Have you ever thought of that one place where you would love to just pack your bags and run to if you had the means and time? Well for me Seychelles would be just the perfect place to go.
Why Seychelles you ask? The Republic of Seychelles as it is officially called comprises of 115 Islands in the Indian Ocean – imagine waking from your bed to a wonderful view of the ocean. Seychelles is a beautiful destination that extends from between 4 to 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa, my home.
Seychelles gained independence in 1976 and since then has expanded roughly seven times due largely to the tourist sector which employs about 30% of the labour force and provides more than 70% hard currency earnings and by tuna fishing.
The Islands of Seychelles cluster around the main island of Mahe, where you have an international airport and the capital city, Victoria. So you will not have to swim there…hehehe…just kidding. And there is also a major seaport in Victoria.
Seychelles can be described as a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for one of the rarest species of flora and fauna as described by a travel agency. Nowhere else on earth will you find unique endemic specimens such as the fabulous Coco-de-mer – the largest seed in the world, the jelly fish tree – with only eighth surviving examples, the Seychelles’ paradise flycatcher and Seychelles warbler. The Islands of Seychelles are home to about 75 endemic plant species, with a further 25 or so species in the Aldabra group.
The republic of Seychelles boasts of a mixed ethnic group of French, African, Indian, Chinese and Arabians. With its official language being Seychellois Creole. Other languages spoken is English (5.1%), French (0.75%) and others. This means that whatever language you speak, you will not have a communication barrier.
Seychelles has an array of great hotels and spas with exquisite hotel services and amenities – swimming pools, lovely rooms, beaches, tours, tasty meals etc.. Some of the great hotels and spa you will find in Seychelles are: Kempinski Seychelles Resort, La Reserve Hotel, Chateau St Cloud, Savoy Resort & Spa, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove, and Sunset Beach Hotel etc. The list goes on and on. But one thing all of these hotels have in common is the great view of the ocean and the blue waters, you will be sure to like it.
So when you are thinking of your next vacation, and dreaming of stunning beaches, blue waters, great views from your room and exquisite meals, think of Seychelles…hmm…it’s indeed a wonderful destination.