The Seychelles: Your Tropical Workcation Destination

Words: Crush | Photography: Michel Denousse

Winter is well and truly here in South Africa and there’s just no escaping the biting cold, beanies and boots. Or is there? It can be a challenge to coordinate time off when there are deadlines to be met and empires to be built, however the one possible positive outcome of the COVID pandemic is that many of us have adjusted to working remotely. And, depending on what you do, the level of remoteness can vary… as far away as a tropical island. Why not! A workcation in Seychelles may be just what you need to get through winter.

Work from Wherever

Kayak, has released its first Work from Wherever Index where Seychelles has been ranked as the 26th best country, scoring 69 out of 100, for remote work based on 22 factors that included entry and visa restrictions, local costs, safety and security, internet speed, weather, and social life.

It comes as no surprise that the destination’s highest-ranking category in the Work from Wherever Index is weather, as Seychelles boasts a tropical climate with mostly sunshine all year round, lying well outside of the cyclone belt, making it ideal for travellers seeking an escape.

This category was followed by local costs encompassing apartment rental prices per month/day, transport, food & restaurant prices; health and safety, namely political stability, air pollution, LGBT equality, road safety; travel including accessibility, accommodation, car & fuel prices; remote work support such as remote work visas, co-working spaces, internet speeds; and social life English proficiency; culture; bars & clubs per capita.

Finding Work-Life Balance with the ‘Workcation’ Remote Work Programme

At the peak of the pandemic, many organisations discovered the wonders of remote work, freeing employees from the shackles of their desks. As a result, increasing numbers of employees have seized the opportunity to improve their work-life balance by working from their dream destinations.

Witnessing this shift in the global workplace, Seychelles launched ‘Workcation’ – its remote work programme, in early 2021, to accommodate remote workers, giving them the chance to bring their work along as they experience the treasures of its islands.

Tourism Seychelles Director-General for Destination Marketing, Mrs Bernadette Willemin, expressed the destination’s satisfaction, stating,

“Evidently, our destination meets many of the criteria to allow one to peacefully and productively work remotely. On the product side, destination Seychelles offers a wide range of modern infrastructure and caters for all taste and budget, be it on the coast or the interior of the islands which make it easy for everyone to find their perfect working place in Seychelles.”

A Popular Destination for Travellers

In visitor arrival figures prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa was in the top 5 source markets for the Seychelles, and the number one market from the African continent. A total of 6,931 visitors arrived in Seychelles during week 16 of 2022 (ending Sunday 24 April). The year-to-date figure for 2022 shows that 104,126 visitors disembarked in Seychelles.

Compared to 2021, which welcomed 18,284 visitors, the year-to-date visitor arrivals increased by 469% – a positive sign pointing to continued tourism recovery. Seychelles is open for business and welcomes visitors to its beautiful islands, where an incredible diversity of natural attractions, culture, adventure, food and unique experiences await.

Get to know Seychelles

Seychelles is home to an array of natural wonders, bringing visitors closer to nature – a place where they can detox and reconnect with themselves and loved ones. The diversity of the islands and the rich culture of the creole community make every day a new experience for its visitors, adding to the destination’s appeal as a long-term holiday spot.

Step into another world – the dreamy archipelago of 115 islands that make up the Seychelles is known for its beauty and friendly locals.

Book your Seychelles Workcation

The Seychelles Workcation programme encompasses all the services that support remote working comprising accommodation, flights, food and beverages, healthcare, and other services, carefully blended into packages for diverse types of visitors. Remote workers planning their stay in Seychelles can access information on What are you waiting for? Sunshine sand and sea are just a few booking steps away. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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