The Seychelles are an archipelago of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean about 300 miles off the east coast of Africa. These remote islands are home to two UNESCO world heritage sights, stretches of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and are infused with a myriad of cultural influences. People of African, European, and Asian descent have all landed here contributing to its diverse culture. Some of the islands are made from granite, and the others are coralline.
The inner islands of the archipelago are the only oceanic islands in the world made from granite and are also Earth's oldest islands! The majority are very small and unpopulated, with most of the action taking place on the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Although there can be affordable ways to experience the Seychelles, a trip here can come with a high price tag so be prepared to drop a pretty penny. If you're seeking a splurge-worthy once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Seychelles are your tropical playground.
WHERE TO STAY
Bask in paradise at the all-inclusive Anatara Maia Seychelles Villas where your "villa host" is at your service 24/7. Take a private Qi Gong class or a dip in the infinity pool in your Bill Bensley-designed abode before heading to the spa for a Harmony Four-Hand Massage.
Six Senses Zil Payson is a spectacular sustainability-focused resort located on the private island of Felicite. Aside from exquisite amenities, warm hospitality, and sublime scenery, their eco-efforts are noteworthy. They grow their own organic fruits, veggies, and herbs, harvest and transplant coral fragments, and plant indigenous species to promote reforestation, just to name a few.
You'll feel genuinely cared for at Constance Ephelia on Mahé island where the staff goes above and beyond to spoil guests and accommodate their every need. The beaches are pristine, the food comes highly rated, and there's plenty to do and see on the 120 hectares of breathtaking grounds.
FOOD & DRINK
For a relaxed meal and good cocktails right on the beach, Windsong in the Kempinski Resort is a delightful spot with great views and friendly service.
Takamaka Beach Bar is a great venue for lunch with a nice selection of fresh sushi and sashimi. Beach Shak is the perfect place to grab some cocktails and dip your toes in the sand as the sun sets over Beau Vallon Bay.
Eden, located on the beach at the Story Seychelles Resort, is a small, cozy restaurant with a calm and romantic ambiance. Enjoy Creole cuisine by candlelight under the canopy of the palm trees in its chic and intimate setting.
Yet another restaurant with a beautiful beachside location is Cafe des Artes in Praslin, where you can dine upon fresh seafood and artistic desserts in a stylish oceanfront setting.
THINGS TO DO
The Seychelles are dripping with gorgeous white sand beaches that are some of the most picturesque on Earth. Anse Lazio Beach on Praslin Island is frequently listed as one of the world's most beautiful beaches and has crystal-clear waters great for snorkeling. Beau Vallon, a popular beach on Mahe, has plenty of restaurants, hotels, and water sports if you're looking for a little more activity. Other top beaches include Anse Source d'Argent and Grande Anse on La Digue, and Anse Georgette on Praslin among many others.
Spend a day exploring Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles located on Mahé island. Head to the Botanical Gardens where you'll see colorful flora and native wildlife including giant Aldabra tortoises over 150 years old. Make a stop at the Arul Mihu Navasakthi Temple before heading to the Victoria Market for fresh fruit and souvenirs.
NOT TO BE MISSED
VALLÉE De MAI NATURE RESERVE
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on the island of Praslin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to rare species of plants and wildlife including the Seychelles Black Parrot and the endemic Coco de Mer Palm. This palm has the largest seeds out of any in the plant kingdom, and is the subject of legends and folklore due to its unique shape and mysterious origin.
Make sure to take a tour through the forest with a guide to get the most out of its untouched beauty.
Have you been to the Seychelles? Where are some of your favorite places to stay, eat, and drink? Let us know in the comments!