Mahé Island - The largest island in Seychelles

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.

Constance Ephelia Resort Hilton Seychelles Northolme Exterior view Kempinski Baie Lazare Beach At Sunset

Mahe Highlights

  • 65 beaches to enjoy including Beau Vallon Bay, Anse Royal and Grand Anse to name a few
  • Walk the capital Victoria - be sure to include a visit to the market!
  • The Morne Seychellois National Park home to the highest point in the Seychelles at 905m
  • Experience traditional Creole cuisine and island-style dining with feet in the sand
  • Luxury properties set in the most beautiful surrounds

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 with island resorts and hotels. Wherever you are on Mahé, lush tropical mountainsides cascade down to idyllic white sand beaches.

While Mahé is the Seychelles' largest island it's only 28km long and 8km wide, packed into which are hotels of outstanding luxury 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 2 and a half hours.

Much of the vegetation found on Mahé is rare and endemic, thanks to centuries of isolation from the mainland. 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 one of the walking trails 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.

Activities in Mahe

  • Fishing & Diving
  • Sailing & Cruising
  • Guided walks & trails
  • Snorkelling & swimming
  • Spa & Wellness
  • Family resorts
  • Excursions to nearby islands

Selected Mahe Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Mahe

All Seychelles Itineraries
Picnic at the spot by Andrew Howard

Cape Town, Kruger and Seychelles Honeymoon

Cost Per Person
From $7,270 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Cape Town, Sabi Sands, Mahe
CaranaBeach oceanview chalet plunge pool

Boutique Carana Beach hotel and idyllic Denis Island Honeymoon

Cost Per Person
From $4,280 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Mahe, Denis Island

Chic boutique Carana Beach Hotel on Mahe Island

Cost Per Person
From $2,680 (Includes international flights from JFK)
CaranaBeach oceanview chalet plunge pool

Boutique and Luxury Twin Island Holiday - Mahe & Praslin

Cost Per Person
From $5,600 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Mahe, Praslin

Mahe Accommmodation

All Seychelles accommodations
  • The Four Seasons Seychelles
    Presidential villa bedroom

    A stunning resort of suites and villas, The Four Seasons is flanked by lush jungle and overlooks a bay of crisp white sand and turquoise waters. Relax in luxury with a range of stunning facilities including a spa and a pool which spans more than 5,000 square-feet.

  • Banyan Tree Seychelles
    Presidential villa

    Found in the magnificent Intendance Bay, this exclusive resort offers high levels of luxury and service. Stay in stunning villas, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and infinity pools and enjoy unique activities, including island-hopping and helicopter rides.

  • Constance Ephelia Seychelles
    area piscina

    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 Beau Vallon Beach

    The H Resort is the newest and most welcome luxury resort to the island of Mahe; a signature in luxury and style, located on the exquisite Beau Vallon beach.

  • Carana Beach Hotel
    Carana beach

    This Boutique Hotel has an ethos and spirit of its own for every guest to discover. When you come to Carana Beach you come to uncover the true island experience, where the Seychelles spirit awaits you.

  • Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa
    Northolme Ocean View Villa

    With stunning views towards the islands of Silhouette and North, the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a lovely boutique hotel on Mahé Island

  • Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare
    Hill view room

    A luxury resort found on lush Mahé, relax with tropical greenery, sandy white beaches and a fantastic spa. Stay in comfort and enjoy a range of activities, from nature walks to kayaking.

  • Savoy Resort & Spa Seychelles

    Set on the finest stretch of beach on Mahé, Savoy Resort & Spa is a modern beach front property, and the perfect tropical escape in the Seychelles. Relax in the spa and enjoy delicious cuisine.

  • Maia Luxury Resort and Spa
    View from villa

    Surrounded by 30 acres of lush forest and gardens on a small peninsular, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa commands spectacular ocean views and delivers high levels of luxury and service from exclusive villas and a private butler service.

  • Anse Soleil Beachcomber
    Anse soleil beachcomber exterior and ocean

    Set steps away from one the world's most beautiful beaches, Anse Soleil Beachcomber is a romantic island escape on Mahe's stunning south coast.