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Raffles' slick modernity sets it apart from other hotels in the Seychelles. Each of its 86 swish villas has its own plunge pool, outdoor shower and bath with a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the beach.


All the 'white sand', 'turquoise water' clichés are true, but there is much more to this 115-island archipelago, and any stay would be incomplete without trips away from the beach or pool. A must visit is the nature reserve of Curieuse Island, a 10-minute boat ride away, home to 500 Aldabra giant tortoises, where you're guaranteed an up-close encounter with the knobbly beasts.


WOW FACTOR The 'Pure Pearl' treatment at the spa will leave your skin softer than it has been since, well, babyhood.


GO The Turquoise Holiday Company offers seven nights from £2,349 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers


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This new 86-villa resort is on the island of Praslin or, as legend would have it, the Garden of Eden. It's luxe from the outset, with the check-in done in your room (where you'll be offered an iced tea or glass of Taittinger), and the butler service takes care of everything, from unpacking your luggage to cooking your breakfast. Each contemporary, spacious villa comes with an outdoor shower, plunge pool and a terrace with sea vistas or views of the tropical landscape. Enjoy a Praslin Sling cocktail at the Takamaka Terrace lounge while the scent of hibiscus wafts through the air, or dine on fresh lobster at one of the six restaurants. If you fancy a change of scene, try a sunset boat tour of the neighbouring islands. Wow factor: The Pure Pearl treatment in one of the open-air spa rooms. Bliss. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email