The time has finally come! This trip is long overdue and I’m glad to announce that my first destination for 2017 is the Seychelles!
My goal as always is to visit and discover more island and resort destinations and the Seychelles has been calling out to me for the past few years now and in just a few days, we’ll be exploring the country that was once a pirate hideout!
Where is the Seychelles?
It’s so tiny, you almost can’t see it in a world map! The Seychelles is technically in the continent of Africa, just above Madagascar and if facing the map, it is located a little bit to the right of Kenya.
And although its not in mainland Africa, this will be my first time to the continent!
The Seychelles is made of up 115 islands. We will be landing at the International Airport in Mahe and spending most of our time in Victoria island. But we will also have the opportunity to stay in Silhoutte island, known for its white beaches and giant boulders.
I’ll be exploring Victoria, the smallest capital in the world with the Seychelles Tourism board. I’m really looking forward to discovering its people, food, especially the Creole culture and the mixture of influence from all its settlers: from the Islamic mariners, the French settlers, the British colonials, the Tamil and Chinese traders, and the African slaves.
Where I’ll stay
You all know there’s no Holy Smithereens trip without resorts!
For a small country, the Seychelles definitely has quite a lot of resorts. One brand that has a big presence in the Seychelles is Hilton, which has three properties all over the country.
Our first stop will be the Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa. This resort is located in Anse Forbans, a huge bay on the south east coast that is almost empty. The waters here are known to be shallow and calm, so it’s going to be a great way to ease into the Seychelles after such a long flight.
The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is quite secluded, located in Beau Vallon Bay on Mahé. And this resort has long been serving as an inspiration to creative minds.
Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond novels, was said to be inspired by this resort when he was writing one of the Bond classics,”For Your Eyes Only.”
The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa only welcomes guests 13 years of age and over, so this will be a great couples getaway location.
Located 20 kilometres northwest of Mahé, Silhouette Island was once home to pirates and plantations. Now, it’s the home of a huge diversity of flora and fauna, and is home to our last resort stop, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa.
I’m really looking forward to this unique location as the resort is actually surrounded by a vibrant national park.
One of the downsides to being based in Australia is that everywhere seems to be so far away. The good side? You get to break down your trip!
We’ll be getting a quick dose of Abu Dhabi and staying at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas at Saadiyat Island. I first stayed at this resort in 2012 and it left me with such a lasting impression. I’m visiting again and we’ll see if it will take my breath away as much as it did the first time!
Guess who’s back.
I had a whole lot of fun travelling in 2016 (see my travel highlights here) and can you believe that out of 12 trips that I took, I only travelled with Zombie once (ok twice if you count a family wedding). 2016 was such a busy year for us both. There were times when our house felt like an airport terminal. Oh , we once ‘speed dated’ at Sydney Airport too (him arriving, me departing) and we had a quick breakfast at the International Departures area where we did a quick hi and goodbye.
I don’t know if 2017 will slow down (but then busy is also good, it makes time pass by so quickly) but we’re grateful to travel together again, especially as we’d just had our 10th wedding year last week.
The Zombie-Smithereens team is back y’all!
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Alright, now to pack! Let’s do this Seychelles!