As of this week, 95 percent of adults in the Seychelles have received their first dose of Covid.
About 82 percent got a second hit in the country the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose for their honeymoon.
Seychelles, with a population of only 98,000, seems to be one of the safest places to savor the sun and sand and get away from it all.
As of this week, 95 percent of adults in the Seychelles have received their first dose of Covid. Pictured is the stunning Anse Source D’Argent Beach
Plus some heat: The average daily temperature is 26 ° C to 28 ° C.
Tourism is responsible for two-thirds of the country’s economy, and Sherine Francis, Chair of the Seychelles Tourism Board, is keen to attract foreign visitors, saying: “ British tourists are always among the top five. It’s always a nice time to visit Seychelles, but now it’s much calmer and more beautiful.
All that is required is evidence that a negative Covid test was taken 72 hours before travel and a Health Travel Authorization form completed (at seychelles.govtas.com).
What is the downside? There are currently no direct flights – British Airways pulled out in December.
But there are plenty of indirect flights with stops (taking 13 hours 20 meters), as well as attractive deals at discount hotel rates – up to 40 percent in some cases.
Only 15,156 tourists arrived in the Seychelles as of mid-April, compared to 129,000 during the same period in 2019, the last “normal” year – down 84 percent. But which of the 115 picturesque islands do you visit? Here is our guide.
Dream of white sand
One of the great secluded beaches on the quiet island of La Digue, where there are only a few cars
The tranquil island of La Digue has a series of nicely secluded beaches, traditional vanilla plantations to explore, and a great sense of escape from reality: there are only a few cars and people tend to wander around with either a bull cart or bike.
Pack a picnic to head to a hidden cove during the day while staying at La Digue Island Lodge, which is decorated in traditional Creole style.
details: From £ 1,479 one-week half board with flights (Tropicalsky.co.uk).
A special luxury
Pink granite boulders provide an interesting backdrop to the beaches on Felicite Private Island, pictured
Hide out of the world for a while in the gorgeous Six Senses Zil Pasyon hotel on Felicite’s private island. Pink granite boulders provide a dramatic backdrop to the beaches while the interior of the island is hilly and dense with tropical foliage, with walking paths.
Zil Pasyon has infinity pools and villas that are interestingly tucked between the rocks.
details: Seven nights from £ 3,977 for bed and breakfast with excursions – 37 per cent off (turquoiseholidays.co.uk).
An abundance of water sports
Breathe: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa on Silhouette Island. Here you can go canoeing, windsurfing, snorkelling and diving
Basketball, Korean and black parrots
The black parrot, the national bird of the Seychelles
There are 115 islands in the Seychelles, located 930 miles east of Kenya in the Indian Ocean.
The islands are named after Jean Moreau de Seychelles, Louis XV, the French Minister of Finance.
The French claimed the islands in the mid-eighteenth century.
France surrendered the islands in 1794 to the British, who established a colony until the independence of the Seychelles in 1976.
The cultivation of cinnamon and vanilla was an important source of income before tourism.
Curry is the most common local food, especially curry fish.
The main sport is basketball.
Seychelles International Airport opened in 1971, beginning 50 years of mass tourism.
Tourism now directly accounts for 27 percent of the country’s GDP and 66 percent directly and indirectly.
The black parrot, the national bird of Seychelles, only lives in the palm forests of Praslin National Park on Praslin Island. It is believed that fewer than 1000 of them remain.
In 2019, 384,200 tourists visited the islands, but that number decreased by 70 percent last year. Twenty years ago, Seychelles attracted only 130,000 tourists.
Enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling and diving while staying at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa on Silhouette Island.
Other activities include nature walks (hiking in the rugged inland areas), tennis, and yoga – and – for aerobic exercise – with a fitness trainer in the gym.
There is an Italian, Japanese and local restaurant (serving delicious Creole cuisine).
details: Seven nights from £ 2,255 for bed and breakfast at King Garden Villa with flights (turquoiseholidays.co.uk).
Located on the north coast of Mahe, the 5-star Hilton Seychelles Northolme offers quiet villas with ocean views.
This is a great base for anyone wanting to rent a car to explore the 100 square miles of Mahe including the beautiful Morne Seychelles National Park, home to the country’s highest peak at 2,999 feet.
Each villa at the resort has a plunge pool and there are 2 small sandy beaches.
details: Seven nights from £ 1,799 half board with excursions – £ 800 discount for a couple (020 7368 1200, trailfinders.com).
The Constance Ephelia Mahe is a charming 4-star hotel on the edge of the Morne Seychellois National Park, in a quiet location on the northwest coast.
Enjoy a spa treatment, swim in the calm waters of the bay, or just hang out (literally) on one of the chairs hanging from a palm tree on the beach.
details: Seven nights from £ 2,299 half board with excursions – £ 650 couples’ discount (020 7368 1200, trailfinders.com).
Two miles east of Mahe, Ile or Cerf is a small (about 130 hectares), roadless island where author Wilbur Smith once had a home.
There are three restaurants, a shop and a bar on the beach – and not quite another.
Stay at the four-star Cerf Island Resort for a truly hidden escape in the depths of the Indian Ocean.
details: Seven nights, from £ 1949, half board flights – 40 per cent savings (kuoni.co.uk).
On the waves
What could be more romantic than sailing around the islands on a triple mast sailboat?
Choose from two ships, Sea Star and Sea Bird, each with nine en-suite cabins, bar lounges and dining salons – as well as spacious sunbathing decks.
Both vessels have a PADI certified diving instructor to help explore the coral reefs, and there are also canoes, waterslides, and fishing gear.
details: Seven-night cruise starts at £ 2,378 with full board flights (justseychelles.com).
One of the wonderful beaches on the island of Praslin, the second largest beach in the Seychelles
Located on Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles, Coco de Mer & Black Parrot Suites is surrounded by 200 acres of tropical jungle where rare Coco de Mer palm trees and gorgeous black parrots (hence the resort’s name) are found.
There are two large infinity pools, a spa, and lovely picnics on the nearby long sandy beaches.
details: Seven nights from £ 1,779 bed and breakfast including flights and one free night (kuoni.co.uk).
For golf enthusiasts
Also located in Praslin, Constance Lemuria is home to an 18-hole course only in the Seychelles. When not to play, there is an impressive three-level swimming pool to enjoy, plus a spa nestled in tropical gardens. Inside, blue pigeons and black parrots roam among more Coco de Mer palm trees.
details: Seven nights from £ 1,617 with flights (kenwoodtravel.co.uk).
On the private island of Sainte Anne, pictured, activities include rainforest hiking, sailing lessons, and kayaking with a glass base
Club Med Seychelles is a new hotel on the private island of Sainte Anne. Activities include rainforest hiking, sailing lessons, and kayaking with a glass base. This resort is eco-certified and aims to educate tourists about the fragile local ecosystem.
details: Seven nights at £ 2,162 per person with flights (clubmed.co.uk).
On an island hopping break that covers Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette and the Surf, you may see giant turtles
Stay for three weeks and explore the Seychelles on an island hopping break covering Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette and Surf, where you may see giant turtles.
Several nights are spent in each 4-star hotel and a concierge is available.
Details: From £ 4,159 half board including excursions and transfers (seychelles-travel.co.uk).
Kate Island and Wales
The North Island is perhaps the most exclusive in Seychelles – it was, after all, the place where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned.
There are 11 luxurious villas with private pools, Michelin-starred cuisine, and a dreamy spa. Also expect sunset cruises, champagne picnics, and guided walks.
Details: Seven nights from £ 18,700 with flights and helicopter transfers (scottdunn.com).
Lush: a sal flower in the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens in Victoria
The Fisherman’s Cove Resort in Mahe features a breezy style, a small pool and a long beach. Activities include massage at spas, watersports and tennis.
Recommended visits to the capital, Victoria, and the magnificent Seychelles National Botanic Gardens
You can also sample at the local rum distillery as well as on Coppola Road, which overlooks the city.
details: Seven nights from £ 1,507 for bed and breakfast including excursions in October (ba.com/holidays).
Self-catering holidays can be enjoyed at Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Enjoy the same stunning views as the more upscale hotels for a fraction of the price.
Details: One and two bedroom apartments start at £ 1150 for seven nights including flights (jasmineholidays.co.uk).
- Some anti-COVID measures are in place, including face masks in public places. More information: seychelles.travel and gov.uk. Bear in mind, as with the vacation examples in this story, to book a vacation package, as you will be offered a refund within 14 days if a flight is canceled due to travel restrictions.