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Romantic Utopia – An itinerary for a holiday in Seychelles

Romantic Utopia – An itinerary for a holiday in Seychelles
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I wheeled with the stars

My heart broke loose on the wind

I thought of Pablo Neruda’s words often while exploring the islands of love in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 idyllic islands nestled in azure waters but I’m convinced it isn’t just the otherworldly beaches, luxury resorts, or alluring palms that make it special!

What makes Seychelles special are the sensory experiences that are unleashed on guests the moment they step foot on the islands – white powdery sand tickles your toes persuading you to stay a little while longer, the creaminess of a coconut curry seduces the palette, Seychellois sunsets work hard to give you goosebumps, and the sweltering heat seems to be there just to provide you with an excuse to take a dip in temperate waters that make your heart sing. So many sensations in one short evening – that’s how Seychelles makes its guests fall in love with itself!

Couple on a beach in Labriz Seychelles

Beautiful Seychelles

 

Why choose Seychelles?

We’ve been to a fair few island destinations now and each one of them has its pros and cons. Maldives is ideal if you want an ultra luxurious holiday but it doesn’t offer local experiences per se. Mauritius is ideal for a road trip but doesn’t offer island-hopping experiences. This is where Seychelles comes in – the islands offer a mix of luxury, cultural experiences, and island-hopping opportunities. It is ideal if you enjoy indulgent beach holidays dotted with cultural experiences.

Walking on sunshine!

 

locals in Seychelles

Seychelles offers local experiences such as chance meetings with such munchkins 🙂

 

Best Time To Visit Seychelles

Seychelles boasts of a warm climate all year round. It is situated in a cyclone free zone, which makes it an ideal year-round destination. Having said that, the months between March and June are perfect to visit Seychelles. The weather is hot but waters are calm and ideal for sailing and water sports. The monsoons hit hard from November-January. Expect a lot of rainfall if you visit the country during those months.

 

Getting Into Seychelles

Air Seychelles offers convenient connections from both Asia and Europe. For instance – There are direct flights from Mumbai and Paris, which make it super simple to get into Mahe. Friendly service and a menu featuring Creole specialities makes sure your holiday starts the second you board the flight to Seychelles.

 

Budgeting for your holiday to Seychelles

The money you spend will depend heavily on the place you’re flying from and the hotels you choose in Seychelles. Having said that, expect to spend around £1500/INR 125,000 per person on accommodation, activities, and meals for a week if you choose to stay in luxury hotels. Add the cost of flights to this and you have your budget for Seychelles.

 

An Itinerary For Seychelles – An Overview

It’s possible to have a variety of island-hopping itineraries while visiting Seychelles. You could even stay only on one island like Mahe or Praslin and hop on a few day trips. But if you, like us, enjoy indulgent holidays laden with cultural experiences and water sports, then this itinerary is ideal for you

Day 1- Arrival in Mahe

Days 1-3 Explore Praslin and La Digue

Days 3-6 Explore Mahe and surroundings

Days 6-8 Experience Silhouette Island

Day 8 – Departure from Mahe

Couple sunbathing on beach at Silhouette Island

Sunbathing on the gorgeous beaches of Seychelles

 

An Itinerary For Seychelles – Day by day breakdown

Here’s a day by day breakdown of the perfect itinerary for Seychelles with restaurant, tour, and accommodation suggestions along the way:

 

DAY 1: Transfer to Praslin and explore Praslin

You will fly into Mahe Airport. From here, you can take a short flight or hop on a ferry to get to Praslin, the first island on your itinerary of Seychelles. Praslin boasts of some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, so make sure you put it o your itinerary.

 

This is your first day in Seychelles, so take your time to acquaint yourself with the air of a new country. Once you arrive in Praslin, check into your hotel. We chose Hotel Le Duc de Praslin because of its proximity to the iconic Cote d’Or Beach and really enjoyed our stay. The boutique hotel has a laid-back and casual vibe and boasts of some of the most popular restaurants and bars on the entire island. You can read a detailed review of  Hotel Le Duc de Praslin in our article on choosing accommodation in Seychelles. If you want to stay at a more luxurious property in Praslin, then look up Raffles Praslin. If you want something that is cheaper, then check out Acajou Hotel or AirBnB.

 

Irrespective of where you choose to stay, make sure you make your way to Cote d’Or Beach in the afternoon. Drink in the views and have a light lunch at the famous Cafe des Arts restaurant. Then make your way to yet another spectacular beach, Anse Lazio for sunset. After this, you could head back to your hotel for dinner. If you enjoy seafood, you could also try Les Rochers Restaurant for a special (but expensive!) meal. It offers a delectable range of crustacean delicacies – we loved their crab soup and grilled lobster. All this whilst you enjoy the sound of waves a few feet away from you.

 

Lunch with a view of the beach at Cote D'or

Lunch with a view at Cote D’or

 

Les Rochers dinner by the beach

…followed by a romantic dinner by the beach at Les Rochers

 

DAY 2: Take a day trip to La Digue

The sylvan island of La Digue is just a short ferry ride away from Praslin. Have a relaxed breakfast and head out to the jetty to board the ferry. Once you’re in La Digue, rent a bicycle from Tati’s Bicycle Rental close to the jetty and explore the island’s bucolic by lanes and beaches. We suggest heading to the Northern side of the island and exploring beaches such as Anse Severe on your bikes if you want a gentle bike ride.

 

If you want a longer bike ride or a guided tour, then head to the amazing beaches and reserves that are further away from La Digue’s Pier. Grand Anse and Anse Source d’Árgent have sparkling blue waters and white powdery beaches dotted with Seychelles’ characteristic black rocks. Lunion Estate offers visitors the opportunity to visit a plantation house or make friends with giant tortoises. If you’re into bird watching, then make sure to visit Veuve Reserve.

 

Return your bikes and have a quick meal at the adjacent Fishtrap restaurant (they do amazing salads and curries!) before heading back to your hotel in Praslin.

Woman at Anse Source D'Argent in La Digue

Savi at Anse Source D’Argent – we thought we’d give a different twist to one of the most photographed beaches in the world

 

bike rental in la Digue Seychelles

Renting bikes in La Digue – FUN 🙂

 

DAY 3  Visit Fond Ferdinand and transfer to Mahe

It’s time to hop onto yet another island with your luggage in tow. But not before a pitstop at Fond Ferdinand’s nature trail. The infamous Coco de Mer is rare and precious. You can see it in its natural habitat and learn more about it at Fond Ferdinand. Don’t miss this opportunity as Coco de Mer is native to the Seychelles archipelago and can only be found in Seychelles. You can take a short walk in the plantation or hike all the way to the top for a gorgeous panoramic view. This takes about 3 hours.

 

Once you’re exhausted head back to your car. You will reach Praslin’s jetty within minutes. Take the ferry back to Mahe. Once you are in Mahe, check into your hotel. There is a range of hotels to suit both mid-range and luxury travellers in Mahe. We chose Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa. The intimate hotel is built at a historic site and has a gorgeous infinity pool and scenic restaurants. We had an amazing time there and were reluctant to leave ;-). Check out our article on accommodation in Seychelles for a detailed review. If you prefer a mid-range hotel, you should check out Coral Strand Hotel in Mahe.

 

Sunsets from our 'room' at Hilton Northolme

Sunsets from our ‘room’ at Hilton Northolme

 

Gorgeous infinity pool Hilton Northolme Mahe

Gorgeous infinity pool at our hotel in Mahe 🙂

 

 

DAY 4: Relax in Mahe and indulge in water sports

All the day trips and plantation visits are bound to leave you exhausted. Spend a relaxed day walking by the beach, snorkelling, or diving in Seychelles’ gorgeous waters. Most hotels can arrange water sports for guests. Spend the evening lazing around the pool as you sip on cocktails. If you really want to unwind, get a rejuvenating massage.

 

Breakfasts in Seychelles

 

massage at Hilton Northolme Seychelles

Massages are always a good idea 🙂

 

DAY 5: Go on a long hike and explore Victoria

Brace yourself for an early wake up call. Day 5 is reserved for a quick breakfast followed by a long and scenic hike. There are a number of nature trails in Mahe and you can choose one based on your fitness level. We chose the challenging Copolia Trail. On a sunny day, the hike to the top is strenuous and rewarding in equal measures. You might sweat bucketloads on the way up but fret not – stunning panoramas await. Take your time to absorb the gorgeous view of tiny islands, ringed by cerulean waters. Count the shades of blue as you gather your breath for the hike back to the starting point.

Spend your afternoon exploring Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles – walk by colourful houses, pick up conversations with locals, buy tidbits from tiny shops crammed with wares, or just observe locals go about their lives as you sample a creole curry or two at a local restaurant. Spend a relaxed evening and make sure you opt for a romantic dinner overlooking the Indian Ocean.

 

Dense plantation along Copolia trail in Seychelles

Hiking through a dense and unique plantation

 

Gorgeous view from the end of Copolia trail

We could have hiked for 4 more hours for a view like this!

 

Street vendor in local market in Victoria Seychelles

Plenty of smiles going around in Victoria 🙂

 

DAYS 6 & 7 Transfer to Silhouette Island and enjoy island life

Seychelles is ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways. Spend the last two days of your holiday in Seychelles in a luxurious oasis. If you’re celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and want something supremely special, then look up the private island resorts such as North Island Luxury Lodge or Six Senses Zil Payson.

But if you want a popular yet luxurious stay, then Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa is ideal. We chose it because it has won several awards for being the best island hideaway in the Indian Ocean. You can read details about our stay at Hilton Labriz in our article on where to stay in Seychelles. Irrespective of where you choose to stay, spend days 6 & 7 biking around tiny islands, snorkelling and diving in crystal clear waters, sailing in the Indian Ocean on a sunset cruise, and devouring flavourful creole meals. This romantic island utopia will leave you sun-kissed and blissed out

Hilton labriz beach at Silheoutte island

Enjoying a full moon night at the beach in Silhouette Island

 

breakfast on the beach at Hilton Labriz Seychelles

Breakfast with a view – right outside our villa on Silhouette Island 🙂

 

snorkelling at Silhouette Island

Gone snorkelling 😀

 

 

Day 8 Transfer to Mahe and flight back home

I know we all hate it when holidays end but end they must. It’s time to take the ferry back to Mahe and hop on the flight back home. If you have some time to while away before your flight just take a cab to Eden Island – the man made island is home to a host of great eateries and cafés. Chatterbox offers a range of smoothies and coffees in a hip setting. For a scrumptious sea facing meal, try Bravo. The open-air restaurant offers some delicious salads and grilled meats.

 

Visiting Seychelles? Check out our detailed article on Where To Stay On Your Holiday In Seychelles with a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets

And finally, to tempt you into booking your flights to Seychelles, here’s a little video about our time there 🙂

 

 

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79 Comments

  1. You express everything so beautifully. For a second, I imagined myself cycling across the beaches of Seychelles. 😃

    • Hey Kaveri – so happy to hear that. It’s hard to find people who appreciate words in today’s photo driven world 🙂

  2. Wow looks amazing, we have looked at visiting the Seychelles recently, and was surprised to find it was not as expensive as we had imagined. It is definitely on our list of places to visit.

    • True that – it’s definitely possible to take a mid-range holiday in Seychelles. So many B&Bs and apartments to choose from 🙂

  3. Oh wow, this looks utterly incredible, A real paradise. I would definitely like to visit one day.

    • Thanks a ton – you would love every bit of Seychelles:)

  4. Stunning photos, what a beautiful place. Elinor x

    • Thanks a ton Elinor – Seychelles lends itself so well to photography 🙂

  5. Oh wow what a great sounding holiday plan I would love to visit the Seychelles one day myself.

    • Hope you make it to Seychelles soon – you’ll love it there 🙂

  6. We visited the Seychelles last year in February basing ourselves in Praslin with day trips to other Islands. We absolutely loved it there. Your photos are stunning and brought back some great memories 😄

    • Ooh that’s amazing – that’s definitely a great option too. Which islands did you visit from Praslin Gilda? 🙂

  7. This looks exactly how my dream romantic holiday would pan out. I have always wanted to try an infinity pool x

    • Infinity pools are definitely the best things ever Ana – they just make the holiday extra special 🙂

  8. Wow… Seychelles is a dream place to visit. Your photography is so vivid. Loved it

    • Thanks a ton Madeeha – you will love it ever so much 🙂

  9. It looks absolutely stunning there. The beach and the crystal clear waters really make me want to visit. My parents went and apparently they had curry for breakfast.

    • Hehe that seems like a distinct possibility – Seychellois curries are quite something and we saw them being served at almost every meal there 🙂

  10. Seychelles looks like SUCH a beautiful place, and fantastic ways to make the most of the time there!

    • Thanks Sara – it is such a gorgeous island nation. Can’t believe we’ve only just visited it now 🙂

  11. The lunch with a view looks lovely and I love the idea of luxury, cultural experiences, and island-hopping opportunities 🙂 x

    • It’s quite the combination – I think that’s what makes Seychelles irresistible 🙂

  12. These articles are so descriptive that I do not have to look for any other place to know about the place.

    You guys are just amazing.

    • Glad you enjoyed them – we try and include as many details as possible so it’s easier if our readers ever plan a trip there 🙂

  13. What a gorgeous place 😍😍 and to think Id never everm heard of this country before you jetted off there!

    • Oh yay – glad we could bring Seychelles to your notice Adele. It’s a gorgeous country and definitely deserves so much more attention that it gets 🙂

  14. Hey really appreciate ur efforts to write all ur experiences in such manner.. They are of great help in guiding us to explore new places..Me & husband have been to Bali, ubud was magical (it was wonderful experience) & last month we went to Dubai. On ur recommendation we went for dessert safari & spice & gold souk. Had Soo much fun.. Thank you for putting it up Soo well..Now we are planning for going on cruise vacay. I wanted to know is it possible to book our (holiday/cruise) package from travelzoo in India.??

    • Hey Jasleen – responded to you plenty of times in the past. We would really appreciate if you didn’t put the same comment on all posts. Btw yes you can book a cruise from Travelzoo in India. Cheers

  15. Every time I see your photos I really am amazed. This is the kind of place I could imagine myself going to for a honeymoon, so romantic x

    • Thanks Rhian – so happy you are enjoyed reading this. I had so much fun putting it together 🙂

  16. What an absolute beautiful place, it looks like paradise! x

    • Thanks Stephanie – so glad you enjoyed our itinerary of Seychelles. It is truly epitomises tropical paradise 🙂

  17. Wow! It’s amazing. Great place to spent time with family.

    Thanks!

    • Yep – great for families but especially great for couples 🙂

  18. I have been to Seychelles and can relate to each and every experience of yours (except the Silhouette island). it is an absolutely beautiful place. I loved all your clicks and relived my memories.

    • Hey Ridhi – So happy we made you think of your holiday in Seychelles with fondness 🙂

  19. Woow savi i relived seychelles thru ur videos n photos.. Such amazing islands of seychell3su have been to.. I have been only to mahe n praslin butthis tim m going to loads of others too theway u did.. U guys presented it so well.. Hats off guys.. Lov n.light
    Have been.there for my honeymoom

    • What a great place for your honeymoon Urvashi 🙂 So good to know you had an incredible time in Seychelles

  20. What stunning pics!! Seychelles definately added to my list after reading your post on about how to plan a trip… Keep travelling keep inspiring! Much love 🙂

    • So glad we could add Seychelles to your bucket list Neha – it’s a beautiful country 🙂

  21. Hi guys,
    I recently started following your blog and instagram account and have fallen in love with your travel stories.
    You capture the true essence of a place and the pictures are mesmerising.
    I am in the process of finalising a destination for my honeymoon in mid October and have a budget of 3L.
    Would really appreciate your suggestions.

    Thanks

    • Hey Anu – you could go to Bali (Indonesia) or Pan Thiet (Vietnam) if you’d like to stay in luxury resorts in that budget. It’s your honeymoon after all 🙂

  22. This look like paradise. Beautiful photos. I would love to visit there one day. xx

    • Hope you make it to Seychelles someday soon Anna 🙂

  23. Your photos look incredible! Great guide, I’d love to visit the Seychelles

    • Jemma Seychelles was so much fun – we expected it to be only about beaches but there was so much to do. Loved hiking there 🙂

  24. Hi Savi and Vid, me and my husband also went to Seychelles last year at our honeymoon. After looking your Pictures and videos, they remind me of my amazing days spent there. Everything is so gorgeous by the way..Keep Travelling.. 🙂

    • Hey namrata – so glad you got to relive your trip. Yay 🙂

  25. The itinerary which u have uploaded . …wats the total costing of de tour ??

    • Hey that depends purely on where you’re flying from and what hotels you choose but we’d suggest keeping aside at least $300 per day for accommodation and activities

  26. The place looks gorgeous and the itinerary sounds so fun! Will definitely try it when I go there.

    • Hope you make it to Seychelles soon – you can tailor the itinerary to your preferences and laze around more or include even more islands 🙂

  27. Hi, I have been a silent reader of your blog for a while now. thanks for your wonderful posts — they have some amazing writing and even more lovely pics. A Q for you since you have been to all 3 places – which place would you recommend for 3yr old kids 0- Mauritius, Maldives or Seychelles? I would think Mauritius but looking for your views. thanks!

    • Hey Vas – would suggest Mauritius with a child because you won’t have to move around much. You can stay in one place and explore the island 🙂

  28. My husband just visited the Seychelles with work and my gosh it looked amazing! He didn’t get to see lots because of work but we hope to return!

    • Annie you must go – it’s a truly stunning place 🙂

  29. What gorgeous photos – it looks like you guys have found the ultimate romantic destination. Some of these photos are so beautiful it looks like they can’t be real! I felt a bit like that too when I travelled to the Maldives…crystal clear aquamarine water, and luxury accommodation. Truly unforgettable!

    • Absolutely! Maldives has some amazing beaches and sea life too 🙂

  30. Amazing blog and short video giving about the whole trip. What’s best to visit with a 10 year old kid , Maldives or Mauritius or Seychelles considering cost aspect also.

    • Hi Gopinath,

      Out of the three, Seychelles gives you the most variety and also the chance to enjoy island hopping. In terms of costs, Mauritius might be a bit cheaper than Seychelles.

      Hope that helps

  31. Hey m really sorry for putting up same comment again & again.. Actually I thought it was not posted earlier cause I commented on last years post.. Soo that’s why commented here again!!

    • No worries at all Jasleen 🙂

  32. Hii…. u both look stunning! And d place is super amazing! Wats d best option for stay in 6000 to 8000 inr per night? If u can help!
    Coz d resorts mentioned are way too expensive

    • Hi Jaspreet,

      Thanks 🙂

      Seychelles is an expensive destination so things are more expensive than in other countries for sure. You can find some nice apartments on AirBnB. If you’re a first time user, you can get a good discount on apartment rentals by booking on AirBnb. You should be able to find decent apartments within the price range of INR 8000-10000.

      Hope that helps.

  33. The description of the place is so ideal that we can imagine that we are roaming around the place.

    • That’s great to hear guys 😀

  34. I am planning my honeymoon by the end of this month and got a quick question for you.
    the inclusions of services like (water sports, evening cocktails, sunset cruises, kayak rentals) in hotel tariff you mentioned in your post; were they included in the hotels you booked for your stay.

    • Hi Umang,

      You can book different packages at the hotels depending on what you’d like. Most of the hotels provide kayaks/bikes free for an hour or so and charge for rentals over an hour. Evening cocktails are included if you opt for the all-inclusive packages. Water sports and sunset cruise is for an additional cost which varies from hotel to hotel.

      Hope you have a great time in Seychelles.

  35. Hi,
    Can you tell me how much will be the total expenses of a trip to Seychelles following the itinerary mentioned by you and staying in the same hotels in which you stayed for a couple?
    Thanks

    • Hey Anuj – please see the budgeting section above for the same!

  36. Hi you both 🙂

    Planning to go Seychelles in Nov for honeymoon. What do you suggest? If not Seychelles, then your fave destination other than maldives/Mauritius?

    • Hey Somya – if you’d like a cold weather honeymoon, you could go see the Northern Lights in Lapland 🙂

  37. Hi Savi & Vid,

    Your posts are really beautiful. Lovely pics and videos.

    I just wanted to ask what time did u guys visit Seychelles. I am thinking to plan my honeymoon there in March/Apr next year. Would that be a good time to go there?

    Also how much minimum budget should i keep in mind for this?

    • Hey Ankush – you will have to keep aside a minimum budget of INR 100,000/person. You can see the budgeting section above for more information

  38. Hi. Me and my husband would like to spend our anniversary in the month of December in Seychelles. We would like to cover Prasline, LaDigue, Mage. Could you please create a budget itinerary and share the pricing. Thanks

    • Hey Sriparna – please consult the budgeting section and itinerary above to customise your itinerary. Cheers

  39. You two are an inspiration!! Beautiful pictures 🙂 Keep travelling!

    • Thanks a ton Rita 🙂

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