Happy New Year Marble Babes!
We don't know about you, but the January blues have us planning our getaways for the coming year. We all need something to look forward to, to get us through hey!? So, in search of inspiration for you all, we sat down with our friend Dominika, the face of the gorgeous travel and style blog 'The Blonde Flamingo' to ask her a bit about one of her favourite places, The Seychelles and to gather a few tips for anyone with this on their 2018 travel list.
I travelled to Seychelles from London, with a quick stop in Ethiopia, landed in Mahe- the main island. As Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands the best way to explore them is move around the islands by ferries. We have started our trip in Mahe- in a beautiful, bohemian style hotel- Bliss Boutique set between white sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation! What a dream! After 4 days we took Cat Cocos ferry and moved to another island - Praslin. I have fallen in love straight away! Talcum-powder sands, turquoise waters, lush hills, granite rocks, smell of tropical flowers, colourful birds. Absolutely unbelievable! Praslin was also the island where I witnessed the most magical sunsets.
After 3 days we moved to another bucket list island- La Digue. It was so easy to access it by ferry- only 15 mins away from Praslin. It was definitely my favourite island! I fell in love with Anse Source D'Argent beach! Never seen anything like that before. I couldn't believe my eyes.
How many days did you spend there and was it long enough?
We spent 11 days in total. I would say for the 3 islands we visited it was enough but if you'd like to visit more I would say 2 full weeks would be ideal.
Was there anything that surprised you about the Seychelles?
What was your favourite thing about the Seychelles?
The people. Every single local person I've met there- from hotel staff, boat crew to local vendors and families who ran the guesthouses I've stayed at. Everyone was just so warm and friendly. I felt safe and welcome wherever I went.
What's the best thing to eat whilst you're there?
My favourite dish ( that I had almost every single day!) was octopus curry! So delicious! I am also a big fruit eater, so Seychelles was paradise for me! Apart from my tropical favourites I also tried breadfruit which is very famous in the Seychelles. It can be eaten in a variety of ways : fresh, fried and boiled. Legend has it that anyone who eats it while on the islands will return someday. YES, PLEASE!
What did you pack to be so stylish on your trip? And, what are your top 5 packing essentials?
It's all about bikinis, cover ups and pretty beach accessories. I have packed my favourite reversible bikini from Marble Swimwear, foot jewellery from Renee Shoes, round basket from Manana Jewels, my tropical kimonos from Dancing Leopard and my favourite Palma Silk Delilah Jumpsuit from Misterzimi. I also always pack my best travel buddy- flamingo pool float and Face & Body Milk with high 50+ SPF protection from Vichy. I always travel with 2 power banks and favourite snacks (just in case I get hungry on the long flight!)
Top 5 Tips for travelling to the Seychelles
1. Don't forget the sun protection. The sun is very strong, it's easy to get burnt!
2. The best way to explore Mahe and Praslin is to rent a car. I found taxis pretty expensive.
3. When in La Digue Island have a sunset dinner at Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie hotel. It's simply breathtaking experience!
4. Book your Cat Coco ferry tickets in advance, we didn't and the only seats available were business class so we paid almost double.
5. Get an extra memory card for your camera! I promise you will run out of space!
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