The Seychelles: Another World
It’s no secret that travel is my #1 passion. The thing I would do every single day if money was no object. I love to get out, see the world, and enjoy the people, food, and drink of a new place. Over the course of the last year, I have been on some spectacular vacations including: China, London, Scotland, Amsterdam, and Australia. What has been missing is a true tropical vacation. A vacation where all you pack are bathing suits, cover ups, and some sunblock. I recently attended a press luncheon for the island of Seychelles and I was blown away. Blown away by the beauty, the calm, and the total island vibe of this beautiful place. It is DEFINITELY on my bucket list!
Anse Lazio, Praslin Source: seychelles.travel
The Seychelles consists of 115 granite and coral islands in a secluded part of the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. The Seychelles includes the granitic “Inner” islands, the cultural focal point of the country, that cluster around the principle islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. And the “Outer” islands, which extend west towards the coast of Africa and where the majority of the population lives.
Ox Cart Source: seychelles.travel
The Seychelles is a great destination year-round. The only times to avoid are the months of July and August, which are characterized by rain, wind, and choppy waters. Otherwise you’re in the clear! There are three official languages: English, Creole, and French. And yes, William & Kate did honeymoon here:)What separates the Seychelles from many luxury tropical destinations are their conservation efforts. All 5-star properties employ a conservationist and a whopping 50% of their landmass has been set aside as land for national parks and marine reserves.
The Seychelles are home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island and the raised coral atoll of Aldabra. The main island is Mahé, where you can find the international airport and a cruise dock (see below)! They have also banned overwater bungalows because of their conservation programs.
Hawkbill Turtle Source: seychelles.travel
What does one do in the Seychelles? The islands lie outside of the cyclone belt, so a year-round sailing season can be enjoyed. Activities such as spas, birdlife, fly fishing, deep-sea fishing, diving, golf, water sports, and hiking are plentiful. Fun fact: all beaches in the Seycelles are public!
Natura Trail, Morne Blanc Source: seychelles.travel
The islands have a mere population of 95,000 people and no visas are required, which makes traveling here a breeze.If you’re looking for a more all-inclusive type trip, perhaps a Crystal Cruises
journey on the Crystal Esprit
ship is in order. This is their most premium ship; it embodies boutique and luxury, and yet they follow the casual, laid back Seychelles vibe. No sport coats or high heels here! This small, yet mighty ship boasts 31 all-suite, butler serviced staterooms. This ship is truly all-inclusive to the highest caliber. There are Seychelles sailings in January, February, and March or an 8 day/7-night journey.
Crystal Esprit Source: crystalcruises.com
Where are you off to next? I’m heading to Copenhagen, Denmark tomorrow. A far cry from the tropical Seychelles!