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.