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SEYCHELLES: Connecting People To Nature (Part 2)

Highlighting the endless options that the destination offers, Shannon d’Offay, sales and wedding executive, Raffles Praslin Seychelles, enthused, “[…] Depending on the guests’ requests we can do all sorts of activities and arrangements, from flowers, to photographers, helicopter scenic flights, romantic dinners with musicians, [or] breakfast set up on the villa terrace […].”

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, along with marine education partner WiseOceans, invites couples to mark the big day by sponsoring a coral fragment, contributing into the Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project.

As part of the resort’s recently launched Love Grows Beautiful Things experience, guests can help with the preparation of a rescued coral fragment for attachment to a heart-shaped metal frame, that will help sustain the growth of their coral, before it is planted into the coral nursery for a full recovery, and eventually transplanted back to the reef.

In addition, the resort has recently introduced the Foumba Together experience offering couples the opportunity to rejuvenate at the ruins of an old Creole house.

Designed to allow bonding and reflection the programme includes 60 minutes private yoga and meditation class, followed by an intimate breakfast based on locally sourced ingredients.

With its philosophy oriented around spoiling, surprising and personalisation, every step of the way, while also incorporating elements of the island, North Island focusses on connecting couples with nature in secluded settings.

“The goal for our guests is to depart with a little bit of North Island in their hearts,” emphasised Bruce Simpson, managing director, North Island.

He further explained, “An offer that we have developed recently and is quickly gaining popularity […] is the burning of torches ceremony. We have created an experience where each partner is given a lit torch. They then proceed together to a bonfire on the beach which they will light together.

Essentially this is symbolic of lighting the fire of their union [...].”

Following a similar concept, Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa offers couples the chance to plant their own tree in the address’ garden, indicating their names and date of the wedding on the trees in order to memorise their matrimony.

With the archipelago expecting to welcome around up to 360,000 visitors by the end of this year, Sherin Francis, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, emphasised that its focus is not only on increasing arrivals but seeing that the industry grows equitably.

“[…] It is also important to ensure that the small tourism establishments, along with the boat charters, car hires, restaurants and attractions see themselves in the picture,” revealed Francis.

With secluded beaches, sunset cruises, mesmerising encounters and captivating marine life the Seychelles undouptedly appears to be the ultimate choice for a romantic escape, assuring that there is no better place on earth to say I do!