A holiday to the Seychelles allows you to discover an unspoiled African paradise. Huge swathes of land have been dedicated to nature reserves, with turtles and tortoises often outnumbering people. Sustainable tourism is a key aspect of trips here, with strict rules on environmental protection helping to preserve rare orchids and wildlife.
With 115 separate islands to choose from, holidays to the Seychelles literally come in all shapes and sizes. Every island has its own distinct charm, from the coastline of Cousin to the mountains of Mahé. As the largest and most populated island, Mahé is the main Seychelles destination. With its national park and botanical garden, it certainly makes the most of its picture-postcard beauty. A coastal road wraps around 90 per cent of the island, providing spectacular scenery for anyone willing to hire a car. There are also bus services winding their way along the west and east coast roads.
Because they’re so far from other population centres, the Seychelles gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the unique culture of these islands. Folk music and seafood are among the signature attractions, and the Creole cuisine borrows influences from India and Asia as well as the French settlers who governed these islands for many years. Each island has its own distinct character, and it’s easy to island-hop using a variety of short-haul flights and boat rides.
Mahé’s bustling market and charming boutique stores are well worth a visit during any holidays in the Seychelles, with many of their spices sourced from Le Jardin du Roi in the hills. The Botanical Gardens offer a feast for the senses with their exotic aromas and diverse flora, and a rum distillery awaits discovery at Takamaka Bay. Speaking of which, don’t leave before you’ve discovered the rugged mountainous beauty of the Morne Seychellois National Park.