A Great Birthday Surprise
Favorite thing: During our stay at the Hilton we were celebrating my 38th birthday. The day of my birthday it seemed that everyone from the pool attendant to the security guard knew it was my Birthdays and greeted me with a "Happy Birthday".
When we arrived back to the room after swimming there were two towel animals on the table, bamboo spelling out Happy Birthday, flower petals in the shape of a heart along with a birthday cake and candle. There was also plates and utensils for the cake. The cake was a rich chocolate cake with a ganache filling which was excellent.
This was the best treatment I had ever experience while at a hotel on my Birthday. Great job Hilton!
Fondest memory: A favorite activity of the day was relaxing and enjoying a late afternoon or pre-dinner cocktail. Nothing better than beating the heat by having an ice cold beer or drink while gazing out at a beautiful ocean view.
Wow We're Here.................
Fondest memory: One of my favorite memories was when we first arrived in Mahe. After seeing pictures in books and on-line we were amazed that it was even better in real life. Our ride to the hotel was filled with Wows, Ohh and Look at that.
Arriving at the resort was another Wow moment. Starting our adventure with cold cocktails, snacks and cool hand towels was the perfect start. From that moment on it was truly paradise...
Just The Two of Us
Fondest memory: The best part of my Birthday trip to Mahe was being with my wife. Vacationing in such an island paradise together was truly romantic. Words can't express how wonderful the island is and what beautiful memories we made here together.
Love Those Towel Animals
Fondest memory: The Hilton staff provided different towel animals around the pool and beach area. Some days they were clearly identifiable and other days we were clueless...
One of our favorites were the elephants or as my wife called them "Babar".
The Views from Above
Favorite thing: The View from the plane was the first glimpse we had of the Seychelles. As we decended through the clouds;water and land became more visable. This was my first "Ah" moment as I saw the blue green of the water and the lush island.
Clock tower in Victoria
Favorite thing: The erection of the clock tower, using winches and pulleys, took nine days to complete, the last rivet driven in on March 27, 1903.
The clock tower was originally black and oil lamps were fixed on the four sides. Four decades later the Victoria City Council decided that it should be painted with a lustrous silver and it has been in that colour ever since.
It is in the centre of Victoria in the middle of a roundabout. You cannot miss it.
Where to get rupees ?
Favorite thing: The exchange rate in banks is really high, if you change your money there, you’ll get around five rupees for a euro. Although it is illegal to change money on the black market, you will find plenty of little Indian shops, where you can get a better rate (sometimes 9 rupees for a euro). People will come to you on the beaches as well, in Beau Vallon for example. If you change a large amount at once, you get better rates. But once again it is illegal and risky, and at the end of your stay, if you have money left and want to change it back into your currency, you will need a paper attesting you changed it at the bank.
Snorkeling and scuba diving
Favorite thing: If you like snorkeling and scuba diving, it is better to go in april-mai or in october-november, when the water is more clear and calm. It is better not to go during the monsoons, when the water is more choppy, the sea bed will be unclear and you won’t see the fish that well.
If you go in june
Favorite thing: Be careful, the season is supposed to be the best one, with less rain. When we were there it was quite cloudy. We had some really nice days, but really cloudy in the morning, and a quite changing weather. As it is winter time for the locals and it’s not high season, some places are closed, and it is difficult to find a fresh fruit juice, even if it is written on the menu.
Tasty food !
Favorite thing: In a general way, living in the Seychelles is really expensive, so you better get used to the idea before going and avoid wasting your time moaning on the price of things... it won?t make them cheaper and you?ll just ruin your holiday... Enjoy life on the island and remember you only live once !
There?s always a way to find cheaper food of course, you can buy sandwiches and ham for lunch in a little shop, drinks are also cheaper in those boutik. You can also buy some fruits in the market, very thirst-quenching when the sun?s so hot :-) There are also plenty of take away in Victoria and food is really honest !
But creole food is sooooooooo tasty, you really have to try it in a restaurant if you don't wanna miss something :-)