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Seychelles

An archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands that span miles of azure Indian Ocean, Seychelles – is one of those rare places on Earth that even surpass the cliché-laden glossy brochures; with dazzlingly white sand, the sea that clear and the sky that blue. Turquoise seas, rugged peaks, lush vegetation, incredible wildlife and mile upon mile of beautiful beaches. Beyond there would be some of the world’s most unique marine reserves to explore, untouched and widely unexplored waters, stunning powder white beaches, exotic culture blend.

There isn’t a better place to recover and restore your balance and health than the Seychelles because the emphasis here is on privacy, intimacy, harmony and tranquility with the natural surroundings; an

exquisite leisure destination that caters for those who is seeking perfection from the natural scenery, a tranquil ambiance beyond compare and unparalleled experiences.

The human history of the Seychelles is not very long. Nobody lived on the islands until the 1600s, when it was discovered by European traders and explorers. It was 1609 when the British East India Company arrived in the Seychelles. The islands quickly became a refuge for pirates. The French were the first to claim the Seychelles Islands as their own in 1756 as part of the colony of Mauritius, and they were the first to send settlers here. In 1770, 21 French people and 7 slaves arrived to start a community on St. Anne Island. That was the first human habitat on the Seychelles.

Eventually, the British wanted the Seychelles for their own. The French appeared to give up the islands without resistance, but they were deceiving the British. As soon as the British conquerors left, they raised the French flag again. The change from French to British back to French really didn’t have much impact on the settlers’ lives. The Seychelles became a British colony in 1814. Before that time many slaves had been brought to the Seychelles. The British abolished slavery in the Seychelles in 1835, but many newly-freed slaves decided to stay. Under British rule, the Seychelles reached a population of 7,000 by the year 1825. Many large estates were established to grow food crops like coconut and sugar cane, as well as cotton. It was around this time that the Seychelles established Victoria as the capital and became home of many exiles from the British empire.

Throughout its history and down to this very day, Seychelles has continued to be a melting pot of people from the four corners of the globe who have contributed their particular thread to the fabric of this vibrant society, adding to it and being themselves subtly transformed in return.

One can see these influences through the music, cuisine, art, dance, architecture and language.

The local artists continue to exhibit diverse styles that echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the island. Creole music and dance have their roots in African, Malagasy and European cultures. The music is played to the accompaniment of drums such as “tambour”, tamtam and simple string instruments. The Sega is found in Seychelles, as it is on other Indian Ocean islands, but the dance and music unique to Seychelles is the Moutia—a dance seen by the colonial authorities as so sexually brazen that it was banned. The music of Seychelles is diverse. Reminiscent from the British and French are the folk music such the Kontredans, polka and kanmtole.

Exhibiting our diversity and cultural influences, the Creole cuisine features the exotic blend from French, Indian, Chinese, African and English cooking; subtle, exotic, piquant and oriental spices bringing a palette of flavors to your mouth.

Grilled fish marinated in a sauce of fresh chillies, ginger, garlic and herbs is a favorite, as well as a creamy octopus curry with coconut milk, and a side dish of innovative chatinis made from local fruits such as mango and papaya. The local cuisine is not lacking of seafood dishes predominantly fresh fish readily available, shellfish and crabs serve alongside the national staple, rice. The Creole cuisine is resourceful, with the expectation of a feast that will awaken all your senses.