Seychelles Named in 'Top 25 Islands of the World'

The Seychelles Islands has been named in the 2023 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as one of the top “25 Favourite Islands in the World of 2023”, with a reader score of 91.47.

Travel + Leisure magazine is a leading resource for discerning travellers around the world. Every year, Travel & Leisure conducts its "World's Best Awards" survey, asking its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.

The 2023 results are in! For this years Survey, nearly 165,000 readers completed the 2023 survey. A total of more than 685,000 votes were cast across over 8,500 unique properties (hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, etc.).

How Voting Works

Islands were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Natural attractions/beaches
  • Activities/sights
  • Restaurants/food
  • People/friendliness
  • Value

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

Seychelles competed against other island destinations in the world, namely Zanzibar, Phuket in Thailand, Santorini and the Maldives. Coming at number 16 on the list with a score of 91.47%, Seychelles has, for the fifth year in a row, retained its spot in the list of "Top 25 Favourite Islands in the World”

In an article announcing the list on the Travel & Leisure website, the travel experts describe Seychelles as:

"Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is known for its powdery white-sand beaches. The islands also boast lush tropical forests and nature reserves, such as Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where rare Coco de Mer palms can be found. Hikers can follow trails to breathtaking viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and hidden coves. Seychelles is also home to unique flora and fauna, including giant tortoises, rare birds, and exotic plant species."


Commenting on the honour, the Director for Africa and the Americas for Tourism Seychelles, David Germain, said, “Seychelles has received this award for five consecutive times....and it is a great honour for Seychelles to be selected once again, recognising that our archipelago has much to offer in terms of world-class island experiences.”


Dreaming of visiting Seychelles? On our blog, we provide plenty of great articles, info and resources to help you plan your Seychelles getaway - take a look.

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