Whether for an annual holiday, a special anniversary, or that ‘once in a lifetime’ trip you’ve long been promising yourself, the Seychelles is on many a person’s holiday wish list.
Often regarded as an untouched tropical beach paradise, there is far more to see and discover on this fascinating collection of Indian Ocean islands. With more giant tortoises than Galapagos (150,000!), many rare birds including 13 endemic species like the magpie Robin, Seychelles fody and paradise flycatcher, 1000 different species of plants including the distinctive double-lobed Coco de Mer nut – the world’s largest seed – Seychelles is truly a special place.
The islands are now more accessible and affordable than ever, with daily flights from 7 UK airports, as well as Dublin. With just a 3 hour time difference, there’s hardly any jet lag and UK and Irish nationals do not need visas. Add to this a year-round average tropical temperature of 29°C and the fact that you don’t need any inoculations, it’s easy to see why Seychelles is rapidly increasing in popularity.
The archipelago is made up of 115 islands; 41 mountainous ‘inner’ islands where iconic granite boulders that adorn most Seychelles photos are commonplace; and 74 ‘outer’ coral islands or atols, many barely rising above sea level. Almost 50% of the Seychelles area is designated as either National Park, Special Reserve or Marine Park – evidence if it were needed as to how fiercely this unique ecosystem is protected. As well as seeing some of the best beaches in the world and breathtaking natural beauty, on a holiday to Seychelles you’ll glimpse first hand some of its unique wildlife, whether on nature treks, from the air, or in its sparkling waters. Snorkel and you’ll see tropical fish galore and you may even be lucky enough to spot a Hawksbill turtle glide gracefully by. Dive and you’ll witness far more!
The Seychelles is about diversity; all islands are subtly different and the best way to experience them is on a tailor-made island-hopping holiday. The main island of Mahé is where the principal population resides and offers an excellent choice of hotels as well as varied flora and fauna. Praslin – 15 minutes away by plane or 1 hour by fast ferry – and neighbouring La Digue island – are altogether different and ‘operate’ at a much slower and relaxed pace with stunning beaches, diverse nature as well as a wide choice of hotels. Other popular islands include Silhouette and the idyllic coral atoll of Denis.
Paradise for all tastes and budgets
There’s a huge choice of accommodation throughout Seychelles with most involved in island conservation. Choose from luxury 5* resorts like Raffles Seychelles, private islands, superb spa retreats, excellent 4* hotels, as well as a special collection of boutique hotels and guest houses – often referred to as ‘Seychelles Secrets’. These smaller properties offer a real taste of Creole hospitality and offer great value for money.
Tailor-make your perfect holiday in Seychelles
With all this diversity, the key to choosing the ‘right’ island and hotel combinations for your Seychelles holiday is to book with a specialist operator, like Mahlatini Luxury Travel. Talk to staff with first-hand knowledge of the islands and the hotels. After listening to your requirements, they’ll offer advice as to the best times to travel and build an itinerary based around your budget, including all the latest special offers as well as anniversary discounts, striking the right balance between your wish for discovery and relaxation.
Visit the Mahlatini website for more details about our Seychelles holidays and African safaris. Better still, give our specialist team a call on 028 9073 6050.