Indulge in a luxury winter getaway to the Seychelles this year and swap short, cold days of the northern hemisphere for those spent soaking up warm sunshine. Temperatures average 29–31ºC with up to seven hours of sunlight a day. Here are our top reasons to go the Seychelles this year.
1. The perfect time to explore the ocean
Throughout October and November the winds are at their calmest around the Seychelles creating the kind of calm waters and clear visibility – up to 30 metres – that divers dream of. Water temperatures average between 27–29ºC.
A special treat for divers between October and January are sightings of the gentle giant of the ocean – the magnificent whale shark.
2. Big game fishing
Because of the calmer waters this is also the ideal time to fish the teeming waters of the Seychelles. Pit your wits against Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Blue Marlin and Sailfish in conditions perfect for this high-octane sports fishing.
3. Experience one of the miracles of nature
October to February is turtle-nesting season in the Seychelles when the rare, endangered hawksbill and green turtles return to the same beaches – including the beach at Constance Lémuria on Praslin – to lay their eggs.
Take a trip to Bird Island in December and January and experience one of the only places where the hawksbill turtle can be observed nesting during the day.
4. Celebrate Creole culture at the Festival Kreol
The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, has been nominated the capital of the Creole World. To celebrate the town holds an annual festival in November which attracts Creole people from across the world.
As well as food stalls, music and dancing, this year’s festival will be celebrating Creole music with a ‘serenade march’ through the streets of Victoria. Local Creole stars will sing as the procession of dancers and spectators moves through the town.
5. Constance in the Seychelles
For the ultimate Seychelles getaway, Constance Lémuria on the small island of Praslin is a tranquil paradise with access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Constance Ephélia on Mahé is a family-friendly luxury holiday resort, offering a raft of activities and set into the stunning scenery of the Port Launay National Marine Park.