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The Seychelles is a group of 115 idyllic islands located way out in the Indian Ocean on the equator and directly east of Kenya. In spite of their beauty and popularity they have not given way to mass tourism so remain one of the world’s ultimate island hideaway escapes.

The islands have always attracted newlyweds, most famously the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who honeymooned at the spectacular North Island. Happily, this is not the only island with such stunning beaches and there are hundreds of beautiful and secluded spots and a choice of resorts throughout the archipelago where you don’t need a regal budget.

Even before you land you’ll be wowed by the view. Having flown over water for several hours the first dots of land begin to appear on the horizon. Then you are right over them looking down on these really very tiny islands and the sense of being utterly remote is complete. With just 29,298 inhabitants, Port Victoria, the country’s capital, is no bigger than a small town. It’s pretty quiet except for Saturday mornings when it explodes in a riot of colour as the market comes to town. See the day’s catch of red snapper, grouper and mackerel laid out or fill a bag with exotic star fruit, mangos and coconuts before refuelling at one of the many samosa shops.

The main island of Mahé is covered in a thick blanket of emerald green forest and a great way to explore is to make a half-day hike along the trails of the Morne Seychellois National Park. Fine views can be had from the top of Morne Blanc, an energising 45-minute walk up hill.

Perhaps the most iconic image of the Seychelles are the white sands and huge, smooth, granite boulders of Anse Source d’Argent on the island of La Digue. If this is not conjuring up an image for you then think of the suggestive Bounty adverts of the 1980s. You can easily make a day trip to La Digue from nearby Praslin and a fun way to explore is by bicycle, which we can arrange to be waiting for you as you arrive by boat. Enjoy beaches, Creole architecture and the nature reserves at your own pace.

Whatever you choose to do (or not do) you’ll be struck by the incredible peace of these glorious islands. With year-round warmth and friendly locals you are sure to be smiling from the moment you land.

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