Luxtripper Travel Editor
There's so much more to the Seychelles than it's beautiful beaches, let us show you why!
When you visit the Seychelles, it's all about the ‘must-see’ and ‘must-do’ activities, and there aren’t many that can top swimming and showering under the island’s beautiful waterfalls. On the west coast of Mahé (the main island) sits our favourite; Port Launay, after a walk through the island’s lush rainforests you’ll start to hear the soothing sounds of tumbling water, peer through a clearing in the bushes and you’ll find the most beautiful cascading waterfall. It almost feels like you’re stepping back time or onto the set of Jurassic Park! Don't forget to snap the perfect Instagram photo that captures your luxury Seychelles holiday!
Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles, though it’s worth noting that its the smallest capital city in the world, so it definitely feels more like a town or a large village. This gorgeous city is a photographers dream: the streets are lined with brightly coloured sun-bleached stores and a vibrant market comes to life everyday except Sunday. We recommend picking up a few colourful pareos (sarongs) as they make excellent gifts and arrive in the early morning if you want to get some great photos.
L’ilot is a stunning diving site thats perfect for seeing turtles, swimming through granite archways and potentially spotting the rare whale shark. Just off Mahé there are four dive sites that house shipwrecks which make for really exciting adventures, as well as the chance to see some beautiful marine fishes as motion through the ship’s ruins. If your trip is approved by the Seychelles Islands Foundation, then a trip to Aldabra Atoll (as mentioned above) would be incredible for experienced divers as dugongs have started to reappear in the area, as well as green turtles and hawksbills.
Nothing beats a luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles because of it’s enchantingly beautiful landscape. It’s almost impossible not to gasp in awe when you’re met with the pure white sands, topaz-hued ocean waters, post-card perfect swaying palms and the soaring mountains covered in emerald greenery. Zil Air offers extraordinary helicopter tours and transport to the nearby islands which really promises views that will blow you away, or why not indulge in a day of island-hopping to discover the best beaches in Seychelles?
Wondering where to go in Seychelles for food? Ask anyone in Victoria about the best place for authentic Creole cuisine, and they’ll all point you in the direction of one iconic dining venue; Marie Antoinette. Opened over 50 years ago, this restaurant is classically designed to reflect the Seychelles island heritage. Try the flavourful Chicken de Poulet for a hearty Creole curry, or opt for the Poisson Grille with extra chills for a light lunch option, and don’t worry if you’re not feeling brave because they offer a Creole take on fish and chips!
Tucked between the lush gardens and the perfect soft sands of Banyan Tree Resort sits Saffron, a Thai-fusion restaurant that’s making waves across the island for all the right reasons. The seafood glass noodle salad makes for the perfect midday meal, while the authentic curries are perfect in the evening with a glass of wine.
Come 11pm, the Seychelles becomes a serene and quiet paradise only broken up by the sounds of the soothing ocean waves, tropical birdlife and the occasional clink of champagne glasses; a honeymooners haven. However, if you’re the couple who loves to go out and see what a destination is like after sundown then don’t fret, the Seychelles also boasts a handful of excellent nightclubs and bars that will keep the excitement going until the early hours for you party animals! Start the night at La Faya Bar for colourful cocktails, breezy ocean views and live DJ sets, and you can’t go wrong.
If you love the moonlight but don't like the crowds, why not opt for a romantic candlelit dinner along the beach with your partner? Complete the perfect Seychelles honeymoon with the feeling of the sand beneath your feet as you enjoy a mouth-watering private barbecue or a 5-course gourmet menu; all perfectly paired with a glass of wine and a blanket of twinkling stars shining above.
Now that you know exactly where you’ll be heading when you visit the Seychelles, one big question remains; where do I stay? We recommend the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa! Not only is this absolutely beautiful adult-only hillside hideaway the perfect Seychelles honeymoon destination because of it’s secluded villas, private infinity edge pools and breathtaking sweeping ocean views, it also encompasses the best of the Seychelles.
With just a 15 minute drive between you and the city of Victoria, you’ll never be too far away from the best local markets, nightlife and food that the Seychelles has to offer. The waters around the north are also perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving excursions, and the Hilton also offers fantastic glass-bottom boat tours and can arrange helicopter adventures too. You’ll also be within easy travelling distance of a beautiful national park that houses our favourite waterfalls and some of the island’s most exotic birds and wildlife. If all of that isn’t enough for you, you’ve always got the beach…