Seychelles. Utter the word and it’s hard not to be filled with images of white beaches, clear waters and stunning sunsets.
While those are three perfectly good reasons to celebrate the archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, there is far more to the beautiful holiday destination than meets the eye, and don’t UAE residents know it.
In 2014, the UAE ranked as the Seychelles’ fifth biggest market globally for incoming traffic – accounting for six per cent – ahead of China, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Out of the 18,668 visitors from the Gulf, nearly 14,000 of them were from the UAE – that’s almost 75 per cent.
The UAE’s most prominent Seychelles fan is undoubtedly His Highness Sheikh Khalifa. The UAE has supported the Seychelles in numerous ways over the years, including sending aid packages, pledging $130 million in social service and military aid and a $30 million injection in 2008 to help the indebted government. The UAE’s president currently has a palace under construction on the main island Mahé, so if it’s good enough for the UAE ruler, then why haven’t you been yet?
The top hotels are undoubtedly a huge draw, and rightly so. There’s few places in the world more picture-perfect than some of the resorts we’ve chosen below. Along with some rare animals and stunning rainforests , they make up our 10 reasons why you need to visit the Seychelles right now.