Seychelles. A place that was never on my must-visit list but has now been stamped on my must-return one. The three main islands that make up the island republic, home to some 94,000 plus residents is a haven of a holiday destination for the romantic, the adventurous, the family and the loungers alike. For those in search of wedding inspiration, look no further!

Things to note before you embark: The Seychelles is one of the exciting destinations green passport-holders can visit without a visa!

Kenya Airways fly to the main island of Mahe, via Nairobi. In total, the trip is about 12 hours, including the stop over, and wait time.

Wontra Travels put together a full travel package including flights accommodation and activities. You can check their website for this and many other deals.

MAHE
Defined by its white sands and picturesque island I stayed on.

WHERE TO STAY:

Mahe is home to the Seychelles’ capital, Victoria. There are a number of airbnb options and three to four-star hotels that are around the area to choose from.

THE CORAL STRAND SMART HOTEL

This is a four-star hotel, which is central to all the activities on the island. It is right on the beach so you have the advantage of going to sleep and waking up to the soothing sounds of the ocean gently washing ashore and back again. Complete with a garden right at the beach-front, this is ideal for small weddings too!

WHAT TO DO:
Being the largest of the three main islands, Mahe has a wealth of activities for different types of travellers.

JARDIN DU ROI

The Adventurers/The Couples/The FamilyLocated 2km up in the hills above Anse Royale, blue waters, Mahe is the largest island of the archipelago of The Seychelles. This was the first this lush spice garden is the perfect combination of fitness and cuisine. At Jardin Du Roi, you begin by taking a stroll (only armed with a map so ensure that, unlike me, you’re well-versed in paper map readings) around the garden where you will observe different types of plants and wildlife, from large tortoises, guinea pigs and rabbits to cinnamon and vanilla trees and the infamous coco de mers, thelargest coconuts in the world.
You can then explore the mini-museum which showcases the island’s vibrant spice-trade past.

LA PAINE ST ANDRES

Home of Takamaka Rum The Rum-Lovers/The History LoversBuilt in 1792, this plantation housed some early slaves who specialised in the cultivating of sugarcane. Through the tour, you’re able to walk thesame ground as the slaves who toiled, cultivating and harvesting sugar cane and other spices, which were sold and traded.
In 2001, the first ever – and still the only – rum distillery, Takamaka Rum, was built. You get a tour of the distillery, which ends at the bar where you can taste of the purest and spiciest of rums.

REEF SAFARI BY MASONS TRAVELS

The Adventurers/The Water Babies/The FamilyThis full-day adventure starts off with a cruise aboard the Anahita exploring some of Mahe’s innerislands. Start off with a semi-submersible vessel where you can explore some of the sea life that

Mahe boasts.

Next, grab your swim gear and your sunscreen and go for a nice snorkel where you get to get up close with the fish. They don’t bite, I promise.

As if that isn’t enough, you get whisked off to another small island mere minutes away where you can feed the tortoises, lounge at the beach bar with some papaya juice or swim in the tepid waters.

WHERE TO EAT:

Sit down to what could be one of the freshest garden-to-table meals at Jardin Du Roi’s open-air restaurant overlooking a valley of greenery.

Sea Food

Bread fruit with curry

Tropical fruit

Creole food

PRASLINS

Catch a ride from Mahe at the Island Quay to Praslins island.

WHERE TO STAY:

BERJAYA BEACH HOTEL

Perfect for those who aim to spend most of their time on the beach or exploring the island, as this hotel is located mere feet away from the gorgeous Anse Lazio Beach.

WHAT TO DO:

VALLEE DE MAI
The Adventurers/The Hikers/The Families/The Romantics/The History-Lovers

This UNESCO world heritage site consists of a palm forest, flagship species made up of the island endemic coco de mer, as well as five other endemic palms. I particularly enjoyed this thanks to my very laid back but oh so enthusiastic and knowledgable guide, Medina Laboudallon of Laboudalloniana Tours.

ANSE LAZIO BEACH

The Loungers/The Families/The Romantics. Prepare to be welcomed by large tortoises, then make your way to the secluded Anse Lazio Beach where you can lose track of time just staring at the pristine blue waters.

WHERE TO EAT:

BON BON PLUME RESTAURANT

Overlooking the Anse Lazio beach, this indoor-outdoor beach restaurant is home to some of the most delicious seafood-inspired meals.

LA DIGUE

The cycling island. This felt like the most laidback of the three islands. La Digue is perfect for the explorers, the honeymooners, the families and the hikers.

WHERE TO STAY:

LE SURMER CHALETS
With both serviced and self-serviced accommodation, the airiest of rooms, complete with a porch of your own, this place felt the most like a home away from home for me.

WHAT TO DO:

GRAND ANSE:

The Loungers/The Romantics“Another beach?”, I hear you say! Yes! And you’ll do well to keep an open mind because there are a great many beaches around the Seychelles Islands and they all have a different energy. Grand Anse has more of an active ocean than a lot of others and perhaps one of the bluest bodies of waters you may ever see. Be aware that this is an unoccupied beach so there is very little shelter from the sun. Come armed with your highest spf.

L’UNION ESTATE

The Adventurers/The Families/The Romantics/The Loungers

According to Lonely Planet, at one time, “the main industry on La Digue was coconut farming, centred on L’Union Estate coconut plantation south of La Passe.”

These days L’Union Estate is run as an informal theme park, “which harbours the Old Plantation House, a colonial-era graveyard, a boatyard and the obligatory pen of giant tortoises.”

Within the estate is yet another gorgeous beach, this one is perfect for everyone. There is enough shade to seek shelter from the sun. The waves are more timid, which makes it a better option for families with young kids and people who can’t swim.

WHERE TO EAT:

LANBOUSIR RESTAURANT

Right on the beach, this place has a very island vibe. Prepare yourself for some delicious food for a very affordable price.

My thanks to Seychelles Tourism Board, Kenya Airways and Wontra Travels for putting it all together

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