Spectacular Seychelles: an idyllic island paradise
When I was asked if I would like to travel to the Seychelles to visit several luxury hotels, be wined and dined daily and explore what the island has to offer, I could hardly say no. And so it was that in May 2019, I found myself on a short three-night trip to the stunning scenic island of Seychelles. Armed with my costume, sarong, sun lotion and a book to read, we jetted off on Air Seychelles to the Seychelles city, Victoria.
What followed was two full days of dazzling sun, delicious food and a new cocktail at each venue. A morning visit to the smallest capital in the world, Victoria, immersed us into bustling markets brimming with traders, tantalizing smells lingering in the air and the splendour of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception perched on top of a hill.
The rest of the day was spent with the difficult decision of where to spend our time. The pool or the beach of the Kempinski Seychelles Resort? The sea, a beautiful calming turquoise expanse beckoned us to walk out as far as one could and then to simply lie down in the tranquil warm water. The wonderfully blue and inviting pool, however, proved a great alternative, as one could navigate this body of water with a colourful cocktail in hand. Dinner that night was a lavish affair and lingered well into the evening.
We boarded a ferry the next day to Praslin island. This form of transport can be tricky for anyone that suffers from even the tiniest iota of seasickness. So, I came well prepared and emerged triumphant – two pills and three bottles of water later! A fascinating trip to Vallee-de-Mai Nature Reserve introduced us to the incredible coco de mer – the largest seed in the plant kingdom. We spent a lazy afternoon wandering the lush, abundant grounds of Paradise Sun, lounging on sun chairs alongside the sparkling pool and a quick refreshing shower ensured we were all suitably relaxed for the return ferry back to Mahe. A sunset cruise with dinner and karaoke aboard a catamaran rounded off the day spectacularly. It was the perfect ending to what had been a short but fantastic holiday.
Seychelles is an island that can and should be explored time and time again – you will never tire of its beauty, beaches, azure sea and smiling people.
Written by: Jenny Black