Strolling along a Seychelles beach, the world’s softest sand spreads beneath your toes, the brilliant blue ocean glows and shimmers as the sun’s rays dance across its surface, regularly provoking you to pinch yourself and make sure you aren’t dreaming, but this is no dream – this is The Seychelles.
Even if you’ve never been here before, this picture-perfect cluster of African islands will probably look familiar to you. That’s because it’s almost exactly what most people imagine when they envision paradise. Serving as a transit point for trade between Asia and Africa, the islands were uninhabited by humans until the French claimed them for their own in the 18th century. But as was the case with many tropical islands in France’s colonial custody, along came the British to take their toys. The islands finally gained independence from Britain in 1976 and quickly became a playground for the rich and famous.
The plantation-esque style of its architecture serves as a romantic remnant of The Seychelles’ past, beautifully complementing the natural landscape, but these islands are much, much more than just a pretty face. Its people have a strong commitment to protecting their environment, holding a world record for the highest percentage of land under natural conservation of any country in the world. So far, efforts have been a roaring success and the granite islands continue to attract thousands of animal species, including the aldabra giant tortoise, and their 75 endemic plant species are flourishing too, all thanks to their conscientious and custodial human neighbours.
The Seychelles attract a wide range of sun-seekers, from families with young children, to animal lovers, honeymooners and celebrities, exemplifying this Indian Ocean haven’s uniquely universal appeal. Whether you want magical jungle adventures with the kids, or if you want to slow down life’s pace in a private hillside pool as you watch the sun sink beneath the horizon to end another day in paradise, The Seychelles is precisely the destination you’ve always dreamed of.
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