Uncover the white sands and astounding nature of the tranquil Seychelles before jetting to the glittering cityscape of Dubai to swim with dolphins and roam the desert in this all-encompassing spectacular pan-Indian Ocean journey that outshines any other luxury holiday by miles.
Nature and Nurture
Get your trip off to an epic start with a hike in the nearby Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site – a spectacularly eerie emerald palm forest, unchanged since prehistoric times and filled with endangered coco de mer trees, only to be found in the Seychelles. From wandering the woodland to sprawling on the sand as your second day is all about relaxation – take your lunch alfresco with a picnic on one of the world’s best beaches, Anse Lazio, a flawless stretch of ivory sand fringed by tropical takamaka trees. Afterwards treat yourself to a Pure Pearl spa treatment, using therapeutic pearl powder.
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The next day, spend time with some giant tortoises on the nearby Curieuse Island, a red-earthed sliver of paradise, home to rare flora and fauna. Wrap up an already successful day with a cookery class, taught by the hotel’s own chef, learning how to cook with the excellent local produce and finish up with a delicious meal at the chef’s table – we think it’s safe to say that you’ve made the most of your time in the Seychelles. Tonight dream of unbounded luxury, far-reaching deserts and day-and-night glamour because tomorrow it’s off to glamorous Dubai.
Safari in Style
Ease any travel tiredness with a hot stone massage in the Raffles spa before a leisurely lunch, sampling the cream of Arabic cuisine in Azur. Have an aquatic afternoon and one you’re not going to forget – swimming with dolphins in Dolphin Bay. Day two will take you from water to the air and land – get a birds-eye view of Dubai on a helicopter ride of the city before scaling back the sands of time with a desert safari in a sleek vintage Land Rover to spot exotic local wildlife.
from shops to the top
As your trip winds to a close, spend the last part of your Dubai daze with some shopping downtown to pick up some souvenirs. Then finish your holiday on a crescendo with a trip to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and its 360˚ floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Dubai and the Persian Gulf, for a sight that will stay with you all the way home.