Seychelles has, for most of modern history, kept its distance from the rest of the touring world. Though, this archipelago of 115 islands is tucked so deep into the Indian ocean it’s little wonder why.
The nation’s capital and most popular island, Mahe, is all but 30 kilometres in length but boasts mountainous granite terrain, dense tropical rainforests with its own unique eco-system, white sand beaches and turquoise reefs. A short ferry ride will take you to Seychelles' second most popular and much smaller island Praslin, which houses the world-famous Anse Lazio beach.
Where To Stay
Banyan Tree Seychelles has done a superb job at marrying total opulence with laid back sophistication. Each of its 16 private and lavish villas are scattered throughout the unspoilt rainforests and untouched beaches of Intendance Bay with views to die for.
Soak up the tropical sun on the back porch in one of 11 beachfront villas on North Island, Seychelles. This beauty is quite literally fit for royalty; it became world-renowned for hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their honeymoon in 2011. All this comes at a price though; it can be yours for around $10,000AUD a night.
What To Do
Whether you’re staying at The Hilton or under a hay hut, you’ll soon realise that fishing is the uncontested pastime of Seychelles.
Fancy barbecued Mahi Mahi for dinner? You won’t be let down. The area is home to record numbers of fish species like Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Marlin, that keep fishing enthusiasts returning year after year. Try your luck and drop a line off one of the 41 granite islands of Seychelles and see what comes up!
We’ll be honest, Seychelles’ isolation doesn’t make it easy for you to get to; its isolation is one of the many reasons it possesses the charm that it does. It’s a skip, hop and a jump from Africa or Europe but if you’re coming from Australia, you’ll have to get to Dubai before taking another flight to Mahe. You'll find that Emirates are usually the most price competitive for this route, so keep an eye out for some great deals.