Sometimes you’re just looking for some respite from the circus of city life – a more relaxed type of holiday where you can, quite simply, get lazy. The Seychelles offers just that – with all the laidback tempo of an uncrowded desert island. There are few travel destinations that evoke the image of an island paradise as much as the Seychelles, and with good reason. Lush unexplored jungles, powdery white-sand beaches and an azure ocean teeming with marine life create the overall impression of a modern-day Eden.  

Islands in the sun
The Seychelles is made up of 115 tropical islands (you can stay on 15 of them) scattered through the Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles east of Africa. You can hop between these tropical islands – some hilly and granitic, others low-lying and coral-based – in a light aircraft or by boat across coral seas. Flight transfer times from the mainland airport vary between 15 minutes and one hour, depending on which island you are visiting, so you can make the very most of a short break.

The largest of the islands is Mahe, but the smaller Praslin and La Digue have just as much to offer. There is plenty to do at the many luxury, villa-based resorts such as swimming, snorkelling, diving, tennis, and yoga. But really, the Seychelles is all about relaxing on the sunny beaches, feeling the warm tropical water lapping against your toes, and playing at being Robinson Crusoe – just with a tropical cocktail in one hand, a book in the other.

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