Wednesday, 4 January 2012 10:23 AM
The Seychelles is an archipelago country made up of more than 150 islands, with many boasting beautiful tropical scenery and unique plant and animal life.
If you have booked holidays to the Seychelles, there is a wealth of different locations to choose from depending on your individual tastes and preferences.
The largest island is Mahe, which holds around 90 per cent of the country's entire population, making it a popular destination with many holidaymakers.
Visiting Mahe's forest areas? Keep an eye out for some of its endemic plant life, including the jellyfish tree - a plant thought to be extinct until a few specimens were discovered in the 1970s.
Mahe is also home to the Seychelles pitcher plant - a carnivorous plant that traps flies and other small insects in a tube-like appendage - as well as many rare orchids.
However, if you are more interested in lying back and enjoying the sun while on Seychelles all inclusive holidays, Mahe is the perfect place to stay, with surrounding coral reefs providing stunning white-sanded beaches for anyone hoping to top up their tan.
For those looking for a little more adventure, there are excellent scuba diving facilities on the island, as well as a number of shipwrecks to explore.
Wildlife enthusiasts will no doubt also wish to take a trip to Aldabra, the world's second largest atoll - a type of coral island that surrounds a lagoon.
This particular atoll is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is almost untouched by civilisation and is where the Aldabra giant tortoise resides, with more than 150,000 of the land-based reptiles currently on the island.
Tourists hoping for a pampering session while on a Seychelles holiday should stay on Sainte Anne Island.
The largest of the six islands in the Ste Anne Marine National Park of the Seychelles, this destination is where the luxurious Sainte Anne Resort & Spa is located.
Offering 87 villas, five restaurants, top-quality spa facilities and a range of exercise and water sports activities, the establishment is a perfect place to stay - whether you want to spend your time exploring local islands or sitting in the comfort of the hotel itself.
The resort is just a ten-minute boat ride from Mahe, as well as a short journey to two other fantastic islands in the region - Praslin and La Digue.
Praslin is home to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mai. Some of the Seychelles' rarest flora and fauna can be witnessed here, including the well-known coco de mer tree.
The palm bears the world's biggest fruit - the coco de mer nut - which is renowned for its unusual shape, leading to it being a popular aphrodisiac in some countries.
Vallee de Mai also has a number of endemic bird species, including the Seychelles bulbul and the black parrot.
Alternatively, La Digue is a hotspot for tourists hoping to soak up the sun's rays, as it offers some of the best beaches in the region.
The two most popular sandy stretches of land on the island are Anse Source d'Argent and L'Union Estate, with the former being recognisable for featuring in many travel programmes and magazines.
Whichever islands you choose to visit during your stay in the Seychelles, you can be rest assured you will find something that caters to your desires, from beautiful landscapes and scorching sun to historical and cultural attractions.