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The Banyan Tree Seychelles

My Beach & Villa

  

Incredible Daylight

Wonderful stay! The Banyan Tree Seychelles is elegant. After a long ferry crossing from La Digue to Mahé (via Praslin), under an alternation of rain and lead, I am happy to sit comfortably on the terrace of the hotel lobby.

Airy chic colonial architecture with a stunning view on a long dream beach! Miles of white sand bordered by coconut palms and the turquoise-emerald Indian Ocean. Gorgeous Anse Intendance bathed in the midday strong light. A pure delight!

Then we go in a kart towards my villa (picture below) nestled in a smaller beach, therefore more exclusive: a pure beauty! In this enchanting setting, I barely look inside the villa: I’m hypnotized by the ocean view from my infinite pool! 

I Just Want To Swim!

Pictures below, the private path to access the small beach, where I will spend several hours alone in the water. A beach just for me … until sunset! 

As effective as in a Thalasso spa, powerful strong waves! I complete the treatment with a steam bath in my large shower. A more than exclusive spa!

    

The Early Morning

 

The Breakfast In Peace

  

The Ocean Is Ubiquitous

The Banyan Tree Seychelles succeeds to highlight a magnificent nature, while adding a classic, discreet and very effective service.

You can eat straight the opposite Imposing granite rock of the Seychelles in the Au jardin d’épices, one of the hotel restaurants where I enjoy having breakfast (photos above and below)!

 

Turtles And Organic Vegetable Garden

The Wildlife Conservation Reabilitation Centre

My turtle girlfriends! From October to February turtles lay eggs on the beach of the hotel. The Wildlife Conservation Reabilitation Centre housed in the hotel’s huge property, takes care of turtles and heals the injured turtles.

In spa baths, “natural” environments have been created to welcome convalescent turtles (pictured left of the photo montage below).

And in the evening, returning to my villa, I have the pleasant surprise of finding a girlfriend tortoise in fabrics, nicely posed on sheets in the shape of waves!

The organic vegetable garden is close to the center for turtles. Cooking and tasting classes are organized in this kiosk surrounded by crops (photos below).

  

Creole Dinner

Thanks you, Dorina!

As I don’t know the Seychelles Creole cuisine, I ask Dorina, the awesome waitress at the Chez Lamar restaurant to choose my dinner (photos below). You can’t imagine the pressure (I only like what I know), LOL!

But Dorina made an excellent choice. In the photo montage above: photo 1, big crush for grated coconut slightly flavored with herbs. Photo 2, very refreshing : the Creole Octopus Salad With Local Lime. 

Photo 3, tasty grilled local fish with 3 different sauces. I never use sauce, but here, I liked the one with curry coco and creole with tomato. 

Everything was delicious, but it was way too much for my stomach ; ))

  

Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

Informations  

Banyan Tree, Wildlife Conservation Reabilitation CentreSeychelles Tourism BoardAir Seychelles.

Many thanks to the Banyan Tree Seychelles and its great team for this beautiful stay. Also many thanks to the Seychelles Tourism Board and Air Seychelles. As always, these are my opinions.

Seychelles, La Digue: Nature & Friendliness

Welcome To La Digue

After A Long Rain

Epic arrival at La Passe harbour, by ferry from Praslin at midday, under a heavy rain. So I canceled the rental of the bike. And I wait patiently in the veranda of my bungalow that the rain stops.

On the island, you can’t rent a car. A very good point considering its area (9.81 km2)! One moves by bike, buggy or taxi (bugy or car). It gives a charm to this small island of the Indian Ocean!

Around 3 p.m. the rain stops. If the weather allows, I will visit the island before dusk, in bugy (no time to bike). First stop: Grande Anse, awesome fine white sand beach, with turquoise emerald water and granite rocks, a marvel! But dangerous for swim (photos and videos above and below). 

 

 

I Continue My Island Tour

Clear Water Everywhere

Even when the weather changes from rainny to sunny (on the photomontage below). After visiting a succession of lovely coves (which I will not enumerate!), we stop at Chez Jules, the small Creole bar-restaurant of Anse Banane, ideally located facing the sea. Where I taste a Creole nougat with banana and coconut: very perfumed but too sweet for me.

Then back to my bungalow with a kitsch interior design (I like it), but super clean and very well equipped (photo 2 on the photomontage below). In fact, I should had to sleep at La Diguoise, but there was confusion in the dates.

The Gourmet Address

La Diguoise

I’m lucky enough to have dinner and have breakfast at La Diguoise, a refined small guest house (photo 3 above). Very warm welcome in a lovely Creole house with a beautiful garden where it is good to farniente! One of those confidential addresses you share with friends. 

Elodie is a very caring owner and a fabulous chef (video below). On the photo montage above, the succulent dinner: photo 1, homemade chips with pieces of coconut. And photo 2, a Creole dishes assortment with salads, fish and salt donuts. A delight! Photo 4, the breakfast served like a painting … in a really relaxing setting (photos below).

I really enjoy the slow rythm of La Digue island. I will go back.

 

  

The next day, Departure For Mahe via Praslin

Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Seychelles Tourism Board, La DiguoiseAir Seychelles.

Related posts : DESTINATIONS & HOTEL REVIEWS

Many thanks the Seychelles Tourism Board and Air Seychelles for this fantastic experience. Also many thanks to Elodie and her smiling team for the very warm welcome. As always, these are my opinions.

Seychelles, Praslin: Beaches & Coco de Mer

The Arrival At Mahe

The Departure To Praslin

As soon as I got off the Air Seychelles plane, I took in a cab to catch the Cat Coco Catamaran ferry from Mahe to Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago.

We arrive at the pier under a blazing sun at 9 plus a.m. I stay in the shade, patiently waiting to embark. What a light! Incredible blue sky and white clouds! I arrive in Praslin at 11.30 am, in a landscape of postcard with turquoise waters (photo above).

The crossing lasted an hour … of pure ecstatic contemplation of the Indian Ocean (with air-con)! In the taxi to go to the Coco de Mer hotel, I am surprised by the lush vegetation, steep road and small mountains. Like Mahé and La Digue, Praslin is a granitic island. 

The Charming Hotel

When arriving in the lobby of the Hotel Coco de Mer – Black Parrot Suites, I am attracted by the ocean view and the verdant gardens of this 200-hectare property.

The welcome is warm and friendly. Like Ash Behari, one of the owners and General Manager of the hotel (video below), all the staff are smiling and professional. It feels like visiting friends. 

And guess where the hotel gets its name from? According to a local legend about the Vallée de Ma! nature reserve: 

 

The Suites Black Parrot are located in the exclusive part of the hotel, on a small cliff with a pool offering a panoramic view of the ocean and beaches. My suite in pictures below.

The Island Tour

The Vallée de Mai

I really enjoy taking the road (taxi or rental) to visit the island at my own pace (sometimes exhausting for others, LOL). I am too eager for breathtaking scenery to stay on the beach of the hotel … 

Thanks to my need of action, I discovered stunning coves and beaches! Beware of currents in the water (they can be dangerous), the best is to inquire before bathing.

First stop under tropical rain: the Vallée de Mai, a primitive forest with six species of endemic palms. I have an appointment with the guide Shaun Larue for a detailed visit. He begins by explaining the formation of the Seychelles granite islands (video below). 

Oops I was about to forget ; ) The biggest seed of the world grows on the palm trees of the Valley of May nature reserve : the endemic iconic Coco de Mer (photo above).

 

     

Back On The Road

Anse Lazio

Crystal Clear Water

It doesn’t rain when I finally arrive at Anse Lazio considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I agree, it is superb!

The quality of the very fine sand, the crystal clear water with emerald, turquoise and deep blue reflections, the rock blocks scattered here and there and the palms and vegetation with different green tones.

Unfortunately I don’t have time to swim. I have a ferry to take to another island. To be continued…

 

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

Informations  

Seychelles Tourism Board, Coco de Mer HotelAir Seychelles.

A guide to visit the Vallée de Mai: Shaun Larue, shaunlarue22@gmail.com, tel. (+248) 2595110.

Related posts : DESTINATIONS & HOTEL REVIEWS

Many thanks the Seychelles Tourism Board, Air Seychelles and Coco de Mer Hotel for this beautiful invitation. Also thank you to Ash Behari and Shaun Larue. As always, these are my opinions.