After the supremely relaxed atmospheres of La Digue and Praslin, then the Seychelles main island (Mahé) can seem a little hectic. Of course, it’s nothing of the sort, but there’s a bit of a buzz to its pint-sized capital, Victoria, that acted as an interesting contrast to those tranquil sister islands.
Like the other Seychelles, Mahé is all about its beautiful beaches, and there’s a greater tourist infrastructure here of resorts and upmarket hotels. So, on various itineraries of the island, we visited the lush botanical gardens, explored Victoria, swam to the lovely Beau Vallon beach, and visited the Hilton for lunch where we paddled at the shallow Anse Forbans.
The highlight was a superb beachside evening meal with great company at the Eden Restaurant in the Story Hotel – a supremely romantic setting, even if it was so dark that we could only just make out what we were eating!
If money were no object, there can’t be many more idyllic places than the Seychelles.