Hello paradise: Seychelles

BEST FOR.. feeling you have paradise all to yourself

The aptly named JA Enchanted Island Resort has a mere 10 Creole-style colonial villas spread across a beautiful private island just off the coast of Mahé. However, if that sounds like nine too many, you can book the entire island for yourself (and invite up to 24 fortunate friends). Thinking your budget probably won’t stretch that far? One-of-kind villas hidden amongst the greenery are the Enchanted Signature Villa (two bedrooms and direct access to the beach) and the bigger still Owner’s Signature Villa (two bedrooms and direct access to not one but three beaches). Mesmerizing views of the brilliant blue sea accompany each dip in your private infinity pool.

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Sign leading the way to Aldabra giant tortoises

BEST FOR.. walking among giant tortoises 

A helicopter transfer from Mahé, Fregate Island Private is home to just 16 discreet villas but some 2,000 or more Aldabra giant tortoises, which roam free across the forest-thick island. A resident conservationist will teach your kids how to make them move by scratching their backs. The island’s myriad other natural charms extend to organic ingredients grown in the resort’s own plantation and used extensively in inventive menus.

BEST FOR.. a royally good honeymoon 

British royals William and Kate lost their hearts to the Seychelles on more than one occasion, heading there first for a holiday at the remote Desroches Island (now the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island) and again for their honeymoon, swapping islands for the stunning, 11-villa North Island. Hollywood royalty followed suit – George Clooney and his wife Amal celebrated their nuptials at the same resort. 

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North Island

BEST FOR.. beautiful beaches that rival any in the world 

Those iconic images of outsized granite boulders set on golden sands? That’ll be Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles, but number one when it comes to the best beaches. You can debate long and hard about which of Anse Georgette or Anse Lazio beaches is the single best (both are routinely voted into the world’s top 10), but we say Anse Lazio for snorkelling and Anse Georgette for sunsets. 

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Anse Georgette