It’s hard not to be bowled over by the Seychelles… they are right at the top of all of our lists for a sublime beach holiday. Here Chania answers some frequently asked questions about holidays in the Seychelles. You can ring Chania or any of the Southern Africa team on 020 7666 1250 if you’d like to talk in detail about going on holiday in the Seychelles.
Are the Seychelles as wonderful as people say?
Yes in short….the Seychelles have some of the most beautiful beaches and exclusive resorts in the world, with pristine coral reefs providing word-class scuba diving and snorkelling. Popular with honeymooners and couples wanting a very special celebration holiday, the Seychelles is also a lovely place for island hopping – you can even use local transport if you like you enjoy It’s a year-round destination with temperatures ranging between 23-28° C.
Would you recommend one island over another?
Each Seychelles island has its own unique charm so its hard to single out one island over another. La Digue is a favourite of mine, it’s just like a step back in time. The second largest island, Praslin, has a great choice of places to stay and for those looking for exclusivity, there are private islands like Bird Island and Denis Island. If money is no object, then it has to be North Island, where the villas are enormous and the facilities truly out of this world.
How do we get there?
Currently the best value option would be to use one of the Middle Eastern airlines via Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai. Alternatively a couple of carriers go via Europe or even via Mauritius. Kenya Airways flies via Nairobi twice weekly and Air Seychelles fly twice a week from Johannesburg making the Seychelles an excellent destination for a beach holiday after a safari in either Kenya or South Africa.
How do we travel around the country?
There are a number of ways to get from one island to another including scheduled flights, private charters and helicopters, ferry and boats. You can also take local transport or private road transfers.
If there was one thing I shouldn’t miss, what would you recommend?
Swim in the ocean… this may seem obvious but the Seychelles has world-class beaches and warm clear waters and it doesn’t come better than this anywhere in the world. Visit the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve if you are on Praslin and enjoy being dwarfed by this well preserved palm forest and also see the famous seed of the Coco de Mer. Try to island hop, even if just for the day, to a nearby island as some are coral and others are granitic and it would be a shame not to see these two contrasting island landscapes.
Is English widely spoken?
Yes. English is widely spoken on the islands alongside French and Creole.
Are there child-friendly hotels or is this very much a honeymoon destination?
There’s a good range of child-friendly hotels in the Seychelles … they are close on the heels now of their Mauritian cousins who have children’s clubs in all the larger properties. The fine white sand beaches and calm seas make this a perfect spot for families. There some gently shelving beaches that create ideal swimming conditions for young families, do ask us for more details.
What is the local food like?
The Seychelles is a popular tourist destination with some excellent restaurants specialising in a wide range of International cuisine… everything from Thai to Italian. There are some Creole dishes and the fresh seafood is delicious.
You can email Chania or call any of the Southern Africa team on 020 7666 1250 if you’d like to talk in detail about going on holiday in the Seychelles.
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