Praslin, Seychelles – June 23-25, 2017 – The Seychelles Islands are known by many but visited by few. Over 100 small islands, mostly uninhabited, several of the largest ones mountainous and lush with exquisite beaches. The international airport is on Mahe (the largest island) and from here we boarded a private Air Seychelles Twin Otter to fly on to the Island of Praslin. We briefly visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seychelles, a small national park called Valley de Mai, known mostly as a garden of eden. Here we viewed varieties of endemic palms as well as the renowned Coco de Mer palm, and several species of birds, including the highly endangered black parrot.
We made our way to our resort in paradise, Raffles Seychelles on Praslin Island. Grand villas with private pools and large terraces pleasantly scattered across the lush green hillsides. Friendly service, excellent dining, a slice of ‘heavenly living on earth’.
A day’s outing took us by boat to nearby Curieuse Island to visit the centuries old protected giant land tortoises, as well as their new generation of tiny grandchildren. We continued to the south and the picturesque island of La Digue and its most pristine beaches, we visited Anse Source d’Argent … constantly voted among the top ten very best beaches in the world, where some took an opportunity to take a dip in the Indian Ocean. Continuing on our tour of the island we had the opportunity to visit the Paradise Flycatcher Sanctuary and we also got a glimpse of Seychelles life of over a century ago by visiting a copra estate, where coconut husks were heated and ground down to oil. The old-fashioned mill wheel is still walked by a bull oxen and ten liters of oil is produced daily. Our lunch was seaside at a lovely local resort Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie where we enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch.
Our small group of guests also enjoyed a whole day of leisure and pleasure at beautiful Raffles with its grand lagoon pools, magnificent spa, and beautiful beaches. And so, everyone with more suntan on their faces and relaxed smiles of this good living as we bid ‘au revoir’ to Seychelles and with such ease of private jet we say ‘Hello Madagascar’ … the fourth largest island in the world. A delight of intrigue and interests as our journey of extraordinary experiences continues amid the Indian Ocean … stay with us …
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