Once named ‘The Original Garden of Eden’, the Seychelles remain one of the most bewilderingly beautiful places on earth. The archipelago comprises over 100 islands – both coralline and granite – perched in the picturesque Indian Ocean waters. Every island boasts a unique personality, and while there are many private island paradises and undisturbed islets, the popular destinations of Mahé, Praslin and Félicité have so much more to discover…
The international gateway to the Seychelles, Mahé is the largest island in the archipelago, home to 90% of the country’s population. With landscapes defined by mist-clouded forests, rare endemic plants and staggering 3,000-foot-high granite peaks, amongst the island’s natural beauty, you will find a plethora of things to do and see on a luxury holiday. The Seychelles’ capital of Victoria – the smallest capital city in Africa – includes iconic sights such as the Victoria Clocktower, market and multicoloured Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple, while the rest of the island has plenty to offer, including the Takamaka Rum Distillery located along the east coast and working tea plantations in the heights of Morne Seychellois National Park.
Where to stay on Mahé
Set next to one of the top ten beaches in the world, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles brings the brand’s hallmark service and decadent style to the heart of the Seychelles. Not to be missed, the heavenly Hilltop Spa not only delivers indulgent therapies infused by the island’s iconic coco de mer, but also leaves travellers awestruck with 360-degree views. Alternatively, indulge in the perfect harmony of Constance Ephelia, overlooking the enchanting marine national park of Port Launay. From a PADI-certified diving centre and powder-soft beach, to mouthwatering restaurants and an action-packed Constance Kids’ Club, there is nothing left to be desired at this blissful beachfront resort.
Although it may be less than 15-square-miles in size, the granite island of Praslin is home to two of the Seychelles’ most famed attractions. The mesmerising Anse Lazio beach is considered one of the best in the archipelago, sprawling along the island’s coast, showcasing pristine white sands lapped by perfectly turquoise water. Further inland, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve remains mostly unchanged from prehistoric times, providing a cosy habitat for the endangered coco de mer palm and plenty of picturesque walking trails to traverse. Once you’ve explored the island’s interior on your luxury Seychelles holiday, the granite boulders and striking beaches of La Digue are only a short boat ride away.
Where to stay on Praslin
It is unsurprising the paradisiacal island of Praslin has attracted the attention of world-famous hotel brands. Raffles Praslin comprises a collection of enviable luxury villas suited to couples and families alike, every one of which comes accompanied by the gracious hospitality of the hallmark 24-hour Raffles Butler Service. To the north of the island, consciously designed and eco-friendly Constance Lemuria coexists with the natural beauty of Praslin. Stroll along the renowned Anse Georgette beach, tee-off at the 18-hole championship golf course, or reconnect with wildlife at Lemuria’s Turtle Sanctuary – the choice is yours!
A coconut plantation until the 1970s, the island of Félicité has received relatively little interruption throughout the years, boasting several unspoilt beaches, dramatic mountainous landscapes and a collection of rare fauna and flora. With only a small amount of development across the island, half of Félicité is a dedicated nature reserve, housing hiking trails, stunning scenery and plenty more to be discovered. With the white-sand shoreline only a short boat ride from Praslin or helicopter flight from Mahé, you’ll soon understand why the name Félicité translates directly to ‘bliss’.
Where to stay on Félicité
Favoured by those looking for the ultimate luxury holiday in the Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon seamlessly fuses land and sea to create a resort with boundless beauty. The stunning 652-acre expanse of tropical vegetation comprises only 28 spacious pool villas, while two ultra-luxe private residences perch in prime position overlooking endless crystal-clear waters. Although it may be secluded, this island isn’t short of experiences and adventures, from kayaking and snorkelling along the rippling shore, to island-hopping and helicopter tours.
To book your luxury holiday to the Seychelles, please call our Luxury Travel Specialists on 01244 897 578 or visit elegantresorts.co.uk