The Seychelles breaks down into two destinations: Main Islands and Private Islands. The former include Mahe, Praslin and La Dique. The latter include North, Denis and Desroches. Luxury accommodations abound, ranging from city hotels to island resorts to eco-beach lodges. If you would like to know more, please do give one of our destination specialists a ring. In the meantime, do have a browse of Seychelles areas listed above.
The largest of the Main Islands is Mahe, which boasts Victoria, the world’s smallest capital city and brimming with historic buildings, museums, botanical gardens, markets and nightlife. Mahe, the smallest, boasts mountains, a clutch of smaller islands and three marine parks. Praslin, quieter than Mahe, is a World Heritage site. La Digue was Defoe’s model for Robinson Crusoe.
North Island, the most exclusive of the private islands, offers luxury and exclusivity. It’s a tropical experience like no other, a no-expenses-spared masterclass in sustainable luxury. Denis Island is a less exclusive option, though no less stunning a location, and particularly notable for its indigenous birdlife. Desroches Island Resort, finally, is as its name suggests more reminiscent of a traditional resort.
Accommodations are excellent and diverse. Desroches Island Resort can offer a small villa or a presidential suite with an expansive private beach, while Mahe has a very good Four Seasons. North Island Lodge justifies its expense by its sheer virtuosity: from its stunning location to its practice of tailoring menus to each individual guest to its expert and ethical conservationist approach to villas that are truly outstanding, it is a truly first-rate operation. But if what is wanted is a more traditional international hotel then Praslin’s Constance Lemuria is perfect.
Naturally, water-based activities like diving, fishing, snorkelling and sailing abound in the Seychelles. But there are also opportunities to ride the islands by bicycle or hike into the beautiful interiors with their forests and mountains or indeed to engage with local communities and learn about the island’s history.