Visions of emerald lagoons lapping sugar soft sand and swaying palm trees that cascade over the water which ripples against unique formations. Hammocks gently rocking in the breeze, splashes of colour and stylish resorts; the Seychelles is pure paradise, a collection of islands and with a few twists thrown in the mix. It’s a blend of 115 granite and coral islands in the western Indian Ocean and boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Vallée de Mai and the Aldabra. A world of discovery awaits eager visitors to this collective island retreat that boasts a contagious mix of culture, history and heritage, and of course breathtaking vistas. Tropical forests and mountains, fishing villages and colourful festivals, an underwater world of vivid colour that’s second to none, and plenty of energetic thrills and spills for the adventure loving tourists. If all this seems a bit too much, then slowly meander through local markets, stopping to sample café cuisine before returning to the powder soft sands and wiling away the hours in the sunshine or shade. Ideal for family travel and those extra-special breaks, the Seychelles offers a superb choice of plush hotels, and budget accommodation.
Pristine beauty that will satiate the senses of every visitor, the Seychelles is a breathtaking array of sights and sounds, flora and fauna, coral atolls and reef islets. Walking and hiking trails, island hopping, shopping, beach life and cultural events, there’s plenty of choice. From diving and sailing to golf and horse-riding, island beauty can be enjoyed at every turn. If culture and society is your primary interest then enjoy the many displays of folklore, traditions, cuisine and of course colonial architecture, from a melting pot of people creating a vibrant diversity that’s more than welcoming and tranquil.
Seychelles’ beaches are among the finest in the world, offering powdery soft sand, emerald waters and paradisaical scenery.
Whether seeking relaxation, waters sports or pure beauty, the seductive shores of Mahe, La Digne, Fregate, Silhouette and Praslin, along with the other stunning islands of the Seychelles, offer all of this and much more besides.
Indeed, this idyllic Indian Ocean destination offers beach holiday options for both families and couples, with seaside activities for travellers of all ages and luxury hotels and resorts to suit absolutely every need. Discover what’s on offer in the way of 3-star, 4-star and 5-star accommodation and book your dream holiday to the Seychelles today with Destination2.co.uk.
This year round destination is perfect for beach lovers since the climate offers sun and warmth throughout the annual calendar. Temperatures remain between 24°C and 32°C with annual rainfall occurring mainly between December and February. Due to this, it can be quite humid through to April. The islands themselves are outside of the cyclone belt; all bar the most remote southern islands. May to October provides the dry weather and slightly cooler temperatures.
This 3-day event takes place across the island of Mahe, in February, with a host of floats, parades and special events celebrating the unique cultures that have shaped the Seychelles.
The Seychelles’ Independence Day falls on June 29, the day in 1976 when the nation gained independence from the UK. Visitors to the island can expect fireworks, singing and dancing galore during the celebrations to mark the occasion.
Taking place in October, on the island of Mahe, the annual Creole Festival is one of the most important dates in the Seychelles calendar. Spanning a number of days, the event is a celebration of the Creole way of life, with dance, music, art and cuisine all on the menu.
Known to local as Lafet La Digue, The Feast of Assumption is a Catholic festival that takes place on the island of La Digue, on August 15 every year. Celebrations include an open-air mass at ‘La Grotto’, a traditional procession, street parties, cultural activities, live music and food stalls.
Combining aspects of French, Indian and Asian cooking, traditional Seychellois Creole cuisine is full of colour and flavour.
One of the most popular dishes, is grilled fish or octopus. Served with a sauce of crushed chillies, ginger and garlic, this spicy favourite is well worth seeking out.
An array of delicious curries is also on the menu across the Seychelles. These can be served with chatini – a type of local chutney made using fruits such as papaya or apples.
For a tasty dessert, try a Ladob. This soft and creamy treat is made by boiling sweet potatoes and ripe plantain in coconut milk. Nutmeg, sugar and vanilla are then added for extra deliciousness.
As well as a spectrum of tantalising Creole fare, visitors to the Seychelles will also find an array of international restaurants serving dishes to suit every palate.