Desert island with a dramatic granite coastline
Little Félicité Island – a short boat ride from Praslin – has a north-south divide. The lone luxury hotel (Six Senses Zil Pasyon) sits up top, where the best beaches are. Here, white sand collects in little bays sheltered by huge smooth rocks deposited haphazardly along the coast.
Félicité Island was once a coconut plantation, but these day native fruit trees are left to grow wild, so you’ll see forests top-heavy with bananas, coconuts, vanilla and mangos – as well as the occasional snoozing fruit bat.
Things get a little wilder as you head south into Ramos National Park. This is where the island’s granite geology really comes in to play, with footpaths and biking trails threading through the rocky hills. The highest peak is only just over 200 metres tall, so it’s a relatively easy hike to a summit that gives up broad views over the Inner Islands of the Seychelles.
Direct flights from the UK to the Seychelles take approximately 10 hours. You can also choose to fly via the Middle East.
A 20-minute flight takes you from Mahé to Praslin. From here, it's a short boat ride to Félicité Island.
The Seychelles keeps a steady temperature all year round, with the mercury usually hovering between 24°C and 32°C. April marks the end of the rainy season, warming up in time for May – the sunniest month of the year. July is the coolest month, with temperatures dropping down to a comfortable 24°C. November is the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, so the temperatures rise and the number of rainy days slowly start to increase.
The Seychelles is completely visa-free. Officials will just hand you a visitor’s permit when you go through customs. Just make sure you have your passport, details of where you’re staying and proof of onward travel (i.e. details of your flights back home).
A 5-10% service tax is added to bills in most hotels, restaurants and bars. Feel free to increase this if the service exceeds your expectations.
English and French are the two most commonly spoken tongues, but Seychelles Creole is the official language.