Seychelles

Lying a thousand miles off the East African coast and just 4 degrees south of the equator Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands lying in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.  Renowned for its lush white beaches with granite boulders Seychelles has coral reefs, lush vegetation and soaring mountains.  It has a number of nature reserves and interesting wildlife including giant tortoises.  Accommodation varies from simple guest houses to island hotels at £10k a night like the one Kate and Wills honeymooned in!  There are direct flights from the UK to the main island of Mahe which has a diverse array of accommodation and sights.  But we prefer the quieter Praslin, Desroches and La Digue islands, a short flight or boat ride away.  There are also luxury island hotels on Desroches, Denis, Bird and Fregate islands.  In fact island hopping is one of the best ways to see the Seychelles.  

  • La Digue, with iconic bouldered white beach has some charming boutique accommodation including the lovely Domaine de l’Orangeraie just 300 metres from a white sand beach and excellent diving nearby
  • Desroches island is a 40 minute flight from Mahe has just 48 rooms set amidst coconut palms. Part of the Four Seasons hotel chain it has tennis, bicycles, a pool, gym and its calm waters are ideal for snorkelling, kayaking or diving 
  • On Praslin we love the Constance Lemuria resort which sits in over a hundred acres of lush vegetation. For golf lovers it has an 18 hole championship golf course but the hotel is also suitable for families with a complimentary children’s club.  
  • For something more boutique on Praslin stay at L’Archipel a boutique hotel in colonial style buildings which offers boat transfer to nearby Pierre, Curieuse and Sister islands.  
  • For bird lovers a stay at Bird island Lodge on its own island visited by 2 million terns between May and October and where Hawksbill turtles lay their eggs October to February
  • Flying time: 10 hours
  • Currency: Seychelles Rupee but Euro more widely accepted
  • Time difference: + 4 hours
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round

Ideas for a trip to Seychelles

Here are some ideas for trips to Seychelles all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Secret Seychelles

from £2495 per person incl flights
14 nights in small hotels and guest houses on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue and experience Creole hospitality without breaking the bank. B&B with ferry transfers

Family summer holiday

from £2250 per person in August
10 nights at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort with its host of activities to make your holiday as chilled or active as you wish including a kid's club and great dining options

Luxury Praslin

from £2499 pp
7 nights at the five star Constance Lemuria on Praslin with its championship golf course, private beaches, high end facilities and gastronomy not to mention its serene U Spa

Frequently Asked Questions

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British passport holders do not need a visa ti enter the  UK just a passport valid for the length of their stay.

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Yes.  There are direct flights to Mahe with BA but you will need to take a second plane or boat to get to other islands.  You can also fly via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha

from other UK airports

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