Seychelles

Exotic weeding in Seychelles

We had been dreaming about tying the knot on exotic beach for ages, so right after we got engaged, we started to look for a perfect wedding location. Though we had been considering places like Hawaii, Sri Lanka or Bahamas, we eventually went for the Seychelles. When the day arrived, not only did we embark upon a journey to the paradise, but also headed towards a new life together.

There are many companies that offer wedding organizations, nonetheless their prices are often exorbitant and suggestions don’t always suit their clients’ needs. That was the case for us as well. Since none of the proposals – that usually concerned Mahe island – we had heard seemed satisfying, we decided to take matter into our own hands.

We’d known from the start, that we wanted to live in La Digue and that our wedding had to take place on the Anse Source d’Argent, world’s most beautiful beach. We went for Island Lodge hotel, which – like many other hotels on the Seychelles – has a wedding package in its offer. All we had to do was to depict our interests and expectations to the manager, as well as take scans of our passports, our original birth certificates and their translated to English by sworn translator copies.

As for the wedding itself, this is how it looked like 🙂

In the morning we left our room and headed to the reception, where beautiful bouquet and flowers for buttonhole had been waiting for us. Outside the hotel we saw a carriage, with a photographer inside, that was supposed to take us to the beach. Tourists kept stopping our rig along the way to wish us good luck, which we deemed very nice.

On the beach we were welcomed by an official as well as sent from the hotel best man and bridesmaid. Ceremony itself lasted about 20-30 minutes and as it went on, it attracted more and more people, who gathered to observe and cheer us on.

After the wedding, we ate a cake, drank some champagne and had a photo shoot.

Back in our hotel room, we had one more surprise – it turned out that the entire space had been decorated with flowers and there was a basket full of fruits standing on a table. Moreover, hotel had prepared us romantic, candlelit dinner on the beach, far away from the other guests, for the evening.

Decision about such exotic wedding was one of the best ones we’ve ever made. If we were to get married one more time, there is not a single thing we would change, except maybe staying in that paradise for a little longer 🙂

 

Tips:

– To get married on the Seychelles, you have to stay there for at least three days

– To save up some money and get exactly what you want, try to pick a hotel and prearrange everything with its manager. It’s rather easy to do.

La Digue

In September, we spent a week on La Digue Island, Seychelles.

Landscape of exotic tropical island beach

La Dique is the third biggest island on the Seychelles archipelago and – in our opinion – the most beautiful one.

It’s notorious for having almost no public transportation, whit main means of transport being bikes and… sometimes bovines 🙂 (They drove us to our own wedding.)

La Digue is to – according to many – most stunning and most frequently photographed beach in the world, Anse Source d’Argent. It’s distinguished by incredible, picturesquely strewn around granite rocks. It was the beach the we chose to get married on.

 

It lies nearby harbor (within ten minutes biking distance) on L Union Estate forest preserve, that tourists can enter for a fee only.

On a way to the Anse Source D’Argent beach, we saw an enclosure for turtles, that made for a pretty amazing view, as there were about 20 or 30 of really big and heavy (250-300kg) ones. Not only did they have impressive measurements, but some were also up to 300 years old. Many tourists stop by to spend a moment with those interesting animals, feed them with the right kind of food from the list and even watch how they’re making love… 🙂

The Anse Source D’Argent itself is breathtaking. It’s the longest beach on La Digue, surrounded by rock of all kinds of shapes and sizes. There’s no other such peculiar granite formation in the entire world. The whole La Digue island is said to be the least affected by human’s activity landscape on the Seychelles. The beach is comprised of separate, small and picturesque bays. There’s lots of palm trees and relatively few people, which is why you can easily find your own spot in this paradise on earth. If there’s one place in the world that deserves this title, it’s definitely Anse Source d’Argent.

Right across it lies another beach, Grand Anse, with only one, main road leading to it. The beach is distinguished by its length and beautiful lateral rock formation. However, swimming there is forbidden due to very high waves.

A lot of people on the island rent bikes and leave them by beaches, what makes for a comfortable means of transport.

On the day of our departure, we had a pretty stressful accident. While we were going back from the beach, we noticed that one of our bikes is missing. Somebody must have taken mine by mistake. Because we’d only had couple of hours to leave the island, I got a little nervous. There was not enough time to look for it, so I decided to just take another one 🙂 We went to give them back, hoping they would be accepted. At the end of the day, we had borrowed 2 bikes and returned exactly as many 🙂 Obviously the rental place (which may be a little too big of a term for a pair of inhabitants standing with bikes in certain spots) noticed the difference right away, as one of the vehicles didn’t belong to them, but – even though we got all jittery – thanks to their kindness, we were able to explain everything with no troubles. They promised to handle it on their own and we headed back to the hotel to pack our things. We swam away on catamaran, parting with the wonderful island.

The week on La Digue was the most beautiful time of both of our lives. Every day, from dusk till dawn, we were lounging on the beach and admiring the wonders of nature. This island is a place where time seems to stand still and people no longer hurry. There are no parties, no lighting – which is we we don’t recommend riding a bike after twilight. It’s a perfect place for lovebirds, the island is a very popular destination for honeymoons. If somebody looks for a paradise on Earth, they should visit Seychelles, before they founder in a crowd of tourists and become just another resort.

 

Practical information:

– Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)

– Vaccination: not required

– Electricity: 240 V/50 Hz, electric sockets of G type

– It’s recommended to rent a bike for an entire stay on the island, because it turns out cheaper

– If somebody wants to take pictures or shoot movies in the water during high tide, they’d better be careful, as the waves can get dangerous. Watch out for your camera 🙂

– If you want your wedding to take place in special location, La Digue and Anse Source d’Argent beach are – in our opinion – one of the most, and maybe even the most, beautiful venues for wedding. If you’re interested in the story of our wedding on the Seychelles, click here:…

– The best time to visit Seychelles is during May/June or September/October

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