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Luxury Seychelles Holidays
The Seychelles are a stunning group of Indian Ocean islands off the eastern coast of Africa. Seychelles holidays are all about romance and relaxation surrounded by the scenic splendour of exotic flora and coral sand beaches lapped by aqua blue waters, not to mention the delicious cuisine and boutique accommodation. If it is a beach holiday you long for then it does not get much more magical than the Seychelles. Chic and luxurious, Seychelles holidays are perfect for an exclusive tropical escape.
Our India ocean travel experts have hand selected some of the most luxurious hotels that are perfect for a Seychelles honeymoon, as well as selecting accommodation which offers great facilities for family holidays and those that desire an all inclusive Seychelles holiday.
The best way to appreciate a holiday to the Seychelles is to choose an island-hopping experience, combining two or more islands. Mahé and Praslin are just a 20-minute flight apart and La Digue can be visited as a day tour or an overnight option. From Mahé, Denis is 30 minutes by plane and North Island is 20 minutes by helicopter.
Being lush tropical islands, rainfall can occur at any time of year, in particular the period between November and February. South Mahé can experience high winds and sea swells from June to September. Be aware that nightlife and shopping opportunities are limited in the Seychelles.
Our Seychelles travel specialists can recommend the best time to travel and where to go for the best enjoyment of these tranquil islands.
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Seychelles Holidays Travel Guide
Several airlines offer flights to the Seychelles with the journey taking about 10 and a half hours from London. Etihad and Emirates both operate daily flights from London Heathrow to the Seychelles, via Dubai or Abu Dhabi. From Seychelles International Airport, known locally as La Pointe Larue, on Mahe Island you may have to take a boat transfer or a domesticl flight to your resort, all varying in time. However the main island transfer times are listed below:
Seychelles International Airport - Praslin: 15 mins (boat transfer)
Seychelles International Airport - Labriz Island: 1 hour (road and boat transfer)
Seychelles International Airport - Sainte Anne Private Island: 10 mins (boat transfer)
Seychelles International Airport - Denis Private Island: 30 mins (domestic flight)
Things to See and Do in Seychelles
The Seychelles are famous for their tranquil beaches and laid back atmosphere, however there are a whole range of things to do outside of sunbathing.
- Visit La Digue, an island where there are no motorised vehicles so people get around on horse drawn carts or on foot. Horse rides around L'Union Estate and one of the msot photographed beaches in the world are also available from early morning until 5pm.
- Take part in an arts and craft workshop at Domaine de Val des Pres, a craft village on Mahe, where the whole family can get involved in traditional Creole culture.
- Visit the Birds on Bird Island, home to not only a huge range of exotic birds but also a plethora of interesting sealife. Find out about the wildlife here at the Vallee de Mai, where you can see the Seychelles Black Parrot as you wonder through the rain forest.
- Feed the Tortoises on the island of Curieuse, where the Aldabra Giant Tortoises are free to roam about this natural playgroumd/ Feed them watermelon and visit the nursery where baby Tortoises await their release into the wild.
- There are a number of places to go diving here, a very popular activity for adults due to the stunning coral reefs and wild life that live under the turqouise waters of the Indian Ocean. Scuba Diving and snorkelling can be organised at most resorts.
- There are numerous golf courses and clubs dotted around the Seychelle Islands, many boasting stunning views and interesting designs.
- Hike up the Morne, the highest mountain in the Seychelles and surrounded by fascinating examples of flora and fauna. Make sure you bring lots of water and snacks!
- Watch the sunset from Anse Source d'Argent on the island of La Digue and voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Health and Safety in Seychelles
The Seychelles are a very safe group of islands, however in recent years opportunist theft has increased so it is important to ensure your accommodation is locked when you leave and that no valuables are ever left in cars. It is also important to take care when driving here as the terrain is mountainous making roads winding and steep. Tap water should also be avoided here, instead drink bottled water, provided in resorts and local shops.
Currents here can be strong so exercise caution when swimming, particularly with children.
Food and Drink
Seychellian hotels and resorts offer a huge range of restaurants and bars with cuisine here being greatly influenced by the rich culture of the Island, specifically Creole inspired seafood dishes. Grilled fish or octopus served with a sauce of chillies, ginger and garlic are national dishes here, as well as curries prepared with coconut milk and local plantation fruits such as papaya and apples. The local beer, Seybrew, can be found at most resorts here, as can the dark Takamaka Rum.
British Citizens do not requite a visa
The local currency here is the Seychellois rupee. Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in the main hotels and resorts, however restaurants and shops may only accept cash or travelers cheques. Banks operate from 8am until 2.30pm and Barclays Banks can be found on a number of the islands here.
The Seychelles uses the same 3 pin plug sockets as the UK.
There are three official languages in the Seychelles: Creole, English and French. English is spoken in all hotels and resorts and many people here also speak fluent Italian or German.
Customs and Public Holidays
Roman Catholicism is the main religion here so all of the main Catholic holidays are respected here. Sunbathing topless or full nudity on beaches is uncommon and in many places, illegal. Drug taking policies are strict and punishments are severe.