Consisting of 115 small islands, most of which are uninhabited, the Republic of the Seychelles is an archipelagic island country located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Its largest city, Victoria, located on Mahe island, where the majority of the Creole-speaking Seychellois live is the main centre for the population. Whilst hotels are dotted across many islands, Mahe, Praslin and la Digue offer the main facilities for tourists. The many diverse islands offer a peaceful escape for its visitors, allowing them to be submersed in the tropical beauty of the Seychelles, combined with the sophistication offered by many of the world’s leading hotel brands.
Why we love the Seychelles - The Seychelles has a captivating and varied landscape with mangroves, large boulders, gleaming beaches and serene blue waters. Not only does it offer a luxurious and relaxing escape for those who need it, for the more adventurous traveler, hiking and in particular, bird watching are good options. Surrounded by the crystal blue waters diving, snorkeling and water sports are all easily accessible from most hotels. Golfing enthusiasts will not be disappointed with a choice of challenging courses on the islands.
Why choose the Seychelles for your next getaway - If you are looking for a sophisticated destination for your next relaxing family holiday, honeymoon or just a tranquil escape, in the Seychelles you can tailor how much relaxation or activity you desire.
Best Times to visit - While the Seychelles is a year-round destination with temperatures rarely dropping below 30C, certain periods are drier and better to enjoy the tropical sunshine. April to June and September to November are the best times to visit. December through to February sees the most rain. Please click here to see more detail
Relaxation & Wellness - The Seychelles offers ultimate privacy and luxury, with some of the most exclusive hotels in the world located on the archipelago. The Seychelles is home to award-winning spas where you can unwind after a grueling day of relaxation. Yoga classes are readily available
Romance - A perfect place to relax after a hectic wedding, or for a second (or third) honeymoon. There are few places that offer such a range of spectacular options to make your proposal the most special moment you can imagine.
Snorkelling & Diving - Underneath the crystal surface, the sea offers a kaleidoscope of life that is best discovered by snorkeling or diving. Sea conditions do vary considerably during the year and visibility for diving can vary considerably – see best time to travel for further details.
Wildlife - While the sea is hypnotizing, we recommend taking a break from the beaches to explore the interior jungle. A leisurely hike while bird-watching offers spectacular variety. The North Island is the home of the Aldabra giant tortoise, one of two giant tortoises species remaining in the world (the only other home of giant tortoises is in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador).
Food & Drink - Creole means a mixture of different languages and cultures, and nowhere is this more evident than in the local cuisine. While curries play an important role, there are obvious African, British, French, Spanish, Indian and Chinese influences from its long history of visiting sailors and traders. Obviously, fish plays a major part of the diet. International cuisine is readily available.
Few things are more heavenly than sitting on a beach sipping coconut water freshly fell from a palm tree. If you fancy something alcoholic, try the local palm wine calou, bakka rum or a locally brewed beer to quench your thirst.
What the different islands offer
Victoria, Mahe - The capital of Victoria is known for being the smallest capital in the world, where 90% of the population lives. It is certainly worth a visit to meet the friendly locals with their welcoming bright smiles, bustling markets selling an array of local produce. The city exposes its colonial past with many buildings in the distinctive tropical colonial architecture.
Praslin - An hour boat ride from Mahe is Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles. Rustic and more laid back than Mahe, this island is a particularly spectacular spot for bird watchers.
La Digue - This relaxing, laid back island is best explored on foot, bike or the traditional mode of transport, the ox cart! Its stunning scenery should not be missed. You will be welcomed by hidden beaches –with sandy white sands and contrasting spectacular large boulders to private coves, hidden bays and flourishing tropical jungle. This island is home to what is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world –Anse Source D’Argent. This is also the home of the rare black paradise fly-catcher.