The idyllic setting will lure you in.
Picturesque oceanic views, white powdered beaches, breathtaking coral reefs and sparkling blue tropical waters bustling with a myriad of vibrant fish epitomize what Seychelles – the archipelago of over 100 islands – is all about. What makes this a top pick for a holiday destination is the privacy, exclusivity and serenity it provides its visitors – the beaches are so massive, you almost feel like you’re the only one there…
So if you’re looking for a laidback vacation – away from the hustle and bustle of city life – head over to the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to relax, unwind and soak in the warmth of the sun!
With 100+ pristine islands, there’s no underestimating the beauty of this magical land. Apart from just taking a backseat and relaxing under the sun, there’s a whole list of water works adventure buffs can ‘dive’ into, and quite literally! Go diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, paragliding or even island hopping – the list is endless.
For avid art lovers, there’s a vibrant art scene as well – artists from around the world have fallen into the inspirational trap of the island and set up galleries there.
Located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, the Seychelles also promises exotic wildlife – it is home to the rare magpie robin – lush tropical forests to explore and breathtaking granite peaks. Be sure to go on bicycle expeditions and bird watching sessions, with over 10 different species to be mesmerized by.
The Seychelles is a haven for foodies, and will take you on an unforgettable gastronomical journey. Coconut water and refreshing lemongrass are omnipresent on the islands and definitely a hydrating treat. If you’re staying at one of the luxury Constance Hotels and Resorts (Constance Ephelia or Constance Lemuria), then get ready to be served fresh juices, jams and sorbets – made using seasonal fruits and vegetables specially grown on the island. Other tropical flavors to entice your palate include Seychellois chips made of cassava, creole omelet or the mas huni (made out of coconut and chili) and signature bourgeois fish – you can also try uncommon treats such as bat and venison! The chain promises an epicurean experience for fine dining buffs, and they mean it.
Other must-try restaurants include Nest, Diva, and Adam and Eve.
The realm of street food in the Seychelles is another story altogether and something that cannot be missed. And since the idyllic islands are set in the spectacular Indian Ocean, expect the finest flavors and delicacies of the sea.
If you like the finer things in life, allow the Seychelles to reintroduce you to luxury. From the superior glamour to the Robin Crusoe getaway, Constance Hotels and Resorts offers a variety of services that tick all the right boxes. Each 5-star property has its own personality thanks to a unique architecture which enables a total integration in the natural scenery. They offer customized and warm services, and the hospitable attitude of the staff is surely the cherry on top.
No vacay is complete without a day well spent at the spa. U Spa, the blissful spa village at Constance, is set in the tranquil heart of the resort’s stunning tropical gardens and swaying palm trees. Treatment options are innumerable, so allow yourself to simply relax, rejuvenate, detox and rehydrate. Choose from a range of U Spa classic massages, facials and body treatments using aromatic natural products inspired by plants from the Indian Ocean, or pick from the Valmont collection, a lush range of expert anti-ageing treatments designed by Swiss cellular cosmetic experts.
Perfect Getaway for Honeymooners
Situated in the glorious Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is famed for being the ideal honeymoon spot. The idyllic setting sets the tone and vibe of the place just right, and Constance has the perfect packages for newlyweds too. Honeymooners are invited to spend their first days as husband and wife in heavenly surroundings with luxurious villas and picturesque suites, romantic dinners à deux, couples massages and many more unique experiences such as private sunset cruises. All that is left for you to do is leave your footprints in the sand as a newlywed!
Seychelles: Sanctuary or Paradise
Currency: Seychellois rupee
Official languages: French, English, Seselwa
How to Get There
- Visa requirements: Seychelles tourist visa is not required for citizens of Saudi Arabia for a stay of up to 30 days. All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following the departure date from Seychelles. It is advisable to travel with a six-month validity on your passport at all times.
- Flights: Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Air Seychelles and Saudi Airlines have direct flights from Jeddah to Victoria.
- Fare: SR 6,700 approx.
- Victoria, capital of the Seychelles, is the smallest in the world and can be easily explored on foot in one day.
- The Seychelles was once a pirate hideout, in particular Anse Forbans (Pirate’s Cove) on Mahé and Côte d’Or on Praslin. Legend says that famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth over $160,000 which remains undiscovered till date.
- Bird Island is home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild, Esmeralda, who tips the scales at 670 pounds.
- Breadfruit is very popular on the Seychelles and can be eaten in a variety of ways from fried to boiled. Legend has it that anyone who eats it while on the islands will return someday.
- It is a celebrity hotspot – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon there as well as George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.
- The Seychelles is the only member of the UN whose name in English has no letters in common with Britain.
- The Seychelles competed at every Olympics since 1980, except Seoul 1988, but has never won a medal.