Flying over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean I felt like I had arrived in paradise. Our first stop was the Beachcombers all inclusive Sainte Anne Resort & Spa. It was the perfect mix of excellent food, good service, white sandy beaches and relaxed island living, and in the ideal location, only ten minutes boat ride from Mahe.
Sainte Anne’s really was the perfect escape from it all, but was close enough to ‘civilisation’ to sample Eden Island’s casino and the Boardwalk bar for a cocktail. The resort has a great programme for children and every villa comes complete with its own bikes to explore the island. On the second evening of our stay we took a sunset catamaran cruise; which I would highly recommend. It was a great way to see more of Mahe whilst sipping Champagne under the setting sun.
We also spent a very interesting day visiting the wonderful hotels Mahe has to offer; my favourite being the Four Seasons Seychelles. The resort is very cleverly designed, with stylish villas sunken into the sloping hillside surrounding the most beautiful beach. We enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by a tour of their funky and chic hilltop spa. The resort itself is only four years old but already has a high repeat client basis and continues to think of fresh new ideas to entertain guests, such as a chocolate room, speak-easy pop up bar and children's yoga. It would be fair to say I didn’t want to leave!
Our final stop involved a small aircraft to the idyllic resort of Denis Private Island - a small, intimate hotel surrounded by powder white sand. This barefoot beach, chic resort is the perfect place to unwind, with no telephone reception or televisions in your room, meaning you can switch off from reality and fully immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. The food was exquisite with a lot of choice; with my favourites being the sushi and the locally made ice cream.
On a thrilling fishing trip off the shores of Denis Island I caught a red snapper fish which we later enjoyed for dinner. The area is fantastic for fishing and snorkelling due to its close proximity to the ‘drop off point’ and the island is also great for bird watchers due to the numerous species which make their home there. If you’re lucky, you might also get the opportunity to see a turtle laying her eggs. A truly special experience.
After five glorious nights in the Seychelles it was time to head home. We flew Eithad Airways which has super-easy connections via Abu Dhabi on to London and Manchester. The great service and efficient staff mean I will certainly be flying with them again.