After two years of staying home and sticking to domestic travels, we finally braved the PCR tests and Covid-19 flying conditions for the most amazing escapes in the Seychelles. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, and beautiful natural habitat with perfect tropical temperature all year round. It literally is heaven on earth. And the most perfect destination for a couples escapism to unwind, relax on the beach and rejuvenate. It was a holiday my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed and desperately needed.
If you didn’t know, Seychelles is an island country. It is made up of 115 small islands but most of them are uninhabitable. Most Seychellois lives in one of the three biggest islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, and also accessible by tourists. There are also a number of smaller islands which are home to some of the most luxurious resorts and exclusive to the resort guests. Such as Denis Island, Cousine and Silhouette Island, just to name a few. Making them the ultimate honeymoon destination!!
Seychelles is like the Maldives, but more affordable
Most of us have heard of the Maldives but less so about the Seychelles. And they both provide very similar vibes and amazing escapism. Both destinations have beeeeeeautiful beaches with crystal clear turquoise water, and endless excursions to enhance your experiences.
However, Seychelles is much more affordable and you can have an unforgettable holiday on any budget. Anywhere from luxury resorts on a private island to staying in AirBnBs, and anything in between. Unlike the Maldives, your experience basically comes down to the quality of the resort itself. Whereas in Seychelles, you also get an authentic local experience.
Experiencing the real Seychellois culture
The main island in Maldives, Malé, is where most of the locals live, but it’s not a very nice place to visit. Whereas the main island in Seychelles, Mahé, is a highlight in itself. There are so many things to do. You can hire a car to explore the island, try out their Creole cuisines, or mix in with the locals and really experience the Seychellois culture, whilst relaxing on their many beautiful beaches dotted all over the island. Exploring the astonishing under-the-sea world! And the best part is, that you can do all of these things without spending a fortune on your holiday. This will not be possible in the Maldives.
Having said that, Seychelles has really grown in popularity over the years. Especially since Kate Middleton and William went there for their honeymoon. And since they have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! So it is not as cheap as it used to be, particularly if you stick to the touristy areas. Which is no different to other popular holiday destinations I suppose.
Getting to the most amazing escapes in the Seychelles
Getting here is pretty simple. There are many international airlines that fly to Mahé. And to travel between islands, you can take a boat, small plane or helicopter ride. We flew with Emirates from London to Mahé with an hour and a half transit in Dubai. The hardest part of the journey was having to keep our masks on the whole time! The minute we stepped into Gatwick airport till we arrived in Mahé. Fortunately, Seychelles as a whole had relaxed mask wearing and some of the Covid rules. It felt really nice to be back to some form of normality again.
Arriving at our first resort
We spent nine beautiful days in Seychelles altogether. I wanted to explore different parts of the island. So we decided to stay in three different resorts, moving from the west side, to south of the island, and then up north. We didn’t go to the east side because I read that it’s best for surfing, aka bigger currents on the beach. So no thanks!
Our first resort was Villa Kikik in Anse La Mouche, which is a family owned boutique resort and they made us feel so warm and welcomed. They had arranged for Jude, our taxi driver, to pick us up from the airport. I highly recommend you sort out your transport situation before arrival. Either get hire a car or book a taxi.
We ended up using Jude for the rest of our trip as we didn’t want to hire a car. It is definitely more convenient and cost-effective to hire your own car so you can explore the island on your own terms. However, I must warn you, the roads are pretty narrow and windy. And I do not recommend driving at night as there are no street lights, whatsoever. Not to mention, people and cars share the same road, even in the dark!! So be careful.
We stayed here for two nights. It is located on top of a hill and has incredible views of the sea.
Not to mention they are just 15min walk from the incredibly beautiful Anse La Mouche beach. The water was crystal clear, and calm. The beach feels untouched and secluded. I just wish we had more days here to enjoy the beach a bit more.
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