The Seychelles Paradise in the Indian Ocean

My family spent Eid Al Adha 2016 in The Seychelles, a group of islands about 1,000 miles east of the coast of Kenya. We stayed in Barbarons, on the west side of the main island, Mahe. We stayed in the Avani resort hotel. It is a four-star inn. We had a room right on the ocean, and the pool and restaurants were a short walk away. We stayed five nights, and the family would give our stay a 9 out of 10 stars. The best things were the laid-back atmosphere, stable weather (28 C during the day and 24 C at night with light showers from time to time) and beautiful scenery. It was also federal election time, and the people of the island were very happy to be exercising their democratic privilege and voted out the majority party. There were celebrations in the streets the day the election results were announced. The food was great, the flight from Abu Dhabi on Air Seychelles was about six hours and the one-day snorkelling tour we did was outstanding. I highly recommend The Seychelles as a paradise tourist destination for those living in the UAE. It is the same time zone as the UAE and is not a very long flight. It is a bit pricey, but not over the top. Have fun when you fly to Victoria, the capital city and hub. A taxi to your hotel will be modestly priced, and the cabbies love to give you the local history.

The view from the beach at Avani looking to the south.
The north cove at Avani, which is the best play to swim.
Viraj at the bio-diversity park, which is a short walk from the hotel.
Looking toward St. Anne Island in The Seychelles.
The view from Moyenne looking toward Long Island in The Seychelles.
Clouds gather over the ocean in late afternoon.
A cinnamon tree. The smell was divine.

I highly recommend Avani. It is an excellent hotel for a family trip. It also is a great place for a honeymoon. One couple we met was from Florence, Italy, and they were having a blast. In addition to lots of swimming at the hotel pool and in the ocean, that drove around the island in a car they rented at the hotel. As for the food and other amenities, I recommend get the half board and then eating in the Thai restaurant on the beach at least once. Service is a bit slow, but the food is excellent. Here is a link to the hotel website:

Viraj ponders the waters of the Indian Ocean on an overcast morning at Barbarons.
Coconuts in a palm tree on the beach.
Looking north of Barbarons into the Indian Ocean. The BBC used to have a set of active short wave towers nearby.
The beach at Barbarons late in the afternoon.
The beach at Moyenne Island on a beautiful late winter morning.

The Seychelles' official travel website:

The beach at Avani is always full of swimmers.


Photos by David W. Bulla

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