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?