When it comes to romantic destinations, it’s hard to beat the Seychelles, a dreamy Indian Ocean archipelago of dazzling white sand beaches and coconut palms, coral reefs and lush rainforests. As one of the world’s premier honeymoon destinations, there’s no shortage of romantic things to do in Seychelles, and no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of this island chain than by island-hopping on a luxury yacht. Even better still? If you cruise the Seychelles aboard your own yacht – but without the heavy costs and admin burden of traditional yacht ownership.
Floating through the Seychelles on a yacht used to be the preserve of the very few: either those who owned their own yacht and were willing to solely bear the costs of the vessel’s passage and security down through the Red Sea, or for those who were willing to pay the exorbitant cost of traditional yacht charter. It was out of reach for many. However, with the rise of fractional yacht ownership in the region, yacht owners are now able to share the costs of operating a yacht in the Seychelles, while enjoying all the privileges, luxuries, and freedom of yacht ownership when they’re on board. And with an affordable yacht share company like SmartYacht taking care of the logistics, there are no administration or operational headaches either. All you have to do is step aboard and cruise off into the Indian Ocean sunset…
A Valentine’s Day yacht charter is a perfect time to enjoy the Seychelles on a yacht, as you and your partner dive off the back of the yacht into the startlingly blue sea, and drop anchor off sugar-white beaches edged by waving palms. Here are five romantic things you can do in Seychelles on board your yacht.
Five romantic things to do in Seychelles on a Valentine’s Day yacht share escape
Dive with whale sharks and manta rays
Making memories together is one of the most romantic things a couple can do. A dive in the Seychelles is something you’ll remember forever, particularly if you come across the gentle spotted whale sharks and graceful manta rays that frequent these crystal clear waters. There is unrivalled natural beauty in the Indian Ocean, with coral reefs home to dizzying schools of tropical fish and sea turtles paddling through the blue. Head back to the yacht afterwards for a long lunch on deck and an afternoon of playing on the yacht’s water toys. More adventurous couples might enjoy a night dive as well!
Take a sunset stroll on a desert island beach
It’s hard to miss the magic of the moment when you wander hand in hand along the beach under a dramatic Indian Ocean sunset, warm waters lapping at your toes and your footprints leaving a trail together in the soft sand. The romance continues back on the yacht with a stunning gourmet meal prepared by the yacht’s private chef and served at a candlelit table overlooking the moonlit sea.
Bliss out with a couple’s massage in a clifftop spa
The Seychelles are blessed with many ultra-luxury hotels with phenomenal day spas, particularly on the islands of Mahe and Praslin. Whether you’re getting a couple’s massage in an open-air pavilion or a beauty treatment in a spa bungalow next to an infinity pool, it will be impossible not to get swept up in the moment. When you’ve been pampered to your heart’s content, head back to your yacht for cocktails and canapes on the sundeck, before soaking in the bubbling Jacuzzi to end the day.
Enjoy a candlelit beach barbeque on a secluded coral atoll
With 115 islands across the archipelago, there are plenty of deserted coves and sandbars where the crew can set up a luxury beach barbeque as a romantic meal for two. As the stars come out across the sky, enjoy grilled lobster served at your white cloth table on the sand, washed down with a crisp glass of Sancerre. As music plays, dance together on the beach, creating another lifetime memory.
Hike the forest of Coco de Mer palms and meet the giant tortoises
Nature grows to fabulous proportions in the Seychelles, where the famous double coconuts of the Coco de Mer trees tower over the landscape at Vallee de Mai on Praslin Island, where the ancient palm tree forest has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.
Then join the crew back at the yacht for the short cruise across to Curieuse Island, where around 500 giant Aldabra tortoises still live in the wild. These huge and gentle creatures are among the world’s most long-lived species, with a 184-year-old Aldabra tortoise named Jonathan currently holding the title of the world’s oldest animal. Finish the afternoon with a swim at the powder soft beach before getting picked up by the tender to enjoy another night of glamour and romance on board your yacht.
A yacht is the ideal way to explore the islands of the Seychelles, dispensing with the bother of organising inter-island flights and ferries or changing hotels every couple of days. When you own the yacht through a yacht share arrangement, the yacht is set up exactly as you like it with your belongings and a familiar crew, meaning it feels like a luxurious home-away-from-home every time you return. There are so many romantic things to do in Seychelles, and there’s no better place to be on Valentine’s Day than on your very own luxury yacht in the Seychelles.
If you’re tempted by the sound of a romantic escape to the Seychelles, get in contact with our friendly team to find out more.