It’s mid-March and the beach seems to be attracting the ocean-lover in me. With the Fall season starting in Auckland comes some nights of biting cold. While I work in the Britomart area of the CBD, it really isn’t the same even if I see a portion of the sea just out the office window. I often look to Facebook with a hint of envy when I see my friends and relatives posting their beach vacay pictures. After all, Conde Nast has rated our very own Boracay and El Nido beaches among the world’s best.
So, I spent this weekend looking for the best villa getaway that would satisfy that travel itch that’s starting to creep in. Then I found a few articles online about Seychelles. This looks like a gorgeous beach destination! There are two main places to choose from when planning a visit to Seychelles: Praslin and Mahe.
Can’t wait to do / try the following in Seychelles:
- Visit Valle de Mai – this one of only two places in the world where the coco de mer palms still grow in their natural habitat. They say its like walking through a slice of Eden when you try their hiking trails through virgin forests which were untouched until the 1930s.
- Catch a glimpse of the veuve – The black paradise flycatcher is a rare specie taking their last refuge at La Digue. There are about 20 pairs in the reserve area which is also home to terrapins, fruit bats and moorhens.
- Lay in the picture-perfect beaches – My top pick for a Seychelles beach would have to be Anse Lazio where the sand is a shimmering white and the waters are lapis blue, bordered by a fringe of swaying palms and framed by giant boulders. Truly paradise.
- Climb boulders at Anse Intendance – Really more an activity for my feisty four-year-old, I think she’d enjoy the neat rock formations in this Mahe beach, so a stop here is definitely a must.
- Stop over at Le Jardin du Roi – Did you know that Seychelles was once famous as a hub for spice trade? I can’t wait to take in the lovely scents of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in this garden that lies above Anse Royale beach.
- Sample the wares at the local market – Of course, any island vacation needs souvenirs like sarongs, shirts and handmade items. I’m hoping to rent a villa that has a lovely kitchen where I can cook the freshest catch of the day from the market.
- Savour the flavours of Seychellois food – Seychelles cuisine is synonymous to Creole food, a cuisine I dearly love. So yeah, that goes on the list.
- Just take the time to appreciate the sunrise and the sunset – I dream of sitting in a comfortable verandah, looking out into the the beautiful beach.
Oh I can’t wait to plan a vacation like this with my husband and my daughter. I think it would be the most romantic vacation spent with the ones I love. For the place, I’d probably pick a villa getaway like Praslin Villa 124. It’s located right on the beach, has a huge living space and a 90 sq meter verandah — oh I can just live right there on the verandah. It also has other amenities like a functional kitchen, a 42-inch tv and a 2,500 sq meter garden. Garden. Beach. Nice and cozy house…what more can you ask for?
Dear Seychelles, wait for me. I will see you one day!