Seychelles Holidays: An Overview

The Seychelles are the definition of a luxury getaway with an archipelago of tiny green islands fringed with talcum white beaches and turquoise waters.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Seychelles is the ultimate island paradise for a luxury holiday. You can't get much more 'away from it all' than a thousand miles off the African coast, and many of the hotels inhabit their own private islands, which makes the destination an ideal choice for honeymooners
  • It's been said about many places, but the beaches of the Seychelles really are something else -they were used in the famous Bounty ads, after all
  • The rich abundance of flora and fauna sets the island apart from other paradise spots, as does the pride the country takes in preserving it - see turtles hatching on the beach or go diving in some of the most beautiful and remote spots on earth

Luxury Holidays to the Seychelles: the Detail

The Seychelles have been admirable front-runners in sustainable tourism, making this a thoroughly conscious-salving as well as spoiling luxury holiday destination. Almost half of the Seychelles' total landmass is set aside as nature reserves, with the larger islands having lush vegetation and nature trails to explore.

Did you know

  • Seychelles granite islands are the oldest islands in the world
  • Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is the world's smallest capital
  • 115 islands belong the archipelago
  • Seychelles cooking is based on chillies and seafood
  • The country is home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild; it's named Esmeralda, weighs 304 kg and can be found on Bird Island

The Seychelles consist of dozens of small islands dotted across a broad swathe of the Indian Ocean, but whichever island you choose to spend your luxury holiday on, you are guaranteed to see some of the millions of sea birds who live here or see century old giant tortoises roaming free. A thousand miles to the west lies Kenya and the two make for an excellent 'bush and beach' combination. The islands are famous for their idyllic white-sand beaches and the pristine coral reefs offer superb snorkelling and diving.

The islands' Creole cuisine is a delicious blend of French and Indian influences. Original Travel knows the islands intimately and can explain the various merits of staying on the private paradises of North Island, Fregate Island and Cousine or on Praslin, a UNESCO world heritage site.

If you end up on Fregate Island, head over to Anse Maquereau beach and turn the sign at the top of the steps over to say 'Beach Occupied', then the beach is yours for the day.


Top picks for Seychelles

 Cousine Island

Cousine Island

Seychelles

Lying off the west coast of Praslin, and accessible by helicopter from Mahé, Cousine Island offers an exclusive island experience with complete seclusion found in very few other places.

Where to stay

 Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Seychelles

The hotel occupies a 117 hectare site overlooking the beautiful Intendance Bay, and includes what has been described as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world.

Where to stay

Bird Island chalet exterior

Bird Island

Seychelles

Situated in the most northerly archipelago of the Seychelles is Bird Island – a sanctuary of pure white beaches and tropical vegetation. An Eco-friendly and successful wildlife reserve, Bird Island is a haven of tranquillity and the perfect destination for nature and beach lovers.

Where to stay

 Denis Island

Denis Island

Seychelles

Named after Denis de Trobriant, the French explorer who was the first European to discover it in 1773, Denis Island is located some 60 miles north of the main island of Mahé.

Where to stay

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Seychelles

Praslin is the second largest of the Seychelles islands, and a short hop by light aircraft from the main island of Mahé.

Where to stay

North Island

North Island

Seychelles

This small, private island - just a mile long by half a mile across - was abandoned in the 1970s following the collapse of the coconut industry.

Where to stay

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