Seychelles is not particularly well known for its nightlife, but there are some great places to chill out, grab a drink and relax. The majority of bars here are linked to hotels, but you don’t usually have to be a guest to enjoy them. Many hotels are happy to allow outside guests, although it’s always best to call ahead to check, particularly during peak times. Visiting these bars you’ll find yourself witnessing stunning sunsets, enjoying the white sand between your toes and mixing with the locals. All with a fabulous cocktail in hand.
Gecko Bar at Savoy Hotel Mahe
Cocktail Bar, Barbeque, $$$
The Gecko Bar at the Savoy Hotel on Beau Vallon is a must visit for anyone staying on Mahe. Stunning sunset views in a ultra cool yet still relaxed environment. You can access the bar directly from the beach. Expect to find a range of burgers, salads and grilled meats on the regular menu. The highlight though is definitely the cocktail menu, with a wide range of international and local spirits available. And if you are looking for live evening entertainment then there are themed nights three times a week:
The Boardwalk Bar and Grill, Eden Island
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
The Boardwalk Bar & Grill is situated at the Eden Island Marina, and has stunning views looking out onto the super-yachts of the rich and the famous – or perhaps even your own!
During the day this is the ultimate place to relax. Things definitely liven up in the evenings particularly Wednesday through to Saturdays and it’s definitely an expat favourite hang out. Expect typical bar food with burgers, sandwiches, snacks and salads as well as a wide range of cocktails and beers.
Raffles Pool Restaurant and Bar
Bar, Fusion, $$$
The Danzil Bar at Raffles on Praslin is the ultimate in refined relaxation.
With an elevated view looking out over the Indian Ocean, you’ll be sure to be able to enjoy a pleasant breeze too, which is always welcome in the tropical heat.
This bar serves some of the finest cocktails in Seychelles made with high quality spirits. All of the classic cocktails are available, but you can’t really go to Raffles without having a Singapore Sling, which they invented. If you are looking for something a little more ‘local’ than try the Praslin Sling made using Gin, Coconut milk and locally grown vanilla. You can also find a large list of fine wines, spirits and cuban cigars. There is often live entertainment in the evenings, including a Moutya night.
Chill Out Tapas Bar Praslin
Bar, Tapas, $$$
Part of Le Duc de Praslin Hotel, the Tapas Bar is definitely the coolest place to relax in the evenings on Praslin.
With unrivalled views of Anse Volbert, you won’t be able to help but feel relaxed. Gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers. They have a huge range of beers, wines and cocktails, including draft Heineken, a first for Seychelles!
Sound Garden Mahe
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Sound Garden is one of the few standalone bars in the Seychelles, and it’s really popular with locals and tourists alike. It has a great reputation for its grilled fish so be sure to check that out for lunch on Mahe. Drinks and food are reasonably priced. You can find Sound Garden Bar and Grill at Baie Lazare, in the South West of Mahe. While it isn’t particularly fancy, the venue is really welcoming and the garden seating area is charming. The bar is right on the beach, so kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes.