The smallest of the island destinations is also the least developed and the most secluded, and with over 100 smaller islets in the chain, the Seychelles has some of the most stunningly beautiful private hideaways. Time in this paradise is all about the romance of lazy languid days spent sun-soaking on stunning beaches and taking to the warm azure waters to dive and snorkel at leisure.

 More costly than any of its neighbours, there is barefoot luxury galore on the principal islands of Praslin, Mahé and La Dique, and the most exotic of all is the opulent retreat of North Island.