Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Honeymoon Dreaming on Desroches Island, Seychelles

Yes, I am on my honeymoon and yes, I am loving every moment! I had never really questioned the 'honeymoon' concept but these thoughts clearly being a product of my current state, I was curious and wondered…where does this lovely tradition come from? I read some interesting explanations but liked the two earliest descriptions the best: 

The earliest known use of the honeymoon concept dates back to Deuteronomy 24:5 “When a man is newly wed, he need not go out on a military expedition, nor shall any public duty be imposed on him. He shall be exempt for one year for the sake of his family, to bring joy to the wife he has married.”
I can't say we are lucky enough to have a full year, but we have a full two month of honeymooning adventure, which we thought was pretty epic to start our marriage with. 
The term ‘honeymoon’ dates back to the 5th century AD and a time when the calendar for many cultures was based on the cycles of the moon rather than the sun i.e. the lunar month. It was common practice that a newly-wed couple would drink plenty of mead during their first month of married life. Mead is a honey-based alcoholic drink well regarded for causing merriment and there are plenty of references to it’s aphrodisiac properties.*
So with love in the air and our honey wine in hand, for our first stop we are off to where else but the Seychelles!

I thought I had discovered paradise a few times already in this world but I quickly realised, once setting foot on this island, that only NOW had I truly found paradise. When your tiny plane lands on a runway, of which the distance spans the widest part of the island, and you walk out being greeted by staff members of the private island's own resort…you can't help but feel as if you have just walked on to a movie set being filmed. That experience was a definite first and and the sort of treatment that just doesn't happen. Ever. Oh well…lucky us I say and convince myself that we deserve this :)
'Where Perfection meets Paradise. And time stands still.' One of the resort's tag lines and not far off to what I perceived myself. A peaceful, tranquil and remote destination, my idea of a honeymoon in the Seychelles. This beautiful patch of happiness (6km in length) lies rather deserted in the warm Indian Ocean, 240kms off the main Seychellie island (Mahe). A place where you truly can escape reality and embrace the nature and beauty of island life. 

Soft white powder sand on perfectly secluded beaches, swaying lush palm trees, ripe with coconuts of all shapes and sizes. Tropical bliss. When walking barefoot on the beaches of Desroches, the sand feels like icing sugar, melting away gently between your toes. Beautiful shells, coral and pieces of drift wood scatter the beach, whilst hermet and other crabs enjoy challenging you to a constant 'catch me if you can' game. Yes, we have walked on stunning sand, drank from coconuts before and played with many playful fish in this world (and are very lucky to!), but what is most special about this place, and what we appreciated the most,  is that one gets to enjoy these treasures in unrivaled privacy and freedom. Desroches is the only resort on this small, private island and is rated amongst the top remote destinations in the world! To say I felt special, treasured and loved whilst spending our amazing days here, is a big understatement. Truly magical I say. 

The original and oldest inhabitants of the island still get to call this their home. Desroches is a natural sanctuary for giant tortoises; such gentle and kind creatures freely roaming the island. One will most certainly cross your path during one of your many bicycles rides around the island. We met a really big one, fell instantly in love with him (after we nearly fell off our bicycles upon seeing him!), and named him Alfred. Otherwise, bright green geckos, tropical birds, crabs and stingrays became our main friends, since we saw these guys more than any other humans.  

The Luxury Villas and Retreats, as they call them, have their own private, heated plunge pools, sexy freestanding oval bathtubs and at least three outdoor showers. The interior design is inspired by the exotic and makes an abundant use of beautiful wood (all kinds including unique driftwood). The homes are tastefully modern, taking pointers from both Japanese and Scandinavian designers and have the perfect balance between comfort and nature. Your private piece of paradise really does offer you 'exclusive luxury in harmony with nature' as they say.

A setting as this generally goes hand in hand with bucket loads of sunshine, of which we did have plenty, but my favourite day by far, included bucket loads of rain, quite literally. I love tropical rain, properly gushing down, whilst the outside temperature remains warm and life goes on. It was a full day of rain, the type of rain that cleanses the soul; the type of heavy raindrops that dance on the surface of the water, looking like twinkling stars. Our perfect day included a bit of a sleep in, a luscious breakfast, some reflective journal writing, and a luxury spa experience with some cleansing facials that left us illuminated and radiant, all before a delicious lunch that we finished off with a trio of chocolate mousse. Yum! A hot bubble bath soon followed and then some proper nap time. Note that I never take naps, so I must have been feeling really relaxed and blissfully carefree to be able to turn off! Falling asleep and waking up to silence…except for the sounds of thick tropical rain…heaven. A quick dip into our private patch of perfect blue ocean to wake up from our short session of nap time dreaming. Our stunner of a day continues with a gentle hop and skip from the ocean into our private heated plunge pool and only gets better with a chilled wine glass in hand. A blissful state whilst your body is wrapped in warmth and your head enjoys the relaxing and soft tingle of big, luscious raindrops. The day ends with the skies calming and slowly drying up, whilst we sip tropical cocktails during a beautiful sunset overlooking the ocean, followed by yet another delicious four  course meal, to plump us up ever so slightly. Bliss, bliss and more bliss. 

Another memorable treasure from this getaway was the starriest of all skies I have ever seen. The day following our epic, tropical rain day, the sky must have decided it had showered the world in enough moisture. The plants were grateful and even us two honeymooners felt refreshed, happy and radiant. Today there was no cloud in the sky, but instead thousands, millions of twinkling gems above us; nothing like I've ever seen before. Ever. You know it is a one-of-a-kind starry night when you nearly fall over yourself and surprise yourself with your own scream as you, out of a sudden, discover the beautiful, twinkling carpet above you. A few wishes may have been made with all those shooting stars making paintbrush stroke attempts on the canvas called our beautiful sky ;)

The picture obviously does not do the sky justice but we did try to capture it :)
Relaxed, recharged, connected are a few words that describe how we felt after the five most beautiful of days on Desroches Island in the Seychelles. Honeymoon or no honeymoon, this spot is a true patch of paradise and the perfect refuge for romance and a touch of adventure. Unique and truly memorable, this once in a lifetime escape was an uplifting journey, where we embraced every little bit of energy from the elements surrounding us.

Thank you Robin. 



Absolutely Loved Photography said...

What a gorgeous place! Perfect for a honeymoon.

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