From fashion classics, like knits, caps, scafs and socks (found all these lovely items at Tom Tailor, where you can also get a charming gift box to gift them in) to beauty bits (such as two Christmas sets of Afrodita Cosmetics, a divine perfume YSL Libre or an innovative sonic facial brush Eggo), and a 2020 planner (my this year’s favorite is from Lepa Afna) or homemade cookies – these are my this year’s Christmas gift ideas in photos!

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Sejšeli poročno potovanje

If you, in this moment, close your eyes and try to envision the most iconic honeymoon destinations there are, I am confident that Seychelles with their white sandy beaches, iconic granite stones and the green tropical surroundings, will be one of them. They are known for their luxurious location, consequently one of the richest country in Africa turism can offer. Even though it is a great tourist attraction, the beaches remain from getting too crowded, which is it’s virtue that, of course, comes with its cost. In this blog I present you our findings, explorations and the plan of our honeymoon trip, organized by the help of Nomago Travel.

You haven’t booked your honeymoon trip yet?

Read my blog post “Where to for The Honeymoon?”. It just might help you decide where to go. You can also check “The Online Honeymoon Catalog”, which contains and concisely presents some of the most beautiful destinations.

We had high expectation of Seychelles, it was of our Honeymoon after all. They ceased to disappoint. The beginning of the trip had a sour note, since it was raining a bit, but since we were accompanied by the sun and the sea at all times, the rain didn’t stop us from finding some dreamy beaches. In two weeks time we visited 4 different islands. Three very popular ones (Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) and a little, private island called Desroches. Most of the time we were completely alone at the beach. We didn’t even take our phones with us, which is unfortunately the reason this post lacks a few photos, but I did however take more “mental” photos because of that. The islands weren’t exciting just because of the paradise like beaches but also because of the hospitality and the environment awareness of the extremely open and kind habitants of the islands.

Where are the Seychelles?

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, located 1.600 km east of Kenya, Africa and north-east from The Madagascar island. In the past the area was inhabited by the Arabian seafarers, after them came the British colonists and later on the French. The first European man to set foot on the islands was no one else but the famous explorer Vasco da Gama, who first sailed there in the year of 1502. They are a great cultural mix, which is what makes them so interesting.

Main islands of Seychelles Sejšelov:

Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Frigate, North Island

Language:

officially English and French (some locals speak Creole)

Time zone:

UTC+4

Currency:

Seychelles rupee (15 SCR = 1 EUR)

The Weather of The Seychelles:

Jan and I have visited many areas of the world and we can say that nothing beats the lush greens of the Seychelles. The air of the islands is moist and humid. It rains quite frequently, mostly in the months between November and February. The temperatures yearly-range around 27-30°C. It practically never falls under 24°C.

When to visit Seychelles?

According to the weather the Seychelles are most suitable to visit from May to October (the hotels are then fully booked and the price gets quite high). You can expect lots of rain between November and March. Rain aside they are appropriate to visit all year long since the temperatures are always constant.

How to get to Seychelles?

The most likely arrival is at The Victoria – Seychelles Airport, which is approximately 8 km away from the Victoria capital city. Nomago Travel helped us find the most ideal flight. We flew from Ljubljana via Istanbul and then directly to Seychelles. The whole journey was no longer than 13 – 15 hours.

How to get around the Seychelles

For the exploration of The Mahe and Praslin islands we chose rent-a-car with which we could easily get around across the islands. The rent it self was quite expensive (40-45 €/day). The other options were taxi (very expensive), bus (cheap alternative, but less flexible – 5 SCR), bike (which we took at the La Digue Island) and by foot. We cycled across La Digue and The Desroches islands (where the Four Seasons hotel guests get choferes around with golf carts). To get from Mahe to Praslin there are two options – a short flight with Air Seychelles or a ride with a high speed Cat Cocos boat (surprisingly enough the price is almost the same). You can also get to La Digue island with the boat, to get to the island of Desroches however you do need a plane ticket – it is the most distant of all.

How to organize your time and choose locations?

It all depends on your holiday preferences and desires. We chose an exuberant travel plan, which consisted of 3 nights on the island of Mahe, 6 nights on the island of Praslin, 2 nights on the island La Digue and 3 nights on the Desroches island. We wanted a great combination and balance between enjoying the beaches and exploration of the destinations. Many people chose to visit the combination of the popular islands, other chose only one where they spend the whole vacation enjoying under the same palm tree.

The Seychelles Hotels

When booking we had in mind the fact that Seychelles are a luxury destination. The prices are high accordingly. The average price for one night for two people equals to 120€, for a 5 star hotel you can expect to spare a thousand per night. There aren’t a lot of hotels and apartments and they are mostly booked, especially during high season. Keep in mind that you also pay for the luxury of wonderful sandy beaches, where you sometimes don’t spot another soul. Prices can therefore be high, depending on the chosen accommodation. For 350€ you can get a pretty luxurious holiday across the globe, but on Seychelles it’s only a great accommodation, not something you would rate “superior”. We recommend 2 accommodations we assure you won’t go wrong. These are Vila Coconut Climb on the Mahe island and the luxury 5* resort Four Seasons Seychelles Desroches.

The Seychelles Cuisine

Creole food is the local cuisine and it’s a sort of a mixture between African, British, French and Indian cuisine. The most of the menus consist of curry, rice, fish and a lot of spices and seasoning. For my taste there is a lack of variety, but the additional classical “european” restaurants provided what was missing. The average cost for a meal in a restaurant is between 20-40 €, the cheapest option is take-away, which sums up to 4-7 €. I consider myself a great gourmand and I have to say that the food on the Seychelles let me down (it honestly can’t compare to Mexican or Thai food, it lacks variety). I was however delighted with the luxury hotel service of the Four Seasons Hotel on the island of Desroches.

I would definitely recommend Seychelles as an ideal destination for two, whether it is for your honeymoon, anniversary or just a luxury vacations where you can dip your fingers and toes in the white sand, nap under a palm tree, explore the sea world or the green tropical areas of the Seychelles Islands.

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This is one of the questions that came up to us whilst planning our wedding. We are fortunate to have seen quite some of the world before. In the last few years, we have been exploring Mayan temples, enjoying the Caribbean sun in Mexico, enjoying rice plantations and Hindu temples in green Bali, exploring underwater Thailand, walking tens of kilometers in mysterious Jordan and visited quite a few European capitals and many more corners of the world together or individually. To be honest, choosing a honeymoon destination was quite a challenge for us.

Our honeymoon destination had to meet the following criteria:

1. Beautiful sea, sand, palm trees, and colorful underwater world
2. Sunny weather without much rain
3. A max 20-hour flight to get there
4. A location we haven’t visited yet – individually or together
5. The location should offer more than just perfect beaches

On one hand, we wanted a classic honeymoon, but on the other, we still wanted to keep our classic travel regime, which includes some exploration. We firstly dropped the location that has a rainy season during this time of the year. Some of them weren’t a good fit because they were a long flight away – we have 2 weeks and didn’t want to go any further from Bali. So we searched for the right amount of enjoyment, exploration, with a place where we could rest and recharge our body and soul. “If the location offers local tropical fruit, that’s even bigger plus”. We did some research already at home, and after a short conversation, we were sure that the…

….next location: Seychelles!

Seychelles is also one of the locations that Nomago Travel selected as an ideal location for a dream wedding trip in their online guide to honeymoon destinations. Of the 25 locations on the list (you can discover all of them HERE), Jan and I have been to quite a few and we can confirm that all of them are more than suitable for a honeymoon.

When to go on a honeymoon?

We decided to make the trip shortly after the wedding, but we needed to wait for all my documents to arrive as I changed my surname (or in my case adding Jan’s after mine). In Slovenia, the deadline for arranging new documents (passport, ID and driving license) is 30 days, 15 days the deadline only for the registration certificate. I also had some minor tasks managing my bank account, health insurance, etc. So we set to leave mid-October when all the documents are ready. This way the wedding memory will still be fresh but at the same time, just the right amount of time away to start another adventure.

When to go on your honeymoon is a matter of preference. I personally advise not to go later than one year after the wedding. The longer you procrastinate, the further the goal is sometimes. If I got married early in the summer, I would probably wait till fall for the honeymoon as we like to travel to warm places when it’s colder here in Slovenia. The decision always depends on the location itself-for example, you don’t visit Santorini in January. A good decision is also to travel at the season break (you may have a drop of rain more, but the prices are more affordable and it’s less crowded). Having this in mind, we visited Bali in October (we only had two rainy days but it lasted only for an hour or two), similar in Mexico in November, when the rainy season was just ending.

How to chose the perfect honeymoon location?

Here’s my advice: make a list of priorities (like ours above) and chat with your partner, friend or someone who’s visited half of the world, or just talk to a travel agent. We got great advice at Nomago Travel, they also found us cheaper and transferable airline tickets and took care of the cancellation risk (which we hope we won’t need). The flight to Seychelles and back is quite ideal, we depart from Ljubljana, which is so much easier for us. They also advised us on how to schedule time in the Seychelles, which island to visit, gave us some suggestions for trips and shared some useful tips. They certainly saved us quite some planning time and resolved many dilemmas.

These are my suggestions for your honeymoon destinations by month:

  • JANUARY – Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Maldives, South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba
  • FEBRUARY – Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Maldives, South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba
  • MARCH – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Maldives, Vietnam, Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba
  • APRIL – Italy, New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Maldives, Seychelles, Aruba, Vietnam, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Hawaii
  • MAY – Indonesia, Greece, Italy, New York, Seychelles, Aruba, Fiji, Namibia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hawaii
  • JUNE – Indonesia, Greece, Italy, New York, Cote d’Azur, Aruba, Fiji, Namibia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hawaii
  • JULY – Indonesia, Cote d’Azur, Aruba, Namibia, Iceland, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hawaii
  • AUGUST – Indonesia, Cote d’Azur, Aruba, Namibia, Iceland, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hawaii
  • SEPTEMBER – Indonesia, Greece, Italy, New York, Cote d’Azur, Fiji, Namibia, Mauritius, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Hawaii
  • OCTOBER – Italy, New York, Seychelles, Fiji, Namibia, Mauritius, Vietnam, Hawaii
  • NOVEMBER – Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Vietnam
  • DECEMBER – Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Maldives,, Mauritius, South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba, all capitals with Christmas and New Years fairs

You can read more about locations in my older blog posts and see the full Nomago Travel honeymoon guide for a full overview. Jan and I are practically in the process of packing, but I hope you are already planning your next adventure! Whenever it’s a wedding trip or not, just enjoy!

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The day before the wedding we drove to sunny Primorska. Our weekend couldn’t start any better. We were greeted by beautiful and warm weather as we checked into Mind Hotel Slovenija, where they served us some sparkling wine, strawberries and delicious macaroons from Café Central Portorož (I especially recommend trying the pistachio one!) – all arranged with flowers, embodying the hotel’s philosophy. And those views! Our junior suite was extremely spacious bedroom with balcony, a bathroom, an extra toilet and lounge area with stunning sea view. On Friday, we quickly visited our wedding location, where we met our wedding organizer Blažka (Infinity events) and later returned to Portorož for a beautiful sunset and later went to bed perfectly calm. Last night as a boyfriend and girlfriend…

Mind Hotel Slovenia offered us the perfect balance during our wedding weekend.

It would become clear why we chose Mind Hotel Slovenia in Portorož for our wedding night as soon as you would cross the threshold of a modern, luxurious hotel lobby. The hotel combines elements of the green Istrian landscape, blue Mediterranean and crystal reflections of the salt pans, not forgetting about the history and tradition, but at the same time introducing modern and contemporary elements, offering the visitors the perfect balance. It is a place where you can relax completely because they pamper all your senses there. We were woken up by the sun the next morning. The staff served us breakfast among the pine trees at TreeTop Restaurant. Although I didn’t think I would eat anything at first, the food quickly convinced me. I had in mind that “the bride must be eating well in the morning as she completely forgets about it during the day”. This way we started our preparations completely relaxed and we continued them each in our own room. Jan stayed in ours, I moved with my bridesmaids to my parents’ room, where the whole team – from cameramen, photographers, to makeup artists – were waiting for us. The next few hours felt like seconds and we were already on our way to our wedding location.

How did we spend our first night as husband and wife?

In the late evening (or better, in the morning) we returned to the hotel. Jan and I left half of our “wedding luggage” in the car, put the other half in our living room and jumped in the shower (together of course, this is one of our traditions we stick to at least a few times a week) and went to bed. Although we only slept for a few hours, we had a good rest, and we couldn’t miss the breakfast in the morning (it would be such a shame to do so). We were sorry we ran out of time to visit Terme Portorož. Their thermal water pools – Prehistoric sea, heated seawater pools – Sea Spa, seven wellness centers and seven different types of saunas will have to wait for us to return. If not earlier, for our first wedding anniversary.

Mind Hotel Slovenia is a true five-star luxury that combines traditional and modern elements, interweaving the Mediterranean and Istrian environment, providing superb service, relaxation and comfort in the right balance – which we really needed at our wedding weekend.

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14/9/2019

photo: Lovro Rozina – LR Weddings
video: Daniel in Maruša Zamorano – The Wedding Tales
planning & organization: Infinity Events
makeup: Nina Boich – Nina Beautyna
hair: by me, accessories KK Bridal Jewellery
preparation location: Mind Hotel Slovenija, Portorož
wedding location: Kodarinov mlin
floral design: Sanjski šopek
wedding dress: Sanjska obleka – Randy Fenoli
wedding dress (for dance): TH&TH
wedding dress (for cake): Divine Atelier
bridesmaid dresses: TH&TH
wedding shoes: Bella Belle shoes
bridal & bridesmaids robes: Homebodii
garter: Mamie+James
wedding perfume: YSL Libre
groom’s suit: SENS
cuff blocks: Gift of Slovenian architecture – Vurnik
wedding rings: Zlatarna Sterle
wedding cakes & sweet corner: Torte Špela
music: B&B DJ Team
music: Raiven (vocal + harp), violin, cello
photobooth: Fotkar
wedding guest book: Mushu Planners
light letters JA: Keyboard Marquee Letter Lights

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