Life slows down in the Seychelles, and La Reserve is a perfect place to enjoy this snail’s-pace serenity. Paradise surrounds you here: the large tropical gardens and waves gently lapping at the private beach are constant reminders of your setting in tranquil Anse Petite Cour Bay. Look out over the crystalline waters—striped with colors ranging from cobalt to aquamarine—and you’ll want to jump right in. The hotel offers free snorkeling equipment to help you take advantage of the fact that La Reserve is the only hotel directly in the Curieuse Marine Park, and scuba diving is also available nearby. Guests can also set off to find the famous Coco de Mer palm or rare Black Parrots on excursions to Vallée De Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is owned by a Seychellois family, and features 40 rooms, which all faces the sea. Its luxury accommodation provides individually decorated rooms all giving a particular Creole feel, with local artist’s paintings adorning the walls, king sized four poster beds and wooden furniture coupled with the amenities such as satellite television, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, lockable safe and hairdryers. The hotel also boasts one of the largest swimming pools in the Seychelles. As the day winds to a close, sunset cruises or aperitifs at the bar are a perfect start to the evening. Candlelit dinners are a staple of the delightful Jetty Restaurant, where you can savor Créole, International and Chinese while glancing out the moonlight-dappled waters of the bay.