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Seychelles: Paradise is within reach

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The word ‘Seychelles’ conjures up images of wealthy sun-seekers staying on private islands at costs that only the world’s elite can afford. On a recent journey to this group of islands in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, I discovered that travelers of all budgets can partake in the pleasures of this tropical paradise if they know where to look. Here is how to live richly in Seychelles.
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With white sand, palm trees, and boulders to enhance the vista, it’s challenging to find a better beach. In fact, Trip Advisor users voted it their 6th favorite beach in the world in 2015. Although not protected by a coral reef, the water is clear...
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Most travelers on Praslin in search of nature head to the Vallee de Mai Reserve. Although deserving of it’s UNESCO World Heritage status, the Vallee de Mai is often quite busy and it’s relatively expensive to enter. A lesser-known option is the...
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So, you’re not staying at this beautiful and modern eco-hotel? No problem. Their spa, restaurant, and poolside bar are open to non-guests. For the price of a beer or cocktail, you can spend hours on the comfy seaside couches watching the yachts...
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Have you ever wanted to try scuba, but don’t have the time or money for a 3 day certification class? WhiteTip Divers provides an introductory diving course including basic training and an in-the-ocean assisted dive for $100. Arrive in the morning...
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In the middle of La Digue island lies this tranquil oasis of a hotel set amid an acre of lush gardens. With 9 rooming options (3 detached bungalows and 6 additional rooms in a central building), you’ll find an escape that suits your tastes....
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Worth the little bit extra but not too much of a strain on the wallet, the spread at Les Lauriers Hotel & Restaurant is both delicious and also includes a fun atmosphere as added value. Salads, meats, and fish – all prepared in the islands’ Creole...
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Located on one of the prettiest beaches in the Seychelles and only open for lunch, you can either indulge in a buffet or order something lighter to take back to your sunning spot. Whether it’s a smorgasbord of fresh fish or a simple fruit juice,...
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It may not be right in the heart of the main tourist area or directly on a beach, but Le Port Guest House is well run, and at $100 a night – a great option for those seeking a charming stay with access to all that Praslin has to offer....
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Strolling through the market of Mahe Island’s main town is both delightful and free (what you choose to buy is up to you!). On any given day, you’ll enjoy the colors of local vendor’s clothes, the taste of exotic fruits and vegetables, and the...
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Unless you’re staying at one of the resorts, odds are you have access to a kitchen so why not cook a lovely meal to your taste bud’s liking? This supermarket near the boat jetty offers a mix of local ingredients and internationally known staples....