5 hidden corners of the Seychelles

Discover secret places in the Seychelles from secluded beaches and waterfalls to restaurants serving authentic Creole food.

Hidden gems of the Seychelles: Anse Georgette

Hidden gems of the Seychelles: Anse Georgette

Here’s our pick of hidden gems in the archipelago:

1. Anse Georgette

The competition for ‘most beautiful beach in Seychelles’ is a tough one but this beautiful, secluded bay with white sand sloping gently into clear water on Praslin has to be a contender. Inaccessible by car the easiest way to access it is along a nature trail that runs through the grounds of Constance Lémuria.

2. Aride Island Nature Reserve

While many tour guides will advise you to visit Cousin or Curieuse Island because it is closer, nature lovers will find the number of bird species on Aride, north of Praslin, breathtaking. The island is home to one of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean with more breeding species than any other island in Seychelles. A nature reserve since 1973, Aride is completely unspoilt with endemic flora and fauna not found anywhere else on earth. Tour operators run tours from Praslin or a helicopter service is available.

3. The ancient mangrove forest of Port Launay

The mangrove forest in the coastal wetlands of Port Launay beside Constance Ephélia is considered by RAMSAR as the best on Mahé. All seven species of mangrove can be found here offering a unique environment for the spawning, nursery and feeding of many endemic fish species as well as nesting for birds and the endangered Sheath-tailed Bat. Guests at Constance Ephélia are able to enjoy a guided kayak tour through this stunning natural environment.

The fantastic Port Launay

The fantastic Port Launay

4. Marie Antoinette Restaurant

Immerse yourself in the authentic scents and flavours of Creole food at this popular eating-place on Mahé just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Victoria. From parrotfish and tuna steak to pumpkin chutney and aubergine fritters all the food is local and organic. Set in an old colonial wooden house unchanged for nearly 100 years, the building itself has been declared a national monument. But dining here is less about sightseeing and more about eating good Seychellois food while soaking up the lively Creole atmosphere.

5. Waterfall at Port Glaud

Signposted from the beach at Port Launay, adjacent to Constance Ephélia on Mahé, this stunning waterfall is about a 1km walk from the main road. Set in the heart of dense jungle, the waterfall tumbles into a clear, freshwater pool perfect for swimming in. After a refreshing dip you can lie back on warm granite rocks and breathe in the scents, sounds and sights of this leafy, tropical paradise.

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3 unusual dishes from the Seychelles

The cuisine of the Seychelles is a warm, fragrant fusion of influences from Africa, France, China, India and England.

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Known locally as Creole cuisine, the dishes in the Seychelles are flavoured by the rich local spices which historically grew in plantations and were shipped across Europe.

Chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon all play a major part in the warm seafood and meat curries and marinades often served with rice and chatini (a mild, vinegary chutney of fruit or vegetable).

As a series of remote islands, the ingredients for many of the traditional Seychellois dishes were based on locally available ingredients.

Here are some of the popular dishes requested by guests at Constance Lémuria, Praslin and Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

1. Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni with Snapper

This delicious recipe from Constance Ephélia blends the warm flavours of Creole curry with sweet banana to create the perfect accompaniment for fresh fish.

2. Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created by the chefs at Constance Lémuria this dish uses 100% Seychellois ingredients including the traditional papaya, tuna and palm kernels.

3. Recipe: Octopus salad

Using freshly octopus and garden vegetables, this is a delicious salad that uses local lemongrass to add some zing.

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Constance Ephélia film celebrates resort’s environmental work

A new film about the stunning natural environment around Constance Ephélia celebrates the resort’s work to protect and sustain the region’s precious biodiversity.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In what the film describes as the delicate balance between the economic benefits of tourism and conservation, Ephélia is shown as a successful example of sustainability.

With a national nature reserve, marine park and ancient mangrove forests all on its doorstep, Ephélia was built with the idea of actively protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the region.

As such all the plants in the resort are endemic to the region and the raft of water sports on offer are non-motorised to protect the stunning marine park.

The film highlights daily activities at Ephélia, like making its own compost and recycling waste water, as well as monthly environmental projects such as ‘greenday’ when guests, staff and locals work together to clear rubbish from the mangrove forest and plant seedlings.

You can view the full video below.

Behind the scenes Constance Ephélia also offers educational workshops to local schools and groups to help share their environmental message.

Having worked so hard to preserve its stunning biodiversity, guests at Ephélia are encouraged to experience it. Jogging trails, guided nature walks, hikes, rock climbing, kayak tours of the mangroves and diving and snorkelling give guests the chance to get close to this precious environment.

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Recipe: Octopus salad

Take your taste buds to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with this Seychellois recipe for octopus salad from Constance Ephélia.

Constance Ephélia's octopus salad

Constance Ephélia’s octopus salad

Ingredients

  • 500g octopus
  • 200g cucumber
  • 200g tomato
  • 200g peppers (mix of colours)
  • 200g red onions
  • 2tbsp fresh lemon
  • 4 – 6tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches pepper
  • Fresh parsley
  • Lemongrass

Method

1. Fill a large pan with water and add lemongrass, a fresh lemon cut in to quarters and parsley to flavour. Boil the Octopus in the water for 30 – 50 minutes.

2. When cooked, strain the octopus and allow it to cool then cut into small cubes.

3. Slice the tomatoes, cucumber, onions and pepper into cubes and place in a large bowl.

4. Toss them together with the octopus.

5. Add olive oil, salt and pepper, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some fresh parsley.

6. Check seasoning and serve.

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Recipe: Pineapple citrus blast

Put a zing into your step this summer with this refreshing iced fruit drink from Constance Ephélia, Seychelles.

The Pineapple Citrus Blast

The Pineapple Citrus Blast

Ingredients

  • 40ml fresh pineapple (diced in to cubes)
  • 40ml fresh orange (diced in to cubes)
  • 10ml honey
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • Small scoop of crushed ice

Method

1. Measure out ingredients.

2. Pour into a blender.

3. Blend on a low speed for 15 seconds.

4. Slowly pour juice into a tall glass and add a small scoop of crushed ice on top.

5. Add straw and garnish with a quarter of a pineapple.

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Top 5 must see sights in the Seychelles

There are so many beautiful sites and natural wonders spread across the islands of the Seychelles that it can be hard to know where to start.

Palm trees and waterfall in Vallee de Mai, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Vallée de Mai nature reserve, Praslin Island, Seychelles

So before you plan your dream Seychelles holiday, here’s our guide to the top 5 must see sights.

1. Vallée de Mai – Praslin

Don’t miss the opportunity while in Seychelles to wander through the ancient palm forest of Vallée de Mai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also one of the few places on earth where you can see the mysterious, endemic coco de mer grow.

2. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria – Mahé

Immerse yourself in bustling Seychelles life at the food market held daily in the capital Victoria and surrounded by local clothing and craft shops. Buy fresh local spices, fruit and street food or just take in the vibrant sights and sounds.

3. Anse Georgette – Praslin

A hidden treasure, and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Georgette is a secluded bay accessible by a stunning nature walk from Constance Lémuria. Because it’s not accessible by road, expect to have the pristine white sand and gentle waves almost entirely to yourself.

4. Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden – Mahé

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Set in the hills above the beautiful Anse Royale this old colonial spice plantation has views which stretch for miles over the coast and verdant interior. Spices are still grown in the gardens here and sold in the shop. Enjoy the views from the terrace of its small restaurant, but don’t forget to book as it is very popular.

5. The Giant Aldabra Tortoises – Curieuse Island

A trip to Seychelles wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of its most famous inhabitants, the giant tortoises. While there are several places in Seychelles where visitors can interact with the tortoises (including the botanical gardens on Mahé) Curieuse offers the most natural experience where visitors can meet the tortoises wandering free on this island nature reserve.

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