14 February 2019
Once a playground for the rich and famous, the Seychelles has never been more popular, attracting a record number of visitors in recent years.
Part of that increased appeal is down to families, who have recognised the region as a great holiday destination more often. Perhaps you’ve never considered the Seychelles as a place to jet off to with the kids, but you should - and we’re about to lay out a few reasons why.
A region that sits more than 5,000 miles away from the UK in the middle of the Indian Ocean may not sound particularly accessible, but with British Airways flying direct from London Heathrow in around just 10 hours twice a week, reaching the Seychelles is easier than ever. Alternatively, flying from Manchester to the Seychelles can take just under 14 hours with a two-hour stopover in Dubai.
The long-haul flight needn’t deal a hefty blow to the rest of your holiday budget either with a wide range of airlines - including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar - also flying to the island nation.
Flying long-haul doesn’t always mean you’ll be jetlagged at the other end, and the Seychelles are only four hours ahead of GMT, so the family fun can begin as soon as you touch down.
British Airways’ flights to the Seychelles use Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners that promise superb customer comfort with spacious seats and bigger windows, along with higher cabin pressure and humidity to ensure you get to your destination more refreshed.
The Seychelles are made up of 115 islands, and even though the vast majority of them are completely uninhabited, families won’t struggle to find an amazing hotel or resort in this region.
One prime example is the five-star beachfront Constance Ephelia Resort, which sits within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé – the biggest island in the Seychelles.
Here, every one of the 300-plus suites and villas feature Apple Mac mini entertainment systems loaded with more than 300 films, whilst some come with their own private pool and personal gym. The Constance Kids Club is a great place for guests aged 4-11 years who are up for adventure and are prepared to be pampered. Youngsters will be entertained with pizza and ice-cream-making theme days, arts & crafts classes, open play areas, computers for gaming and internet access, a swimming pool and tag games.
Meanwhile, adults can unwind in the soothing thermal pool at U Spa - the Indian Ocean’s largest wellness facility - and there are also unique amenities such as a zip line, rock climbing wall, giant tortoise enclosure and PADI-certified diving in the marine life-rich waters of Port Launay Marine National Park.
Another great accommodation option is Constance Lemuria, which reopened after a full renovation in November 2016 with spacious, elegant suites and villas offering an exclusive view and complete comfort. Fine food, customised spa treatments, the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles, and the same fun-packed Constance Kids Club are also a given.
Elsewhere in the Seychelles, there’s the Six Senses Zil Pasyon, which comprises 30 pool villas on the private island of Félicité, and Hilton Seychelles Labriz - an award-winning eco-friendly resort within a Marine National Park set on 2.5km of stunning, white sand beach,framed by towering forest-clad mountains. Here, you can venture deep into tropical jungles and meet 125-year-old giant tortoises with the resort’s own resident naturalist.
“There are many beautiful hotels on Mahé, but Constance Ephelia is perfect for families, with fantastic villas offering families great accommodation with all the benefits and services of a five-star hotel.”
Mike, Travel Counsellor
You’ll probably struggle to find a good reason to leave your chosen resort in the Seychelles, but family explorers can indulge in a spot of island-hopping. Starting from Mahé, you can fly to Praslin – the Seychelles’ second-largest island – in 15 minutes or sail across on an hour-long catamaran ferry ride. The mainland may have more than 65 beaches but Praslin’s gorgeous Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and Cote d’Or are sure to impress too. La Digue, with its amazing Anse Source d’Argent beach, is also worth checking out.
The sister islands of Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur have avoided any form of development and are deemed to be the best preserved and unspoilt islands in the Seychelles. They’re home to a nesting sea turtle population and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“No trip to the Seychelles is complete unless you have visited at least two of the islands. You can also stay on some of the smaller islands including Denis Island and Bird Island if you are after more of a secluded, exclusive experience.”
Yvette, Travel Counsellor
Maybe you’re not bothered about hauling your family off the island, that’s fine – there’s still tons for you to fill your days. The region’s clear blue waters make for ideal swimming and snorkelling conditions, or you could go horse riding along the shore of Mahé’s spectacular Grand Anse. Families staying on Praslin can visit Vallée de Mai – an UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Coco-de-Mer palm tree and the endangered Black Parrot.
Don’t worry about covering everything in a single week because you and your family can stay for up to a month without obtaining a visa.
Book your family on a dream-like holiday to the Seychelles by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and taking advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.