Exploring Eden Island in Seychelles

It's was our last day in Seychelles and having visited the much loved trio - Mahé, Praslin and La Digue islands we urged ourselves to do something different. Resisting the lure of sipping on fresh coconut water under the shade of swaying palm trees and showing off our sun-kissed tan, we decided to visit the more diverse side - Eden Island. Cross a 300m bridge from the main island and step into a different world, dotted with restaurants, luxury boutiques, numerous cafes, a private residential estate, shopping centre, souvenir shops, supermarket as well as a world class marina.

Located approximately at 3.5 km from the capital Victoria, Eden Island is an artificial island in Seychelles, built out of the sea. Conceptualized to create extra space and land, Eden Island was one of the first property developments in Seychelles available to foreigners on freehold title.

Though Eden Island's luxurious villas and stylish apartments with private beach access can be enjoyed by residents/tourists that choose to stay here, spending a day at Eden Islands is an attractive proposition. Centrally located, many chose to stay at Eden Island in Seychelles due to its vantage point and explore the many wonders of this archipelago. Favored by island-hoppers and business travelers, the full-service Marina gives you fast access to a boat or a catamaran for day trips to the ocean. A quick overnight stay at Eden Islands promises a glimpse of a more luxurious side with a chance to indulge in dining experiences, signature treatments at spas, retail therapy indulgence and day trips to other islands. Adventure lovers can opt for many excursions like sailing, diving, big game fishing, island hopping and more during their stay.

We walked around the Marina boardwalk and admired the yachts - some moored while some ready to set sail on a beautiful cruise. 

From the many restaurants, shops and cafe that fringed the Marina, our first stop was 1770 Brewery that served good craft beer at value for money prices - 100 SCR for a tall glass and 75 SCR for a regular one.

Eden Plaza, the shopping centre at Eden Islands housed high end boutiques that we stepped into while making a silent promise not to stuff our overweight suitcases and exchanged banter at Chatter Box Cafe - a trendy coffee shop that also offers limited meal menu.

The supermarket is a great option to buy groceries as the range offered was much better than by the ones on the main island and if one feels lighter on the pocket, hop into a currency exchange outlet located in the plaza. As the sun went down on another beautiful day, we dined at The Boardwalk Bar, located right on the waters edge, admiring the spectacular views of the marina.

Eden Island attracts an interesting mix of people - eager eyed tourists, couples on a honeymoon, residents who love tropical island lifestyle, ladies juggling shopping bags and enthusiastic children and businessmen striking deals over cups of coffee or glasses of craft  beer. Though it's difficult to move away from the beauty of majestic seascapes, unparalleled scenery and natural wonders of Seychelles islands, make time to visit Eden Islands to enjoy its more swankier side.


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