Conclusions After 31 Nights in the Seychelles, After 31 nights in the Seychelles over three visits, I think it’s fair to say I have done this Indian…

Conclusions After 31 Nights in the Seychelles
After 31 nights in the Seychelles over three visits, I think it’s fair to say I have done this Indian Ocean-island-nation justice. Besides the main island of Mahe, I have been to the islands of Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, North, Frégate, Bird, Desroches, Eden and Sainte Anne.
Here are some notes based on my experiences:
1. The Seychelles is still one of my favourite countries in the world for its exclusivity, stunning beaches and beautiful ocean.
2. Although fantastic, it’s one of the most expensive places in the world to visit, and I can’t recommend it for the value. In direct comparison, you get a lot more for your money in Mauritius and the Maldives. That said, I think I like the Seychelles the most of the three.
3. Hitchhiking. Not the easiest island nation to hitchhike in. I managed to get some rides in 2012 and this time as well. The key is to hitchhike on a quiet road. Busy roads are difficult. In my recent trip, I picked up two people myself while driving on Praslin as a way of "paying back" to the "hitchhiking" system.
4. Best Food in the Seychelles
I had my best meal at Diva at Lemuria, Praslin. North Island, takes the second spot. None of the restaurants would be worth of a Michelin star though so please don’t travel to the Seychelles for amazing food. If you like fish, you get the best value buying fresh fish at one of the local markets, but then you need to stay in place with a kitchen to prepare it. Eden Luxury Apartments on Mahe would be a good value choice.
5. Car rentals:
On Mahe, I had a car for two days with Nelson Car Hire.
On Praslin, I had a car for four days with Aventure Car Hire.
I can recommend both.
6. Where to stay?
Here is a list of the properties I’ve stayed. Something for any budget:
1. North Island, $$$$$$$$$$$
Named the most expensive resort in the world. It’s a fantastic experience and one of the best I have stayed in my travels. Amazing villas and attention to details. You can get a very similar experience at Soneva Kiri in Thailand and pay around ten times less. In the Seychelles, you pay for the exclusivity.
2. Frégate, $$$$$$$$$
Another extraordinary experience in the Seychelles. Better villas than at North Island, but the service and food didn’t match their competitor.
3. Raffles Praslin, $$$$$$
Well-managed resort from the Raffles chain.
4. Banyan Tree, Mahe, $$$$$$
The very first place I stayed in the Seychelles back in 2009. Amazing experience at the time with their private pool villas.
5. Constance Lemuria, Praslin, $$$$$
It is a really big property with 105 rooms, golf course, 5-star facilities and a corporate feel. Their Diva restaurant is the best I’ve tried in the Seychelles.
6. Desroches Island Resort, $$$$$
I stayed here in 2012. A stunning island with good villas, while I felt they could improve a lot on the service. The good news is that Four Seasons is taking over and I’m sure it will be one of the best places to stay in the Seychelles in the future. At least for the service.
7. Beachcomber Sainte Anne, $$$$
Located close to Mahe, Sainte Anne is another beautiful island operated by Beachcomber. The food was better than expected, while the villas could need an update.
8. Hilton Northolme, Mahe, $$$$
The smallest 

Pu Luong Reatreat hotel in the world with only 40 villas total. Very different from the usual corporate Hilton experience which I don’t like much. It is a lovely resort and by far the best Hilton I have stayed.
9. H Resort Beau Vallon, $$$
A newer resort with a membership of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Stunning rooms and good value for money.
10. Le Meridien Fishermans Cove, Mahe, $$$
After a disappointing experience at Le Meridien in Mauritius, I didn’t expect much from their property in the Seychelles, but it was awesome. Beautiful rooms, only 68 total, set in a stunning location, good service and some of the best food in the Seychelles by their French chef.
11. Coral Strand Smart Choice, Mahe, $$
Comparable to a Holiday Inn-kind of resort, but service wasn’t good.
12. Elite Residences, Eden Island, $$
One of the best places to book on Airbnb. A beautiful villa with free, unlimited Wi-Fi and kitchen. It’s huge. Five beds, three rooms, accepting up to 8 guests.
13. Indian Ocean Lodge, Praslin, $$
A comfortable mid-range resort, but with no internet in the room it isn’t for everyone. Food above average for the Seychelles.
14. Acajou Beach Resort, Praslin, $$
A good mid-range resort with comfortable rooms, friendly service and surprisingly fast internet.
15. Chateau Elysium, Mahe, $$
A newly opened hotel bookable on Airbnb. It feels more like a homestay than a hotel.
16. Le Repaire, La Digue, $$
One of the best places to stay on the small island of La Digue. La Digue is usually the favourite island for the local people to go and it is indeed lovely. Few cars and short distances making many of the tourists renting a bike to get around. Le Repaire has an Italian restaurant, comfortable rooms, good service and complimentary internet.
17. Le Relax, Praslin, $$
The basic place I stayed during my first trip. Can’t recommend it. Way overpriced.
18. A place in 2009 I can’t remember, $
Negotiated a lower rate here in 2009. It wasn’t a nice place, and there was no hot water in the morning.
19. Eden Luxury Apartments, Mahe, $
Eden Luxury Apartments makes comfort on a budget possible in the Seychelles. Great value for money. Nice apartments with kitchen and fast internet access.
20. Carana Hilltop Villa, Mahe, $
A small comfortable property bookable on Airbnb. The Internet is slow but free and worked well. Would say it’s something between a homestay and a hotel.
21. A rental car, $
Slept a night in a rental car as I didn’t get a hotel for the night. Please don’t do it. It was so hot that I didn’t manage to sleep much.
Here are a few of my latest photos from the Seychelles. Happy Travels :-) Now back in Italy enjoying extraordinary food!

Not drinking alcohol can give you a serious edge in a society where most everyone else is boozing it up on a regular basis

Not drinking alcohol can give you a serious edge in a society where most everyone else is boozing it up on a regular basis. The zeitgeist of alcohol is that it makes life more fun, but the reality is that it is a massive industry pushed onto the public which has created a culture of self-destructive behavior.
Changing your personal habits to improve your health, mental clarity and spiritual awareness is challenging, but doing so is perhaps the single most critical facet of personal development. Many people find that abstaining from booze makes this process much easier.
Read more at http://www.wakingtimes.com/…/20-common-things-people-reali…/

And because a movie says more than a thousand pictures and the beauty of the whole sunset is even more beautiful than every breathtaking moment in…

And because a movie says more than a thousand pictures and the beauty of the whole sunset is even more beautiful than every breathtaking moment in itself: An exquisite play with the full set of colors when the setting sun painted piercing blue of the skies in every hue of red and yellow on its way to kiss the ocean good night. In deepest gratitude and awe – thank you! #mexico #maya #rivieramaya #ocean #caribbean #sunset #colors #colorful #awe #gratitude

Glad to be a vegetarian

Glad to be a vegetarian…
“Sushi in particular is really bad,” Olmsted says, and as a native New Yorker, he knows how much this one hurts. He writes that multiple recent studies “put the chances of your getting the white tuna you ordered in the typical New York sushi restaurant at zero — as in never.”

For so many millennia humans have felt special and superior to all other forms of life

For so many millennia humans have felt special and superior to all other forms of life. The deeper we look into “life” and all it’s expressions and forms the more we realize that there is nothing that separates or differentiates us from all and any other form of life. One by one all of those traits that were only to be believed only to exist in humans are falling away when we find other forms of life exhibiting them: sentience, self awareness, problem solving, the ability to feel emotions, the ability to learn, the ability to make tools, etc.
Time to get off the high horse and respect all life like our own.

An exquisite play with the full set of colors when the setting sun painted piercing blue of the skies in every hue of red and yellow on its way to…

An exquisite play with the full set of colors when the setting sun painted piercing blue of the skies in every hue of red and yellow on its way to kiss the ocean good night. In deepest gratitude and awe – thank you! #mexico #maya #rivieramaya #ocean #caribbean #sunset #colors #colorful #awe #gratitude

Abby in an oxygen box, where she’s lived for the last 24 hours at ASEC

Abby in an oxygen box, where she’s lived for the last 24 hours at ASEC. Hoping she can come home soon, meaning that she is able to breath with ease outside the box.
Incidentally, doctors discovered a cardiac tumor so this will not have a terrific end. She is an odd cat – loving life in the box at ASEC, as her subjects shower her with affection. Staff loves having her and she’s eating like a champ. She’s good for now.
Profoundly thankful we have pet insurance for her.

This is so true

This is so true. I too struggled with this for a long time until I finally ditched all meat for good…”
FIND SYMPATHETIC FRIENDS, BROADEN YOUR OUTLOOK and ADOPT A WIDER MENTAL FRAME
“Women in particular seem to be vulnerable to the challenges of coordinating their diets with others (they are often inclined to accommodate their meat-loving partners).
But it’s likely that some of your friends may have similar levels of discomfort with meat as you. So don’t fall into the trap of assuming you’re alone.”
#Science #resist #TheStruggleIsReal #health #food #meat #cancer #cloggedarteries #heartattack #bypasssurgery #diabetes #animals #meatlesseveryday

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