Seychelles Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC
The Seychelles – just the name conjures up images of golden sandy beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, sunset cocktails and five-star beachside resorts. The islands are a luxurious enclave for honeymooners, celebrities and billionaires. Undeniably, the beaches are the big attraction, and what beaches: exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders. And hardly a soul in sight. Choosing your favourite beach is like trying to pick a flavour of ice cream – they’re all so good! Hot favourites include world-famous Anse Source d’Argent, secluded Anse Marron, sexy Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio.
What to do in Seychelles for 24h to 48h?
Places of Interest
Anse Lazio, on the northwest tip of the island, is picture-perfect everywhere you look and it often turns up in lists of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The long beach has lapis lazuli waters, a thick fringe of palm and takamaka trees, and granite boulders at each extremity. There’s some good snorkelling among the rocks along the arms of the bay and there’s a beachside restaurant. Despite its popularity, it never feels crowded, but watch your valuables here.
Vallée de Mai
Gorgeous World Heritage–listed Vallée de Mai is one of only two places in the world where the rare coco de mer palm grows in its natural state (the other being nearby Curieuse Island). It’s also a birding hot spot: watch for the endemic Seychelles bulbul, the lovely blue pigeon, the Seychelles warbler and the endangered black parrot, of which there are between 500 and 900 left in the wild. It’s a real slice of Eden.
On this popular tour you learn the story behind the island’s main distillery and about the rum-making procedure. The tour runs for between 30 and 45 minutes and concludes with a tasting and an opportunity to purchase bottles of rum. There is also a forest walk and a small stand of sugar cane. It features a well-regarded bar-restaurant.
This long, gently arching beach is the most popular strand on the island. It’s great for safe swimming and sunbathing, and it’s also good for water sports. There are plenty of facilities, including restaurants and hotels. A small islet – Chauve-Souris – floats offshore. You can swim to it for snorkelling.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This imposing cathedral is noteworthy for its elegant portal and colonnaded facade. The extraordinary building immediately west of the cathedral is the Domus – it’s the priest’s residence and a national monument.
La Digue is the last refuge of the black paradise flycatcher, which locals call the veuve (widow). This small forest reserve, which has been set aside to protect its natural habitat, is thought to shelter about 15 pairs of the bird. There are several walking trails punctuated with interpretive panels about flora. There’s also a small information centre.
Where to Eat?
La Grande Maison
At Takamaka Bay, La Grande Maison is the home kitchen of Christelle Verheyden, one of the country’s most talented chefs. The atmosphere, in a wonderfully restored and airy colonial home, is a fine backdrop for Verheyden’s exquisite tastes built around the best local (and often organic) ingredients and a fine-dining sensibility. Verheyden is also a sommelier – the wines are as excellent as the cooking.
Café des Arts
Praslin’s most stylish restaurant is in the Le Duc de Praslin hotel. Flickering candles, colourful paintings, swaying palms, a breezy terrace and the sound of waves washing the beach will rekindle the faintest romantic flame. The food is suitably refined; flavourful Seychellois favourites are whipped into eye-pleasing concoctions (think red-snapper fillet in passionfruit sauce or marinated chicken with tropical fruits).
This long-standing venture is a great place for a slap-up meal. Its Creole-themed buffet dinner should satisfy all but the hungriest visitors, with about 20 different dishes on offer, including Creole curries, salads and barbecued fish (usually tuna and, if you’re lucky, red snapper).
Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa – Le Combava
This elegant restaurant within the Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa offers the intoxicating mix of fine dining, romantic atmosphere, cool setting and attentive service. The sleek dining room by the hotel’s swimming pool is particularly magical in the evening. If nothing else, come for the suave desserts (from Rs 190) – the chocolate brownie with coconut ice cream is unforgettable.
Nightlife in Seychelles!
As good for a morning coffee as a late-night cocktail, this slice of sophistication could be the coolest place on the island. With wicker sofas on a pontoon out on the water and downbeat tunes keeping things mellow, it’s our pick for the best bar in the country.
Level Three Bar
Despite the odd location in a nondescript building near the harbour, Level Three Bar is worth considering for its affordable cocktails (Rs 150) and its cool atmosphere. There’s karaoke on Friday evening.
The east coast is home to one of Mahé’s most popular nightclubs. It’s a fairly hip venue, so dress up rather than down.
Where to Shop?
Anses aux Pin
Anse aux Pins is the perfect place to shop on the east coast of Mahé. Not only will you find handicraft items made from local coconut shell but you will also find art created by local artists at the Craft Village located here. Each shop is like a Creole bungalow in which artists can be seen at work. Some make coconut oil-scented bath soaps; others make beautiful paintings on silk and coconut shell handicrafts.
Judging by the name it is pretty clear what sort of gift items are available at the Antik Colony. Located at the Pirate Arms Arcade in Victoria, this is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs indigenous to the Seychelles.
Black Pearl (Seychelles) Ltd
The Black Pearl Shop at Black Pearl (Seychelles) Ltd. is an excellent place for collecting souvenirs. The shop is engaged in selling locally cultivated unique pearls and exclusive gold and diamond jewellery. The shop is known for its great range of pendants, earrings, and matching rings. The designs are unusually beautiful and attractive.
Flight Attendants Discounts in Seychelles?
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