Seychelles - a thousand miles beyond anything
What I knew about The Seychelles before my visit was the fact that it refers to itself as `a thousand miles from anywhere', but what I hadn't anticipated was that it was also going to give me an experience a thousand miles beyond anything I'd enjoyed before.
As I flew from Mahé towards Denis Private Island my anticipation grew and as I stepped out of the plane I got a glimpse of the white sandy beach and clear turquoise sea, grinning with delight at the vision of a paradise island that awaited me! After checking into to one of the private homely beach bungalow with private beach area and day bed pavilion, it was straight down to the beach which was so soft for some swimming and snorkelling. As I snorkelled over the coral another treat was to be had, as I saw a number of green turtles along with various different fish from angel to parrot fish. (Turtles are now on the endangered list, and Denis Island run a conservation programme as both the green & hawksbill turtles choose the island to lay their eggs on the beaches). Champagne while watching the sun set was the prefect end to the day.
The Mason's family owns the island and want all their guests to treat it as their home to, with an all-inclusive plan everything is taken care of and the meals were all outstanding, plus with their own farm providing daily fresh milk and eggs so it is really is as fresh as you can get! I also got the chance to try a scuba dive which was a great experience and got up close and personal with a giant grouper fish and more green turtles; if you are a qualified diver Ted the dive instructor can take you further a-field or the team offer daily fishing trips. With no TVs or WIFI connection you really get the chance to unwind and get away from the outside world, this was the perfect start to my Seychelles experience.
Next stop was back to Mahé for a short drive to the private jetty for a 5 minute boat to Beachcombers St Anne Resort, situated in a Marine National park and much like Denis Island the turtles like to nest on the island, which also makes great place for snorkelling and the hotel offers twice daily snorkelling trips.
The main pool overlooks the beach and sea and was a great place to just sit back and relax and soak up some winter sunshine, however St Anne has plenty to offer, each villa has their own bicycles to get around we took one of the two guided walks on the island through the botanical gardens and on to a private beach for a picnic, followed by a visit to the Spa by Clarins for a signature massage perfect after our walk!
St Anne is an all-inclusive island with 5 dining options from the main buffet restaurant to the intimate Le Robinson located on the water's edge. My favourite was L'océAne the beach restaurant serving fantastic grilled fish and seafood. For lunch try Takamaka on the beach serving lighter snacks including a selection of sushi. The resorts private boat is also available to take you to Mahé on a regular basis if you want to take excursions on the main island.
To me The Seychelles was perfection, and I would recommend staying at least two different islands to really experience what these truly stunning islands have to offer.