Mahé is home to the vast majority of the population of Seychelles, most of which is concentrated around the capital, Victoria. This is the commercial centre of the islands and also includes a bustling port as well as the main airport. Victoria is full of Creole character including its colourful market, two cathedrals and botanical gardens. Mahé island offers a wide choice of Seychelles hotels from luxury resorts to boutique hotels, perfect for a luxury Seychelles holiday or great for a beach holiday after an African safari.
Many tourism facilities are located towards the north of Mahé island along Beau Vallon Bay; the quieter south and west has picturesque villages, but also a number of modern, purpose built resorts. Off the eastern coast of Mahé, close to the capital, lies the Sainte Anne National Marine Park with its series of small islands, several which have private island hotels including J A Enchanted Island Resort. Wherever you are on Mahé, lush tropical mountainsides cascade down to idyllic white sand beaches.
While Mahé is Seychelles' largest island, it is only 28km long by 8km wide and packed with a great choice of luxury hotels and spectacular natural attractions. The fact Mahé is so small becomes a handy advantage, with lush jungle, pristine beaches, water sports and superb diving extremely close to one another; driving around the whole island takes a leisurely 3 hours. Mahe also makes a perfect starting point if you are planning a Seychelles island-hopping holiday.
Much of the vegetation found on Mahé is rare and endemic, thanks to its isolation from other continents. Keep your eyes peeled for unique plants such as the Seychelles Vanilla Orchid, Jellyfish Tree and the meat-eating Seychelles Pitcher Plant, all of which are found no-where else in the world. A good place to search for such rare flora is the Morne Seychellois National Park, encompassing towering granite peaks and ethereal mangrove forests. Take a hiking trail to explore this densely forested wilderness and reach the highest point in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois.
Mahé's main attraction, however, will always be its white sandy beaches. The stunning coastlines are utterly captivating and the resort hotels provide the perfect place from which to relax and enjoy the idyllic surrounds. Mahe Island is a great choice for a Seychelles family holiday since no hotel is more than a 45-minute car transfers from the international airport; several of the larger resorts also include Kid's Clubs, with most having daily activity programmes that incorporate the local nature and wildlife.
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A stunning resort of suites and villas, the Four Seasons on Mahe island is flanked by lush jungle and overlooks an idyllic bay of white sand and turquoise waters. Relax in luxury with a range of superb facilities including a hilltop spa and a main pool spanning 5,000 square-feet.
Set beside magnificent Intendance Bay on Mahe Island, this exclusive resort offers high levels of luxury and service. Stay in stunning villas with infinity pools and enjoy a unique Seychelles holiday experience.
Overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Ephelia Resort is set within 120 hectares of land, which encompasses two of the best beaches in the Seychelles. Expect luxury accommodation, strong service and excellent facilities.
The H-Resort Seychelles is a luxury boutique hotel offering a range of suites and pool villas, plus excellent dining options, beside beautiful Beau Vallon beach on Mahe Island
This boutique Carana Beach hotel on Mahe has an ethos and spirit all of its own and is the perfect choice for couples. Discover a true island experience, where the Seychelles spirit awaits you.
With stunning views towards the islands of Silhouette and North, the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a lovely boutique hotel on Mahé Island
A 5* resort on the quieter south west coast of Mahé island. Relax amid tropical greenery, beside a white sand beach and enjoy superb facilities at Kempinski Seychelles including a Spa, kids club, as well as a range of activities from water sports to nature walks.
Surrounded by 30 acres of lush forest and gardens on a small peninsular, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa commands spectacular ocean views from its exclusive villas and delivers high levels of luxury including private butler service.
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