By Libby Peck
Seychelles
Seychelles
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Exquisite beaches, crystal blue water, and year-round summer are what you can expect from the Seychelles. A cluster of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, this picturesque retreat is a laid-back oasis for travelers seeking island life off the beaten path.

Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) outside capital city Victoria is the only airport for the island country. By clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php), you’ll be able to find the next flight to paradise. With charter services from Amsterdam and Frankfurt, EscapeWizard.com wants to advise you that getting here is a breeze! Make things easier on yourself by booking your accommodations through us at the same time as your hotel—check out hotel availability here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Although getting to the islands is easy, the Seychelles have not been run ragged by tourism. Serene is the first word that should come to mind when you first step foot on nearly white sand; there are so many beaches that overcrowding (or a crowd at all) is never an issue. EscapeWizard.com recommends this escape for people who love natural beauty and prime relaxation—and who doesn’t love either of those things?

Don’t worry if you want to do more than lounge around unadultered waters. Waterskiing is very popular in Seychelles as well as other water sports like snorkeling, fishing, and boating. Thanks to the laid-back attitude of the islands, if you decide to act rather than relax toward the end of a day, try bartering with the locals who run the equipment. The friendly nature of the natives will get you far here, especially with an elementary grasp on French; they speak Seychellois Creole, a blending of English and French. EscapeWizard.com advises learning “bonjour”, “au revoir”, and “merci” at the very least—your willingness to embrace local culture will only enhance your relationship with residents.

If you’re going to speak like the locals, you should eat like them as well! Island fare is nothing to scoff at, especially here where red snapper and other fish are frequently on the table. Again with Creole influence, EscapeWizard.com warns that your meals will likely be spicy—but undoubtedly delicious. Are you more herbivorous than carnivorous? Be sure to buy a “nut of the sea”, the coco-de-mer. Only found in the Seychelles, the coconut-like fruit has the heaviest plant seeds in the world and is shaped like a pair of buttocks. Beach bum, indeed!

EscapeWizard.com recommends going to Vallee de Mai, one of two Seychelles national parks where the coco-de-mer tree can be found en masse. There is a huge focus on conservation in these islands, and not just for fruit! The island of Aldabra has the largest population of giant tortoises in the world, so be sure to try and barter a boat ride for a truly unbelievable experience seeing these incredible, gentle creatures in the, well, shell.

Embracing Seychellois culture is not just about appreciation of nature, but simply the appreciation of life. In the capital city of Victoria especially, there are numerous lively restaurants and clubs for you to explore. Because the country relies heavily on tourism for revenue, these are always located around lodging for the ease of visitors. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend checking out popular nightclub Lovenut (presumably named after another nut the locals hold so dearly) at least once during your stay, and saving some money from hotel pricing by buying locally-made Seybrew beer before a night out.

With quiet beaches, unique wildlife, and friendly natives always happy to help, this is the perfect rejuvenation vacation. Your escape to the Seychelles is just clicks away.
Hotels in Seychelles
By Joshua Hayford
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Silhouette Island P.O. Box 69, Mahe, 00000, Seychelles
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Nestled along the shores of Silhouette, the Seychelles’ third largest island, the Labriz Resort & Spa by Hilton awaits travelers looking to escape to an island paradise. Over ninety percent the island is a protected tropical nature preserve featuring flawless white beaches, vibrant rain forests and lush green mountains. The resort is the only accommodation on Silhouette, and has everything travelers need to explore and relax in style. After landing at the Seychelles International Airport guests get to the resort via a scenic helicopter or boat ride. Check in is at 2 p.m. and Check-out at 12 p.m.

All guests of the Labriz stay in luxurious villas with full accommodation including wifi, flatscreen TVs, and bathrooms that open up to a private garden with rain showers. Each villa can sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children and features a beachfront or is nestled away among lush gardens. A presidential villa is available for those looking for something extra and features the largest private swimming pool in the Seychelles.

Every guests’ appetite is catered to with seven restaurants serving cuisine ranging from local Creole to Japanese tappanyaki and everything in between. Private meal service is available in your villa or on the beach.

There is no shortage of things to do at Labriz. Adventurous guests are free to use the National Geographic PADI diving center to explore the surrounding coral reefs by kayak, snorkel, or SCUBA, go big game fishing, take ranger guided tours of the surrounding rainforest, even go sightseeing by helicopter. For those looking for something a little more relaxing, the stilted Silhouette Spa overlooks serene vistas and offers beauty treatments, massage, and yoga. Younger guests will be happy to find that children’s activities and daycare allow them to escape their parents. No visit to Silhouette is complete without a stop at the grand tortoise sanctuary. Additionally, the resort is fully equipped and staffed to handle events including weddings and business retreats.

Get your island getaway started with the Labriz Resort & Spa and EscapeWizard.com. Click here to book today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Seychelles
By Sarah Hay
Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove
Bel Ombre, Mahe, Seychelles
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The beauty of the Seychelles is legendary, and if you’re headed to this ultimate dream destination, Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove is one of the best hotels for your trip. Just 30 minutes from the international airport, and 10 minutes from Victoria, the Le Méridien is located on the north side of Mahe Island, on Beau Vallon Bay. There are many consulate and embassies in the region, including American, British and French, and the area is ideal for diving and snorkeling.

There are only 68 guest rooms at Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, but of course, the best things come in small packages. The rooms offer a host of amenities, including plasma televisions, and televisions with Internet access and wireless keyboards (for a fee), high speed Internet access (for a fee), international direct dialing, coffee and tea makers, slippers and bathrobes, bathroom bidets, hairdryers, in-room massage treatments, irons and ironing boards upon request, personalized wake-up services, and balcony, garden view and sea view rooms are available.

The hotel has a large variety of relaxing amenities and indulgent features, including a plunge pool, steam bath and gym at the Fitness & Spa center, a lighted tennis court and outdoor pool, a hot tub/whirlpool, and even a dive center. Guest services include welcoming drinks, medical services, porters and bellmen, a car rental desk, gift shop, and full beach access.

For truly exceptional dining, be sure to experience Le Cardinal, the main restaurant which features sea views and open-air dining. On the sunset bayside of the hotel is Le Bourgeois, which offers cocktails and afternoon tea. Le Cocoloba Bar also offers fantastic sea views and delightful cocktails.

If you need space for an event, there is a meeting space at Le Méridien, encompassing 775 square feet, and a white board and projector are available for your meeting as well. So, for the best luxury vacation possible, why not plan to visit the exotic and alluring Seychelles islands, and stay at Le Méridien, and trust the experts at EscapeWizard.com to get you there for a lot less than you think, by following this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).