The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Boasting stunning granite rock formations, white sandy beaches framed by palm trees, and azure waters, the beaches of the Seychelles are consistently voted amongst the best in the world.
But with so many picture-perfect spots on offer, which beaches are the best? Here are some of our favourite beaches in the Seychelles, loved not only for their exquisite beauty and warm swimming waters but also for their accessibility and proximity to top hotels.
L’Anse Source d’Argent Beach, La Digue Island
La Digue Island is a true paradise. Reached by ferry from the mainland of Mahe in 90 minutes, La Digue is best traversed on foot or by bicycle with few cars found on the island. Here a lush, forested interior is matched by an exceptionally good-looking coastline. The iconic L’Anse Source d’Argent Beach graces many a Seychelles brochure cover with its huge granite boulders dotting the shore. Protected by a sheltered barrier reef it is also a great spot for swimming and snorkelling.
Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin Island
Voted one of the best beaches in the Seychelles time and time again, Anse Lazio beach on Praslin Island is a 500-metre long beach famed for its beautiful, protected bay and lush vegetation. The ocean here with its myriad shades of blue is the epitome of a Seychelles holiday. The boulders on either end of the beach drop off into the deep water, making for a perfect place for spotting the colourful fish beneath the swells.
Within easy reach of Anse Lazio, you will find Raffles which also sits on its own stretch of soft white sand leading into the crystal-clear waters of the Curieuse National Marine Park. The private villas, all with their own private pool, enjoy stunning views while there is also a comprehensive kids club and plenty of great water sports activities to enjoy.
Beau Vallon Beach, Mahe
Beau Vallon is located on the north of Seychelle’s main island, Mahe, and is easily one of the most accessible beaches in the archipelago. While it doesn’t offer the tranquil seclusion of some of the other beaches listed here it is still stunningly beautiful. If you’re looking for a more vibrant offering you would find it at Beau Vallon with its wonderful selection of eateries, market stalls, bars, and exciting water sports to enjoy.
One of our favourite hotels on Beau Vallon Beach is without a doubt the four-star Fisherman’s Cove Resort. This is one of the island’s original hotels, offering a private boutique feel, perfect for romantic getaways and honeymoons. It is intimate and sophisticated, located at the southern tip of the beach with most rooms featuring a stunning view of the ocean.
Anse Georgette, Praslin
While all beaches in the Seychelles are open to the public, guests at the five-star Constance Lemuria Resort enjoy exclusive access to Anse Georgette so if you stay here you get to enjoy one of the best beaches in the world virtually all to yourself. It offers a breathtaking backdrop of sculptured granite rocks and is also a great spot for snorkelling.
Constance Lemuria is also home to Seychelles’ only 18-hole championship golf course with complimentary green fees for guests.
Petite Anse, Mahe
Another beautiful beach on the main island of Mahe in the Seychelles is Petite Anse. This north-facing beach offers breathtaking views and sparkling clear waters. The magnificent five-star Four Seasons Resort is located on the Petit Anse beach.
Here you can stay in villas perched on stilts on the jungle hillside, making it feel like you are staying in a treehouse. All the rooms are magnificent with stunning décor and have their own private pool, outdoor showers, and of course, breathtaking views.