Few places in the world are as beautiful as the Seychelles. In fact the second largest island in the archipelago is a contender for the Garden of Eden, its unique coco-de-mer tree considered the original ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil’. The Seychelles actually consist of about a hundred different islands, some of them granite and mountainous, others coral and flat, but most of them ringed by breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters. Birdwatch, beachcomb and scuba-dive to your heart’s content.
HOW TO GET THERE
Etihad offer flights from Heathrow via Abu Dhabi. You can also fly there with Qatar Airways via Doha from Manchester and Heathrow, whilst Emirates operate flights from various UK airports via Dubai.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Temperatures vary very little here but the rainfall does! May to September usually has the least rainfall, with June to August traditionally the driest months. November through March is usually the wettest time, although demand tends to keepDecember to January pretty busy.
This stunning resort has been conceived with its dramatic setting on the granite island of Mahé very much in mind. Hand-split granite stone has been used throughout its construction and the villas are cleverly positioned to make the most of their elevated settings on a lush hillside overlooking the island’s southwest shores.
Here the luxuriant natural beauty you’d expect from the island of Mahé is combined with a plethora of dining and leisure facilities with endless possibilities for children. However old you are, you can’t help but fall head over heels in love with the resort’s breathtaking setting between two ivory sand beaches, North Beach is a particular delight thanks to its cloistered emerald-green bay and mesmerising vistas out towards the Port Launay Marine National Park.
The Banyan Tree, Seychelles is a plantation-style getaway with all the high standards synonymous with this Singapore-based hotel company. Its elevated setting above one of Mahé’s finest beaches is enhanced by its lush rainforest backdrop; private pools on offer in all its guest quarters; chilled-out days devoted to the spa, the beach and each other.
Maia is a boutique villa-style resort on the main island of Mahé. In keeping with its sensual back-to-nature surroundings, it’s been fashioned as a romantic sanctuary, yet playful toddlers will feel just as welcome as honeymooners.
A member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this exceptional resort is secreted away amidst an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Seychelles island of Praslin. Lush palm groves and wooded hillsides lead down to three white sand beaches, one of them cited amongst the world’s most beautiful, all of them home to nesting turtles.
Thought to be one of the most pristine, unspoiled little islands in the Indian Ocean, let alone the Seychelles, Desroches, one of the Forbes ‘Top 10 remote Hotels in the World’ is one of the rare destinations that has it all, luxury, peace, beauty and grace. Discovered by Vasco de Gama over 500 years ago, the 4-mile long, 1-mile wide isle still offers today the same exclusive exoticism that existed then, with the added bonus of modern extravagance.
With an evocative past which recalls the Age of Discoveries, Denis Private Island is the epitome of an exotic holiday retreat. Giant tortoises, rare endemic birds and a myriad of marine life call the island home. Natural turquoise lagoons are guarded by coral reefs and cottages sit along the beachside.
Fregate Island Private is the most remote of the Seychelles granite islands and amongst its natural attributes you’ll find giant aldabra tortoises, flying foxes, rare magpie robins and seven beaches. The hotel’s architecture is borrowed from the Far East, the mahogany woods and thatched roofs blending with towering coconut palms.
North Island is a 250-hectare mini-paradise where self-indulgence and eco-tourism fuse seamlessly. It offers its visitors nature-inspired luxury all wrapped up in the untouched beauty of the Seychelles. Just eleven ylang-ylang thatched villas are secreted away amidst the island’s verdant foliage, each one a generous 450 square metres in size (the Villa North Island being 750 square metres) and distinguished by their fashionably rustic designs and use of raw and rough materials.
Raffles Praslin is ringed by white sands, opal seas and verdant hills, and infused with Seychellois spirit and traditional Raffles service. Stunningly contemporary villas and suites, incorporating balcony and outdoor pavilion, are among the most spacious in the Seychelles.
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The above temperatures are maximum average temperatures in degrees Celsius. The rainfall is recorded in inches. This information should be treated as a guide only and our sales team will be happy to advise on weather trends, including hurricanes.