Scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are renowned for their ecological riches.

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Magnificent beaches, warm turquoise waters and a laid-back island style make the Seychelles a dream destination. Each of the 115 islands is unique; some have imposing granite mountains covered in tropical forests whilst others are no more than a sandy cay ringed by a necklace of corals.

The islands are justly famous as a model of ecotourism. See black parrots, seabirds, turtles and giant tortoises in their natural environment, explore the lush peaks in the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé and venture into the water to discover coral reefs or swim with migratory whale sharks.

Walk through the Vallée de Mai between the huge coco de mer palms on Praslin or find your own secluded spot on one of the famous beaches of La Digue. Experience the vibrant chaos of the Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market in Victoria, view the works of local artists, sample the tasty Creole fare at a beachside restaurant and watch a fiery sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Whether you stay at a friendly, family-run B&B or a sophisticated, luxurious hotel, you will be welcomed into the warm heart of these quintessential tropical islands.

Lyn Mair and Lynnath Beckley

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