Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

Seychelles is without doubt famous for being a honeymoon destination.  I also love to show how great it is as a family location here on my blog.

Lets just say that with or without family, Seychelles is unquestionably a place to share with loved ones.

With Proposal announcements becoming a bigger and bigger show, Seychelles can provide the ultimate in beautiful backdrops.

All of these places, unless stated are free to access.  I’m aiming to suggest some places that are perhaps a little less obvious, or a bit out of the ordinary!

So lets check out some of the best spots to propose in Seychelles to give you some inspiration!

Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

Step 1 – Get the ring

Okay, so this might seem obvious but if your looking for the picture perfect proposal, than you need the picture perfect ring to match!  Check out F.hinds for inspiration for all budgets.

Step 2 – Book your flights

There are numerous ways of getting to Seychelles, you can even fly direct with British Airways to the Seychelles now! I wrote a post for them all about Romantic Holidays in Seychelles if you’d like to check it out!

Step 3 – Pick your Picture Perfect Proposal Spot

At the old fire tower

The old fire tower is on Praslin.  As the name suggests, it is an out of action fire tower.  People would be based up here to look out across the island for fires!

This one is a bit of a hike but I promise it is SO worth it if your fit and healthy!

It’s one of the highest reachable points on the island and you are rewarded with this view.  Also the fire tower itself isn’t the MOST stable of structures so if you don’t want to risk the climb up it the view is still beautiful! The picture below is from the first floor of the tower, you can actually go up again….I decided against it, but mostly because the kids were with us and they wanted to climb up too!!

Best accessed from the Vallee de Mai car park.  Come out of the car park and turn right.  Walk a little up hill until you see a mud track off up to the right.  It will probably have a metal bar across it but that’s only to stop vehicles going up, walkers are allowed!

I’d recommend this as a morning visit for the best views.

 

Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

 

Sunset Rocks

On Praslin the best place for sunset is, looking out from Anse Kerlan towards Cousin and Cousine islands.

 

Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

On Mahe the best place is at Beau Vallon.  We just stayed at the H Resort which is on Beau Vallon and I can’t recommend it enough!

La Digue has to be looking out from Snack Bellevue.  Quite a walk but you can arrange transportation as there is a road that takes you all the way to the top.  A great little restaurant, that serves amazing creole food.

Picture Perfect Places to Propose in Seychelles

I could go on endlessly here, there really is countless places to watch the most stunning sunsets here in Seychelles.

On The Water

Let your budget and your imagination determine this one!  You could go all out and hire a fully staffed and catered yacht, or you could keep it super simple and hire a Kayak or a couple of paddle boards.

Both super romantic, and both definitely very special.

 

On a Hike

There are some amazing hikes to do in Seychelles, most notably on Mahe, Praslin, and Silhouette islands.  If hiking is your thing, or even if it isn’t; you’ll be sure to get some of the best panoramic views of Seychelles when you go hiking here and if that isn’t a beautiful spot to propose I don’t know what is!

To name but a few

  • Anse Major Trail (Mahe) is a gem and at the end you get beautiful Anse Major which apart from via the trail is only accessible by boat, pretty much guaranteeing you a quiet beach!
  • Anse Kerlan to Anse Georgette or Anse Lazio (Praslin) this is a BEAUTIFUL walk and has really stunning views. These start at the same place, go left for Anse Georgette and right for Anse Lazio.  Both beaches are often featured in the top beaches in the world and for good reason!

picture perfect proposal spots in seychelles

 

  • Silhouette Island isn’t really an option for a day trip but if you are staying there (the Hilton Labriz is amazing, I can totally recommend it!) it offers some fantastic trails for all abilities. *The* trail to do for experienced hikers is the hike to Grand Barbe. But perhaps the most picturesque is the trail to Anse Mondon.

 

At a Waterfall

I think this could possibly win all romance points.  Tropical island, secluded waterfall?! The waterfall near Port Glaud on Mahe is BEAUTIFUL!  Take a little picnic and spend an afternoon lazing around in the cool water.  I’d recommend getting a guide as the path is not marked out. They are unofficial but you’ll find them near the church on the road.  They have lots of information and are really friendly!  You can then make your own way back if you choose.

picture perfect proposal spots in seychelles

So there are a few ideas for inspiration!  I’d love to know if you have got engaged here and where it happened!!  Can’t beat a lovely proposal story!

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Visiting the Vallee De Mai With kids

If you are a regular reader if my blog you will know that we are huge fans of the Valllee de Mai.  It is definitely one of the best things to do here with young kids.  We go with the boys ALL  the time!  It’s undoubtedly our favourite place for a family walk!

The Vallee de Mai

The Vallee de Mai is a UNESCO world heritage site that is managed by the Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF)

It’s home to the world famous Coco De Mer (the one that looks like a life-size bum, no i’m not joking!!) , the worlds largest seed and many other endemic plants and animals including the Black Parrot.

 

Visiting the Vallee de Mai With Kids

From the impossibly tall trees, the musical whistle of the black parrot, lots of bugs and reptiles to look out for and of course the world famous coco de mer. There is so much to see for kids in the Vallee de Mai!  Parents can relax knowing the paths are well maintained throughout, its a welcome relief from the sun, and there is nothing living in there thats dangerous!

visiting the vallee de mai with kids

 Ticket Cost

For tourists the ticket price is 20 euros each.  It is free for under 12’s (with proof of ID)

Opening times

The Vallee de mai is open every day from 8:30am – 4:30pm

How long is the walk

There are 3 main trails.  They are advertised as taking 1,2 and 3 hours.
Honestly I would say even with kids those times are rather generous! I guess maybe if you stopped and read every sign and did a selfie with every Coco de Mer tree you walked past then you could take that long!
Also if you decide to take a tour guide that will obviously increase the length of the walk (more on that further down)
When we go with Arthur and Freddie we tend to do the shortest route (cutting through Ceder Path, see the map below) as their legs won’t hold up to much more than that.  With a long stop at the little bridge to throw stones into the river we probably still don’t quite take an hour to get round.  To be fair though, apart from the stop, they do pretty much run the whole rest of the time!
There are benches dotted throughout all of the trails so you can stop and take a break if the kids get tired.

Map

Here is a digital version of the map you receive in the Vallee de Mai.  You can see the different trails.  It would be great if you saved this image to your phone so you don’t need to use the paper version! Map of the Vallee de Mai

Thanks to Seychelles Island Foundation for allowing me to share this map

Tips for visiting the Vallee de Mai with kids

  • Earlier is better, it’s a bit cooler and quieter in the mornings.
  • Don’t take a pushchair. While the trails are very well maintained, they are not pushchair (or wheelchair) friendly.
  • Get the kids to use the toilets at the entrance, there are no others once you are inside!
  • The whole area is shaded by the trees so you don’t have to worry about sunburn!
  • The guided tours are fantastic and very informative. They may not be suitable for young kids that could get bored listening to someone talk.
  • Mosquitos are not as much of a problem there as you might think, but you may want to use some spray just in case – citronelle is a great natural mosquito repellent if you’re worried about using chemicals.
  • There is no smoking in the Vallee de Mai (not that i’m suggesting your kids smoke, but you might!!)
  • At the entrance there’s a nice cafe selling snacks and drinks, the prices are pretty reasonable.

 

I hope you have an amazing time visiting the  Vallee de Mai with kids.  Id love to hear your experiences, or if you think I’ve missed anything off?

If you have any questions feel free to contact me

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The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

A while back I wrote a post with the top tips for taking babies and toddlers to the Seychelles.  I am often asked by people the best ways to entertain their kids while they are visiting the Seychelles.  So, Ive decided that I’ll write a series of posts with ‘the best of’ different activities for kids!

I’ll start off with beaches, a free way to keep the kids entertained while you are here!

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

There are countless numbers of beautiful beaches and secluded bay’s to visit here in Seychelles.  When I compiled this list I focused on beaches that are:

  • Easy to access – including not needing to go through hotels or resorts to get there.
  • Safe to Swim *
  • Facilities near by

*I must stress that despite there not being a huge temperature change from season to season, you will notice a big change in the water.  Many beaches are crystal clear and calm most of the year but the seasons can bring about strong winds, tides and currents.  The website that I have found explains it best is Expert Africa take a read!  Plan your beach swims around this, and of course knowing your own and your kids abilities and limits in the water.

I have included a google map link to each of the beaches to help you find them!

As I mentioned none of these beaches require you to go through any hotels or resorts to get there.  There are lots of beautiful beaches where the main access is through hotels or resorts, they may not allow you access though.  However, many hotels do allow you to use their facilities, including access to beaches if you are going for lunch.  Call ahead to check and book in!

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

Beau Vallon, Mahe

A large and sheltered beach with areas of shade provided by the trees lining the beach.  The best thing about this beach is that there are shops and restaurants a stones through away, which is not all that common here.  There is often street food stalls set up in the car park.   If its on when you go, check it out.  There will be a good atmosphere and you’ll get a good taste of real Seychellois food for cheap!  The water is nearly always calm and often really shallow, perfect for splashing around with the kids.  One downside of the beach is that it is probably the busiest beach around.  Still nothing compared to beaches around Europe in Summer, but for here it is pretty busy!

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

Map of Beau Vallon Beach

Anse Á La Mouche, Mahe

A quiet beach on the South West coast of Mahe with extremely flat and calm water.  The surrounding area is pretty quiet with not a whole lot going on, but the beach is nice for a day trip.  You will probably want to hire a car if you’re not staying near by.

Map of Anse Á La Mouche

Port Launay Beach, Mahe

This beach is part of the Port Launay Marine National Park.  It backs on to the beautiful 5* Constance Ephelia Hotel.  The beach is very sheltered and secluded, with shallow and calm waters.  It’s not a huge beach, but there is plenty of shade to be found.

Map of Port Launay Beach

Anse Volbert, Praslin

My favourite place to take the boys for a swim on the beach.  You’ll see plenty of pictures of this beach on my instagram feed! There is not a whole lot of shade to be found in the heat of the day. However, early in the morning, or early evening this beach is beautiful!  You will find calm and shallow water, with very few rocks for a long way out, giving rise to the most beautiful of blues.  There are lots of boats to see (past where you would want to swim, especially with kids) always popular with kids!

The view is beautiful out over to St Pierre and Curieuse islands.  The beach is really long so, kids will have lots of room to run around.  At the far end of the beach you will find Paradise Sun Hotel, a great hotel for kids, and my favourite place to go for lunch (more on that in another post)

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In Seychelles

Map Of Anse Volbert

 

Anse Lazio, Praslin

Anse Lazio can always be found in ‘best beaches in the world’ lists, with good reason too.  It really is beautiful!  For a day on the beach, this is our go to!  Trees line the whole of the beach, so you can grab a shady spot and make camp for the day.  Big granitic boulders dotted around the beach provide great climbing frames.  The water is often very safe but there are times where the waves can get up and would be too rough for kids.  My kids still always have fun splashing around in the shallows.  You can find two restaurants, Bon Bon Plume serves particularly good Creole food.

 

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles

Map of Anse Lazio

Anse Severe, La Digue

While Anse Source D’Argent is without doubt the most famous beach on La Digue (probably the most famous in the Seychelles). It is actually not so great to spend a whole lot of time there aside from getting a great picture!  It’s crowded and the water is not ideal to swim in.

Instead, head to Anse Severe.  Trees provide plenty of natural shade throughout the day.   There is a small snack bar which is always useful too.  If you can stick around until sunset, you will be rewarded with an unbelievable view of the sun setting over Praslin!  The water is shallow and sheltered so great for swimming and paddling most of the year round.

The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In Seychelles

Anse Severe Map

 

 

Have you visited any of these beaches with your family?  Are there any you would add to this list?

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Hilton Labriz: Silhouette Island

To celebrate my 30th birthday, Mark treated us to a stay at the beautiful Hilton Labriz on Silhouette island over the easter holidays.

We stayed for two nights and we really fell in love with the place. So I had to tell you all about it!

 

Getting there:

We took a flight from Praslin to Mahe which was severely delayed (this is very unusual I must say, but they are implementing a new system there which temporarily slowed things down!). We were very worried that we were going to miss our boat so we ran out of the air port when we landed on Mahe and grabbed the nearest taxi driver who turned out to be great. We called the hotel on route and they were very accommodating and even delayed departure for a few minutes!!

To get to Silhouette Island the Hilton have a boat that runs a few times a day from a little jetty at Bel Ombre on Mahe. Its advertised as taking about 45 minutes but when we went the water was so still it took only 30 minutes! The Hilton can also arrange a private boat or helicopter ride to get you there #fancy

Boat to the Hilton Labriz Silhouette island

 

The boat was fully air conditioned which was nice, but if it wasn’t so flat I think I probably would have got sea sick with the lack of fresh air.

Air conditioned boat to the Hilton Labriz Silhouette island

I’d recommend sea sickness tablets just in case….. no one wants to arrive on holiday after being sick on a boat, not glamorous!!

 

Arriving:
We were greated by staff waving and a big welcome banner, a nice touch!! We were then taken to our golf buggy and given a tour around the hotel with a little history of the island too which was very nice. Having our own private buggy was fun and Arthur really enjoyed it!

 

Our Room:
We stayed in a King Garden villa it was so nice.

King Garden Villa Hilton Labriz Silhouette Island

Our bed was huge and SO comfy. They also added a bed for Arthur and a cot for Freddie. The sofa had even been made into a bed as there was a little confusion in our request so there was space for the 4 of us even if Freddie wasn’t in a cot! Arthur did like having two beds to choose from though!!

We had a little veranda which Mark and I sat out on in the evenings when the boys had gone to bed.

The bathroom was amazing and probably my favourite bit, there was a HUGE bath a lovely shower and another shower outside! The little garden at the back was totally private, so having a shower out there was great!!

Bathroom King Garden Villa Hilton Labriz Silhouette Island

Our villa was probably only about 10m away from the beach so I wouldn’t be put off thinking that its not close to the beach!! Some of them were a little further but I’d guess that none of them were further than 20m away from the beach!

 

Entertainment:
The hotel was so well set up for kids. This was our first holiday as a family of 4 and we were really pleased with the facilities there.

There was a kids club, a little old for our boys, recommended for 4+ years.

The swimming pool was amazing. It was so pretty.

Swimming Pool Hilton Labriz Silhouette Island

Split into two, one side was deeper and the other side was lovely and shallow, the boys had the best time splashing around.  I took SO many pictures here, it was just beautiful!

Swimming Pool Hilton Labriz

The first day Arthur literally stayed in the pool ALL day. He even had a nap on a sun bed in the afternoon as he’d tired himself out so much (Arthur stopped napping around 4 months ago now so he really must have been tired out!)

Swimming Pool Hilton Labriz

There were bikes everywhere that you could hop on and ride, you signed them out and you had the first hour free after that I think it was 100scr per hour.  The boys (and yes I’m including Mark in this!) loved this bike and had lots of fun with it

Bike rental Hilton Labriz

There was also lots of other little things dotted around to keep you entertained, boules, giant chess, crazy golf etc!

There is a 5* dive centre on Silhouette too.  As our stay was so short we didn’t get a chance to go diving this time, but next time (yes there will definitely be a next time) we will be sure to check it out.

Food:

We had two delicious breakfasts at the Hilton Labriz.  Its a buffet style with something for everyone.  There was an amazing selection.  Of course I took advantage of the bubbles available at breakfast too!!

We also had one of our dinners in the main restaurant, again it was buffet style.  That night it was Italian and there was so much choice.  There was a little play area there that Arthur loved.  I liked that there were tables there so families could enjoy a stress free dinner.  There was also a separate area for diners not wishing to be near the kids area!

For our second night we visited the amazing Japanese restaurant.  It was so delicious.  Unfortunately both of the boys were incredibly tired so it wasn’t a long visit!  After eating our dinner pretty quickly Mark and I ordered a bottle of wine to the Villa and got the boys to bed.

 

Spa: 

The Spa at the Hilton Labriz is beautiful.  It is set into the mountain and built around granite boulders.

Spa entrance at Hilton Labriz

The spa menu is fantastic!  I had a Deluxe Pedicure which even included a head massage so top to toe I came out feeling lovely and revived!

Spa at Hilton Labriz

The massages sound divine too, next time (yep there’s that next time again!) I’ll be sure to test it out so I can report back on how good it is (I know, I know, I’m a true hero!)

 

Beaches:

Seeing as we were there for such a short time we didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the beach, or really do any exploring outside of the resort.  That said the beaches we did see were beautiful.

Beach Hilton Labriz Silhouette Island

 

Evening beach Hilton Labriz silhouette island

 

Sunset Hilton Labriz silhouette Island

So there we have it.  A fantastic stay at the Hilton Labriz, we will certainly be back there as soon as we can!

staying at the Hilton Labriz with kids

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Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

For the last few weeks I have started going to Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin.  I’m just going once a week right now but I am loving it.
The location is incredible.
You come down these beautiful steps to the spa.

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

Then head into the yoga studio.  Take a look at that view!!  You can hear the waves crashing too, it’s amazing.

Yoga at Raffles hotel Praslin

The instructor is brilliant.  She has a great vibe about her without being a crazy yoga lady.  The class has varied each week, always good to keep it interesting!
The first class I went to was really relaxing with lots of stretching.  It was lovely, that night I was so relaxed I fell asleep on the sofa, even earlier than usual!
But my favourite classes are the ones where there’s been lots of strength building and I’ve been really aching afterwards!  I like to know that I’ve worked hard and this class has definitely left me feeling that way!

I’ve always loved yoga, but have tended to do it at home.  It’s been great to go to a class and experience it in such a different way.

Our instructor likes to use essential oils, it’s not something I would ever consider but it actually does add something special!

Another added benefit of actually going to a class is that it gives me a real break, some real ‘me time’.  I think it’s really important to be able to get that time to myself.  It’s also nice for Mark to get some time with the boys on his own too!

I started running again (more on that soon) in October, when Freddie was about 10 weeks old.  I’m finding that yoga really is the perfect companion to running in helping me regain my figure and my fitness after having Freddie!

I feel so lucky to have access to such a great class in a beautiful location.  Another amazing perk of our expat lives here in Seychelles.

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Tips for taking babies or toddlers to the Seychelles

So now we have been here for almost 2 years something I’ve realised is that it really is a great place for little kids, I mean, honestly little kids don’t need too much to entertain them…..days at the beach and swimming is perfect fun for them!!!

I thought I’d share some tips for taking babies or toddlers to the Seychelles.

Tips for taking babies or toddlers to the Seychelles

It’s really hot!!

1. There’s lots of lovely swimming to be had for a cool down, but not always shade! Get some UV swimwear for your kiddies!  It’s a great place to take your baby swimming in the Ocean, the water is always warm and more often then not very flat and calm.  Check out my post on the best beaches to take babies and toddlers in the Seychelles

2. You’re going to want to cover up your baby outside of the water too, think loose and light clothing, even when its cloudy!  The Seychelles is just south of the equator and so the sun is a lot more powerful than you think, it’s easy to get caught out!

3.  Don’t forget that you will almost certainly have air conditioning in your bedrooms wherever you are staying, so it will be wise to bring something a little warmer for your babies bed time.

4.  I would recommend bringing your own sunscreen with you (both for yourself and your baby), it is available here but not always that easy to get hold of.  It also often more expensive than you would pay at home.  It also means you can get a brand name that you are used to using.

When it rains, it pours:

5. Being a tropical island, you may also experience the rain as well as the lovely sun! It’s pretty torrential and is a spectacle in it’s own right! It can last anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. If the rain has set in, you’re not gonna be going anywhere so maybe bring a movie or some games you can play indoors to keep the little ones occupied!

Food:

6. Formula milk is readily available here however there’s very limited choices in terms of brands. You may want to bring you’re own if your baby is partial to a specific brand.

7. I have never been able to buy fresh cows milk. This is something that the big hotels will almost certainly be able to provide however if you are staying self catering or in a smaller hotel you may only be able to get long life milk. If your baby drinks cows milk, maybe try your baby on some of this before you get here so it’s not a shock for them.

8. If your baby is a fussy eater you may want to bring some of the food they like with you. Saying that, you can often get jars of baby food of familiar brands if you need them.

9. Don’t be afraid to ask. Just because a restaurant doesn’t have a specific menu for kids, ask, you will almost certainly be able to get something made up as a child’s portion!  We have never had any issues with this when we have been out to eat here, every one has been very accommodating.  Quite often you will find people in restaurants will offer to take your baby while you are eating too!!

Pushchairs:

10. I couldn’t do without our pushchair but I have to say it’s not very easy to use them here. There are a lot of roads that do not have payments so you may feel safer using a baby carrier while out and about.

11. You can’t take a pushchair on the bus (or luggage). As a side note, the busses are very regular and very cheap which is great but they don’t run at night.

And finally:

12. Most importantly I would say to remember you are coming to a tropical island, things may not be the same as you get at home, of even if you were going on holiday somewhere more “westernised” but Seychellois really love children, they will do everything to make sure you’re comfortable and happy being here with your baby!

 

If you are thinking about coming to the Seychelles with your baby or toddler and have any questions please let me know, I’ll do my best to answer any that you have!

 

 

 

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