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Praslin Island Seychelles | Photo Diary + Travel Guide

November 16, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Seychelles Islands: Photo Diary + Travel Guide

Now that it’s sufficiently cold and gloomy outside, I’m feeling extra sentimental about the sunshine, salty air and tan lines that come standard with a visit to the Seychelles. After our time on safari in the Masai Mara, we made our way to this little known grouping of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean—touted for magnificent white sand beaches lined with granite boulders and crystal clear turquoise waters. Located about 1000 miles due East of Kenya, the Seychelles consists of 115 islands, mostly uninhibited, with exception to the three main islands: Mahe (the capitol), Praslin and La Digue. These three islands provide the majority of tourism, but a handful of other private islands containing no permanent residents also offer very luxurious and secluded accommodations including North Island (the honeymoon destination of Prince William + Kate as well as George + Amal Clooney), Fretgate, Felicite and Silhouette to name a few.  Once under the rule of France, the culture in the Seychelles is a mix of African, Indian and Creole. French and Creole are the main languages spoken in addition to English.

Our first stop was to Praslin island. We spent three nights just off the Cote D’Or coast and after an exciting few days of chasing lions and elephants across the savannah, we wanted nothing more than to lounge and relax all day at the beautiful beaches this island has to offer.

HANNAH SHELBY: Seychelles Islands: Photo Diary + Travel Guide

— ANSE LAZIO —

Day one we made our way to the beautiful Anse Lazio beach. Set on the northwest side of the island, Anse Lazio is often listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and most definitely lives up to its reputation. The beach is made up of one longer stretch of sand and two smaller cove areas surrounded by boulders. Getting to the beach is easy via rental car or bus, just note that if you do take the bus you will be dropped off about 1km from the beach and will need to walk to rest of the way. There is a nice little restaurant on the beach called Bon Bon Plume perfect for lunch serving traditional creole cuisine and drinks.

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— LUNCH AT BON BON PLUME —

Bon Bon Plume is a great little beach restaurant serving delicious traditional creole food. No shoes or shirt required.

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Maroon Dress | Faithfull the brand

Espadrilles | Ball Pages

Gold Necklaces | Missoma London

Straw Hat | Lack of Color

Sunglasses | Ray-ban

Beach Bag | Abaca

Turkish Towel | Hammamas (similar here)


 — ANSE GEORGETTE —

Spending a day at Anse Georgette requires a reservation through Constanse Lemuria since reaching the beach requires walking though the hotel’s property. There are technically no private beaches in the Seychelles so no matter if you can afford to stay at a high end hotel or not, the natural beauty of the island is there for everyone to experience. If you are heading to Anse Georgette from the Cote D’Or area like us, you will drive through the Vallee de Mai nature reserve, making for a nice chance to see both if you aren’t looking to spend an entire day at the beach. There is also a great take-away shop on the drive called Whole Foods Market (yes, they even copied the logo but no this is not the real Whole Foods from the States!). This cute little shop has some really nice food selections as well as a little in-shop restaurant servings burgers and sandwiches + smoothies and drinks.

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White Blouse | Merlette

Denim Shorts | RE/DONE

Black Sandals | Posse

Red Swimsuit | J. Crew (similar here)

Gold Necklaces | Missoma London

Straw Hat | Lack of Color

Sunglasses | Ray-ban

Beach Bag | Abaca


– VALLEE DE MAI NATURE RESERVE –

HANNAH SHELBY: Seychelles Islands: Photo Diary + Travel Guideimage credit

We opted to spend all our time beaching, but another fun daytime activity on Praslin is visiting the Valle de Mai nature reserve, which is home to many unique species including the extremely rare Coco de Mer—the largest coconut on the planet found only in Praslin and neighboring island Curieuse. The Valle de Mer is legend to be the “Garden of Eden” and the Coco de Mer the “forbidden fruit” which is made a more interesting tale considering the non discrete shape of this rare coconut. Guided and self-guided tours are available.


 

Travel Tips:

A rental car is very useful on Praslin if you plan to bounce around the island. The bus is a viable way to travel but you will be subject to the time schedule and in some cases, such as going to Anse Lazio, you will be dropped off a good distance from your destination. Pricing is reasonable and the process is very easy.

Some restaurants have strict dress codes for men wearing pants at dinner, which we found out the hard way.

Bring rain gear no matter what season you are visiting—rain is possible any time in the tropics but the good news is if it does rain, it’s usually for a short period of time.

Where to Stay:

SPLURGE: Constance Lemuira, Raffles

MID-RANGE: Le Duc de Praslin, Hotel L’Archipel

BUDGET SELF CATERING: L’Hirondelle, Cote d’Or Footprints

Where to Eat:

CASUAL: Bon Bon Plume, La Goulou

FANCY: Cafe de Arts, La Gigolette

 

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Masai Mara Safari | Photo Diary + Travel Guide

October 1, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Masai Mara Safari: Photo Diary + Travel Guide

Every year we like to embark on at least one big adventure. This year we decided to really go for it and check one of the biggest items off our bucketlist. And being a firm believer in the value and worth of time, we also knew if we didn’t do it now, it might be a bit trickier to pull off until further down the road. So after a good deal of research, we landed on spending three days at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Camp in the Masai Mara, set in the foothills of the scenic Oloololo Escarpment at the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Kichwa Tembo and the Masai Mara tick all the boxes for that iconic sprawling-savannah safari, and I can safely say this was one of the coolest, most jaw-dropping experiences I’ve had so far. Continue Reading…

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A Surreal Paradise: Seychelles Packing Inspiration

August 11, 2017

I remember the first picture I saw of the Seychelles, in disbelief at the site of volcanic boulders jetting up from the white sands and turquoise sea, like nothing I had ever seen before. A chain of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles look almost surreal—reminiscent of Jurassic Park meets Robinson Crusoe. In addition to the many beaches, Seychelles has countless activities to offer, including boating excursions to more remote islands, snorkeling the coral reefs, hiking trails, biking, quaint villages, rainforest exploration, vanilla plantations, tea farms, a local rum distillery, and so much more. Continue Reading…

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Out of Africa: Safari Packing Inspiration

August 1, 2017
Hannah Shelby: Hotel Lust: andBeyond Kichwa Tembo

One month from today we’re heading to the Masai Mara in Kenya for our first Safari. I remember watching The Lion King when I was just a little girl and being completely captivated. The opening scene where all the animals come together at Pride Rock for the reveal of baby Simba gives me goosebumps to this day. And I would be lying if I didn’t admit our upcoming trip to the Mara still doesn’t feel real. Going on Safari has always felt a little bit out of reach, and it wasn’t until doing some pretty serious research that all the pieces fell into place. Which just goes to show that nothing is impossible if you really put your mind to it!

The Mara has a pretty temperate climate, with September falling at the end of the dry “winter” season. Early morning game drives begin a bit chilly and quickly warm up with the arrival of the sun. Daytime sees temperature suitable for shorts and even a swim or sun lounging in your time between game drives. And once the sun sets and night falls over the savanna, a bit of a chill returns to the air. Easy natural fabrics in neutral colors work great for layering during the day. And I love a good midi wrap dress with sleeves for temperatures that aren’t quite warm but aren’t quite cold either—perfect for enjoying those iconic safari sundowner cocktails. Continue Reading…

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Summer Dress Edit

July 26, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Charleston Travel Guide

Summer may be well underway, but there are still 57 days remaining in this grand season and I plan to enjoy every last bit until the very end. Chicago winters are long and cold and if you can call it a silver lining, the harsh chill at least provides an extra appreciation for the days when the whole city seems to be outside, enjoying the parks, lakefront, and the hundreds of outdoor patios sprinkled around the city. Below are a few of my favorite easy dresses perfect for enjoying those sun rays while they last.

GINGHAM

The print of the season, gingham always has a way of looking sharp and fresh.

HANNAH SHELBY: Summer Dress EditASOS Tie Front Gingham Dress

HANNAH SHELBY: Summer Dress EditFree People Gingham Wrap Dress

HANNAH SHELBY: Summer Dress EditASOS Gingham Off The Shoulder Dress Continue Reading…