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Babette's Late and Lazy Seychelles Report

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Thanks for your reminders, Sandi, but as you may have guessed, I was always the kid in the class that had an excuse for not having his homework done!

We went to Seychelles in November and spent 10 days at the Banyan Tree. We stayed in an Intendance Villa which was absolutely incredible. Great views, private pool, private jacuzzi, private dining/living pavillion, private deck with comfy sun loungers. There was really no reason to leave our little "compound". We brought way too many clothes!!

Perhaps I didn't jump on a trip report because we really didn't do very much but relax in this gorgeous paradise. (not much that I can report on anyway -- wink, wink!) But it was truly an excellent destination for pure relaxation -- and we enjoyed plenty of this!

We did charter a boat for a day and they took us to Praslin where we were a little underwhelmed at the Valley de Mai, though it could've been because it was really, really hot. Then they took us snorkeling at Cocos Island which was absolutely awesome -- one of our favorite things. They prepared a fresh fish lunch for us on the boat which was one of the best meals we had. (The boat was a little pricey but worth it. They picked us up at the hotel and took us to all the places we wanted to go in one day. If someone wants this company's information, I'll dig it up.) Then we went to La Digue where we rented bikes and rode down to see the gorgeous beach. (Saw lots of gigantic spiders too!! Not good for arachnaphobes!) Lovely little island village -- could've spent more time there. On the trip back over to Mahe, it began raining (but this boat had a comfortable interior -- it was about a 50-footer) and we saw the most incredible rainbow -- streching from one point in the water to the other, as solid and as bright as any I've ever imagined. Really heavenly.

We also did a tour of Mahe one day. The Banyan Tree will provide you with a very comfy 4x4 and driver/guide for the day. This was interesting as he showed us all the cool stuff -- the market in Victoria, the National Forest, the tea planation, a few great beaches. We had lunch at the great creole place in Victoria. That was pretty good.

One thing we agreed on (and I remember hearing this before we went -- and should've listened) is that we should've split up our time between Mahe and another island or two. To have just one day to see Praslin and La Digue was a bit rushed.

But, the Banyan Tree was an excellent hotel. We always choose Small Luxury Hotels when we travel because they include only top-drawer properties that pay attention to details and this Banyan Tree was no exception. We were quite pleased with everything there.

Oh! And the spa! (I almost forgot it!) It was one of the greatest I've ever seen (and I'm a spa junkie). Fabulous ocean view treatme

Unfortunately we kept comparing Seychelles to our trip to Maldives the previous year. While we found the natural beauty of Seychelles to be superior, we did enjoy having more choices for activities in Maldives. Perhaps that's why the Maldives trip reports are G-rated!!

I welcome anyone's questions and would be happy to pull out my notes to provide details for anyone that asks.

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