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A bit about the Seychelles

The Seychelles is a glorious tropical paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean, with the country made up of around 115 islands. There are some outstanding luxury resorts here that make a holiday in the Seychelles a truly special one.

There are three main islands - Mahe, Praslin and La Digue - and all of these have been blessed with stunning natural scenery, from lush palm forests to glorious white sand beaches. There are also plenty of small, secluded isles where you can enjoy a relaxed and opulent getaway in an exclusive resort.

Another highlight of a holiday in the Seychelles is exploring the stunning natural attractions. Many of the top destinations in the country are in national parks or protected areas, with their beautiful landscapes providing the perfect backdrop to an exotic holiday.

Must-visit islands

While the Seychelles is home to many amazing islands, some really do stand out as fantastic holiday destinations. The following are just a few of the places you may want to consider as your base for the duration of your break, or as spots to visit on a day trip.

Praslin

Praslin is the second-largest of the Seychelles' islands and is home to one of the nation's main attractions - the Vallee de Mai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This protected area is home to a prehistoric palm forest where you can find all of the Seychelles' native palm varieties. One of the most impressive is the coco de mer tree, which produces the world's largest nut.

Praslin is also where you'll find some of the most photographed beaches in the Seychelles - Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette - where the white sands are framed by striking granite boulders.

La Digue

La Digue is close to Praslin and worth a visit if you want to feel as though you've stepped back in time. The island is incredibly beautiful and home to many of the Seychelles' stunning endemic species, such as the Seychelles black paradise flycatcher and the cave swiftlet.

The island is also known for staying true to its heritage, with the main forms of transport still being oxcarts and bicycles - it's a great place to unwind away from the hubbub of everyday life. What's more, you can see some of the country's traditional crafts being practised, such as boat building and copra - a way of refining coconut products.

Curieuse

Curieuse is one of the islands in the Seychelles without accommodation, making it a real haven for nature. You can come here on a day trip to see the turtle nesting sites, explore its mangrove forests and watch giant land tortoises wandering around in their natural habitat.

There are several projects in action here to help the tortoises and turtles breed, so it's a great place to see how the Seychelles works to conserve its natural environment.

Mahe: for a taste of Seychelles culture

Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles and is also where you'll find the country's capital, Victoria. This is a great place to stay if you want a little bit of everything during your holiday in the Seychelles - beautiful beaches, lush forests and a bit of culture in the city.

Victoria is a real melting pot of cultures, with the residents here coming from various backgrounds, with people of European, African, Indian and Chinese descents making up the population. There are some lovely colonial buildings here, as well as a bustling market and some stunning botanical gardens.

The Morne Seychellois National Park is one of the best places to explore if you're staying in one of the resorts on Mahe, as it's where you'll find areas of lush forest that feature rare plants, such as the jellyfish tree and the Seychelles vanilla orchid. This is a fantastic area for hiking and a great choice if you want to surround yourself with nature.

There are 75 beaches in Mahe, which means you're never short of a beautiful stretch of sand to lie back on and relax in the glorious sunshine.

Silhouette Island for the ultimate escape

If you're looking for a resort in the Seychelles that offers the ultimate in seclusion and luxury, head to Silhouette Island. This has been a nature reserve for years, which means its landscapes and wildlife are well protected. What's more, it's surrounded by a marine protected reserve, so the snorkelling here is absolutely breathtaking. There are some amazing reefs inhabited by colourful fish and corals that you can see if you plunge beneath the surface.

There are very few permanent residents on Silhouette Island, which means there has been little development aside from the resorts. This is a wildlife lover's paradise and it's particularly well known for its excellent bird-watching opportunities. The beaches, forests and cliffs are all in pristine condition, making this a wonderful spot to simply soak up the natural beauty the Seychelles boasts.

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Places of interest in Seychelles

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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