Africa + Indian Ocean Seychelles picture-perfect beaches, sailing the indian ocean, scuba diving in crystalline waters A decade ago, The Seychelles did not offer value for money. Now, the best hotels really are world class. With its mix of low-lying coral islands and dramatic granitic rocks, picture-perfect beaches and warm, crystalline waters, this archipelago of 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean would seem to be the paradigm of a do-nothing tropical paradise. But there’s more to the Seychelles than that: a myriad of different ecosystems, some of them still completely untamed, provide rich and varied flora, while the wildlife ranges from the rare giant tortoise to hundreds of species of birds. In the past, the Seychelles natural beauty has been a let down for really sophisticated travellers; namely for the standard of its hotels and service. But no longer; the Seychelles now has a handful of the best small hotels in the world (as well as too many over-hyped also-rans). It’s another of those places where your choice of hotel – and the specific room or suite in that hotel – can make or break your trip, so we strongly advise you to ask our experts for advice. Direct flights to South Africa and to Kenya mean that the Seychelles offers the best beach add-on to a safari holiday. The rich marine life means that for divers and snorkellers, the safari holiday continues. For those who want more from their beach holiday, the ability to combine two or three very different islands is very easy. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Always take the private helicopter Georgina Sargent had a hair-raising experience when she travelled by boat to visit each of the islands in the Seychelles on her luxury holiday. She is very much now a strong believer in always taking the private helicopter if it is offered. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Denis Private Island Denis Private Island is without doubt one of the Seychelles most charming outer islands. 95km north of Mahe, the main Island, and just 25 minutes by light aircraft, Denis is the perfect getaway. One of the Seychelles’ coral islands, it is noticeably flatter than the likes of granitic Mahe and Praslin. It is surrounded by… Find out more Six Senses Zil Pasyon It is with great excitement that we hear that the Six Senses are opening a resort in the Seychelles at the end of the year. It comes as no surprise to us that the location they have chosen is one of exclusivity and glamour, the privately owned Island of Félicité. We are certain that Six Senses Zil Pasyon will offer the rustic charm, excellent service and be the perfect haven for relaxation that the brand is so well known for. Find out more Fregate Island The Seychelles is renowned for its pristine white beaches and crystal blue water, shaded by palm trees and rocky granite outcrops. Fregate Island encompasses all that is the Seychelles. For a truly exclusive and unspoilt Seychelles experience, one needs look no further. The private residences combine luxury and style with beauty and seclusion. Find out more North Island North Island’s reputation precedes itself as the ultimate destination for seclusion and romance. Visiting the island will touch your soul and warm your heart with its sensitivity to the environment and its focus on the island’s natural habitat above all else. With only 11 spacious villas, each designed with exquisite style in keeping with the island’s natural beauty, your hosts will welcome you into their unspoilt paradise. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF MAHE Mahe is about beach, beach and more beach. It is home to some charming boutique hotels and is also a great spot from which to start island hopping on your Seychelles holiday. It is the largest island in the Seychelles, sun-drenched, palm fringed and tropical. Find out more NESTING HAWKSBILL TURTLES From October to February the world’s most endangered sea turtle, the Hawksbill, climbs out of the water to lay its eggs by moonlight and then heads back to the open sea. This is a privileged opportunity to see such a majestic and endangered species. Find out more WATERSPORTS IN THE SEYCHELLES A small private island with 11 private driftwood villas based on 4 private beaches. Or in other words heaven. For service, privacy and beauty it’s hard to beat, anywhere. Robinson Crusoe at its best. Find out more The Sooty Tern Colony From May to October over a million Sooty Terns make Bird Island their home. It is quite astonishing to see this 170 acre island awash with bird life during the summer months. And the snorkelling around this remote island is excellent. Find out more Private sailing trip round desert islands The second largest island in the Seychelles, its pure white beaches are punctuated by dramatic granite outcrops. Stay in a small boutique hotel with three private beaches for your own slice of paradise on your Seychelles holiday. Find out more Show All Location We know Seychelles better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Seychelles Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go The weather in the Seychelles is typically warm and humid averaging 29 degree throughout the year. Being so close to the equator means the Seychelles experiences rain throughout the year but this mostly comes in short sharp showers and tends to be around more from November to end of January. The Seychelles experiences two trade winds which influence the weather patterns here. The South East trade winds are prevalent from May to October when it will be drier, breezier and slightly cooler. This also means that currents are stronger during these months which can bring seagrass on to some of the beaches and makes visibility less clear. The North East Trade winds blow from October to April, which lessens the breeze creating calmer seas but increased humidity. For divers April to May and September/ October tend to be the best times to visit, these also tend to be the most settled periods weather wise. For birders the migratory birds such as sooty turns start arriving in May for the breeding season and depart in October. Meet the Team Africa + Indian Ocean Hamish Henrietta Claire Millie Cara We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.