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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. 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 generally 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.
Close by to Praslin is La Digue, the fourth largest island in Seychelles and one of the most scenic with forests, fauna in the form of delicate orchids, tumbling vines of vanilla and rare birdlife. The island of Cousine lies approximately 6km off the west coast of Praslin and offers an exclusive island experience with complete privacy found in very few other places on earth. Cousine was once a coconut plantation but is now home to a superb resort that offers an exceptional experience within a private nature reserve. Bird and Denis Island are far to the north of Mahé, and have extraordinarily rich sea-life in the form of hawksbill and green turtles, dolphins, dugongs and even the occasional whale.The private islands of Frégate and North Island are similar sanctuaries again with, stylish five-star accommodation and designed in keeping with the eco-system.
Of the outer islands, Desroches is 230km south-west of Mahé and the only island in the outer islands group offering accommodation. This coral island measures 5km long and 1.5km wide, boasting 14km of immaculate beaches that fringe a lush grove of coconut palms interspersed by casuarina trees.


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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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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Stretching along a 1.5 kilometre beach, Labriz Silhouette is a five-star luxury accommodation in an awe inspiring setting, offering a romantic and relaxing getaway and allowing guests to experience the essence of the Seychelles.
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Fregate Island is a unique destination to experience the best the Seychelles have to offer. This small and exclusive luxury island is four degrees south of the equator and is accessed by a twenty minute flight from Mahe.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel about holidays or honeymoons to The Seychelles. Call 01778 382764