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Holidays And Honeymooning in Seychelles

Aug 7, 2008
The Seychelles is a group of around 155 islands off the coast of Africa, colonized by the French and with a French taste for the finer things in life -albeit these finer things are a lot more focused on nature and the natural world than in the West. It is also quite a popular spot for honeymooners, with white sandy beaches on many of the islands, a tiny local population and large expanses of wilderness, as well as an abundance of luxury facilities. What is a honeymoon in the Seychelles like, and what are the best luxury resorts in the Seychelles and luxury hotels in the Seychelles?

The Seychelles has long been known as a romantic island destination. Many of the traditional activities of island life are still popular here - for example, the folk music of the area is still the most often played music, although it incorporates influences from English contredanse, mazurka and polka. Moutya is another everpresent phenomenon in the Seychelles, a combination of native folk rhythms and benga from Kenya.

The Seychelles is quite a matriarchal society, with women often the dominant figure in the household. It is a lovely look into a non-Western society, and the glimpses of family life you find in the Seychelles will form a challenge to your preconceived ideas of how a house should run -a great experience for your honeymoon. The Seychelles is also one of the best nations in the world for looking after the socially vulnerable, like aged pensioners, the poor and the disabled.

Some of your best memories from your luxury holiday in the Seychelles will no doubt come from your wilderness experiences here. The Seychelles administration has worked hard to preserve native flora and fauna -for example, there are large captive herds of giant tortoise, as well as the largest wild population of the species in the world; the largest populations of seabirds in the world are found in the Seychelles; and you will often wake up in the morning to find lizards walking around in your shoes, and fairy wrens looking you in the eye as you step out from the door of your luxury hotel in the Seychelles.

The Banyan Tree is one of the largest and best known hotels in the Seychelles. It is comprised of a group of gorgeous self-contained villas. They share a pool, which is set up on a hill, so that guests can enjoy the ocean views while they swim in peace and safety only meters from their rooms. The decor has a palm tree theme -the Cocos de Mer is one of the Seychelles famous trees, and the only place in the world that the world's largest seed tree grows.

Shangri-La hotels is an internationally known brand that will be opening a Seychelles branch in 2009. If you are planning a wedding currently, this may be just in time for you to be some of the first visitors. Polls will be right alongside the ocean, so even if it is too rough for swimming, you can enjoy the water and the beautiful climate. The grounds will include spacious sundecks, meandering pathways, and outdoor showers, while the rooms at this Seychelles luxury resort will be as beautiful and scenic as Long Island itself. The hotel will be well placed to take advantage of the Saint Anne Marine Park, and will incorporate a dive center within the resort.

Seychelles honeymoons are guaranteed to be unforgettable events, with the incredible juxtaposition of the harmony with the natural world and the ultimate in luxury facilities.
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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and manages 54 hotels under Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 27,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.
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