Three Unforgettable ‘Transformative’ Travel Experiences in Seychelles

Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin Island. Image courtesy of Seychelles Tourism Board

Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin Island. Image courtesy of Seychelles Tourism Board

Always on the go, as the ‘connected’ generation of today, we rarely make time to connect with our families or ourselves. But, this is about to change. 

Transformative travel has been coined as the latest travel trend for 2017, and will see us enjoy meaningful connections with the world around us. A ‘transformative’ travel experience will leave us feeling revived and ready to make a real difference in the world. 

What better place to experience a life-changing adventure than in the unspoilt paradise of Seychelles? 

1. Appreciate Nature’s Sweets on a Farm-to-Table Experience

Coconut, pineapple, jackfruit, banana and starfruit are used to make traditional Seychelles desserts such as beignets, fritters, nougats, macaroons and mouthy. Image courtesy of Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Four Seasons Seychelles

Coconut, pineapple, jackfruit, banana and starfruit are used to make traditional Seychelles desserts such as beignets, fritters, nougats, macaroons and mouthy. Image courtesy of Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Four Seasons Seychelles

Enjoy a ‘slow’ food experience at the Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles. The Seychellois always try to eat as close to nature as possible, and pride themselves on their fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. 

Local Seychellois fishermen go out every day to catch fish such as grouper and red snapper, as well as hunt for octopus, which are delivered to the resort for their fresh seafood menu. Whatever fishermen bring in from the water becomes the fresh “catch of the day”. 

Also, the deserts are made from local ingredients. Help pick the exotic fruits from the trees that grow around the property, such as coconut, pineapple, jackfruit, banana, jamalac and starfruit, for the creation of the most decadent local deserts. 

2. Learn About True Conservation

Aerial view of Alphonse Island

Aerial view of Alphonse Island

Considered the most remote, pristine and unspoilt group of islands in the Seychelles, the Alphonse Group of Islands is a true nature lover’s paradise. 

Here you’ll be able to see and experience the raw beauty of an untouched natural sanctuary and one of the prime protected fisheries in the Indian Ocean. You’ll grasp the true meaning of conservation when you join a guided snorkeling expedition with a marine biologist, or when you embark upon a conservation walk to view turtle hatchlings.

Also, North Island is a fertile paradise, and the island’s natural beauty will touch and inspire you at the deepest level. Spending time with the Environmental Team at North Island or simply exploring the island at your own pace will allow you to appreciate the results of the effort that has gone into rehabilitating this natural idyll.

Following a trip, you’ll be inspired to donate to conservation efforts for a species of your choice and the environment.

3. Re-discover a Simpler Lifestyle

One of the 2 modes of transport on La Digue, an oxcart. Image courtesy of the Seychelles Tourism Board. Image courtesy of Alphonse Island

One of the 2 modes of transport on La Digue, an oxcart. Image courtesy of the Seychelles Tourism Board. Image courtesy of Alphonse Island

In our materialist world, we’ve become accustomed to wanting ‘things’. We want the fastest car, the latest cell phone,… However, by just by stepping away from this lifestyle, you can bring about a transformative experience. 

With no cars, and only oxcarts and bicycles at your disposal, La Digue Island will offer you a glimpse into a much simpler way of life. This island basks in the ageless tranquillity of a Seychelles almost unchanged since the earliest settlers stumbled upon the islands and claimed to have discovered the Garden of Eden.

Seychelles is also home to the most beautiful and quiet beaches in the world, where you can reflect and consider your experiences without any smartphones or noise to distract you. Just imagine azure waters and tropical surrounds and you’ll know the Seychelles Islands are the perfect place to do nothing but relax and rejuvenate. 

When you head back to your busy life, you’ll find it easier to step back from time-to-time and adopt a slightly slower and healthier pace in life. 

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