When we landed there was a tv crew waiting. It wasn’t for us however it was there to greet a young athlete that had won two medals while at a sporting event overseas. It was dark when we arrived and we checked into our basic room with its uncomfortable bed and noisy air conditioner. It was in a great location with very pleasant staff. With a few renovations (namely new mattresses) it would be a really nice budget hotel.
The nearby beach was beautiful. We rented a car and did some errands in the nearby capital, Victoria. In the afternoon we took a scenic drive up to a look-out point. The weather was not on our side though as there were heavy rains obscuring the view. It is not supposed to rain in the Seychelles in August but as with the rest of the world the weather patterns have become unpredictable. In the evening Moe managed to get us reservations to a nearby restaurant that was booked-up. We had a fantastic meal.
We had a bit of an accommodation problem in the Seychelles. The place we were supposed to spend five nights released our rooms for the first night and we found out days before we arrived. We were unable to book into another place nearby and our budget hotel on Mahe didn’t have availability to let us stay an extra night. We used the apology discount we received from the place that messed up the bookings to splurge for one night at the Banyan Tree. So we took the car there as early in the morning as possible to make the most of our short stay.
In my humble opinion this hotel (and the positioning of our room in particular) is probably the most romantic place to stay for a honeymoon in the world. The only location that would beat it is Bora Bora. We had a private hillside villa with our own infinity pool, hot tub, huge deck and views to die for looking out at the beach and the Indian Ocean. Even the shower had windows opening up to the view and an incredible bath tub with bath foam, oils, candles, etc. to set the mood while listening to the waves and admiring the scenery. After closing the villa gate upon entering there was complete privacy. No one can see you on the deck, in the pool, or the hot tub Blissful, relaxing, romantic, luxury.
For the common facilities, there is the most beautiful pool I have ever swam in and a gorgeous soft sand beach with turquoise waves lapping against it and large boulders and lush greenery on the edges. If you want to spoil yourself, this is where to do it. If you plan to go let me know and I’ll tell you what room to request.
We left Mahe on a fifteen minute flight to Praslin. We flew on an SD3-60, a very unusually shaped plane. After arriving at our nice resort on Praslin we joined a sunset cruise for drinks and a swim as we visited the beaches Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Both have been voted in the top ten beaches of the world and Anse Lazio is apparently number one. There are so many stunning beaches in the Seychelles that it is easy to debate which one is best and it is all very much a personal preference. Leanne and Moe’s favorite is Grand Anse on La Digue with its big waves and I loved Anse Source D’Argent with its coral, calm waters, and beautiful boulders.
Today we went to La Digue and rented bikes to get around the island. We visited stunning unrivaled beaches and had a fantastic day. We have three more nights to go on Praslin.
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