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By Lionel Hierso - LH Travel Designer

When to go

Climate is one of the many that makes Seychelles such a special destination all year round with an average temperature of 27C rarely falling below 24 or rising above 32C. The hottest months are from December to April and the wettest are January and February.

The condition for scuba diving are excellent all year round but if you want a unique experience you should choose the months of April, May, October and November where the visibility is exceptional.

Dating

The gay scene in the Seychelles is quite limited. However even there are no specific places like saunas, clubs or beaches, usually locals and tourists can meet anywhere. On Friday night there are two specific places where the community can have fun and meet people on the island of Mahe, The Broadwalk and the Katiolo night club.

Naturism is not allowed in the Seychelles, however it is easy to practice it on some private islands like Fregate where the beach is not accessible to the public but only to the guests of the resort. The other way to enjoy naturism is to rent one the numerous catamarans for day trips to explore the islands. There are so many stunning places difficult to access except by boat.

Accommodation

Lots of people think of Seychelles only as an expensive destination with exclusive luxury resorts. The Seychelles actually also offers accommodation for any budget, from large hotels and resorts to small and authentic guest houses and self catering villas. Everything is possible.

By booking well in advance (90/120 days before arrival) you can have access to special offers making the destination a more accessible and granting you some luxury.

  • Carana beach hotel 4* A small boutique hotel on the north coast of Mahe. 40 chalets on a beautiful and wild beach. Offers with breakfast included.
  • L’Archipel Hotel 4* This property is owned by a local family who cares about the identity of the place and its history and it also reflects on the colonial style of this small hotel. Offers with breakfast included.
  • We can also recommend top luxury resorts upon request.

Food

Similarly to the population, the Seychelles food culture is also characterized by the influence of different regions of the world. Seychellois creole cuisine combines the exoticism of Indian and Asian dishes with the piquant flavors of the Orient, as well as European culinary culture. Hardly anywhere else in the world offers such a variety of fresh fish and seafood.

Chicken or pork can also be used as the basis for curries. Rice, vegetables and often spicy sauces are served as a side dish.

One of the speciality you cannot miss is the tectec soup, the main ingredient is the small mussels sharing its name.

At the end of the dinner coconut chocolate, cooked bananas in coconut milk or caramelized pineapples are often served.

A wide palette of spices provide the special creole flavor such as vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, citronella, patschouli and chilli. Ginger and garlic are also favourites of the Seychellois and are used in almost every meal.

What to do

  • Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
  • Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden
  • Hindu Temple – Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar
  • Tkamaka Rum Ditillery
  • Veuve Reserve
  • Carrefour des Arts
  • L’Union Estate
  • Plantation House
  • Cathedral of our lady of Immaculate Conception
  • Curieuse Marine Mational Park
  • Ile Cachee
  • Moyenne Cerf Island
  • Snorkeling Trail

Contact Lionel Hierso - LH Travel Designer to start planning your next expedition or [email protected]

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Travel Tuesday: South West France

Should you be adding this destination to your travel wish-list?

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Biarritz, France (image published via Pixabay)
Biarritz, France (image published via Pixabay)

By Lionel Hierso — LH Travel Designer
In today’s Travel Tuesday destination guide, we take a look at the South West region of France.

When to go
The South of France is a region where you can go all year long. From the ocean to the inland, you can really enjoy discovering this amazing part of France.

Dating
The main cities of this region are Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bayonne, Carcassone, Arcachon, Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Albi, Hossegor, Pau, Anglet, and Montauban. All of these main cities are gay friendly, and you can easily find gay bars, saunas, night clubs, cruising, restaurants, and naturist beaches.

This region also has one of France’s only gay hotels — Le Stelsia is a stunning resort in the Lot et Garonne area. Perfect for a romantic mini-break.

Accommodation
One of the main place to visit the south oust of France is the Lot et Garonne, not far from Bordeaux and Toulouse. I recommend to stay at the stunning gay-friendly hotel Le Stelsia. You can have a stunning double room including breakfast with access to the spa, swimming pool and two amazing restaurants including Michelin star gastronomic cuisine.

I can also recommend The Radisson and l’hotel du Palais in Biarritz, a stunning city close to the Spanish border.

All the hotels in this region are gay friendly.

Food
All over France you can find very good food, but especially in the south west region.

Here are the top 10 traditional food of the region.

  • Fois gras
  • Salade du sud oust
  • Le jambon de Bayonne
  • Le Pate de pomme de terre (potato pie)
  • Les truffes (very rare mushrooms)
  • Magert de Canard (duck speciality)
  • La piperade (marinated chicken with tomato sauce)
  • La garbure landaise (duck with potatoes and vegetables)
  • Axoa (mince marinated in tomato sauce and potato cake)
  • La lamproie a la bordelaise (local fish with jambon de Bayonne and chocolate)

You can ask for these specialities in all local restaurants

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🥘🍽️✔️Calories: 525 kcal P: 38g – G: 48g – L: 20g 🏋️🧘👙 ~ Taboulé sucré/salé de magret de canard ~ Ingrédients : 100g de magret de canard, 40g de semoule de blé (en cru), 20g de pois chiches, 5 tomates cerises, 1 datte, 10g d'amandes effilées grillées, 1 carré frais, 1 càs d'huile d'olive, 1càs de vinaigre balsamique, 1 càc de miel, du basilic. ~ Je dispose ma semoule dans un plat et je verse 60 ml d'eau bouillante additionnée de sel sur ma semoule. Je la couvre d'un torchon humide et je la laisse gonfler 15 min. Je quadrille la peau de mon magret de canard et je le cuis à la poêle, d'abord côté peau puis ensuite de l'autre côté. Je prépare l'assaisonnement de mon taboulé : je coupe mes tomates cerises en deux, je les place dans un ramequin avec l'huile d'olive, le vinaigre balsamique et le miel. Je cuis 1 min au micro-ondes et je verse sur ma semoule. J'ajoute la datte coupée en petits morceaux, les pois chiches et le basilic ciselé. Je mélange bien mon taboulé et je le parsème d'amandes effilées grillées à la poêle et du carré frais. Je sers mon taboulé, bien frais, avec le magret de canard 😋. Je sais pas vous, mais j'adore le sucré salé ! Cette recette a éveillé toutes mes papilles !! 😍😊 _________________________ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . Partagez moi aussi vos bonnes recettes saines et gourmandes et faites en profiter tout le monde avec le #ladietetiquerie 😉. . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _________________________ Consultations diététiques à votre domicile & préparation de vos repas, analyses de vos habitudes alimentaires & programmes nutritionnels personnalisés, coaching à distance. _________________________ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ .

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What to do

  • Mini cruises (standard or private)
  • Water sports
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Naturists sites (Les Manoques, Le Clos Barrat, Domaine Laborde)
  • Food tours and cuisine courses
  • Water and theme parks
  • Visit stunning monuments and castles
  • Visit the most famous vineyards
  • Surfing
  • Skiing
  • Bike rides
  • Horse rides

Contact Lionel Hierso — LH Travel Designer to start planning your next expedition or email [email protected]

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