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
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
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
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
World's Best Scuba Dive
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
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
Apart perhaps from Mahé Island,
luxury holidays to the Seychelles are not really a
destination that’s strong on sightseeing (only on Mahé and Praslin can you hire
a car). The beach, the sea and relaxation are top of most visitors’ agendas –
and each is a core feature of the islands’ special magic. Encircled by seas of
the purest blue, these 100 or so islands lie scattered across the Indian Ocean.
Some, of granite, rear dramatically from sea to sky, draped in rich
vegetation and brilliant flowers of the tropics. Others are formed of coral, and
rise just feet above the sea. Wherever you travel in the Seychelles
lagoons and coral sand beaches are rarely far away. Enjoy a stress free luxury
holiday in Seychelles, the holiday experience of
WHAT TO SEE DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO
The main island of Mahé is where you’ll find Victoria. It’s one of the
world’s smallest capitals and easily explored on foot. Though it sports a tidy
modern look, in some ways Victoria is not without charm, and the
courthouse and post office appear untouched since colonial times. The delightful
National Botanical Gardens and weekday local market repay
investigation - as do the interesting Natural History and National History Museums. Look out, too, for the replica of
Vauxhall Bridge Clock Tower! Explore the island and discover the superb national
park scenery around the Morne Seychellois central peak. Among the 60 or so
palm-fringed beaches, the mile-long sands encircling Beau Vallon Bay in the north are Mahé’s most popular
resort area – while in the south you can slip into castaway mode on largely
deserted beaches. Jardin du Roi, a restored working plantation and spice garden,
is well worth a visit.
National Marine Park
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
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
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 Seychelles, watersports head most
Mahé visitors’ ‘to do’ list. The snorkelling is especially good in the
Ste Anne National
Marine Park to which non-snorkellers can enjoy
glass-bottom boat trips. There are also several dive centres around the island
(see also the At a Glance section for more information on scuba-diving). If
nature walks and trails take your fancy then the Morne Seychellois National
Park is a ‘must’ – the summit views are spectacular.
The more ambitious can opt for a helicopter tour for a real bird’s eye-view.
Shopping in this Victoria can’t compare with Bond Street, but
handicrafts and works by Seychellois artists are popular buys at local
galleries. Most hotels present evening entertainment by local singers and bands
- and there are bars and even one or two nightclubs in and around Victoria for those who
want to go straight from the dance floor to the beach next morning! Two hotel
casinos offer you the chance to dice with Lady Luck!
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
The sea and water-related activities are what
bring most visitors to the smaller Seychelles islands. Desroches is
especially noted for its scuba-diving, as is Denis (also a favourite for
seasonal deep-sea fishing). Bird Island is another popular choice with
fishermen, and Alphonse is a leading fly-fishing venue.
The Seychelles events calendar centres
primarily upon Mahé and is focused upon cultural and religious festivals and
sporting (mostly fishing) competitions. Don’t expect too much hi-tech razzamataz
– enjoy the informal island mood and join the fun!
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 Seychelles’ French
The eyes of local fishing fans will be on the
International Rotary Annual Fishing Tournament weekend (for both trolling and
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 church of La
Digue and highly popular with Seychellois from all
islands, who flock to La Digue for the occasion.
Vinayagar Chadurthi is celebrated by Seychelles’ Hindu faithful to mark
the anniversary of Lord Vinayagar, the Elephant God.
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
Seychelles cultural calendar,
offering the visitor a week full of the colours, sounds, flavours and fragrances
of this corner of the Creole world.
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!