The most beautiful beach in the world — at least one of the very best — is Anze Lazio, on the island of Praslin, in the Seychelle Islands. We went to the Seychelles a few years back after asking a very traveled person what he thought was the greatest beach and the best islands, and he was right.
They’re not easy to reach, at least for a North American. You must fly first to Europe — London or Paris — and then on the second day, fly from Europe down to the Seychelles, which are in the Indian Ocean, one thousand miles east of Kenya, in Africa. Some say that the Seychelles are the original Garden of Eden, and they are still unspoiled and tropical and blessed with perfect warm weather and, because they’re so remote, uncrowded as well.
Anze Lazio takes your breath away it’s so beautiful. Difficult to reach, even when you’re on its island, Praslin, as it’s away from the few towns and hotels, so if you don’t have a car you must take a bus and then walk down a steep hill from the bus stop to reach the beach. It is gorgeous; turquoise blue water, clear as drinking water no matter how deep, with sand like talcum powder, and a few trees right on the beach if you don’t want to sit in the sun. Just a few boats, perfect swimming or snorkeling temperature, not too wavy, and with a few restaurants a short walk away. Stunning.
But there was nothing wrong either with the beach near our hotel on La Digue, an even smaller island, so laid back that when you bring your luggage in from the boat that carries you here from the airport on Mahe Island, you may find an oxcart will take it to your hotel, which is just a two-storey wood building on the beach with about eight rooms, each opening onto a deck with the most glorious beach view you’ve ever seen. The hotel, as such, is not fancy, but the setting is spectacular, and this island, which has served as the background for several movies and numerous fashion advertisements, also boasts a farm with giant tortoises (our son, after studying these creatures in the lovemaking act, can still mimic their sound). We watched later as female tortoises buried their eggs in the sand.
You can take a taxi up into the mountain center of La Digue for a nice dinner of local fish, and you can go to a nightclub for dancing. Off Praslin we took a boat tour of a protected island where you can walk to see birds close-up; they have no fear of humans since the island belongs to them alone.
To make this dream vacation complete, on our return to Paris, we stayed one night at the fabulous George V Hotel, one of the most elegant in town, with gigantic rooms and dinner so exquisite that they ask that you dress for it, and that means long gowns for the ladies! Definitely worth the trouble.