Seychelles, one of the world’s most stunning travel and honeymoon destinations, off the east coast of Africa, comprises an archipelago of 115 islands that includes lush mountains, arresting granite boulders, white sand palm-fringed beaches, and crystal clear turquoise ocean waters. With its tropical climate and tantalizing attractions, Seychelles has become a magnet for haute honeymooners who desire pristine surroundings, privacy and proximity to the best of luxuries and amenities.
Little wonder then that celebrities like Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, and Paul McCartney with former wife Heather Mills have all opted to spend romantic moments here. Check out the A-list roster of famous names who have enjoyed dream honeymoons in Seychelles.
1. Prince William and Kate Middleton
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose Seychelles for a romantic Indian Ocean honeymoon. They spent 10 days on the island of Desroches, a paradise just four miles long which lies about 150 miles southwest of the Seychelles’ main island, Mahe. The island, blanketed by coconut groves, has only a handful of luxury villas, each commanding stunning views of the ocean.
They resided in a £4,000 per night luxury villa on this exclusive island in the Seychelles
2. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
This is where Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt went while they were still married. They booked out the entire North Island so they could have absolute privacy. If you have the money then this is the place to go to. North Island is one of 40 granite islands out of the 115 islands that form the Seychelles Islands. This private island resort is designed to offer the very best in privacy, location, accommodation, services, facilities and experience.
It has only 11 guest villas, all of which are exquisitely designed to celebrate nature and offer an authentic home-away-from-home ambiance. The villas here measure almost 5,000 feet, thereby ensuring enough room to spread out and enjoy privacy and proximity to the fullest.
This sanctuary also nurtures critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora.
3. Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz
Of all the romantic activities one could imagine getting up to in a destination like the Seychelles, deep sea fishing would probably not make the top of most people’s list – that is, unless you were Irish crooner Ronan Keating and his new wife, Storm Uechtritz.
Most newlyweds would prefer sipping a glass of champagne at sunset, soaking up the sun on a tropical beach or having a romantic dinner by candlelight, but it seems the former Boyzone singer and his Australian love were far more excited at the prospect of getting their hooks in the water.
Ronan and Storm first jetted off to South Africa to spend some time on safari at the exclusive Ulusaba lodge. The couple then rounded off their walk on the wild side with a getaway to the private resort island of Fregate. Located 55 kilometers east of the main island of Mahé, Fregate is the easternmost island of the archipelago’s inner granitic islands. It has 2,200 free-roaming Aldabra giant tortoises. Besides relaxing by their villa’s infinity pool, having dinners on the beach and having their every whim catered to, the couple wanted to get out on the ocean and experience the excitement of deep-sea fishing.
Besides relaxing by their villa’s infinity pool, having dinners on the beach and having their every whim catered to, the couple wanted to get out on the ocean and experience the excitement of deep-sea fishing.
4. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney
Following their extravagant wedding in Venice, George Clooney and wife Amal continued their wedding celebrations and romantic honeymoon at a North Island resort in the Seychelles.
The luxury resort is so private that it is only accessible by helicopter and has 11 luxury villas which are over 5,000 square feet in space and come with their private plunge pools. The lavish Seychelles hotel is located 30km off the main island of Mahe and guests can enjoy ‘barefoot luxury’ thanks to its environmental programme which protects local flora and fauna, and wildlife species such as Seychelles blue pigeons, and Hawksbill and green turtles.
The luxury hotel’s facilities include a spa and gym, swimming pool, an activity center, a boutique, library, helipad, the Island Piazza and the West Beach Bar.
5. Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
American actress and former model Gabrielle Union stayed at the private island resort of North Island in Seychelles on their final leg of her exotic honeymoon. The couple spent almost three weeks in exotic locations, first stopping in the Maldives, then going on safari and mingling with the Masai on the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, and then finally Seychelles.
The private island eco-tourism resort is accessible by helicopter and regularly patronized by the rich and famous. The couple stayed at a villa which is perched on a rock away from the other ten villas on the island, ensuring complete privacy and luxury during their stay.
6. Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild
The pair quickly jetted off to Botswana, where they enjoyed safari tours in the African bushveld, and then went to the 115-island archipelago of Seychelles, situated off the eastern coast of Africa for some private time relaxing in luxurious tropical surroundings.
The couple stayed at the exclusive North Island private resort, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, also spent their honeymoon.
7. Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault jetted to Seychelles for a romantic honeymoon. They stayed in a 4,800-square-foot villa at the North Island Hotel, which costs about $7,400 per night.
The conservation-oriented retreat consists of just 11 handcrafted villas, that come complete with their own personal chefs, plunge pools and beach access in the most idyllic setting imaginable.
8. Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
The former Beatle Paul McCartney and bride Heather Mills traveled to the Fregate Island for their honeymoon. Privacy is an art form at Fregate. Some beaches even sport ‘vacant’ or ‘occupied’ signs; there are seven beaches in all, as well as a freshwater pool. And since there are only 34 guests at a time, the chance of getting a beach to yourself is high.
This eco-conscious property, with its own marina and airstrip, features just 16 ultra-luxe thatched villas. Fourteen of the villas sit atop cliffs with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Two more nestle in private tropical gardens. Built from traditional materials such as native mahogany and African teak, the palace-sized villas contain silks sourced from Thailand, marble imported from Italy, and antique carved Balinese four-poster beds. The private terraces of the villas here overlook the Indian Ocean. Adding to the ambiance are welcoming sun beds and sunken Jacuzzis that are perfect for laidback romance.
9. Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
The sunny isles of Seychelles, off the coast of Africa, are renowned for their beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts. Fregate Island Private was the first of the Seychelles’ deluxe resorts. The island offers dramatic, volcanic landscape views.
UK-based actress Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar spent their honeymoon here, enjoying panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The resort’s villas are equipped with TVs, DVD and CD players to keep the kids contented between swimming, boating, and walking excursions.
10. Victoria and David Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham escaped to the Seychelles for their sun-kissed Indian Ocean break on their 10th wedding anniversary. The couple spent £50,000 on the intimate getaway.
They landed in the tropical paradise and had dinner for two at a top hotel on the main island Mahe. After that, they were whisked to a luxury eco-spa resort by helicopter where they spent their 10-day vacation. The island offered a plethora of luxe pleasures such as private, pristine sandy beaches and perfect sea views for moonlit strolls with the music of the waves in the background.
The beach villas have an army of more than 250 staff on hand to answer a guest’s every whim. The couple cozied up in a timber, stone and glass pad with a palm-thatched roof. They had the luxury of a massive bathroom, an oversized bed, dressing room, study, private plunge pool and a personal chef on call to prepare meals around the clock
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