The Seychelles may be known for its natural beauty, but the Seychellois people and their unique fusion of diverse cultures play a major role in making the archipelago the vibrant place that it is. So what can you expect when you visit? Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about the people, the cuisine and the local culture:
With a long-standing legacy of fine product, a 5 out of 5 star rating from UK based online retailer The Whiskey Exchange, and a clear place in rum’s hall of fame, you’d think that the Takamaka team could rest in the knowledge that they were doing a sterling job.
If you were ever going to pursue a career as a fulltime artist, the Seychelles should definitely rank right up there as one of the best places to set down your paintbrush (or chisel or pencil or any other medium for that matter). The tropical island’s exquisite surrounds, rich Seychellois culture and leisurely lifestyle offer endless inspiration for the creation of bright, colourful and diverse island arts and crafts.
Snorkeling. One of the weirder words in the English language. And an activity that requires slightly weird, somewhat unflattering attire (let’s face it, no one looks good in a snorkeling mask). But it’s also one of the key drawcards for Seychelles tourism. The islands boast some of the best snorkeling spots in the world and ideal conditions with average surface water temperatures between 25 and 29°C – not to mention the seemingly endless array of exotic marine life.
The Seychelles coral reefs are magical, a delicate environment where thousands of colourful creatures co-exist in a natural kaleidoscope. Our home is blessed to be surrounded by so many reefs to explore.
The Seychelles is a special place. Not only because it is home to the Seychellois creole culture, and Takamaka Rum, but also because of its natural beauty. Since the 1970s the islanders have been dedicated to preserving paradise and have bucked the “island normal” trend of devastating environmental depletion. As a collective the world is thankful that the Seychellois excelled in saving their natural environment so that we can all enjoy this paradise. Here are three pieces of preserved paradise that you can enjoy as a visitor.
So you want to be a rum connoisseur? Excellent. Put down the pipe and monocle. There’s no need to take ourselves quite so seriously. There’s a more to the rum tasting experience than looking pensively into the glass and muttering words like ‘woody’, ‘silky’ and trying to sound like you know what you’re talking about. Rum is filled with complex flavours and dramatically different characteristics that depend on the type of rum – and the individual tasting it. Relax, and forget about any pretense.
Although the Seychelles is commonly known as a singular ‘island destination,’ the African paradise is actually an archipelago made of 115 different islands, each with their own unique geography, heritage and lifestyle. Considering that the Seychelles recorded history dates back to the 16th century, it is no surprise that over the centuries, each island has developed a rich story - perfect for holiday makers looking for a place of wild wonder.
Let’s be honest. Rum is not fully appreciated for the delightfully versatile spirit it is. It’s as at home in frivolously fruity drinks as it is just being savoured on the rocks.