The Spice Route
The hilltop Le Jardin du Roi was once a colonial spice plantation and is now a favourite Creole restaurant on Mahé. Visitors can stroll the property, not only to see the colony of giant land tortoises there, but also to see the spices grown on the site, including vanilla, cinnamon, saffron and nutmeg. Meals are served in an open-air restaurant that overlooks the sea, and dishes feature homegrown spices, fruits and vegetables that were grown on the plantation.
Gardens and Views
Explore more of the islands’ natural beauty at the Botanical Gardens at Mont Fleuri. This national monument is more than 100 years old and sits among five acres (two hectares) of landscaped and beautifully maintained tropical gardens. The Orchid House, featuring orchids endemic to the islands, is a must-see. Take a journey home via Mission Point to enjoy some of the island’s most stunning views from the cool highlands on the Sans Souci route in Morne Seychellois National Park.
Looking to dance the night away? Head to Eden Island, a newly developed island marina close to the capital, Victoria, and enjoy cocktails or a local SeyBrew beer. You can tap your feet to Creole beats as you watch the yachts bob on the moonlit waters of the harbour.
Snap up colourful printed pareos and locally made T-shirts at Pineapple Studio, a 10-minute drive from the Resort. At the studio, visitors can watch the artisans at work. Visit Michael Adams Art Gallery to view an impressive selection of his work that reflects the Seychellois life and culture. The gallery sells silk-screens, postcards and calendars.
Another must-visit is Antik Colony on Independence Avenue in Victoria. Great for souvenirs, they stock a beautiful range of handmade silk and cotton batik fabrics and clothes, plus maps, prints, and beautifully scented soaps and oils made from citronella, coconut and vanilla.