There are two categories of islands: the granitic ‘Inner’ that cluster around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, whose verdant peaks climb skywards from virgin forests and immaculate beaches; and the ‘Outer’: a sparkling array of flat, coralline islands extending westwards towards the coast of Africa that includes legendary Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll. The ‘Inner Islands’ are the cultural focal point of Seychelles where the majority of the population lives while the ‘Outer Islands’ remain miniature worlds, little touched by man thus offering a unique and incomparable island experience.
Praslin’s original name of ‘Isle de Palme’ bears eloquent testament to its reputation as home to the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous coco de mer grows wild in abundance. Seychelles’ second-largest island, Praslin lies 40 kilometers north-east of Mahé. Divided by a ridge of hills intersected by a road that leads through the Vallée de Mai, Praslin possesses some of Seychelles’ most striking beaches such as Anse Lazio, widely acclaimed to be the most beautiful beach on earth. The island is ideally situated for holidaymakers wishing to island-hop to La Digue, Chauve Souris, Curieuse, St. Pierre, Cousine, and the island bird reserves of Cousin and Aride.
Bird is the most northerly island in all of Seychelles, surrounded by sparkling white beaches and crystal blue waters. Twenty four individual beachfront bungalows offer a ‘back to nature’ experience amid the gardens of an ancient coconut plantation, a bird sanctuary, a nesting site for turtles and the home of Esmeralda, the world’s largest giant tortoise.
Mahé’s closest neighbor is renowned for the good swimming and snorkeling opportunities it offers. Home to a population of well-established settlers, most of whom commute to Mahé, Cerf now boasts several accommodation establishments that highlight the many charms of this quaintly traditional island.
An intimate hideaway that blends seamlessly with its environment and provides a cocoon of tropical comforts suspended between granite rocks, turquoise ocean and cerulean sky.
Cousine Island offers a tropical island holiday experience with a degree of privacy found in very few places on earth. With four individual old French colonial-style villas, exclusivity is the order of the day as a maximum of only ten guests are accommodated at any one time. Cousine is home to five of Seychelles’ endemic birds as well as a variety of other endemic fauna and spectacular marine life.
North Island provides an eco-friendly island experience where a philosophy of ‘barefoot’ luxury aims to provide the very best in seclusion, location and accommodation. Eleven villas, each one handcrafted from natural elements to an astonishing degree of perfection, boast individual plunge pools, a health spa and breathtaking views of stunning beaches and verdant hillsides.
Remote and unspoiled Desroches Island, lying in the shade of a plantation of coconut palms and
surrounded by 14 kilometers of breathtaking beaches, is situated 250 kilometers from Mahé. The resort boasts 20 junior suites arranged in a manner that reflects an authentic Creole architectural style whilst its surrounding islands are renowned for spectacular diving and big game fishing adventures
This most easterly of the granitic islands offers the ultimate private island experience. Featuring only 16 luxurious villas, seven outstanding beaches and some of the rarest flora and fauna on earth, Frégate offers refinement and elegance, breathtaking natural beauty, exquisite cuisine as well as a complete range of water sports and recreational activities.
Denis Island lies north of Mahé and comprises 25 distinctive, well-appointed cottages. Its romantic ambience makes it ideal for honeymoons, while its glimmering beaches are just made for soaking up the tropical sun and azure sea. An excellent cuisine, inspired by fresh harvest from the ocean and the produce of the island farm will please the palate of the most exacting gourmet. Denis Island is also an ideal base for thrilling deep-sea fi shing expeditions.
The exotic, forgotten world of Silhouette represents Seychelles at its pristine best. Its unspoiled beauty has been elegantly complemented by Labriz Silhouette, a new luxurious resort with more than 100 individual units, a spa and five restaurants.
ROUND ISLAND (Mahé)
Situated in the middle of the National Marine Park, the five-acre Round Island Resort, featuring 10 oceanfront beach villas with infinity pools and Serena Spa will open in late 2010. The resort’s top-end facilities add a new dimension to this historic island with its central location and colourful history.
Sainte Anne, situated in the National Marine Park just to the north of Mahé, features 79 luxurious, sea-facing villas nestling against a spectacular backdrop and bordering the island’s two main beaches. An unmatched gourmet experience in three main restaurants combined with a world class spa promises the ultimate indulgence of mind, body and soul.
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