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When in Seychelles, it is almost a sin to stay put on one island for too long. An archipelago made up of 115 islands, Seychelles is the perfect place for some serious island hopping. There are chartered flights, ferries and private boats that you can take from one island to the other. You can choose between one-day excursions to the inner granitic islands and longer trips to exotic island getaways. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue islands make for good bases and there are several operators who will give you customised or tailor-made itineraries.
If luxury and privacy are on your mind, book yourself into one of the several private island resorts Seychelles has to offer: North Island, Frégate Island and Denis Island, among others. While working consciously towards safeguarding the natural habitat of local flora and fauna, these resorts give you highly personalised, indulgent and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With beautifully crafted villas that come with private pools and beaches, and exotic and innovative cuisine, they take luxury to a whole new level. Also try the spa offerings here.
Seychelles, with its crystal clear waters, is a dream destination for snorkellers and divers. Dive in and you’ll be amazed by the coral islands, dazzling array of marine life, ship wrecks and more. A must-explore is Aldabra Coral Reef, the world’s second largest coral atoll, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re new to scuba diving, you can take courses that are easily available on the island. And who knows, you might just catch sight of a shark or two! You can also charter a yacht and moor it at prime locations for an extra special diving expedition.
Seychelles is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Visit Bird Island, where bird watchers will be overwhelmed by the variety of avian life on offer. Explore Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in Praslin, home to one of the world’s largest giant tortoise populations. For those who want a luxurious experience amid natural surroundings, Raffles Praslin is perfect. The lush property has 86 villas with private plunge pools and outdoor pavilions, and offers breathtaking views of the opal-hued ocean and verdant hills. Perfect for a romantic getaway.
Mahé has several luxurious spas. For a pampering session, head to the award-winning Spa at Four Seasons Resort. Choose from a range of treatments that include ‘Top to Toe Healing’ and ‘Sun Soother’. You can also try MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa. With open-air pavilions separated by natural rock formations, this Balinese-style spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate and relax. At Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Seychelles, enjoy a range of natural treatments. You can also choose Savoy Spa at Savoy Resort & Spa for an unforgettable sensorial experience.