Seychelles Holidays – Welcome to a Dream
Seychelles Holiday Overview
An image of paradise awaits in the Indian Ocean. Volcanos soar above white beaches. Giant granite rocks create places of seclusion. Romance flourishes beneath giant palms. There is tranquility here, on islands far more atmospheric than their tropical postcards suggest. Yet there is also so much to do, with Seychelles able to respond to any mood or energy level.
And as you explore, you will find Seychelles holidays to be not far from a dream.
Imagine tropical island bliss and it will probably look a lot like a Seychelles holiday. Thick jungle cascades across mountain slopes, hiding monkeys and lizards. The jungle canopy tumbles down onto squeaky soft sand, where you can dip your toes and let go of stresses. Sapphire waters are great to look at and they also hide spectacular marine life, from reefs to dolphins and whale sharks.
Yet most people are unaware of how big Seychelles is. It is not just one island but an entire archipelago, with each destination a little different from the next.
Mahe is the largest island and most popular with visitors, partly due to it having an international airport. Resorts are tastefully separated around this island. There are some good value options here although Mahe Seychelles holidays do not always offer exclusivity. Just about every Mahe beach is a dream and there is a lot to do, so you should consider a multi-stop itinerary with Mahe plus another, more deserted island.
Many sandy islets and granite strewn islands have been converted into exclusive Seychelles holiday getaways. These private island resorts are generally expensive and mostly cater to honeymooning couples, along with royalty and celebrities (Prince William and Kate holiday on North Island).
You can also find uninhabited islands to visit on day trips, either by motorboat or yacht. Islands such as the Aldabra are also popular with scuba divers. Ask us about different options if you seek a private and luxurious Seychelles holiday island.
Praslin is the second largest island and provides a quintessential mix of beaches and jungle. You can drive around Praslin in just two hours, making it a good choice if you want to hang out on the beach, but still do an activity or two. The snorkeling is superb and as with Mahe, you can adventure on volcanoes and in a tropical forest.
La Digue is even smaller and has no roads. Other than L’Anse Source D’Argent its white sand beaches provide pure relaxation.
Moving between islands is hassle-free and we can advise you of the options. For example, consider Aride, Curieuse, and the Sisters Islands as day trips when staying on Praslin or La Digue. Some visitors prefer a single base from which to rest and explore the archipelago. For others, we arrange a two-stop Seychelles holiday, which diversifies the experience.
The choice of accommodation is crucial and we will guide you through different resorts and how they feel, so you can be sure that the holiday is like a dream.
Seychelles Holiday Highlights
- Visit a deserted island on a boat trip, such as Moyenne or Cerf.
- Laze around the resort and enjoy the ease of a Seychelles vacation.
- Explore a rich cultural history on Mahe island.
- Take off your watch and forget about time, then take off your shoes and bask in barefoot luxury.
- Discover thick montane forests and search for wildlife in the World Heritage Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.
- Ride a catamaran to a series of sublime snorkelling sites.
- Peddle around the pedestrianised island of La Digue.
- Go swimming with whales sharks between August and November.
- Go beachcombing and sunbathing on a number of the archipelago’s magnificent beaches.
- Feel how simple it is for your stresses to melt away.
- Vasco da Gama crossing from India to East Africa, sighted the islands which became known as the Amirantes.
- Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles, is the smallest capital in the whole world, named Port Victoria in honour of the British Queen after her coronation.
- Seychelles is the right place to visit if you want to see unique endemic species. These include the female Coco-de-Mer, which is the world’s heaviest nut.
- The Seychelles was once a pirate hideout, until the French took control in the 1750s.
- Seychelles is home to the world’s heaviest tortoise and to the world’s largest land crab, the 3ft-long coconut crab.
- Britain took possession of the islands in the early 19th century.
- The Seychelles became an independent republic in 1976.
- Getting to this jewel in the Indian Ocean is easy. It is just a 3-hour flight from Kenya and works well combined with a Safari Holiday in East Africa
Choosing Your Island for a Seychelles Holiday
Getting around Seychelles is not always easy. While most of the 115 islands are small, they are separated by some significant stretches of ocean. You need to think about what you want to do, before booking onto an island for a week. Each island has a distinctive atmosphere and appeal. Here is an introduction to what they offer. Speak with us and we will guide you through the options in more depth.
Mahe has the most things to do, including marine life in Baie Ternay National Park and the thick jungle trails of Morne Seychelles National Park. You can explore the cute port town of Victoria, search for unusual wildlife, and even climb a volcanic mountain.
Seychelles holidays here can be extravagant but they can also be very affordable. There is a concentration of good value resorts around Sunset Beach, Ponte au Sel, and Beau Vallon. Elsewhere on the island, you will find secluded resorts that give off the impression of a private island retreat, for example, the Kempinski resort in Baie Lazare.
All the Mahe beaches are good and we love places like Anse Intendance, Spiaggia Sunset, and Bel Ombre.
Praslin ups the ante for tranquil beaches. The sand is incredibly white and usually wonderfully quiet. Cote D’Or Beach has the widest choice of resorts yet we prefer the really undisturbed resorts elsewhere on the island, such as Le Domaine de la Reserve on Anse Petit Cour.
Anse Volbert and Anse Kerlan provide quintessential Seychelles holiday postcards. In Praslin, you get plenty of beach time as well as jungle and boat trips. We think it is a great choice for a four to five-day Seychelles holiday, an island where you can fully relax but still try a few activities.
From Praslin, you can visit La Digue on a day trip. The island has no roads or motorized vehicles, so you must cycle around or rent an ox cart. L’Anse Source D’Argent is the premier attraction and the most famous beach anywhere in the archipelago.
We also know some resorts on La Digue and this island combines well with a stay on Mahe.
Many of the 115 Seychelles islands are private and operated by a single resort. These are the very exclusive places to stay for a Seychelles holiday. And yes, they can be seen as expensive. But how much is the seclusion worth to you, especially if it is your honeymoon?
Denis Island Seychelles is one of our favorites and is accessed on a 30-minute flight from Mahe. Think coconut palms, deserted white sand, coral reefs, and pure escapism.
Desroches offers a barefoot island experience to the southwest of Mahe. The beach suites have a private plunge pool and come highly recommended.
North Island has only 11 villas and is the favorite of royalty, so expect a hefty price tag.
All these private islands operate on an all-inclusive basis and provide a very high level of luxury. Usually, activities like biking, snorkeling, boating, and kayaking are included in your stay.
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Passports must be valid for 6 months.
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Things to Do on a Seychelles Holiday
Obviously, the main thing to do on a Seychelles holiday is relaxing along the coast. Whether on the sand or by the pool, this is the destination where you can unwind completely. Our premier highlight is the diversity of things to do. You won’t get bored on a Seychelles holiday, even if you stay for two weeks.
You can walk beneath a canopy of palms in the Vallee de Mai reserve. There are hiking trails galore all across Mahe and Praslin. Scuba diving could mean two dives on a day trip or six days on a live-aboard trip.
Consider a marine safari in Baie Ternay, drive through Morne Seychellois, snorkel various reefs, swim with whale sharks (August to November), go fishing, golfing, sailing, and so much more. We can guide you through the options as the things you like to do will affect where you should stay.
Month by Month Guide to the Seychelles
The islands are warm and tropical every day of the year. One of the country’s highlights is the consistent 24 – 31-degree temperatures.
May to October brings the coolest weather and some wonderfully fresh evening breezes. November to March sees the northwest monsoon winds. During these months there is a little more humidity but nothing over the top. December and January are the wettest months but the rain falls in short bursts, so it should not interrupt your Seychelles holiday.
Most travel advice suggests the best months are April, May, October, and November. We don’t think the weather should be too much of a consideration. Instead, note that June to September is the peak summer season and means high season prices. In July and August, we recommend more private resorts, either on Mahe or a private island. Also note that resort prices do not surge over Christmas or New Year, nor over the European winter. So Seychelles holidays can be a superb break from the cold at home.
Planning a Seychelles Holiday
All this information is only an introduction to the possibility of an offer. Tell us your holiday preferences, who you are traveling with, and the places you are interested in. Then we will personally tailor a Seychelles holiday to your budget.
Add-On A Safari Adventure To Your Seychelles Island Escape
Seychelles Island luxury is easily combined with an African Safari Holiday.
Enjoy a thrilling Tanzania Safari or combine a Kenya Safari before the Seychelles Holiday. September and October are also the best months to view the Wildebeest Migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara. The close proximity to both countries makes this an ideal extension.
South Africa is also a good choice perhaps, with a few days exploring Cape Town and the Garden Route.
Contact us for more options or browse through the safaris on our website.