The Seychelles has the unique distinction of being the only locale in the world described completely in hyperbole. An island nation, Seychelles is located just to the northeast of Madagascar and 1,000 miles east of Kenya. Notably, the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155 separate islands as comprising the archipelago.


The history of the islands is one of the seas, with adventurers of all nationalities staking legitimate claims of discovering the islands: Austronesian seafarers or Arab traders may have been the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles, but the first known European recorded sighting of them took place in 1502, by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). For nearly twenty years in the eighteenth century the British contested French control over the islands resulting in several naval battles during which the French settlers of the island decided on a complicated position of neutrality. For the next 100 years Britain would maintain full control of the colonies. It was not until 1976 that the country became an independent republic of the commonwealth.

Vasco da Gama

Exploring the rich history (such as the Seychelles) on your luxury vacation is something we thoroughly recommend, regardless of your destination. As a luxury travel company we can customize any part of your itinerary to provide you with the most unique travel experience available.

Seychellois society is distinctly matriarchal. Mothers are dominant in the household with women controlling expenditures and looking after the interests of the children. Men are most important for their earning potential but their domestic role is mostly negligible. Older women can usually count on financial support from family members living at home or contributions from the earnings of grown children. Ninety percent of the population is Roman catholic with another seven percent identifying as Anglican. Notably, though the country has a far greater connection with Britain, a Sunday Telegraph traveling journalist once stated that, “The culture remains emphatically French.”

The fauna of Seychelles is what distinguishes this island nation. Even the tourism  industry is subject to Seychelles strict environmental laws as every tourism project must undergo an environmental review and a lengthy process of consultations with the public and conservationists. For those seeking a green vacation, Seychelles offers the perfect opportunity for an environmentally friendly bespoke adventure. Because of the distinct and sophisticated ecosystem, Seychelles is the perfect vacation getaway for those seeking customized travel adventures to exotic locales. Michael Anderson, a world-renowned exotic landscape photographer, wrote of the Seychelles in a letter to his beau saying:

I got lucky with a very colorful sunset last night and the photos I got look pretty good on the small camera LCD. The tricky part is getting a shutter speed that freezes the swaying palms fronds, but allows for silky motion in the water. I haven’t seen many fine art images from here(only midday travel brochure images), and there appears to be so much potential! Now that I’ve got a few good images, the pressure is off and I will spend my time chilling as well as photographing and trying to let the images come naturally instead of pushing too hard to find them. That seems to be the sweet spot where I get the best shots and sometimes stumble on the unexpected spontaneous ones. I’m still trying to get some portraits of the people, especially the fishermen, if I can.

I think you would love the combination of beautiful white sand beaches, great shoreline snorkelling, a very friendly creole culture, and the slow laid back pace here. Everyone walks or rides a bike on the dirt and cobble paths of town and the paths to the beaches are all small dirt trails under towering coconut palms. I think the fact that you have to walk to the beaches keeps them pretty empty and there are no buildings or hotels along the beach. Visitors stay in the pensions in town by the ferry dock. The buildings are mostly whitewashed wooden simple homes with verandas and lots of tropical flowers

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