February 12, 2019

Located just under a thousand miles off the coast of East Africa, this remote Indian Ocean archipelago has long lured travelers with the promise of life-renewing beach lounging and unparalleled coral reef diving. But in 2019, with new direct flights from London on British Airways, it’s easier than ever to get to those idyllic white sands and pristine aquamarine waters (side note: the government recently designated a third of the Seychelles’ marine area as protected territory). And whether you’d rather island-hop or settle into your own plot of paradise, there are plenty of new luxurious options to explore. In March, Four Seasons opened its second Seychelles outpost on the private Desroches Island, giving guests unlimited access to its 8.7 miles of beaches and 933 acres of lush jungle. With 14 world-class dive sites ringing the island, an animal sanctuary that houses rare Aldabra giant tortoises, and cycling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing available for every guest…the only hard part will be finding time to lounge by the private pool in your breezy, rustic-chic villa. On the main island of Mahé, the serene Banyan Tree Seychelles recently refurbished a number of its private villas and added several new bars and restaurants. Prefer to see this destination by sea? Reserve a spot on Ponant’s new expedition itinerary, which covers eight islands at once. See the red granite of Curieuse Island, discover the unspoiled nature preserve of Aride Island, and bathe in the crystal-clear pools of La Digue’s famous Anse Source d’Argent beach. —Karen I. Chen

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