culture

The Seychelles

What can I say about the Seychelles, except WOW!

It really is everything you would imagine and have seen in the photos. It boasts some of the most photographed beaches in the world, and is a rich mix of culture, community, nature, food and fun.

Our first stop was Mahe Island where we stayed at the Constance Ophelia hotel. It's spread over a vast amount of natural beauty with it's own private beach, helicopter landing pad on a hill top, as well as home to Dusty and his friends, who is the oldest giant tortoise at 108 years old. 

My favorite part of the hotel was that it has it's own zip line that runs through the forest. 

Mahe is easy to get around and there are many cultural sites to visit on the island as well as shopping areas such as the old Victoria Market for some fresh local food.

Our next stop was the island of Pralin, where we stayed at the luxurious and breathtaking Raffles hotel. Each villa has its own private pool that overlooks the ocean. 

Whist in the Seychelles we also took part in the annual creole festival and visited the slow paced island of La Digue, where time really does stand still.

The Seychelles is a place where you can relax and have fun at night, but most of all for me, it is steeped in natural beauty, and there is nothing better for the health than to be surrounded by untouched nature.

Check out our TV show from the Seychelles here:

Seychelles Video part 1

Seychelles Video part 2

 

HONG KONG

So we are going to Hong Kong to film the NY parade. Oh ok!  

So that was my not so excited reply when I found out we were going to be shooting our TV show in Hong Kong. Why? Well in my pre-conceived mind I assumed HK was a city of noise, traffic and business meetings. And yes that is partly true however, but it had so many more surprises waiting for me. 

Who knew that HK had 263 Islands…I know i didn't. Someone described HK to me as Manhattan next to Hawaii. You have the city lights and buzz of the city, right next to the tranquil chilled out islands looking out to the South China sea. Seriously, this is one impressive place. HK has markets, food, culture, beaches, hiking trails, history, nightlife, art. It's an electric mix of the old and new. 

So where do I recommend going: Well when it comes to food OMG you are spoilt for choice. But there is one place that truly stood out for me and that was M&C Duck at Harbour City. The food is chinese yet with a minimalistic twist. Every bite was a delight to my taste buds. 

As for fun why not check out Ocean Park where I was lucky to feed the local pandas there. We then rode up the cable car across the beautiful ocean (be careful if you are scared of heights). It's a place for all the family where you will find rides, animals and entertainment to keep you busy.

When it comes to markets, HK is full of shopping options. But for me I really liked the laid back Stanley Market on HK Island next to the sea. Shopping is done at a more relaxed pace. 

We were there filming the chinese NY, which happened to be the year of the horse. It was an experience that included parades, magnificent fireworks, and visits to the temple where people start of their NY with blessings. A great way to truly start a NY in my opinion.

One of my favourite things was making a wish for the NY, then tying it on to a piece of paper attached to an orange and throwing it high up in the air hoping it will land on a on a tree. It's known as the wishing tree, and for your wish to come true the orange must land on the tree. Mine did fortunately…as for the wish? I'm still waiting!

And saving the best for last, Hong kong isn't over until you meet the Big Buddha face to face. To get to him all you need to do is take a 25 minute cable ride over the mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, and then walk up 286 steps. Trust me, he's worth the effort.

I had no expectations of HK and thank goodness too because it completely blew me away. Would i go back? Absolutely. And by the way our flight there with Cathay Pacific was amazing! My first trip with them. I will be back!

Check out our trip here: 

HONG KONG VIDEO