Seychelles on the Seashore

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Seychelles holidays have been in the news lately. This glorious sun-kissed country in the Indian Ocean leapt onto the front pages in May when, after a wedding that captivated the globe – and much speculation as to where they would go – William and Kate picked one of the archipelago’s most deserted islands as the backdrop to their very royal honeymoon.

The happy couple made a fine choice. Even in an era when the exotic holiday has become a regular thing, the Seychelles remains something of a mysterious quantity. Lying 1000 miles west of the Maldives, here are 115 isles strewn across vast swathes of ocean, their location so remote that they remained uninhabited until 1756 (when the French arrived).

Nowadays, of course, they are a first-rate beach destination – but also so much more than pretty circles of sand. Blessed with a hilly, jungle-clad landscape, there is a beautiful lost-world feel to these islands. And also something for everyone, from sun-worshippers and energy bunnies to families – and the incurably romantic. For those whose minds are forever thinking of wedding packages abroad, the Seychelles may be the perfect setting.

But where to stay? How about one of these three great options?


Constance Ephelia Resort

The main island Mahé  – the biggest of the archipelago – is home to several great resorts. But the ideal getaway for families is probably the Constance Ephelia Resort. A five-star, it perches on a short peninsula on the west coast, giving it access to two separate beaches.

Things here have a family emphasis. Younger children are catered for by the Mini Club, which provides indoor and outdoor activities for kids aged 4-12. For older children, there is entertainment to be found in the resort’s four pools, four tennis courts, bicycles, pedal boats and kayaks, in having a go at windsurfing or diving, or in scaling the climbing wall.

Elsewhere, the five house restaurants will cater for appetites of all strengths, tastes and ages, while the resort’s splendid two- and three-bedroom family villas come equipped with private pools and outdoor dining areas, guaranteeing quality together-time as well.


Denis Private Island

Tucked away in the upper part of the archipelago, 50 miles and a 25-minute flight north of Mahé, Denis Private Island keeps to the chic, luxurious promise that its name makes.

Here is an out-on-a-limb retreat ideal for couples who want nothing more of a break than each other’s company – a resort that offers full privacy (while being way more affordable than the even-more-remote isle of Desroches, where William and Kate dodged the paps).

Denis Island is arranged into a selection of beachfront cottages, all en-suite, and each with a walled garden. And while there is an accent on personal space, there is also a small pool, a bar, and a restaurant that serves excellent French, Creole and Seychellois cuisine.

Naturally, this is a super environment for a honeymoon. But it is also a fine location for a wedding – the resort is well versed in staging big days. And you don’t need to be a prince.


Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

For those who prefer their holidays to be less about reclining on a beach and more about stretching their legs, Silhouette is a delightful possibility. Another off-the-beaten-track paradise, some 10 miles north-west of Mahé, here is a raw mountainous bluff – the third biggest island of the Seychelles, yet largely untamed by man. Only two paths connect its north and south – though there are trails galore in its forested interior, all great for hiking.

Down at the shoreline, meanwhile, Silhouette can boast an extensive circle of coral reef, alive with colourful fish – a playground for those who love snorkelling and scuba diving.

But where to stay? The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa has a lovely seafront position that lets its guests take advantage of all this nature – and has its own dive centre.

And if you realise that you fancy being pampered after all, it also offers soft comforts. Its Aquum Spa does treatments aplenty – and you can relax at five restaurants and two bars.

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