With the new British Airways direct flights starting at the end of March 2018, I thought that now was the perfect time to see the Seychelles again (and it was also a great excuse to escape the frosty winter that has suddenly crept up on us). The islands of the Seychelles have a great range of hotels and resorts that are all so different, so it’s really important for us to see the properties first-hand, that way, we can get the right fit for each and every client.
The Seychelles is known as a honeymoon destination, with private islands, villas and small boutique properties offering romantic escapes. However, over recent years this incredible destination has also become a firm favourite when travelling with kids, and I’m sure that with the convenience of direct flights on offer from next year, the trend for Seychelles family holidays is set to continue. Two properties that I’d personally recommend for families are the Constance Ephelia on the main island of Mahé, and Hilton Seychelles Labriz on Silhouette Island.
Constance Ephelia is a large property set over 120 hectares, with impressive suites and villas and five restaurants with choices from buffet to à la carte all included in your half or full board rate – so even fussy eaters will find something they love. Those staying in a villa (which boast up to three bedrooms) will also have use of complimentary bicycles, which are available to rent for other guests and are a great way of exploring the lush grounds.
For me, the truly outstanding feature at this family-friendly resort is the huge amount of sports and activities available. Active holidaymakers of all ages can enjoy ziplining through the forest, rock climbing, tennis, squash and non-motorised watersports to name a few pursuits on offer. There are even more daily activities on hand for youngsters at the complimentary kids club. A lovely touch here is that each child at the club receives five bracelets per stay for them to exchange for treats such as frozen slush drinks and ice-creams. With an idyllic setting and the largest spa in the Indian Ocean, adults won’t be stuck for something to do while the kids are entertained either. Hours of family fun can be had on one of five beaches here, and be sure to make a stop to see the Constance Ephelia’s 107-year-old tortoise, too!
Another great family property, but with a very different style, is the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa which is on the large island of Silhouette. Accessed by a 40-minute boat transfer from Mahé, even the journey here can be a thrill; we were lucky enough to see a whale crossing at the side of us on our way!
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is the only resort on this large island and has only a local village and nature reserve to share with. Guests arriving receive a short tour around the resort by golf buggy, so you can acclimatise quickly and choose your favourite restaurant out of the seven available, only one of which has a dress code – so informal family dining is easy to come by.
This is a great property for anyone who likes to get out and explore. Not only is there a complimentary kids club for 4 to 12-year-olds, but the mountainous island is a hiker’s dream. I recommend a trek through the rainforest and past the granite boulders (which made me feel like I was in Jurassic Park, especially when they were lit up at night!). You can also kayak on the quiet waters or learn to dive with the onsite PADI dive centre, so there’s plenty of ways to experience the beautiful natural surrounds.
Of course, there’s plenty to enjoy beyond the environs of your hotel or resort. Explore the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve; spend a day island hopping; take one of the many exciting boat trips on offer; or, of course, visit one or more of the many of the incredible beaches, where the softness of the sand beneath your feet has to be felt to be believed.
The Seychelles may be associated with beachside relaxation – and there is plenty of that to be had at many hotels across the islands – but it’s also a great destination for an active family holiday in paradise.
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