Seychelles Holidays

Irresistible island escapes and some of the best beaches in the world combine with extraordinary natural beauty on a holiday to the Seychelles.

With its dazzling white shorelines and hypnotic coral reefs, the Seychelles is a picture-perfect collection of tiny islands that are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and exclusive hotels in the world. From the rare coco de mer tree and its towering granite rocks to the giant tortoises, world-famous beaches and exotic jungle-clad interiors, this sun-drenched treasure in the Indian Ocean will leave you stunned at its outstanding natural beauty. About as close to paradise perfection as you can get, offshore this is an aquatic treasure trove of whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and schools of exotic reef fish. On land, there's a charming slow-motion island vibe, and the sheer diversity of endemic birdlife and flora and fauna is just extraordinary.

Made for exploration, relaxation and spectacular island-hopping adventures, holidays to the Seychelles can range from sunbathing for days on talcum-powder sands, hiking through World Heritage-listed nature reserves and even going Robinson Crusoe on your own desert island.

Whether you’re dreaming of an exciting family adventure or a romantic honeymoon hideaway, on a Seychelles holiday you can take the time to explore as little or as much you like. Talk to us and we’ll help you to tailor-make your perfect Seychelles holiday.

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Seychelles - Perfect for

  • Best-in-the-world beaches

    There are magazine cover-worthy beaches and coves at almost every turn.

  • Island hopping

    Two-stop (or more) Seychelles holidays showcase different island vibes.

  • Back to nature

    The islands are packed with national parks, marine parks and nature reserves

  • Creole cuisine

    Try traditional Seychellios dishes inspired by multiple cultures.

Seychelles Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Seychelles

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

A sprawling retreat overlooking a national marine park and ideally suited to families.

Le Repaire Boutique Hotel

This small and welcoming beachfront hotel makes a charmingly unpretentious base for exploring pic...

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

This all-villa island paradise has a privileged position within a national marine park.

Constance Lemuria Seychelles

This world-class hotel is the perfect mix of nature, style, service and facilities.

Cerf Island Resort

Castaway vibes reign at this escape-it-all retreat, scattered across a tiny jungly island in the...

Coco De Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites

A serene boutique hotel set upon a granite outcrop surrounded by lush foliage overlooking the oce...

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

This scenic cluster of Seychellois villas perched on stilts offers the best views of Beau Vallon...

Le Domaine de l'Orangeraie

This intimate, elegant retreat blends rustic-chic with contemporary style and is perfect for coup...

CaranaBeach Hotel

This stylish, serene and welcoming beachside refuge provides an authentic taste of the Seychelles...

Mango House Seychelles

With its focus on laidback luxury, and its flexible accommodation and dining options, this intima...

STORY Seychelles

This beautiful boutique retreat is just steps from one of Mahé’s best beaches and has a great-val...

Raffles Seychelles

An all-villa retreat covering 40 acres in an unrivalled setting on the Seychelles island of Prasl...

Holidays in Seychelles

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  • 5 Star

A sprawling retreat overlooking a national marine park and ideally suited to families.

From £2,247 p/p
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  • 3 Star

This small and welcoming beachfront hotel makes a charmingly unpretentious base for exploring picturesque La Digue.

From £1,989 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 5 Star

This all-villa island paradise has a privileged position within a national marine park.

From £2,093 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 5 Star

This world-class hotel is the perfect mix of nature, style, service and facilities.

From £3,515 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 4 Star

Castaway vibes reign at this escape-it-all retreat, scattered across a tiny jungly island in the Indian Ocean.

From £2,012 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 4 Star

A serene boutique hotel set upon a granite outcrop surrounded by lush foliage overlooking the ocean.

From £2,021 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 5 Star

This scenic cluster of Seychellois villas perched on stilts offers the best views of Beau Vallon bay.

From £2,180 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 4 Star

This intimate, elegant retreat blends rustic-chic with contemporary style and is perfect for couples.

From £2,817 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 4.5 Star

This stylish, serene and welcoming beachside refuge provides an authentic taste of the Seychelles without breaking the bank.

From £2,568 p/p
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  • Seychelles
  • 5 Star

With its focus on laidback luxury, and its flexible accommodation and dining options, this intimate beachside property is an enviable grown-up hideaway.

From £2,615 p/p

Private Anse Major Nature Trail

Some of the Seychelles best beaches aren’t accessible by road so you have to lace up your walking boots and hit the trails with a guide. Anse Major is a small put perfectly formed cove that’s washed by the turquoise Indian Ocean and backed by dense forests. After the hike down to the beach, enjoy some time taking in the views of Silhouette and North Islands, relaxing on the sand or heading in the water for a swim.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round from hotels in Mahe
• Private experience

Good to know
This walk is not suitable for children or guests with any mobility issues as you must walk across varying terrain.

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Artistic Seychelles

Visit the private art studio and gallery of renowned artist George Camille. On this full-day experience, George Camille opens up his colourful world and reveals the story behind his artistic style and vision. We begin at George’s private art studio on the outskirts of town, where he will share his journey as an artist with you and you’ll have the chance to create your very own art, which George will personally sign. Next, we’ll visit George’s Kaz Zanana Gallery & Café, a charmingly restored Creole house in Victoria. You’ll soon understand the gallery’s name – there are lots of zanana (‘pineapple’) references throughout. The rest of the day is yours to decide. You could walk around Victoria, visit the Botanical Gardens, drive to Mission Lodge in the misty mountains of Sans Soucis or visit a rum distillery.

• Departs Monday to Saturday from Mahé hotels
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
This experience is not recommended for very young children.

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Sunset Champagne on the Rocks

Experience romance Creole style, sipping Champagne on a rocky outcrop as the sun sets over the ocean. Late afternoon, you’ll be whisked off to the exclusive Cap Lazare nature reserve for a club car tour of the stunning natural environment. Explore nature trails, see endemic plants and make friends with the giant tortoises that roam freely around the reserve. As dusk approaches, we’ll take you up a secret path to a beautiful rocky outcrop overlooking the Indian Ocean. Sink into a sun lounger as you’re served a range of canapés, fresh coconut and Champagne, and watch a beautiful sunset over the ocean.

• Departs Monday to Thursday from Mahé hotels
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
This experience is not recommended for children or guests with walking difficulties. Flat shoes are advised.

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Private Charter on Zephir

Marvel at the kaleidoscopic underwater world on board Zephir, a sleek glass-bottom boat. The clear hull acts as a window in to one of the world’s most diverse marine parks. You may spot sea cucumbers, shy sea turtles and even baby rays alongside scattering schools of fish. You and your group will have private use of the boat so you (and the captain) can decide if you stop to snorkel or even disembark the boat on the pint-sized Moyenne Island.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round from hotels in Mahe
• Private experience

Good to know
This experience is not recommended for those with walking difficulties or those who are pregnant. Guests 2 years or under are not allowed on the boat. Due to cleanliness reasons, you may be required to bring your own snorkelling equipment; please enquire at the time of booking.

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Explore the Islands of the Seychelles

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you explore the best of the Seychelles' most famous islands. Begin your journey with a one-hour guided tour of Cousin Island, a sanctuary home to diverse fauna like doves and giant tortoises. This conservation success story has been crucial in saving important endemic wildlife from extinction. Your next stop is Curieuse Island, located off the northern coast of Praslin Island. This is the only place other than Vallee de Mai where the legendary Coco de Mer grows in the wild. Here, you can indulge in exceptional swimming conditions in crystal-clear waters and soak up the sun on white sandy beaches. A scrumptious BBQ lunch awaits, followed by a one-hour walk through a fascinating nature reserve. You can explore the ruins of the ancient leper colony and the Doctor's House, which now serves as an insightful museum. The island trail takes you through a mangrove forest teeming with wildlife towards the shimmering lagoon of Baie Laraie, where small sharks and turtles abound. You can also find giant land tortoises thriving in a successful conservation project here. Your journey takes you to St. Pierre next — the third island jewel. Here, you can experience the snorkelling adventure of a lifetime amid crystalline waters, home to many fish and colourful coral formations.

• Departs Tuesday and Friday from Praslin
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Cycle La Digue

Travelling on two wheels is a great way to see La Digue. You’ll be able to explore the island at your own pace and experience a quieter, more authentic way of life and stop in at some of the main attractions as you explore. Highlights include the L’Union Estate, the resting place of early island settlers and the Instagram-famous Source D’Argent which is renowned for its blue seas, white sands and granite boulders.

• Daily departures from Praslin / Departs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Mahe
• Operates year round from hotels in Mahe or Praslin
• Private experience

Good to know
Not suitable for guests with mobility issues. The return ferry trip between Mahe or Praslin, a map of the island and entrance fees to L’Union Estate are included.

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Vallee de Mai & Anse Lazio

A duo of natural wonders awaits on this full day tour of Praslin. First up is the UNESCO-listed Vallee de Mai, a stunning valley cloaked in a dense natural palm forest that has hardly changed for hundreds of thousands of years. The second half of the day will be spent at Anse Lazio, a jaw-dropping stretch of sand on the island’s north coast.

• Departs on Monday (and Thursday for guests staying in Praslin and La Digue)
• Operates year round from hotels in Mahe, La Digue or Praslin
• Group experience

Good to know
Not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Guests two years or younger are not allowed on this experience. The return ferry trip between Mahe or La Digue, a map of the island and entrance fees to Valle de Mai Nature Reserve are included.

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Scenic cruise to Curieuse and St. Pierre Islands

Join a nautical adventure aboard the Oplezir catamaran. The voyage first stops at St. Pierre Island, a popular spot for swimmers and snorkelers. Next, you will visit Curieuse Island Reserve, where you can admire the size and majesty of giant land tortoises. Take a one-hour tour of the island, walking through beautiful mountains and enchanting mangrove swamps until you reach Anse Jose. Enjoy a delicious barbeque, served onboard the catamaran, before sailing to Anse Georgette beach for a refreshing swim. The day concludes with a scenic cruise along the northeast coast of Praslin Island.

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Scenic cruise to Coco, Sisters and Félicité Islands

Sail through the azure waters of the Seychelles on the magnificent Oplezir catamaran. Your journey begins as you sail towards the privately owned Sisters Island, a granite paradise surrounded by tropical forests and pristine beaches. With crystal clear waters, the lagoon offers excellent visibility, allowing guests to spot sea turtles and other fascinating marine creatures beneath the surface. Stroll along the beaches and admire the vibrant tropical forests before joining your fellow guests for a barbeque on board.

Experience the beauty of Seychelles’ seas by snorkelling off the shores of Coco or Félicité islands after lunch. Coco Island is a serene tropical paradise with picturesque granite boulders, palm trees, and a beautiful sandy beach. Félicité island is larger and covered in dense vegetation, showcasing the natural ruggedness of the Seychelles. Both islands offer vibrant waters teeming with diverse flora and fauna, creating an enchanting underwater world.

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Get to know the Seychelles and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +4 hours

CURRENCY

Seychellois Rupee

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

13½ hours (indirect flight; not including stopover times)

RELIGION

Christianity (Roman Catholicism)

LANGUAGE

Seychellois Creole, English & French

Where is the Seychelles?
Northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is home to 115 islands, many of which remain uninhabited. Its capital, Victoria, can be found on Mahé, the largest and most populous island in the archipelago. Its neighbours include La Réunion and Mauritius to the south and the island territories of Comoros and Mayotte to the east.

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Mahé
The Seychelles’ largest island, Mahé is also its busiest, with 90% of the country’s population residing here. The international airport is located here, making it a great place to start and finish your adventure. Beyond the picturesque beaches, there is plenty to do. In the spectacular mountains of Morne Seychelles National Park, towering peaks taper down to small hidden bays. While the town of Victoria has its own unique colonial charm, there are also plenty of pretty little villages to explore and colourful local markets to wander around.

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Praslin
Praslin offers a more laid-back, rustic atmosphere. The Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is an emerald-tinged slice of Eden and is one of only two places on earth that you can see the towering, rare coco de mer palm in its natural environment. If you’re lucky, you may spot the elusive black parrot. The island is also home to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches, including Anse Lazio. Just across the water to the north of the island is the Maritime National Park of Curieuse Island where the red colour of the soil contrasts strikingly against the lush green leaves of the coco de mer, and giant Aldabra tortoises wander unhindered.

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La Digue
The pace of life is set to a definite relaxed amble on the small island paradise of La Digue. Bicycles are the main mode of transport and traditional ox carts used to move both people and produce. Old colonial buildings give an insight into the island’s past, while secluded beaches have been beautifully preserved. Large, smooth ancient granite boulders rest on the water’s edge, partitioning secluded bays and it’s easy to feel off the beaten track as you hike back towards your resort in the island’s centre. Make sure you visit Anse Source d'Argent – one of the world's most photographed white-sand beaches hidden in the grounds of L'Union Estate plantation (entrance fees apply).

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Silhouette
As you peer out across crystal seas from Mahé’s famed Beau Vallon Beach, the mountainous profile of Silhouette with its towering mist-forest-covered peak of Mount Dauban is just visible on the horizon. Protected by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles, this remarkable island remains relatively untouched, with just the small village of La Passe and the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa the only signs of human habitation on the entire island. Its natural interior has an ancient, primitive beauty. The pristine white beaches are encircled by a protected coral reef, and majestic giant Aldabra tortoises roam freely.

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Cerf Island
Two miles east of Mahé, tiny Cerf Island offers you giant tortoises, rustic jungle living and colourful coral reefs brimming with exotic sea life. A tiny speck of emerald jungle in Sainte Anne Marine National Park, this is pure snorkelling territory – dip beneath the crystal-clear waters to swim with sea turtles, clownfish, starfish and octopus.

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Island Hopping
Made up of 115 glittering islands, each with its own charm, it’s not easy to decide where you’re going to spend your time. Mahé is the best connected of the islands, with daily flights to many of its neighbours. If you want a journey with a view, opt for a seaplane flight from Mahé to Praslin for fantastic panoramas of the islands below. The regular departures of the inter-island ferries mean that you won’t waste any time waiting around. Many of them take just one or two hours and provide a great sightseeing experience at the same time. If you’re heading from Praslin to La Digue, the boat transfer takes just 15 minutes.

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