaks as you learn with Tropicsurf, meet the resort's WiseOceans Marine Educator for a guided snorkelling tour or stay on dry land and visit the tortoise sanctuary, where an ancient population of Aldabra giant tortoises peacefully live and breed under the care of the resort and the Island Conservation Society (ICS).
Hammock at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
One Bedroom Suite Deck at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Kayaking at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Family Cycling at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Nature is embraced in the utmost style on the private island of Félicité, where Six Senses Zil Pasyon has carefully hidden an ultra-luxury hideaway into over 600 acres of exotic vegetation. Just a scenic 20-minute boat ride or helicopter flight from Praslin or La Digue, this tropical property treats travellers to the wonders of the Seychelles through an abundance of eye-opening experiences, from learning the local language of Creole to hiking to Top Hill at sunrise. Offshore, cast your line and try your luck with a sports fishing adventure or unwind with a dreamy sunset cruise, the most beautiful way to admire the Seychelles' sparkling waters.