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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L'Archipel is a elegant, peaceful and refined. It has a superb setting and is one of our favourite properties on Praslin.
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L'Archipel is set in beautiful mature gardens, a natural amphitheatre cut into the granite rock of Praslin. The peaceful setting is provided by the secluded position, a gentle crescent of sand protected at both ends by rocky outcrops making this both a private and safe beach.
Winding paths take you through the tropical gardens and up and down the hillside to your deluxe room or suite, passing palms, hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea trees. The rooms are built on differing levels and from each balcony guests have panoramic views of the gardens, beach and ocean. Inside the rooms are spacious and elegant and have the following facilities: ceiling fan and air-conditioning, double bed, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and television. All the rooms are en-suite.
There is plenty to do at L'Archipel. There is a fresh water swimming pool and free kayaking and windsurfing. Snorkelling equipment is provided and there is a free boat trip for snorkelling that leaves daily at 10am (weather permitting).
Finally, the food L'Archipel is excellent. A breakfast buffet is served near the beach. Dinner is a choice of Table D'Hôte menu or á la carte in 'La Feuille D'Or' serving a gourmet menu of locally caught fish and seafood and international dishes. Once a week a Creole Buffet is provide near the beach featuring local dishes.
Praslin is one of the larger islands, at 12 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide. In the centre of the island is Vallée de Mai National Park, a world heritage site.
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