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Seychelles: A getaway to the topaz waters
Located to the west of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is a paradise of more than 100 pristine islands. The islands have some of the best beaches in the world, and it is also a haven for a long weekend. Visiting the islands makes you feel as if you are in a dream. The luxury resorts, such as the Banyan Tree and the Four Seasons, have everything to spoil you. Villas are equipped with a private pool, a Jacuzzi and the beach is just a stone’s throw away. It would be a miracle if you made it out of your room.
This is the place to take your loved one for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Some places are expensive, but in the north there are plenty of affordable places to stay, eat and drink. Most of the people stay in the north, away from the luxury resorts. With a street of cutesy restaurants and bars along the beach, it is a fun place to hang out. The Hilton resort is only a short ride away from here.
Don’t expect the local market to be so fascinating – coming from a city, at times it would surprise you to see how laid back life is on the island. You can still pick up some aroma oil and tea from the local market along with the overpriced souvenirs. The islanders aren’t the friendliest though. Being a nation with a fair amount of equality across all classes of people, even buggy drivers are a little snooty. When settling the bill at restaurants, a 10 per cent service charge is already included, so don’t be obliged to tip.
The best part about the island is that it is safe and serene – a perfect getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. Although quiet at night, you don’t have to worry about taking a long drive around the island or just listening to the sound of the waves in your all-inclusive villa. Mahéis the largest island and best if you want to experience both lush and regular but you’ll strike gold with anything you do on the island with the white beaches and topaz waters.
Things to do on your Seychelles getaway:
Mahek – The Indian Restaurant
Must try: Their delicious Pistachio Kulfi
Address: Coral Strand Hotel, PO Box 400, Beau Vallon, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 29 10 00
Beau Vallon – The most popular beach in the north
Must do: Drink coconut water from the orange coconuts
There are also many restaurants and bars across the beach and it is safe for swimming, water sports and shopping.
- Banyan Tree Hotel beach – Flawless and definitely worth visiting to watch the sunset
- Cruise the islands – A good day trip around Seychelles
Rent a luxurious yacht and comfortably hop between the islands. Or take the catamaran ferry to go between the three most famous islands – Mahe, La Digue and Praslin. Check out www.catcocos.com for more information about the catamaran ferry.
Buy lemongrass or Citronella aroma oil and candles from the market street in Victoria. Or visit The Tea Factory to try out their Citronella tea, which is famous.