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6/5/2018
Secret Seychelles: A Guide To Relaxation
Secret Seychelles: A Guide To Relaxation

Blessed with endless white sands and azure waters, the Seychelles is the epitome of a peaceful paradise. And while its rich landscape is filled with adventure for keen hikers or snorkelers, its laid-back side is simply perfect for anyone wishing to escape and simply relax.

Discover some of the Seychelles’ best-kept secrets, from its many quiet beaches to the finest seafood restaurants. You will find everything you could need for an incredible getaway below.

Sunset on the beach

Popular for its beauty, beaches across the Seychelles can become a little bit busy throughout the day - particularly during peak season. During the evening, however, many tourists leave the white sands to wine and dine elsewhere, making it a wonderful location to unwind. Relax, take a picnic and listen to the soothing sound of waves meeting the shore while you watch the sunset with a loved one - the perfect romantic evening.

Kempinski Seychelles Resort is located directly at Baie Lazare, an ideal spot for guests of the hotel. Other beautiful sands on the island of Mahé include Beau Vallon, Turtle Bay and Anse Major, while must-visit beaches across the Seychelles are Anse Source D'Argent on La Digue Island and Anse Lazio on Praslin Island.

A Spa inspired by nature

Be kind to your body and invigorate the soul by visiting Kempinski The Spa. Inspired by the exotic aromas of the Seychelles, coconut is a key ingredient in many of the treatments here, alongside other all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, Aloe Vera and sea salt.

Why not indulge with the signature treatment package - the Island Coco Trio? Two hours of bliss await, where all three of the spa's specialised treatments are combined into one relaxing experience. A rhythmic Coconut Massage using coconut oil and smooth coconut shells delivers pressure in all the right places, while the Coconut Body Polish combines virgin coconut oil, desiccated coconut and sea salt to gently exfoliate and revive the skin. Finally, the Coconut Nourishing Hair and Scalp Treatment ensures you feel completely relaxed from head to toe. Hair is left feeling nourished and shiny, while the scalp is massaged during the application of the hair mask.

Seasonal massages, body wraps and targeted facials are also available, alongside beauty treatments and both manicures and pedicures. Based in a traditional bungalow, Kempinski The Spa offers views out towards lush tropical gardens, which guests are more than welcome to use after their treatment. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy access to the hotel's olympic length swimming pool and fitness centre.

Escape to Praslin Island

Quieter and less developed than Mahé is Praslin Island, which sits only 45 minutes away via ferry. Graced with tropical forests and gorgeous beaches, it is a charming island full of beauty - ideal for anyone seeking peace and tranquillity. Around 6,500 people live here and, considering the island's size (it is the second biggest in the Seychelles), it is easy to find a tranquil spot that is completely yours.

While the main attraction of Praslin Island is its quiet, peaceful and almost untouched state, there are a handful of activities to enjoy if you can tear yourself away from the shore. Takamaka Beach Bar lies on the north-west coast, and is a wonderful choice for a late lunch. Sat under palm trees on the beach, you can dine on fresh salads, delicious sushi and a selection of dishes featuring locally caught seafood.

Once you have eaten, don't forget to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, home to the Coco de Mer palm and rare black parrots.

Sample seafood on the shore

There is nothing more delicious than freshly caught seafood, and the Seychelles is filled with incredible restaurants offering just that. Enjoy a glass of wine or refreshing juice while you wait for your food and feel the sea breeze run through your hair as you dine on the beach.

A popular choice in Mahé is the Windsong Beach Restaurant. Part of Kempinski Seychelles Resort, the laid-back atmosphere means it is an excellent choice for a post-sunbathing lunch, or casual dinner. Meals from the char grill are favourites among guests, particularly the grilled rock lobster and local catch of the day.

Another fantastic spot for seafood is Del Place Bar and Restaurant. Based in Port Launay, diners are seated right by the ocean which is equally as breath-taking day and night. As for food, the menu is enticing. From prawn tempura with wasabi mayonnaise and fresh tuna tartar, to local crab curry and red snapper meuniere, there is plenty for fish-lovers to choose from. The restaurant is suitable for children too, with a dedicated menu for kids offering pizza, pasta, tempura fish and beef tenderloin.

Can't wait to visit the glorious Seychelles?

For more information on what to see and do, or to book with Kempinski Seychelles Resort, please get in touch on +248 438 6666 or info.seychelles@kempinski.com. Our staff will be delighted to make your next holiday as relaxing as possible.

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