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From October 1st, the Seychelles have opened their doors to start to welcome back travellers – and the UK is on a list of approved countries. (Head here for full details of entry requirements.) That means that we can start dreaming once again of a relaxing beach break in paradise! Hotels are reopening and we’ve rounded up our top recommendations for some winter sun over the coming weeks and months.

Constance Ephelia

  • From £2,010 per person for 7 nights in a Junior Suite Half Board (including flights & transfers)
  • Opening November 2nd
  • Getting there: 45 minute road transfer from the airport

With two private beaches and 120 hectares of land, Constance Ephelia has plenty of space to social distance in paradise. This five star resort offers spacious suites and private villas, surrounded by lush greenery and cooling lagoons, all on the paradise island of Mahé with its white sand beaches, mangrove forests, granite boulders and colourful marine reserve. Travelling there couldn’t be easier, with direct flights to Mahé and just a 45-minute road transfer – meaning your holiday can start straight away. With plenty of facilities, including spa, tennis courts and kid’s club, you’ll have everything you need on-site, including four pools and five restaurants for all the variety you’d ever want during a week of relaxation.

Siz Senses Zil Pasyon

  • From £5,385 per person for 7 nights in a Panorama Pool Villa Half Board (including flights & helicopter transfer)
  • Opening October 19th
  • Getting there: 15 minute private helicopter transfer from the airport

Amongst the white sand beaches, rocky outcrops and swaying palms of Félicité Island, you’ll find the all-villa resort of Zil Pasyon. This private island has three pristine beaches, and each sprawling villa offers privacy and lush surroundings. The secluded tropical nirvana is the perfect escape from it all – sample the freshest seafood, take a dip in your private pool, or relax with luxurious spa treatments. Enjoy daily morning yoga, head out kayaking, snorkelling or paddle boarding, then relax at the open-air cinema with a house-made rum in hand.

Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa

  • From £2,160 per person for 7 nights in a King Beachfront Villa B&B (including flights & transfers)
  • Open now
  • Getting there: 70 minute transfer by road and boat from the airport

Set on the beachfront of Silhouette Island, within a marine national park, Hilton Labriz offers comfortable and tasteful private villas in serene surroundings, nestled in the lush jungle. With an abundance of marine life, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy snorkelling and diving, visit the nearby tortoise sanctuary, or head out kayaking or boating to enjoy the nearby islands. With eight restaurants and bars, you won’t be short of the freshest seafood, and there are a range of facilities on-site from tennis to mini golf, with a host of activities at the kids’ club to keep all ages entertained.

Villa Deckenia – Private Villa

  • From £5,000 per night for a 5 bedroom exclusive-use villa, full board
  • Open now
  • Getting there: Helicopter transfer, domestic flight or private aircraft Mahé to Praslin

Villa Deckenia is the ultimate paradise escape for a private group, in a secluded setting on the bright white beaches of Praslin Island. The five-bedroom beachfront villa hosts up to 10 adults and 2 children, with 5,300 m² of luxurious living space and large terraces offering pools and views straight out onto the ocean. The main villa boasts three bedrooms, with two additional private bedrooms with an infinity pool each. Huge windows throughout mean tons of natural light and sweeping views out to the ocean, perfect for dining together. Your stay is completely hosted with chef and staff on hand, with a range of non-motorised watersports included keeping the whole group entertained. It’s the ultimate tropical bolthole to escape to together with family and friends.

North Island

  • From £19,000 per person for 7 nights in a Beachfront Villa (including helicopter transfers)
  • Open now
  • Getting there: 20 minute private helicopter transfer from the airport

Frequently named as one of the top hotels in the world, for the ultimate escape from reality there’s nowhere better than North Island. Expect extraordinary views from VIP villas in the most idyllic setting – and you won’t have to lift a finger. With a private 24/7 butler, your own buggy to hop around the island, a breakfast fit for a king (in your own villa if you wish) and a fantastic selection of activities and experiences, you’ll never want to leave. There’s everything you would ever want in your sprawling villa, complete with private pool, and you can have chef cooked feasts prepared in the comfort of your villa. Or head to the restaurants for romantic private dining spots under the stars, barbecue feasts or the freshest seafood. There’s no better place to earn your PADI, and the spa cannot be missed. With just eleven villas on the island, this is exclusive and private at its best – and unsurprisingly fit for royalty.

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