This week’s dream
Living the ultimate beach life in the Seychelles
“Getting to Seychelles isn’t cheap or easy,” but the remote island nation “will reward you immediately and continuously when you arrive,” said Kastalia Medrano in Thrillist.com. Everyone I met during a recent stay was surprised that I had found my way there. The Seychelles’ string of 115 islands lies way out in the Indian Ocean—1,000 miles east of the East African coast and “as far away from North America as it’s possible to get.” But the long flight is just one of the reasons a Seychelles getaway deserves all your carefully saved vacation days. The seafood is “as fresh as it gets,” the beaches are “blindingly white,” and the water is “the most absolutely bonkers color I have ever seen.”
Ferries connect the three main islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue, and I spent 70 percent of my time lounging on their glorious beaches and cooling off in that luminous water. Most visitors would be content to spend every day on Mahe’s Beau Vallon Beach, but the Seychelles is also famous for the subtly pink sands of La Digue’s Anse Source d’Argent, and for Praslin’s Anse Lazio, the “platonic ideal” of a white-sand beach. Whenever I left the beach, I feasted on delicious Indian and Creole seafood. The Boardwalk Bar & Grill on Mahe is a fun place, with live music, but I lived off the grilled fish, rice, and green papaya dished out at the ubiquitous Creole takeout stands. The octopus chapati was so good that I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
You can stay in a world-class hotel in the Seychelles, but thinking you’ll have to is silly. Through Airbnb, you can easily find lovely rooms near the beach for roughly $100 a night. “By no stretch” is Seychelles a budget destination, but the flight can be most of the cost. Do get to a place where you can see the islands’ giant tortoises, though, and the baby hawksbill sea turtles that hatch on the beaches. I was swimming off Praslin when a 3-inch-long hawksbill bumped into me. “We hung out for a bit while it made its tiny determined journey out to sea.”
At Four Seasons Seychelles (fourseasons.com), villas start at $1,234 a night.