No matter their interests, clients
will find luxury, adventure, relaxation
and more in the Seychelles
by DAVID DIGREGORIO
THERE ARE FEW PLACES AMERICANS know so little about — yet think so highly of — as the Seychelles.
Whenever I tell people I’m traveling there, they
usually “ooh” and “ahh” before pausing for a
moment to ask, “Where is the Seychelles?”
;e Republic of Seychelles is a sovereign
African country in the Indian Ocean consisting
of 115 islands located some 930 miles east of
mainland East Africa. With a population of
about 92,000 people and a year-round tropical
climate, it’s easy to dismiss the destination as
a farther away, more expensive version of the
Caribbean. Although the former is true, the
Seychelles easily distinguishes itself from the
Caribbean — and is absolutely worth the trip.
Uninhabited until 1609, the islands served
as a transit point between Africa and Asia and
were under French possession before becoming
a British Crown Colony. ;e Seychelles then
gained its independence in 1976. It continues
to be a natural paradise, but without the over-
crowding or over-commercialization you’ll ;nd
in most tropical destinations.
Even if clients don’t stay at one of the
country’s exclusive private resorts — such as
Bird Island Lodge or the brand-new Six Senses
Zil Pasyon — they can still enjoy
relative privacy on beaches rated
among the best in the world.
Because of the dramatic granitic topography of
the islands, the coasts are perforated with tiny,
easy-to-explore coves and private enclaves, each
framed by sensational boulders, crystal-clear
waters and few crowds.
International ;ights arrive into Mahe,
the most populous island in the archipelago
and home to the capital city of Victoria. For
travelers coming from the U.S., a great option
is to take advantage of Ethiopian Airlines’ new
service from Newark, N.J., to the Seychelles via
Addis Ababa, which allows clients to spend a
few days in Ethiopia along the way.
Once on Mahe, visitors should enjoy the
Seychellois capital by spending a few nights
at the new CaranaBeach Hotel in the north of
the island, where they can receive
;ve-star service and accommo-
dations starting at just $440 per
night. In the south, the sprawling Constance
Ephelia resort is home to SMAC Adventures,
an operator through which clients can arrange
for ziplining in the forest and rappelling or rock
climbing on granite cli;s.
;anks to an impressive network of high-speed catamaran ferries operated by Mason’s
Travel, it’s easy to travel independently between
The tropical Seychelles
is made up of 115 islands.