You really need a reason to leave Australia if you’re looking for a beach holiday. Arguably, we can claim some of the world’s best beaches, right here on our home shores. But what we don’t have is that exotic ﬂavour, the product of an ethnic mix which blends peoples of African, Asian and European descent in the Creole culture which exists in the Seychelles.
Even the name gives a hint of the French inﬂuences you’ll ﬁnd in this Indian Ocean archipelago, and as the first to settle in the islands, their heritage lingers on in the lingua franca, which along with English, is one of the main languages spoken. With 115 islands, you can choose whether to island hop or settle on the main island of Mahé and the two nearby islands of Praslin and La Digue where most of the accommodation and tourism facilities are. With the wonderful diving, swimming, snorkelling, ﬁshing and boating, all the ingredients for a perfect beach holiday are on offer, but there’s more to do than that. National parks are home to wonderful ﬂora and fauna, unique to the Seychelles, and the warm tropical climate is the perfect inducement to relax, relax, relax …
Why You’ll Love it: It’s laid back, easy to negotiate, with a wonderful climate and a friendly population – and then there’s the creole cuisine.
Best suits the couple who: Like to mix it up … beach, parks, wandering through Mahé’s art galleries, restaurants, and enjoying just being somewhere different.