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Seychelles Romantic Getaways

By Jane Cassie

Close your eyes and imagine being in the South Pacific where turquoise waters sparkle in the sun, floral scents hang heavy in the air, and palm trees sway in the sultry breeze. Add coral reefs teeming with multi-colored fish, beautiful beaches that offer miles of sandy shoreline, and a honeymoon haven with all the romantic perks. If you click your heels three times, instead of being in Kansas, you’ll end up at a dreamy sanctuary on one of the Seychelles.

This archipelago of tropical islands, located in the Western Indian Ocean, is an idyllic spot to celebrate love, whether on the main hangout of Mahe, the quieter paradise of Praslin, or the granite atoll of La Digue. Here’s a property from each that‘ll surely tempt you and your lifetime partner.

Magnificent Mahé

Even though this Seychelle isle is the one most traveled; it’s certainly not commercialized. Stunning scenery can be witnessed on its northern edge and to the west are a few of the prettiest bays you’ll ever find. Tea plantations drape the interior slopes and the capital of Victoria offers everything from gregarious gardens to Creole cuisine. Check out what lies beneath the deep after hopping into scuba gear or onto the deck of a glass bottom boat. See the sights from above while going heli-style, or remain well-grounded on one of the sugar-fine shores. Anse Intendance, Anse Takamaka or Grand Anse are just a few where you can lay on a beach blanket. And when it’s time for some real loving, here’s a Mahe retreat that will create more waves.

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

You’ll snuggle next to the sandy shoreline while staying at this unique location at the tip of Beau Vallon beach. While nestled amidst exotic flora and fauna, this little paradise is claimed to be ‘untouched by time’. All seventy rooms, whether dressed in contemporary or Creole, are named after an indigenous flower and each one flaunts either a private balcony or terrace. You’ll witness breathtaking sunsets while sipping cocktails at Le Cocoloba lounge bar and dine on international fare at Le Bourgeois and Le Cardinal. A fitness centre will help burn off unwanted calories, the spa will pamper and relax and a freshwater pool will provide an awesome tropical splash!

Pristine Praslin

This less developed isle is just a quick flight or an hour catamaran cruise from Mahé. As well as hosting the only championship golf course, it’s a destination where some of the world’s rarest birds hang out. The bulbul, fruit pigeon, and black parrot are just a few fine feathered friends that you may see. And if you need a little help in the love making area, the coconut that grows on the giant palm trees in the Vallée de Mai nature park are used locally as an aphrodisiac! Chances are, if you’re staying at this next hideaway, you won’t need any help in this department.

Hotel Acajou

The outdoors and nature makes its way into this posh property’s interior where twenty-eight guest rooms are infused with indigenous South African mahogony (acajou). And beyond the warm décor awaits Cote d'Or beach, one of the island’s finest stretches of sand. You can dine together at the property’s restaurant, enjoy a tall cool one at the cocktail lounge, or pool’s swim-up bar, and test out your newlywed luck at the nearby casino.

Delightfully Deserted La Digue

This steep unspoiled island, fifty some odd kilometers from Mahé and a half dozen from Praslin is the fourth largest of the Seychelles. Hiking trails are carved into its lush core and sandy shores, strewn with pink granite, rim the perimeter. Although the western beach of Anse Source D'Argent is one of the most photographed in the world, there are a number of other shorelines to write home about. Fourmis, Anse Banane and Anse Gaulettes, on the eastern coast, are hot sun basking spots, while the reef-protected Anse Patates on the northernmost point is a magnificent magnet for snorkelers.

If you’re a bird lover, you’re once again, in luck! The eight-acre reserve, established by the Royal Society of Nature Conservation in 1981, is home to rare species such as the Black Paradise Flycatcher, the Bulbul, the Seychelles Sunbird. And if you’re more into love-birds, after staying at this next honeymoon haven, you’ll be in luck too!

Le Domaine de l'Orangeraie

Time will stand still when you share your love in one of these ten romantic Zen-like bungalows. The interior décor of each two-floor retreat reflects the local architecture and all the comforts of home, may provide long term hibernation! A fully equipped kitchen, a private terrace for dining and a private outside shower are a few enticers. Add a sandy shoreline and coral reef to the picture and what could be more intimately inviting for honeymoons?

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