Mahé Island Honeymoon Guide

Mahé is the largest island (157.3 km²) and most developed island in the Seychelles.

Mahé is home to the country’s capital, Victoria, more than 70 powdery white-sand beaches and a choice of hiking trails through Morne Seychellois National Park.

What to do and see on Mahé Island

Explore one of Mahé’s major attractions – the Morne Seychellois National Park, which encompasses an impressive 20 per cent of the land area of Mahé.

Choose from a variety of walking trails through thick forest and a variety of flora including coconut palms, rosewood and cinnamon trees. Head to Morne Seychellois (905m) – the Seychelles highest point.

For a superb hike, try the Glacis La Reserve trail that winds through an impressive palm forest against a backdrop of granite cliffs and boulders, with excellent viewpoints along the way overlooking several different regions of Mahé.

The trail begins just off the Montagne Posee road that links Anse aux Pins on the eastern side of Mahé to Anse Boileau on the western coast.

For swimming and diving head to the beautiful Beau Vallon Bay, which offers a 3km-long golden beach, off-shore reefs, wrecks for diving, easy access to the nearby Marine Park of Bay Ternay and a scenic drive past secluded coves up the coast to Glacis and North Point.

For a stunning scenic drive take the mountain road through the Morne Seychellois National Park from Victoria to Port Glaud.

Best beaches on Mahé Island

Mahé Island offers several stunning beaches including the following…

Beau Vallon Beach

Beau Vallon Beach is probably the most popular beach on Mahé island, with good swimming, snorkelling and diving due to its clear waters and coral reefs.

The beach shelves gently into shallow water that deepens slowly into a wide bay. Palm trees provide plenty of shade ensuring protection from the sun.

One of the longest beaches in the Seychelles at 1.75km (1mi), Beau Vallon is popular among tourists and locals alike thanks to its mix of beautiful scenery, extensive choice of activities and excellent infrastructure.

Waterport rentals include snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing, jet skis and sailing.

A choice of hotels lie just a short walk from Beau Vallon. Beachfront facilities include local restaurants, bars and a nightclub. The beachside road allows easy-access by car, taxi or bus.

With extensive facilities and activities, safe, shallow water, and easy-access, Beau Vallon Beach is perfect for families and couples alike.

Watch fishermen selling fresh fish late in the afternoon in the shade of takamaka trees while enjoy a cool drink from a beachside bar.

Anse Royale

Numerous activities, beautiful scenery, clear, shallow water and easy-access makes Anse Royale one of the most popular beaches on Mahé.

The 1500m-long beach is often busy with a choice of activities, including swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Protected by an offshore coral reef, Anse Royale consists of several linked beaches that face a long bay. The beach shelves gently to a depth of around 2m to 3m. The water is usually calm and ideally-suited to swimming and snorkelling.

During the summer trade winds, from June to September, Anse Royale is also good for windsurfing.

Nearby facilities include a choice of accommodation options, shops and restaurants in the adjacent town that shares the same name.

Anse Royale is located on the south-east coast of Mahé.

Anse à la Mouche

Anse à la Mouche is located in the south-west of Mahé, facing a long, curved bay known for calm water. Conditions are favourable for swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Anse à la Mouche beach offers shallow water, plentiful shade, and easy-access. Nearby facilities include several shops and restaurants. The beach is accessable by car or bus.

Anse Baleine

With shallow water, calm waves and plenty of shade, the small, 40m-long Anse Baleine is ideal for couples and children wanting to splash around in the water or relax on the sand. It's also perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

The beach is often deserted during weekdays, however, weekends are popular with the locals, who often bring their children here for a picnic. The beach receives early morning sun - perfect for sunbathing – but is often covered in shade during the afternoon.

Facilities, including restaurants, are available along the main road at the nearby beaches of Anse Royale and Anse Parnel.

Anse Baleine is located in the south-east of Mahé, and is easily ccessible via car or bus, with bus stops nearby on the main road.

Anse Forbans

Protected by an offshore coral reef from the open ocean, Anse Forbans shelves into shallow water with gentle waves, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

A choice of small guesthouses and hotels, including the Hilton Allamanda Resort, lie a short walk to the beach. Guests of the Hilton Allamanda Resort can borrow snorkelling equipment

Anse Forbans is located in the south-east of Mahé, just along the coast from Turtle Bay and Anse aux Pins. The beach is easy to reach by bus and car.

Port Launay North Beach

This popular beach, located in the Port Launay Marine Park, offers gorgeous scenery, calm, shallow water, ample shade and a wide range of watersport activities.

The calm waters of the bay lends itself well to swimming and snorkelling, while the numerous rental options provide the opportunity for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and kayaking.

Nearby facilities include restaurants in the nearby Constance Ephelia Resort, and some small local shops.

Port Launay Marine Park is located in the north-west of Mahé, and contains several beaches and small offshore islands. The beach is easily accessible from the nearby road by car, taxi, or bus.

Where to stay

Mahé offers an excellent choice of resorts to satisfy all budgets especially around the sweeping Beau Vallon Bay, including the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa (photo) and the Banyan Tree Seychelles, a sumptuous resort that sits on a stunning palm-fringed white-sand beach.

Accommodation options to consider include the following hotels…

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa Seychelles
Location: Anse Boileau, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD2872 per room
Description: Surrounded by award-winning landscaped gardens, this luxurious resort on Mahé features air-conditioned villas overlooking the Indian Ocean. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant and a wellness centre. A private infinity swimming pool, free WiFi, butler service and an iPod docking station are standard in each of Maia Luxury Resort’s villas. They have a kitchenette, an outdoor gazebo and a sun deck. Guests can enjoy a candle-lit dinner on the beach or arrange a private BBQ on the terrace of their villa. Tec Tec restaurant serves gourmet cuisine, and is flexible to prepare dishes outside of set dining hours. Massage treatments in the spa as well as rose-petal baths can be arranged by a butler. Guests can also enjoy yoga, qi gong, or work out in the techno-gym. Other activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and canoeing. A special children's program is available which covers excursions, mini spa treatments and swimming lessons. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is located 20 km from the Victoria and 10 km from Seychelles International Airport. Free parking is available at this resort.

Raffles Praslin Seychelles
Location: Baie Sainte Anne, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD1218 per room
Description: Closely located to one the world’s most beautiful beaches – Anse Lazio, Raffles Praslin Seychelles offers luxurious villas on the island of Praslin, easily accessible via a 15-minute flight from Mahé International Airport. It offers private plunge pools and 2 infinity pools. Each with free WiFi access, the modern villas have open-air balconies overlooking the garden, the ocean, or the surrounding area. The spacious, air-conditioned villas have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and also come with a minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine. Facilities offered include a beauty salon, the Sugar Palm Kid’s Club, and 6 restaurants and lounges from fresh Mediterranean cuisine at Losean restaurant, a rooftop terrace and shisha lounge to private dinners on the beach. Raffles Spa features private outdoor treatment rooms overlooking the serene blue ocean and tropical landscape. The resort is located close to the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is also a 15-minute ferry ride away from Curieuse Island, home to 500 giant tortoise and La Digue, famous for its secluded beaches, diving and snorkeling.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Location: Baie Lazare, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD1833 per room
Description: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is situated less than 5 metres from the beach located on Petite Anse, Baie Lazare. It features a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and a water sports pavilion. Each air-conditioned villa has a private pool and a patio. It comes equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The bathroom includes a shower with free toiletries, a bathrobe and slippers. Kannel Restaurant offers international cuisine for lunch and Asian and Creole cuisine for dinner. ZEZ restaurant serves an international breakfast with daily specials and a la carte options, and dinner features a modern Mediterranean menu. Kannel Bar serves light snacks, fruit drinks and cocktails during the day, whilst ZEZ Lounge is open for cocktails, wines and freshly-made sushi and sashimi. A complimentary children programme is available to keep kids entertained. Activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing, fishing, helicopter tours and biking are on offer at the resort. Wi-Fi is and a secretarial service is available to guests. Seychelles International Airport is a 23-minute drive away.

Bayan Tree Seychelles
Location: Mahé Island
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD886 per room
Description: Located in Intendance Bay along the southern western coastline of Mahé, Banyan Tree Seychelles has direct access to the beach and offers spacious villas with a private pool. It features spa facilities, a fitness centre and a tennis court. Banyan Tree Seychelles has luxuriously furnished villas, combining the Seychellois architecture with the contemporary décor. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, each of the air-conditioned villas has a satellite TV. The resort’s restaurants offer a variety of local and international dishes. Saffron serves Thai cuisine and Southeast Asian specialties, while La Varangue provides a selection of light snacks and pizzas. Guests can relax around the infinity pool with a fruit cocktail, before enjoying a yoga session or a game of tennis. They can also experience spa treatments at one of the luxurious hillside pavilions. A range of activities such as mountain biking, snorkeling, and canoeing are available in the surrounding area. Free bikes and a car rental service are also provided on site.

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach
Location: Beau Vallon, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD585 per room
Description: Featuring a modern spa and a number of restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach is located on Mahé Island, just 2.6 km from Bel Ombre and 30 minutes' drive from Seychelles International Airport. Set against the backdrop of the lush greenery of the Morne Seychellois National Park, with views of the Indian Ocean. The resort offers modern suites and villas with indoor and outdoor seating, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, tea-and-coffee making facilities. The villas have added features such as a private pool, the cabana and rain showers. Each private bathroom is fitted with a separate bathtub and shower. Guests can drink and dine at 7 outlets on the property. Free WiFi is provided throughout The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach. Various activities are available on site or in the surrounding area, including tennis, hiking, snorkeling and surfing.

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove
Location: Bel Ombre, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD540 per room
Description: Set in tropical gardens overlooking a secluded cove, this resort offers charmingly decorated accommodation with thatched roofs and local granite. It offers a pool bordering the sea and a spa. Each of Le Meridien’s rooms features a private patio or balcony with sea or garden view. The elegantly furnished rooms all have plasma TVs with free internet access, wireless keyboard, and in-room movies. Guests can enjoy a variety of beauty treatments at the Elemis Zen Spa. It also features a gym, steam bath, plunge pool, and two double massage rooms with open-air showers. Non-motorised water sports are offered for free at Le Meridien. The resort also has a floodlit tennis court and outdoor pool with umbrellas. Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove provides a daily breakfast buffet and 2 restaurants serving buffet and à la carte dining. The cocktail bar with ocean view has a small library. Beau Vallon Beach and a coral reef perfect for snorkelling are just steps from the hotel. Victoria, the Seychelles’ capital, is just a 10-minute drive away.

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Location: Glacis, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD508 per room
Description: Spectacular Indian Ocean views and picturesque hillside location await guests at this luxurious resort on the Mahé Island. Hilton offers a stunning infinity pool, beauty treatments and state-of-the-art fitness centre. Wake up to the sound of rolling waves in your large four-poster bed and make the most of the spa bath. Hilton Seychelles Northolme offers Creole cuisine at Les Cocotiers and al fresco dining at the Hilltop Restaurant. You can also arrange a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach or enjoy splendid sea vistas at The Oceanview Bar and Restaurant. Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is located 6 km from the City Centre and 8 km from Botanical Gardens. Nearby activities include fishing, diving, water skiing and cycling.

Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa
Location: Beau Vallon, Mahé
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD405 per room
Description: Located on Beau Vallon Beach, Savoy Resort & Spa offers 3 restaurants, a large 700 sqm outdoor pool and a 24-hour front desk. Central Victoria is a 6-minute drive away. Free WiFi is available. The modern and spacious rooms and suites are equipped with a balcony, flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and air conditioning. The Deluxe Rooms, Junior and the Executive Suites offer sea views. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath and a hairdryer. Personalized butler service is available for the guests of Junior Suites and Executive Suites. Culinary cuisine can be enjoyed at Pescado, overlooking the resort’s pool while Grand Savoy offers a different choice of themed buffet every night. Refreshments and drinks are available at the Gecko Bar on the beachfront. A variety of massages and beauty treatments are available at Savoy Spa. There is an adults-only swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and 2 saunas. For families with children, the Savoy kids’ club is open daily. The resort also offers a tennis court and a fitness centre. Staff at Savoy Resort & Spa can help you organise trips in Mahé or a day trip to other islands. The Botanical Garden is 5 km away and Seychelles International Airport can be reached within 25 minutes by car.

How to get to Mahé Island

The most convenient route to Mahé Island is by air to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located 11km (6.8mi) southeast of the capital city, Victoria.

Within the Seychelles, Air Seychelles operates daily inter-island flights and charter flights. Zil Air offers helicopter flights between Mahé and Praslin as well as La Digue (8 minutes). Praslin to Mahé is 20 min, direct flight.

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Latest update: Mahé Island – Seychelles Honeymoon Guide: 22 November, 2023