Situated off the coast of East Africa, delicately placed in the topaz waters of the Indian Ocean is the tropical archipelago of Seychelles. This seemingly untouched island enclave is the perfect destination for any explorer seeking nature’s heart…
The scenic views from the islands are the perfect revitalising antithesis to city life. With one hundred and fifteen islands strewn across the ocean, the inspiring shorelines of the Seychelles embrace the most luxurious of hideaways, ensuring you and your significant other can be blissfully isolated. Laden with pearlescent sand beaches, fringed with cerulean waves and lush green hills, this honeymoon haven makes all your romantic dreams become reality.
An Aquatic Playground
Filled with historical shipwrecks, coral gardens and canyon-like terrains, the clear sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean are teeming with wildlife. From the smallest juvenile mantis shrimps, to gentle giant whale sharks, the warm waters are an aquatic playground.
The spectacular structures of the expansive reefs are what make it one of the most diverse marine environments. Catch a glimpse of Aldabra giant tortoises teetering on the seashore or heavenly angelfish floating in the shallow waters. In deeper waters, dive down into the azure oceans to find remarkable schools of butterflyfish, lionfish and manta rays, as they curiously engage with you and one another.
Big Blue Diver, a 5* diving resort located at Beau Vallon Bay on Mahé, employ state of the art diving instructors that lead you into the mysterious wonders of the subterranean landscape. The small team of professionals offer a day trip to the pristine seashores of Baie Ternay Marine National Park. The vast sands and astounding vistas provide the perfect place to enjoy a native BBQ Creole lunch when you surface from the depths (bigbluedivers.net).
As the largest island of all, Mahé deserves to be explored. Partake in a full day island tour and take in the scenic city sites, landmarks and see wildlife in action. Pose for a picture with Big Ben’s Little Ben, a clock tower outside of Victoria Station that resembles the renowned tower in London. Drive across the picturesque Sans Soucis Mountain Pass, overlooking the magnificent rocky views of the east coast of Mahé. See fruit bats up close, coastal mangroves and blossoming foliage at the Morne Seychellois National Park. It encompasses 20% of the island’s land and is home to an enigmatic variety of Seychelles wildlife. Saunter down the parks and trails as you indulge in panoramic views and indigenous nature.
Later in the afternoon, continue around the southern tip of the island, and visit Jardin du Roi, a lush plantation restored from colonial times. Welcomed by a cold drink made of homegrown fruit, visitors are given a tour of the illustrious plantation, brimming with exotic fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Toast with your loved one to the natural beauty of the Seychelles.
Wonders of Wildlife
The Garden of Eden is a classical destination that encapsulates the spectacular natural wonder of Seychelles. Vallée de Mai nature reserve in Praslin is characterised by its secluded and mythical character. Home to a flourishing assortment of flora and fauna, this pristine jungle area is definitely a place to add to your bucket list. Catch a glimpse of the Coco de Mer, the world’s largest seed, and stroll past families of geckos and frogs. Hike through the overgrown jungle terrain that spills onto the Anse Georgette beach. Here, the astounding beauty of the bay will take your breath away. Finish a romantic afternoon with a seaplane back to Mahé and bathe under the cascading flow of the Sauzier Waterfall in Port Glaud.
Where to Stay:
Raffles Seychelles, Praslin
Celebrate your new life together in the epitome of luxury. Located in Praslin Mahé, the Raffles Resort is the perfect place for a magical honeymoon getaway. With their exclusive Ocean View Pool Villas, exceptional dining and rejuvenating spa treatments, you will get lost in the lavish wonders of this island paradise.
Raffles heightens your romantic experience with the provision of a bottle of champagne and a once in a lifetime sunset cruise, embellished with romantic decorations and sumptuous canapés. Discover the enchanted island of Seychelles, nestled in luxury (raffles.com).
By Vanessa Donkoh