Island-hopping is by far the best way to see the often overlooked diversity of the Seychelles islands – its idyllic beaches, marine parks and national parks, as well as the varied and unique nature, including many endemic species. Scattered in the Indian Ocean just south of the equator, over 115 islands form the Seychelles archipelago, but it is the core inner islands where the main population and tourism activity if focused. Twin island or even three-island options can be created, whether for a Seychelles honeymoon or a special anniversary holiday.
International flights arrive on the main island of Mahé – a great starting point for your Seychelles experience and from where it’s an easy transfer to your Seychelles hotel. Choose a few days at the luxury Banyan Tree Seychelles in the quieter south-west of the island and unwind with a treatment at their award-winning spa.
Alternatively, head to the north coast for a stay near the popular Beau Vallon Bay with its choice of restaurants, bars and water sports; the new 5* H-Resort is a brand new addition right beside the beach. From here, it’s easy to visit Victoria – the world’s smallest capital city including a trip to see the botanical gardens. For an ‘island’ experience and yet only a stone’s throw from Mahé, try the unique tiny Enchanted Island Resort with its 10 pool Villas. A few days here combined with another island makes a great Seychelles holiday.
Praslin, Seychelles’ second largest island, is reached by a short 15 minute flight or 1 hour by fast ferry. It is, however, almost a world away from the hustle and bustle of Mahé. Experience the pristine white sands and clear water of Anse Lazio beach and be sure to visit the Vallee de Mai – a UNESCO World Heritage site. This tropical forest is where the Coco de Mer nut (the world’s largest seed) grows. Luxury hotels on Praslin include spacious ocean-facing pool villas at 5* Raffles Seychelles and the only 18-hole golf course in Seychelles at the 5* Constance Lemuria Resort.
From Praslin, a 20 minute ferry ride takes you to the small island of La Digue. Here you can experience unhurried Seychelles island living as it used to be. Bicycle is the favoured mode of transport – perfect for a leisurely cycle to Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Take a day-trip to La Digue or else stay at one of the many small hotels and guesthouses.
For a real ‘castaway’ experience, visit Denis Private Island, a small coral atoll with just 25 beachside cottages tucked between swaying palms, but only steps from the sparkling ocean. Just a 30 minute flight from Mahé, the moment you see the island and its tiny grass runway, you know you are in for a unique holiday. Diving and fishing are excellent here and Soneva Fushi is just a stone’s throw away (Maldives), but if you prefer to be less active, relax on the beach or take a spa treatment while you prepare for the next amazing culinary choice prepared by the island’s chefs.
If money really is no object, the luxurious Fregate Island or the exotic North Island both represent truly ultimate addresses for a luxury Seychelles holiday.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
If you’re heading to the Maldives, then Rangali Island is an absolute must. It is the home of Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, a restaurant set 16 feet below sea level within a 180 degree panoramic tunnel. Described by the New York Times as ‘the most beautiful restaurant in the world’, Ithaa offers a truly unique and unforgettable dining experience. Imagine enjoying a meal while a shark looks at you through the glass!
Ithaa means ‘mother of pearl’, which gives you a little insight into the standard of the food on offer. It isn’t just a gimmick – Ithaa offers some genuinely incredible dishes, with a mix of European inspired and authentic local cuisine, within a six course dinner set menu, or a four course menu for lunch. The restaurant can also be booked privately for events or weddings, which would make for an unforgettable experience!
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