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Accommodation in the Seychelles

Seychelles accommodation

This archipelago of 115 islands lies in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, just four degrees south of the Equator. The Seychelles are the ultimate get-away-from-it-all destination where time seems to pass more slowly. These majestic islands boast fabulous coral reefs and the unique pre-historic rainforest – Valle de Mai. The Seychelles are rich in natural diversity and cultural heritage.

When visiting the Seychelles we all want to stay in an all-inclusive hotel. Most of the hotels can be found on the island of Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles. Hotels located on small islands are of great luxury and are usually alone on those islands. The setting and the hospitality are of great quality wherever you go on the Seychelles. You can choose to visit Seychelles on a catamaran too while cruising around the various islands forming the archipelago – you will sleep on the boat then. Here is a list of the top hotels we’ve chosen to easy your task while choosing accommodation for holidays in the Seychelles.

Domaine De La Réserve

The Domaine de la Reserve is situated between the sea and mountains, along the Cove of Petite Cour and in a unique National Marine Park on the island of Praslin. This beautiful area depicting the Seychellois style is one of the most distinguished hotels of the island. It boasts a traditional and colonial architecture that reflects Seychelles soul.

Our opinion

Authenticity remains the hallmark of this freshly renovated hotel, ideally located in the marine reserve of Praslin.

What the hotel proposes?

Babysitting on request.

Swimming pool with children’s pool.

Free kayaking, fitness center. Musicians and sega dancers 3 times a week. Excursions to Curious Islands and St. Pierre with barbecue lunch as extra (€ 40 / person).

On request: big game fishing, car rental, excursions to the Neighboring Islands by boat.

Diving: Fins, mask and snorkel (free). Diving center (PADI Certified) 5 minutes from the hotel offering courses and recreational outings.

Golf – Close (25 minutes away): golf 18 holes.

WiFi.

Shop.

Laundry service.

La Digue Island Lodge

This hotel with traditional architecture is an enchanting haven in the heart of an immense garden, bordering Anse Reunion beach, and near the majestic Anse Source d’Argent. The Hotel is located only 10 minutes away from the port of La Digue.

Our opinion

The hotel is an ideal spot for a tranquil holiday or a romantic getaway in and idyllic setting where one will surely spend unforgettable moments. Do not miss watching the sunset there.

What the hotel proposes?

Babysitting on request.

Swimming pool.

Musical entertainment on a weekly baiss.

On Request: snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, biking, sailing trips and walks on the island.

Spa

Shop.

Domaine De L’Orangeraie

Between sea and granite rocks, villas at the Domaine de l’Orangeraie evoke lush casas playing hide and seek in a leafy garden which allow to maintain the privacy of the guests. To fully enjoy your vacation, spend your afternoon swimming in the creeks, and then come back to your villas to fully appreciate the freshness and the quietness of this place. As charming and exotic as the Seychelles island.

Our opinion

Romantic and elegant perched on a pretty cove where reign calm and pleasure. Enjoy tranquility while basking in the spa or by simply admiring the unique view over La Digue…

What the hotel proposes?

Babysitting on request.

Overflowing swimming pool.

Free: mask and snorkel.

Nearby activities: scuba diving, fishing, boat trips or helicopter rides.

Area with sun loungers and parasols at the water’s edge.

Spa

Boutique. Laundry service.

Free Wifi.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Harmony: that is the main aim that hanged over development of the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. With nature in first plan, the ensemble blends into the wonderfully lush vegetation perfectly.

With private infinity pool and a terrace facing the sea and wonderful creole designed suites, all in a relaxing atmosphere – this hotels remains a gem in the Seychelles. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the marine turquoise lagoon protected by stunning coral reefs – you have the choice to snorkel or go deeper during a diving session. In one of the eight pavilions of the private spa overlooking the sea you will be receiving healthcare from local herbs and spices or massages and wraps with surprising Benefits. Serving Mediterranean, Creole or International cuisine will allow you to diversify the flavors, and fully enjoy your stay.

What the hotel proposes?

Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing. Fitness center.

Golf, horseback riding, jet skiing, paragliding, scuba diving (PADI) excursions supervised by certified instructors (Takamaka Bay).

Tennis, trekking, hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, paragliding, barbecue on the Neighboring Islands and big game fishing.

Spa with ocean views and yoga pavilion.

Constance Lemuria Seychelles

Three sandy beaches, Anse Georgette among the Most Beautiful in the Indian Ocean, and 110 hectares of tropical vegetation draw the exceptional scenery of this unspoiled site. An architecture in perfect harmony with nature, an exotic wood decoration and ivory fabrics. Boasting the Constance U Spa, an 18 hole golf course…  The main assets of this exceptional hotel, it is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Our opinion

Ideal for couples in search of tranquility or for those golf lovers looking for an exceptional place to enjoy their passion.

What the hotel proposes?

Children’s pool.

Mini club (4-12 years) open from 9 am to 21 pm.

Babysitting on request.

Pool on 3 levels.

Free tennis courts, mountain biking, cycling, kayaking, windsurfing, fins, mask and snorkel, sail.

On request: fishing, diving with bottle (PADI), water sports lessons and tennis.

Car rental.

18 hole Golf championship designed by R. Wright

U Spa Constance and Spa Valmont: ice pool, sauna, steam bath, yoga, meditation, fitness, hair salon.

WiFi (Free Throughout the hotel).

Shop.

Laundry service.

Heliport.

Mahogany

Completely renovated in 2014, the Mahogany is a delicate blend of nature and modernity, located on one of the most beautiful beaches of Praslin. Its elegant rooms, authentic cuisine and a perfect setting make your stay unforgettable.

What the hotel proposes?

Children pool. Babysitting on request.

Equipped with beach mattresses and umbrellas. Pool with Sunbeds and parasols.

Gym, massage room.

Free WIFI. Shop.

Be it for your honeymoons, family holidays, romantic getaway or simply a solo trip, you will find wonderful hotels on the Seychelles archipelago available all throughout the year.

Happy stay in the Seychelles!

 

Mahe Island Seychelles

Seychelles as a whole is “interesting” to the average person living an average life- it’s not an island as many seem to think. Oh no- it’s 115 islands. Indeed quite a lot of islands one may say, still not intrigued enough to visit it, are you? Well, the Seychelles Islands also happen to be the celebrity of islands worldwide. You must have heard of Bali, of the Maldives but those beaches of Seychelles? They have an impressive list of awards that have been allocated to them throughout the years and mark my words- these beaches have deserved each and every one of them!

On top of all that, Seychelles has an underwhelming population size of just under 90000 people. Imagine that- 115 islands and just 90000 people! But the most impressive fact is actually that 90% of them all live in Mahé! The island is home to the locals, expats and most considerably- the tourism industry. It is the island where you first land on your journey to Seychelles. This is where it starts- Victoria, Mahé.

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Let’s start with that itself- the airport. It is a fairly recent one, only a couple of decades old with the honour of having been inaugurated by Her Majesty herself. It is the home base to Air Seychelles and provides a warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly. People have raved about its cleanliness and good service among other facilities such as wifi and lounge for layovers. However, you might want to bring a snack bar or two if you are going to be at the airport for longer than a few hours since it is not big on food shops. For others simply having a layover in Seychelles while en route to other countries, bear in mind that one cannot leave the airport without proof of residence arrangements! So, book a hotel in case you want to tour the island(s) for the few hours spent there instead of simply lazing in the airport lounge!

Concerning hotels in Seychelles, that will be a fairly easy task. Victoria has an abundance of hotel which cater not only to longer term tourists but also people who are just stopping over. So worry not, you will easily find a perfect fit to stay in Seychelles for however long you plan to. Especially with most hotels having their own websites and online booking facilities, this is doubly easy now. Victoria is a curious place to visit. It is the largest city of the largest island in Seychelles but simultaneously, the smallest capital of any African country! Filled with magnificent hotels, quaint houses, pretty little shops and an awesome bazaar- Victoria makes itself a highly interesting possibility for exploration. The island itself is home to a diverse group of flora and fauna as well as a very rich history. Having been previously colonised by the British gave Victoria its name in honour of Queen Victoria. To learn more about this vibrant past of the islands, a visit to the national museum is in order! Located in the city itself, it ha an affordable entry fee for the average holidayer. The descriptions and labels are mostly in French, a result of the more frequent use of creole over its official language which is English. However, the guides and locals are usually very helpful to the polite and inquisitive visitor. So, do not hesitate to ask questions and let your curiosity spread- you will thank yourself when you are back home with a quasi encyclopedia of knowledge to accompany your beautiful island memories.

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About these island memories- what’s a Seychelles holiday without a healthy dose of the beach, sea and sun? Mahé is ever warmed by the tropical sun, being a pleasant place to lazy and tan all year round. April is famed for being the hottest month while July is supposedly the coldest. In Seychelles, “cold” doesn’t even warrant a quilt at night! The temperature remains mild and comfortable- so do not be afraid of extreme temperatures- it will take a natural calamity for that to happen in Seychelles!

About natural calamities, Indian Ocean is well-known for its cyclones. It is something to be expected, a big bad cyclone attack on a near yearly basis. However, these cyclones somehow always manage to evade Seychelles apart from some few exceptions including in 2016 very recently. Though small, the islands got back on their feet in a remarkably short time and got back to business as usual. And hotels in Praslin are as amazing as any other! Hence, your holidays are unlikely to be marred by any sort of extreme reaction of Mother Nature. She seems to like this cluster of paradisiacal islands…

Beau Vallon is reputed for its white, refine sand and calm blue sea. It just begs for a swim actually. Your holidays in Seychelles will be practically incomplete if you do not set foot on Beau Vallon. One of Mahe’s pride, it is where you take your family or significant other for a fun day at the beach. If you have a camera handy, bring it along- you will want to capture that perfect sunset! To be rather honest, every sunset in Seychelles with its red and orange sky is beyond perfection but it is still worthwhile to take a more tangible memory of all of them with you when it’s finally time to go home. Go to the beach, rock that beach body, make new friends, buy ice cream from the local vendor and take some wonderful pictures. They happen to also make great post cards!

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Let’s not forget the academic side of life! Being in Seychelles is another big opportunity to learn about so many things. The botanical garden in Mahe is a good place to start. You will visit palms endemic to the Seychelles which are older than even your grandparents among other trees with equally impressive characteristics. The surprises don’t end here- ever seen a tortoise extend its neck for nearly 1 metre out of its shell? Well, it is indeed time to go to Seychelles! That very sight is of the Giant tortoise of Seychelles- they are a mighty impressive breed!

All in all- Mahé might be an invisible dot on the world map but it is more than worth a visit on its own. Book your ticket now!

Mini Guide for the Seychelles

Guide to the Seychelles Islands

Most tourists who visit the Seychelles are taken over from the airport and guided to their luxury hotel where they will leave only to return to take their return flight. This is unfortunate for them because they will miss so much things the island has to offer but it’s great for others who will have the islands for themselves!

Here is a mini guide to help you enjoy your stay in the Seychelles. The guide briefly highlights the places not to be missed!

The Seychelles Island

Mahe

This is the largest island of the country where you will find the capital Victoria (with a population of almost 30 000 inhabitants). The island peaks reach 1000m. It is the ideal place for hiking in the Morne Seychellois. You will also come across splendid beaches the west coast of the island (Anse Soleil and Anse Intendance are the best) but also Beau vallon where the water is particularly calm and where whale sharks can be seen at certain times.

Praslin

The second largest island of the Seychelles is also one of the most popular. The dive sites of the island are among the best. The favourite beaches of the island are Grand Anse and Anse Lazio! They are breathtaking but be careful, even if the place seems idyllic, it is not totally because two men have suffered a shark attack in 2011. Praslin is also home to the Vallée de Mai which is a natural park where we find the famous Coco Buttock- Coco Fesse, emblem of the country!

La Digue

La Digue is smallest of the three main islands but it remains the most charming one. There you will be visiting the island exclusively on foot or by bike or if you wish by Ox Carts! Everything is quiet and peaceful. The island boast the two most beautiful beaches of Seychelles (or the world): Grand’Anse and especially Anse Source d’Argent! It is a paradise where the surroundings are indescribable, you have to go there to witness it by yourself…

The Seychelles in a Nutshell!

Seychelles is an expensive destination: it is true! However, it is possible to visit the Seychelles for cheaper by staying in a guesthouse, eating local take-aways and traveling by bus. Else if you are at ease with your budget then hire a car and visit the hidden gems of the island.

The weather for the months of December to January are considered to be the rainy months. On the other hand, July-August are usually dry but windy. So it is more advisable to get there during these periods.

If you want to enjoy the Seychelles to the maximum, know that it is very easy to move from island to island by boat (beware of seasickness in July-August) or plane (not necessarily more expensive). On each island, the bus network is very inexpensive.

Staying in the Seychelles

In the Seychelles you will mainly eat fish course. Eating here is relatively expensive compared to other countries but you can limit the damage by preparing the food all by yourself or taking take-aways.

Finally, if you are a “digital nomad”, you would enjoy those few days without connecting to the internet. The Seychelles is a destination to visit even if one is not a big fan of beaches since the country has much more to offer! It is ideal for family holidays. When it comes to accommodation in the Seychelles, no need to worry, you will find accommodation for all budgets and taste.

Visit Praslin!

Discover one of the most charming places of the country: Praslin! Here are 3 visits not to miss on this pearl of the Indian Ocean!

Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles and probably one of the most beautiful and one of the most endearing. Indeed, it is more developed than La Digue and more relaxing than Mahe where agitation is relatively high around the Seychelles’ Capital: Praslin is the ideal compromise.

Choosing what to visit on the island can sometimes be, and to help you, here is our Top 3 tours in Praslin.

1) Visit Grande Anse!

There are only two villages in Praslin and one of them is Grand Anse. It is definitely the most tranquil spot in Praslin and the place to be if you haven’t relaxed yet! Indeed, you will come across few little shops, hotels and restaurants there. The beach of over 2km is gorgeous: white sand, turquoise sea! A pleasure to walk.

For those who are passionate or simply want to learn scuba diving, there are some very good spots just around the island of Saint Pierre! The latter is one of the symbols of the Seychelles as it really is an idyllic place! Basically, you can relax in this small village where walking, swimming and diving will occupy your day!

2) The Vallée de Mai!

Vallée de Mai is a beautiful forest on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. This is the only place in the world where you will come across the famous Coco de Mer which is a coconut with erotic forms: coco-butt / Coco Fess! It is the symbol of the Seychelles!

Vallée de Mai is visited very easily by following the marked trails. Distances and height differences are small. It can easily be visited by the whole family – young and old. Beautiful palm, birds, small rivers, large roots and more will marvel you. So we believe in full jungle!

3) Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio is in the north of Praslin and is easily accessible by bus. This is the perfect beach as you can imagine: sand-like powder, palm shadowing on the sand, calm waters protected by the bay, rocks at each end which look like a postcard scenery, an ideal place for snorkeling! This heaven like scenery is similar to Anse Source d’Argent, and you can’t miss any of those!

I hope you are now convinced that a dream vacation, feet on the edge of the water, can fit anyone’s budget!

Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles!

7 Things to do in Mahé Seychelles

Before discovering the top seven things to do in one of the most beautiful island of the indian ocean, Mahé, let’s have a quick overview of the island which is also host to the best hotels and villas in the indian ocean. 

Mahé is named from the French Governor, Bertrand Mahé de Labourdonnais. Found in the north east of the paradisiacal archipelago, Mahé is the largest island of the Seychelles. Mahé is home for the capital of the Seychelles- Victoria and also accommodates 86% of the total population of the Seychelles.

The island hosts the most beautiful islands of the archipelago and has a diversified fauna and flora. Mahé is a travelers favorite desination. Mahé’s forest also have few endemic plants found only in the Seychelles. Some of these such as the Medusagyne oppositifolia are critically endangeres species.

#1 Swim in the Indian Ocean

Beau Vallon

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The Beau Vallon Beach in Seychelles

Located on the northern estern coast of Mahé, this picturesque bay is one of the most frequented beaches of the Seychelles. Beau Vallon has an amazing clear water and coral reef. Due to this, the waters of Beau Vallon are prized for swimming and Snorkeling. Beau Vallon also host a small food and souvenir bazaar every Wednesday all year round.

Anse Royale

This beach is the longest on Mahé and it provides beaches protected from choppy seas, providing a safe and comfortable swimming haven. This makes for very favorable conditions for swimming and beach fun from May to October.

Port Launay

Situated on the west side of the island, Port Launay beach is one of the most beautiful of the island. The beach is usually crowded on weekends. Port Launay beach has clear water and soft sand which makes it great for sun tanning and swimming. The beach is also very well kept. One advice, do not litter.

#2 Visit the Natural History Museum

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The seychelles national history museum

The national history museum is the perfect place to be if you do not know what to do out of your free time in Victoria. But beware, do not assume that you will be visiting something like the metropolitan of New York or the Natural History Museum of London. You will love the exotism and authenticity of the tales they will tell you. The National History Museum of the Seychelles is found in the capital Victoria and is housed in a colonial architecture building. The entrance fee is relatively very low. There are few cabinets displaying some bugs, beetles and insects. Most of the descriptions are in French and some of the money collected is used for environment protection. Overall the visit is worth it.

#3 Visit the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

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Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market

The Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market is emblematic of the Seychelles. This national landmark built in 1840 in a magnificent early-Victorian Style architecture renovated early 1999. The Market is also the main market on Victoria. It is the best place to buy the freshest fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. They also have a variety of spices. The maket is a very colorful place and do not forget to take your camera along. You will find many local craft and souvenir stands that sell for cheap.
The market is usually opened from Monday to Friday early morning till 4-5 in the evening and especially very lively on Saturday. It is generally closed on Sundays.

#4 Explore Mahé’s Capital Victoria

Situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé, Victoria is the capital city of the largest island of the Seychelles and at the same time the smallest African capital. The city was first established under the British colony. This is why it has been named after Queen Victoria.  Walking down Victoria, you can well distinguish the colonial influences on the city. Some perfect examples are the little ben monument ant the queen Victoria statue in the center of the island.

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Even though Victoria is a capital city, it has yet some way to go. Life is slow paced in the Seychelles and you do not feel the rush of big crowded cities. This is probably why the city has got only one traffic light. Choose to explore the city by foot. Victoria has many attractions to offer such as the botanical garden and some markets.

#5 Go see the Aldabra Giant Tortoises

The Aldabra Giant Tortoises hold their name from the island of Aldabra. They can also be found on many island of the Seychelles. This species of giant tortoises is endemic to the Seychelles. The botanical garden on the island of Mahé is home to these mythical creatures which can live up to more than a hundred and fifty years.

These turtles are emblematic of the Seychelles and are very distinct from other turtle species since their long neck can help them reach leaves from up to one meter from the ground.

#6 Tour the tea plantation and Factory

During your stay in Mahé, one of the things to do is to tour the tea plantation. The tour is very affordable and costs about 25 SCR per person. It is of a short 15 min duration which begins with the guide showing you how the tea is dried before being sorted, blended then finally packaged. Seychellois tends to be very friendly. So will be your guide. They are very informative people and they will not leave any of your questions unanswered. After your visit, you can wander around the plantation and grasp some view of Port Glaud. The site is picturesque, so do not forget to take your camera along.

You can also visit the tea shop and café and enjoy some nice iced citronella or seybrew.

#7 Visit the Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is the highlight of your visit to Mahé. If you’re holidaying in couple and want to have some nice quiet time, it is the best place to be on Mahé. The best advice is to visit during the week days.

The gardens have a variety of palm trees which the majority are endemic one. There are also many colorful tropical plants. You will find shaded areas throughout the gardens which are non-other that inviting for some relaxation.

A good avice is that you contact a car rentral company in seychelles and rent a car tour the whole island. Car rental offer cheap rates.

Go ahead and make the most of your holidays.

Visit Seychelles

Visit Seychelles

The Seychelles Islands.

Visiting your fetish holiday destination usually fulfils one of your dreams. A string of islands scattered in the glistening Indian Ocean, a thousand miles from anywhere is a paradise for any traveller. Mother Nature was indeed generous to these 115 islands and has spoiled them rotten. With such a dreamlike setting, the Seychelles is, unsurprisingly, the best place to spend your holidays and relax!

How to get there?

Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles

Of course by plane! The main international airport is on Mahé where sll flights within the Seychelles arrive and depart. From different part of the world Air Seychelles flies directly to Mahé; Air France flies via Paris and Emirates flies via Dubai. From the plane, you are sure to enjoy a beautiful scenery while flying above those jewels laid onto the Indian Ocean.

When to Go?

The Seychelles are a good year-round destination. With daily temperature ranging between 27ºC and 30ºC, you will enjoy perfect holidays on these islands. Yet, December and January remains the wettest months and humidity is highest from February to May. The best months to visit are between June and September.

Accommodations in the Seychelles?

Whether you’re looking for a secluded place for you and your dear one or a luxury family getaway or simply your own spot near the beach, you will find it on the Seychelles. Some operators offers accommodation in the Seychelles to suit your needs but we have made a selection of the best hotels and Villas on these magnificent islands.

La Digue Island Lodge

The lodge is set among a peaceful and exotic garden of coconut palms and takamaka trees on Anse Reunion beach overlooking Praslin Island. Among its many assets, the lodge boasts the only swimming pool on the island and accommodation in a variety of rooms and villas.

Le Domaine de La Réserve

Le Domaine de La Réserve Hotel, is located on Praslin. Positioned in a wonderful setting at the beautiful Anse Petite Cour the private beach offers fine white sand, granite boulders at each end and views of Curieuse Island in the distance. It is the perfect spot to relax, with its beach front villas for your holiday. It also boasts one of the largest swimming pools in the Seychelles.

La Villa Seychelles

La Villa Holiday Apartment positioned on a spectacular headland surrounded by the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean offers and unparalleled view  over the island of Silhouette, North Island and l’ilot. The luxury establishment built in harmony with nature will help you relax and completely rejuvenate. La Villa Seychelles is THE ideal location for a quiet, relaxed and exciting holiday.

How to move around in the Seychelles?

To fully enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles, on Mahé or Praslin you can rent a car at one of the operators on the island so that you can unveil the hidden gems of these islands at your own pace. If your will be spending some time on La Digue, you will have only the Ox Cart and the bicycle as modes of transport. You will definitely enjoy this short time you will go back in time on this beautiful old fashioned style island of the Seychelles.

Why the Seychelles?

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The ocean is as blue as ever!

On a clear day, you can see at least four shades of blue in the water, and when you walk closer on the soft white sand, you can see the base of the sea. Snorkeling those water is a pure bliss!

The locals are really friendly.

If you spend a day on the island of La Digue, along the narrow residential by-lanes where locals lounged around on their hammocks and balconies, you will notice the difference! The locals are extremely friendly and the cherry on top of the cake- they speak perfect English.

Creole food is sooo Delicious!

Créole cuisine includes plenty of fish and rice. Among the seafood on offer are barracuda, kingfish, octopus, squid and shark. The Créoles are also big on soups – be sure to try the tec-tec. In Seychelles most of the curries you will come across will have as main ingredient sea food and coconut milk. Food is usually accompanies by pulses like lentils and loads of different types of chutneys. If you are a spicy food love, the Seychelles will definitely fulfil your taste buds desires!

It’s different from Mauritius.

At first glance, Seychelles can seem like a sibling of Mauritius, but there’s so much that sets them apart. Seychelles feels a bit more rustic, a bit more adventurous, with so many islands to hop to, the forests and birds in its interiors and the dramatic hilly backdrops that you will definitely not find in Mauritius.

Affordable Destination.

If you choose to live in a cheap accommodation and eat only at local restaurants, Seychelles is possible to do on a not-so-tight-budget. For your accommodation you can expect to spend 50-100 Euros per night and a simple meal for two at a local restaurant might cost you around 20-30 Euros. So you don’t really need explode your budget to experience this little piece of paradise!

What to do in the Seychelles?

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Anse Source D’Argent – La Digue

Hit Seychelles beaches

Seychelles has some of the finest beaches in the world. Palm tree sway in the breeze and white sands lead to a turquoise ocean. Yet, even here, some beaches stand out. Anse Intendance and Anse Lazio are usually featured as the world’s best beaches.

Anse Intendance is located on the Southern tip of Mahe, whilst Anse Lazio is located on Praslin. Both beaches should be on the must-visit list of any beach connoisseurs, spending their holidays in the Seychelles.

We should not omit the bestest of beaches- Anse Source D’Argent on the island of La Digue. There, incredible granitic rock formations meet the sea in an inspiring display of natural art. If you’ve ever seen an advert set on a beach with beautiful rocks in the background, the chances are it would have been filmed here, since this beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world!

Explore the Vallee de Mai

Exploring the Vallee de Mai, a World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin, is an absolute must. This was thought to be the Garden of Eden when discovered by early explorers, and it’s not hard to see why. The central attraction of this spot is the endemic Coco de Mer, a giant palm tree, famed for having the largest nut in the world. The nut, which only grows on the female of the plant, has a striking resemblance to a human female pelvis. They take nine years to germinate and much more to turn into the giants which line the valley, the only place in the world where they can be found.

Seychelles Island hopping

Since the Seychelles is made up of 115 islands and most of these remain uninhabited, taking some time to visit them is really worth doing. Each island is unique in its way and will procure different feelings to you visitors. Island hopping is a usual practice in the Seychelles: you can either cruise around the Robinson Crusoe style islands or simply go there by plane or helicopter.

The smaller islands, such as Bird and Denis, are classical flat desert island, just a ring of white sandy beach, a few palm trees and some birds, where you can enjoy sipping on a cocktail. The larger islands, such as Mahe and Praslin, are granitic and possesses deep rainforest interiors for exploring and towering peaks.  Other islands offers different landscapes and enfold in themselves beauties never seen anywhere else in the world!

Visit the Capital- Victoria

If you are fed up of lying on the beach all day and you want to do something a little more active and different, a visit to the capital city of Victoria is something you will definitely like. While strolling and taking a look at the town’s central feature, a miniature clock tower built in 1903, I would recommend you to visit the Victoria market. The market remains the liveliest place of the Seychelles where a vibrantly colourful affair where local traders will happily sell you all manner of goods, from locally picked fruit to the catch of the day. You will obviously get a real flavour of the Creole foods while wandering around the tables in the market.  The fish, fresh off the boats that day, is world class and, by Western standards, remarkably cheap. The market will allow you to rediscover Seychelles’ cuisine at its best.

Try diving or snorkelling!

The clear waters of the Seychelles are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.  The Shark Bank is considered to be the best diving spot, with a granite plateau sheltering a dazzling array of marine life, from huge grey stingrays and gaping Napoleon fish to pulsating shoals of bright tropical fish and even the odd whale shark – the biggest fish in the sea. Indeed, all the waters surrounding the islands are perfect for snorkelling and are lively waters where you will come across lush aquatic life.

Admire a Sunset!

The reward of having staggering beaches almost to yourself as you watch the sun set through an evening cocktail is entirely worth it. You will usually enjoy the perfect sunset on the island of Praslin while looking towards Cousin, the neighbouring island. Do not miss such a magical moment while enjoying dinner or a drink on the beach!

Simply relax

Yet, the best thing to do is nothing at all – and the Seychelles have made this their speciality! Prepare a picnic and head one of the many unspoilt beaches of the islands and escape in another world where the modern world is ignored- lay back and relax.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Electricity: In the Seychelles you will come across 220-240 volts 50 Hz electrical supply. The Seychelles uses the standard three-pin rectangular UK plug of 13 amps.

Currency and Exchange: The official currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR 1 = approx. 0.18 Euro). Mastercards and Visa are accepted everywhere.

Language: Seychelles has three official languages: English, French and Creole.

Visas: Visas are not required for most visitors, but you will need an onward ticket, booked accommodation and sufficient funds for the whole of your stay.

Public holidays: New Year’s Day; 2 Jan; Good Friday; Holy Saturday; Liberation Day (5 June); Corpus Christi; Independence Day (29 June); Assumption; All Saints’ Day; Immaculate Conception; Christmas Day.

Have a splendid holiday in the Seychelles!

Seychelles Africa

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Map of the Seychelles

Where is Seychelles?

Have you ever wondered what tasted Africa but one class above? Well, take your map point just an iota below the equator some 1500 km to the southeastern coast of the African continent. Congratulations. You’ve just spotted the Seychelles islands.

The Seychelles islands have the perfect geographic location to shame any other tropical island. Its geographical location makes of this insular state without contest one of the pearls of the Indian Ocean, with one of the most preserved fauna and flora of the whole world.

You may be asking yourself what makes the Seychelles so distinct from the rest of Africa. Well, the answer is everything.

Seychelles Demography

To begin with, with a population of only 90,024 (2014), the Seychelles is demographically the smallest of all the African states.

Out of its 155 islands, the archipelago of 459 square kilometers has about 90% of its population staying on the island of Mahé which is home to the capital city Victoria. La Digue and Praslin accommodate for the rest of the inhabitants.The other remaining islands are uninhabited or declared nature reserve.

The population density of the Seychelles is therefore very small. You will find it astonishing that the vast majority of its soft sandy beaches are almost unfrequented giving the sensation of lost paradise.

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Seychelles Granite blocks

The islands of the Seychelles are either of granitic or coral origins. As a matter of fact, the Seychelles granitic islands are considered the oldest and hardest granite in the world.

A walk on the beaches will reveal enormous blocks of granite,that when coupled with the azure of the sea and the green of the flora, increase your sensation of ecstasy.

Seychelles history

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Tower Clock in Vicotria- Mahé

Seychelles has the typical historical blueprint as the majority of islands in the Indian Ocean.

Situated on the travel route of merchants of the past European  golden era, Seychelles was a transit point between Africa and Asia. It is of no wonder that Seychelles saw itself first colonised by the French in 1756 when a stone was laid by Captain Nicolas Morphey. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV’s Minister of Finance.The British later contested control over the island.

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State House Victoria Seychelles

The buildings and infrastructures are perfect vestiges of its past colonial era. The State house and the district tower clock both situated in Victoria are perfect example.

Seychelles Culture

The colonial past can also be traced in Seychelles culture which is a mix of French and African (Creole) influences. Although having French and English as official languages, Seychellois Creole (Kreol), a creole language derived from French and African tongues, is the native language.  English and French are also commonly used. English remains the language of government and commerce.

The Seychellois are beautiful people with the majority of the population being racially mixed which is the same as the surrounding islands of La Réunion, Mauritius, Mayotte and Rodrigues.

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Seychellois boy carrying a coco fesses

Seychellois are well mannered and polite people. They are very warm welcoming to visitors and will without hesitation invite you to share their meal.

Seychelles food

Gastronomy is one of the major aspects of your visit to the Seychelles. If you are a ‘fin’ gourmet, you will find restaurants which will do nothing except arouse your taste buds. You will find whatever type of food you are looking for in the Seychelles- even Chinese food, since the Chinese make up about 1% of the population. Inner Indian Ocean islands have their own type of cuisine which is distinctive from the rest of the African continent. Seychellois cuisine is not to be excluded from the custom.

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Seychellois food

Its cuisine is a unique mélange of Indian, African and French food. Hot and spicy food is generally preferred. Fish is ubiquitous in the Seychelles kitchen. Freshly caught it is savored grilled, with rice and eggplant or pumpkin puree. Hot pepper sauce, which is part of the Seychelles habits is to be eaten with moderation! Specialities of the Seychelles are the “ladob”, shark chutney, “bourgeoise grille” and the famous “kat-katbanane”. For dessert, enjoy the many tropical fruits.

 

Seychelles accommodation

The most fascinating fact about the Seychelles is that regardless of nationality of the visitor, no visas are required for entry. This makes the Seychelles a unique travel destination.

Unlike some African countries Seychelles enjoys amazing peace. Peace and tranquility is what every traveler research for their holiday trips. And this is exactly what the Seychelles has to offer to you. Seychelles has the lowest criminality level of Africa. Personal safety is a major factor to take into consideration while planning your holiday. One of the best tips while choosing your holiday destination is to choose the safest place for you and your family.

There is a wide range of hotels you can choose from when planning your trip. From 5 star hotels to villas or guest houses, chose whatever location you prefer. From the slow motion life of Victoria, to time freezed sea coasts and mountain foots. The Seychelles offers you accommodation according to your budget.

Seychelles Islands nature reserves

Seychelles is home to several national parks and nature reserves.

At Mahé, the highlight of the Seychelles archipelago is protected by the Morne Seychellois National Park.

At Praslin National Park, Vallée de Mai is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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National Park- Coco De Mer. Praslin, Seychelles

This site, unique to the Seychelles, has a forest of Coco de Mer, also called coco fesses. The fins of these coconuts shade several rare plants and many birds.

At La Digue, the reserve hosts in a lush tropical vegetation an endemic species of bird called the “red collared widow-bird.”

Several islands are located in the immediate vicinity of Mahé or Praslin. Sainte-Anne and Cerf Island are next to Mahé. Cousin, Cousine and Curieuse are close to Praslin.

In these small islands, nature rules, and marine parks are home to a beautiful underwater world. Silhouette, Bird Island, Denis Island and Fregate are islands near Mahé worth seeing.

These are small paradise where hotels are scarce and the beaches paradisiacal.

Live on these pristine islands of Seychelles giant tortoises. These animals are the endemic emblem of the island. Through your visit, do not try to disturb their routine.

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Seychellois dancing at night fall

At nightfall, the music of Seychelles launches its rhythms in hotels inviting you to dance in a friendly atmosphere, in these extraordinary islands.

Are you under the spell of a trip to the Seychelles?

Renting a self-catering apartment in the Seychelles during the holidays

The Seychelles are the ultimate dream destination. Going there is like being on a permanent honeymoon with Mother Nature. Definitely worth the expense if you’re in search of tranquility and beautiful settings. Continue reading