Plan a Seychelles Honeymoon With These Need-to-Know Details

This hidden treasure of a honeymoon destination is perfectly romantic and secluded.
Mahe Island, Seychelles.
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Holly Riddle - The Knot Contributor.
Holly Riddle
Holly Riddle - The Knot Contributor.
Holly Riddle
The Knot Contributor
  • Holly is a freelance contributor for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on travel, honeymooning and wedding planning.
  • Holly has been a travel, food and lifestyle freelancer for her entire career.
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Updated Apr 19, 2024
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A Seychelles honeymoon might just be the best honeymoon destination if you dream of getting away to a tropical paradise that's remote and (mostly) untouched by human hands. Seriously, if you'd love a honeymoon that takes place in an exotic locale and isn't just your average tourist hot spot, you and your spouse-to-be should consider this gorgeous island destination.

Situated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles islands are an archipelago with 100-plus islands in total, though only a small portion of them are inhabited. The remote destination calls to the upper echelon of world travelers, catering to luxurious tastes with five-star boutique hotels, as well as cultural and nature-centric activities you won't find anywhere else.

Does Seychelles sound like the perfect getaway to you? Then get honeymoon planning. Below, you'll find everything you need to get started.

Seychelles Honeymoon Tips in this Article:

La Digue Anse Source d'Argent Beach
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    Best Time to Honeymoon in Seychelles

    The Seychelles tropical climate is split into a wet season and a dry season. The wet season, which is November through March, comes with slightly higher temperatures and high humidity.

    The dry season, which runs from June to September, is slightly cooler, but you'll likely find the season a little more agreeable. Low temperatures hover around the low 70s, while high temperatures climb to the low 90s. Given all this, the best time to visit for a Seychelles honeymoon would be from June through September.

    Best weather: June to September.
    Festival highlights: The Creole Festival, held annually in late October, celebrates Creole heritage and culture with a week of music, dance, art and local cuisine; the Seychelles Carnival, known as the Carnaval International de Victoria, features a colorful parade with participants from around the world.

    Seychelles Honeymoon Planning Tips

    Luxury is the name of the game in Seychelles. The remoteness of the islands makes them exclusive and somewhat difficult to get to (in other words, you won't be hopping on a direct American Airlines flight from your local regional airport to get there), and so a visit definitely includes rubbing elbows with the elite and maybe a celeb or two. A Seychelles honeymoon comes with its fair share of status and is sure to impress—not only you and your sweetie, but also your friends and family.

    Beyond this, the islands offer many of the same activities you might find at other beach honeymoon destinations, including unique cultural experiences and water sports.

    With all that exclusivity and luxury comes a big price tag. A Seychelles honeymoon is by no means a budget-friendly vacation. And because it's a somewhat difficult destination to reach (even compared to other nearby spots like the Maldives, Dubai and Mauritius), you don't want to plan a short honeymoon there. You'll want to account for a day or two of travel both ways, and then, because it took you so long to get there, at least a week or more on the islands.

    It's also worth noting that reaching the international airport in Seychelles doesn't necessarily mean your journey is done—if you're staying on a smaller island, you'll need a boat or helicopter transfer to get you there.

    Entry requirements: You'll need a valid US passport, visitor's permit, onward/return ticket, sufficient funds and confirmed accommodation.
    Seychellois Creole, English and French.
    Location: Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 kilometers east of mainland Africa.
    Currency: The Seychellois Rupee (SCR).
    Flight time to Destination: From major US cities like New York or Los Angeles, the flight time to Seychelles typically ranges from 18 to 24 hours, including stopovers.
    Getting around: The best way to get around Seychelles depends on the islands you visit. On Mahé and Praslin, rental cars and taxis are readily available. For island-hopping, local ferries, private boats, and domestic flights connect the main islands.

    Pro tip: Invite a honeymoon planning expert to join your vendor team. Browse travel agents near you on The Knot Marketplace for Seychelles honeymoon expertise, reviews, testimonials and more.

    Best Seychelles Honeymoon Hotels and Resorts

    From luxurious overwater bungalows to boutique beachfront hotels, you have plenty of amazing accommodations to choose from on a Seychelles honeymoon. Here are our top picks.

    Praslin tropical island Seychelles, drone view above st piere island Seychelles Chauve Souris Relais Anse Volbert Beach
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    Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

    When staying in Seychelles, you really can't go wrong with any of the luxury island resorts across the archipelago. But the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is the place to go for breathtaking beach views on Mahé. The resort's beach is private, adding an extra level of exclusivity to your experience. If you book a villa, you'll enjoy additional privacy from the lush outdoor space, which includes an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Anantara MAIA Seychelles Villas

    The luxury resort of Anantara MAIA is an all-villa property, with villas scattered across a rocky outcrop on a peninsula that juts out into the ocean. With only a handful of villas available, you're assured an unprecedented level of privacy. Choose a beachfront villa for direct access to the water, or a forest villa for more privacy and better views (though none of the views are what you would call "bad"). Whatever villa you choose, you're guaranteed your own private pool.

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Le Château de Feuilles

    If you'd rather stay on Praslin than Mahé, opt for Le Château de Feuilles, a gorgeous property that rolls out the red carpet for its guests. Your trip begins with massages and champagne, and whenever you decide to leave the property, you can trek out to the hotel's own private island and beach, where snorkeling and sunbathing are on the menu.

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Pro tip: If you're looking for unique Seychelles accommodations that'll provide you with a little more privacy or lower prices, you might want to book a romantic Airbnb or VRBO.

    Seychelles Honeymoon Itinerary Ideas

    Couples in Seychelles can fill their days with a mix of relaxation and romantic couples' activities. Enjoy snorkeling and diving in clear blue waters, take guided nature walks through lush forests or simply relax on secluded beaches.

    Aerial view of Cousine island Seychelles
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    Hop Between the Islands

    With more than 100 islands, you'd certainly have a time of trying to visit every corner of Seychelles, but you can at least hit up a few islands while you're there.

    You'll probably end up staying on Mahé island, the most populated and popular destination of the main islands, but you can easily find tour providers who will take you to some of the other isles worth visiting during your honeymoon.

    White sand beaches, hiking and water sports await on neighboring islanads such as Praslin and La Digue. On Praslin Island, be sure to visit Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nature reserve within the larger Praslin National Park, where you can spot rare flora and fauna like the Seychelles black parrot and giant coco de mer trees.

    Hit the Water

    Yes, you can have a great time lounging about on Seychelles' beautiful beaches (they're some of the best beaches in the world), but it's also worth actually getting out on the turquoise water instead of simply enjoying the view from afar.

    Island hopping will give you the chance to hit the waves from a catamaran or yacht, depending on the tour or experience you book. It could also be worthwhile to look into what kind of couples experiences your hotel can arrange. Snorkeling and scuba diving are extremely popular here, thanks to the vibrant coral reefs and marine life (including sea turtles) located just offshore. If you and your honey are more into adrenaline-pumping thrills, try parasailing.

    Experience the Local Nightlife

    Beaches are fun, but honeymooners should make sure to experience the local Seychelles culture as well during their getaway. The Beau Vallon Night Market is a fun stop near Beau Vallon Beach. Here, you can not only shop for interesting local souvenirs to take home to friends and family (or maybe an impromptu post-wedding gift for your beloved), but also enjoy some live music and dancing. Street food is also plentiful; the Seychelles food scene boasts Indian and Creole influences and incorporates lots of fresh seafood.

    Pro tip: If there are specific Seychelles honeymoon experiences you'd like to try, add them to your gift registry. This way, your loved ones can pitch in on your unforgettable honeymoon adventure.

    What to Pack for a Seychelles Honeymoon

    Beach at sunset and a flying plane
    Photo: Anton Petrus | Getty

    Be sure your packing checklist includes all of your beach gear, from swimsuits for laying beachside to swim shirts and water shoes for snorkeling sessions. Sunscreen is, of course, a must.

    Don't forget a few nicer outfits for evening wear if you decide to visit one of the resort's fine-dining restaurants. If you plan on doing any hiking, you'll want hiking boots and bug spray in your honeymoon luggage, too.

    Brittany Barber contributed to this article.

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