Luxury Seychelles Holidays
In 1881, British Army officer General Charles Gordon was said to be so wonderstruck by the emerald splendour of Vallée de Mai nature reserve while exploring the island of Praslin, he declared it the original Garden of Eden. The Seychelles is made up of 115 granite and coral islands and they all share the same scenic beauty General Gordon found on Praslin. You'll find cashmere-soft beaches studded with giant boulders, thick rainforest teeming with wildlife and azure reef-filled waters, all knitted together by a rich sense of isolation on each parcel of island paradise.
Here at Turquoise, we've been expertly crafting Seychelles packages since 2002. We've relaxed on every beach, stayed in every room and sipped every cocktail. We pride ourselves on providing expert advice, expert knowledge and faultless customer service. With just a four-and-a-half hour flight connecting the two, we can help you plan your own Seychelles holiday from Dubai, from choosing your seat on the plane to selecting which island would be the perfect fit for you. We'll arrange every little detail, so you can concentrate on the Seychelles' dreamy exotic views. Get in touch with our team of specialists to book your bespoke Seychelles package today.
Here is a selection of a few of our favourite islands in the Seychelles – everything we do at Turquoise is tailor-made. If you have seen another hotel which you would like a price for or for a different length of time, please get in touch and we would be delighted to help!
Prices are based on travel in August 2021, supplements for other months may apply. International flights are not included but can be quoted on request. Please get in touch for a tailor-made itinerary.
Seychelles Travel Guide
Tropical island seclusion is closer than you might realise – the short direct flight from Dubai to the Seychelles means you could leave after breakfast and be reclining on its world-class beaches just after lunch. From the best time of year to go to some of the best things to do while you're there, here is our comprehensive travel guide to the Seychelles.
With its islands floating just south of the equator, the Seychelles welcomes a tropical climate year-round, with temperatures staying around 30°C. Even though it has two distinct seasons, with the dry season occurring from May to October and the wet season from November to April, the Seychelles is brilliant to visit at any time of year.
South-east trade winds bring cooler temperatures and dry days during the dry season, although short and sharp tropical showers can occur at any time. As well as acting like a natural air con across its islands, it's a fantastic time to go sailing. Both Eid al-Fitr (May) and Eid al-Adha (July) fall within the Seychelles' dry season, so you can spend your annual leave on one of its fine beaches away from the intense summer heat of Dubai.
When November comes the north-west trade winds arrive, although they're much calmer than those during the dry season. The days feel hotter and the humidity is higher, with a greater chance of rainfall. However, the rain never stays for long and there are still far more sunshine hours than you'll be able to count! Hawksbill and green turtles also come to lay their eggs on several of the Seychelles' beaches between October and December. Come January, you can witness the resulting hatchlings right up until April. November to April is also the most popular time to visit Dubai, so the Seychelles is the ideal escape away from the city when it's at its busiest.
If you're into snorkelling and diving, the shoulder months of April/May and October/November offer the best visibility for exploring its lagoons' kaleidoscopic marine life. It's also the best time to spot the Seychelles terrestrial wildlife, when the direction of the trade winds change.
Getting to the Seychelles from Dubai is easy. There are regular direct flights to the Seychelles' international airport on its largest island, Mahé. The flight will take around four and a half hours. Depending on which island you're staying on, you'll either take a road transfer (if you're staying on Mahé), ferry or domestic flight.
If you are travelling for anywhere else in the Emirates, get in touch and we can discuss your flight options with you.
If you're either an Emirati or British passport holder, you don't need a visa to visit the Seychelles. However, you will need six months validity on your passport from your departure date.
No vaccinations are currently recommended for the Seychelles. If you’re entering the Seychelles from a Yellow Fever zone, possession of a valid Yellow Fever inoculation certificate is required.
However, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you do currently need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in the Seychelles, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. You will also need to fill out a Health Travel Authorisation form at a cost of €45 per passenger, to be presented on arrival. Speak to a health professional for the most up-to-date travel health advice, as well as for information on booking a PCR test.
Currency: The currency is the Seychellois rupee, however visitors, by law, must pay for all their excursions and all other services provided by their hotels with a major international currency such as Euros or US dollars.
Language: The Seychelles has three official languages: French, English and Seychellois Creole.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Time zone: GMT +4
Many of the Seychelles' beaches are considered among the finest in the world, including cotton-white Anse Major on Mahé, postcard-perfect Anse Lazio on Praslin and the pink-tinged Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue. Many of them look like they are pinned down by gigantic granite boulders, adding a splash of natural drama.
Head inland and the Seychelles is awash with natural treasures. On Praslin, you can follow in General Gordon's footsteps and hike through the thick rainforest of the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, an emerald corner famous for its unusually shaped coco de mer nut. Every island, though, has its own wild patch to explore. Most are rich in birdlife and there are several species in the Seychelles you can't find anywhere else, including the black parrot and blue pigeon.
There is plenty of culture here as well, especially on Mahé. Its capital Victoria is one of the world's smallest but is packed with vibrant markets, the Takamaka Rum Distillery and even a scaled-down replica of Big Ben. Offshore, the Seychelles is home to six marine national parks, each one filled with pantone-tinged coral and rays, reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish you can snorkel or dive among.
Meet the Team
We have nearly 20 years' experience in holidays to the Seychelles and every one of our specialists knows every island down to the last detail, from which the best beaches to laze on to the best meals to eat at sunset. How is this possible? Well, we don't sell anywhere we haven't seen and our team try to experience as much as possible while they're staying in a destination, so they can help advise you on which resort and island might be best for you.
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