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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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.
The Chalets d'Anse Forbans are located on the sandy beach of Anse Forbans on the South East Coast of Mahé. Overall it offers basic accommodation, but ideal for those looking for an independent and good value stay on Mahe.
Clef de Iles is a great property offering serviced self-catering apartments located right on the beach at Beau Vallon Bay.
Bliss Hotel has a superb position on a great beach in the north of Mahe. It's a lovely option for travellers looking for a simple, but stylish hotel on a great beach.
The Sunset Beach Hotel has a lovely quiet location above a sandy beach. It is a good base from which to explore Mahe.
Banyan Tree Seychelles is one of the best hotels on the islands. It is very elegant, private and understated. The beach is superb and always quiet. We highly recommend it.
Constance Ephelia Resort is located on two beautiful beaches on the northwest of Mahe. The resort is set in 120 hectares of lush vegetation sloping gently up from the sea.
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is made up of 67 tree-house villas and suites perched in lush vegetation above the bay of Petite Anse. As you would expect from a Four Season Resort, facilities are extensive.
The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa has been beautifully designed with wonderful ocean views, the facilities and villa rooms are excellent.
Le Meridian Fisherman's Cove is on a lovely stretch of beach and is a good standard of accommodation with plenty of facilities.
The Maia is exceptionally good standard accommodation but retains a very laid back atmosphere and is an excellent destination for a relaxing holiday.
The Wharf hotel and Marina is rather glitzy and certainly looking to appeal to the yachting crowd. It is not a hotel for a long stay as there isn't a beach.
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