With 115 islands, the Republic of Seychelles has some of the most beautiful beaches of the world. The archipelago is spread over hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in the turquoise seawater of the Indian Ocean, located off the east coast of Kenya. Phemke has recently visited this 'paradise on earth', these are our tips and tricks!
Amazing view and luxurious pool at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Favourite hotels in the Seychelles
Are you ready for beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water? The Seychelles will mesmerise you! One of the most beautiful hotels in the Seychelles is Six Senses Zil Pasyon, located on Félicité, a stunning island where massive granite rocks and coral fringed beaches are breathtakingly beautiful.
A warm welcome at Raffles
Raffles, a luxury resort with stylish villas with stunning views, is cradled at the heart of the original Garden of Eden, the island of Praslin. With a private pool, bathtub with ocean view and an outdoor shower, the villas offer everything you can wish for. The resort has several restaurants, including a sushi restaurant. If you want to enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach or a picnic under the stars: Raffles offers a 24-hour private dining service. This hotel is child friendly and offers a lot of activities, including daily free yoga classes.
When you don’t want to break the bank, we recommend Blue Hill Hotel, located on Mahe Island. The lovely guesthouse is surrounded by lush and green nature and has a spectacular view. There are ways to enjoy the luxury resorts without having to pay a fortune. Book a spa treatment at MAIA or sip on a glass of champagne at the roof top terrace at Four Seasons.
Fish soup at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
The Seychellois cuisine is a mix of flavours from African, French, Chinese, Indian and English cooking. Seafood and chillies take the lead. Some of our best tips:
- Take away from Papagalo: Try their fish balls with rice and papaya salad and freshly caught fish in Creole sauce.
- Yacht Club: This location has a members only policy, but wow, their Creole fish curry and sweet chili prawns were to die for. Amazing views on the harbour.
- Make sure you go for the authentic Seychellois food experience. Try fresh lemon grass tea, local papaya and avocado and of course all the fresh fish directly from the oceans.
- All local specialities are available at food stalls at the weekly night market at the beach side of the Beau Vallon area. Our favourites were the sweet potato chips, banana bread, vegetable curry and fresh coconuts. Of course we enjoyed a few tropical cocktails too!
Fresh fruit and coconut
From the beach to the city: activities in the Seychelles
The Seychelles truly surprised us. There are lots of hiking trails in the tropical forest, you can go diving and snorkeling and enjoy local food at lots of great little restaurants. Make sure you pick up a map with the Hidden History of Victoria created by the lovely team of Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation. This maps shows a self guided tour through the Creole capital and it will help you discover the hidden historic and cultural sights of Victoria. Don't forget to visit the islands Praslin and La Digue, known to be much more laid back. Nobody is in a rush here and the seaside stalls are a must visit for buying fresh fruit and trying authentic food. You can choose between the ferry (cheap, but can be very bumpy at time, so choose to sit on the outside deck) and plane, or… Go for the 'rockstar arrival' and book a helicopter to your five star resort on one of the many islands in the Seychelles!