Destination spotlight - Seychelles
If you’re looking for paradise then you’re in luck. The Seychelles is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural paradises on earth. The Seychelles archipelago is made up of over 100 islands, although a large amount are completely uninhabited - aside from the scores of varied wildlife.
The main islands for tourists are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, which offer visitors the perfect combination of remote escapism and luxurious experiences. Mahe, the largest island, boasts dramatic mountains and swathes of tropical rainforests, while Praslin features some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet - a truly peaceful paradise. La Digue is regarded as the island that time forgot, thanks to its picture perfect beaches and chilled out pace.
No matter what you’re looking for from your holiday, the Seychelles is the place to be. From snorkelling in the crystal clear waters to island-hopping by boat or hiking through the rainforest, the Seychelles is an adventurer’s dream. Although, if you fancy lounging on a dreamy white-sand beach there are plenty of options for that too.
If you’re looking for palm tree lined beaches with sparkling white sand, lush rainforests and nature reserves filled with beautiful creatures, the Seychelles is a wondrous place to visit. For honeymooners and adventurers alike, this should be top of your travel bucket list.
When to Go
The Seychelles is a magnificent place to visit, with a tropical climate throughout the year. Through the majority of the year you can expect temperatures in the region of 24 to 34 degrees celsius, with a wealth of beautiful sunshine.
However, all tropical paradises experience a few showers every now and then. This typically happens in the Seychelles during January, when the rainy season is in full swing. This doesn’t last for long though, and the sun is soon shining again. If you’re looking for calm conditions with very little wind then April and October are great times to visit, with these times proving popular with visitors.
What to Do
If you’ve ever come across pictures of the Seychelles then you’ve probably seen just how incredible the beaches are. If you’re a fan of pristine, uncrowded beaches then the Seychelles is the place to be, with turquoise waters and white sands offering excellent opportunities to sail away or go snorkelling in the crystal clear ocean. Head to the water and go island hopping around the magnificent archipelago, where, if you’re looking for culture, the beautiful Creole heritage and mix of museums and nature reserves offer something for everyone.
Fancy something a bit more energetic? Head into the hills to explore the jungle, or climb one of the island’s peaks to get a whole new view. Dive into the waters to see the beautiful turtles or go horse riding around the magical landscape to make the most of the incredible variety of wildlife that call the Seychelles home. From bird watching to hiking through one of the reserves, you’re sure to enjoy seeing all that this fascinating, unspoilt island has to offer.
Where to Stay
The variety of hotels on offer across the Seychelles archipelago offers a whole host of luxurious options, from private islands to elegant beachside villas with plunge pools and butlers. Get in touch with nature with a stay on Cousine Island, although you’ll have to get in early - only eight guests are allowed at one time. The owners are focused on keeping the island a natural paradise, looking after the varied plant life and animal species. If you fancy exclusivity then North Island is where you need to be, with its carefully styled villas and spectacular sandy beaches. With Wills and Kate having honeymooned there, you know it’s going to be special.
However, a trip to the Seychelles doesn’t have to mean OTT hotels. There’s something for everyone, with a wide range of apartments and guesthouses offering a more affordable way of visiting this tropical paradise. Plus, a lot of the time this accommodation is family-run, with helpful, friendly staff on hand to give you tips on how best to explore the island.
Not to be Missed
Visit Curieuse Island - Curieuse Island is a small island off the north-west coast of Praslin Island, and is popular with tourists looking for a day trip to experience the beauty of the unspoilt Seychelles - complete with tortoises and turtles, mangrove forests and the super rare Coco de Mer.
Anse Lazio (Praslin Island) - Located on the northwest of Praslin Island, Anse Lazio is considered by many to be one of the best beaches in the country. This makes it a popular choice with tourists looking to marvel at its beauty.
Trek Morne Blanc (Victoria) - Taking a hike up to the summit of Morne Blanc offers visitors the chance to experience what is widely considered as the most impressive view in the country. Make sure you pack your hiking boots - you won’t want to miss it.
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve (Praslin Island) - A nature park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is well worth a visit to experience the huge array of plant and animal life. Look out for a rare Seychelles black parrot!
Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden (Mahe Island) - Head for the hills to take a wander around this lush spice garden, with a one-room museum for you to explore. Enjoy a bite in the cafe-restaurant to make the most of the wonderful views.
Getting to Seychelles: You can fly to the Seychelles from the UK in around 11 hours, although most flights require one stop.
Visa requirements: British citizens do not need a visa.
Currency: Seychelles Rupee is the official currency.
Time zone: Seychelles Time is four hours ahead of the UK.
Language: English, French and Creole.