There are many aspects to planning a trip. Budgeting for the plane ticket and accommodation are often the most important factors. Once there, it's all about the view or proximity to the beach, the pampering on offer, additional activities and not forgetting the yummy island cuisine. Some of you may just want a whole heap of privacy.
If you're heading to the Seychelles, use this guide to make your trip planning a bit easier.
1. Hilton Seychelles Northolme Hotel & Spa
Planning to tie the knot soon and looking for the perfect spot for your honeymoon? Consider the Hilton Seychelles. Situated along Beau Villon Bay, the hotel has 40 luxurious villas nestled among small beach coves, providing the ultimate in privacy. Each villa also comes standard with its own whirlpool and panoramic balcony. Otherwise check into the suite named after one of the hotel’s distinguished guests - The James Bond author 'Ian Fleming Suite' is said to be amongst the most popular.
But the intrigue of the hotel certainly lies in the rest of its amenities. Spend your days relaxing in the sparkling outdoor infinity pool or being pampered at the Duniye Spa, spectacularly perched on giant granite boulders overlooking the ocean. Also, try the alfresco Les Cocotiers restaurant. Enjoying Creole-international fusion dishes under the stars is one way to go about creating some special memories.
Hiking will never be the same when hiking through Morne Seychelles National Park as you will admire the conservation areas in Victoria Botanical Gardens. Helicopter tours and excursions to Silhouette Island can also be organised where you can admire the views from Sans Souci viewing point or simply relax with a private picnic or a personalized candlelight dinner.2. Maia Luxury Resort/Spa Seychelles
Located along the Anse Lois beachfront, just 25 minutes from the airport, it is regarded as one of the best resorts on the main Island of Mahe. This resort is cocooned by lushy hibiscus, lemongrass and cinnamon landscape, across its sprawling 4.8-hectare garden.
From the total seclusion in the signature villas to the secret beach feel of its ocean front villas, Maia's 30 luxury accommodation offerings leave you gobsmacked with spectacular 180-degree vistas of the sparkling Indian Ocean.
When it comes to the element of pampering, here you will find three individual, private open-air pavilions separated from each other by natural rock formations. Each spacious pavilion features its own garden, changing rooms and showers. And if you're looking for more than just skin-deep relief, trained spa therapists will guide you through accompanied yoga, self-Shiatsu and Qi Gong sessions.
This luxury resort has one of the Island’s best restaurants, boasting an open-air setup, so you are able to make the most of your surroundings. From French and Mediterranean flavours with Asian and Creole accents, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience in dining service.3. Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa
One of the most charming resorts in Seychelles, Allamanda is found in the south of Mahe and boasts luxurious suites offering panoramic views of the sea. Allamanda Beach and Resort Spa is just 10 minutes away from the Maurice Bishop International Airport.
Expect to be served appetizing cocktails and tropical-inspired cuisine or treat your senses to sheer relaxation at the Allamanda Spa.
The resort is really close to a number of shops, restaurants and nightlife, which means a five-minute walk takes you from beach heaven to urban cool.
This is also one to consider if you prefer to be cost-conscious when it comes to accommodation, saving you spending money for activities and pampering. The resort is able to arrange whale watching excursions, sunset cruises and scuba diving, if you are in the mood to add a dash of adrenalin to you romantic escape.
(shutterstock) 4. Indian Ocean Lodge
Found along the west coast of Praslin, amidst the thick takamaka trees, coconut and tropical vegetation, the Indian Ocean Lodge is a stone’s throw from the beach and five minutes from the Iles des Palmes airport.
With eight separate units consisting of typically decorated rooms to evoke that tropical atmosphere, you will definitely fall in love with the space and the surroundings. The impressive beach restaurant has international and local dishes, otherwise opt for an island adventure with a boat cruises to the nature reserve islands of Cousin and Curieuse.
To wrap up your day in a fashionable manner head to the local disco. At Sunset you will be spoiled with an opportunity to witness local music artists performing live.
The hotel is nestled around the most famous Vellee de Mai nature reserve and over a century ago, the world's largest nut in the plant kingdom was discovered here. So do keep an eye out for the Coco-de-mer when exploring the resort's beautiful surroundings.
5. Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove
This resort is found along the western tip of the Beau Vallon Bay.
This resort dates back to 1943 and its accommodation offers unique, sweeping thatched roofs and uses local granite, with open-air lobbies allowing you take in the breathtaking views of the island and ocean.
You can choose from 68 tastefully furnished contemporary rooms and suites, spread out on elevated levels as well as beach level, all set amidst exotic foliage.
For pampering you can take advantage of the Elemis Well-Being Ritual at the resort's Zen Spa. From relaxation to exploring the areas biodiversity to discovering the local cultures, this hotel is ideally situated. It also offers aqua gym, beach games, snorkelling and guided walking trails. Been to the Seychelles, share you experience and advice by emailing email@example.com or come join us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts - you could be featured on News24.