Tailor made holidays and honeymoons to The Seychelles – luxury boutique hotels & private islands.
Perfect for honeymoons or those just wanting to escape to tropical paradise! If some of the other Indian Ocean destinations don’t have enough to explore for you (many are small coral atolls or are quite isolated) and you don’t want to lie on a beach the entire time, then The Seychelles could be the right destination with it’s lush tropical forests with plenty of natural history & wildlife and hiking trails – plus the exotic beaches as well of course!
Lying 1200 miles off the East Coast of mainland Africa, this group of islands are all quite different from each other, so you could consider a multi centre holiday to The Seychelles if you have a couple of weeks or more to spare. The main airport and biggest island is Mahe with it’s quaint capital, Victoria, one of the smallest in the world and the only town in the Seychelles. Here you will find a busy market and harbour and good local handicrafts and paintings. Praslin is the next biggest island and has a small airport, this is also where early settlers thought they had found the ‘garden of eden’ in the de Mai Nature Reserve, which is today a World Heritage Site. In fact most of the Seychelles are protected by law. The mountainous lush forests are home to plentiful flora and fauna and there are some great walking trails to be enjoyed here.
Whilst the private islands and five star hotels are mainly villa based and ooze luxury, there are some smaller hotels and guest houses in the Seychelles that are very affordable if you want to get a feel for island life and sample local restaurants.
Some of the other islands include La Digue, Fregate, Cerf and Desroches. For the ultimate in barefoot luxury exclusive escapes, try North Island. This is an exclusive paradise for couples or families and is set in a nature preserve.
If you want the luxury and exclusivity of North Island but don’t have the budget, try Denis Island – similar in that it is a privately owned island and is committed to preserving and restoring the islands natural environment. Silhouette Island is another choice – just a 19 mile boat transfer from Mahe, but a national park covered in tropical forest and hills. A great place for those wanting a more rustic accommodation, surrounded by nature, is Bird Island. This is a tiny 170 acre coral cay on the edge of the Seychelles continental shelf localled owned and staffed. There are shady trees, blue waters and powder soft sand. It was declared a private reserve in 1996 and has received a number of eco-awards. Cousine Island is also a private nature reserve with colonial style luxury accommodation and with just four huge villas it’s an exclusive hideaway. Cerf Island is tiny and only has a handful of rooms too, plus it’s easy to access by boat from nearby Mahe.
There are fabulous diving and snorkelling sites around The Seychelles with over 150 species of fish and the best time to experience the underwater world is from March to May and September to November. Other water sports can be enjoyed here and big game fishing for Marlin and Sailfish is popular. Turtles lay erggs between October and February and the hatchlings appear between November and April. Boat trips often get good sightings of dolphins and whales.
UK passport holders do not need visas for stays of up to one month. The average hours of sunshine are 7-8 all year round and average temperatures are usually between 27-29C. There are currently no direct flights from the UK to the Seychelles but Emirates have some good connections.
Private islands and luxury sailing charters are available around The Seychelles, please contact us to discuss your bespoke requirements. Other Indian Ocean destinations you may want to consider include Mauritius, Reunion, Maldives and Sri Lanka. The Seychelles also links well with an African Safari and is a great option for a combination holiday or honeymoon.