A touch of royalty, it turns out, can do wonders for a destination. That seems to be the experience of the Seychelles, basking in the glory of being chosen as the honeymoon spot for the world's most watched couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Ever since the first reports of the honeymoon surfaced, the Seychelles has been blessed with the sort of press coverage most places can only dream of -- something which will increase the influx of visitors in the coming months. Major airlines have announced ramping up of its services to the destination from later this year, adding that the islands have a "strong and growing appeal as a premium leisure destination, with increasing numbers of travellers holidaying there."
Here's what travellers can look forward to in the Seychelles:
Get away: This was, after all, what the royals were after -- Bird Island is perfect for honeymooners, with no mobile phone reception, televisions or lights at night. There is only one hotel and 5 km away.
Indulge: The Raffles Praslin is an 86-villa resort with spectacular ocean views, butler service and a private plunge pool in each villa. It's the newest of several luxury properties here.
Sunbathe: Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue island is the world's best beach. Relax on the pink sand as the turquoise waters lap at your feet, soaking up the near-permanent sunshine. Alternatively, enjoy the winds between May and September to sail and surf.
See the wildlife: The Seychelles' 115 islands could easily be described as one huge nature reserve -- from coral atolls to endemic bird species, there is enough flora and fauna here to fill months of vacation.
Island hop: This is one of the greatest pleasures to be had in the Seychelles, between MahÃ©, Praslin and La Digue. Those with the cash can use a helicopter, but others can hop on to the frequent ferry services.