Author:
Tim Culley

Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, the Seychelles is also regarded as one of its most enchanting. Beloved by honeymooners celebrating recent nuptials or couples seeking some alone time, the setting serves to lay the foundation of an unforgettably romantic escape. 

The cliché of walking hand in hand along powdery white beaches at sunset is true largely because places like the Seychelles exist. 

So what makes it such a perfect couple’s destination? The unspoilt natural beauty is a major factor. So too are the luxurious resorts dotted among the palm trees, and the plethora of relaxing and romantic activities you can enjoy during your stay. Combined, this trifecta ticks every honeymoon box, solidifying it as a fool-proof choice. 

Scenery straight from paradise 

Private islands and secluded beaches? Tropical climate with year-round beach-friendly temperatures? Check. Honeymooners for the most part want one-on-one quality time with their partner, away from crowds, in a beautiful place – preferably on a beautiful beach. The Seychelles fulfils these requirements easily. La Digue (don’t miss Anse D’Argent) and Praslin (head to Anse Lazio) boast some of the most picture-book perfect beaches in the archipelago, but whichever island you’re on, you won’t find it hard to locate an idyllic stretch of sand you’ll likely have all to yourself. Many of the hotels have access to secluded beaches but if yours doesn’t, no problem, just ask a concierge, or your driver to suggest an offbeat public beach. 

Luxurious resorts and hotels

While the archipelago is made up of 115 islands spread over 5 400 square miles of Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa and India, only one third of these is populated and only 16 are large enough to sustain at least one resort. This means that most hotels are secluded and isolated by default – a blissful combination for honeymooners. In addition to regular hotel suites, some resorts also offer the option of freestanding villas, offering the utmost privacy and romance. From clifftop sites, to beachfront access and private plunge pools, the world truly is your oyster when it comes to luxurious stays in the Seychelles. Geared for romance, they’ll add special touches – like setting up a dinner under the stars with the waves lapping near your feet, couples massages in your suite, or a special in-room meal for two. 

Laidback pace and leisurely activities

A tropical island holiday by nature is about relaxation, luxury and enjoyment. Three things that will most certainly be on the wish list after planning, executing and celebrating a wedding. The honeymoon is an opportunity for some much-needed downtime, and paradise is the place to do that. When you’re not enjoying the sun, getting a spa treatment or enjoying your suite, there is a range of pursuits to enjoy (from the downright relaxing to something slightly more active should you wish to work up a sweat). Snorkelling in the crystal water, diving among tropical fish and turtles, sipping champagne on a sailboat at sunset and cycling along the scenic coastline are some of the slower-paced activities to enjoy. Set aside a day for island hopping – exploring the diverse and primeval landscapes of jungles, turquoise ocean and white beaches dotted with granite boulders. Or if you’re up to it, a hike in the islands’ unspoilt terrain is a wonderful way to take in the beauty of this veritable Garden of Eden.