Book Your Summer BBQ Holiday – Mahe Island, Seychelles
With no guarantee of a UK BBQ summer, why not head to the tropics? It’s time to plan a true vacation, one that offers miles of sandy beaches, sunny blue skies, and turquoise waters, set against a backdrop of spectacular mountain peaks. Mahe Island in the Seychelles is the perfect antidote to a British summer, where you will enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Luxury resort to cozy accommodation in Mahe Seychelles
Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles islands at only about 60 square miles. Boasting the highest mountains in the Seychelles archipelago, it offers a truly international mix of accommodation options. Hotels on Mahe run the gamut, from exclusive resorts to family-run hotels to charming stand-alone cottages by the sea. You won’t notice the myriad of options when you fly, because all of these properties are built to blend in with the lush landscape and please even the most discerning eye.
Lose track of time in the splendor and luxury of the 5-star Banyan Tree Seychelles on Mahe’s southwest coast, featuring 60 tastefully decorated villas, each with its own private pool. The Beau Vallon Bay Beach Resort, with its relaxed and informal style, is perfect for families. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the local Seychelles culture, self-catering options like Chalets d’Anse Forbans are perfect. Wherever you stay on Mahe in Seychelles, you will be sure to have views of beautiful beaches, granite mountains or lush gardens.
Is the beach
Let’s talk about beaches: Mahe Island in the Seychelles covers an area of about 60 square miles and boasts more than 60 beaches. With roughly one beach for every square mile, that must be the definition of a tropical paradise! With so many to choose from, you’re likely to find one that’s secluded enough for a romantic picnic for two, another that’s perfect for building sand castles or lounging by the water’s edge.
Water sports abound: snorkel among the coral reefs or don your wetsuit and take advantage of one of the several PADI dive centers at the resorts. As Mahe Island Seychelles is outside of the tropical cyclone zone, sailing is literally a breeze. You could even rent a boat and equipment to fish for deep-sea marlin, sailfish, and dorado.
Nature, Culture and Nightlife
Flights from the UK to Mahe land in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. Victoria will captivate you with its vibrant cultural life and the myriad of activities available – that is, if you can get off the beaches!
Your best bet is to rent a car, and happily Seychellois drive on the left just like we do, so you should feel right at home behind the wheel. Be careful on those winding mountain roads though – with the highest peak at 3000ft the terrain is more Highlands than South Downs. The views are spectacular, and well worth the time.
At a slightly lower altitude, take a tour of the Mahe Botanical Gardens or, off the beaten path but well worth a visit, the Le Jardin du Roi Spice Gardens. With beautiful indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers, you will be inspired to try and recreate these scenes in Britain.
Fancy a local market? Victoria’s is the genuine article, with stalls selling delicious fruits and vegetables, colorful spices, and local crafts. Open every day except Sunday, the best day to visit is Saturday morning when Seychelles are there doing their weekly shop. After all that, why not enjoy a refreshing drink at the local hangout, the Pirates Arms?
If the nightlife scene appeals to you, try Lady Luck at a local casino or dance the night away at one of the nightclubs, including one that offers outdoor dancing. For a more relaxed night scene, there are bars and lounges in most of the resort’s hotels.
How to get to Mahe Seychelles
Mahe Island Seychelles is an easy direct flight from London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport on Air Seychelles, and since you’re traveling south, time adjusts to just four hours head. Now is the perfect time to plan your holiday as specialist Seychelles tour operators such as Elite Vacations offer exceptional value with packages that combine Air Seychelles’ Buy One Get One Free offer along with great deals from top resorts. and hotels. The best packages will always include round-trip airfare, airport lounge passes, hotel transfers, and of course, accommodations.