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Home to the capital and Morne Seychellois National Park
Holidays in Mahe whisk you off to the heart of the Seychelles and an island of golden sands, turquoise waters, buzzing culture and inspiring history. It is also home to the capital city of Victoria and its bustling harbour and lively markets filled with locals and island hopping tourists. Families will enjoy driving along the coastline to select from the white sand bays and coves that the island has to offer. The more active may prefer to visit Port Launay Marine National Park for unforgettable snorkelling and whale shark sightings.
The Seychelles National Botanical Garden is a must see and allows you to spot giant Aldabra tortoises and fruit bats among its five acres of tropical gardens. Explore the stunning traditional Seychelles architecture and mesmerising art galleries in this archetypal paradise. Mahe is also a superb option to combine with the relatively untouched neighbouring island of Praslin to create an unforgettable multi centre holiday experience.
Mahe showcases a plethora of incredible beaches, including Beau Vallon, which is sprinkled with coconut palms and peach and lemon deluxe villas. Anse Intendance Beach is another popular choice and offers powdery white sands lapped with turquoise waters, with a lush green jungle backdrop. Morne Seychellois National Park highlights the dramatic mountainous interior of the island, where you can discover rocky granite viewpoints, secluded sandy bays, dense jungle trails and watery mangrove forests.
Mahe is home to some excellent luxury hotels and at Sovereign we have put together our choice of the best, offering the utmost in comfort, class and sophistication. Stay at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa for world class deluxe villas perched on the hillside, overlooking the Indian Ocean, within a tranquil hideaway.
Direct flights from the UK to the Seychelles take approximately 10 hours. You can also choose to fly via the Middle East.
Transfers from Seychelles Airport take between 35 and 45 minutes by car.
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.