Seychelles is a charming collection of 115 granite and coral islands in the western part of the Indian Ocean. This enchanting Indian Ocean republic represents an archipelago of some of the most breath-taking beautiful natural islands in the world in some of the most pristine surroundings untouched by man each with its own character and secrets. Some of these islands are open to people through luxurious resorts and hotels and exclusive island retreats that are specially designed to give guests a paradisiacal feel on their holiday. While there is a lot to see and explore on the different islands, frequent visitors also prefer holidaying in the country simply to relax and rejuvenate in their favourite luxury hotel in Seychelles.
If you wish to experience the pristine islands of this amazing holiday adventure, choose from the extensive list of hotels and resorts on our website and let us help you plan your perfect holiday to Seychelles. Our Sales Team is highly experienced and will advise you of the best bespoke holiday for you and your budget. Come and enjoy timeless beauty, world famous beaches, lush tropical forests and the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Seychelles is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin, where, high on ancient palm trees are the incredibly shaped fabulous Coco-de-mer nuts and then there is the fabled Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll which still has the largest population of giant tortoises in the world.
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Constance Lemuria Resort
A host of outstanding villas on the beach or out in the ocean, this really is resort that shouts Tropical Island.
Seychelles has a lot to offer in terms of stunning beaches on secluded islands, UNESCO heritage sites, wide range of land and water sports, marine life and biodiversity, and most importantly, splendid resorts that come with maximum comfort and best facilities. Tailor made holidays is our forte – guests can enjoy a wider range of experiences with island-hopping to savour beaches to-die-for and the extraordinary ecology all around. With scheduled plane and ferry services we will draw up your perfect itinerary. We take the ordinary and make it extra-ordinary. Whether you are there to perfect your golden tan, enjoy extra special cuisine, gaze at vista that is mesmerising or simply soak in the atmosphere you will find that there is an endless plethora of amusement and activities that can be easily arranged for you. Seychelles has all you will ever need with a selection of 65 beaches in Mahé alone. Mahé is the cultural and economic hub of this beautiful island.
Guests can enjoy many tourist conveniences here like great restaurants, bars, casinos and other tourist hotspots. Guests can hire cars, fishing boats, book hiking trails and other great action packed adventures whether on land or in the sea. Once you have had time to explore the many amazing beaches in Seychelles you will have great difficulty making a choice as to which one is more beautiful. Truly the scenic beaches here are second to none. Achingly beautiful you may well imagine you are in Paradise. Visit Praslin, Seychelles’ second largest island and explore the beauty all around especially the picturesque beaches and even more attractive forest at your doorstep. Another example of a unique island style way of life is La Digue Island where time stands still. Use of bicycles and ox-cart as still used as transport in this unhurried part of the country. Wherever you go you will find courteous and friendly smiling people and staff who are more than happy to give you their best service. You will find some of the best sailing here with choices between catamarans or mono-hulls. Divers are in for a supreme treat with brilliant sites to explore.
Marine life and remarkable underwater landscapes are just some of the wonders you will discover. Above water towards the north are the granite islands of Isle of Bird and Denis. A wonderous site which will amaze you with nestling turtles, colonies of many species of seabirds, golden beaches and silver surf. Fishing here is an opportunity not to be missed with snorkelling with crystal clear blue waters and a chance to swim and dive where few have ventured. For the fishing enthusiasts why not charter any one of the great fishing boats available with its experienced crew and try your hand at the local method of fishing i.e. ‘palangrotte’ or bottom-fishing. You can easily catch streaker, kingfish, sailfish, tuna, jack, dorado, barracuda and marlin. For the serious fishermen, you might even get your name into the record books! Some diving operators offer value added activities such as Barbeques on the beach or picnics on some secret beach where you can relax and enjoy the ambience with the freshly caught catch of the day. Others offer the thrill of night dives in welcoming moonlit waters beneath a shimmering panoply of stars – highly recommended for romance. It’s a good idea to combine a dive with such complementary activities which are guaranteed to fill your days and give you the memories of a lifetime. Also make the time to see some amazing views by taking a drive into the mountains and enjoy a feast for your eyes on the beauty that encircles you. So whatever your compass heading, you’ll find excellent value in our pristine, uncrowded waters and scenic beaches where there is potential for plenty of adventure, romantic getaway or family holiday, as the Seychelles islands are blessed with a year-long warm, tropical climate. It is always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests.
Seychelles enjoys a mild tropical climate throughout the year, making it an ideal holiday destination year-round. It receives a heavy amount of rainfall towards the end and the beginning of the year. From December to April it is very hot and humid. From May to October it is dry with cooler weather. And from November to March it is generally cooler.
The weather pattern is generally governed by two opposing trade winds: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing.
The periods of tranquillity amongst the trades produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions in the month of April and also in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are excellent during the months of April and May and then between October and November. This is when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29ºC and perceptibility is often 30 metres plus.
It is best to check the best times to visit Seychelles for any particular activity you may want to indulge in before you book.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months for visitors from date of entry in Seychelles. The passport must have at least one blank visa page. All visitors must hold legal tickets and documents for their return journey or onward travel. Visitors must have sufficient finances for the duration of time in Seychelles.
Air Seychelles and British Airways run direct flights from London to Mahé, while Emirates and Air France run non-direct flights to Mahé via Dubai and Paris respectively. Flight transfers from Mahé to any resort on the islands are managed by domestic carriers.
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GMT +4 hours
Flying time to destination: 11 Hours
Being an island nation, Seychelles is mainly famous for its rich variety of seafood. Seychellois cuisine is the main cuisine of the Republic of Seychelles influenced by French, Indian, Chinese, African and British cuisines. Main spices used in Seychellois cuisine is tamarind, coriander, lemongrass and ginger. Some common foods and dishes examples are shark chutney, seafood and shellfish dishes, curry dishes, fish in all shapes and forms, coconut, mangoes, breadfruit and chicken dishes. Bat curry is a delicacy which you may want to try and palm heart salad. For our vegetarian guests there is lots of different delicious choices to be wowed with. Coconut water and mouth watering fresh juices are part of the Seychellois cuisine. Alcoholic drinks include local beers, wine, palm wine and bakka rum. Casual dining, fine dining etc are all available in this diverse piece of paradise. One of the largest tuna canneries is located in Victoria, Seychelles.
Seychelles enjoys a cosmopolitan culture due to migration of people from various regions of Asia, Africa and Europe over a long period of time. While Catholicism is the primary religion, people from other religions like Hinduism and Islam also co-exist harmoniously in Seychelles. This very interesting mix of cultures gives a multicultural flavour to not only the cuisine but also to the architecture and arts and crafts of the island. Creole is the main language and most people speak English and French. The Seychellois cuisine is also a blend of these and the result is an exotic merger of some truly sumptuous gastronomy.
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