Luxury holidays in Praslin

Once mistaken for the Garden of Eden, Praslin is East Africa’s slice of tropical paradise, a place where indigenous species have been undisturbed for millennia. So ancient-looking and otherworldly is the landscape that when decorated British general Charles Gordon entered the Valée de Mai in the 1880s, he looked at the thick forest and bright-liveried birds and was convinced he had read about the place before – in the Book of Genesis. What’s more, this lush island isn’t only favoured by humans: hawksbill turtles have taken such a liking to the white-sand beaches that they've become a turtle hotspot, with thousands of babies hatching on the sands each year. Other famous residents include giant aldabra tortoises and native flora like the curvaceous coco de mer, the sight of which may have had more than a little to do with General Gordon’s revelation…

When to go

The shoulder months, April and October, are a good bet – prices aren’t as steep as they are in peak season (May to August), but the weather’s usually dry and sunny.

Getting there

  • Planes

    International flights touch down at Mahé International Airport on Mahé, the largest island in the country. From there, you can hop on a 15-minute Air Seychelles flight to Praslin Island Airport.
  • Boats

    Ferries run between Mahé and Praslin several times a day; the crossing takes about an hour.
  • Automobiles

    You’ll take a plane or ferry to the island, so you won’t be able to bring a car. Local taxis are plentiful.