Reasons to Visit
The Seychelles are world famous for their beaches and in rightly so. They really are as picture postcard beautiful as you imagine. The islands of Seychelles are fringed with perfect white sands ideal for beach lovers.
Taking a sailing trip is an excellent way to see more of the Seychelles’ beautiful island coastline. Swimming in secluded coves and exploring Robinson Crusoe-style desert islands is the stuff of daydreams.
Snorkelling and diving in the Seychelles are fantastic ways to see the diverse coral reefs and marine life. The best time to snorkel with whale sharks is in August and between October and January.
There is a wide range of accommodation on the Seychelles including deluxe five-star hotels, Creole guesthouses, boutique hotels, plantation houses and exclusive private island hideaways (these have only one exclusive lodge). Accommodation locations range from the larger islands of Praslin and Mahé to sleepy La Digue and far flung Desroches.
The coral reefs and drop-offs are host to an array of marine life from the big game fish marlin, sailfish and tuna to the colourful reef fish which teem in schools around the coral.
The Seychelles is home to well over 200 species of birds that vary from residents that stay all year around, to migrants who pass through with the seasons. Bird Island, as the name suggests, is alone home to around 800,000 pairs of sooty terns.
Lying back with a cocktail and occasionally dipping into the turquoise Indian Ocean to cool off is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a day, or even a few!
If you visit from Oct-Jan you may be lucky enough to be joined by the Hawksbill turtles. Now critically endangered, they come ashore to dig their nests in the sand and then lay their eggs. A couple of months later (Dec-Mar)the hatchlings scuttle back into the sea during the night. The rare Green Turtle can be seen from June to September.
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The Maia is exceptionally good standard accommodation but retains a very laid back atmosphere and is an excellent destination for a relaxing holiday.
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The Maia Resort is a luxury selection of beautiful villas overlooking the bay of Anse Louis on Mahe.
The beach is as nature intended, secluded and quiet yet offering the opportunity for swimming and snorkelling.
The Maia Resort has eight ocean front villas, eleven ocean panoramic villas, three ocean villas and eight signature villas. Each villa is approx 250m2 and all have uninterrupted sea views. All villas have a wonderful private pool, air-conditioned bedrooms with king size beds, mini bars, flat screen TVs, and DVD players. All are ensuite. The spacious bedrooms have doors out onto a gazebo with an oversized day bed and beautiful uninterrupted views of the ocean. There is an inset double bath and sun deck area.
The main area at Maia houses a restaurant serving a variety of Creole, French and Asian cuisine, although guests may eat in their private villa. There is a beautiful large pool and a sunset pool bar.
There are a number of activities you can enjoy from Maia including complimentary non-motorised water sports, windsurfs and kayaks. Boat cruises and game fishing can be arranged for an extra cost.
Finally, there is a boutique spa with 3 treatment rooms. In addition to relaxing treatments the spa offers free yoga and pilates classes.
Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles and home to the capital, Victoria. As you would expect there are plently of white sand beaches but inland there are unexpected granite outcrops and mountains to see.
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