By Joan Larsen
Picture this: turquoise waters, glittering sands, and the most exclusive hidden villa in our world — on an island that is about as isolated as you can get. And – after a 3-day wedding in Venice that often eclipsed the world news, viewers were sprinkled with a series of carefully planned media events that would tax even the likes of the cool, calm, and collected George Clooney. Winding down afterward had to be the first thing on his mind. And, thinking ahead, the Clooneys had already had a “practice session” here in April, finding it totally captivating.
What few outsiders know is that the Seychelles Island government is a very sharp group. Laws have been introduced early on to totally protect the privacy of celebrities visiting. You can imagine how quickly the rich and famous, needing a break from the cameras, arrived when those laws were passed! Yes, I admit it takes very “deep pockets” as well, but that is a “given”. Today I would consider that the Seychelles, deep in the Indian Ocean, be ranked as the #1 paradise on the globe. It is just so out of the way that, fortunately, the world may not know about it yet. I have yet to see its like!
Villa 11, North Island – well, there are 10 other villas scattered under the palm trees – far enough away from each other to be totally alone – but Villa 11? A private villa, much larger than the rest but strictly for two who “want to be alone”. The word “romantic” has a whole new meaning here. All amenities are at your own beck-and-call. No menu, why? Well, you have your own chef who is so pleased to supply all your special meal desires . . . but who then disappears, silently.
A fabulous bathroom with bath big enough for two. . . . and with views of other islands in the distance that can be seen from both bathroom and the sumptuous bed.
The photos below of #11 – that actually has been the home-away-from- home for many other of the very rich and famous –has everything you will need to give you utter peace. But the only delight you will find yourself drawn to, again and again, are the breathtaking coral reefs that are only a few footsteps away on your private beach. Normally, the waters are calm, transparent, filled with such a vast array of technicolor underwater creatures, that you will find yourselves mesmerized. Drawn to the perfect cove of a beach and what lies beyond . . . and you will find that romance still lies in the air. What a perfect world this is!
Breathtaking. No matter how you are used to living, George, life does seem to go a bit downhill after that. For those of us still working on “affording the world”, the Seychelles – as I have done them — by small ship (“seeing them all” as the many islands of note are so beautifully different and desirable as well!), I can promise will be your trip of a lifetime. Do take a backward glance at my earlier article on this almost unknown part of our world as, if possible, it should not be missed!
Marooned in the middle of the Indian Ocean lies an almost unknown archipelago of 115 islands – the Seychelles – that have a pristine, tropical beauty that made me feel that our small ship had drifted into a dream world…. continue reading
NEWS FLASH!!: The Clooneys’ planned-on honeymoon has been sadly delayed. Their decision to have a home in England was sudden, and their need to “settle in”? Well, that becomes a rather traumatic time in two lives usually, to put it mildly. (We all we remember our own residence changes in our own lifetimes as somewhat of a “trying time” under any circumstances!!) And so the getaway to the Seychelles — and the honeymoon proper — should be even more of a delight when it occurs!!
Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth. But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again. She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”