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Seychelles Holidays Guide

These 100-or-so Indian Ocean islands have a land area of just 175 square miles. It’s a deceptive statistic. Seychelles’ appeal spans the broadest of spectrums. Here there are near-empty beaches of legendary magic. Granite mountains dressed in the lush greens of the tropics. Coral islands to suit every Crusoe. Colourful birdlife and exotic flora (like the unique Coco de Mer double coconut). Prestigious 5-star resorts and spas. Romantic desert-island sanctuaries. Friendly islanders whose exotic pedigree – like their delicious Creole cuisine – is a fusion of African, European and Asian influences.

It’s this feature of Seychelles – their sheer diversity – that we especially love. With a choice of a dozen islands to stay on, you can island-hop to your heart’s content. Prefer to stop the world and simply dream in the shade of a beachside palm? The Seychelles beckon . . .

Seychelles Island Adventure

The most adrenaline-pumping activities on offer here are either in or on the sea. The iridescent Indian Ocean waters are yours to enjoy by means of well-organised watersports of every kind. You’re never far from a stunning beach to die for – or to dive from (diving, like all other watersports, is well catered for).

 

Nightlife & Party with Locals in Seychelles

On Mahé most hotels have evening entertainment with local singers and bands. There are one or two local nightclubs in and around Victoria. Elsewhere entertainment tends to be low-key – even inaudible!

Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out

Seafood and curries loom large in Seychellois cuisine, both in the hotel and local restaurants (there are about half a dozen of the latter on Mahé – Victoria’s Pirates Arms is the best-known). Enjoy the flavours but don’t expect ‘silver service’. Delicious Creole seafood and curries play their own memorable part in the Seychelles Experience.

 

World Class Golf Courses in Seychelles

Lemuria Resort on Praslin offers a stunning 18-hole championship course framed by 150 hectares of palm groves. This course was conceived to host a number of international competitions including the Mauritius Open.

 

World’s Best Scuba Dive Sites in Seychelles

Seychelles have a number of dive centres and the sport is very popular, especially from the outlying islands. There are four marine national parks, and more than 150 species of tropical reef fish have been identified. Dolphin and porpoise are common between the islands.

 

Family Holidays in Seychelles

Children and Seychelles are a natural combination. Kids will just love those beaches and warm reef-sheltered lagoon waters. Most larger hotels have children’s activities programmes.

Seychelles – Weddings & Honeymoons

Your wedding in Seychelles

Seychelles are arguably just about the most romantic of all tropical island choices for a wedding to remember. Their beautiful Indian Ocean setting – its warmth, its colours, its tranquillity and its charm – contributes that extra special sense of occasion that the day demands.

Seychelles Tourist Guide Top Value Sunset Wedding Packages: At a choice of Seychelles hotels special FREE or low-cost Wedding Packages are yours to enjoy. Depending upon your hotel choice, these can include a whole array of special features – among them items like fruit and flowers in your room, a decorated wedding location, your wedding cake, sparkling wine or champagne, a romantic breakfast, bridal bouquet, groom’s buttonhole and a candlelit dinner. Many personalised optional extras can also be arranged for you.

Friends & Family are welcome to witness the ceremony by prior arrangement and special gala meals can be planned for the party.

For full details of Luxury Holidays Direct Seychelles Wedding Packages please visit Luxury Holidays Direct.

 

Your Honeymoon in Seychelles

Choose Seychelles for your honeymoon destination and the chances are that you’ll wonder why you didn’t also arrange your wedding here too. Romantic or not, you’ll find it hard to resist the serene Seychelles mood and magical setting. Luxury Holidays Direct Honeymoon Bonuses: At a choice of Seychelles hotels special FREE or low-cost Wedding Packages are yours to enjoy. Depending upon your hotel choice, these can include a whole array of special features – among them items like fruit and flowers in your room, a decorated wedding location, your wedding cake, sparkling wine or champagne, a romantic breakfast, bridal bouquet, groom’s buttonhole and a candlelit dinner. Many personalised optional extras can also be arranged for you.

Friends & Family are welcome to witness the ceremony by prior arrangement and special gala meals can be planned for the party.

 At selected hotels, we’ll help make your stay that extra little bit special as soon as you check-in, thanks to a range of features like complimentary gifts, champagne, sparkling wine and fruit or flowers, wine or champagne on arrival, a special romantic meal and in some cases a room upgrade whenever available. At some resorts, the Bride also enjoys significant seasonal savings in accommodation costs.

Making the Most of Your Stay: Choosing the right honeymoon hotel and room setting is vital. Tell us your priorities and we’ll guide you to the choices that best fit your needs.

 

Seychelles – Sightseeing & Activities

Apart perhaps from Mahé Island, Seychelles are not really a destination that’s strong on sightseeing (only on Mahé and Praslin can you hire a car). The beach, the sea and relaxation are top of most visitors’ agendas – and each is a core feature of the islands’ special magic.

 

What to see

Mahé

The main island of Mahé is where you’ll find Victoria. It’s one of the world’s smallest capitals and easily explored on foot. Though it sports a tidy modern look, in some ways Victoria is not without charm, and the courthouse and post office appear untouched since colonial times. The delightful National Botanical Gardens and weekday local market repay investigation – as do the interesting Natural History and National History Museums. Look out, too, for the replica of London’s Vauxhall Bridge Clock Tower! Explore the island and discover the superb national park scenery around the Morne Seychellois central peak. Among the 60 or so palm-fringed beaches, the mile-long sands encircling Beau Vallon Bay in the north are Mahé’s most popular resort area – while in the south you can slip into castaway mode on largely deserted beaches. Jardin du Roi, a restored working plantation and spice garden, is well worth a visit.

Ste Anne National Marine Park

Easily accessed from Mahé, this encompasses the six islands of Ste Anne, Cerf, Round, Moyenne, Beacon and Long Island (three of which have restaurants), and its clear waters and protected coral reefs offer perfect snorkelling.

Praslin

On Praslin, the second-largest island, head for the world-famous Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose prehistoric Eden-like forest is home to the unique double-nutted coco-de-mer palm tree – and the elusive Seychelles black parrot. Among Praslin’s loveliest beaches is Anse Lazio in the far north (buses will take you around all the beaches from Grand Anse).

La Digue

The rare black paradise flycatcher has chosen to make its home on this idyllic island. Who would not? Hire a bicycle and explore the lanes and tracks amid coconut and vanilla plantations, spot gracious old plantation houses like Château Saint-Cloud– and some of the most stunning beaches in the islands.

Other Islands in Seychelles

The sea and water-related activities are what bring most visitors to the smaller Seychelles islands. Desroches is especially noted for its scuba-diving, as is Denis (also a favourite for seasonal deep-sea fishing). Bird Island is another popular choice with fishermen, and Alphonse is a leading fly-fishing venue.

 

Events in Seychelles

The Seychelles events calendar centres primarily upon Mahé and are focused upon cultural and religious festivals and sporting (mostly fishing) competitions. Don’t expect too much hi-tech razzamatazz – enjoy the informal island mood and join the fun!

February

The month of the Kavadi Thaipoosum Festival, when Seychellois Hindus carry milk in small pots, offering it to Lord Murugan (the warrior deity of the hills).

March

The middle of the month sees SUBIOS 2007 – an annual underwater film and image festival combining daytime diving and snorkelling activities with evening film, video and slide presentations by speakers from around the world. March also brings La Semaine de la Francophonie, a celebration of Seychelles’ French connections.

April

The eyes of local fishing fans will be on the International Rotary Annual Fishing Tournament weekend (for both trolling and bottom fishing).

May

FetAfrik is a big May event here – is a multi-artistic festival that’s, a colourful and lively expression of the islands’ African and Creole culture.

June

Coinciding with Seychelles National Day on 18th June is the Agricultural & Horticultural Show – a key 3-day event showcasing interesting displays and exhibits. The June Festival of Classical Music, a joint Seychelles-Kenya occasion feature professional musicians, choristers and soloists from several countries.

July

The Miss Regatta Beauty Pageant is ‘a celebration of youth, fashion, design, music and beauty’ – and why not? The Seychelles Round Table Regatta is a 2-day funfair event held at Beau Vallon beach, with watersports events its focus.

August

This month sees the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary – dedicated to the church of La Digue and highly popular with Seychellois from all islands, who flock to La Digue for the occasion.

September

Vinayagar Chaturthi is celebrated by Seychelles’ Hindu faithful to mark the anniversary of Lord Vinayagar, the Elephant God.

October

There’s a Creole mood in the air at the end of October as the Festival Kreol kicks in – hear it in the music, feel it in the rhythm and taste it in the food. The Festival Kreol is the top event of the Seychelles cultural calendar, offering the visitor a week full of the colours, sounds, flavours and fragrances of this corner of the Creole world.

November

The Hindu Deepavali festival signifies the advent of joy and happiness when the goddess Lakshmi graces the shops and houses and showers her blessings upon her worshippers!

 

Weather in Seychelles

Average day-time temperatures in Seychelles tend to vary from 27 to 32 C year-round – so if you ever feel cold you simply need to turn the air-conditioning down . . . If you’re a believer in statistics these say that there’s more rain December – February and more sun May – September!

 

Seychelles Holidays