Mother Nature wasn’t short of inspiration when she created the Seychelles. This Indian Ocean archipelago is doused in so much natural splendour you’ll want it all to yourself. We’ll make sure you do on this trip, visiting two of its most exclusive private islands.

Start as you mean to go on, with a private helicopter flight whisking you from Mahé over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean to the granitic island of Félicité. You’ll land on the fluffy sands of Six Senses Zil Pasyon, where all your perceptions of a tropical island ring true: blonde beaches (Grand Anse is one of the best in the Seychelles), giant boulders and thick with primeval jungle as soon as you stray from the coast. It sounds almost too good to be true but here it is in nature’s version of 4K. If you didn’t think it could get any better then it does. Every villa has its own private pool villa, while your personal Guest Experience Maker is on hand to tip you off about the best snorkelling spots, book you into the beachside Six Senses Spa or guide you around the jungle the resort has helped to rewild over the last decade.

Wallowing in the indulgence of your resort is a tempting way to while away your days but the Seychelles’ abundant natural splendour and history just begs to be explored. We’ll sprinkle some guided tours throughout your holiday to do just that, including a visit to the archipelago’s largest island, Mahé, to see how the colonial rule of the French and British has influenced Creole life today. You’ll also leapfrog over to neighbouring Praslin, famous for its Eden-like Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, to explore the coco de mer palms of Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve, one of its lesser-heralded wildernesses, and delve deep into its flora and fauna at the Praslin Museum. La Digue is an island where life really slows down, something you’ll notice as you’re cycling past ox carts and relaxing on one of the world’s finest beaches, Anse Source d’Argent.

Then, it’ll be time to hop back into your helicopter back to Mahé before catching a domestic flight to coralline Desroches, your second private island paradise. The stage this time is the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, which is further flung that Félicité and drips with seclusion and exoticism. Here you can really play out your Robinson Crusoe fantasies, paddling the gin-clear shallows in a kayak, pedalling the nine miles of cycling trails or doing your bit to keep this paradise perfect by joining a beach clean-up. You’re not quite alone on this private island, with the resort’s tortoise sanctuary offering the chance to meet and feed its resident giant Aldabra tortoises. Then it’s back to soaking up sandy luxury on the buttery beach. Paradise, found.


Experience highlights

  • Soak up the Seychelles’s idyllic islands from the skies on a private helicopter flight from Mahé to Félicité.
  • Cocoon yourself in the private-island retreat of Six Senses Zil Pasyon. This is a paradise worth protecting and you can get stuck into several eco-focused activities like an organic garden tour, marine conservation and visiting the resort’s bottling plant.
  • Cast yourself back to the Seychelles’ colonial era with a tour of Mahé. Visit the Creole Institute to see how French traditions has influenced today’s Creole culture and wander plantation houses, museums and cathedrals, before strolling the Britishness of the country’s capital, Victoria.
  • While the crowds make a beeline for the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, you’ll hike through Praslin’s equally impressive Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve in search of geckos, lizards and black parrots. From its hills, you’ll be afforded panoramic Praslin views.
  • Absorb La Digue’s sleepy way of life, taking in the coconut and vanilla plantations of La Passes, summitting the Eagle’s Nest for widescreen vistas and reclining on the cashmere-soft sands of Anse Source d’Argent – regularly voted one of the world’s best beaches.
  • Fly to Desroches and stay at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. Feel like a castaway who has struck gold among it swaying palms, milk-white beaches and crayon-coloured reefs. The island’s giant Aldabra tortoises are your only company here.
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Experience highlights

Savour the Seychelles with a bird's-eye view aboard a private helicopter flight
Land on the velvety sands of Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the private island of Félicité
The vanilla-hued sands of Grand Anse on Félicité are regularly named one of the world's best beaches
To minimise the disturbance to the environment, the resort fits in around the island's granite boulders, palms and superb sands
Explore the island's thick jungle and its pristine marine environment a little deeper with the resort's own ecologist
All of the villas, peeking out of the tropical forest, have private pools
Hike through the jungle to Top Hill for a spectacular vantage point at sunset
Hop back over to Mahé for the day to witness its colonial riches, including a visit to the Creole Institute
Take in island-wide views from atop the UNESCO-listed Mission Ruins
Enjoy a traditional Creole lunch at the Marie Antoinette restaurant
Stroll the British influences in the Seychelles' capital Victoria, including a mini replica of Big Ben
On another day trip, visit the island of Praslin
Go on a hike through Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve
Spot black parrots, geckos and lizards as you walk
The many hills in Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve serve up 270-degree views
Learn more about Praslin's culture, flora and fauna at the Praslin Museum
You'll also leapfrog to absorb the languid pace of life on La Digue
Take a peek into La Digue's colonial past with a visit to L'Union Estate, a former coconut and vanilla plantation
Swim in the gin-clear shallows that lap the idyllic Anse Source d'Argent beach
Clamber up to Eagle's Nest, a mountain with panoramic views of La Digue
Spend an afternoon cycling around La Digue, pausing at sugar-soft sands like Anse Severe and Anse Palate
Fly to the remote island of Desroches for the second part of your Seychelles holiday
Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Desroches island
All of the beachfront villas ooze elegance and Creole charm
Relax on Desroches' flour-white sands, a beach that appears torn from a postcard
The resort's beachside infinity pool seems to flow straight into the Indian Ocean
Go diving among the neon-tinted coral of St. Joseph's Atoll
Meet the giant Aldabra tortoises at the sanctuary on Desroches
Join the Island Conservation Society and see if you can spot turtles laying their eggs on the beach

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    Where you’ll stay


    Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Félicité

    A private-island resort that’s at one with nature, Six Senses Zil Pasyon effortlessly weaves in between the boulders, blissful sands and primeval trees of Félicité. You'll be tuned in to nature’s metronome from the get-go, especially as this is a tropical idyll Six Senses is passionate about protecting. Explore the island’s wilds – which the resort has spent the last decade rehabilitating to its original state – via hiking trails, go on marine conservation excursions or just loll on the picture-perfect boulder-pocked beaches.


    Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, Desroches

    Floating in the Indian Ocean 250 miles and 35 minutes by plane from Mahé, Desroches Island is barefoot seclusion personified. Birdsong and the gentle roll of wavelets are the only sounds around, while the fourteen kilometres of vanilla-hued sands are delightfully footprint free. Treat this as Robinson Crusoe’s playground, where you can dive with manta rays in St Joseph’s Atoll, enjoy a game of pétanque on the beach or enjoy a private dinner on the top of a lighthouse with shimmering Indian Ocean views.

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