Top 5 natural wonders of the Seychelles

Beach at Constance Lemuria

Beach at Constance Lemuria

One of the most alluring features of the Seychelles as a holiday destination is its geographical isolation.

Perched in the middle of the Indian Ocean, some 1000 miles off the east coast of Africa, this archipelago of 155 islands has managed to maintain its ecological credibility - protecting the rich endemic flora and fauna that its famous for.

Here’s a run-down of our top 5 must-see natural wonders of the Seychelles.

1. The atoll of Aldabra

Giant land tortoise

Giant land tortoise

The Aldabra atoll is situated in the most remote part of the Seychelles. Made up of 4 main islands, it’s here that you’ll find the largest raised coral atoll in the world – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With a pristine coral reef and over 100,000 giant land tortoises, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in ecology. Other wildlife on the islands include frigate birds, giant crabs and the white throated rail, the only flightless bird left in the Indian Ocean.

Find out more from the UNESCO website.

2. Sainte Anne Marine National Park

An easily accessible boat-ride away from Victoria Harbour, this marine park is made up of 6 islands. Being close to Victoria, Ste Anne is well within the tourist trail but still worth a visit.

The marine park offers superb snorkelling conditions in clear waters. Here, you’ll see many of the 900 species of fish found in the Seychelles.

Hawskbill Turtles are another big draw for visitors to these islands.

3. Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island

Coco de Mer

Coco de Mer

Lying in the heart of Praslin Island, Seychelles, is Vallée de Mai  –  a national park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the highly revered Coco de Mer seed.

Vallée de Mai is the only place in the world where you’ll find Coco de Mer. Visitors can wander through the national park, beneath giant palm trees. And keep your eyes open for the rare Seychelles Black Parrot. Read our article about the Coco de Mer.

4. Bird Island

Bird Island is situated some 60 miles north of Mahé.  It’s a tiny flat coralline island where over 400,000 pairs of sooty terns breed every year between May – November.

There are viewing platforms where keen ornithologists can enjoy the sight of the terns incubating their eggs and caring for newborn chicks. Other birds found on the island include curlew sandpipers, fairy terns and turnstones.

5. Beaches, beaches, beaches

North Beach at Constance Ephelia

North Beach at Constance Ephelia

Across the Seychelles, you’ll find stunning beaches complete with huge granite boulders, soft white sand and breathtaking views across the calm turquoise waters.

These islands look like paradise on earth, and you’ll feel you’ve been whisked far away from the mêlée and humdrum of daily life.

Find out more about our 2 resorts in the Seychelles:

 

Best and worst book awards

Stack of books

Book awards around the world

Guardian newspaper writer Claire Armistead offers up her longlist of the best and worst book awards in the UK and overseas.

The most pampering luxurious prize goes to the annual Le Prince Maurice prize for romantic literature, held at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Read what else Claire Armistead had to say about this prize, and many other literary awards – The world of book awards, a longlist.

Constance Belle Mare Plage – one child stays free

Constance Belle Mare Plage is an ideal family resort - offering plenty of space, 4 swimming pools, a paddle friendly beach and a great choice of family-friendly dining.

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

With our special offer, one child under the age of 12 years goes free when sharing with adults in single or double Prestige Room, Junior or Deluxe Suite.

The offer is valid until 19 October 2011, with a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Package includes:

  • Daily breakfast and dinner for adults and children

Find out more about this special deal for one child to stay free of charge at Constance Belle Mare Plage, including terms and conditions.

Last Night of the Proms 2011

Last night of the proms - in the arena

Last night of the proms - in the arena

Some 6000 people packed into the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 10 September for the annual rousing finale of the Proms season.

BBC – proms

If you missed it, fear not. You can watch or listen to the last night of the proms, and much more, on the BBC website.

Blog from Phil Hall

Get the inside story from Phil Hall, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s sub-principal viola player.

Guardian critic’s review

Find out what the critics thought of the night – Erica Jeal from the Guardian gives a detailed account of the night.

Sushi in the Seychelles

The sushi bar at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles has been incredibly successful since it first opened.

Chef Federico Casupanan, Sushi chef at Constance Ephelia Resort

Chef Federico Casupanan, sushi chef at Constance Ephelia Resort

Chef Federico Casupanan, a young and talented Filipino sushi chef trained by Japanese masters, didn’t want to do things the way you’d expect.

Along with Chef Denis Jean-Jacques, the brilliant chef of Cyann restaurant in the luxurious North Beachside of the resort, he created a Seychellois version of what he believes tropical sushi should be.

This selection has become a best-seller at Ephelia. 

The sushi varies according to the fresh produce we receive, and the ideas of the chef.

Here are a few examples of what’s on the menu:

Tropical Seychellois sushi

Tropical Seychellois sushi

  • White capitaine fish sushi with coconut milk and lemongrass, a dash of sweet curry sauce.
  • Yellowfin tuna nigiri with a spicy mango relish.
  • Poached prawn with vindaye spice mix.
  • Chef Federico’s crazy rolls with Creole crab salad, local avocado and homemade tangy tomato ketchup.
  • The beautiful Seychellois bourgeois fish, as a nigiri with rougail reduction and grated green papaya.

Fresh, tasty and very colourful.

Weekly round up, 5-11 September 2011

This weekly feature offers a round up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Moray eel

Moray eel

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competition

News

Culinary

Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Inspiration

Spa and sport