Nightlife in the Seychelles: When the sun goes down

It might be more accurate to describe after-dark entertainment in the Seychelles as “evening life”, as this is not a late-night destination. Few people come to the Seychelles for the partying – the whole ethos of a holiday here is about escape and peace and quiet. That said, the balmy evenings lend themselves beautifully to hanging out in your resort, sitting by the ocean with a drink in hand, or if you’re in one of the buzzier areas of Mahé, there are definitely some Seychellois after-dark options worth checking out.

1. Local Nightlife

To really get a feel for Seychellois culture, why not join the locals at one of Victoria’s lively bars or clubs? Katiolo Nightclub is the best place to head – with Creole architecture and a unique open-air setting on the beach, it’s fabulous for partying with both other tourists and residents. A word of warning though – you need to dress up. This is one place where casual attire will get you turned away.

For affordable cocktails, hit up Level Three Bar – and if you love karaoke, you’ll want to come on a Friday night. Fancy pretending to be super-rich? Head to the Boardwalk Bar & Grill at Eden Island Marina and admire the yacht views amongst the expats.

For something a little more low-key, there is also a cinema in Victoria.

On Praslin, Jungle Disco at Grand Anse offers local and international music on weekend nights, plus three bars and a pool room. Over in Baie Ste Anne, check out Oxygen for music and dancing.

2. Hotel entertainment

The larger hotels on Mahé and Praslin often stage live local bands a few nights of the week, and even many of the smaller ones will have a local singer to entertain dinner guests. Traditional moutya evenings – showcasing this traditional dance that developed in the dark days of slavery – may also be organised.

3. Casinos

Mahé has a few casinos, most of which are pretty sophisticated. Club Liberté Casino in Petite Anse bills itself as the ‘premier Seychelles entertainment centre’ and boasts a slick cocktail bar and modern luxurious design alongside its gaming options. Berjaya Beau Vallon Resort and Casino is also classy and offers free transport from west-coast hotels.

Casino des Isles at Côte d’Or, Praslin, is housed in the same imposing building as the excellent restaurant Tante Mimi, a romantic setting for Creole cuisine.

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