The most stunning of the Indian Ocean islands
The Seychelles has a warm tropical climate with temperatures between 24 – 31 C year round. May to October the southeast trades winds bring cooler weather and fresh breezes. And from November to March the northwest monsoon winds tend to bring hotter weather and increased humidity. From the end of November to the end of January are the hottest and wettest months. In true tropical fashion the clouds build up from nowhere for short sharp very heavy bursts of rain before the sun comes straight back out again. It is worth noting that this time of the year can be too hot for some children and battling to keep them in the shade can be something of a trial!
Other then the now difficult flights to the Seychelles it is a wonderful place for children. Similar to the Maldives the clear waters and fantastic beaches are perfect for families. For the ultimate family hideaway North Island is it (although as children cost enough anyway you may feel the price tag is a bit punchy). There are a number of family friend 4* hotels or fantastic 5* options such as Lemuria for those who need plenty to do – including a Kids Club. If you just want miles of fantastic beach plenty of space for your brood to run around then the fabulous Denis Island might be just your thing. As with the Maldives it is important to get the right hotel for your family as some of the smaller hotels have limited activities for older children
Flights: Sadly Air Seychelles have just cancelled their direct European flights so now the only way to get to the Seychelles is indirect via Qatar or Dubai with Emirates. Kenyan Airways runs a twice weekly flight in from Nairobi for any family wanting to combine this with a safari. South African Airways also has a flight to the Seychelles from Johannesburg.
The Seychelles are a cluster of islands ranging from the larger granite Inner Islands of Mahe and Praslin to the coral outer islands of Denis and Desroches Island. Very few places in the world compare with the beauty of the Seychelles beaches.
The islands are accessed by daily Air Seychelles flights (Praslin has numerous daily flights which take just 15 minutes)) or helicopter for the more glamorous hideaways such as North Island and Fregate. Labriz, Praslin and Sainte Anne can also be accessed by boat.
Food and Drink
Seychellois food is influenced by African, Chinese, English, French and Indian styles. And, as you might imagine, there is a heavy bias towards seafood and fish. Most hotels will offer a selection of international dishes but most meat has to be imported so local restaurants don’t really feature it. Standard Kids Menus are available from most hotels. It is worth noting that with 100% import duty on alcohol this can be quiet expensive.
Please find below a range of activities available in Seychelles.
We know it is often difficult, with the huge number of hotels out there, to know which one to go for, which combines with which and what sort of costs they are going to be. Here we have put together a few of our favourite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweeked or added to so please do ask. The prices are per person and include international flights and private transfers. As the rates at all hotels change a great deal from their High Seasons (i.e the most popular times of the year to be there) to their Low Seasons (they often have great discounts at this time) we have based the 'From' costs on a good time of year to be in the country, the dates are included in the text at the bottom. Please do call us for a quote based on your dates.