Le Seychelles, with white sandy beaches bathed by the crystalline Indian Ocean, the beautiful landscapes surrounded by green coconut palms and the characteristic granite boulders smoothed by the wind and the sea, are among the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. To organize a perfect and wonderful holiday is essential to know where to go and where to stay in the Seychelles.
Surrounded by other beautiful tourist destinations such as Zanzibar, Mauritius and Réunion, Comoros, Mayotte and the Maldives, the Seychelles are an archipelago of Africa made up of 115 islands that could create indecision about which one to choose to stay, but do not worry the islands that can be visited and visited on holiday are just a few.
Best islands and areas to stay in the Seychelles
Before saying which are the best islands and areas to stay in the Seychelles, we must first clarify that there are two types of islands: the inner islands and the outer islands.
Le Outer Seychelles they are coral islands and mostly uninhabited. Tourists who visit these islands are few and very often they reach them by private yacht or seaplane. Among the most important tourist “outer” islands we find Aldabra and Amiranten, coral islands very similar to the Maldives.
Le Seychelles internal they are the main nucleus of the country, those where most of the population and tourist resorts of the country are concentrated. They understand Mahé (142 km²), the largest and most touristic island, and where the capital Victoria is located; Praslin (38 km²), the second largest island of the Seychelles and La Dam (10 km²), which are also very developed in terms of tourism. In addition to these, inland Seychelles also includes Silhouette Island and the Inland Coral Islands.
On all the “inland” islands of the Seychelles there are characteristics and typical granite rocks with a smooth and rounded shape that blend wonderfully with the landscape. The beautiful crystal clear waters of the sea, with a constant temperature of 28 ° C, make these islands a perfect destination for wonderful beach holidays, for snorkeling and diving.
The visit of only one of these islands can suffice to get a good idea of the Seychelles, but if you are lucky enough to visit two or more, the travel experience will be even more beautiful and complete.
Mahé is the largest island and the most comfortable place to stay in the Seychelles, being also the one where all international flights land. It offers a wide and varied accommodation offer ranging from tourist apartments and holiday homes to exclusive villas and chalets, from wonderful resorts to luxurious hotels.
Hosts the country's capital, Victoria and it's the most populated island of the Seychelles, with 90% of the country's population. The island of Mahé is dominated by the granite peaks of the Morne Seychellois National Park.Check facilities and find an offer on the island of Mahè
I main reasons to visit it are the white sand beaches such as Beau Vallon and Anse Royal, the clear waters of St Anne's National Park, the many excursions available and the colonial architecture of the towns.
The island of Mahé is only 28 kilometers long. For move on the island or to reach the hotel the best choice is to rent a car, but taxis, buses or bicycles for sportsmen can also be an interesting solution.
Areas and places to stay on Mahé
Victoria, located in the north-east of the island and with about 25.000 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest capitals in the world and the main port of the country. Staying in the city, in addition to being a very convenient solution, allows you to visit various interesting places such as several good museums (including the Natural History Museum) and to learn about the culture and habits of the local population. Connected to Victoria is Eden Island, an artificial residential island, but also a holiday resort with various accommodation facilities.Check facilities and rates to stay in Victoria
Beau Vallon is the busiest beach on the island and the best place to dive. The long white sand beach is located in a large and quiet bay, sheltered from the winds by the hills that surround it.Check facilities and rates to stay in Beau Vallon
Takamaka is the second largest city on the island. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Despite having strong currents at certain times of the year, it is a perfect place to relax and get a tan.Check facilities and rates to stay in Takamaka
Anse Boileau is a village located south of Victoria. This small village offers some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the country. Located in a bay overlooking the Indian Ocean and at the foot of a steep and very green mountain, it is surrounded by streams, forests and lagoons.
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Anse Royale is the longest beach on the island of Mahé and arguably the second most popular. It is located between a long bay and a mountain range. Numerous coconut palms surround the beach.
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Praslin, located 36 km north-east of Mahé and 6 km from La Digue, is the second largest island of the Seychelles. Once a haunt of pirates, today the island is a popular tourist destination thanks to its white sand beaches, clear waters and lush forests.
Defined as the Isle of Palms for the many coconut palms, it is the one with the wildest and most beautiful landscape. Much of the territory in the south of the island is protected as National Park, such as the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.Check facilities and find an offer on the island of Praslin
The main village is Baie Sainte Anne, where in addition to various accommodation facilities, there is a bank, a church, a hospital, shops and a natural harbor. The airport is located near Grande Anse.
From Mahè airport you can take a volo for Praslin. The flights are operated by the airline Air Seychelles, have a duration of 20 minutes and a cost of less than 100 euros by booking in advance. It's a quick way to travel, but more expensive than the ferry.
Areas and places to stay on Praslin
Baie Sainte Anne
Baie Sainte Anne, located on the island of Praslin, is the main access point to the island, fast ferries leave from its port to Mahé and La Digue. One of the most touristic areas and the best to stay in is theAnse Volbert, a three-kilometer stretch of beach.
Le main attractions are: the Anse Lazio (Chevalier Bay), one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the island of Curieuse, a popular destination for the presence of the giant Aldabra tortoises and the ruins of a leper colony. The island of St. Pierre is a popular area for diving and snorkeling.Check facilities and rates to stay in Baie Sainte Anne
Grand Anse Praslin
Grand Anse Praslin is one of the two districts of the island of Praslin, the smallest and the most densely populated. Area takes its name from the large bay located in the south of Praslin
The area is less touristy than Baie Sainte Anne. In Grand Anse there are mostly small hotels. There is also the only one golf course 18-hole golf course in the country. In the area there is also a small airport local from where flights to Mahé depart several times a day.
Le main attractions they are: Vallée de Mai, one of the two world natural heritage sites of the Seychelles; some dream beaches, such as Petite Anse Kerlan and Anse Georgette; and the Ocean Farm, the only oyster farm in the Indian Ocean where so-called Tahitian pearls are grown.Check facilities and rates to stay in Grand Anse Praslin
La Digue is one of the smallest islands in the Seychelles. AND a very quiet and more picturesque island than Mahé or Praslin. The main reason to visit it is its magnificent coast where they follow each other numerous exotic beaches made of white sand and surrounded by palm trees and granite rocks.Check out accommodations and find an offer on the island of La Digue
You can reach La Digue from Mahé by helicopter. The journey time is around 20 minutes and the transfer is quite expensive, around 900 €.
A cheaper, simpler and even more enjoyable solution is with the boat. From Mahé the ferry departs from Victoria Pier, the port of the capital, and arrives at La Passe Quay in La Digue. The crossing takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. From Praslin the ferry departs from the quay of Baie Sainte Anne and arrives at La Passe Quay in La Digue. The crossing takes about 15 minutes.
Areas and places to stay in La Digue
Anse Source D'Argent
The most famous and touristic place of La Digue is the Anse Source D'Argent, one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world. The accommodation facilities is located only in this area located in the northwestern part of the island and are mostly: hotels, apartments, villas, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and holiday homes.Check facilities and rates to stay in Anse Source D'Argent
Silhouette Island, located 20km northwest of Mahé, is the third largest granite island in the Seychelles. The island is mountainous and offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Seychelles.
Silhouette Island is one of the richest points of biodiversity in the Indian Ocean, with many endemic and / or threatened animal and plant species. The island is largely an uninhabited island, but it houses a luxury hotel and lodge. A system of trails allows visitors to explore the largely deserted beaches.
To reach this island from Mahé depart three times a day boats accompanying tourists and vacationers on the island. Also three times a day there is a boat service to return to Mahé.
Hilton Labriz Seychelles Resort and Spa - located on the island of Silhouette, this 5-star resort offers the option of half board and is one of the best properties in the Seychelles for value for money.
La Belle Tortue Lodge & Restaurant - a wonderful property located near the pier and surrounded by intense vegetation. It also features a restaurant with stunning ocean views.
Where to sleep in the Seychelles
Best hotels and resorts for quality, price and location
If you are looking for an intermediate stay solution, there are good hotels and resorts in the Seychelles both for quality, price and location. After having evaluated all of them, we have selected the most interesting and convenient ones to book for a wonderful beach holiday.
Bliss Boutique Hotel Seychelles and Mahé
Colibri Hotel on Praslin near the port
Moonlight Beach Villa to La Digue
Crown Beach Hotel Seychelles and Mahé
Berjaya Praslin Resort a Praslin
Lazare Picault Hotel and Mahé
Le Repaire - Boutique Hotel & Restaurant to La Digue
Villa Chez Batista and Mahé
Acajou Beach Resort a Praslin
The Villa Therese and Mahé
Most luxurious facilities in the Seychelles
Many of the most exclusive hotels, villas and resorts are located in the most beautiful and evocative areas of the Seychelles or on the smaller islands, often private. They are often the preferred choice for honeymooners, by VIPs and those looking for a stay with all the comforts and with high-level services and quality.
Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts - 5 star luxury hotel located on the island of Mahé. Some rates include half board.
Kempinski Seychelles Resort - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Mahé, one of the best for value for money. Some rates include half board.
Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Mahé offers All Inclusive treatment.
JA Enchanted Island Resort Seychelles - 5 star luxury resort located on aprivate island off the coast of Mahe with free boat transfers. Some rates include full board.
North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles - 5 star luxury hotel located on the private island of North Island, offers All Inclusive treatment.
Raffles Seychelles - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Praslin near Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Some rates include half board.
STORY Seychelles - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Mahé near Beau Vallon. Some rates include half board.
Constance Ephelia - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Mahé. Some rates include half board.
Dhevatara Beach Hotel - 5 star luxury hotel located on the island of Praslin in the Grand Anse area. Some rates include full board.
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Mahé. Some rates include half board.
Cousine Island Seychelles - 5 star luxury villas located on the island of Cousin island, offers All Inclusive treatment
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles - 5 star luxury resort located on the island of Mahé.
Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie Resort and Spa - 4-star resort, one of the most luxurious hotels on the island of La Dam. Some rates include full board.
Cheap sleep in the Seychelles
Although the Seychelles is not a cheap destination and there is no real budget accommodation, the cheapest solution to sleep in the Seychelles is to rent an apartment, a bungalow or a holiday home, perhaps with a group of friends. They offer the cheapest rates and allow you to cook and have lunch, while also saving on restaurants.Search and book an apartment or bungalow in the Seychelles
If you look for a low cost holiday in the Seychelles it is advisable to prefer the low season, all times of the year are warm in the Seychelles and good for beach holidays. THE low season periods they run from February to June and from September to November. The Easter period coincides with the high season.Search and book a vacation rental in the Seychelles