Seychelles is a country located in the Indian Ocean, south from Mauritius. It is an archipelago composed of 115 island, most of them inhabitable, whose capital is Victoria situated in the north-eastern side of Mahé island. Its official languages are English, French and Seychellois Creole. Independent from the United Kingdom since 1976, Seychelles has developed a diversified economy and it is also a member of The African Union, The Southern African Development Community, The Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations. The Seychelles have warm temperatures throughout the year, with the main rainy season being between november and march.
At the end of 2015, I took a trip to this unique place for new years. While planning, I researched sites such as booking.com and expedia.com for planes fares and hotels. We opted to travel to Seychelles via Dubai, the most affordable route when traveling from Luanda, Angola, and our resort would be The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. A total of 12 hours up in the sky.
Upon arrival, we opted to ask the resort for transportation to make our lives a bit easier. It takes about a 40 minutes from the airport, in the north-eastern side of the island to the south-western side where most of the luxury resorts are located but the views do make up for the long drive. At the resort, check in was quick and easy. And we could officially start to enjoy Seychelles.
The Serenity Villa is very spacious, well decorated, homie and you get the luxury of having your own private pool.
After such a long route, rest was well deserved. The next day, after breakfast, we started with the resort exploration.
The resort itself had lots of activities. There were multiples pools with beach access, where you could play beach volleyball, go kayaking, stand-up paddling or simply relax under the sun.
And during our stay we got to attend events such as The Dom Pérignon Event accompanied by an Oyster and Seafood Bar.
On rainy days, the resort offers in-door options such as private Wine Tastings with their Sommelier, where you can taste wines from all over the world. I must say that they possess one of the most complete cellars that I have ever come across in all my years of travel.
When traveling on a budget while staying at such resorts, a good tip is to opt for either half or full board, in order to not spend so much on eating and so have more for exploring and enjoying.
Seychelles does have more to offer then beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue waters. One of the things I recommend is to try and explore as much as possible. Tour of all types can be arranged by the resort. One can get a driver an explore the center of Victoria, mingle with the local, try some Seychellois Cuisine, visit the temples and do some souvenir shopping. An interesting fact is that Victoria has a small clock tower at its center, The Victoria Clocktower, or Lorloz as it is better known in Creole. The most prominent feature of Seychelles’ small capital, and has acted as a focal point for nearly 100 years. The Lorloz is a replica of the clock that was first erected in London in 1897, at the junction of Victoria Street and Vauxhall Bridge Road, and was built as memorial to Queen Victoria, who died in 1901 after a reign stretching over 63 years.
Another suggestion, is to catch a ferry and explore other islands such as La Digue island. La Digue is the third largest island of Seychelles named after a ship in the fleet of French Explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, who visited Seychelles in 1768. Fun fact: locals mostly use bicycles for transportation.
For New Years Eve, the resort had two options for guests to choose from, either a 5 course fine dinning experience or a family style buffet, both followed by dancing under fire works, with champagne flowing until the last man dropped. We chose both with absolutely no regret. All Guests were treated to a Veuve Clicquot bottle before heading to their chosen venue for dinner.
I do wish we had had more time to explore this amazing place, the more reason to go back. Time does fly when one is having fun!
Stay tuned for this years New Years experience in magnificent Maldives, as we once again tour paradise destinations in the Indian Ocean. #3Years3Islands
by Yocana Santos