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Without doubt, the sexiest aspect of a Seychelles holiday is bagging an island almost to yourself. These scattered islands of various sizes have glorious tropical forests, woodlands and beaches unspoilt by the modern world, making them an ideal setting for an African honeymoon.

There is some good accommodation on the main central islands of Mahe and Praslin, but the best Seychelles itineraries use these islands as a starting point before moving on to a truly exclusive island. This always makes for a fabulous itinerary, but an unavoidably expensive one.

Seychelles: the magic

Hundreds of miles from their nearest neighbours, the Republic of Seychelles is made up of 115 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This is an extraordinary archipelago of legendary beauty; a natural paradise of fabulously fair weather, mercifully free of malarial mosquitoes. The Seychelles archipelago has a cluster of inner, ‘granitic’ islands clustered around Mahé, and the capital, and its satellites Praslin and La Digue. These inner islands form the cultural and economic hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most renowned beaches. It is worth noting that ALL the Seychelles beaches are public, and only the most remote and inaccessible sands will be deserted.

Seychelles: geography, climate and culture

Unique in geography, climate and also culture, these islands have a wildly colourful storybook history of spies, pirates and shipwrecked sailors that has brought about the integration of European, African, Indian, Arab and Chinese islanders with a heady Creole culture. The islands are still pretty hard to get to...there are currently no direct flights, but Air Kenya flies from London via Nairobi, for those seeking to tie in an East African safari.

Seychelles: high quality, low-impact tourism

The Seychellois, keen to preserve the character and natural beauty of their island home, have encouraged low-impact, high quality tourism. Today the result is an inspiring choice of small and absolutely private island hideaways, with their own deserted beaches and sandy pathways to be explored blissfully alone, in dreamy seclusion. We believe that these top-end exclusive islands are worth paying for, but that the middle bracket in the Seychelles is expensive for the quality on offer.
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