Visit The Stunning Seychelles Islands to Discover Sea, Sun, and Self
There are times when you just need a break and all you can think about is relaxing in your own tropical piece of paradise.
With the cacophony of everyday life, having some time alone can be something of a luxury. Juggling work, family, social life and love life (or the lack thereof) can be quite stressful, and while not everything is necessarily a bad thing, you sometimes just need to give your mind and body time to rest and recharge.
The best way to do it? Treat yourself to an enchanting getaway to the sunny isles of stunning Seychelles.
Lying about four to 10 degrees south of the equator, Seychelles is an Indian Ocean republic boasting 115 islands. Like jewels sprinkled in a bed of azure waters, these islands are mostly granitic, while most of the outlying ones are composed of low-lying coral atolls and reef islets.
Rejuvenate and seek solace by packing your bags and jetting off to the majestic JA Enchanted Island Resort in Seychelles. Breathe in the invigorating majesty of the glimmering sea and bathe yourself in glorious sunshine as you are pampered from head to toe with their excellent world-class service. Feel like an ultimate sea goddess as you immerse in exclusive splendor in your own private villa, away from the maddening crowds and noise of the urban jungle.
Your cares will simply be washed away the instant you set foot in this tropical paradise.
Tips for planning your Seychelles trip
With so much diversity on offer, it is best to plan your stay with thoughtful consideration. Here are some tips on what to consider before immersing yourself in the wonderful world that is Seychelles:
Where to go
Victoria, the world’s smallest capital, is situated on Mahé, Seychelles’ main island. It is home to the international airport and serves as the economic and cultural hub. This city is abuzz with life – from diverse accommodations, restaurants, bars, cafes, and casinos to numerous dive centers, vehicle rentals, and other eco-tourism hotspots. There are plenty of beaches here so you can immediately kick off your sandals and soak in the sun.
However, if you want to explore further, you can choose from several of the Inner Islands’ establishments. Transportation to other islands is easy with scheduled plane and ferry services. The choice is yours on where to stay in Seychelles islands, 16 of which currently offer accommodations – from opulent resorts to rustic lodges, there is surely one that will fit your every need.
A popular choice to go to is Praslin Island, a 15-minute plane hop away from Mahé. It is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site – the Valeé de Mai Nature Reserve where the famous towering palms of coco de mer grows. An ancient forest that can be explored on foot, by bike or by car, it offers a fascinating look into the rich flora and fauna with bird watching and photographic expeditions available. Excursions can also be arranged to neighboring islands like La Digue or Round Island.
- La Digue is home to one of the best white beaches
- Anse Source D’Argent, as well as a bird sanctuary for the rare, endemic black paradise flycatcher.
- Round Island, on the other hand, is one of the most private islets in the archipelago. This is where the luxurious JA Enchanted Island Resort is nestled, where exclusive pool villas offer complete relaxation.
When to go
Generally blessed with year-round good weather, Seychelles enjoys a warm, tropical climate. Temperatures are normally between 24-32°C.
Depending on what activities you have in mind:
- May to October is a relatively dry period
- July to August have choppy seas brought about by the southeast trade winds.
- November is typically when the rainy season starts, bringing in light, warmer winds.
- With the Northwest Monsoon bringing in more precipitation, December to March can be extremely wet.
- April is said to be the calmest and warmest season, with winds dying down and starting to change direction.
What to do
With over a hundred islands, you can just imagine the wealth of things that you can do. Again, your adventures in Seychelles will depend largely on where your interests lie.
Whether you’re the active type who relishes being up close and personal with the outdoors or one who prefers communing with nature through yoga and meditation, Seychelles islands have just the right place or thing for you. You can traipse through town and drop by the Bicentennial Monument, scout for souvenirs at Victoria Market, or pay homage to the Hindu gods at the Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple. Perhaps you will try spelunking or fishing one day then just sit on the beach doing nothing the next.
Whichever way your compass points to, here are some points of interest that might tickle your fancy:
- Art and Culture
- Amusement Center
- Island hopping
- Sailing and other water sports
- Snorkeling and scuba diving
- Hiking and trekking
Disconnect to connect
Instead of surfing the net, why don’t you learn how to actually surf the waves? Going on vacation will also be a great way for you to take a break from technology. Sometimes, you need to disconnect from the digital world to connect to what matters more – yourself.
Replace your habit of checking your mails with simply pampering yourself. Go the the spa, sleep in, have your meals delivered by your own personal butler. Finish that book you’ve been meaning to read while working on your tan, or simply swim languidly in your own infinity pool.
Whatever it is you feel like doing, take the chance to savor every moment of it. Grab the opportunity to just take in the serene beauty of the sunset, listen to the gentle whispers of the wind, and be lulled to sleep by the song of the ocean. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
About The Author: Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury”.
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