23 November 2020
If you’re a lover of paradise beaches with powdery sands lapped by azure waters, the 115 islands which make up the Seychelles are blessed with hundreds of them. Beyond the beach, there’s no shortage of scenic hikes amongst the unspoilt nature reserves, vibrant townships to enjoy and natural wonders to explore in this sublime Indian Ocean archipelago.
Known as ‘the land of perpetual summer’, much of the islands that make up the Seychelles remain uninhabited to this day, with many remaining as nature reserves, however the three main islands are a melee of hotels, bars and restaurants - not to mention the picture-perfect beaches.
Island-hopping is always a favourite for visitors and the islands of Praslin and La Digue are just 15 minutes away by plane or an hour by ferry. There, you will find excellent opportunity for swimming, snorkelling, hiking, golfing, sailing and more.
How to experience the best of the Seychelles
Visit the botanical gardens in Victoria Seychelles National Botanical Gardens are centuries old and boast an entire host of exotic plants over the 15- acre site, plus you’ll see plenty of wildlife, including giant tortoises and flying foxes. There’s plenty of fascinating architecture to see in Freedom Square too.
Explore the sands of Beau Vallon This horseshoe-shaped bay has calming surf and clear waters perfect for the children to play in, along with an abundance of reefs and snorkelling spots. Relax, unwind and sip on fresh coconut water while you lay on the white sands.
Discover Vallee de Mai National Park This UNESCO World Heritage Site on Praslin Island is often described as the Garden of Eden due to it's alluring mystical aura. Discover the unique coco de mer fruit palm in the prehistoric rainforest and hike the marked trail for the chance to see rare species including the black parrot in their natural habitats.
Visit La Digue Island For a glimpse into traditional life - tiny La Digue has a population of just 2,000 and is the smallest of the three islands. It’s home to the iconic granite boulder beaches that the Seychelles are famed for, and everyone travels around the island by bicycle, which are free to hire from the hotels.
Try something different...
Fly fishing and scuba diving The coral reef-filled waters of the Seychelles make it perfect for fly fishing and diving. The best fishing spots can be found on Alphonse Island, and the best times for snorkelling are April through to May and October through to November as the water is clear and calm.
Island hopping Visit Mahé, Praslin and La Digue for their pristine beaches, coral atolls and mountainous granite rocks. Swim at the idyllic L’Archipel beach and cycle to Anse Source D’Argent on a whistle-stop tour.
Try the Morne Blanc walking trail Hiking is a great way to discover the highest mountain on the island, and a 45-minute climb will reward you with incredible panoramic views of Mahe’s west coast and Port Launay Marine Park.
Where to stay
The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, Mahé A boutique beach resort in a sublime setting with an uberluxe spa, Yoga and fabulous gastronomy including Eden, a hub of creole dining.
Banyan Tree Seychelles, Mahé Sublime views of the Indian Ocean combined with jaw-dropping scenery make this tranquil retreat one of the Seychelles' most renowned properties. Expect charming Colonial décor and rustic design that seamlessly aligns with the surrounds. Enjoy award-winning Thai cuisine at Saffron, take a dip in the turquoise infinity pool, and choose from several room and suite options with ocean and beach views.
Coco de Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites, Praslin Nestled on private white sand beaches, the relaxed Coco De Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites has sand terraces, hammocks slung between palms, sun loungers and a saltwater pool suspended over the ocean. Set amidst rare Coco de Mer palms, it’s a dream hotel for nature enthusiasts with exotic fauna including mango and avocado trees, seasonal turtle spotting and fish feeding. The boutique hotel is an intimate retreat with 51 rooms and suites channeling a beach house aesthetic, all hosting balconies or terraces to unwind on.
Constance Lemuria, Anse Kerlan Find paradise at this elegant resort set amidst swaying palms and bamboo. There's the wonderful Constance Kid's Club, an indulgent spa and the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles.
Hilton Seychelles Northolme & Spa, Mahé Set amongst the Glacis lagoons, the Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa offers plenty of activities including some of the island’s best snorkelling. Discover hundreds of species of fish as you swim in azure waters at the nearby PADI dive centre, take an excursion on a glass-bottom boat and try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing. A weekly programme of activities helps guests to make the most of the island from hiking in the National Park and visiting the capital of Victoria to thrilling helicopter rides.
Hilton Seychelles Labriz, Resort & Spa, Silhouette Island Arrive by helicopter or boat at this award-winning resort, the only one on Silhouette Island. Encounter the mystique of the island with guided nature tours, fishing, sailing and five-star dining.
Did you know
The Seychelles is home to the heaviest and oldest land tortoise in the world.
• Victoria is the world’s smallest capital city.
• James Bond author Ian Fleming used the islands as inspiration for his stories.
• The first settlers arrived in the 18th century.
• Moyenne Island is believed to be haunted by a spirit guarding buried treasure.
• Almost half of the Seychelles landmass is occupied by national parks and reserves