From the Cape to the Sey­chelles

Zinhle Mapumulo was in­vited to the open­ing of Eden Is­land, a man-made jewel in the Sey­chelles. She almost didn’t come back

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There I was, nib­bling on fresh oys­ters and lob­ster, sip­ping French Cham­pagne, and re­lax­ing on a sun deck ad­mir­ing the pris­tine In­dian Ocean.

It sounds like a scene from the TV se­ries, The Real House­wives of Bev­erly Hills, but that’s what yours truly got up to last week­end.

I am still to try­ing to ad­just to the hus­tle and bus­tle of Joburg after a week­end of bliss and tran­quil­lity on Eden Is­land in the Sey­chelles.

The stun­ning blue beaches, lush green forests and ma­jes­tic moun­tains lin­ing nearby Mahé is­land re­main en­graved in my mem­ory.

It will take a long time be­fore this per­fect post­card im­age is for­got­ten.

Ku­dos to South African prop­erty de­vel­oper Craig Heeger who con­cep­tu­alised the man­made Eden Is­land. It took him and his team 12 years to pull it off.

Last week­end I shared the mo­ment as they launched the fi­nal piece of Eden Is­land, its five-star Eden Bleu Ho­tel. The edgy, chic es­tab­lish­ment – which com­bines the best of a city-cen­tre ho­tel and a bou­tique re­sort – was my home for three days as I dis­cov­ered what Eden and the var­i­ous is­lands around it had to of­fer.

Cock­tails flowed and even though I was tipsy half the time, I man­aged to see some of the mag­nif­i­cent tourist attractions of the Sey­chelles.

And no, I am not talk­ing about the men, as some of you may be think­ing.

I men­tion this be­cause I was in­un­dated with mes­sages from Face­book friends ask­ing me to find them an ex­otic man. I mean, do I look like a man scout or a pimp? Please keep the an­swer to your­self.

Let’s just say the Sey­chel­lois, that is the men, aren’t as eye-catch­ing as the women.

To my male friends who are el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors (lest I be la­belled a home-wrecker), the Sey­chel­lois women are to die for. They have gor­geous com­plex­ions and beau­ti­fully toned legs. I guess that’s why big spenders are seen on the var­i­ous is­lands. But back to my ex­pe­ri­ence on Eden Is­land. I had the time of my life cruis­ing around the Na­tional Marine Park, feed­ing fish and snorkelling, sam­pling tra­di­tional cui­sine at the Villa Chez Batista restau­rant in Taka­maka Bay and par­ty­ing with UB40 and South African mu­si­cian, Jeremy Loops. Please note, UB40 and Jeremy Loops were there only for the launch of the Eden Bleu Ho­tel. So when you plan your trip to the Sey­chelles, don’t ex­pect to see them there. But there is plenty else for you to see and do.

And do stay at the Eden Bleu. It’s a per­fect home for hol­i­day-mak­ers and it’s 10 min­utes from the Sey­chelles In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Mahé Is­land and next to the new, up-mar­ket mall, Eden Plaza.

The ho­tel is also sit­u­ated 10 min­utes from the cap­i­tal of Vic­to­ria. This is where you’ll find the mar­ket with its vi­brant colours and daily fresh pro­duce, as well as the fa­mous Vic­to­ria Clock­tower. It’s a replica of the orig­i­nal Lit­tle Ben in Vaux­hall and Big Ben in West­min­ster, London.

Mapumulo was a guest of Eden Bleu Ho­tel and Air Sey­chelles. Flights start at R9 000 re­turn from Joburg. Ho­tel rates are from R4 500 per room, dou­ble oc­cu­pancy, in­clud­ing VAT and break­fast. For more in­for­ma­tion visit eden­ and airs­ey­

IS­LAND IDYLL Boats bob lazily on the azure wa­ters of the har­bour in Eden Is­land

Zinhle Mapumulo

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