My very last work trip for this year was a sojourn in Seychelles. Not many people are lucky enough to say that right?
2017 has been a completely crazy year for me in many aspects. It’s been my busiest in terms of actual work produced, I’m working on three large clients all at once, and I get to travel fairly regularly for presentations and shoots. The year is ending on various high notes, but some low too that I haven’t decided if I’ll blog about yet.
My trip to Seychelles was to participate in marketing meetings for two hotels I do work for – Paradise Sun and MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa. These are both beautiful places and I’m lucky to have such incredible clients, but while I was in Seychelles, there wasn’t much time to explore outside of these hotels.
So rather than pretend I can give you much advice on travelling in and around Seychelles, I’ll focus on some of the beautiful images I did manage to get in between running around.
Paradise Sun is on the island of Praslin and was my first stop in Seychelles. It’s one of the busier islands, and also one of the only islands open to the public. Many islands are privately owned, and therefore restricted in their access.
This is Jack Fruit. They’re enormous, delicious and will grow from the base of the tree just as easily from a branch. They have a strong smell when ripe too!
Embracing snails – this reminded me of the snails I ate in Lagos, Nigeria.
Almost-ready bananas. What I loved about Seychelles was the philosophy behind food: because there is so much growing all over the island, it’s fair game. You could pick an entire fruit salad on your way home from work.
You may not recognise it in its fresh form, but this is fresh tamarind. It’s zesty and sour in this form, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they were nuts rather than a spice in their husk.
Near my hotel was this small fish stall, some local boys were manning the stand along with the gentleman below.
When fresh fish arrives at the stall, this man is responsible for blowing the conch in his hand to alert local residents that the catch of the day has arrived. He demonstrated the noise it can make, needless to say I was impressed.
This is a typical Creole-style house, built to demonstrate the simple lifestyle of the Seychellois decades ago. No need for doors!
A rainbow near dusk on Praslin.
Sagittarius Taxi Boat Charters – I went out on a snorkelling trip with these guys right from Paradise Sun and it was really lovely!
While I did visit during the rainy season, it definitely made for a few dramatic photos that made up for not getting too many of the typical Seychelles pics.
Looking out towards Cousin Island – we didn’t go on land, but this particular island is a protected marine area and is largely inhabited by giant tortoises.
Look at the colour of the water!
This small jetty is on a private island we circumnavigated, you can hire out the entire island to yourself!
The fingerlike granatic rocks of the Seychelles are so distinct, and if you look hard enough, you’ll start to make out weird shapes likes hands in strange gestures.
The tony island of St. Pierre. This is where I got a chance to snorkel, and spotted tons of bright fishies, star fish, dolhins and even turtles!
Bat curry. Not kidding, you know I always have to eat the weirdest thing on the menu. It taste like venison, but has tiny bones that are rather annoying.
Five South Africans. I love the story about how this group of guys ended up in the Seychelles: Each of these guys were temporarily employed in Tsogo Sun hotels in South Africa, but the hotels couldn’t keep them on staff despite how good they were. So through a selection process, these five guys were selected for a two-year contract in Seychelles, this was on day four, and other than getting used to the humidity, they were all in high spirits!
MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa is based on Mahé and is now in the top two of incredible hotels I’ve visited (the other is The Siam in Bangkok). This hotel is all about whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want it, and they mean it! In terms of luxury, it’s honestly off the charts!
The panormaic views from a villa at MAIA – nothing short of incredible
Candyfloss clouds in the distance on Mahe.
One of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve had the pleasure of watching this year, I was even late for a meeting getting photos of it!
Seafood is definitely king in Seychelles, and this incredible meal of lobster was probably the most decadent thing I’ve eaten all year.
One of the smaller residents at MAIA.
I never tasted this dish, but between a waiter holding a napkin up as a reflector, working in 90% humidity and essentially working in a dark restaurant, this turned out to be my favourite food shot of the trip.
The Seychelles has to import a lot of fresh fruit and veg as there simply isn’t enough land to farm and sustain everybody, these tomatoes from Europe reminded me of peaches.
The fanciest bath I’ve ever takn had to be at MAIA. Complete with a ‘K’ for Kate. My butler (you read that right) joked that he usually puts ‘Just Married’ or ‘Happy Lovers’ in flowers, but since I was solo, it was just the ‘K’ for me…