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17 October

Romancing the isles

Itinerary Type: Romance

Description: Wherever you’re staying, you’ll probably be lying in even though a beach near you is sure to be hosting a fabulous sunrise, just for you.  Either way, you’ll be needing breakfast and there’s no better way to start the day than ordering a Seychelles fruit breakfast from your hotel reception. Perhaps with a bottle of champagne and some fresh orange juice?

If you haven’t already, why not hire a car and take your love on a journey of discovery through Mahé? Make your way to Victoria, allowing your senses to come alive to the sights and sounds of the Seychellois way of life as you stroll the narrow streets. Stop for a delicious cappuccino at the Rendez-vous restaurant, just next to the clock tower, from where you can watch the world go ever so slowly by.  Perhaps even buy a souvenir or two or an item of local jewelry from a nearby boutique.
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From Victoria, take to the hills on the Sans Souci road, feeling the temperature cool as you wend your way into the mountains on a road that offers so many amazing views.  Right at the summit, turn right into the Mission Lodge, a spectacular viewing point over the coast of west Mahé, built on the ruins of an ancient school for slave children.  When you’ve finished feasting your eyes on the beauty that surrounds you, continue over the hill and down the other side, past the tea plantation and, lower still, one of the finest views of Mahé there is.

When you arrive at the coast road, turn left past the Mahé Beach Hotel until you arrive at the beautiful beach of Grand Anse where you will probably find yourselves alone as you stroll along its golden sands.  From there, continue down the coast until you arrive at Anse a La Mouche bay, a great place for a refreshing dip followed by a cool drink at Anchor Café.

An absolute must is Julien’s at Anse Soleil, enjoying a long swim in the ocean as it laps against one of the island’s most stunning beaches.  Take your time, and soak up the ambiance before making your way to table in the early evening to savour the best in seafood cuisine with your feet in the sand.

If you still have energy left, there’s a Casino (long trousers for the men, please) on the other side of the island at Beau Vallon for you to try your luck.

Oh, and don’t forget to try a shot of Coco D’amour, the delicious local liquor, before bed.