You've got your second COVID-19 vaccine dose & you're ready to book that luxurious post-pandemic honeymoon. Not so fast! Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that.
The future is looking cautiously brighter for planning travel (speaking really for countries fortunate enough to have vaccination efforts underway). But, securing your Covid-19 vaccine doesn't necessarily mean you can book a honeymoon flight to any country you please. Many countries' borders remain closed to foreigners. Others still require quarantine upon arrival, regardless of proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
However, there are a few destinations that are making honeymoon travel plans easier for fully vaccinated couples. The paradise island nation of Seychelles is one of them.
In January, the Seychelles Tourism Board announced that travelers with proof of a “complete dose” of a vaccine (meaning two doses if required) at least two weeks prior to arrival, plus a negative Covid-19 test taken less than 72 hours prior to traveling may enjoy the islands without any quarantine time.
Maybe this sounds a little complicated. But, it's a much more ‘open' situation than most other countries, particularly for closed-off island nations that traditionally serve as popular honeymoon destinations.
The press release also stated that vaccinated travelers must also stay in hotels or guesthouses that have been certified for so-called “Category 1” travelers. As of now, there are 532 such places to choose from, which is where our wanderlust research comes into play…
Why Honeymoon in Seychelles?
If you've never heard of this tiny island nation perfect for honeymoons, we wouldn't fault you. Situated a thousand miles off the eastern coast of Africa, Seychelles isn't your typical, quick Caribbean getaway. The archipelago is made up of 115 stunning islands with white sand beaches surrounded by deep blue, Indian Ocean waters.
Long been a honeymoon destination for newlyweds of Europe, Seychelles has recently become a worldwide destination thanks to its top-rated beaches and world-class scuba diving. Thanks to its isolated nature, the islands' eco-systems are unique. Seychelles offers wildlife lovers glimpses of varied flora and fauna not found in many other corners of the world. If you've ever dreamed of honeymooning on an exotic, private island, this might be the destination for you.
To help you plan, we've gone through the list of COVID-19 “Category 1” approved hotels & guesthouses and chosen our favorites to help plan a ‘Dream Seychelles Honeymoon' for you. I may have even forwarded the list to my own husband, after all, we're #foreverhoneymooning…
Where to Stay
Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas – Ultimate luxury with the sea just outside your window. If we were to choose one favorite from Seychelles' many stunning resorts Anantara Maia would be the one. We can imagine lounging by our villa's own infinity pool while our private chef cooks up a romantic, tropical meal.
Cousine Island – Intimate & romantic, Cousine Island delivers deserted-island-honeymoon vibes. “Adorned with lush palms & verdant vegetation, this pristine granitic slice of heaven marks one of the few destinations on Planet Earth where the miracle of nature thrives and man in all his curious wonder is simply a silent observer.” A sanctuary for flora and fauna, Cousine Island features only five luxurious villas, meaning you'll cross paths with more animals than you will other travelers. A delightful perk if you ask us.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – Marrying their reputation of opulence with wild tropical style, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles' honeymoon villas and suites blend right into this island paradise. Appearing like lavish treehouses, each villa is absolute eye-candy featuring warm teak wood styling, tropical rain showers and sexy soaking tubs. Of course, your stay includes all you would expect from the world-renowned hotelier: world-class hospitality, bespoke spa treatments, divine dining & plenty of excursions to boot.
Six Senses Zil Payson – Welcome to Félicité, your own private island. Six Senses has always had a fantastic taste when it comes to choosing their hotels' iconic locations. Clearly, no expense was spared when they plotted this bit of tropical land hidden in the wildness of Seychelles. Choose from one of the resort's stylish villas and you will be treated to epic views, luxurious details & your own private pool.
Constance Lémuria – Swanky and modern, Constance Lémuria beckons us to the island of Praslin. Built to overlook the pristine beaches of Anse Georgette and Anse Kerlan. There's plenty to do for the more adventurous: find snorkeling, watersports, golfing & tennis. More active couples will love the activities at hand and the relaxing spa treatments that follow.
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