our first bit of Seychelles relaxation
26.01.2016 - 26.01.2016
Alright. To the good stuff. Salty breeze, crystal blue waters, and granite outcrops. The Seychelles are composed of 42 granitic islands (ok apparently there are a few coralline islands but you get it...) on our visit to the islands we are visiting the 2 largest islands (Mahé and Praslin) as well as one of the smaller islands (La Digue).
Monday night after arriving the rain did not give up. We ended up sharing a bottle of bubbles by candlelight on our patio after the power went out before enjoying a lovely meal with an ocean view in the hotel restaurant. The food was great, the wine was better and the company... Pretty wonderful too. There are about 10 other people staying at the hotel, so all in it is pretty quiet.
L'Archipel is located on Cotê D'Or, one of the most popular beaches on Praslin. The hotel is on the far south end of the beach, making it ideal for quiet day time sun baking with no stray tourists disturbing the peace and quiet. The hotel photographs poorly- both of us were pleasantly surprised with it after what we had researched online.
Tuesday we had sun; I am not sure that my posts have reflected the weather all too much; but the weather has really only been sunny and hot once on the trip so far, and that was on our long day in Entebbe. We set off after a wonderful breakfast (hello cinnamon pancakes!) down the beach to see what this place was all about.
The island is sleepy, the kind of place that not much is really happening and that's ok. Most tourists we run into (or past) are French, with a smattering of the typical German, Russian and South East Asia crowd. In any event nothing is too crowded right now, a mix of what I presume is the south monsoon season (hot, humid and more rain), as well as being outside of a holiday peak.
We downed Seybrews (local beers) for much cheaper than the hotel (SCR$90 at the hotel and SCR$60 on the street; exchange is ~10:1 SCR:CDN) and pigged out on a pretty decent pizza at the pizzeria at the Berjaya Hotel.
We really lucked out in Uganda because all of our drinks (read beer and wine) were included. That isn't the case here in the Seychelles, and given my travelling partners ability to down a brew or three quite quickly- we could be in trouble. With this in mind we stopped in at a local shop to pick up a dozen Seybrew to stuff in the hotel minibar and a bottle of champagne for good measure (I felt left out).
The rest of this post goes something like this:
Hotel pool splashing and expensive cocktails (SCR$180)
Average Creole buffet dinner on the beach
And then this...