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NATURES TREASURE TROVE


The Seychelles are one of nature’s treasure-troves. This remarkable archipelago of 115 islands spread across 1.3 million square km’s of azure Indian Ocean consists of unique flora, fauna and some of the finest natural treasures and is a travellers paradise of epic proportion. Similar to the Galapagos Islands, the Seychelles are isolated by distance and, as a result, exotic flora and fauna have evolved which, in numerous cases, are unique to the islands. The Seychelles are for the visitor with empathy for nature, seeking to escape the pressures of hectic everyday life and wanting to be lulled by peace and tranquillity. The islands offer white sand beaches, palm fringed coves and shores that offer the ultimate in ‘fly and flop’ relaxation or enough activity to satiate the most energetic – diving, snorkelling, canoeing, water skiing, walking, running and the simple enjoyment and appreciation of this enthralling country, where over 50% of its land is protected as a nature reserve.
 
Mahé, the capital island, is the only island that shows any real signs of commercial activity. Victoria is one of the smallest capitals in the world and its colourful market and colonial architecture are worth exploring. The interior of Mahé is a rugged granite mass, swathed in tropical forest and exploration cannot fail to enthral. Hotels occupy some of the best beaches, but quiet coves and bays punctuate Mahé’s coastline and effort in their discovery is well rewarded.
 
Praslin is a haven of peace and tranquillity, the relaxed and unhurried pace here seldom changing. The beaches are some of the most wonderful that nature provides; white soft sand contrasting against ocean blues. Recently, Anse Lazio on Praslin’s Northwest coast was voted #17 in TripAdvisor’s 25 Top Beaches in the World! The coves and bays deserve discovery and a day of exploration by bicycle or car is well rewarded. Praslin is also famed for the exotic Coco de Mer palm which grows wild on the island.
 
The idyllic outlying islands of the Seychelles archipelago, accessed by scheduled flights or helicopter from Mahé, define the desert island holiday; palms and tropical vegetation, encircled by dazzling beach and fringed by living reef. There is generally only one property per island and a towel, a book, simple water sports and a stroll around the island are about the limit of occupational therapy. Yet a stay on these islands could not be more complete.
 
The accommodation on all the islands is elegant yet understated and the cuisine is excellent and imaginative. Each island and lodge has its own special character but the theme throughout is one of empty beaches, romantic solitude and escapism. Island-hopping is simple, due to the frequent inter-island flights, and is the recommended method of exploring these jewels of the Indian Ocean.

    • Flight Time:Approx 13 hours via Dubai (No direct flights to Seychelles from UK)
        • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
           
            • Language: Seychellois Creole, French, English & other Bourbonnais dialects
               
                • Currency: Seychellois Rupee
                   
                    • Area: 530,500 square miles, although the landmass is only 174 square miles!
                       
                        • Population: Approx 84,000
                           
                            • Capital: Victoria

In this tropical haven the temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ effectively a year round destination. In January and February the islands receive 50% of their life-giving rains, rejuvenating everything! The months between May and September bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas.
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The Seychelles are a group of tropical islands with just two seasons and they are basically a year-round destination with a pleasant temperature throughout the year. The highest temperatures and the highest levels of humidity occur during their summer months of November through March but these months also get the most rainfall. The winter months of April to October are cooler but still very good and this is a much cheaper time to travel with some exceptional deals on offer! Scuba diving and deep sea fishing are best during the summer months, whilst families will enjoy the milder winter months. Honeymooners will find The Seychelles a good option year round.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. You will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination if visiting a Yellow Fever area before entering The Seychelles (for example if combining with Kenya or Tanzania on a two-centre itinerary). Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter The Seychelles.


OUR TOP PICKS

 

COUSINE ISLAND RESORT – SEYCHELLES

Cousine Island offers eco-tourism escapism of the highest order and a degree of privacy almost impossible to find. This super-exclusive island accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in four luxury villas, just thirty metres from the beach and each with magnificent Indian Ocean views.
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FOUR SEASONS RESORT SEYCHELLES

Set in the heart of a lost Eden, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles offers guests an unrivalled luxury hotel experience in a natural jungle setting. Tree-top villas, deserted beaches and world-class service all converge to challenge your notion of paradise.
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MAIA LUXURY RESORT – SEYCHELLES

Maia is a luxury resort situated on the south-west coast of Mahé that stretches languidly along 12 hectares of pristine beachfront on the secluded white sandy beach of Anse Louis.
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NORTH ISLAND – THE SEYCHELLES

North Island is a stunning private granite island, situated 15 miles north of Mahe, and is surrounded by luminous white beaches, turquoise waters and lush forest and swaying palms, it truly is your very own private desert island.
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BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES

Banyan Tree is a charming, elegant and tranquil resort located on the south-western coast of Mahé, on pristine Intendance Bay – a destination marked for bliss.
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RAFFLES PRASLIN

Raffles Praslin is located on the beautiful north-eastern tip of Praslin, the second largest granite island in the Seychelles, about 40 kilometres from the main island of Mahe. More Info

WHERE TO STAY BY ISLAND

 

MAHE

The interior of Mahé is a rugged granite mass, swathed in tropical forest and lush equatorial flora and exploration cannot fail to enthral. Around the perimeter of the island are pristine picture perfect beaches with hotels and resorts occupying some of the best beaches.
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PRASLIN

Praslin is a haven of peace and tranquillity and the beaches are some of the most wonderful that nature provides; white soft sand contrasting against ocean blues. The coves and bays deserve discovery and a day of exploration by bicycle or car is well rewarded.
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OTHER ISLANDS

The idyllic outlying islands of the Seychelles archipelago, accessed by scheduled flights, helicopter or ferry from Mahé, define the desert island holiday; palms and tropical vegetation, encircled by dazzling beach and fringed by living reef.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

AFFORDABLE SEYCHELLES

Travel to The Seychelles for an affordable price in two luxury hotels on two of Seychelles Islands. Relax throughout your holiday with spa treatments and swimming pools in both resorts, or for the more adventurous enjoy the many water sports activities available on the coast.
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ISLAND DREAMS

Luxury 5 star get away to The Seychelles, staying in two of the most luxury resorts with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. You can spend your days relax by the pool or in the spa or on the stunning beaches home to amazing water sports.
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ACACIA & BANYAN TREE

A superb opportunity to experience the amazing safari's and game Kenya has to offer whilst staying in luxury accommodation, to finish with a relax end to the holiday in a stunning resort in The Seychelles, a truly extraordinary experience.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel about holidays or honeymoons to The Seychelles. Call 01778 382764