This is a land of sugar-white sands, sparkling waters, ancient rainforest and craggy mountains; a land where giant tortoises roam, exotic birds patrol the skies and wild orchids thrive; a land where smooth granite boulders rest at the water’s edge creating secluded coves just waiting to be explored; a land that will make all your desert island dreams come true - welcome to the Seychelles.
Synonymous with luxury and glamour, the Seychelles archipelago is formed of 115 coral and granite islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, most of which are uninhabited. One of the world’s premier spots for heavenly beaches, these stunning islands are popular with honeymooners, romantic couples and those looking to combine a relaxing beach holiday with diving and snorkelling in coral gardens, hiking through lush rainforest, or sailing from one beautiful island to another.
Covered in lush tropical vegetation, the Seychelles are the only place to find the ultra-rare coco de mer palm trees, which produce the largest seeds in the plant world, several unique species of orchid, the giant Aldabra tortoises and one of the rarest birds on earth, the dark blue paradise flycatcher. Protected by colourful coral reef, the island’s powder white sands are partitioned into secluded coves and bays by the smooth granite boulders that cascade down to the edge of the warm luminescent water. So, whether you want to laze on the beach, explore the marine life or discover the islands’ flora and fauna, the Seychelles offer plenty of scope for both relaxation and activity.
Any trip to the Seychelles will probably start and finish on the largest island, Mahé, home to the international airport and charming old colonial capital, Port Victoria. The markets, shops and restaurants here are fun to explore, although there are plenty of beautiful deserted beaches and pretty villages for those wanting to slow the pace. The two other main islands are Praslin, where you’ll find many rare bird and lizard species, ancient palm forest and Anse Lazio, voted as not only one of the best beaches in the Seychelles, but possibly in the world and La Digue, the smallest and sleepiest of the three, an unspoilt tropical island, world-renowned for the striking granite boulders scattered along the shoreline. Praslin is a 15-minute flight from Mahé, or around 60-minutes by high-speed catamaran, while La Digue can only be reached by boat, which takes 90-minutes from Mahé, including a 15-minute stop in Praslin.
With easy sailing conditions, short distances and safe moorings, we think the Seychelles were made for an island-hopping adventure, with the chance to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters. Taking to the water also allows you to see some of the 70 Satellite Islands of the Seychelles archipelago. These divide into the Inner islands, mostly formed of granite, which crowd around the main islands and include Silhouette, Félicitié, Bird and Denis and the Outer Islands, which include Desroches and Alphonse, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches and most exclusive resorts.
A long-time favourite with the jet set, the Seychelles are brimming with natural beauty and are perfect for those seeking a private and romantic beach retreat. Having said that, there’s plenty to do in terms of diving, snorkelling, sailing, hiking and wildlife-spotting, so we think some of the larger resorts will also appeal to families, particularly those with active older children.
Lying peacefully in the Indian Ocean, one thousand miles off the East African coast the Seychelles are made up of over 100 Islands each as beautiful as the next. Simply a place to visit when looking to relax, the Seychelles is the perfect place for a luxury honeymoon or romantic escape. Private beaches, good weather and a relaxed atmosphere all contribute but it is the world class service, expertise and understanding from the hotels really make Seychelles a special honeymoon destination.