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Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
The exotic nation of the Seychelles is made up of 115 breathtaking islands scattered in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. Only a few are inhabited. Since top airlines Emirates and Etihad started flying to the islands from New York with easy connection, we’ve been getting a lot of interest. Erika Reategui shares why it’s her favorite place on earth.
Are the Seychelles really one of the most beautiful places on earth?
The Seychelles epitomizes untouched beauty and romanticism. The islands have some of the most exquisite beaches, plentiful coral reefs, fascinating wildlife and lush vegetation. The international airport opened in 1971, so it’s still pretty new to tourism. And it’s a safe destination.
Are the Seychelles only for honeymooners?
Prince William and Kate Middleton picked private North Island for their honeymoon, so it’s definitely idyllic. Families are certainly welcome, and some resorts have fantastic activities for children — from watching sea turtles lay their eggs at night to private scavenger hunts. This is a perfect destination for anyone who enjoys island living – diving, hiking, fishing, sailing, and spectacular bird and wildlife watching.
What were your favorite activities?
Island hopping by helicopter! Private dining overlooking the incredible sunsets. Petting giant tortoises and watching the turtles lay their eggs. Also, the refreshing outdoor showers.
What is the food like? Are there any local specialties to try?
You’ll feast on some of the best seafood anywhere. The cuisine is Creole-based and curries, called cari, are rich in coconut milk and fragrant lemongrass. Go fishing and your chef will prepare your catch of the day. Make sure to try the local coconut liqueur called Coco d’Amour, made from the fruit of the indigenous Coco de Mer palm tree, which is known as an aphrodisiac. Only the female trees bear fruit. According to a legend, male trees uproot themselves, and approach female trees to mate. Should anyone catch them, they go blind or die.
What is the best time of year to go?
It’s a year-round tropical destination, with trade winds defining the seasons. From October to April, the weather is warmer and a bit wetter, with calm seas. From May to September, the surf is rougher, but it’s also the best time for bird watching. Diving is best from March to May and September to November.
Where did you stay?
To get the most of your stay, island hop. On the main island of Mahé, consider Four Seasons Seychelles, which is ideal for both couples and families, and Banyan Tree Seychelles, which caters to romance. For the ultimate in luxe privacy, stay at North Island or Fregate Island, where your personal butler will get you whatever your heart desires.
How far in advance do you recommend planning your trip?
We’re experts in last minute planning, but recommend at least two months in advance to make the most of your stay. Easter break is a busy time.