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Where to Stay in the Seychelles: Best Islands &  Hotels

Where to Stay in the Seychelles: Best Islands & Hotels

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

From luxury beach resorts in Mahé and Praslin to self-catering villas in La Digue, discover where to stay in the Seychelles by region and budget.

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, family vacation, couples getaway, or business trip, I think it’s safe to agree that the Seychelles is one of the best tropical destinations in the Indian Ocean. From exploring beautiful white sand beaches to relaxing in private plunge pools, to hiking and water sports, the Seychelles has it all.

However, with a total of 115 islands and thousands of accommodation options, it can be a little daunting to plan a place to stay. When I was planning my first trip, one of the most difficult parts was narrowing down the best islands to visit, let alone trying to find the best areas and prices for my budget.

After a lot of research, I’ve finally narrowed down the absolute must-stay islands, as well as the top Seychelles hotels, resorts, and accommodations based on my personal experience, recent guest reviews, and price.

Where to stay in the seychelles infographic map showing the different islands
Map showing the different islands to stay in the Seychelles (broken down by area below).

Where to Stay in the Seychelles: Best Areas & Islands

The truth is, while there are 115 islands in the Seychelles, most people tend to stay on one of the main three in the inner islands group, which has a total of 43 islands.

These three main islands are Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. If you're visiting the Seychelles, I recommend breaking up your trip to stay on to visit all three.

Don't worry, getting to each is very easy by either boat or scenic flight, and doesn't take long since they are very close together. In saying that, I'm actually going to recommend five islands in total to give your trip a bit of variety.

  • Mahe - The largest Seychelles island offering diverse beaches, hikes, the capital city Victoria, and accommodations perfect for families.
  • Praslin - Home to Anse Lazio Beach and Curieuse Island where you can find giant tortoises. It is ideal for relaxation and romantic getaways with a vast selection of hotels.
  • La Dique - An adventurer's paradise with the iconic Anse Source D'argent Beach, bicycle-friendly travel, and a mix of boutique hotels, resorts, and guest houses.
  • Silhouette Island - Known for its mountainous landscape and the luxurious Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, it is perfect for honeymoons and those seeking a romantic, isolated getaway.
  • Cousine Island - A private island escape featuring luxurious French colonial-style villas, pristine beaches, and unique exclusivity.

Below I'll go into more detail about why I believe you should stay on these particular Seychelles islands. I'll give my latest hand-picked accommodation recommendations for each island. However, if you care more about the actual hotel than the location, skip straight to the hotel section broken down my luxury, mid-range, and budget below.

Mahe Island: Best Place To Stay in the Seychelles For Families

Mahe Island (mah-heh) is the main island of the Seychelles, renowned for its white-sand beaches with tropical, turquoise waters and stunning granitic rock formations. It offers incredible hiking and adventure opportunities, boasting spectacular jungle views, making it the ideal destination for a Seychelles vacation.

Chances are, if you're flying into the Seychelles, you'll land on Mahe, the largest island in the inner island group. That's because this is where you'll find the Seychelles International Airport.

Furthermore, the capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is found here. But don't let that worry you. Victoria is very laid back and is one of the smallest capital cities in the world!

The 11 best resorts and beach hotels on mahe island infographic
Map showing the different areas to stay on Mahe

There are loads of beach hotels, luxury resorts, and private guest houses on Mahe, making it a great place to stay for families. You can also book loads of trips or hire a local guide to show you and the family around the island.

But, Mahe is not just for families. Many people choose to stay here either when they land or the days before they fly out, visiting other islands as well. The best areas to stay in Mahe are:

  • Victoria & Eden Island: The capital city, Victoria, paired with the breathtaking Eden Island, offers a variety of luxury resorts and self-catering apartments. An ideal choice for travelers who appreciate convenience and upscale hotels close to cultural sites and marinas.
  • Beau Vallon: Boasting beautiful sandy beaches and a lively atmosphere, Beau Vallon is perfect if you love water sports and want easy access to beachfront hotels and family-friendly guesthouses.
  • West Coast: A quieter area with incredible sunsets, the West Coast is great for peace and relaxation in boutique hotels or beachside villas.
  • Takamaka: A great area for adventurers and nature lovers, with accommodations ranging from cozy chalets to luxurious beachfront villas.
  • Sainte Anne Marine Park: A unique place to stay in an exclusive resort on private islands. The perfect choice if you enjoy snorkeling.
Pool view overlooking beach at four seasons resort on mahe island in the seychellesFour Seasons ResortWest Coast$$$$
Anantara maia seychelles villas mahe island seychellesAnantara Maia VillasAnse Boileau$$$$
Eden bleu hotel on maheEden BleuEden Island$$$
Berjaya beau vallon bay resort and casino, seychellesBerjaya Beau Vallon BayBeau Vallon$$
Ocean views from the balcony at east horizon self cateringEast Horizon Self CateringTakamaka$
Precious residence c self catering mahe island seychellesPrecious ResidenceGrand Anse$
Mahe island in the seychelles
Mahe Island

Four Seasons Seychelles Resort

  • Area: West Coast
  • Best for: Couples or families wanting quiet luxury on a beautiful private beach

Nestled on the hills overlooking one of Mahe's best beaches is a high-end, luxury Seychelles resort ran by the Four Seasons Seychelles.

Four Seasons is one of the best hotel brands that is world-famous for its high-end, luxury accommodations and amazing service. And, the Four Seasons in the Seychelles is no exception, being one of the premiere luxury resort offerings in the country.

This hotel offers spectacular villas and features several world-class, elegant restaurants on site. If you're bringing your family, you'll also love the kid's programs and the activities you can book directly from the hotel.

This great location is quite unique, being situated on the secluded Petite Anse on Mahe's west coast. This region is quiet but features some of the most amazing turquoise water beaches and the most spectacular granite rock formations on the island.

Anantara Maia Seychelles

  • Area: Anse Boileau
  • Best for: Couples or families wanting to immerse themselves in 5 star luxury

One of the best, 5 stay luxury resorts in the Seychelles is found on Anse Louis Beach in Sainte Anne Marine Park, just off the coast of Mahe.

Anantara Maia is one of the Seychelles best luxury island resorts and features a gourmet restaurant, wellness center, and mini spa.

The private suites at this resort have to be seen to be believed. Although pricey, this is one of the top-reviewed 5-star beach resorts on the island and is loved by honeymooners and couples seeking ultimate perfection with amazing service.

The unique location also makes it one of the best places to stay on the island for activities and adventures. Picture yourself paddle boarding, kayaking, or snorkeling right on the doorstep of the National Marine Park!

Eden Bleu

  • Area: Eden Island
  • Best for: Business travelers wondering where to stay near the Seychelles capital

For business travelers, or guests wanting an unrivaled luxury hotel experience close to Victoria, the Seychelles capital, consider checking out Eden Bleu. This is located on the amazing artificial island of Eden. Here, you'll find excellent facilities including a supreme shopping complex, an amazing luxury yacht harbor, and an array of high-class restaurants.

The restaurant at Eden Bleu serves one of the best breakfasts and set-menu dinners at any hotel I’ve stayed at on Mahe. Furthermore, Eden Bleu sits adjacent and overlooking the incredible Eden Island luxury yacht marina, which makes for some pretty spectacular views.

The luxurious, spacious rooms are also beautifully designed, with a unique glass centerpiece shower layout. The master bedroom also features a balcony which is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the marina.

Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay

  • Area: Beau Vallon
  • Best for: Families or couples wanting the choice of exploring gorgeous beaches & hanging by the swimming pool.

For a mid-range beach hotel on Mahe, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay offers some of the best value!

This beautiful, beachfront resort and casino combo offer elegantly furnished rooms with all the facilities you could ever want. Here, you’ll find a large pool, three restaurants, a pizzeria, a fitness center, amazing tropical gardens, a PADI scuba diving center, and a tennis court. To add to that, you'll even find a casino at this amazing Seychelles hotel on the beach!

The location is great as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria with plenty of beautiful beaches and restaurants around. In fact, Beau Vallon Beach is probably the best place to stay on Mahe!

East Horizon Self Catering

  • Area: Takamaka
  • Best for: Couples or singles wanting a private self-catering experience overlooking incredible mountains

Are you looking for jungle surroundings, a private balcony, and your own spectacular views in a quiet, private location? That’s exactly what you’ll discover at East Horizon Self Catering.

You might not have heard of Au Cap, but that’s exactly why those wanting a private escape come here. This self-catering option is located in the jungle, just 15 minutes walk to the main road. Nearby, you’ll also find the famous Seychelles Golf Club, and the must-visit historic Takamaka Bay Rum Distillery.

Precious Residence - Most Affordable Accommodation on Mahé

  • Area: Grand Anse
  • Best for: Families or those wanting to explore the beautiful island of Mahe without breaking the bank

An excellent family-run self-catering accommodation on Mahe is the Precious Residence.

Precious Residence is an apartment with excellent reviews (9.5/10), offering budget apartments equipped with free WiFi, air conditioning, and a kitchenette on Grand Anse (West Coast).

For one of the cheapest places to stay in the Seychelles, this apartment certainly doesn’t feel like it. The location of Grand Anse is also an excellent choice that is close to fun natural attractions like the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool and the Sauzier Waterfall.

Praslin - Great Island for Relaxation

Praslin Island is another great place to stay in the Seychelles, especially for relaxing and unwinding.

The island of Praslin is located just a short ferry or scenic flight away. It's really easy to get here from Mahe, and I'd say it's definitely worth a visit.

Praslin is much more laid back than the main island of Mahe. And, you'll find the same amazing turquoise waters, relaxing beaches, and snorkeling opportunities here.

Map showing the areas to stay when visiting praslin island in the seychelles
Map showing the areas to stay on praslin island

One of the main reasons why people choose to stay on this Seychelles island is to see the one and only Anse Lazio, and to take a day trip to Curieuse Island, where you can meet several giant Aldabra tortoises roaming freely.

As you might expect, there are plenty of excellent honeymoon lodgings, family resorts, and romantic beach hotels on Praslin. The best areas to stay are:

  • Grand Anse- A great area to stay for those looking to relax by the breathtakingly beautiful Grand Anse Beach.
  • Anse Volbert (Cote D'Or Beach)- The most popular area to stay on Praslin. This is a resort and hotel strip with many luxury beachfront accommodation options and excellent restaurants.
  • Anse Kerlan- If you'd prefer to stay near the famous Anse Lazio, there are a couple of great accommodation choices on the northern tip.
  • Baie Ste Anne- Since Praslin has an island airport, many people choose to fly here from Mahe and stay in this area close by.
  • Chauve Souris Island - Known for its secluded and calm ambiance, Chauve Souris Island offers a serene retreat location for those on a honeymoon.
  • Anse Takamaka - Great for those seeking a quieter and more secluded beach experience, Anse Takamaka is a picturesque spot surrounded by calm turquoise waters.
Lemuria resort seychellesConstance LemuriaPetite Anse Kerlan$$$
Paradise sun hotel seychellesParadise Sun HotelCote D'Or$$$
Bedroom with balcony overlooking gardens at acajou beach resortAcajou Beach ResortCote D'Or$$
Self catering treasure island retreat in the seychellesTreasure Island RetreatAnse Kerlan$$
Anse lazio from the water
Anse Lazio on Praslin

Constance Lemuria

  • Area: Petite Anse Kerlan
  • Best for: Couples who want to immerse themselves in the Seychelles culture

Tucked away between 3 of the best beaches on Praslin, this luxury, 5-star resort is ranked as one of the best honeymoon resorts in the Seychelles. The Constance Lemuria is an amazing and feature-rich Seychelles accommodation option on the quiet side of Praslin.

Attached is a luxury spa center complete with a hot tub and sauna set in a palm and bamboo forest. There’s even an 18-hole golf course on this property!

What’s great about Constance Lemuria is it provides access to Anse Georgette, one of the most famous and beautiful beaches on Praslin!

Paradise Sun Hotel

  • Area: Cote D'Or
  • Best for: Couples wanting to escape to paradise with incredible snorkeling.

One of the best mid-range Seychelles 4-star beach hotels is found on the shores of Anse Volbert Cote D'Or Beach on Praslin Island. The Paradise Sun hotel is a stunning accommodation choice overlooking the beautiful Curieuse Island National Park and features 2 huge swimming pools with beach-front water access. 

There are two bars and two restaurants at this amazing hotel and the complex is designed so that every single room has views over the ocean. This is an excellent choice for where to stay for couples wanting to unwind and relax in a secluded area of Praslin Island.

Right on the edge of the white sandy beach, you'll have amazing views over the incredibly blue waters.

Acajou Beach Resort

  • Area: Cote D'Or
  • Best for: Amazing beach-side luxury resort with an excellent restaurant without the price tag

Acajou is a beautiful resort offering 4-star accommodation right on the doorstep of the white sands of Cote D’Or Beach, one of the best on Praslin.

I had the pleasure of staying here and honestly, it was one of the best resorts I’ve ever stayed at. Acajou offers Indian Ocean view rooms, a swimming pool, and some of the best fine dining on the island.

If you're wondering about where to stay the Seychelles, particularly on Praslin, make sure you consider this amazing beachside hotel on the white sandy shores of Cote D'Or Beach.

Treasure Island Retreat

  • Area: Anse Kerlan
  • Best for: Those wanting to enjoy nature and explore the island without breaking the bank

What’s great about this island is that independent travelers and those who are budget-conscious can also find great places to stay on the Seychelles Island of Praslin.

For those looking to enjoy nature and save a few pennies on accommodation and food, opting for a self-catering stay on Praslin is a good bet.

The best one you’ll find on the island is Treasure Island Retreat. This Praslin self-catering hotel offers seafront apartments on Anse Kerlan, each complete with king-sized beds, a living room, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a furnished terrace or balcony. Treasure Island Retreat is the answer to accommodation on a budget!

La Digue - Best Place to Stay in the Seychelles for Adventure

Another epic island to stay in the Seychelles is the tiny, granitic island of La Digue.

Chances are, you'll have already seen plenty of photos from this amazing Indian Ocean island, especially shots of the world-renowned Anse Source D'Argent. This beach is commonly featured in travel magazines and ads, showcasing its amazing tranquil waters and beautiful granite boulders.

However, the truth is that this island has so much more to offer. From amazing hiking to more beautiful beaches, this tiny little island is an adventurer's playground.

Infographic map showing la digue island on the map showing surrounding islands, seychelles
Map showing la digue island location in comparison to mahe & praslin

Best of all, there aren't many cars on the island, meaning you can ride a bicycle almost anywhere!

Visiting La Digue and wondering where to stay on this amazing Seychelles island? The main areas are L’Union and La Passe. This is close to the ferry terminal, which is where you will arrive from Praslin. In this area, there are lots of boutique hotels and luxury beach resorts right on the palm tree-lined beach.

Read more: La Digue Accommodation Guide

Le domaine de l'orangeraieLe Domaine de L'OrangeraieAnse Serve$$$
Bedroom at hotel chateau st cloud, la digueChateau St CloudAnse Reunion$$
Cocotier du rocherCocotier du RocherLa Passe$$
La digue crystal kayak tour
La Digue is home to the famous Anse Source d'Argent Beach

Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie

  • Area: Anse Serve
  • Best for: Young families or honeymooners wanting a luxury island escape on La Digue

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie is a beautiful beachside resort located on the north end of La Digue Island (La Passe).

This amazing luxury resort features an island-famous pool with views overlooking the tranquil Indian Ocean. Furthermore, at Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie, you’ll also find two large restaurants, a full wellness spa with massage and body treatments, a spa, sauna, gym, and babysitting/child-minding services.

This high-end accommodation offering on La Digue is great for families or honeymooners looking for a tropical getaway with all the bells and whistles.

Chateau St Cloud

  • Area: Anse Reunion
  • Best for: Quiet location on La Digue, close to Grand Anse.

Chateau St Cloud is where I stayed on La Digue and I can personally recommend it as one of the best accommodation options on the island.

This three-star hotel is perfect as a mid-range option as the location is excellent– just a little out from the main area on a quiet street that is close enough to both the incredible southwest beaches and the port.

The staff is all very accommodating and the buffet breakfast is. The rooms are very spacious and the hotel even has a beautiful pool and fully-stocked bar.

This historic chateau is one of the first buildings on the island. It was first constructed as the plantation house of a large vanilla farm during the Napoleonic Wars. These days, it’s been reinvigorated and expanded to serve as one of the best accommodations available on the island.

Cocotier Du Rocher

  • Area: La Passe
  • Best for: Self-catering groups wanting modern living spaces

Cocotier du Rocher in La Passe offers everything you need to live comfortably and enjoy La Digue island. All rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, wifi, air conditioning, and outdoor patios.

It is a great choice for those traveling in large groups of families as the costs can be split making this a great value-for-money option.

If you're traveling with kids this is a great choice as babysitting services and laundry are available on-site.

Although the location is not beachfront, Cocotier du Rocher is in a quiet location with many beautiful beaches within riding distance.

Silhouette Island - Unique Island for a Honeymoon Getaway

With the main islands out of the way, let's look at two more amazing islands you can stay on in the Seychelles.

The first is Silhouette Island. This incredible destination is best known for its outstanding mountain landscape. Life here is quiet, laid back, and traditional. In fact, only about 200 people live here, and their traditional methods of agriculture have remained unchanged for several hundred years.

The main place to stay on this Seychelles island is the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. This amazing 5-star resort features private plunge pools, and private tropical gardens, located right on the beach.

The mountain backdrops here are absolutely stunning. And, due to the relaxed and isolated location, makes it one of the best places to stay in the Seychelles for your honeymoon!

Another must-see luxury hotel: Senses Zil Pasyon

Silhouette island private resort, seychelles
Hilton on sillhoutte island

Cousine: Unique Seychelles Private Resort Island

The last island I'm going to recommend staying on is Cousine Island.

This green, tropical private island resort is easily one of the most beautiful in the Seychelles. In fact, Cousine received the best island destination award in recent luxury travel competitions.

This incredible little island features French colonial-style, luxury private villas amongst lush island greenery. The best part about staying here is that no matter where you go, you're always a 1 minute's walk from the beach!

Stay on: Cousine Island

Cousine is located just off the coast of Mahe and a private transfer to the island is included if you book your accommodation here.

Alternative Private Island: North Island Resort

Seychelles cousine island
Cousine Island with a private resort

Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts in the Seychelles

Next, I'll give you hotel and accommodation recommendations based on budget. These are the same hotels listed above, but for a clearer way for those searching by price.

To start, the below six 5-star resorts are commonly recommended as the best luxury accommodations in the Seychelles. From private island resorts to prime, beachfront hotels with tennis courts, spacious villas, and spa treatments, you won't need to look beyond this list when choosing where to stay in luxury!

Seychelles cousine islandCousine IslandCousine$$$$$
Petite anse on mahe island, the seychelles (four seasons resort)Four Seasons ResortMahe$$$$
Anantara maia seychelles villas mahe island seychellesAnantara Maia VillasMahe$$$$
Lemuria resort seychellesConstance LemuriaPraslin$$$
Silhouette island private resort, seychellesHilton Labriz Resort & SpaSilhouette$$$
Hotel le domaine de la reserve beach front seychellesLe Domaine de L'OrangeraieLa Digue$$$

Best Seychelles Mid-Range Hotels

Looking for a touch of luxury without the price tag? The below recommendations are among the best places to stay in the Seychelles for mid-range budgets.

Paradise sun hotel seychellesParadise Sun HotelPraslin$$$
Acajou resort, praslin island seychellesAcajou Beach ResortPraslin$$
Eden bleu hotel, seychellesEden BleuMahe$$
Berjaya beau vallon bay resort and casino, seychellesBerjaya Beau Vallon BayMahe$$
Chateau st cloud accommodationChateau St CloudLa Digue$$

Best Cheap Seychelles Accommodation

Okay, to be fair, there isn't really such a thing as cheap accommodation in the Seychelles. At least not in a traditional backpacker sense.

That's because the islands mostly cater to luxury travelers and vacationers.

However, if you are looking for Seychelles accommodation on a budget, you can save money by choosing a self-catering option. This means you get all of the facilities you need to cook and prepare your own fresh meals.

What's great about this is that fresh produce is usually quite cheap in the Seychelles, meaning you can enjoy a luxurious, private experience without the huge bills!

Treasure island retreat self catering in seychelles praslinTreasure Island RetreatPraslin$$
Cocotier du rocherCocotier Du RocherLa Digue$$
Ocean views from the balcony at east horizon self cateringEast Horizon Self CateringMahe$
Precious residence c self catering mahe island seychellesPrecious ResidenceMahe$

My Hotel Selection Process

  • Accommodation Criteria: When choosing accommodations around the Seychelles I prioritized reviews, price, and location across the best islands. Each of the accommodations offers a high standard with guaranteed value for money.
  • My Experience: During my visit to the Seychelles on a press trip with the Seychelles Tourism Board I stayed in many of the selected accommodation options above. I've also been a regular contributor to the official Seychelles Tourism publication. I've got recommendations from the tourism board, other travelers, and have chosen many based on my own independent research.
  • Top Reviews: All listed hotels show high ratings on booking platforms like, Expedia & I regularly update these recommendations to ensure accuracy and the best value for money, based on current prices and current reviews, aggregated across all platforms.
  • Local Insights: I stayed at many of the hotels and resorts on the list (and a few that didn't make the cut). I've spoken with hotel staff, and local tour operators to get local recommendations. I've also taken on feedback from other travelers and recommend accommodations based on their perceived costs and value for money.

Read more about how I review & select hotels & accommodations.

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I'm Olly, a full-time traveler since 2018. Each accommodation option in this guide is handpicked by me. Read my travel review ethics statement.

FAQ About Staying in the Seychelles

Where are the main areas to stay in the Seychelles?

Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island, and Cousine Island are the main Islands to stay on. Each offers unique experiences ranging from family-friendly beaches to secluded luxury resorts.

What are the best islands for families in the Seychelles?

Mahe and Praslin are great for families, offering a range of accommodations and ocean and land activities suitable for all ages.

Are there budget-friendly accommodations in the Seychelles?

While the Seychelles is known for luxury, budget options like self-catering apartments can be found on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. These provide affordable stays without compromising on comfort. Costs can be split between groups as most of the accommodations have multiple rooms.

What activities can I do during my stay in the Seychelles?

The Seychelles offers a range of activities, including snorkeling, diving, hiking, and exploring pristine beaches. Don't miss the chance to visit nature reserves and spot unique wildlife like giant tortoises.

When is the best time to visit the Seychelles?

The Seychelles has a tropical climate year-round, but the best time to visit is during the dry season from May to September when temperatures are cooler and rainfall is minimal.

Is it safe to travel to the Seychelles?

Yes, the Seychelles is considered a safe destination for travelers. However, like anywhere it's always wise to take standard precautions and be mindful of your surroundings, especially in tourist areas.

Seychelles accommodation infographic

And that's a wrap for this Seychelles accommodation guide.

I hope it has helped you plan your next vacation and answered your questions about where to stay in the Seychelles! Since you're in a planning mood, stick around and check out some of my other articles.

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