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Seychelles Getaway

Apr-10-2012 By Justin

June, July and August are fast approaching and now is a great time to start planning that mid-year get away. Whether it be for the honeymoon of a lifetime after a summer wedding or a getaway from the spring months, the Seychelles is an incredible destination.

The Seychelles is a collection of over 100 islands situated four degrees south of the equator, approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. There are two types of islands in the Seychelles – Granite and Coral. The most scenic are the granite islands where huge granite boulders line the pristine beaches. As lush green tropical vegetation contrasts white beaches and crystal clear turquoise seas, the granite islands are amongst the most beautiful in the world. This is often what the Seychelles is known for. The islands of the Seychelles are some of the safest, purest, and most beautiful destinations anywhere.

Indian Ocean and Dubai - Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius

Seychelles - Indian Ocean

June, July and August in the Seychelles are some of the best months to travel. These are the months with the lowest rainfall so warm, sunny days with blue skies and inviting water are the order of the day.

Whilst getting to the Seychelles may seem like a daunting task it is actually reasonably easy from just about anywhere in the world. Flights with Emirates Airlines routing through Dubai or with Etihad Airlines through Abu Dhabi can generally have you sitting on a beach and enjoying a cocktail in the Seychelles within 24 hours of leaving home.

“How long to stay in the Seychelles” and “Should I split my stay over a couple of different islands” are questions I get asked all the time.

The 3 main islands in the Seychelles are Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. The largest island, Mahé, is home to the capital – Victoria, the international airport, and the majority of the population. There are plenty of activities on Mahé including shopping, snorkeling, diving, hiking, and sunbathing on a deserted beach. For shorter stays (5 nights or under) Mahé is a great options simply because of its convenience.


Intedance Bay at Banyan Tree Seychelles - Mahe Island
Intendance Bay – Banyan Tree Seychelles – Mahé Island

For 6 nights or more I often recommend splitting your trip up and spending some time on Mahé and some time on Praslin. Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and has spectacularly gorgeous beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Praslin also has the UNESCO World Heritage site, Valle De Mai, which is an ancient Palm Tree forest home to the erotically shaped Coco de Mer coconut. Praslin is a short 15 minute flight from Mahé and flights occur throughout the day.

For the Golfers, Praslin Island is home to a spectacular 18 hole Championship Golf Course. Even if you don’t play, be sure to walk a few holes on the back 9. Take your camera as the views and photography opportunities are endless.


Praslin Island, Seychelles 18 Hole Championship Golf Course
Praslin Island 18 Hole Championship Golf Course

A 3 night Praslin / 3 night Mahé combination works really well and makes for a great overview itinerary of the Seychelles. During June and July there are often free night specials so it is a good idea to try to keep a day or two up your sleeve just in case a free night is available.

During your stay on Praslin you will also have the opportunity to head to La Digue Island. This is home to one of the most famous beaches of all, Anse Source de Argent. The beach is the most photographed in the Seychelles with huge granite boulders spread across the beach. If you have a few extra nights then staying on La Digue is a great option. My favorite resort on La Digue Island is the boutique Le Domaine De L’Orangeraie.


Anse Source D Argent - La Digue Island, Seychelles
Anse Source D’Argent – La Digue Island

For those of you looking for the Ultimate experience then consider some of the private island experiences in the Seychelles. North Island and Frégate Island are two of the most exclusive resorts not only in the Seychelles but in the world. With only 11 and 16 Villas respectively they offer some of the most private and intimate resort experiences one could ever hope for.

We partner with a range of 4, 5 and 6 star properties across all the main islands of the Seychelles and we can certainly prepare a wonderful itinerary that will be something you will remember forever.

Until next time, safe travels.

Justin

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