Comprising more than a hundred Indian Ocean islands, the Seychelles islands are a tropical paradise. Here, you will find picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear waters, rich marine life, myriad bird species and interesting flora and fauna. With direct flights from Kenya and South Africa, the archipelago is also a heavenly place to flop after your safari.
Once you’re there, it is surprisingly easy to explore, with light aircraft flights and regular, 80-seater ferries going between the more accessible Inner Islands and Mahé. However, some of the smaller and more exclusive Seychelles islands are only accessible by helicopter, making for an exhilarating arrival as you fly low over the turquoise Indian Ocean, granite boulders and idyllic sandy shores.
I visited the Seychelles to experience these isles for myself. Here are some of our favourites and why they might be the best choice for you:
Best for privacy in paradise
The Holy Grail of the African Indian Ocean, North Island is known for its barefoot, Robinson Crusoe vibe. Don’t be fooled though – this is the ultimate escape for those looking for luxury and amazing service. The team has mastered the art of looking after guests in a professional yet friendly and relaxed way, and your personal butler and ‘experience host’ will be on hand to carry out your every desire.