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The best of Seychelles
Paradise is an over-used word when it comes to the islands of the Indian Ocean, but this archipelago a thousand miles east of Kenya is just that. Not only are the 115 islands home to some of the world's best beaches (the white sand of Beau-Vallon on main island Mahé instantly springs to mind), they're also a nature-lovers dream, with dramatic rock formations and exotic plants and animals to discover, like Praslin's UNESCO Vallée de Mai where the rare coco de mer grows or Frégate island, where giant tortoises roam. Best of all the Seychelles has largely managed to avoid environment-ruining development and its sprinkling of royalty-approved hideaways are some of the most eco-aware (and pricey) hotels on the planet. Here we round up some of the best; whether for the astonishing views, gourmet cuisine, nature-focused themes or eco credentials, our pick of the best hotels in the Seychelles should offer something for everyone.