Off the east coast of Africa lies a cluster of 115 islands, together making up the Republic of the Seychelles.
This cluster truly seems to epitomise the expression ‘tropical island paradise’; pristine soft white sands on coconut fringed beaches lie adjacent to the brilliant underwater shapes and colours of the coral atolls while above them rise granite peaks shrouded in verdant mountaintop forests.
The 43 inner islands that cluster around the principal islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are the world’s only oceanic islands of granitic composition.
North Island, and its close neighbour Silhouette Island contain the only evidence of volcanic ash found above sea level in Seychelles.
Seychelles’ outer islands are coralline and made up of coral or volcanic rocks from deep within the earth’s crust.
Seychelles’ magnificent islands possess unrivalled beauty ranging from the verdant mist forests of virgin granite peaks to the powdersoft sands of secluded beaches and together represent the ultimate tropical destination for the discerning traveller, living up to the country’s slogan – “Seychelles – as pure as it gets”.
459 sq km (177 sq miles)
English, French, Seychellois Creole
Flight time from London
GMT + 4
When to Go
Seychelles is often sold as a year round destination… and it is.
However, there is more chance of bad weather, that is to say rain, in November and December. This can vary terrifically year to year – some years are very wet at this time, others are very dry and sunny. It is worth remembering that tropical islands do get rain all year round. That is why they have lush, green vegetation.
The driest month is August, sometimes extending into September, occasionally causing water restrictions.
At any time of the year it can be raining on one side of the island, and baking hot sunshine on the other! Half the year the winds are in one direction, stirring up the sea on that side of the island and occasionally causing seaweed on the beach. Then the other half of the year from the opposite direction.
The hottest month is April, but it is humid all year round..
From May to September, the winds pick up and you have the occurrence of the much talked about seaweed usually south or south-easterly of the respective island. It does not occur everywhere, but where it collects, it forms a soupy barrier is really impossible to swim through. If you are staying in a hotel (predominantly some beaches on Praslin are affected) that has the issue, they will always arrange for transport to a beach which is weed free.
One thing you can guarantee all year round, is that the temperatures are never, ever cold and of critical importance for those heading off on honeymoon between June and September, the temperatures are fantastic unlike other parts of the Indian Ocean.
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- Shoulder Season
Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
Banyan Tree, Mahé
Banyan Tree Seychelles luxury resort is perfectly located in the highlight of the islands, Intendance Bay. Along Intendance Bay, nestled amidst exotic flora and fauna, is where the granitic island of Mahé plays host to Banyan Tree Seychelles. A mere 25 minutes away from the airport, a timeless habitat of swaying palms and Takamaka trees awaits.
Blue Safari – Cosmoledo Atoll and Astove Atoll
Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean in one of the last untouched frontiers, Blue Safari are pioneering a new style of distinctive lodging and experiential travel, all while actively conserving this pristine region.
Built with a modern approach to design and quality, Constance Lemuria lives up to – and often exceeds – the expectation of guests who enjoy pure luxury and preserved nature. Constance Lemuria Seychelles is located just five minutes from Praslin airstrip in an idyllic setting on the northwest coast of the island.
A privately owned coral island, Denis Island is the perfect location for those seeking true escapism, total relaxation and tranquillity. The 375 acres of Denis Island barely rise a few feet above sea level and are fringed by coconut palms, brilliant white sand and coral reefs. Denis Island Private epitomises the Seychelles experience.
Four Seasons, Desroches
Four Seasons at Desroches is a 5* Seychelles resort in the Amirante Islands – a cluster of remote coral atolls that are considered some of the world’s most pristine and untouched. This resort is remote and secluded yet a 35 minute flight from Mahé and offers couples and families a luxurious island hideaway for rejuvenation and adventure.
North Island is designed to offer the ultimate in romance, superb beaches, watersports and immaculate service. A place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat. It is one of the ‘inner’ islands of the Seychelles – often referred to as being amongst the most beautiful on Earth.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
One of the country’s most high-profile recent openings, and a certain magnet for British honeymooners, Six Senses Zil Pasyon stands on the 652-acre Félicité Island and is dramatically beautiful. It is located on Félicité, a private island where massive granite rocks and coral fringed beaches create an air of drama and beauty.