Seychelles Islands: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Source: seychelles.travel
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. That is to say, a vacation where all you pack are bathing suits, cover-ups, and some sunblock. I recently attended a press luncheon for the Seychelles Islands and I was blown away. Blown away by the beauty, the calm, and certainly the total island vibe of this beautiful place. It is DEFINITELY on my bucket list!
Anse Lazio, Praslin Source: seychelles.travel
Where Are The Seychelles Islands?
The Seychelles Islands 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 principal islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. In addition, 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 Conservation of The Seychelles Islands
Seychelles is a great destination year-round. The only times to avoid are during 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 islands from many luxury tropical destinations is 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. In addition, 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 Islands are public!
Natura Trail, Morne Blanc Source: seychelles.travel
Cruising The Seychelles
The islands have a mere population of 95,000 people and no visas are required. As a result, traveling here is 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, but they follow the casual, laid back Seychelles Island 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
So, where are you off to next? I’m heading to Copenhagen, Denmark tomorrow. Certainly a far cry from the tropical Seychelles Island!
Brianne Cohen is a certified sommelier based out of Los Angeles, California.
She has been producing events and weddings for over 10 years in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and also offers her services as a wine educator, writer, and consultant to inspire people of all ages.
Brianne completed the entire curriculum with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and traveled to London in order to receive her Diploma certificate, which is one of the most coveted and difficult wine certifications. Most recently Brianne judged at the International Wine & Spirits Competition and the International Wine Challenge in London.
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