Indian Ocean: Three days in Seychelles

From island hopping to reef safaris, C&IT suggests a three-day itinerary for event planners visiting the Seychelles.

Day 1

Charter the entire deck of the passenger ferry on an exclusive basis for a one-day excursion to Praslin, the Seychelles' second-biggest island, which offers coastal, mountain and forest scenery. The deck can be privatised for groups of up to 200.

The island, home to Unesco World Heritage site Vallee de Mai and the world-famous Anse Lazio beach, is inhabited by just 6,500 people, ensuring a laid-back atmosphere and the ultimate in relaxation. DMC 7South suggests that groups can view coco de mer palms, rare black parrots and giant tortoises, and a further ferry ride to La Digue, with its spectacular beaches and granite rocks, is also possible.

Head back to the mainland for dinner, and overnight at hotels including the 163-room Savoy Resort & Spa in Beau Vallon and the 148-room Kempinski Seychelles Resort, located on the south end of Mahe in Baie Lazare.

Day 2

DMC Mason's Travel suggests a bus tour of Mahe after breakfast, with stops in the capital Victoria, visiting sights including the clock tower and colourful Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market, built in 1840. Groups can get close to nature with a drive through the mountain passes of Sans Souci, travelling through lush forest and tea plantations along one of the most scenic routes in the Seychelles.

Visit the ruins of the historic Mission Lodge, with stunning views of the coast, and enjoy a Creole buffet lunch at a local Seychellois restaurant - groups of more than 50 can be split across several restaurants or lunch can be set up on a nearby beach. Continue the nature trail with a visit to a historic herb and spice garden. Groups can enjoy a Creole-themed dinner at Chez Batista, which can host up to 120.

Day 3

Spend the third day on a reef safari, snorkelling in the Baie Ternay Marine National Park on board catamarans; Mason's Travel organises trips on three, ideal for groups of up to 130. The boat journey along the west coast to access the park offers a view of the Morne Seychellois peak, the highest in the Seychelles.

The area is renowned for abundant marine life and has no direct access by road, offering groups seclusion and the chance to get up close and personal with nature. The day continues into the evening, as guests enjoy a sunset cruise with catered food from one of Mahe's top restaurants.

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