The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge picked wisely when they jetted to the Seychelles for their honeymoon. This cluster of Indian Ocean islands juxtapose talcum-powder beaches with dramatic black granite boulders and dreamy azure sea.
There’s an air of exclusivity at the glamorous resorts across the Seychelles, so it’s no surprise they’re top of the wish list for couples seeking a luxurious tropical getaway.
Where to Go in the Seychelles
There are four main islands: the largest Mahé; the rustic, forest-coated Praslin; the mountainous, hikers-paradise of Silhouette; and the serene La Digue, featuring Seychelles’ most striking beaches.
Seychelles excels in beaches and it’s undeniably the lure for most honeymooners. La Digue is home to two of best – Anse Source d’Argent and Anse Marron – while Mahé boasts Anse Takamaka, and Praslin, Anse Lazio. Make sure all of them are on your list – there’s either flights or ferries that hop between the islands.
When to Go to the Seychelles
April to September is the best time to go to the Seychelles, with the weather dry and temperatures high without being humid. January and February are the height of rainy season and best to avoid.
What to See in the Seychelles
Almost every 5-star hotel will have their own state-of-the-art dive centre to help guests explore the reefs, shipwrecks, coral gardens and granite outcrops that fill the sea around these islands. If you head to the northernmost Bird Island, you’ll be able to catch a once-in-a-lifetime sight of nesting sea turtles and giant tortoises.
Praslin’s Vallee de Mai National Park is home to the rare Coco De Mer palms and the coconuts famed for their ‘erotic’ shape. The royal newlyweds were presented with one as a souvenir from their honeymoon.
Where to Stay in the Seychelles
Denis Private Island
If you’ve spent your wedding trying to please everyone, spend your honeymoon in blissful seclusion on this private island that feels thousands of miles from anywhere. All food on Denis Island is sourced from their own farm, the sea is your swimming pool, and the plush beach cottages your private haven.
Banyan Tree Seychelles
Set among 28 acres of tropical forests on one of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, whitewashed villas trail down from the hill to the sea in the picturesque hideaway of Banyan Tree Seychelles. The Asian spa is the main focus, but tear yourself away and there’s an infinity pool, yoga, tennis courts, canoes and even a 47-foot catamaran to take out to explore the islands.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Just 20 minutes from the main islands of the Seychelles, this resort is the only thing on the private island of Félicité. The rest of island has been left wild, with fascinating hiking trails to walk with the Six Senses resort’s resident ecologist. The feel is hippy, relaxed and at one with nature.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Picture paradise and the Four Seasons is it: miles and miles of pristine white sand beaches, surrounded by warm turquoise waters and acres of coconut groves for you to meander around on their complimentary bikes. Forget all your modern stresses and relax into island life.
On the laid-back island of La Digue, this charming guesthouse has just seven rooms, all perfectly formed. Fun, easygoing couples will love the friendly vibe, where you can drink cocktails with fellow guests as you watch the sunset from Le Nautique’s beach shack and spend a day exploring the nearby spice plantation.
How to Get to the Seychelles
You can fly non-stop to the Seychelles from London on British Airways, but most other airlines will include a stopover in cities like Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt or Addis Ababa. The flight time to Seychelles International Airport in Mahé is 13 hours.
If you need to get to a different island, take a taxi or shuttle to Victoria jetty for a ferry or catch a domestic flight with Air Seychelles.
There’s no visa required for the Seychelles, but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required.