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Seychelles Honeymoon Holidays

If you want to honeymoon like the A-listers, consider the Seychelles. After all, if they’re good enough for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge, and the top choice of Mr and Mrs Clooney, these Indian Ocean islands must be special. And they are. The Seychelles are made up of over 100 isles, each with white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and topaz-blue waters. Intrigued? Call Travelbag today and start planning your ideal honeymoon itinerary with a personal travel expert.

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Honeymoons in the Seychelles

The word ‘paradise’ can be over-used when talking about islands in the Indian Ocean, but it’s completely justified when describing the Seychelles. These islands are so precious, in fact, that each one is protected as a World Heritage site. The ultimate honeymoon destination, this pristine archipelago doesn’t do luxury by halves. In fact, the Seychelles is the best place to go for five-star accommodation, pampering couples' spas and romantic private dining in gourmet restaurants. But how can you choose an island, when they’re all so beautiful? The most accessible ones are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Mahé has the biggest population and is a great all-rounder, with glorious beaches, miles of hiking trails and cultural attractions galore. Praslin is the ideal middle-ground – it’s home to the UNESCO-protected Praslin National Park, lively waterfront bars and restaurants, and one of the Seychelles’ most lauded beaches, Anse Lazio. Over in laidback La Digue, everyone travels by bike and, since the island has no light pollution, it’s perfect for stargazing. La Digue also works as a fabulous base for day trips to surrounding uninhabited islands, where you can pretend you’re the only two people on Earth.

Why Choose a Honeymoon in the Seychelles?

If you’ve ever wanted to go diving, then the warm, crystal-clear topaz waters of the Seychelles are the place to do it. With numerous world-class diving schools, flourishing coral reefs and rainbow-coloured shoals of fish, there’s never been a better reason to tear yourself away from the sun lounger, and pull on a snorkel. Wildlife tourism is a huge draw here, too. You’ll find giant tortoises at the reserve on Cousin Island, and they also wander freely on the outer coralline islands, such as Denis and North Island. And bird-watchers rejoice – you can catch glimpses of the paradise flycatcher, blue pigeon, white-tailed tropicbird and Madagascar red fody at the bird reserves of Aride and Bird Island. Whether your ideal honeymoon consists of little more activity than enjoying a private beach walk on talcum-powder sand, or you’re both keen to explore tangled jungles, the Seychelles will provide an enchanting and unforgettable backdrop for your romantic getaway.

Things to see and do in the Seychelles

Wildlife and Ecology

The Seychelles are so rich in native flora and fauna they’ve been dubbed ‘the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean’. Thankfully, great efforts have been made to preserve the unique biosphere of the islands, of which 42 per cent is officially protected. The 115 islands that make up the country are either granite isles or coralline atolls. Aldabra Atoll is the world’s largest raised coral atoll and one of two UNESCO-protected sites in the archipelago – the other being the jungle-covered hills of the Vallée de Mai. The Seychelles is home to 275 species of bird, including the bare-legged scops owl, so rare it was once thought extinct. Bird Island is home to several of these species, as well as the heaviest wild tortoise in the world, Esmeralda, who weighs in at 303 kilograms. The world’s largest land crab, the coconut crab, can also be found here.

The Sea Coconut

The coco de mer is the largest coconut on Earth – and it’s only native to the Seychelles. Legend has it that these massive seeds, which can weigh up to 25 kilograms, can only be created when a male and female palm embrace on a stormy night. Other folklore says the seeds come from underwater forests and ‘fall upwards’. The coconuts do have a habit of being washed up on the Seychelles’ beaches, which is how they got their name – coconut of the sea. Great healing powers are attributed to the nuts, which were once thought to be an antidote to all poisons. Sixteenth-century noble Europeans used to have the seeds polished and adorned with precious stones. The only two places in the world where you can see the coco de mer in its natural habitat are the Praslin and Curieuse National Parks.

Facts and History

Although a few sailors had noted these tropical islands, the Seychelles remained uninhabited until 1770, when the French arrived. The islands’ namesake was a finance minister of King Louis XV. The British arrived in 1814, settled on Mahé and established estates and farms, exporting sugar-cane, cotton and exotic fruits. The capital, Victoria – also on Mahé – is one of the smallest in the world, but contains a wide variety of architecture, testifying to the diverse peoples that have lived and worked there. You’ll find a colourful Hindu temple, quaint Victorian-era clock tower, a cathedral made in the French colonial style, an Anglican church and the impressive granite building La Domus, constructed to house Swiss missionaries.

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