Out & About
“A COCOON OF luxury” sums up the country most aptly, and while diversification is proving clever and astute, it doesn’t take away from the country’s core asset: its paradise setting and consequent appeal as a tourism hub.
Initiating back in 1971 upon the opening of Seychelles International Airport, tourism quickly became a staple fiscal contributor; and while this is still the case, it is actually the legacy it has left behind which is proving most significant in the present day.
Its hospitality options, transport network, conference infrastructure, and leisure functions now befit a nation primed and ready for extensive business facilitation, making it a destination for all seasons and all reasons.
In recent years, the Government has further encouraged foreign investment via numerous upgrades to its hotels and public services.
The Tourism Board continues: “In the tourism sector, Four Seasons is opening a hotel on Desroches Island in the Amirantes, 140 miles from Mahé; while destination management companies are gearing up with brand new boats and semi-submersibles to add value to tourist entertainment.”
Once out and about, the dynamic nature of the country shines through in every restaurant, bar, market and landmark; allowing the Seychelles’ natural and historical preferences to speak for themselves, rather than westernising them too sincerely.
Seafood inevitably forms a large part of the country’s cuisine and is championed by the majority of each island’s top restaurants; accompanied by fresh, exotic fruits and flowers.
While sitting down to your meal, you will often be graced with the diverse yet local tones of Seychellois music, and it would then be rude not to have a beer (or three). The local Seybrew beer in particular is a great example of Africa-meets-Europe and can then be washed down by an even more traditional rum as you wind down the day at one of the many beach bars.