29 June 2018
There’s never been a better time to visit this sublime Indian Ocean destination with its Instagram-worthy white-sand beaches, lush vegetation, rugged peaks, fabulous animal and plant life and activities including kayaking, snorkelling and paddle-boarding.
We’ve looked at what makes the Seychelles such an unrivalled beach-holiday destination, whether you travel as a couple or with friends or family.
With 115 coral and granite islands, the Seychelles is a great place to take to the seas. Among the top stop-offs are Cousin Island with its fantastic birdlife and hawksbill and green turtles, and Curieuse Island with its giant tortoises (part of a conservation programme). Make sure to take along a picnic and snorkel gear.
At Anse Forbans beach on Mahé, be patient and you might get to see turtles laying their eggs or hatchlings making their first foray to the ocean. Meanwhile, in Port Launay Marine National Park you can snorkel in the midst of incredible sealife including gentle whale-sharks feeding on plankton.
Stables around Mahé have horses for all ages and abilities, with the most popular rides being through the mangroves and along pristine beaches.
Get out and about on the water all around the Seychelles, whether’s its snorkelling, diving, kayaking or SUP paddle-boarding, or taking it easy as you absorb the sights and sounds from a glass-bottomed boat.
Anse Royal’s tropical Jardin du Roi is divinely scented by the native spices grown there. Set in the hills, it has glorious coastal views, a small museum in the former planter’s house and a pretty café-restaurant serving Creole dishes. Meanwhile, the National Botanical Gardens in Victoria have rows of coco de mer palms, a spice grove, giant tortoises and even an area of rainforest inhabited by fruit bats.
The Seychelles’ cuisine blends French (its earliest settlers being from France), African, Chinese, Indian and British cooking. Expect everything from grilled fish with spices and curries with coconut milk and local fruit to croissants at breakfast and beach barbecues by night.
From luxury spa-resorts perfect for couples’ breaks or honeymoons to family-friendly accommodation with kids’ clubs and other great facilities, the Seychelles has a wonderful choice of resorts.
For more information or to book your Seychelles holiday, contact your Travel Counsellor.