The Seychelles Here We Come!

Image for Natalie Russell-Blackburn Perkins Natalie Russell-Blackburn Perkins
Relationship Manager

Having never travelled to the Indian Ocean before I boarded the Emirates plane at London Gatwick with excitement and trepidation! I normally love a bit of hustle and bustle and wondered how it would be on an island with nothing around you, I wasn't too sure that island life would be for me, but...The Seychelles here we come!

After 12 hours, the site that awaited me as we landed at Seychelles Mahe International Airport can only describe as magnificent beauty - just a few thousand feet below! Perfectly sculpted islands with waves lapping up against white sandy beaches and rugged lush uninhabited mountain tops! I was so close to paradise and couldn't wait to land!

After a quick 15 minute hop on an inter island flight we were taken 5 minutes by road to the beautiful Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin- often known as the "Lost Paradise" where on arrival we were greeted with cold towels and water and whisked to our 2 bed villas by golf buggy, the paradise tantalizingly unveiled before my eyes. Passing the lush golf course and the crystal clear sea we pulled up outside our villa and were greeted by our Villa Host with afternoon tea laid out in our lounge. Our villa was a stones throw from the beach and our beautiful private pool was the perfect place to cool off after a long journey.

Dinner at the Presidential Villa was like something out of a film - everyone was dressed in white - including the staff! The villa was lit by thousands of tea lights and we were greeted by champagne and the dusk view of the sea, with waves crashing in on the private beach! You can see why this is a retreat for the discerning celebrities! 3 private infinity pools, a Jacuzzi off the master bedroom and surround sound throughout! I had high expectations for dinner, being a Relais Châteaux awarded resort - we were not let down! There was everything from the freshest lobster to Kobe beef and it was all cooked on a simple BBQ on the beach!

After over indulging at dinner - an early morning stroll around the resort unveiled a wealth of facilities, from the gym and spa to the infinity pools nestled into the natural granite rock! Breakfast was served in the main restaurant - an immense selection of fruits - bread - hot food - juices and champagnes was enough to set me up for the day! I could get used to eating like this! A trip to the beautiful Anse Georgette beach is a must when you visit Lemuria - it is "that beach" you see on postcards and calendars. Untouched by anything man made, perfect white sand and crystal clear water, waves gently tumbling onto the shore - when I first saw the beach I could feel a prickle behind my eyes - it was the most beautiful beach I had ever seen!

The final day of the trip came about all too soon and before we knew it we were boarding the Emirates plane back home! I hope to visit The Seychelles again and want to share my experience with everyone! When asked if the travelling was worth it - Yes - The Seychelles is a heavenly paradise which is unspoilt by human interference; the people are charming and are so welcoming to their beautiful islands! Could I get used to island life? Yes, yes I definitely could!

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