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Seychelles

Tantalising white sand beaches are dappled with the silhouettes of swaying palms, the sapphire Indian Ocean laps gently at the shore, and amid banyan trees and fairy terns you lay swaying in your hammock, wondering where else in the world there could possibly be a place as idyllic as this. Just a few degrees south of the equator, the 115 granite islands of the Seychelles are a luxurious sanctuary where hopeless romantics come to idle away a couple of weeks in bliss.

The two main islands are Mahé and Praslin. Enveloped in steamy jungle heat, lined with sugar white sands and with mystical granite peaks rising from the ocean, magical Mahé is the largest of the islands. Come here to picnic at picturesque coves and swim in azure lagoons. Some of the world’s most endangered species reside in the forest interior, including the Gardiner’s Seychelles frog, tinier than a human finger tip. Anse à la Mouche and Turtle Bay boast fine white sands and crystal clear waters, while Sunset Beach delivers the most outstanding, fiery red sunsets.

 

Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 12 hours 30 minutes via Abu Dhabi and 13 hours 30 minutes via Dubai.

Emirates Departures from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow daily via Dubai.

Etihad Airways Departures from Heathrow and Manchester daily via Abu Dhabi.

From Mahé there is easy access to Praslin, with the 15 minute flight operating up to 15 times per day, and for Denis Island and Desroches Island the 30 and 40 minute flights operate once daily respectively. Silhouette Island is a 25 minute drive and further 40 minute boat transfer, or 15 minute helicopter flight from Mahé.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on Emirates Economy flights. Prices with Etihad Airways are available on request.

Language

Creole is the official language. English and French are also widely spoken.

Time Difference

4 hours ahead of GMT.

Currency

Seychelles rupee. Major credit cards are also accepted at all hotels.

Useful Information

British citizens do not require a visa for entry into the Seychelles. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your return travel date. 

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Island Hopping

One of the joys of visiting the Seychelles is discovering the diverse geography, character and history of each island. Island-hopping is a great way to do this and we recommend taking in Cousin Island, a beautiful nature reserve and home to some of the Seychelles’ rarest birds, and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, known as the original Garden of Eden.

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La Digue

Easily accessible from Mahé or Praslin, this quintessential island paradise is best explored by bicycle, the mode of transport favoured by many locals. Enjoy a tour of the fascinating old vanilla and cinnamon plantation at L’Union Estate, meet its giant tortoise residents, and then head to Anse Source d’Argent, considered one of the best beaches in the world.

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Snorkelling & Diving

The Seychelles is famous for its crystal clear waters and the depths surrounding Coco Island are often referred to as a ‘living aquarium’ due to the plethora of tropical fish. Another premier dive site is Shark Bank off Mahé, where heading into the serene waters will reveal whitetip reef sharks and eagle rays.

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Festival Kreol

Festival Kreol in October is the highlight of the cultural calendar in the Seychelles, an annual celebration of the music, dance, arts, crafts and food of the islands. Centred on Mahé and Praslin, there is a real party atmosphere, with street performances, fashion shows and entertainment throughout the night.

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Quad Biking

Quad biking is a great way to experience Mauritius’ naturally stunning scenery first-hand, and in the Etoile Reserve, on the east coast, you ride through swaying sugar cane fields and natural forests, before winding your way up the hillside for magnificent panoramic views of Mauritius below and the sea beyond.

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"Make sure you pack something white to wear to the resort’s legendary ‘White Night’ beach party - a lavish occasion, the beach is lit with tiki torches and a sumptuous buffet is accompanied by live music."

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