Escape to a unique piece of paradise on the longest white sandy beach in Seychelles. It is the only resort located on Silhouette, the third largest Island in Seychelles once home to pirates and is just a 40 minute speedboat ride from Mahe.
This eco-friendly resort is a secluded haven surrounded by a National Park. Nestled in lush mountains, it’s a nature lover’s dream with its breath taking scenery.
Once there, indulging in total relaxation is the order of the day in this all villas island paradise. Villas have outdoor rain showers and all Pool Villas have a heated outdoor pool. The 8 unique dining experiences include Creole cuisine in a historic plantation home. Families are welcome with the Jungle Fun Kids Club for youngsters. There is plenty to do here; rent a bike to explore the island, try a diving course at the PADI Dive Centre, snorkel in the Marine Park, take a nature walk into the lush jungle or treat yourself in the eforea Spa.
A four course set menu dinner in the privacy of the Portobello Wine Cellar is highly recommended – sample a large range of fine wines chosen by the resident sommelier.HOLIDAY TO THE SEYCHELLES
One hundred and fifteen coral and granite islands rising up out of the Indian Ocean – this is the Seychelles! An Indian Ocean holiday dream come true - calm azure waters, deserted beaches, tropical paradise and turquoise lagoons. This string of islands offers sparkling white sandy beaches and coral reefs bustling with sea life. The flora and fauna are unique, the mountains are covered in lush vegetation, and the landscape offers a stunning and multi-faceted panorama.
HISTORY OF THE SEYCHELLES
The first European to pass through the Seychelles was Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama in 1502, followed by the English in 1609. A transit point for trade between Africa and Asia, the islands were used by pirates until 1756, when the French took control, laying down their "Stone of Possession" (visible today at the museum in Mahé) and naming the islands after Jean Moreau de Séchelles. Britain and France fought over the islands from the late 18th to early 19th century, with Britain finally gaining control in 1814. Achieving independence from Britain in 1976, the Seychelles today is a true success story of people who claim origins from all over the world and live together with an unusual and inspiring degree of harmony in diversity.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEYCHELLES
Seychelles’ 115 islands fall under two distinct groups; the outstandingly beautiful granitic islands, the world’s only oceanic islands of granitic rock, and coral islands fringed by white sandy beaches and encircled by coral reefs teaming with fish.
The three most popular islands in the Seychelles archipelago are Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Home to 98% of the Seychelles' population, these three are clustered in the archipelago’s northeast area known as the Inner Island group. Mahé and Praslin are Seychelles' largest islands (nearby Silhouette Island is larger than La Digue, but less populated), and all three are granitic (versus coral). The Inner Islands also include other popular islands to visit on your Seychelles holiday, such as Denis, Bird, Silhouette, and North.
Seychelles’ enviable climate is always warm and without extremes. In this tropical haven, the temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C making Seychelles a year-round island holiday destination for sun worshippers and beach lovers. During the north-west trade winds that occur between October and March, the sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, in January and February the islands receive their life-giving rains, rejuvenating the rivers and streams. From May to September the weather is cooler and drier with livelier seas - particularly on the south-eastern coasts.
TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEYCHELLES AND SOUTH AFRICA
The Seychelles is 2 hours ahead of South Africa.
CURRENCY IN THE SEYCHELLES
The currency in use is the Seychelles rupee (Rs). Although tourist prices are often quoted in Euros, you can also pay in Rupees and often also in US Dollars. ATMs (which accept foreign cards) are available at the airports, in Victoria, and scattered around the larger towns on all three main islands. Almost all hotels, restaurants, shops, and even small curio stalls take major credit cards, with a preference for Visa and MasterCard
WHAT TO DO IN THE SEYCHELLES
For visitors who can tear themselves away from their resort, the Seychelles offers a wide variety of things to see and do; from the prehistoric rainforest of Praslin’s National Park to the 70 beaches of Mahé and endless water sports. You could take an excursion to Mahe’s capital, Victoria, to admire its colonial mansions and meet the giant tortoises at the botanical gardens. You can also visit tiny islands such as beautiful La Digue, perhaps joining local fishermen in their boat for a day’s angling in the abundant waters.
You will find proud national monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists' studios, national reserves and marine parks, as well as breath-taking natural wonders above and beneath the waves. There are guided nature tours to enjoy some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. Not forgetting the mellow Seychelles nightlife where you can take in a casino, some local bars and fine restaurants offering unforgettable Creole and international cuisine.
The first port of call for most visitors to the Seychelles is Mahe. This is the largest island of the Seychelles and the largest granitic island – 27 km long and 8 km wide. Forming the backbone of the island is a spectacular mountain range that includes Morne Seychellois, the island’s highest peak. Around the peak is one of the island’s beautiful national parks, offering good hiking and stunning scenery. More than 60 idyllic beaches fringed with swaying palm trees can be found along the shoreline, offering a host of activities including diving and fishing. There are several interesting sights to see, particularly in friendly Victoria.
Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles, 44 km north east of Mahe and can be reached by plane or ferry. This island is a popular tourist destination with several hotels and resorts, as well as the famous beaches of Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. The beautiful Vallee de Mai is known for the unique Coco de Mer.
La Digue, Seychelles
La Digue is a small island accessible by ferry from Praslin. Here cars are shunned in favour of bicycles and ox-carts. A timeless oasis, hidden away in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, La Digue is the Seychelles of yesteryear. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches, La Digue also boasts the friendliest people and most tranquil, serene and relaxed atmosphere.
Seychellois - the common name used for the population of Seychelles - speak both English and Creole.
Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug. International visitors are advised to bring their own adaptors.
DIVING IN THE SEYCHELLES
Seychelles offers diverse and impressive diving opportunities. The Inner Islands rest on a shallow plateau with prolific marine life and excellent PADI diving facilities are available with access to a multitude of dive sites. The Outer Islands to the south of the archipelago are all coralline or sand cays and mainly uninhabited, presenting the experienced diver with excellent opportunities to explore where few have gone before. If you are a certified diver, travel with proof of certification and discover this miracle of nature.
WHAT TO WEAR IN THE SEYCHELLES
As the Seychelles are warm throughout the year it is recommended that you pack light comfortable relaxed clothing. Most resorts are quite casual, so light clothing should be adequate at most times - you may also want to take a thin rain jacket in the event of the occasional rain shower. Don’t forget your beach wear plus sun screen and sun glasses.
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR SEYCHELLES HOLIDAY
- As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class and 30kg in business class
- Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
- Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day
- As the Seychelles are warm throughout the year it is recommended that you pack light comfortable relaxed clothing. Most resorts are quite casual, so light clothing should be adequate at most times
- Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
- Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
- Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
- Sturdy walking shoes if you are planning on taking a guided walk or exploring nature trails
- Mosquito repellent
- A sun hat, flip flops and a beach bag
SEYCHELLES TRAVEL TIPS
- Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim when you get to your resort)
- Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
- No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
- Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
- Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
- Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag
- It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
- Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!
How long does it take to go from Mahe to Silhouette? ›
Helicopter from Mahé airport
The helicopter flight to Silhouette takes about 15 minutes. Up to 4 people or 350kg per flight (luggage included).
To reach Silhouette Island, you have to catch one of the three scheduled Silhouette Island ferry, which leave from Mahe at 9 AM, 2:30 PM and 5 PM. Within the island, the only mode of transportation is rented bicycles or golf carts only for the guests of Hilton hotel.What is the name of the only hotel located in Silhouette island? ›
Nestled on Silhouette Island, Hilton Seychelles Resort & Spa is surrounded by mountain peaks, crystalline waters, and white-sand beaches. The all-villa resort is the only hotel located on Silhouette Island.How long is enough in Seychelles? ›
A memorable Seychelles holiday lasts between 10 and 14 days, with a minimum of ten days being a good amount of time to explore the islands. Excluding the first and last days as 'travel days' you have eight days to have a real blast.What part of Mahe is best to stay? ›
- Victoria & Eden Island.
- Beau Vallon.
- West Coast.
- Sainte Anne Marine Park.
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The aptly-named island of Silhouette is the eroded remnant of a large volcanic edifice, which probably once towered well above its present level.How to reach Hilton Labriz? ›
- Helicopter. 15-minute helicopter ride from the airport.
- Boat. 45-minutes by boat from Bel Ombre Jetty.
- Private Boat Charter. Contact the concierge for a private boat charter.
Silhouette was the first island of the group to be seen when the islands were discovered in 1609 but was not settled until the early 19th century. From 1860 attempts were made to develop parts of the island for agriculture or forestry. A wide range of plants was introduced for crops of timber, fruit, spices and oils.Where is Silhouette Island located? ›
At 20 square kilometres in size, Silhouette is the third-largest Seychelles island, located 20 km (12.5 miles) off the western coast of Mahé, near to North Island. Although it is relatively close to the main island, Silhouette is the most undeveloped and most remote of the Seychelles' inhabited islands.
How many rooms does Hilton Labriz have? ›
Rooms. The Hilton has 111 spacious villas, set in either the gardens or just steps from the beach, some with private pools.What is the biggest problem in Seychelles? ›
The main climate change threats facing Seychelles are similar to those threatening other small island developing states: changes in rainfall patterns leading to flooding, landslides on one hand and extended periods of drought on the other, increases in sea temperature, changes in acidity and damage to marine ecosystems ...What is the cheapest month to go to Seychelles? ›
Visit Seychelles can get expensive. If you're traveling on a budget, you'll find the best prices for hotels and airfare between October and April. Late October starts the rainy season, and it extends until April.What is the best month to go to Seychelles? ›
The best time to visit the Seychelles is between April and May, or October and November, as these are the calmer periods between the two trade winds which hit the island each year. The northwest trade wind blows from November to March and the southeast wind from May to September.Are there mosquitoes in Seychelles? ›
Although there is currently no malaria in Seychelles, mosquitoes are quite prevalent. It's highly recommended to use repellents and to stay covered around sunrise/sunset. For non-air-conditioned rooms, sleeping under a mosquito net is also a good idea.Where do celebrities stay in the Seychelles? ›
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Outside you'll also have a private sea-facing terrace and a plunge pool to cool you off when the sun is at its hottest. The biggest A-listers most likely stayed in the 2,271 ft2 Five Bedroom Residence Villa, the resort's largest accommodation option.
The Seychelles does experience rain from time to time due to its tropical location, often in the evening or at night, but usually only for a short time. The wettest months of the year are generally December, January, and February, with the summer months of June, July, and August being the driest months of the year.What wildlife is on Silhouette Island? ›
Plants and animals of Silhouette
The majority of plant and animal species are small and inconspicuous. The most obvious animals are the large fruit bats (Pteropus seychellensis), abundant bird life, day geckos (Phelsuma spp.) and skinks (Mabuya sechellensis, Pamelascincus gardineri and Janetascincus braueri).
An elevated island southeast of Mogadishu 23 days after departing India can only be one of the granitic islands of Seychelles, almost certainly Silhouette. The first recorded visitors to Silhouette and indeed Seychelles were the crew of an English East India Company vessel, the Ascension in 1609.What continent is Seychelles part of? ›
The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago of 155 islands situated in the Indian Ocean, southeast of mainland Eastern Africa. With a territory of 177 square miles and a population of 92,000, the Seychelles is the smallest African country.
Do volcanic islands sink? ›
Strange as it seems to us continent dwellers, it's true. The world's volcanic ocean islands are sinking. As the young volcanic rock cools and is carried away from the volcanic “hot spot” by the movement of tectonic plates, the island sinks down as rapidly as a few millimeters per year.Is Aruba a volcano island? ›
Aruba is a volcanic island. It was formed during the Upper-Cretaceous period when a volcano erupted on the floor of the ocean. At the same time, the nearby islands of Curacao and Bonaire were also formed. Hooiberg is a mountain in the center of Aruba that was formed through volcanic activity.Is Fiji made of volcano? ›
Fiji is a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific, lying about 4,450 kilometres (2,765 mi) southwest of Honolulu and 1,770 km (1,100 mi) north of New Zealand. Of the 332 islands and 522 smaller islets making up the archipelago, about 106 are permanently inhabited.How long is the ferry from Mahe to La Digue? ›
The journey from Mahe to La Digue takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on sea conditions, and includes a short stopover at Praslin (15-30mins). Passengers for Praslin are allowed to disembark before the ferry continues to the La Passe Ferry Jetty on La Digue Island.How long is the boat ride from Mahe to Praslin? ›
The journey time between Mahe and Praslin is approximately 60 minutes.How long is the ferry from Mahe to Praslin? ›
The Cat Cocos ferries make the journey from Mahe to Praslin in just 60 minutes, subject to sea conditions. Passengers headed for La Digue Island will have a short stopover at Praslin (15-30mins to let passengers off) before continuing their journey.How long does it take to drive around Mahe Seychelles? ›
It takes around three hours if you drive straight through. But with over 20 beaches, viewpoints, restaurants and a rum distillery on the way, you'll want to take your time.