Whether you’ve been inspired by the recent BBC Television series, Blue Planet II or are seeking a bounteous setting in which to rest and recharge, the Seychelles is the ideal destination for getting back to nature.
In fact, this Indian Ocean idyll is one of our top spots for luxury wildlife encounters and it, of course, helps that this exquisite archipelago is home to some of the world’s most luxurious properties. So, why not spend your days admiring natural wonders and evenings surrounded by man-made masterpieces, including delicious cuisine and spectacular accommodation?
The Seychelles is home to an abundance of wildlife, but few people ever get to truly understand the unique geology, geography and history of these incredible islands. The Seychelles is entirely different to any other island nation in the world as the islands are formed of granite, but are not volcanic. It is often said that the Seychelles is the original ‘Garden of Eden’ and they retain much of their untouched perfection to this day. Much of the Seychelle’s flora and fauna is entirely endemic; perhaps the most famous island native being the iconic coco de mer plant, which grows plentifully throughout the islands. The wildlife of the Seychelles is vast and varied, high in the trees and deep in the Indian Ocean. Guests can expect to see bright colours, fragrant blooms and a wealth of fascinating wildlife on hikes, island tours, scuba diving or during a leisurely snorkel. Whatever your preferred pace, the Seychelles has many sights to delight. During a typical stay, you can expect to swim with Sea Turtles, see dolphins playing in the distance, wake to birdsong and snorkel with schools of colourful tropical fish.
On dry land, you’ll be treated to limitless luxury at our prestigious featured resorts, and we’ve made the choice even easier by selecting a trio of eco-resorts that really go above and beyond in pursuit of perfection and wildlife protection.
Fregate Island Private
Referred to as ‘A jewel of conservation – Seychelles’ true sanctuary’, Fregate Island Private is a destination unlike any other. Entirely dedicated to the preservation of nature and the five-star private island resort saved at least one species from extinction. The island itself is the size of Monaco, but is exclusively available to guests of the hotel resort. A true private island paradise where luxury, nature and beauty reside, Fregate Island Private resort is home to 2,200 Giant Aldabra Tortoises that roam freely around the island. More than 100 species of birds have made their homes in the lush green canopies of the emerald-green atoll, and there is a myriad of marine life at play within the tranquil turquoise waters around the resort.
Fregate Island Private is fringed by seven sublime beaches, one for each day of the week, and remains one of the Indian Ocean’s most luxurious private island resorts. Just sixteen architecturally designed Residences, each with a grand infinity pool, decadent spa specialising in Ayurveda traditions for healing and wellness, and culinary excellence infused with island-grown produce, make Fregate Island Private a haven for rejuvenation and relaxation.
Unusually for a luxury private island, Fregate Island Private offers an extensive programme of activities, with a particular focus on conservation. A resident conservationist can guide guests through the island’s inspiring ecosystem and you are invited to take part in some of the invaluable work the resort does to protect the animal residents. The exclusive Stargazing Programme is a must for any would-be astrologers or those seeking a romantic interlude during their stay in the seductive Seychelles.
Fregate Island Private is also ideal for families, as it is a perfect, safe sanctuary in which your young explorers can get up-close-and-personal with wildlife and nature as never before. Treasure hunts on the turtle beaches, wildlife tours and meet-and-greets with the Giant Tortoises make for an unforgettably inspiring family holiday.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
At Six Senses Zil Pasyon the natural perfection of Félicité Island forms the heart of this exceptional luxury resort. Working to restore the natural ecosystems and animal habitats, Six Senses Zil Pasyon has created a comprehensive conservation system, which includes a water refinery to reduce the use of plastic bottles. A chicken farm, organic garden and an on-island conservationist ensure you experience the very best the island has to offer, whilst the wealth of excursions on offer make the most of the sublime setting. The coral reefs and wrecks around Félicité Island makes Six Senses Zil Pasyon the ideal choice for those seeking to discover the underwater charms of the impeccable Indian Ocean.
Diving and snorkelling excursions can be tailormade for each guest and there is the option to combine an island tour with a trip to the neighbouring nature reserve to make the most of your opportunities to see the Seychelles’ natural inhabitants in all their glory. Helicopter tours, hiking trails and yacht charter are easily arranged, giving you the choice to see the Seychelles from all angles. Families will enjoy the magical ‘cinema under the stars’ experience; relaxing on a padded sun lounger, after sundown, watching a blockbuster in the sand. This unforgettable experience can be arranged for private groups, upon request.
Start your luxury Seychelles holiday in style and arrive by private helicopter to North Island, a luxury private island resort. North Island enjoys one of the lightest ecological footprints of any five-star resort. Eleven exclusive villas enjoy beach access, private pools, designer interiors and the ultimate comfort. Using sustainable, local materials, North Island is dedicated to the preservation of the island’s natural riches and has been rewarded with a native family of wildlife who’ve chosen to call North Island home.
Turtles, tropical fish, Whale Sharks and dolphins can all be found in the surrounding waters, whilst birds, plants and flowers thrive in this haven of nature. If you’re seeking quality family time or the ultimate romance, North Island is impeccable.
To plan your perfect luxury wildlife encounter, or for further information about our featured resorts in the Seychelles, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants.