September 9, 2016

Recharge in the Seychelles at Beachcomber’s Sainte Anne Resort

We all need a recharge now and again. And there’s not a more idyllic place to do it than the dreamy islands of the Seychelles. Sure Travel Marketing Manager, Geraldine Boshoff, got to enjoy the ultimate timeout at Beachcomber’s Sainte Anne Resort and Spa in the Seychelles. Here’s her story…

RECHARGE IS THE WORD

It was time for a time-out.  I was in need of total rest; a full recharge of energy to see the end of the year through.

I have had the privilege to travel extensively and therefore my criteria for this trip were very simple. No long flights, no long airport waits, no travel via any point to get to our retreat.  As little as possible driving, no cars and no TRAFFIC!

I chatted to my friends from Beachcomber and they said if that is what you want, then there is only one place to go. The island of Sainte Anne in the Seychelles. It houses only one property, Beachcomber’s Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, and best of all, there are NO CARS on the island!




ABOUT SAINTE ANNE 

The hotel is located on a private island just 10 minutes from the mainland and is surrounded by one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean. Accommodation is in 87 private villas, 29 of which have private pools. It’s a true sanctuary for nature lovers. I was sold and booked a 7 night stay for myself and my partner.

And off we went! We enjoyed wonderful service on a 5 hour flight with Air Seychelles. Going through customs at Seychelles International Airport was quick and efficient. We were guided to our bus that transferred us within 15 minutes to Roche Caiman quay, Sainte Anne’s private jetty. We were about 10 people on a bus meant for 8 with baggage for 20 people. What fun that was!

The sun was setting as we set out for a 10 minute speedboat ride to Sainte Anne Island and the amazing Sainte Anne Resort and Spa. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the friendly staff and taken to Villa 121. This was one of the most awesome surprises I have ever experienced.



Our huge villa had its own garden, swimming pool and a beautifully decorated room with block-out curtains to ensure that you can take a nap at any time in a darkened room or enjoy a very late sleep-in. The bathroom had a huge bath, double basins, indoor and outdoor shower, hairdryer and whatever else you might require.


We were invited to freshen up and join the rest of the guests for dinner at L’Abondance Restaurant in the main building. The spread of food was excellent and the service so welcoming. We were surprised by a few rain drops which subsided very quickly. I felt completely blissed out and knew that we had chosen well.


We cycled, swam, enjoyed yoga and wood carving classes, slept and slept some more and skinny dipped in the privacy of our own pool at night. What an awesome time!

We enjoyed an excursion to Moyenne Island, bought in 1962 by Brendan Grimshaw, the Englishman and modern-day Robinson Crusoe. He turned the island into a natural haven, protecting the giant tortoises, planting pawpaw trees and relocating birds to the island.

Sure Travel Tip: Ensure that you take your best mosquito repellent with you on this excursion!



SURE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION

Sainte Anne island is a favourite nesting ground for turtles. Time your stay with the turtle hatching that takes place from September to November. Just imagine witnessing baby turtles make their way towards the ocean for the very first time!
The resort is committed to preserving this fragile ecosystem. The hotel’s initiatives, in conjunction with Sainte Anne marine park authorities, include clear marking of the turtle nests, switching off the beach lights to avoid disturbing nesting and hatching and informing clients what to do around the turtles. Read more about this here

We visited Mahé and enjoyed great seafood at The Boardwalk Bar, Eden Island. Eden Island is a beautiful development with hotels, restaurants and a residential area.  Many South Africans own holiday homes here.

Our favourite dining experience though, was definitely the Le Robinson restaurant at Sainte Anne. It boasts a beautiful romantic setting right on the beach. We enjoyed many lunches and dinners here sampling the novel hot rock cooking, seafood, freshly baked bread and great French cuisine.





Our experience at Sainte Anne was truly amazing and delivered exactly what we needed. A complete recharge! I will definitely visit again and would highly recommend you consider Sainte Anne in the Seychelles for your next holiday. Whether you want to recharge like I did, or if you’re looking for something a bit more energetic (such as diving, sailing, hiking, etc.), Seychelles is the perfect paradise to do it.


WHAT TO PACK FOR THE SEYCHELLES

CLOTHES
Linen outfits, casual and smart casual and a wrap for the cooler evenings.

GENERAL:
Make a copy of your prescription for chronic or any other prescription medication
Motion illness medicine
Wet wipes and waterless hand sanitizer
Airmune effervescent for your plane ride
Bactroban nasal ointment
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
A DEET-based Mosquito repellent

Book your holiday at Sainte Anne here or browse all Seychelles packages.

Have you visited the Seychelles or Sainte Anne island? Comment below – we’d love to hear your story!

SURE TRAVEL BLOG CONTRIBUTOR
I was born with itchy feet. Since I was a child, I dreamed of travelling to Scotland and meeting my relatives there. I have since travelled extensively. I absolutely love train journeys and travel this way wherever possible. When a recharge is needed, I choose an island holiday. Some of my favourite places are the Seychelles, Montevideo in Uruguay, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Tioman Island in Malaysia, Paternoster and Struisbaai in South Africa. On my bucket list is walking the Camino in Spain and travelling France by camper van.

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