What Makes the Seychelles the Ultimate Exotic Holiday Destination?

Date Posted: 27/07/2016

If you’re looking for an intimate and one-of-a-kind escape, then Seychelles is the perfect exotic holiday destination; experience a holiday like never before as you indulge in the tropical triumphs that the islands have to offer:

The seductive sandy beaches will leave you in awe

Seychelles Sandy Beaches

Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice in Seychelles:

  • Anse Source D’Argent - located on the island of La Digue and featuring a magnificent granite rock backdrop, this beach promises a safer swimming environment for children.
  • Beau Vallon - to the north of Mahé, this beach is renowned for its inviting waters and great expanse of fine, white sand.
  • Anse Lazio - on Praslin Island, this beach offers white talcum powder sands, crystal clear waters and then some - surrounded by palm and takamaka trees, this gives a feeling of seclusion.
  • Anse Royale - another exquisite beach located on Mahé Island, Anse Royale is one of the best beaches for snorkelling as there are plenty of brightly coloured fish that illuminate the shallow waters.
  • Anse Georgette - this private beach is located on Praslin Island and can only be accessed via ferry - a true sanctuary for people who want to experience Seychelles in a more intimate sense.
 

A plethora of flora and fauna that is endemic to the Seychelles

The Seychelles is home to some of the rarest species on the planet — and seeing them for real is a unique experience that you will never forget:

  • Coco de Mer - also known as Lodoicea, coco de mer is part of the palm family. Boasting the largest seed of any other plants, it has an aphrodisiac quality—it is even considered as the ‘world’s most erotic fruit’.
  • Coco de Mer
  • Medusagyne oppostifolia - also known as the jellyfish tree, medusagyne is particularly endemic to the island of Mahé - this tree is considered critically endangered.
  • Seychelles paradise flycatcher - a rare black bird with long extended tail feathers, the Seychelles paradise flycatcher originates from the island of La Digue - also considered critically endangered by the IUCN.
  • Gardiner’s Seychelles frog - also known as sooglossus gardineri, the Seychelles frog is the smallest frog in the world that grows to a maximum length of 11mm.
  • Aldabra giant tortoise - one of the largest tortoises in the world, they can be found in Aldabra — the largest atoll in the Seychelles — hence their name.
 

Seychelles comprises 115 islands, each with a unique beauty of its own

Seychelles Islands

As an archipelago, the Seychelles consists of 115 islands— with 43 Inner Islands and 72 Outer Islands. The Inner Islands are largely carved out of granite (only two out of 43 are coralline islands), while the Outer Islands are generally coral atolls or reef islands:

  • Mahé - home to the capital of Seychelles, Victoria, this is the largest island.
  • Praslin - the second largest island, that features Vallée de Mai Park (a UNESCO Heritage Site); you will also find some of the finest beaches in the archipelago — Anse Lazio and Anse Gerogette.
  • La Digue - for a real taste of Seychelles’ culture, the smallest of the main islands exudes traditional island life – ox cart is still used as a mode of transport.
 

Home to not just one but TWO UNESCO HERITAGE SITES

Most of the islands were uninhabited until approximately250 years ago - some parts of this country remained untouched until quite recently.

Vallée de Mai

One of the two UNESCO Heritage Sites, Vallee de Mai remained a virgin forest until the 1930s. Located on Praslin Island, it was once believed to have been the actual Garden of Eden. The nature reserve features a large cluster of coco de mer and includes other palm species that are also endemic to the island.

Aldabra Atoll

Aldabra is part of the Outer Islands of Seychelles. As the largest atoll in the country, it is made up of ancient coral reefs—about 125,000 years old. The island has always been protected, allowing approximately 152,000 giant tortoises to dwell safely.

Considered as one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world, Aldabra is home to one of the largest tortoise populations - it is also a UNESCO Heritage Site as it creates a sanctuary for over 400 species of endemic species and subspecies.

 

The weather is good throughout the year

seychelles palm trees

Even though Seychelles is considered a tropical country, it is rarely affected by cyclones—allowing for perfect weather all year round. You can schedule your trip anytime you please but take note that some activities are better enjoyed in specific months; some of these may apply to specific areas, e.g. for those who love surfing on Mahe Island, the south-east monsoon season (April to July) is the perfect time to plan your holiday.

 

A myriad of activities to enjoy

seychelles jetskiing

A far-off archipelago in the magical Indian Ocean, you can enjoy plenty of leisure activities on your Seychelles holiday:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Surfing/Windsurfing
  • Island Hopping
  • Scenic Flights over the islands of Seychelles

Read this blog to see more activities in the Seychelles.

 

History and culture

Aside from the scenic views and endemic species, the Seychelles is also steeped in history and rich in culture. Different races have occupied the islands of Seychelles — the French, the Indians, the Africans, and the British — which makes it a melting pot. Once controlled by France until they were defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, Seychelles was then handed over to the British in accordance with the 1814 Treaty of Paris. The country gained independence in 1976, making it one of the youngest republics in the world. You will get to know (and experience) different cultures, beliefs and even cuisines during your stay.

The Seychelles has three official languages — Creole, English and French – although many citizens are also fluent in Italian and German. As for religion, Roman Catholicism is dominant in the country but Anglican and Protestant churches are still apparent. There are some Muslim and Hindu communities in the country, particularly on the three main islands — Mahé, La Digue and Praslin.

So, that’s Seychelles in a nutshell but to really enjoy the full tropical experience you should choose your accommodation wisely; Savoy Resort & Spa provides guest rooms and suites that will make your exotic holiday unequivocally comfortable. Excursions can be organised for guests who want to explore Mahé or the other islands - we can also arrange scenic helicopter rides and other water sports activities for our guests.

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