Of all the places in the world I long to visit, the Seychelles remain at the top of my list as the perfect dream of paradise realized.
The island country, spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is a world leader in sustainable tourism — holding the record for the highest percentage of land under natural conservation, according to Wikipedia
, and that's nearly 50 percent of the total land area of the Seychelles. In fact, a 1993 law guarantees all citizens the right to a clean environment, as much as it also holds them to protect the fragile ecosystem.
The Daily Mail broke the story last week
that Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen the country for their royal honeymoon. They will reportedly spend a week at a gorgeous $6,700/night private island resort (the Mail declined to name the locale, naturally) with all of the luxuries fit for a potential king and queen. From the article:
Only a handful of luxury villas are dotted across the island. Hand-crafted out of local wood, each has an open-air bathroom area with sunken bath and shower, a private garden and a wooden deck with freshwater rock pool and yoga pavilion. There is a butler on hand in every villa, and a personal chef will conjure up a daily menu based on freshly-caught fish and whatever delicacies the couple wish. The area is an eco-haven and while snorkeling, kayaking or diving are encouraged, its tranquility is preserved with a ban on jet skis and similar watersports.
That Kate and William, now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would choose a remote paradise to celebrate their nuptials is not surprising. Last fall, the prince proposed to Middleton at Rutundu
, a lodging station in a remote region of Mount Kenya National Park. The setting is extremely rustic with no electricity and only candlelight and fires to light the evening.
Middleton reportedly wrote in the lodge's guestbook that she found the entire off-grid experience to be "so romantic." I've no doubt that the Seychelles will offer the couple a repeat sentiment.