Whatever else you’re doing in the Seychelles, you’re sure to at least pass through Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles Islands and the home of the national capital, Victoria. The majority of guests, understandably, choose to stay in one of the hotels on the beach, however Victoria’s markets and leafy streets are well worth a visit, at least for an afternoon while you’re staying on the island. Both in Victoria, and around Mahé are a number of excellent Creole restaurants, and both Praslin and La Digue are well worth a visit for the day. Inland there’s thick tropical forest with great hiking and birding, but most visitors come for the gorgeous sandy coves that line Mahé’s edges. Now back to those beaches…
The best known beach, and the location of many of Mahé’s hotels (not to mention rumours of buried treasure) is Beau Vallon, in the north of Mahé. The south remains wild and relatively undeveloped, while a short boat ride from Victoria will take you to Silhouette, Cerf and St. Anne. These are pretty little island hideaways, and while you’re not quite far enough from Mahé to feel utterly castaway, they’re delightful if you want something a little more remote.
The majority of the hotels in and around Mahé are resorts, especially if you are looking for luxury, but we do know of a few smaller options if you like life simpler and more rustic.