Seychelles is a veritable paradise and one of our top honeymoon destinations. This tiny African nation of 115 islands (7 are inhabited) just off the coast of Kenya, in the Indian Ocean, is the location of some of the world’s best beaches. Embrace the laid back island vibe. You won’t find big brand shops here and it has a decidedly uncommercial feel, which makes it seem as if you’ve stepped back in time a little.
However, it’s not a backwater by any stretch, it’s one of the richest countries in Africa (per capita), a pioneer of sustainable eco-tourism with some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The lush green interior landscapes combined with the huge granite rocks, dazzling powdery white sand beaches and all the blues and greens of the ocean – there is nothing quite like a Seychelles honeymoon.
Although known to Arab and Persian traders for centuries, the first recorded landing in the Seychelles was by the British East India company. France later annexed it. The British then colonised the islands. Like other former colonies in the Indian Ocean, there is a mix of African, French, British and Creole culture.
You might think about a Seychelles honeymoon and wonder, is Seychelles good for honeymoon? What is the best Seychelles island for honeymoon? What’s the best time to visit Seychelles? How do you get there? How do you get around the Seychelles? Where to stay on Seychelles? What are the best things to do in Seychelles? What is the best Seychelles honeymoon all inclusive? Where are the best beaches? We’ve got all the essential information you need to plan the perfect honeymoon in Seychelles.
Let’s take you to the ‘Garden of Eden’ with our Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide!
- Good to know about Seychelles
- Best time to visit Seychelles
- Where to stay in Seychelles
- How to get around Seychelles
- Seychelles Islands
- La Digue
- Other Seychelles islands
- Cruising & Sailing Seychelles
- Frequently asked questions about Seychelles
Good to know about Seychelles
Time Zone: GMT + 4
Language: Seychellois Creole | English | French
Currency: SCR Rupee SR
A few phrases in Creole:
Thank you: Mersi
Visa Required: Most nationalities do not need a visa for Seychelles. If you need help to obtain a visa, check out iVisa.com.
Travel Insurance: Here at The Honeymoon Guide, we want you to have the best honeymoon possible. Safety is paramount, so it’s important to have travel insurance in place when you book your honeymoon. Visit WorldNomads.com to learn more.
Travel Health: Seychelles is a malaria-free and Zika free honeymoon destination. Some travel vaccinations may be needed. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.
Best time to visit Seychelles for honeymoon
What is the best time to visit Seychelles? Does Seychelles get hurricanes? What are the best months to visit Seychelles? What is the best time to go to Seychelles?
Seychelles has a tropical climate, meaning it’s warm all year round, but it also has a rainy season. Monsoon and the trade winds will affect rain patterns.
The best time to visit is during the summer months, from March to October. However, during the peak summer months, flights & hotels are at a premium, so if you can go from April to May or September to October, you’ll find the sweet spot between good value and pleasant weather. During the summer months from June to August, you may find more seaweed. The rainy season is from November to March. We don’t recommend travelling on a Seychelles honeymoon during the wettest months, December and January, when tropical storms can bring heavy rains.
Where to stay in Seychelles
Where to stay for your Seychelles on honeymoon? What is the best Seychelles honeymoon all inclusive? We’ve written here about how a Seychelles honeymoon is a little different from some of its Indian Ocean neighbours Mauritius and the Maldives. Seychelles resorts are usually not all-inclusive and hotel prices are usually based on bed & breakfast, half board (breakfast and dinner) and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
There are some exceptions, like Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas and the family-friendly Club Med. When you’re choosing between Seychelles honeymoon hotels and deciding what board basis to book, we’d recommend either bed & breakfast or half board.
While you will definitely want to lie by the resort pool or beachfront or swim in your own private plunge pool at your luxury villa, we still strongly recommend getting out to explore the abundance of magical beaches and hikes outside of your resort during your stay. To truly explore the Seychelles, you may not want to hang around your hotel or resort all-day-every-day. So, going full board might be a waste of money.
If you’re wondering where to eat on your Seychelles honeymoon, there isn’t a huge dining scene in the Seychelles and many couples will eat at their hotel or resort at night (unless you’re somewhere a little ‘livelier’ on Mahé or Praslin). There are some unassuming gems to be found like La Perle Noire – French inspired, Mahek – delicious Indian and Marie Antoinette – famous creole on Mahé.
Seafood lovers will be in culinary heaven. Grilled fish, caught that day by local fishers. Delicious curries and many exotic fruit flavours. Western food is widely available, but we’d recommend sticking with local cuisine for the best value and taste!
You’ll find a range of accommodation. From some of the world’s most luxurious hotel groups and four-star hotels, that can be great value if you’re on a smaller budget – although budget is not a word usually associated with a Seychelles honeymoon! Guesthouses for more intrepid travellers are available and villa rental is also possible. There are also private island resorts, which we’ll cover below.
Getting around Seychelles
How do you get around Seychelles? Getting between the islands is actually very easy. The ferry service in Seychelles is very efficient, with multiple ferries daily going between the main islands. You can find ferry schedules on the Cat Cocos website. You can also do inter-island flights with Air Seychelles. Some luxury resorts also provide helicopter ride transfers.
Once you’re on the islands, getting around is relatively easy, depending on your preference. You can base yourself at your resort on Mahé and Praslin and book day trips. Taxis are more scarce (and expensive!). Car hire is ideal for Mahé (we recommend Sixt) and Praslin (we recommend Bliss). In the Seychelles they drive on the left.
Hotels have free parking and you get to explore in your own time, discovering deserted beaches with nobody around. The roads are narrow and winding, so you don’t need a big vehicle. You could also hire a driver for the day and create your own tailor-made touring itinerary without having to drive. You can also take the local buses, which are inexpensive and efficient – plus you get to experience Seychelles like a local.
You may wonder what is the best island in Seychelles for honeymoon? Don’t make us choose! Seychelles is 100% a relaxing tropical beach destination where you can lie by the beach or pool. While many Seychelles honeymoon resorts are on their own stunning stretches of beach, the best way to maximise this incredible destination is to explore the multitude of other sublime beaches and go island hopping.
One of the great things about a Seychelles honeymoon is that all the beaches are publicly owned, so you can visit almost all of them. However, some hotels have their own private cove or bay, so you may need to access those beaches via these luxury resorts as they will only allow limited numbers on their property every day. Once you call ahead, ideally 24-48 hours before, there shouldn’t be any issues. The hotels want to discourage you from coming to these beaches, to keep them only for their guests. So you may find they won’t let you use the hotel facilities (such as restrooms) if you’re not a guest, so be prepared for this!
You need to hike to get to some beaches and others are right there, just off the road. One of our biggest tips is to get up and be on the road early and you may discover you have some spots all to yourself – magic!
There are also uninhabited islands to explore with beautiful hikes through pristine rainforest with birdlife and waterfalls. At night, stargazers will be in awe as the galaxy unfolds above you – super romantic. Snorkelling is world class with many reefs near the shore and, of course, it’s one of the world’s best diving spots.
Let’s give you the lowdown…
Airport code: SEZ
Mahé is the biggest island with nearly 90% of the population living here. Even with almost 100,000 people living there, it still feels like 1000 people live on the entire island! As you fly into Mahé, most couples planning a Seychelles honeymoon will stay at least a few days in a resort around the stunning coastline.
The capital Victoria is one of the world’s smallest and the Victoria market is a perfect place to buy souvenirs and sample exotic fruits in the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Visit the Clock Tower (Little Big Ben), the beautiful Victoria Mosque and the National Botanical Garden. Visit a tea or rum factory. Swim in Sauzier Waterfall.
Mahé has many beautiful beaches and resorts. We love Beau Vallon beach for something a little livelier. It’s ideal if you want activities such as water sports and more options for dining. It’s a great base for getting around the island. There is also the relatively new man-made Eden Island, with contemporary hotels and shops (although we prefer Beau Vallon). Snorkel in the Saint Anne Marine National Park and hike the Morne Seychelles National Park.
Where to stay on Mahé – Whether you decide on a secluded luxury resort or something closer to the action, choose the west coast for the most incredible sunsets you’ll ever experience.
Mahé Seychelles honeymoon hotels we love:
Anantara Maia Seychelles – one of the few all-inclusive resorts in Seychelles, breathtaking villas overlooking Anse Louis beach
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – alluring 5* resort with villas on one of the best beaches, Petite Anse
Hilton Seychelles Northolme – Villa resort in a beautiful location close to Beau Vallon
Best Beaches on Mahé – Anse Intendance | Port Launay North Beach | Grand Anse | Anse Takamaka | Petite Anse
Airport Code: PRI
Praslin island is home to many of Seychelles (and therefore the world’s!) best beaches. It’s even more laid back than Mahé (if that was possible!). You can drive around the island in about 40 minutes. In the heart of the islands is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, home to the famous Coco de Mer palm tree. This beautiful pristine prehistoric rainforest has some gentle trail routes (maximum 2kms).
A day trip to Cousin Curieuse & St. Pierre is a must as it’s only a 30-minute boat trip from Praslin. On Cousin Island, explore the diverse bird life. On Curieuse island you can visit the Giant Tortoises Sanctuary, and hike across the mangroves meeting some incredible creatures before finishing up at Anse St Jose where your boat will pick you up. The picturesque tiny granite islet, St Pierre is ideal for snorkelling. You can’t miss out on Praslin on your Seychelles honeymoon!
Where to stay on Praslin – There is no wrong place to stay on Praslin. Côte d’Or aka Anse Volbert has the largest concentration of hotels and guesthouses, but you are never too far away if you want to visit other parts of the island.
Praslin Seychelles honeymoon hotels we love…
Raffles Seychelles – incredible private pool villas in this luxury resort on Anse Takamaka
Constance Lemuria – luxury resort. Ideally located at Anse Georgette & Anse Keran, some of the world’s best beaches
Le Château de Feuilles – secluded Relais & Chateaux resort with access to private island, Grande-Soeur
Best beaches on Praslin – Anse Lazio | Anse Georgette | Anse Volbert (aka Côte d’Or) | Anse Cimitière
Tiny La Digue (10 sq kms) is close to Praslin. You can take a day trip to the island from Praslin or Mahé. However, as most couples who’ve been on a Seychelles honeymoon cite La Digue as their favourite island and experience, we strongly recommend staying at least a couple of nights here.
The island has few cars, with most visitors getting around on bikes or on foot. Ferries arrive at La Passe, more like a village rather than a town. You can easily hire bikes at the port. This is where you’ll also find places to eat and drink.
The beauty of spending some time on La Digue is you can get to one of the most photographed beaches in the world early before the day trippers arrive. Anse Source d’Argent is what Seychelles honeymoon dreams are made of. Enormous granite boulders, powdery white sand and shallow turquoise lagoon – no filter needed. Hire crystal kayaks, hike to Anse Marron and embrace island life.
Where to stay on La Digue – you won’t find any big brand ultra-luxury resorts on La Digue, but a smattering of charming guesthouses and a couple of boutique hotels.
La Digue Seychelles honeymoon hotels we love:
Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel – this bright Seychellois-owned hotel is a lovely option in La Digue
Le Repaire – cute 3* hotel in a great location
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa – popular hotel with honeymooners
Best beaches on La Digue – Grand Anse | Anse Cocos | Anse Marron | Anse Source dignity
Other Seychelles islands
Seychelles has some beautiful private islands, including some of the earth’s finest ultra luxury resorts – perfect for a true honeymoon getaway in paradise.
One of our favourite hotels in the world, the incredible Six Senses Zil Payson, is on Félicité Island, just 4kms from La Digue. The Oceanfront Pool Villas with a private infinity pool, are without a doubt, in our top 3 honeymoon suites in the world. You can kayak to Cocos Island, experience the cinema under the stars and see turtles hatching (seasonal).
We’re also obsessed with the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. A 35-minute flight from Mahé in the Amirante Islands – a remote cluster of coral atolls. Expect wild roaming tortoises and a castaway island feel – one of the most luxurious experiences in the world – perfect for your Seychelles honeymoon getaway.
Ile Du Nord is home to North Island Seychelles – one of the most exclusive hotels in the world and the honeymoon choice of Britain’s Duke & Duchess of Cambridge! With just 11 completely secluded and open-plan villas and all the luxury you would expect from one of the world’s best island experiences. Around 20 minutes by helicopter from Mahé.
Denis Private Island is an eco-luxury 25 bungalows with no phone access, Wi-Fi or even TV – you can truly get off-grid with wonderful Seychellois hospitality and you may even get to see turtles nesting.
Bird Island Seychelles is a self-catering laid-back island around 35 minutes by chartered propeller plane from Mahé. There is one small shop and one restaurant on the island. This easy-going island is home to thousands of tropical bird species, giant tortoises and coral reefs.
While not a private island, Silhouette is the third largest island in Seychelles, with a tiny population of under 200 people. They designated most of the island a national park. The all-villa Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is the only resort on the island. Snorkel at Anse Mondon or challenge yourself to one of the Seychelle’s toughest hikes to the secluded Grande Barbe. There are direct ferries to Silhouette from Mahé.
Cerf Island Resort is only 15 minutes by ferry from Mahé, so not as far as some of the previously mentioned private islands. This four-star, 25-villa island is ideal if you want something closer to the main islands right in the centre of the Saint Anne Marine National Park.
Sailing the Seychelles
Seychelles is a part of the world that sees very little of the large-scale cruise industry. Because of the remote location, there aren’t many large cruise lines that sail to Seychelles regularly. Usually, any cruises that stop in Seychelles are on a world voyage.
However, it is popular for sailing. Some small group adventure-companies like Intrepid have week-long sailing tours. You can charter your own yacht too! Sail around paradise on your Seychelles honeymoon!
Seychelles Honeymoon Frequently Asked Questions
Is Seychelles good for honeymoon?
How to get to Seychelles? Which airlines fly to Seychelles?
How long should we stay in Seychelles for a honeymoon?
How much does a Seychelles honeymoon package cost?
Should we use a travel agent to book Seychelles?
Is Seychelles safe for LGBTQ+ couples?
Should we bring cash / should we tip?
What should we pack for Seychelles?
What Seychelles souvenirs should we buy?
Which is better for a honeymoon, Seychelles or Maldives or Mauritius
Where can we tag on to Seychelles for a multi-destination honeymoon?
Is Seychelles good for honeymoon?
Yes, Seychelles is a stunning honeymoon destination with romantic paradise beaches. It’s perfect for an island-hopping honeymoon.
How to get to Seychelles? Which airlines fly to Seychelles?
The vast majority of couples going on a Seychelles honeymoon will fly to Seychelles International Airport on Mahé, which is about a 15-minute drive from the tiny capital, Victoria. It is well connected to major Middle East hubs like the United Arab Emirates Dubai (with Emirates) and Abu Dhabi (with Etihad), 4.5 hours, Doha with Qatar Airways, 5 hours and Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, 7.5 hours. You can also fly from Nairobi with Kenya Airways, 4 hours. Air Seychelles also flies to Mumbai, 4 hours and Johannesburg, 5 hours.
How long should we stay in Seychelles for our honeymoon?
The Honeymoon Guide recommends at least 10 nights so that you have enough time to relax and do an island hop. However, if you only have 7 nights (for example, you’re adding on a city stop in Dubai or a safari in Tanzania or Kenya), you could pick one to two islands and do day trips.
How much time you have, how much you want to relax vs sightseeing will help you decide how many islands to visit and what islands to visit. When planning your itinerary, remember that 2 nights will only give you 1 full day to explore/relax, 3 nights = 2 full days, 4 nights = 3 full days, and so on. You’ll definitely want some relaxing beach days at your hotel, but you’ll also want to explore other beaches and islands. If you have 7 nights, pick two islands. If you have 10-14 nights, pick three islands.
How much do Seychelles honeymoon packages cost?
Seychelles honeymoon package costs will vary depending on where in the world you’re travelling from and what time of year. Here are some costings below for peak season.
Flights: Airline ticket costs to Seychelles will depend on where you are in the world and the time of year you are flying. From Europe expect to pay approx €1000/£700-900. From USA approx US$2000 and from Australia approx AU$2500. Price estimates include return flights.
You may choose to fly business class, which can be 3-4 times the cost of an economy ticket. If a business class or first-class ticket is out of your budget, consider upgrading one way so you can arrive in style! Peak times like Christmas / New Year, Easter and peak season in July & August can be more.
Accommodation: Seychelles honeymoon hotel and resort prices vary and will usually include breakfast with the option to upgrade to half board or full board. Expect to pay around €/$400 per room per night for a three-star to four-star resort, including bed & breakfast. Four-star plus to five star start at around €/$600 per room per night. Ultra luxury five star resorts cost €/$1500-2000+ per room per night.
Transport: Local airport transfers range from $60 to US$100 per vehicle, per journey. Ferries are approx $100 per person, per journey. Car hire is usually around US$100 per day.
Remember to budget for expenses such as food, drinks and excursions. At least €/$250-500 per person per day.
Prices are a guide only. Peak times like Thanksgiving, Christmas/ New Year and Easter could be more. Low season may be cheaper. Flight cost estimates are from major city airports. Prices are valid at the time of writing this guide. However, due to market volatility and change in exchange rates, they may be inaccurate at the time of reading. Please go to Google Flights and Booking.com for cost estimates for your dates.
Should we use a travel agent to book Seychelles?
A good travel agent who book Seychelles regularly will usually have a direct relationship with hotels and local destination management companies. They may have preferential rates and will take the worry out of organising transfers, car hire and tours. It’s definitely worth checking things with a trusted travel agent. In Europe, you have a high level of consumer protection (in the UK under ATOL and in the EU under the EU package travel directive). If anything goes wrong, you’ve got someone to call.
Booking with a travel agent will protect your rate if there are currency fluctuations. If you book with a travel agent, you can often pay a small deposit to secure your honeymoon booking, including flights, and you can pay in instalments, easing the initial outlay costs of your honeymoon.
If you choose to book a D-I-Y Seychelles honeymoon package, we’d recommend choosing a flexible hotel rate with free cancellation. If you use a booking platform like Booking.com, you can email the hotel to organise transfers, ferries and tours. We would recommend booking these before arrival. If you’re travelling from another island back to the airport on Mahé, give yourselves an extra couple of hours in case of delays.
When you’re booking flights, if you can’t fly directly, give yourself enough time to connect. We’d recommend at least a 3-hour layover. Don’t forget to have travel insurance in place before booking!
Is Seychelles safe for LGBTQ+ couples?
Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in Seychelles since 2016. While full equality has yet to be extended to Seychellois LGBTQ+ citizens, Seychelles is a relatively safe place to travel for LGBTQ+ couples. Local attitudes may vary, as it sadly does the world over, so discretion is recommended. Hotels do not discriminate against LGBTQ+ couples when extending complimentary honeymoon amenities (where applicable).
Should we bring cash/should we tip?
Most tourist businesses accept cards. However, we would recommend taking some Seychelle Rupees out at the airport for incidentals. You will find ATMs on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
Tipping is at your discretion. However, we would recommend 5-10% unless there is a service charge.
What to pack for a Seychelles honeymoon
Seychelles is laid back and has a tropical climate, so you opt for relatively comfortable clothes, like shorts and t-shirts most of the time. You may want to go glam (particularly in luxury resorts like the Six Senses, Four Seasons, Raffles and Anantara) with chic and cute summer dresses, jumpsuits and playsuits and chinos for men. Add plenty of swimwear to your Seychelles packing list! Don’t forget practical hiking footwear and clothing, too.
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What souvenirs can you buy in Seychelles?
Seychelles is not an international shopping mecca which is one of its charms! If you want big boutiques with international brands, stopover in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. However, you can pick up some lovely locally made goods, including Takamaka Rum, vanilla, cinnamon, soaps and black pearl.
Which is better for honeymoon, Seychelles or Maldives or Mauritius?
Don’t make us choose! They truly differ from each other. We’ve got a handy breakdown of the differences between Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius. The short answer is that how much time you have, the time of year you’re travelling and what you want from your honeymoon will help you decide between them.
Where can we tag on to Seychelles for a multi-destination honeymoon?
As you can see whether you have 7, 10 or 14 nights, you can spend your Seychelles honeymoon exploring some magical islands, so if you want to spend the whole time there, you won’t be disappointed!
However, you can easily combine Seychelles with the Middle East and Africa. You could add on a city stop in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – check out our Ultimate Dubai Honeymoon Guide. Abu Dhabi or Istanbul are also options.
There is also a direct flight from Johannesburg, which is a great hub for Southern Africa and Nairobi, which is a great hub for East Africa. Explore South Africa’s Garden Route and Kruger National Park or take a safari in the Serengeti or Masai Mara for the perfect safari and beach combination!
We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Seychelles honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information!