An island haven surrounded by turquoise waters

Sands softer than icing sugar. Seas bluer than sapphire. Welcome to paradise. The Seychelles have only been inhabited for two centuries. It shows.

This necklace of 116 islands, scattered more than 1,500km from the African coast, is an eco-paradise of giant tortoises, black parrots and gently swaying coco de mer palms. It’s an accessible heaven too. Nature trails and snorkel tours meander through eight National Parks – on both land and sea. Sure, the Seychelles’ talcum powder beaches make for honeymoon bliss (Prince William and Kate Middleton toasted their nuptials here). But rest assured, there’s a deserted strip of sand with your name on it.

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