Top 6 beaches in the Seychelles

Top beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Top beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Visitors to Seychelles will be enchanted by its powder white beaches shaded by lush takamaka trees and crystal waters.

Here’s our guide to 6 of the very best of the Seychelles’ many heavenly beaches.

1. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

A mixture of white and pink sand surrounded by sea-smoothed granite boulders nestled against verdant palms have made this beach one of the most photographed in the world. A short boat ride from Praslin, La Digue is an island with a friendly laidback vibe which only adds to the beach’s charm.

2. Anse Georgette, Praslin

Nestled into a secluded bay sheltered from view by glorious foliage and dramatic granite boulders is the beautiful Anse Georgette. Accessible via a beautiful nature trail from Constance Lémuria, Anse Georgette was voted the world’s second most beautiful beach by Condé Nast Traveller.

3. Ile Cache Beach, Cerf Island

If you’re looking for your own remote slice of paradise search out Ile Cache (literally ‘hidden island’). Situated at the southern tip of Cerf Island it is possible to walk from Cerf to Ile Cache at low tide. Follow the island’s only path to its secluded beach, a stunning spot with views out across the ocean and towards Mahé.

Anse Georgette, Praslin

Anse Georgette, Praslin

4. Anse Beau Vallon, Mahé

If you’re looking for a little more action then Anse Beau Vallon is the answer with shaded beach bars and restaurants, water sports and a weekly street market selling crafts, souvenirs and local food. Locals and tourists alike come to Beau Vallon for the social vibe but, this being the Seychelles, there are still plenty of quiet areas to call your own.

5. Anse Lazio, Praslin

No list of the top beaches of Seychelles would be complete without Anse Lazio with its powder-white sand sloping gently down to calm, clear water. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling or just kicking back and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

6. Pirates Cove, Moyenne Island

This is another perfect spot for those dreaming of Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion. Take the stunning boat trip to Moyenne and then from the jetty walk along the path past the beautiful Coral Cove to Pirate’s Cove. Virtually hidden by lush jungle, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled but the reward is 60m of perfect, untouched white sand with views out towards Sainte Anne.

Anse Lazio, Praslin

Anse Lazio, Praslin

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11 things you didn’t know about the Indian Ocean

Famed for  its idyllic beaches, crystal clear waters and year round sunshine, here are 11 facts you might not know about the Indian Ocean.

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, consisting of 57 island groups

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, consisting of 57 island groups

1. Around 36 species of whales and dolphins call the waters of the Indian Ocean home.

2. The country of the Maldives is 99% water.

3. The infamous pirate Olivier Le Vasseur is thought to have died leaving treasure worth €100,000 buried in the Seychelles.

4. The national snack of Madagascar is Koba, a patty of rice, banana and peanuts.

5. The legendary dodo was only ever found on the island of Mauritius. Despite becoming extinct less than 80 years after its discovery, it still remains on the country’s coat of arms.

6. The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world accounting for 20% of the earth’s surface. It consists of 57 island groups, borders 16 African countries, 18 Asian countries and Australia.

7. The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands making up 26 major atolls (the word ‘atoll’ comes from the Dhivehi – the Indo-Aryan language spoken in Maldives – it is the only word in English to derive from Dhivehi).

8. Madagascar is home to more than 250,000 different species of flora and fauna, over 70% of which are found nowhere else on earth.

9. The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is the smallest capital city in the world.

10. Mauritius is surrounded by more than 150km of idyllic white-sand beaches.

11. The giant tortoises of the Seychelles can live well over one hundred years. Jonathan, a giant tortoise who currently lives on Saint Helena, is thought to have been born in 1832.

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7 adrenalin sports to try in Seychelles

If lounging in the sun isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, here’s our guide to 7 adrenalin sports to try in the Seychelles.

Adrenalin sports in the Seychelles - catamaran sailing

Adrenalin sports in the Seychelles – catamaran sailing

1. Ziplining

Get your pulse racing as you soar down a series of thrilling ziplines above the stunning Jurassic forest of Mahé in the hills behind Constance Ephélia.

2. Catamaran sailing

Feel the rush of the open water as you speed across the waves at up to 20mph with only the wind to power you.

3. Scuba diving

Come face to face with nature and feel the exhilaration of meeting grey reef sharks, octopus, eagle rays and schools of barracuda in the clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

4. Water skiing/wakeboarding

Go as extreme as you like as you water ski or wakeboard in the wake of a high-powered speedboat. Try some tricks or just hang on for the ride through the stunning Seychellois seascape.

5. Rock climbing

Pit your nerve against the giant granite outcrops of the Seychelles with an 18-metre high natural granite climbing wall at Constance Ephélia. Set up for climbers of all levels there is a section designed to challenge even the most accomplished climbers.

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia

6. Windsurfing/Kite surfing

From May to September the wind in the Seychelles picks up, particularly on the southeast coast, making it the perfect time to feel the buzz of speeding across the water on a windsurf or kite surf.

7. Mountain biking

Plunge yourself through the rough jungle terrain and forest trails of the Seychelles. Feel the excitement of exploring the islands’ interior with the rich tropical flora as well as completing a tough physical challenge.

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What’s on at the Seychelles International Carnival 2014

This year’s Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria (25 – 27 April) is set to be the most spectacular yet.

Victoria, the home of the Seychelles International Carnival

Victoria, the home of the Seychelles International Carnival

Victoria will be decorated with lights and banners to welcome revellers from around the world.

The carnival aims to celebrate the diverse ethnicities of the Seychelles as well as the different countries and cultures which are gathering in the Seychelles for the Carnival weekend.

Highlights of the three day event will include:

Day 1 – The official opening of the carnival

  • Live music
  • Live entertainment shows
  • An array of international food stalls.

Day 2 – Carnival procession day

  • A spectacular carnival procession including local and international floats celebrating the theme of ‘a melting pot of cultures’.

Day 3 – Family fun day

  • A day of festivities for all the family lasting into the night
  • Food stalls
  • Live bands (local and international).

Find out more about the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria.

Visit our website to find out about staying at Constance Ephélia or Constance Lémuria this April or to make a booking.

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Huffpost Lifestyle applauds Constance Ephélia

In a recent article about the Seychelles in the Huffpost Lifestyle section, undercover reporter, ‘The Spa Spy’ raved about Constance Ephélia as a ‘super luxe resort with an intimate village feel’.

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

The article applauded everything from the resort’s location overlooking the Port Launay National Marine Park, to its ‘lush tropical gardens’,  ‘cool and contemporary’ accommodation and the range of dining options available.

The review’s strongest praise was for Ephélia’s spa.

‘Spa de Constance and the Shiseido Spa are situated in the middle of the resort in serene tropical gardens. The largest spa in the Indian Ocean maintains intimacy and creates an oasis of calm and serenity.’

Read The Spa Spy’s full article, ‘Serenity in the Seychelles’.

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Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created at Constance Lémuria in 2006, this tuna ravioli dish uses 100% Seychelles products (papaya, tuna, palm kernel). Since then, our guests have forbidden us to remove the dish from the menu.

Constance Lémuria's Tuna Ravioli

Constance Lémuria’s Tuna Ravioli

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Fish and papaya compote:

  • 1kg yellow fin tuna loin
  • 1 semi-ripe papaya
  • 10g honey
  • 1 tea bag

1. Cut the tuna into 0.5cm thick slices, flatten them gently and set the aside. Make a small tartar with the trimmings from the tuna.

2. Peel the papaya and dice it into 0.5cm pieces. Store it.

3. Heat the honey in a small saucepan, add the papaya and the tea bag, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and cool it in a chiller. Store it.

4. Spread twelve thin slices of tuna on the work surface. Add a teaspoon of papaya compote, then another twelve slices of tuna.

5. Using a three-inch diameter pastry cutter, press down gently to form the ravioli. There should be no air inside. Take another cutter, this time four centimeters in diameter and cut the ravioli.

6. Set them out on a plate with cling film over it, and put them in the fridge.

The garnish:

The smoked kernel:

  • 1/2 heart of palm kernel, fresh
  • Filao shavings: as required
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Coconut oil: as required
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel and cut the edible part of the palm and drop it onto a smoke-rack for 10 minutes.

2. Cut out twelve one-inch-thick cylinders. Add the coconut oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.

The vanilla oil:

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Olive oil: as required
  • Lime juice: as required

1. Split the vanilla pod and keep the seeds.

2. Put the oil and lemon juice in a bowl, add the vanilla and whisk well. Store it.

The rocket and coconut salad:

  • 100g rocket
  • 1/2 dry coconut
  • 80g ripe papaya

1. Use a peeler to get some coconut shavings. Store them.

2. Wash the rocket and store it.

3. Cut the papaya into cubes and store it.

Finishing and presentation

Arrange three slices of palm on a square plate. On each of them, place a tuna ravioli.

Arrange the seasoned tuna tartar in the middle of the plate with some small capers, and finish it off with the rocket salad, the shaved dry coconut and diced papaya.

Top it off with vanilla oil on the ravioli and a little salt.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold white woody wine:

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, 2009 France
  • hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hamilton Russell Chardonnay, 2009 South Africa

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