Luxury Holidays to Seychelles
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These 100-or-so Indian Ocean islands have a land area of just 175 square miles. It’s a deceptive statistic. The Seychelles’ appeal spans the broadest of spectrums. Here there are near-empty beaches of legendary magic. Granite mountains dressed in the lush greens of the tropics. Coral islands to suit every Crusoe. Colourful birdlife and exotic flora (like the unique Coco de Mer double coconut). Prestigious 5-star resorts and spas. Romantic desert-island sanctuaries. Friendly islanders whose exotic pedigree – like their delicious Creole cuisine – is a fusion of African, European and Asian influences.
It’s this feature of the Seychelles - their sheer diversity - that we especially love. With a choice of a dozen islands to stay on, you can island-hop to your heart’s content. Prefer to stop the world and simply dream in the shade of a beachside palm? The Seychelles beckon . . .
The most adrenalin-pumping activities on offer here are either in or on the sea. The iridescent Indian Ocean waters are yours to enjoy by means of well-organised watersports of every kind. You’re never far from a stunning beach to die for – or to dive from (diving, like all other watersports, is well catered for).
Nightlife & Party with Locals
On Mahé most hotels have evening entertainment with local singers and bands. There are one or two local nightclubs in and around Victoria. Elsewhere entertainment tends to be low-key – even inaudible!
Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out
Seafood and curries loom large in Seychellois cuisine, both in hotel and local restaurants (there are about half a dozen of the latter on Mahé – Victoria’s Pirates Arms is the best-known). Enjoy the flavours but don’t expect ‘silver service’. Delicious Creole seafood and curries play their own memorable part in the Luxury holiday in Seychelles experience.
World Class Golf Courses
Lemuria Resort on Praslin offers a stunning 18-hole championship course framed by 150 hectares of palm groves. This course was conceived to host a number of international competitions including the Mauritius Open.
World''''s Best Scuba Dive Sites
The Seychelles have a number of dive centres and the sport is very popular, especially from the outlying islands. There are four marine national parks, and more than 150 species of tropical reef fish have been identified. Dolphin and porpoise are common between the islands.
Family Luxury Holidays in Seychelles
Children and the Seychelles are a natural combination. Kids will just love those beaches and warm reef-sheltered lagoon waters. Most larger hotels have children’s activities programmes. Some hotels and resorts offer babysitting services ensuring a fun Seychelles holiday experience for the entire family. The Seychelles is the perfect family holiday destination.
Events in Seychelles
The month of the Kavadi Thaipoosum Festival, when Seychellois Hindus carry milk in small pots, offering it to Lord Murugan (the warrior deity of the hills).
The middle of the month sees SUBIOS 2007 - an
annual underwater film and image festival combining daytime diving and
snorkelling activities with evening film, video and slide presentations by
speakers from around the world. March also brings La Semaine de la Francophonie,
a celebration of the
The eyes of local fishing fans will be on the International Rotary Annual Fishing Tournament weekend (for both trolling and bottom fishing).
FetAfrik is a big May event here - is a multi-artistic festival that’s, a colourful and lively expression of the islands’ African and Creole culture.
Coinciding with Seychelles National Day on 18th June is the Agricultural & Horticultural Show - a key 3-day event showcasing interesting displays and exhibits. The June Festival of Classical Music, a joint Seychelles-Kenya occasion feature professional musicians, choristers and soloists from several countries.
The Miss Regatta Beauty Pageant is ‘a celebration of youth, fashion, design, music and beauty’ – and why not? The Seychelles Round Table Regatta is a 2-day funfair event held at Beau Vallon beach, with watersports events its focus.
This month sees the celebration of the Feast of
the Assumption of Mary – dedicated to the
Vinayagar Chadurthi is celebrated by
There’s a Creole mood in the air at the end of
October as the Festival Kreol kicks in - hear it in the music, feel it in the
rhythm and taste it in the food. The Festival Kreol is the top event of the
The Hindu Deepavali festival signifies the advent of joy and happiness, when the goddess Lakshmi graces the shops and houses and showers her blessings upon her worshippers!
Sightseeing in Seychelles
Apart perhaps from
WHAT TO SEE DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO
Easily accessed from Mahé, this encompasses the six islands of Ste Anne, Cerf, Round, Moyenne, Beacon and Long Island (three of which have restaurants), and its clear waters and protected coral reefs offer perfect snorkelling.
On Praslin, the second-largest island, head for the world-famous Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose prehistoric Eden-like forest is home to the unique double-nutted coco-de-mer palm tree – and the elusive Seychelles black parrot. Among Praslin’s loveliest beaches is Anse Lazio in the far north (buses will take you around all the beaches from Grand Anse).
The rare black paradise flycatcher has chosen to make its home on this idyllic island. Who would not? Hire a bicycle and explore the lanes and tracks amid coconut and vanilla plantations, spot gracious old plantation houses like Château Saint-Cloud– and some of the most stunning beaches in the islands.
WHAT TO DO DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO
As everywhere in the
On Praslin you won’t find any towns or man-made ‘sights’, its natural attractions and well-organised watersports more than compensate. On Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette you are enjoying beaches that feature regularly in lists of the world''s Top 10, while the beautiful Vallee de Mai is like nowhere else on the planet. Cycling here is always great fun – and golfers will be bewitched by the superb 18-hole, par 70 course at Lemuria Resort. You may find a little informal entertainment at your hotel – and watching those sunsets can be quite demanding!
If your idea of a luxury holiday to Seychelles is doing virtually nothing apart from snoozing, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, some gentle cycling, pottering around the odd craft shop, fish market or nature reserve, maybe even a little relaxing bird-watching - then La Digue is for you.
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