Seychelles – it’s as good as it looks.
Before I book a beach holiday, the first thing I do is search google images for photos. I usually find hammocks with palm trees, smiling couples drinking Pina Coladas (these drinks of course won’t have any effect on their 6-packs), and beaches with sand so white, it could be mistaken for snow.
But when you get to the actual resort, it doesn’t always look like the pictures on the internet. Seychelles, is an exception: My photographs from this island off the coast of Africa just couldn’t capture how crystal blue the water appears.
My husband and I stayed at the Four Seasons Resort, and that in itself was unreal. The resort is so large, you need golf carts to drive you everywhere, but don’t worry about that. You just call them when you need them. When we pulled up to the lobby, the first thing I could think of, is why don’t I live here? I was awestruck with the beautiful view of aqua coloured water surrounded by broccoli coloured trees. My whole life I wanted to go to Seychelles, and I finally arrived (with my jaw dropped).
The service on the resort was something else. Anything you needed, you could have if you asked (or didn’t ask). I felt like I was on an episode of BeWitched, because magical things would happen.
Magical Moment 1#: I was on the beach thinking, I could really go for some fruit. Well, the staff came around with frozen fruit kebabs.
Magical Moment #2: I got sunscreen on my glasses, and a staff member came around to clean sunglasses on the beach.
Magical Moment #3: I was sore from my yoga practice in the morning, and I was given a free complimentary 10 minute massage on the beach. If this isn’t considered going above and beyond your expectations, then keep reading.
Since we were staying in Mahe (the largest Island in Seychelles), we decided it would be nice to visit other islands: Praslin (below) and La Digue. These islands had beaches so remote, I felt as if I could go down in history for putting a flag with my name on it into the sand. There was no one to bother you, or make you feel guilty for not buying a magnet you really don’t want.
On Praslin, we got to see the amazing Coco De Mer Trees, famous for their enormous fruits they carry on them that are shaped like human bits. It is extremely expensive to try one of these fruits, so if you are up for spending a few hundred dollars, let me know how they taste.One of my favourite parts about Seychelles, was the people. We explored Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, and no one stared at us funny, no one pestered us to buy anything and everyone was smiling at us from the busy streets. There were enough small shops to explore for a few hours, but for a capital, Victoria can be walked through in about 20 minutes. I recommend visiting the markets for fresh fruit, coconut and samosas.