The Seychelles — Sensational, Sublime, Seductive
A dream holiday destination and honeymoon favourite, the paradisiacal Seychelles boasts awe-inspiring natural beauty, heavenly beaches and ultra-luxurious resorts. Read our guide on the best time to visit the Seychelles, which islands to visit, what activities to do there and what makes the Seychelles so safe and special…
Why Choose The Seychelles For A Luxury Holiday?
Located in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, 42 granite and 73 coral, and these remote idylls are a haven for rare wildlife — both on land and within the surrounding reefs. The Seychelles is a consistent wish list wonder for discerning travellers with its achingly beautiful beaches, diverse ecology, deep azure ocean and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Vallee de Mai on Praslin (famous for the rare Coco de Mer palm tree) and Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll. The remote location and its evolved isolation has created a unique tropical paradise thousands of miles from anywhere — and this is what makes it so special. Beyond the famously blissful beaches, this ‘Original Garden of Eden’ more than lives up to its sensational reputation. Crystal-clear turquoise waters and outstanding marine attractions make it an enviable location for world-class diving and snorkelling, whilst those visitors preferring terra firma can revel in the remarkable by taking a guided hike to Morne Seychellois, to see unique flora and fauna, get up-close to Aldabra giant tortoise, or perhaps play golf amongst the spectacular vistas. Those looking for pure relaxation, can simply bask on a Seychelles beach or soothe tired minds in a luxury resort spa.
The Best Time Visit The Seychelles
Whilst the tropical Seychelles boasts attractive, year-round, temperatures (approximately 24-30°C), warm ocean temperatures and enticing sunshine, the period between May and October is generally considered to be the best time to travel to the Seychelles, due to the south-east trade wind providing a pleasant sea breeze to relieve the humidity. Whilst keen sailors and windsurfers should aim for May to October travel; divers and those wishing to go snorkelling may wish to travel during the months of April and May, or October to November, as these provide the best times for underwater visibility. Due to its tropical location, rains generally occur during November and March. It is worth noting, that the monsoon and trade winds can leave some beaches experiencing high tides and render them unsafe for swimming between the months of May to September, plus during June to September, seaweed can appear on along the beaches of Praslin.
Whilst Anse Source d’Argent Beach, on La Digue, is perhaps the best-known beach in the Seychelles, the picturesque Anse Lazio on Praslin consistently ranks in the top ten beaches of the world, due to its incredible scenery, imposing palms and accessibility. Ideal for swimming and snorkelling — the water is fairly deep — a lifeguard is usually present during high season, making it especially attractive to tourists and families. Another breathtaking beach on Praslin is the small, yet deeply alluring Anse Georgette. The contrast of bright turquoise ocean, gleaming white sand and lush green foliage makes for a mesmerising sight. For guests staying on Mahé, the most popular beach is Beau Vallon, a real tourist treat due to the facilities, atmosphere and proximity to the island’s renowned resorts. Its shallow water, lifeguard and beach activities mean it is a firm favourite with families. Another stretch of exquisite sand, Anse Intendance, mixes wild beach with white sand and trademark granite boulders at each side. Whilst this is a photographic favourite, the south-east trade winds can make this a non-swimmable beach during May to September.
Whilst the tropical Indian Ocean is home to a diverse collection of marine-life and vibrant coral reefs, the nature reserves are home to giant Aldabra Tortoises and impressive flora and fauna. The colourful vegetation makes it a veritable treasure trove for plant-lovers, with hikers able to venture into the dense green foliage to see exotic flowers such as wild vanilla and endemic plant species. Highlights include redwood and ironwood trees and, of course, the unique natural phenomenon of the Coco de Mer — the most famous of the Seychelle’s six endemic plant species. Possessing the largest seed of any plant in the world, this tree is endemic to Praslin and Curieuse only. Sitting alongside these natural wonders are the introduced edible crops of cinnamon, eucalyptus, banyan, cashews, coconut, banana, star fruit, passion fruit and tea, creating a fragrant and delicious addition to the local cuisine and spa products.
Top Activities To Do In The Seychelles
Those keen to explore — whether beneath the ocean, on top of the waves or at the lofty mountain heights — are simply spoilt for choice in the Seychelles. With a welcoming year-round sea temperature, it’s perfect for all manner of watersports, such as fishing, sailing or scuba-diving, while the beaches are ideal for volleyball and horseback-riding. The lush green landscape makes for some incredible island golf courses, whilst off-shore. a yacht charter is the best way to appreciate the rich green and blue colour contrasts. We recommend a guided nature walk for an informative way to appreciate the island interiors, but a helicopter tour is the most magical way to see the full wonder of the Seychelles archipelago.
The main travel hub and largest of the 115 islands, Mahé is 17 miles long by ten miles wide and is home to the capital, Victoria (named after the Victorian British Queen). Here, visitors can venture to Morne Seychellois, the highest point of the Seychelles, filled with rare flora and fauna. See fishermen along the coast, sunbathe on Beau Vallon, photograph granite peaks and visit local restaurants and shops. Famous for its Creole architecture and colourful market, Mahé’s Victoria provides a cultural highlight to any Seychelles stay.
Praslin’s iconic white sandy beaches, such as the world-famous Anse Lazio, its native palm forest wildlife at Vallée de Mai nature park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus excellent diving attractions, make it worth the extra journey from Mahé. The island provides an array of outdoor activities, too, with Praslin’s Vallé de Mai Reserve a real paradise for birders. This Seychelles sanctuary is where you can spot the rare Black Parrot, Fruit Pigeon and Seychelles Bulbul.
Luxury Seychelles Resorts
When not admiring the fabled giant granite boulders, coco de mer palms, blindingly white beaches and quintessential palm trees, guests can languish in luxury within a selection of indulgent private villas and sumptuous suites. The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, on Mahé Island, is situated next to one of the world’s top ten beaches, Petite Anse Bay, and boasts 67 hillside villas and suites. Head to the Hilltop Spa for breathtaking 360 ° views, enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach, relax on the beach with dedicated beach butlers catering to your every need, or perhaps try some paddleboarding or catamaran sailing. For families, Constance Ephelia is an attractive alternative with extensive facilities and two beaches to choose from. For those wishing to visit Praslin island, Raffles Praslin provides a modern; resort with eighty-six villas, located beside pristine sands and surrounding forest and is ideal for couples seeking a spa, romance and service from beach butlers. Alternatively, Constance Lemuria is an eco-friendly resort with an idyllic, 18-hole, championship golf course, 105 suites, three beaches, including Anse Kerlan (where turtles lay their eggs), thrilling watersports, a Turtle Sanctuary and remarkable granite boulders.
Private Island Resorts
For those seeking the ultimate private island experience in the Seychelles, North Island is the pinnacle of barefoot perfection. Renowned for exquisite exclusivity and privacy, conservation is key here. Similarly, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles At Desroches Island is an idyllic natural hideaway with pristine white sands, a tropical reef, world-class diving and Giant Tortoises. Couples wishing to escape to a quintessential private island paradise should stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, on Félicité, for complete seclusion, sensational dining and a dazzling beachfront. Whilst nature-lovers will feel totally inspired with a stay at Fregate Island Private, where the neighbours are rare birds and guests dine on organic produce. With just sixteen Private Pool Residences, each with a Jacuzzi and personal butler, guests can experience an incredible wildlife encounter by meeting graceful Giant Aldabra Tortoises in their natural habitat, witness endangered Hawksbill Turtles and see over one-hundred species of birds.
The Seychelles is a well-preserved and pristine sanctuary for native plants, rare birds, geckos and giant tortoises. With such pristine tropical beaches, it is a special destination for a luxury holiday, attracting high-end travellers to a wealth of luxurious resorts that are, understandably, expensive due to their exceptional facilities, remote locations and exclusive privacy. Why not experience the highlights of several islands with a spot of island-hopping, or perhaps combine the Seychelles with an African safari for the perfect honeymoon finale or couple’s retreat?
To book your awe-inspiring and indulgent Seychelles escape, please call our expert team of Travel Consultants, who’d be delighted to arrange your luxury holiday in paradise.