Seychelles
Overview

You’re a more-is-more kind of girl. So why go to one island when you can visit any number of 115? In the remote Seychelles archipelago, just off the coast of Africa, each atoll, cay, and isle is more enchanting than the next. Blessed with lush green mountains, giant prehistoric granite boulders and snow-white sand beaches (not to mention clear blue seas so warm they will make your bath water seem tepid), this country feels like the land before time, affording an added air of isolation to the lucky few who get to visit. Better yet, accommodations consist of ultra-exclusive, eco-conscious resorts–many accessible only by helicopter. The Seychelles is really relaxation and romance to the extreme, a posh paradise waiting to be discovered. For anyone-who-is-anyone, this gorgeous getaway in the Indian Ocean tops the list of honeymoon hotspots, welcoming everyone from royal duo Prince William and Duchess Kate (at an undisclosed island location) to power couple George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin – they hit up North Island thanks to a reco from Brad Pitt. Most recently, dancing diva Julianne Hough turned her spouse of only days, hockey hottie Brooks Laich, into the ultimate Instagram husband by posting a barrage of blissful beach pics from famed Fregate Island (Sir Paul is a previous guest), pre-safari. Which brings up a good travel point – many holiday-makers get best of both worlds by extending their African adventure to include a once-in-a-lifetime safari (pretty, please, honey?). Hotties from Gigi Hadid to Ciara and Salma Hayek to Elizabeth Hurley have all graced the islands of the Seychelles with their envious beach bods and handsome hosts. Don’t you want to be next? 

All this relaxing can be hard work. So what is the plan when you’re sick of oversized luxury villas, dedicated butlers, and private plunge pools? Ferry (or better yet, charter a boat) to the port of Victoria on the main island Mahe to tour beautiful botanic gardens, indulge in creative Creole cuisine (Creole-style seafood and BBQ are absolute musts for amateur foodies) and explore distinctive British and French colonial landmarks while wearing a bright Miguelina skirt set. Or you could discover a vast array of aquatic life (think too cute turtles!) whilst snorkeling in a sporty Flagpole Swim rash guard layered over a Onia one-piece. For a private dinner on a deserted island, we are thinking more runway than castaway. Perhaps a maximal Mary Katrantzou number with bare feet would suit the mood for an alfresco affair. To peacock around the pristine places of Praslin Island (renowned for having the world’s best beaches), we would recommend a crochet My Beachy Side maxi dress, worn with Sunday Somewhere sunnies and topped with a Hat Attack chapeau. End your day with a sunset cocktail at Treasure Cove or La Plage – we’d be donning a dreamy dress from Rhode Resort and Jimmy Choo flatforms for a punchy seaside aperitif. Well, that’s a day in paradise. Need we say more? 

Stay

Where to stay

Indulge

Indulge

Seychelles is the kind of place where dining usually stays on the grounds of where you're staying, but if you happen to be on Mahé, Praslin or La Digue and want to venture somewhere new, these are the places that are worth leaving for.  

MAHÉ

It's safe to say Marie Antoinette is unquestionably the most famous resto in the Seychelles, so much so, that it was named a national monument. For traditional Seychelles cuisine with all the Creole classics in a stunning scene, this is the spot. Head into an old plantation house on La Plaine St Andre estate to find La Grande Maison, featuring contemporary twists on traditional Creole dishes (plus there's a killer cocktail menu!). One of the oldest and most beautiful restaurants with sweeping views of Beau Vallon Bay, La Scala serves high-end Italian fare with a Creole touch. Dress up, not down and be sure to make a rezzy way in advance! For amazing Thai, Banyan Tree's signature restaurant Saffron will win your heart and your stomach over. The restaurant itself is stunning, with a true colonial plantation house feel. Romantic yet authentic, Eden is nestled between the luscious greenery of the gardens and the beach and serves a delicious selection of fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat from the BBQ. In an understated stylish setting, L'Indochine serves a selection of seafood, freshly caught from the Indian Ocean rim. 

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PRASLIN

Set in a tropical garden and 150 yards from the beach, Les Rochers is one of Praslin island's hidden gems with seriously fresh seafood. An unforgettable toes-in-the-sand lunch can be had at Bonbon Plume, where you'll relish in succulent Creole dishes and you'll wash it down with mojitos made with mint from their very own garden. While there are a lot of "bests," the restaurant at Le Château de Feuilles is considered one of the best restaurants of the Archipelago of Seychelles. An elegant fine dining experience, the creole fusion or shall we say 'haute' cuisine calls for a mouth-watering meal in a stunning open-air setting. Opt for the creative discovery menu for all the best dishes.

LA DIGUE

New to La Digue, the laid-back Fish Trap Restaurant & Bar speaks true to its' name with a menu revolving around fish and seafood. The beachfront spot becomes lively at night, while you dine under bright décor with works from local artists.  

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Explore

Explore

Experiences on the Seychelles range from simply authentic creole cooking classes to uber-luxe helictoper tours and a round or two of sunset golf. Get your usual fix of yoga, surf lessons, motorized and non-motorized sports, and more… And if it weren’t obvious enough, the beautiful islands of Seychelles are known for their many beaches that will take your breath away. On Mahé, head to Beau Vallon Beach to experience one of the most happening places on the island. Anse Intendance Beach ranks among the most beautiful on the island – with fine white sands, turquoise waters, and green mountain surroundings. And the beauty doesn’t stop at the beach – Mahé is home to stunning gardens throughout the island.  Soak up in a wonderland of scents, beautiful scenery and colors galore as you wander through Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden. Take a day trip to Victoria and explore the magnificent botanical gardens, the market and all of the surrounding sights. If you haven’t had enough of botanical gardens, it’s worth heading to the outskirts of Victoria for an up-close look at Seychellois wildlife and vibrant flora at the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

When in Praslin, Anse Volbert Beach is a must: the gorgeous and colorful beach is the longest on the island with tons to do. And for more fine white sands and stunning turquoise waters, visit Anse Lazio Beach, considered “the best beach in the world”. But if you’re not into the noise and crowds, stop at Anse Georgette Beach for seclusion and serenity! And to top off your trip to Praslin, visit the Vallee de Mai Nature Preserve to see a scenically attractive forest with a distinctive natural beauty.

SHOP

Where to Shop

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Anse aux Pins is the perfect place to shop on the east coast of Mahé where you'll find handcrafted treasures made from local coconut shells, as well as actual pieces of art at the Craft Village. Each shop in the village is like a Creole bungalow, where you'll see the artists at work. Some make coconut oil-scented bath soaps; others make beautiful paintings on silk and coconut shell handicrafts. For even more Seychellois art, Victoria's Campion Hall has some of the best local artwork and handicraft items. Walk through the local street markets, like the Sir Sewlyn Clarke Market, for a taste of an authentic experience! At Eden Plaza, you'll discover some boutiques from brands you've most likely never heard of: check out Jayne for a mix of names like Aurélie Bidermann, K. Jacques, Linda Farrow and more. 

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