Seychelles luxury holidays
The Seychelles lie just four degrees south of the equator but several hundred miles from anywhere else. In total there are 115 islands scattered across this section of the Indian Ocean. Some are simply low-lying coral atolls or reef islands whilst 40 or so are mid-ocean granite islands with soaring peaks at their centre.
Dreamlike and picture-perfect, the islands, which have excellent ecotourist credentials, are ideal for people looking to really relax, or for honeymooners looking to celebrate. Yet there are also affordable, equally attractive ways to visit.
The main island, Mahe is home to the capital, airport and most of the population. Protected by coral reefs, it has 70 sand beaches, lush vegetation, forested peaks up to 1,000m high and coconut plantations to explore. Head into the Morne Seychellois National Park to see rare endemic plants and take scenic strolls.
Mahe also acts as the cultural and economic heart of the country, along with the islands of Praslin and La Digue, both of which boast extraordinary beaches and some outstanding swimming and diving spots as well as stylish places to stay and high-quality restaurants. Walk through the forested Vallee de Mai on Praslin to find the exotic, erotic nut of the coco de mer palm or simply indulge in the laidback charms of La Digue.
Aldabra is the world's largest atoll and home to 150,000 giant land tortoises, which can only be found here and on the Galapagos Islands. Wildlife enthusiasts should also travel to Cousin Island, which is run as a nature reserve and home to a number of rare endemic species as well as huge flocks of migrating birds.
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Top places to stay in the Seychelles
Set in beautiful Baie Lazare at the southern end of the island of Mahé in the Seychelles, Kempinski Seychelles Resort offers tranquility and luxury in equal measure and is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the international airport and 40 minutes from the capital Victoria
Opened in 2011, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles is located on the north-east of the island of Praslin, the second largest granite island in the Seychelles, a short 15-minute flight or 45 minute boat ride from the main island of Mahe. The hotel has an enviable location with direct access to the beach at…
North Island is an exclusive island in the Seychelles where the emphasis is on privacy and barefoot luxury the island having recently gained fame when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon here. The island has just 11 villas each of which come with a large plunge pool.
When to go to the Seychelles
This archipelago of 115 postcard perfect islands in the Indian Ocean is understandably a dream destination. Deciding where to stay can be difficult though - the standards in the Seychelles are high, with a surfeit of 5-star hotels and plenty of private island retreats to choose from. So we've chose…
Alison Nicolle, an Indian Ocean and Middle East travel expert, recently returned from the Seychelles, where she checked out all the top hotels and enjoyed a few of the best holiday experiences on offer.
The Seychelles have been described as a romantic paradise.Writing for Suite 101, Chris Marais said the islands situated in the Indian Ocean score ten out of ten for those looking for escapism.He also claimed that the destination boasts some of the most romantic spots in the world.Mr Marais explaine…
The Seychelles islands have been highlighted as an ideal choice for luxury travellers.Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), was quoted by Xinhua as stating that high-end holidaymakers around the world are being targeted."We don't want to make the holiday crowded o…
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