Monday, September 10, 2012

The Seychelles - Where to stay ?

Paradise has a different meaning to different people.  However after a visit to the Seychelles, it would be hard to argue that this is not paradise.  The Seychelles are a group of islands off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, located northeast of the island of Madagascar.  This island group is made up of 115 total islands, yet only a few are inhabited. 
Mahe is the largest island in the Republic of Seychelles, with 90% of the island people calling Mahe home.  This island is the home to the international airport and the nation's capital, Victoria.  The landscape is something that will be difficult to resist.  With mountain peaks, impressive rock formations, gorgeous vegetation and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, travelers will wonder why they should ever leave this alluring island.  Come to the Banyan Tree Seychelles and find luxury.  Take a dip in your private pool while looking out over the Indian Ocean in one of the 60 stunning pool villas.  The hillside pool villas sit high above everything and are surrounded by the rainforest.  Book a treatment at the Banyan Tree spa for a bit of relaxation or visit the onsite restaurants and feast on their amazing culinary specialties.  For a bit of the extraordinary, stay at the Four Seasons Seychelles.  This sophisticated hotel is tree-house living that would please both children and adults.  Located in the lush hillside, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is uncomplicated bliss.  Spend some time in the spa to relax your weary mind and body.  Don't forget to check out the 2 restaurants or 2 lounges located either hillside or beachside and treat your taste buds to something magnificent.  Make sure you venture out and visit the local restaurants, bars and casinos on Mahe and get a feel for the people and their culture. 

Staying on Mahe does not mean you shouldn't get out to see the other islands.  Each island offers a unique and memorable experience.  Praslin might be on the top of your list as some argue it is the original home of the Garden of Eden.  It won't be hard to support this belief if you experience Vallee de Mai.  This remarkable forest is home to stunning trees baring unforgettable fruit and the world's rarest bird, the Black Parrot.  If you want to feel like the modern world is a million miles away, visit La Dique Island.  This simple island is just 30 minutes via ferry from Praslin.  Here the main form of transportation is still the bicycle or if you're really adventurous, an ox-cart.  This island has become very popular for the vacationers that want to truly get away from it all.   

North Island is another one of the few occupied islands of Seychelles.  This island is vastly different from Mahe.  Astonishingly unspoiled, it hosts only 11 villa's for its guests on its quiet grounds.  All of the villas are authentic and honor nature with their decor.   The uniqueness of this island does not stop at the amazing dwellings.  North Island is a sanctuary to rare and critically endangered species of plants and animals that are native to Seychelles.  North Island offers harmony between nature and the island's inhabitants. 

If island hopping isn't your thing, stay on Mahe and explore the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Chartering a boat to fish, site-see, sail or swim is a perfect way to spend your day.  Deep sea fishing is very popular and even the novice fisherman can catch a prize fish. Experience the ultimate in scuba diving as a beginner or an expert in these astonishingly clear waters.  Sailing is also an option in the Seychelles.   Offering some of the finest sailing on earth, it might be hard to pass up the opportunity.  The abundant sea life beckons with numerous aquatic options.

One glance at a picture of the Seychelles Islands and you are drawn in.  Do a little reading about the island and you are desperate to set off.  Visit one of the Best Hotels in Seychelles and discover your paradise. 

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