1. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
A true paradise island, Silhouette is home to a large and diverse range of indigenous fauna and flora, as well as rare species like the incense tree and sheath-tailed bat.
Families will enjoy hopping on a bicycle to explore the areas beyond the resort that few ever get to see, or heading out on a guided exploration of the rainforest, one of only two in the Seychelles.
There’s also a range of water and land activities on offer, including a tennis court, a giant outdoor chessboard, sandcastle-building and snorkelling. The view of the surrounding islands in the distance is spectacular.
Price: From £1,165 (room only, children under seven)
Find out more: hiltonseychelleslabriz.com
2. The Savoy
Boasting the largest pool and the tallest hotel in the Seychelles, this resort has been open for just over a year. Rooms are spacious, modern and extremely comfortable, with lots of light streaming in and views of the beach, the pool or the glorious green mountains.
Adults and kids alike will no doubt spend hours in the huge pool, which features canals, a bridge, complimentary pool toys and a poolside beach bar. One of Mahé’s most popular beaches, Beau Vallon, is just a few steps away. Kids’ club, spa and great dining facilities available.
Price: From £1,925 (B&B, children under five)
Find out more: savoy.sc
3. Desroches Island
Desroches offers accommodation to suit any type of holiday, from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom family villas, all luxuriously furnished.
If money is no object, shell out for the Madame Zabre three-bedroomed villa – the most exclusive in the Seychelles – and set foot where many celebrities and world leaders have planted theirs. Listed by Forbes as one of the top 10 most remote destinations in the world, ‘getting away from it all’ doesn’t get much better than this. There is no cellphone reception, although Wi-Fi is available if you absolutely must be in touch.
The kids’ club is open all day and includes activities like yoga, pizzamaking lessons, conservation walks, kayaking, snorkelling, kite-flying and tortoise-feeding. The spa also offers two treatments for little ones, because young guests are just as important as older ones here.
Price: The Turquoise Holiday Company offers seven nights in a four-bedroom Beach Villa from £13,280 per family of four (two adults and two children), including all meals and drinks, domestic and international flights with Etihad. Flights are easy with Eithad’s ‘Flying Nanny’ service – face-painting, puppets and origami keep little ones entertained.
Find out more: turquoiseholidays.co.uk
4. Avani Barbarons
The Seychelles’ newest hotel, on the west coast of Mahé, prides itself on offering great dining options, comfortable and modern suites and the perfect setting for a seaside sundowner.
The large pool area is the focal point of the resort, with the accommodation in a semi-circle to the back of it and a sprawling beach in the front. Hire a babysitter to watch over the little ones, then head out to enjoy dinner al fresco, gazing up at the stars.
Price: From £2,540 (B&B, children under 12)
Find out more: avanihotels.com/seychellesbarbarons
5. Raffles Praslin
Each luxurious villa at Raffles Praslin has its own private plunge pool and outdoor pavilion and, the signature touch, an easel and sketching paper set up for when the inner artist calls, inspired by the exquisite views.
The resort caters for children of all ages, from toddlers to 17-year-olds, with carefully considered toys and games, and interesting outdoor and indoor activities. With two infinity pools (45m each), a spa to rival all spas and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort, everyone will be kept happy.
Price: From £4,370 (in a Bayview Queen Villa)
Find out more: raffles.com
6. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
The Four Seasons is located on the southwest coast of Mahé. Comprising 67 villas perched on a hill alive with greenery, it overlooks the sandy white beach of Petite Anse, which currently holds the title of TripAdvisor’s 10th-Best Beach in Africa.
Each villa has its own private pool (that can be fenced off for little ones) and spacious rooms with all the luxury trimmings. The kids’ club is next to the main pool area, with a shallow pool of its own, and offers loads of indoor games as well as planned activities, like baking. The hilltop spa is a must-visit – even if only for the view, one of the most breathtaking on Mahé.
Price: From £12,860 (Ocean-view two-bedroom suite. B&B)
Find out more: fourseasons.com/seychelles
7. Constance Ephélia
Without a doubt one of the best family resorts on Mahé, Constance Ephélia feels like a home away from home (albeit an exquisite, luxurious, tropical one).
Book a beach villa and enjoy the private pool and outdoor living space, two bedrooms, a lounge and a very large bathroom with bath and shower, as well as luxe amenities like a Nespresso machine and midafternoon sweet treats delivered to your door.
The kids’ club will keep the little ones entertained while parents enjoy some downtime at the Indian Ocean’s biggest spa, exclusive to the Ephélia.
Price: Just Seychelles offers seven nights, half-board, in a Family Villa with private pool for two adults and two children under 12 from £8,996. Includes Emirates flights from London and private transfers. justseychelles.com
Find out more: constancehotels.com
8. Constance Lemuria
A 15-minute flight or an hour-long ferry ride will take you from Mahé to Praslin, where you’ll find the Lémuria surrounded by three secluded white sandy beaches and cocooned by dense vegetation.
Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, tennis and biking are all part of the complimentary activities offered; for an additional fee, head underwater and experience some of the world’s best diving.
The resort also has private access to one of the world’s most famous and highly rated beaches, Anse Georgette, and offers the ultimate in relaxation at its two world-class spas – the Shiseido Pavilion and the Spa de Constance. Don’t forget, this is where the kids can release baby turtles and Dad can enjoy the 18-hole championship golf course, too.
Price: From £8,830 on a half-board
Find out more: constancehotels.com/lemuria
9. Beachcomber Sainte Anne
Book an all-inclusive package here and there’s no need to worry about surprise costs at the end of the stay. It’s especially great for families to know the one-off fee covers everything – from food to activities.
The kids’ club offers a range of activities, from a boat trip to nearby Moyenne Island and coconut-painting, to botanical trekking and baking, and older ones will enjoy glass-bottomed kayaks and scuba diving.
Price: Beachcomber Tours offers seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast for two adults and two children under 12, including Emirates flights and transfers, from £6,850. beachcombertours.co.uk
Find out more: beachcomber-hotels.com
10. Fregate Island Private
Only 16 villas are available on this phenomenal private island, which offers a choice of seven beaches to explore and the option of dining wherever you wish.
Fregate is so much more than a holiday destination – rather, it’s a place you go to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences that cannot be repeated. For the energetic, there are numerous adventure activities (try gamefishing on the 37ft Little Fregate Bird – the chef will cook up your catch); for those who prefer time out, there’s the rock spa, an extensive library, and a pool with a waterfall built into the rocks.
But the best thing to do here is explore the surroundings and meet the island’s most important inhabitants, the 2,200 giant Aldabra tortoises – they roam free all over the island.
Price: £22,240 for accommodation for the entire family on a full-board basis, including non-motorised watersports, butler service, use of kids’ facilities, one spa treatment per adult per stay. Excludes transfers from Mahé
Find out more: fregate.com
*All prices based on approximate cost for a family of four staying for seven nights on a half-board basis, unless otherwise stated. Prices may change prior to notification.