The Seychelles have been admirable front-runners in sustainable
tourism, making this a thoroughly conscious-salving as well as
spoiling luxury holiday destination. Almost half of the Seychelles'
total landmass is set aside as nature reserves, with the larger
islands having lush vegetation and nature trails to explore.
The Seychelles consist of dozens of small islands scattered
across a broad swathe of the Indian Ocean, but whichever island you
choose to spend your luxury holiday on, you are guaranteed to see
some of the millions of sea birds who live here or see century old
giant tortoises roaming free. A thousand miles to the west lies
Kenya and the two make for an excellent 'bush and beach'
combination. The islands are famous for their idyllic white-sand
beaches, dotted with distinctive granite boulders and lapped by
warm turquoise waters. Pristine coral reefs offer superb
snorkelling and diving.
The islands' Creole cuisine is a delicious blend of French and
Indian influences. Original Travel knows the islands intimately and
can explain the various merits of staying on the private paradises
of North Island, Fregate Island and Cousine or on Praslin, a UNESCO
world heritage site.
If you end up on Fregate Island, head over to Anse Maquereau
beach and turn the sign at the top of the steps over to say 'Beach
Occupied', then the beach is yours for the day.