Why go? With amazing beaches, reefs and jungle (including what’s claimed to be the original Garden of Eden), it’s a great winter sun destination for diving, snorkelling and walking. The average winter temperature is 28°C with six to seven hours of sunshine every day. What kids wouldn't want to open their presents among giant tortoise?
Top tip: Praslin, Desroches and Mahé are the best islands for families.
Flying time: 10 hours.