Things to do
Beau Vallon is ideally placed for exploring Mahé. Stroll around Victoria, the miniscule capital of the Seychelles. Take a scenic drive up the coast to Glacis and North Point that looks out over hidden-away coves. Follow trails in Morne Seychelles National Park where you might spy a harmless wolf snake basking in the sun and tiny frogs lurking in pitcher plants. Reach the towering 905m summit of Morne Blanc and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Visit the bustling outdoor market in Beau Vallon, piled high with glistening fresh red snappers, sharks and eagle rays. Other stalls tempt you with a sea of star fruits, mangoes, coconuts, vegetables and fragrant spices. Centuries of European rule, as well as Arab, African and Asian traders, have all left their culinary mark on Seychellois cuisine. Get a taste for it by following the locals to Beau Vallon’s authentic Indian and Creole restaurants.
Not far from the unspoilt beauty of Beau Vallon Beach, it’s easy to fulfil castaway fantasies on the islands near your luxury resort. One of the finest is Anse Major that can only be reached by foot or by fishing boat. Aride Island is home to an extraordinarily abundant nature reserve. It’s also worth visiting the smaller Praslin and boulder-strewn La Digue. The fast Cat Cocos ferry will get you there in just 45-minutes, or sail in true swashbuckling style on a cargo schooner.