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Reviewed on 20 Dec 2018
The Seychelles is a cluster of 115 tropical islands just south of the equator in the Indian Ocean, and world famous as a spectacular holiday destination. To find your perfect Seychelles hotel, use Expedia’s search tools to choose from a huge range of accommodation including secluded beach retreats, family-friendly apartments, welcoming guesthouses with water sports right on the doorstep and some of the most sought-after luxury five-star resorts in the world.
To spot the Seychelles on a map of the world, you’ll have to look for the tiny pinpoints off the east coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean to the north east of Madagascar. But for such a tiny nation, the natural beauty in the Seychelles is off the scale, and you can expect the island paradise you’ve always dreamed of, complete with white, palm-fringed beaches. Tranquil nature reserves teem with tropical plants and wildlife including turtles, giant tortoises, lizards and seabirds. Crystal-clear underwater worlds are alive with fish swimming through coral reefs.
As well as kicking back, relaxing and admiring the outstanding views from the beach or poolside of your Seychelles hotel, there are also plenty of opportunities to get out and get active. No matter where you stay in the Seychelles, you’ll never be far away from the sea, making it easy to get your fill of swimming, snorkelling and diving. Thanks to its tropical climate, the Seychelles is a great location for a trip at any time of the year – the average daytime temperature is 29 degrees Celsius and the sea is usually around 27 degrees.
If you love getting out onto the water for a spot of sailing or fishing, the Seychelles could be an excellent choice for an active getaway. Surfing and windsurfing are also high up the list of watersport activities if you’re staying in the Seychelles between May and September when the brisker trade winds make conditions perfect. Back on dry land, you can step out from your Seychelles hotel to explore the variety of hiking trails offered on many of the islands. Choose coastline walks taking in secluded beaches or more challenging treks winding through dense forests to spectacular mountain top vantage points.
Alongside the sunbathing, snorkelling and sailing, you can also enjoy the distinctive culture and cuisine of this laidback island nation. Discover the vibrant art scene inspired by the islands’ history, wealth of natural beauty and the African, Asian and European people who’ve made the Seychelles home. Feel the rhythms of traditional and modern music and dance at fetes and festivals throughout the year. And fill up on delicious local dishes incorporating all the best flavours from French, Indian and Asian cooking – the fresh seafood is not to be missed.