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The Domaine de la Réserve: a little gem

Domaine de La Réserve is a 4-star hotel located on the bay of Anse Petite Cour, on the other side of Côte d’Or. The advantage is that the hotel has a private beach covered with fine sand, located in the National Marine Park, in front of the Curieuse Island which can be reached by boat (excursions are organized). This hotel remains one of the best hotel of Praslin in the Seychelles and we have reviewed it for you!

The Location

domaine de la reserve

The situation at the Marine Park will allow you to do many underwater activities, including snorkeling. Le Domaine de La Reserve has a superb position. The beach is essentially private and one of the most beautiful on Praslin. La Reserve has a superb position. And being on the marine park, the snorkelling is fantastic directly off the beaches.

The Hotel

The Domaine de la Réserve is composed of 40 rooms of different categories, quite modern, but still retaining the Seychelloise atmosphere! From the Luxury Villa to the Family Suite Seafront, everyone will find its happiness there. The hotel has a restaurant, L’Obrizan, located above the sea, on stilts, for memorable meals. Buffet breakfast and dinner are served here. The Domaine de la Réserve also has 3 bars for all tastes …

You will certainly fall in love with this small, attractive retreat in Anse Petite Cour, northwest of Praslin. At the heart of a vast tropical garden and the Curieuse National Marine Park, the atmosphere is resolutely relaxed, whether on the beach, by the immense swimming pool or the restaurant on stilts that dominates the waves.

The rooms

domaine de la reserve room

The hotel has 40 rooms divided into 3 categories, 4 Superior Colonial Rooms, 32 Deluxe Beachfront Rooms and 4 Family Suites.

The rooms are tastefully decorated and are spacious and have a bathroom with bathtub (only in Deluxe) and WC, mini bar, terrace or veranda, satellite TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning, fan, Safe and telephone.

Superior Colonial Room

4 Superior Rooms – 64 m²

The superior rooms are located in one of the two colonial-style buildings on the hill (accommodating up to 2 people).

The rooms have ocean views and are equipped with: Air conditioning – Terrace with deck chairs – Coffee and tea making facilities – Mini bar – Safe – Direct dial telephone – Satellite TV – Bathroom with shower only WC and bidet – Hairdryer – King size beds – Ceiling fan – Salon & Sofa Armchairs (in 4 rooms only) 

Deluxe Sea Front Room

32 Deluxe Rooms – 68 m²

The 32 deluxe rooms, all on the beach, are beautifully designed. They offer plenty of space and feature large bathrooms with built-in bathtubs and walk-in showers.

The Deluxe Rooms are facing the sea and are equipped with: L its king-size – Air conditioning – Ceiling fan – Coffee and tea making facilities – Mini bar – Safe – Direct dial telephone – Satellite TV – Bathtub / Shower / WC – Hair dryer – Terrace with lounge chairs

Family suite

The 4 family suites, all on the beach, are beautifully designed. They offer plenty of space and feature large bathrooms with built-in bathtubs and walk-in showers.

The Family Suites are facing the sea and are equipped with: L its king-size – Air conditioning – Ceiling fan – Coffee and tea making facilities – Mini bar – Safe deposit box – Direct dial telephone – Satellite TV – Shower / WC – Hair dryer – Terrace with deck chairs

The food

“Le Jetty” – Restaurant for dinners and breakfasts (buffet).

This main restaurant offers a memorable experience. You can watch the lights of the yachts anchored in the bay and admire a natural fish aquarium right under your feet while the chef cooks a delicious dish of freshly caught fish and seafood. The Jetty’s cuisine goes from the Creole barbecue with its spices to a vast international menu.

(Opening hours: 08.00-10.00, 19.30-21.30, Dress Code: Long pants for the evening gentlemen)

“Le Pool Grill” – Pool restaurant: lunch à la carte in the afternoon.

Guests can order fresh fish, grilled meat or a salad at the Pool Grill restaurant from their chaise lounges. This is the perfect place for lunch. A wide variety of local and international dishes are available daily in our à la carte menu. Come to experience for yourself fresh products prepared by the local Chef.

(Opening hours: 12h00-14h30)

Le Domaine de La Reserve is a perfect spot for a relaxing beach holiday. However, if you’d like to do activities it makes a good base. Snorkelling is a must with a beautiful coral reef just yards from the beach and its bursting with life. This as well as other activities can be arranged and paid for at the hotel.

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!

Seychelles food

The Creole Cuisine of the Seychelles finds its inspiration from its amalgam of the various origins present on the island. Herbs and spices (pepper, ginger, anise, cinnamon, saffron, cloves, nutmeg and chilli of course) subtly enhance fish, meat and vegetables preparations. Many recipes use massala which is a mixture of Indian spices.

Dishes are often served with this satinis or chutneys, composed of fruits or vegetables (mango, green papaya, bilimbi, carrot …) which are grated and marinated with chili, saffron, onion and pepper in a lime juice. But the authentic “Seychelles Touch”, it is the coconut milk curry:  coconut milk is added after cooking and you get a smooth and fragrant sauce that goes wonderfully with chicken, seafood and vegetables.

A casual Seychellois Table

In Seychelles, you will not be totally disoriented by the table habits, as they are quite similar to the world’s. Breakfast is substantial and includes jams, toast, hot drink, exotic fruits (bananas, papaya, mango …) and fresh fruit juice, sometimes with eggs in various forms.

The lunch is usually light and quick, on the go in a take away (especially in the capital Victoria). For dinner, it is advised to take your time. It is served relatively early and this is the most important meal of the day.

On Sundays and feast days, islanders willingly engage in the joys of a barbecue or a picnic on one of the wonderful beaches of the Seychelles! On each island of the Seychelles archipelago, a multitude of tourist restaurants and hotel establishments welcomes travelers looking to experience the true Creole Food Experience(around € 25 per person). A tip to make your choice: If you see customers queuing outside a restaurant for a table, it’s a good sign! And if you are looking for a safe bet, go for the “Boat House” located at Beau Vallon on the island of Mahé.

Cook the Creole way!

If for your stay in Seychelles, you have opted for a villa with kitchen or aboard a catamaran, you can still eat the Seychellois way, we’ll get you started!

Do not look for hypermarkets, you will not find any. It is only in the capital of Victoria on Mahé that you will find two supermarkets worthy of the name. As for boutiques (small local stores), they will not offer you more than pasta and cans. You should rather stop at a roadside to pick up fruits, vegetables and fresh fish. And try to visit the picturesque Victoria bazaar. Its colorful and well-stocked market will allow you to buy all the spices that will give your meals all the flavors of the Seychelles.

The Fish

The fish is the main ingredient used for most dishes in the Seychelles. You should not miss tasting the fish in its various form on the islands of the Seychelles. Ultra-fresh, it is prepared and served in every imaginable form, from the simplest to the most refined: grilled, oven roasted, skewered, raw (marinated in lime juice, minced, sashimi and tartare), fried, cooked in broth or wrapped in a banana leaf, simmered in curry or rougail … one stay will never be enough to go around all the recipes!

It must be said that the Seychelles are home to a multitude of species of fish, each offering a different flavor and texture. The mains remain bouzwa (or bourgeois, whose succulent white flesh lends itself perfectly to grilled meats), marlin (smoked, served with salad), tuna , bonito, captain, bream, parrot, mackerel, in rougail or curry … and even shark, which is yet an endangered species…

Crustaceans, shellfish and octopus are not to be omitted. The zourite (octopus), crab, clams, shrimp, tec tec (small shell), also find their way into the composition of delicious entrees and soups.

Dishes for everyone

For those who prefer meat, the creole cuisine has everything. Recipes made with beef, pork, chicken and goat are also popular on the island. Curried, grilled or in stews, you will find dishes for all tastes. But beware meat pieces are cut and cooked with their bones. The more adventurous and those in search of new flavors should taste the fruit bat. This local specialty can be enjoyed in several restaurants on Mahé and on Praslin.

The Curry refers to a fragrant stew, whose composition comprise of tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, thyme and saffron or turmeric. Curry marries particularly well with meats. Do not forget to taste the rougail sausage (sausage and lentils with a spicy condiment made of tomatoes, garlic, ginger and chili, Just as on Reunion Island).

Visiting Seychelles in itself is as we have said a million times on this blog- the adventure of a lifetime. The islands, located perfectly in the Southern Hemisphere for you to enjoy a mild weather all year round with the warm sun and sandy white beaches creating a paradisiacal atmosphere with some great hotels in Seychelles. Being of such great diversity, visiting the Seychelles affords you to visit volcanic and granitic islands through island hopping. Not only that but Seychelles is also home to many endemic species which it covets such as the coco de mer or the commonly known long-necked tortoise. But honestly, your visit is never complete without the complete experience of the Seychellois gastronomy with its varied menus and cuisines from around the world.

La Grande Maison 

Located in Takamaka Bay, this is one of the best places you could go to for a fine dining experience. It is modern with a beautiful setting and you can even eat on the veranda if you feel like it. The menu varies according to the Chef who is Christine. She is a well renowned figure around the area for her exquisite cuisine. So, prepare yourself for one great experience. The restaurant is so well admired that all of its reviews so far on its facebook page has been 5* ratings! People rave about how positive their dining experience end up being at La Grande Maison and you definitely don’t want to miss out on anything! The Chef is also often complimented on her good wine choosing skills- this is the one place in Seychelles where you can leave everything up to the chef and be assured that you will be leaving the restaurant with a more than satisfied tummy and a smile of satisfaction. We recommend that you book before going as the servers will make special arrangements at no cost and even welcome you and your companions with a special Takamaka drink, courtesy of the chef! You will not even need to worry about the food quality. Rest assured, it is definitely top notch- with organic and local ingredients, Chef Christine seeks to dazzle you with a modern cuisine with a twist!

restaurant seychelles mahe

 

The restaurant is known to add local specialties such as lime and bilimbi to add some zest to the dish and wow your palate since bilimbi is an exotic taste that you have to try for yourself. You will most certainly love it. The restaurant is also proud of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, catering to many locals and expats who drop in for a casual lunch which you can be part of or a classy lunch to woo your significant other- La Grande Maison has everything you need. Whether it’s date night or just another day, this is where you will want to return again and again for excellent wine choice and fabulous service. While we suggest trying to have a meal at every good restaurant you can find, most people end up returning there several times during their holidays, recognising the height of fine cuisine in good old Seychelles! The restaurant of course has its special menus, the dishes from which are always available irrespective of what the chef has chosen for the day due to how much customers adore old classics like the Creole Bouillabaisse or seafood au coco- yes, this is seafood served in a coconut. Don’t believe this is legit? Check it out yourself on your next visit to the Seychelles!

Cafe des Arts

Cafe des Arts defines its cuisine as international, serving a fusion of Seychelles’ all times favourites in a fusion of inspirational dishes from all around the world to present a mouthwatering end product to its customers. Located near the beach in Praslin, le Cafe des Arts is more than often cited as the best culinary experiences the island has to offer. Not only does it have good food but lunch is served right on the beach itself with a rooftop area for those who want to relax with a scotch or one of the restaurant’s impressive cocktails. It is after all more than just a feast for your palate but an island adventure on its own! The service is described by most  as irreproachable and one of the friendliest place on the island to eat at. The waiters and waitresses hardly ever refuse to small talk with customers, happy to discuss lively, making sure that the patrons of the day have an unforgettable time at this gem of a place. If not for the music which is always tasteful if not slightly corny and romantic at times, you can even hear the faraway waves, This place is dream worthy. Even if you are a fussy diner, le Cafe des Arts promises to meet and even exceed your expectations with its wide choice of seafood cooked in the most inventive and inspired way to please your palate. The catch is fresh, what else can you expect from a beachside restaurant in Seychelles? Expect the freshest fish and octopus on your plate whether you want an octopus gratin with pumpkin or a smoked fish smelling of freshly squeezed lemon juice with green herbs- you are guaranteed a good meal.

cafe des arts seychelles

The menu varies of course to suit the availability of local produce. This ensures that you have some new things to taste if you are enamoured enough to become a regular. Not only the main menus but even the sauces and dips are impressive enough to appear on famous bloggers’ reviews of their time in the Seychelles- especially Cafe des Arts’ garlic and olive oil dip which has astounded many. As many would say though, don’t fill up with the mightily impressive food on your plate, Cafe des Arts has more coming. The restaurant takes great pride in its succulent selection of dessert, decadent cakes which will make your mouth water from a slight whiff of its sweet aroma as it’s brought to your table! Tell us what you think of it when you go to visit!

BoatHouse

Boathouse in Seychelles is what you are looking for if you love food and a lot of it as well! A buffet style restaurant, with self service- this is heaven for food lovers. On an average evening, the restaurant offers around or more than 20 classic creole dishes which are bound to seduce you. What’s not to adore about discovering new food? The food area is a little bit darker than most expect so prepare yourself for that but worry not, you will still be able to see what you are putting on your plate. It is simply that the place goes for a mostly rustic look to match the menus which are favourites to-go meals of the locals who also mightily love the Boathouse as a great place for family time dining. For the person who is unashamed to eat more than meagre portions, the restaurant is a good economic choice as well as it provides more than just value for money in such a case. Given how it’s self serve, you are free to determine how much you will want on your plate.

boathouse seychelles

Though if you are new to the creole cuisine, there are servers who will be happy to guide you at your leisure. The staff is reputed for its friendliness and they serve with a smile, adding a nice touch to your dining experience. You are recommended to dress casual smart. Be classy but be comfy! The restaurant’s buffet is only open for dinner though- a fact to keep in mind but lunchers even stragglers are welcomed all day long to admire the view while enjoying a cocktail! Don’t miss out on their grilled fish specialty though! Most of the time it is tuna but on the good days, you might find yourself enjoying a nice red snapper with some fabulous sauces on the side! It is located on Beau Vallon Bay, much like Cafe des Arts, it is a beach side restaurant. The Boathouse even has a semi open dining area which keeps the place aerated with the marina breeze. If your hotel in Mahe is nearby, you can drop in for a light breakfast after having watched the sun rise during your morning walk. It has a wide selection of breakfast items ranging from full English breakfasts to crepes including less common flavours such as honey with nuts, banana and cinnamon or even ice cream. In my honest opinion, nothing can beat ice cream for breakfast so there you are, if you don’t try it at least once, it’s definitely going to be one major regret.

Chez Jules Restaurant

Chez Jules Restaurant started out small a few years back, owned by Jules who is also the Chef with his family helping out in the restaurant, it has now expanded having built a loyal and loving clientele which is the product of being served good food at relatively affordable prices. La Digue doesn’t have the most active of night life of all the Seychelles Islands, and Chez Jules is also quite far back- so if you are one of the few who decided to dine there, do not expect a big crowd. It is a quiet place with Jules the Chef serving his no menu items in the evening. So basically you are automatically signing up for a surprise by the chef. Well, it is very unlikely that you will be disappointed given the glowing reputation the restaurant has since its very conception! So, dive it, enjoy the traditional creole food prepared specially by the chef, somehow taking customers on great culinary adventures, a far contrast to the usual bland restaurants you may find with overpriced menus. Chez Jules welcomes children as well, unlike certain restaurants like Cafe des Arts which doesn’t allow children under 5 years old. Here your children can run around to play after dinner while you enjoy a nice coffee.

chez jules seychelles

It is a very family friendly environment and very safe for everyone. Lunch is the time to go if you want the fancy eating parts with a choice between buffet lunch or a la carte menus. Chez Jules Restaurant prides itself in accommodating its customers and ensuring that they leave as happy and satisfied ones who will endeavour to come again. Traditional plates such as grilled fish with creole sauce with the zing of bilimbi as quasi all good restaurants like to put in the spotlight are among the beloved items of regulars. The chef also encourages customers to try new things which are unique to Seychelles or relatively unusual to foreigners such as his papaya smoothie or fresh mango juice among other crazy things that Jules comes up with which end up baffling most who do fall in love with these innovative menus. Many will miss the restaurant once they leave the island, it does grow on you. The food is fresh and delectable, octopus salad anyone? And the Chef is always happy to replace dishes which do not satisfy customers, so feel free to explore the menu. You will leave there pleasantly surprised!

Read more about the Seychellois Cuisine on our blog!

Lambousir Restaurant

You can’t pronounce the name? Don’t worry, most visitors can’t do that either! However, irrespective of confusing name or not, it is definitely the place to go if you desire some fantastic seafood. While most restaurants will feature seafood on their menus by default given its high availability and ease to acquire fresh seafood on a frequent basis, Lambousir Restaurant has made this part of the Seychelles Islands its speciality. Unpronounceable name and all, this is the place to be when it comes to great seafood dishes which will remain forever engraved in your memories. If you hadn’t guessed yet, it’s a lot of fish or octopus or shrimp or calamari, what ever floats your boat really! The usual entree would be a nice calamari crouistillant or deep fried until crispy fish depending on what is available on the day’s menu. Next you may move on to anything you want, soups or main course items such as tender grilled fish with spicy sauce doused on top. It is in all a great culinary experience, bringing you closer to Seychelles culture with such typically Seychellois food items. Seafood after all is the staple for most locals. Lambousir creates new twists to old dishes. Expect the delicious unexpected at Lambousir! Even the setting is design to take your breath away.

lambousir restaurant

Lambousir Restaurant is found within the Union Estate and hence has a mesmerising sea view which can almost distract you from what’s on your plate! If you don’t feel like experimenting with some dish with a bizarre name, you can stick to a basic burger with chips on the side and maybe a salad to keep the appearance of being healthy! It is strongly recommended to remain on the seafood side of the menu given how that is in fact the speciality of the restaurant and thus other menus such as chicken sometimes do not satisfy the picky customer. Lambousir has found its way to please with its great view and great seafood dishes, let it mesmerise you as well. After that satisfying lunch, you can go rest or take a walk on the beach. Anse L’Argent is withing walking distance and you simply cannot leave Seychelles without having visited the most photographed beach on the planet to your heart’s content! And as usual, take a lot of pictures to bring home- it is not for nothing that Seychelles is known for being a little paradise, you definitely want to keep tangible memories of your time here!

 

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Seychelles is a group of island spreading over a million kilometres square in the Indian Ocean. It is a common holiday destination among the Europeans. The number of visitors to the Seychelles in 2014 was 232,700 of which 66% came from Europe. Here is a list of activities and things you might want to do during your holidays in the Seychelles. We will also reveal some exclusive tips so that you may enjoy a smooth holiday experience in the Seychelles.

 

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Main Islands of Seychelles

The three main islands of the Seychelles are; Mahé island, Praslin Island and La Digue, Mahé being the centre island. So, your holiday trip should definitely include a trip to these islands. On the other hand, we recommend you to book a hotel in one of those main islands for the best experience for your holidays. Below is a list of hotels you might want to check out.

Le Jardin Resort; This 3 star hotel is located at the Capital of Mahé island, namely Port Victoria. The hotel is 30 minutes away from the airport of Mahé. It is a small hotel of 10 rooms, ideal for couples looking for tranquillity and intimacy.

Jardin des Palmes

Wharf hotel; Designed on Creole Architecture, the hotel is strategically located on the east coast of Mahe, just 5 minutes away from the International Airport and the island’s capital, Port Victoria.

La reserve praslin; La reserve is a 4 star hotel lying in Praslin Island. It has 40 luxurious rooms and includes the largest swimming pool in the Seychelles along with a restaurant and bar.

Chateau Seychelles; Le Chateau Seychelles is found on Praslin island. This five star hotel gives what luxury can do at its best. It offers tranquillity and the most intimate atmosphere you would find backed up with astonishing picturesque view of the sea in any of their rooms.

La digue; This four stars hotel is nestled on La Digue island. It is home to the country’s most beautiful beaches. Visit the website to visualise pictures.

 

Now that you have already booked your rooms, you should prepare a list of things to do in the Seychelles. Well, take a look at our list of things to do in the Seychelles.

Scuba diving

Scuba diving Seychelles

First things first, explore the wonders of the marine life of the Seychelles. Contemplate the marvellous multi-coloured coral reefs. Seize the opportunity to spot rare underwater creatures. Feed sharks from your very own hands on the sea bed. The dive sites may range from 8m to 30m deep. Therefore, various options are at disposal of both beginners and experienced divers to enjoy.

Angelfish, butterflyfish, octopus, lionfish, nudibranchs and mantis shrimp, humphead parrotfish, stingrays, reef sharks and green & hawksbill turtles are common species spotted during most scuba diving experiences in the Seychelles.

Surfing

Surfing Seychelles

At Anse Intense lies one of the most gorgeous beach of Mahé island, the principal island of the Seychelles. The south east trade wind that blows there causing frequent large waves makes it an ideal spot for surfing. So do not forget to bring your nice little smart-looking board and your wetsuit.

On the other hand, you might enjoy a walk on the praline beach with your partner. A day sunbathing at Anse Intendance would be a good idea. Photography lovers would get the opportunity to shoot exotic and amazing pictures there!

Sea Fishing Trips

Sea fishing trips

Rent a seychelles luxury yacht and embark on fishing trip in the Seychelles. Travel on the Seychellois turquoise waters for a day and search for the ideal place to get a good catch. Throughout the archipelago, you can enjoy big game fishing and bottom fishing. One may come across a wide variety of fish in the Seychelles namely as follows:

  • Sailfish
  • Blue marlin
  • Black marlin
  • Swordfish
  • Yellowfin tuna
  • Dogtooth tuna
  • Skip jack
  • Bonito
  • Dorado
  • Pickhandle barracuda
  • Rainbow runner

There are many more variety of fishes as well as sharks. This depicts that Seychelles is rich in marine life.

 Sky Diving

Skydiving Seychelles

Dropped from 14000 feet above the ground, get ready for the utmost adrenaline rushed activity you will ever try in your life. Going at the speed of at least 120 miles per hour, you will get the opportunity to contemplate the top view of the 115 small islands that forms the Seychelles archipelago.
Feel free to try all sorts of stunts and dives while you are free falling. Indeed, you will be free falling for about a minute before the parachute is opened. 

Nightlife

nightlife-seychelles

Discover the night life of Mahé. Savour the unique taste of the Seychellois rum. Go have a blast in one of the night clubs. Famous local Dj will make sure to set the right ambiance so that you make the best out of your night.

There is even a discotheque by the beach. International top hits, reggae, rock and oldies as well as local music will be mixed there. When the party is at its peak, have a blast in the lagoon with your friends and partner.

Quad biking

Quad biking

Quad biking offers fun for all ages. It is a fitting way to head to the rocky trail and passage to the top of the mountains and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Seychelles. Quad bikes can be ridden individually or in carrying a passenger on the back. Quad biking is a weather proof activity. Whether it is a rainy or sunny day, you can be assured that your plans would not be ruined due to poor weather conditions.

Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing

There’s nothing quite like the stimulation of driving across the waves with the feel of the wind in your hair. Watch the waters of the ocean shinning under the hot sun. Sense the water splashing on your face at full speed. Jet skiing offers great fun.

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!

For the Christmas holidays, head for a sunny destination, to spend an uncommon holiday: Seychelles! The scenery there will undoubtedly charm you- you will realise that postcards are nothing compared to the real sight. Your Christmas holidays in the sun promise to be sensational with beautiful beaches with turquoise waters and the ideal climate of this archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

So as to ensure that your family holiday is successful and unforgettable, a stay in one of the prestigious hotel establishments overlooking the sea or in a villa is the ideal choice. The good reasons to stay in the Seychelles does not stop there! A time difference of only 3 hours when it is winter in Europe, a predominantly French/ English speaking population and an area where cyclones are almost non-existent are the strengths of this archipelago.

In addition, there is no need to get vaccinated against tropical diseases. Seychelles is a safe and exotic haven of peace! An ideal spot for tranquil seasons holidays with your family! Here is everything you need to know about the Seychelles in December.

Pristine and breathtaking beaches

With its 115 idyllic islands, each possessing beautiful beaches, Seychelles truly is a dream location for a vacation in the tropics. The first asset of the archipelago is its authentic and undeveloped beaches. Indeed, we did not foresee the shade of a parasol nor a jet ski nor a merchant … except perhaps at the popular beach of Beau Vallon!

A Palette of Culture

The Seychelles forms a real multi ethnic community. Its vibrant culture is so rich with a mixture of Asian, European and African influences. Do not miss to discover its religious architectures and the lifestyle of its inhabitants during your sunny Christmas holidays!

Tropical Hotels

In Seychelles, every hotel is in an ideal location and offers comfort and impeccable service. Do not miss the restaurants where you can taste delicious typical dishes of the island. Do not miss the Seychelles refined gastronomy festivals in your agenda: tropical fruits, raw fish dishes, seafood…

A wide array of accommodation

In Seychelles, vacationers can choose from a wide variety of accommodations. Between small bungalows located by the beach, small hotels, top-notch hotels and villas, the Seychelles has a wide array of choice when it comes to accommodation. It is up to you to choose how you will enjoy your stay!

Sail the Seychelles for Christmas

Once in paradise, forget the sledge, take the boat! From island to island, sail aboard a catamaran among dolphins, sea turtles and beautiful beaches coves. If you hesitate between the islands, a cruise will allow you to taste different atmospheres. Great excitement reigns in Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles, with Victoria as capital, renowned for its market, but also on the beach of Beauvallon, known for its beach parties, and the only island in the archipelago where you can practice motorized water sports. It can include parasailing, jet skiing and water skiing.

On Praslin, you will experience a different atmosphere The Island is quieter and boast two must-see points: Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the Vallée de Mai with its famous coconut buttocks, listed as World heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

On La Digue, car-free island where time seems to have stopped, the traveler moves by ox-cart and never tires of admiring Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world, with pink granite rocks leaving visitors speechless. And if you are looking for more nature, Bird Island (Bird Island), Silhouette, Desroches, Cousine, Denis, Fregate and North Island, are the many islands you can visitit if you can afford it. Visible almost everywhere, giant tortoises will delight children. For Xmas or New year Eve, the menu will highlight fish and seafood, meat is rare in the archipelago.

The Seychelles is a nation of 115 islands scattered over 400,000sq km of Indian Ocean, a few degrees south of the equator. Some islands are grand and granitic, others are tiny coral outcrops poking out of the sea. Once known as a five-star destination with three-star hotels, the new-look Seychelles offers areas of outstanding man-made beauty from which to appreciate its teeming wildlife and sweeps of white sand.

10 best hotels in Seychelles

It is not easy to establish a ranking of the best hotels in Seychelles, one of the most popular destinations for a honeymoon, where luxury accommodations abound! From prestigious hotel groups to confidential Islands hotels hosting VIPs, here is our necessarily subjective ranking of the 10 best hotels in Seychelles.

The most luxurious are usually found on a hotel island but Mahé and Praslin, the two main islands, also attract the most prestigious hotel groups.

NORTH ISLAND

Prince William and Kate Middleton have spent their honeymoon there. This gives an idea of the clientele and budget! It must be said that there are only 11 villas but with its 450 m², you will be at ease! In short, there are no crowds on the 205 hectares that makes up North Island. Each villa has its own private pool and access to a beach paradise. On arrival, usually by helicopter, each guest is offered a twenty-minute massage, just to calmly deal with the holidays. Alone in the world, forget your shoes and experience the barefoot luxury  in the North Island just south of the equator…

FREGATE PRIVATE ISLAND

If you are heading towards Fregate Island you are gearing towards the treasure island, home to one of the most exclusive and most expensive hotel in the Seychelles archipelago, so of the world ! Everything is included on Fregate Private Island, but do not expect to find a room for less than 4000 euros per day! Member of the prestigious Oetker Collection, this exceptional hotel is nestled on a private island of 2.2 square kilometers and is home to only 16 villas, 400 to 700 sqm, each with private infinity pool, hot tub, gazebo for massage and direct access to the sea. A butler is at your service 24h / 24. The most complete and high class service you will come across in the Seychelles.

FOUR SEASONS RESORT SEYCHELLES

Surrounded by a lush green setting dotted with pink granite rocks, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles features 67 luxurious overwater villas of 186 m² with their own infinity pool blending with the sea. The best thing about this lush area is that you travel by buggy, and a spa is located at the top of the hill: there you will come across the best view of this exceptional site overlooking the beach of Petite Anse and Baie Lazare, with its white sand and clear waters. One of the finest resorts in the Seychelles.

MAIA LUXURY RESORT AND SPA

More than a hotel, the Maia Luxury Resort is an experience. Labeled as one of The Leading Hotels of The World, this haven of luxury is a wonderful place to stay during your holidays in the Seychelles. You will hardly want to leave your luxurious private villa of 250 m² where you will be able to admire a breathtaking ocean view from the pool cascading, especially while your appointed butler prepares your meals, cleans, organizes excursions, guard your children, and even offers to do and undo your suitcase! The program for the day: divine care at the spa, swimming and relaxing on the paradise beach of Anse Louis and tasting exquisite dishes prepared by gourmet chefs.

DESROCHES ISLAND RESORT

Desroches Island Resort is already among the ten most remote hotels in the world by Forbes magazine. No visual nuisance impairing vision at 250 km radius, you can admire the sky on your terrace. In your villa, some gadgets comes straight from a James Bond movie. Two bicycles are available for exploring Desroches island at your own pace! You enjoy your meals “feet in the sand” since the tables are installed on the beach, two meters away from water … And who knows, you may be lucky enough to see a sea turtle nest on the beach right outside your bungalow!

BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES

Enjoy a beautiful holiday on hills covered with lush tropical vegetation beside a beautiful beach. With 60 villas and their private pool overlooking the sea, spread over an area of 116 hectares dotted with lakes and granite rocks, Banyan Tree Seychelles remains a wonderful place to lodge while visiting the Seychelles. Add a first-rate spa and gourmet restaurants, and you get one of the best hotels in Seychelles. A huge beach of white sand, pristine and unspoiled, majestic setting, completes the postcard.

DENIS ISLAND

Denis Island is a real paradise surrounded by beautiful beaches where you swim with sea turtles and manta rays. The luxury here is the Robinson Crusoe feeling the setting provides, with its beautiful swimming pool, comfortable rooms and excellent restaurant, now all inclusive. Before one of the 25 rooms of 80 sqm, it is not unusual to see a giant tortoise. You will have room to put your towel on kilometers of wild and virgin beaches. And finally, believe us, the lack of Internet and television is a luxury!

LEMURIA RESORT OF PRASLIN

The Lemuria Resort of Praslin houses one of the most famous beaches in the world: the sublime Anse Georgette, that is known for its 18-hole golf course, designed by Rodney Wright, voted the best golf in the Indian Ocean for the 5th consecutive year. This is undoubtedly one of the finest greens in the world, with the highlight being the spots 15 and 18, where you can enjoy a wonderful cocktail at sunset, overlooking the beautiful beach of Anse Georgette. Member of the prestigious label “Leading Hotels of The World”, this former Chateau is also distinguished by its superb spa, one of the largest of the Seychelles with a surface of 2600 m², and gourmet restaurants. The presidential villa of 1250 m² is the largest suite in the Indian Ocean at 13 000 euros a night.

RAFFLES PRASLIN SEYCHELLES

Facing Curieuse island, on the road to the legendary Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Raffles Praslin Seychelles is one of the most prestigious addresses of Seychelles. Butler service 24/24, private pool overlooking the Indian Ocean in each villa, a magnificent spa and fine dining await you in this magnificent hotel in the Seychelles, without forgetting the fact that the hotel possess one of largest pools in the Indian Ocean. Accessible only from the hotel, and therefore almost private, Anse Takamaka beach is full of charm with its pink granite rocks typical of the Seychelles, its crystal clear water, white sand, and beautiful views of Curieuse Island, ranked Marine Park and ideal for snorkelling!

SAINTE ANNE RESORT AND SPA

The prestigious Mauritian hotel group Beachcomber wanted to have an address in the Seychelles. This is the case since 2002, and this resort is one of great luxury, enjoying the excellence of the Mauritian service. Situated on a private island of 200 hectares surrounded by a protected marine park, the Sainte Anne Resort and Spa is one of the few hotels of the Seychelles offering all-inclusive. We take advantage of its three beaches worthy of the most beautiful postcards, five restaurants among the best tables in the Seychelles, its superb 800m² swimming pool superbly illuminated at night, a spa by Clarins of 1500 m² and sumptuous villas with a large outdoor tropical shower for bathing under the stars!

Les Seychelles sont souvent décrits comme étant un monde à part.  Également connu de par le monde comme les îles où l’été est perpétuel, les Seychelles est aussi une des destinations les plus respectueuses de l’environnement dans l’océan Indien. L’écotourisme dans les Seychelles est une offre illimitée. À bien des égards, les Seychelles ont établi la norme pour l’écotourisme parmi les autres nations insulaires. Avec près de 50 pour cent du pays, mis de côté comme terres protégées, les Seychelles enregistre le plus fort pourcentage de terres protégées dans le monde.

Si vous êtes un voyageur soucieux de l’environnement, vous trouverez amplement l’occasion de découvrir ces îles richement bio-diversifié dans leurs formes les plus variées et exotiques, tout en y laissant une empreinte minimale. Une des destinations écotouristiques les plus populaires des Seychelles est « l’île Cousin ». Les autorités travaillent actuellement en vue de le faire devenir la première réserve neutre en carbone dans le monde.

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Seychelles Parc Eolien

Les Seychelles demeurent une destination sûre où vous pouvez trouver des hôtels et des villas pour vous loger et profiter de belles excursions en visitant l’île d’une manière respectueuse de l’environnement. Sa diversité et son caractère unique vient du mélange des îles granitiques médio-océaniques et des îles coralliennes situées pour la plupart au-dessus du niveau des marées. Il est fait en sorte que les îles sont toujours propres et tranquille afin  que vous puissiez toujours profiter de vacances paisibles dans l’environnement le plus pur. Les Seychelles sont célèbres pour leurs lagons bleus turquoise bordant leurs plages aux sables blancs et propres.

Pourquoi choisir des Vacances écologiques aux Seychelles?

Si vous êtes amoureux de la nature et vous voulez vous assurer que vos vacances ne mettent pas l’environnement et des espèces endémiques à risque, passer vos vacances aux Seychelles reste le meilleur choix. Être un voyageur responsable est un must de nos jours puisque les zones naturelles préservent l’environnement et soutient le bien-être des populations locales.

Où dans le monde pouvez-vous vous asseoir sur une plage protégée, assister à la nidification des tortues, marcher au milieu de jardins tropicaux parfumés et admirer les sites de reproduction des oiseaux endémiques rares? Les Seychelles sont la réponse à vos prières.

Afin de protéger les merveilles naturelles des Seychelles, il existe des règlements régissant les visites aux réserves spécifiques et autres zones protégées, qui assurent que les beaux mais fragiles écosystèmes restent intacts. Les touristes visitant les Seychelles sont invités à être respectueux de l’environnement d’où le fait que les îles ont obtenues une reconnaissance dans le monde entier comme une destination respectueuse de l’environnement et l’un des pionniers de l’éco-tourisme.

Seychelles: Comment profiter de vos vacances écolo?

Découvrez Mahé, Praslin, La Digue et Silhouette. Ils ont tous un large choix de promenades disponibles au cours desquelles vous pourrez découvrir la flore et la faune des îles. Vous pouvez également visiter les autres îles protégées qui sont plus spécifiques et protégé où vous pourrez profiter des moments incroyables dans leur décor sans pareil.

Les Parcs Marins

Les parcs marins nationaux de Ste. Anne, Baie Ternay et de Port Launay sur Mahé, Praslin et Curieuse offrent tous une introduction idéale aux trésors sous-marins des îles intérieures.

Parmi les observations les plus spectaculaires rapportés par des plongeurs sont celles des requins baleines, tout à fait inoffensifs. Ceux –ci peuvent atteindre une longueur de plus de 10 mètres de long. Ils sont souvent repérés dans ces eaux, en particulier entre Août et Septembre. Certains centres de plongée organisent des voyages spéciaux afin que les visiteurs puissent nager avec ces géants amicaux de la mer. Une expérience d’une vie à ne pas manquer!

Faites une immersion dans la faune et la flore

Être écologique est facile sur l’île de Mahé. Le Parc national du Morne Seychellois est près de Port Victoria et est facilement accessible. Si vous souhaitez profiter du paysage à votre propre rythme, le mieux  sera de faire une balade à vélo autour de l’île.

Le parc possède une diversité écologique étonnante. Une mangrove et des plages bordées de palmiers à une forêt tropicale intérieure et une montagne de près de 905 mètres de haut. Il vaut bien l’effort. Une fois à l’intérieur, vous ne trouverez ni routes et ni personnes.

Jetez-vous à l’eau

La chaleur peut être assez torride aux Seychelles, avec une température saisonnière planant entre  les 24 et 30 degrés Celsius. Vous souhaiterez certainement faire une baignade pour vous refroidir. Et avec les innombrables plages des 115 îles de cet archipel, vous ne devriez certainement pas manquer la chance de profiter d’une baignade, faire du kayak ou même de la plongée en apnée.

Découvrez l’île Cousin en plongée

Si vous êtes un amoureux de la mer, vous devriez prendre un certain temps et  faire une plongée en tuba à Port Launay et Baie Ternay. Vous aurez la chance d’observer les requins baleines inoffensifs qui se nourrissent de plancton.

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La Digue Charrette à boeufs

Baladez-vous en chars à bœufs à La Digue

Sur la digue, si vous cherchez un moyen romantique et écologique de transport, ne manquez pas le tour de l’île à bord d’un magnifique et traditionnelle charrette à bœufs. Vous vous sentirez traîné loin dans le temps tout en admirant les paysages qui défilent lentement autour de vous.

Faites du bénévolat

Pour ceux qui souhaitent s’immerger dans l’éco-volontariat, il y a presque autant d’options qu’il y a d’îles. Global Vision International (GVI) utilise des bénévoles saisonniers pour aider à la collecte de données sur la tortue géante, la ponte des tortues et d’autres espèces marines à Cap Marine Park . Pour ceux qui voudraient creuser leur chemin vers le bénévolat, l’équipe de recherche marine GVI enrôle également des éco-volontaires pour recueillir des données de récif en plongée sous-marine.

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Tortue de Mer

La communauté des Seychelles prend des mesures pour garder cet endroit en un sanctuaire qui dépasse les normes environnementales mondiales. Pour le garder tel qu’il est,  il est notre devoir de respecter les consignes afin que chacun puisse goûter un peu de ce monde sauvage reste figé dans le temps.

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All you need is love—these luxurious hotels take care of the rest. A good hotel, much like a good relationship, provides that perfect alchemy of comfort and excitement, intrigue and indulgence. The trick is in finding your match. The islands in the Indian Ocean – Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion – have so much to offer to you love birds. Here are the top romantic hotels in those wonderful piece of paradise scattered in the wonderful Indian Ocean!

Top Romantic Hotels in the Seychelles!

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Mauritius and Reunion are both islands with white beaches lapped by warm shimmering waves. But the Seychelles is sexy. The tropical air is filled with powerful scents and the sensuously shaped boulders free the visitor to indulge the senses like never before. Giant Coco-de-Mer palm trees have become a symbol of these 115 islands floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean. For mere mortals, the islands offer unparalleled glorious natural beauty, clear seas and a vibrant creole culture. Here are the most romantic places to stay if you’ve chosen the Seychelles for your Valentines Holiday:

Domaine de L’Orangeraie, La Digue

La Digue, the traffic-free island, has a distinctively romantic atmosphere. The overwhelming majority of the visitors being couples confirm how ideal the island remains for lovers. Domaine de L’Orangeraie has a French ambience, and honeymooners should take the villas de charme (hillside rooms) in preference to the garden villas. Made of wood and snuggled into the boulders the villas look out to sea and have a unique tree house, although luxurious, feel. A short walk down to the elegant pool terrace takes you to a setting that wouldn’t be out of place on the Cote d’Azure. Do not forget to enjoy an Ox Cart ride to visit this beautiful island where time seems to have stopped.

La Reserve, Praslin

La Reserve sits directly on Anse Petite Coeur on Praslin, Seychelles’ second largest island. Praslin boasts the unique and erotic Coco-de-Mer forest and there are several offshore island excursions available that show off the best of the archipelago’s nature. With only 40 rooms the resort is designed for couples – ‘colonial villas’ are the best. You will definitely enjoy the perfect Valentines day in this beautiful hotel.

Frégate Island

Frégate has just 16 large, very private villas each with its own pool. The island houses seven beaches – all of them gorgeous and you also have the opportunity to reserve one of those for private use each day with meals and drinks transported by the staff at the time of your choice. The real attraction of the island is its granite outcrops and resident turtles, tortoises, flying foxes and the feeling of being immersed in a tropical dream.

Cousine Island

Cousine covers more than 60 acres but allows only a maximum of eight guests. The owners have dedicated the island to nature and encouraged breeding populations of sooty and fairy terns, and critically endangered magpie robins as well as green and hawksbill turtle nests. Well, if you are planning on something unique for your loved one, you can hire the whole island just for you tow. Even though it might be small, it doesn’t mean the island is basic – there is a spa, a fabulous pool and panoramic views of distant islands all around.

North Island

The emphasis is on putting the guests in touch with the archipelago’s natural beauty – and induce a sense of natural balance with nature. The 11 villas comprising of a presidential one have all been carefully styled to Fabulous views of nearby Silhouette Island and long, brilliant white beaches, indeed, make it the perfect spot for people in love.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, Mahé

Suspended precipitously on the lavish slopes of Mahé, the resort overlooks one of the finest swimming beaches in all of Seychelles. Villas are designed to ensure privacy, with exquisite plunge pools and spectacular bathrooms. Everything is perfectly appointed and blending with other guests is optional. Many guests simply never feel the need to leave the resort which means hugs all the day with your loved one!

Desroches Island, Amirantes

Desroches is 280 km south of Mahé in the Amirantes group. Exploring the island paths by bicycle is a favourite activity while snorkelling and kayaking are easy from the beach in front of the villas which have an elegant outdoor-indoor appeal. On this island, you will enjoy spending time together doing some activities while enjoying your Valentines day. The island is easily big enough to find a secluded spot to enjoy the endless vista of the ocean.

Top Romantic Hotels in Mauritius

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Mauritius, with its miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, backed by sumptuous forests and dramatic volcanic peaks, is made for romance, with some of the best luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean. Private plunge pools, butlers and helicopter transfers are on offer, along with some of the best gourmet restaurants in the region and top-notch spas. It’s no surprise that Mauritius regularly tops lists of the world’s most romantic holiday islands. There’s also plenty to do and see away from the beach, from visiting colourful markets, riotous temples and colonial houses to the thrill of riding the longest zip-line ride in the world or a tandem skydive from 10,000ft. Well, here is a list of hotels where you can fancy spending your Valentines day:

Villas Caroline Hotel

Nestled on one of the most enchanting spots in Mauritius, Villas Caroline Hotel invites you lovers to enjoy Valentines day in the privacy of its bungalows merely steps from the crystalline waters. Take a romantic dip or snorkel anytime right from your private cocoon. Dine on your very own terrace, accompanied only by a surreal setting sun without leaving the comfort of your bungalow. Their suites are elegantly furnished, relaxed and spacious with incredible views of the Indian Ocean.

Le Touessrok

Le Touessrok brings tropical elegance in a heavenly setting and was voted ‘Best Hotel in Africa and the Indian Ocean’ three years running in The Daily Telegraph’s Ultra travel Awards. With its various fabulous facilities, a beautiful location on a private cape and its outstanding service, Le Touessrok’s two offshore islands make it stand out from the leading hotels.

Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort

A dynamic yet intimate five-star, colonial-style resort which can be found on a quiet but narrow stretch of sandy beach offering good watersports, including its own kitesurfing school, Heritage Le Telfair has it all to conquer you lovers. It remains one of the few colonial-style hotels on the island, it is a two storeys high, old-fashioned, “French village” with classically elegant rooms in white painted wooden buildings and old-fashioned signs.

St Regis Mauritius Resort

Located on the southwestern side of the island, the soft white sands of Le Morne Beach, the St. Regis Mauritius Resort is a five star luxury resort with 172 guest rooms and suites with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean waters. When you reach there, you’re made to feel a house guest, with a butler on standby. The resort made of basalt and wood, painted a tranquil taupe with muslin-draped sun loungers by the pool, invoke a past times glamour, whereas the Iridium spa is daringly modern.

Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge

Nestled in flower-filled tropical gardens, nothing is as beautiful as this spot found in the middle of the island. It has a welcoming, bohemian vibe with gravels inscribed with inspirational words, statues of deities in the lovely garden, and a fresh sugar cane body scrub room gift.

The eco-lodges and suites are hidden discreetly among mango trees, frangipani and hibiscus and suites have generous private pools and stupendous coastal views. Cookery lessons, yoga and meditation, on a platform overlooking a labyrinth, are also available on request. Isn’t that the best place to celebrate your love and spend a good time together?

Top Romantic Hotels in Reunion

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The French Island, Reunion, is an island of true contrasts, and remains unknown to many of the world’s travelers. That’s unfortunate! This unique island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is simply one of the most captivating spots on earth.

Reunion Island is located in the middle of Indian ocean, and offers unparalleled vacation opportunities for you lovers. If you’re looking for a place to chill out, then without any doubt travel Reunion Island. You will definitely enjoy a great romantic vacation doing plenty of stuff with your loved one!

Hotel Les Creoles

Situated in dreamlike location in the heart of the seaside resort of l’Ermitage, close to the port of Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Hotel Les Creoles remains an ideal place for you lovers to spend holidays. Having in its vicinity casino, sports clubs, the lagoon (100meters by footpath), cinema, restaurants, night clubs and the Mail de Rodrigues comprising of about twenty retailers, you will definitely have a lot to do together while visiting the beautiful island of Reunion.

Archipel Residence

Featuring a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees, the Archipel Residence is located 1.9 km from the beach of Roches Noires, on the northwest coast of the island of Reunion and is indeed another great spot for lovers to spend some time together.

Hotel Le St-Pierre

Located in the heart of the city of Saint-Pierre on the southwest coast of the beautiful volcanic island, Hotel Le Saint-Pierre proudly overlooks with its modern architecture a shimmering expanse of water surrounded by a marina sheltering ships and catamarans.

A privileged location in the famous Golden square of Saint-Pierre. Le Saint-Pierre is perfectly integrated into the lifestyle of the metropolitan city. A city under the wind, the sun and the blue sky perfect as romantic getaway,

LUX Hotels

LUX have won awards for ‘Most Romantic Hotel’ various times, and LUX Ile de la Réunion faces a sparkling stretch of aqua-blue waters, fringed by a stretch of perfect sands. In this well-appointed hotel you can renew your vows on the beach, or enjoy a couples massage under a garden bower facing the sea.

Well do not forget…. For lovers…. It’s valentines day everyday!

Happy Valentines Day Lovers <3

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.

Victoria-Mahé

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.