Consisting of 115 picturesque islands off the coast of Africa, Seychelles has deservedly earned its reputation as a destination that truly harbors the meaning of a tropical paradise. The exquisite white-powder beaches are often contrasted by the crashing topaz waters of the Indian Ocean on one side and lush green tropical forestry on the other. The oceans are teeming with rich aquatic life of all forms, while there is a widespread emphasis on ecotourism and sustainable living.

Seychelles isn’t known for its insane nightlife but rather its slowed pace of life which can be felt in the laid-back attitude of the warm locals that call the archipelago home. This atmosphere is only furthered with the presence of ultra-glamorous resorts and exclusive villas that make for one of the world’s best island getaways where panoramic views can be found in abundance. At the end of the day, Seychelles represents tropical luxury at its finest.

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Treasure Islands

With 115 islands to its name, Seychelles is an oyster for your exploration. From pristine beaches that sparkle as brightly as any other in the Indian Ocean, unmissable wildlife and coral reefs, the archipelago is spoiled with an abundance of natural phenomena that are ripe for exploring. Some of the most popular spots include the unspoiled Anse Intendance on Mahé Island, the lively Anse Lazio on Praslin Island and the postcard-ready Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue Island.

This Johanna Ortiz Fanciful Asymmetric Ruffled Swimsuit is an elegant one-piece that features an off-the-shoulder style and fitted bodice. With a plunging V-neck and low back, this style has braided ties at the waist for a flattering fit for a look that’s as vibrant as Seychelles itself. However, the real key to this style also lies in its versatility. You can rock the outfit as a swim-ready one-piece or look pair it as a bodysuit with this Johanna Ortiz Powerful Rhythm Cotton Maxi Skirt for a flowy, carefree look that’s perfect for roaming the islands.

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Luxury Resorts

While the Maldives has long been known as the supreme island destination of luxury in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles makes a pretty convincing case. Throughout the sun-drenched playground for the rich and famous lie some of the world’s most extravagant resorts and elegant hotels, many of which have private stretches of beaches, spa treatments, gourmet cuisine and unbeatable panoramic views. Whether you opt for the exclusive celebrity-laden MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa on the mainland Mahé island or North Island, the 11-villa private resort that has an entire island to itself, Seychelles is as luxurious as it gets.

Whether you find yourself on the way to a nice meal out or flouncing around by your villa’s pool, this Agua Bendita Acacia Erizos Printed Linen Midi Dress is the perfect option to wear around the islands. Fusing elements of contemporary design and traditional Colombian craftsmanship, the airy silhouette makes for a carefree and comfortable summertime option. These Carrie Forbes Mour Raffia Slides are a simple yet stylish option that’s perfect for all-day wear in Seychelles. They’re woven from natural raffia straw and fitted with a simple wide top strap for the maximum form-meets-function footwear choice.

Life Under the Sun

Characterized by scorching hot and dry weather, the high season in Seychelles usually lasts from December to March and then again from July to August. Whereas the shoulder months offer a climate that is slightly cooler, yet still comfortably warm. These in-between months are normally calmer and windless, making them great for swimming, aquatic activities and boat excursions. No matter the time of year, the sun always comes out to shine in Seychelles. When it comes to protecting your eyes from the sun, these Bottega Veneta Oversized Aviator Sunglasses are the perfect timeless look to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays with total UV protection. The solid tinted lenses, polished gold-tone metal and vintage-inspired frame make for a timeless tropical look.

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Vallée de Mai

Located on the island of Praslin, this gorgeous natural park is one of only two places in the world where the rare coco de mer palm tree is found in its natural state. The UNESCO World Heritage site has something for just about every kind of wildlife enthusiast: the rarest species of birds to the most complex of underwater ecosystems. The rest of the park is rounded out with a plethora of hiking trails of all difficulties that lead through emerald-tingled forests and picturesque unspoiled shores.

These Onia Charles 7 Swim Shorts are the perfect shorts to round out your journey the Vallée de Mai. In the essential black tone, the trunks, inspired by Hong Kong’s rich maritime history, are the perfect pair of swimwear to take you everywhere from the hiking trails to the ocean waters under the hot tropical sun that consumes Seychelles. Pair with these Mr. Leight Roku S 47 Acetate Round-Frame Sunglasses are a laid-back option that will allow you to enjoy the climate of Seychelles both comfortably and in style.

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Snorkelling & Diving

While it may be much lesser-known, Seychelles certainly rivals the Maldives in terms of the Indian Ocean’s great diving locations. Luckily, October is one of the best months to go diving in Seychelles, as the seas are calmer, the weather is slightly cooler and the boats can reach more remote spots. The granite outcrop known as Îlot sits just north of Mahé where you can find one of the highest densities of fish life in all of Seychelles, whereas the nearby granite plateau known as Shark Bank is rich in marine life that expands out to barracuda, jackfish, stingrays, white tip reef sharks and whale sharks.

Lying at a depth of 25m, the Dredger Wreck is the most popular dive spots in all the islands and is a fascinating ship that is now covered with rare species of coral and a plethora of colorful fish. The Rolex Submariner is the trusty underwater accompaniment that has been alongside some of the most daring diving adventures for the better part of half a century. Whether you’ll be swimming with sharks or exploring wrecks, a diving watch is essential among your underwater excursions in Seychelles.