“I’m blue da ba dee da ba dai da ba Dee” – Eiffel 65.
“Everything’s blue now, so lucky you” – The Lightning Seeds.
Arrivation into the Seychelles wasn’t high and mighty even though this was country number 190 on a dream even I care less about now. It wasn’t a cause for celebration. I was here more of an escape from my horrors, to get away from life. Indeed this was my first time outside Europe in 20 months – since I left Angola in February 2020.
This very blog, this very story, this very website made me and ruined me. Dwelling on that cost me at least 5 years of life and probably the completion of a 200 country target. I won’t blame COVID for my lack of travels. I’ll blame depression.
“It’s twelve o’clock till midnight, there must be someone to blame” – Manic Street Preachers.
It was my first time outside of Europe in 20 months when I landed in The Seychelles. The Seychelles play their international football in Africa. It’s not mainland, it’s not quite Asia yet it’s in the Indian Ocean. I’ve stuck it in the Africa section on my blog though – due to proximity.
I booked to stay in the quirky “Blue Castle”/”Blue House”, Le Château Bleu in Anse Aux Pins. This is located by the coast, on Mahe Island, the main island in The Seychelles and the one that houses both the country’s capital city, Victoria,and the country’s international airport.
I enjoyed my stay at Le Château Bleu in Anse Aux Pins and here are some reasons why.
WiFi works here! Amazing. It worked in my cosy bedroom. I actually worked for a day here as a native English speaker, online to businesses in Poland. Despite being relatively well travelled and having taught English in Asia, this was my first time to teach online outside Europe to clients in Europe. Blogging has passed me by slightly recently but at least I had the chance to do that here too.
The room price includes your breakfast, served up by the owner himself onto the tables on the outdoor balcony.
3.Blue and White Colour Quirks
You might be aware that I always love quirky and unusual places to sleep. The blue and white colour scheme here is brilliant. You are Blue Da Ba Dee here for sure. Bring yer Eiffel 65 cassette tapes till it.
In my bathroom, even the soap, towel and curtains were blue. Blue is the colour of all that I wear. I have a girlfriend and she is so blue.
I also decided to leave a copy of my blue and white Backpacking Centurion book. Volume 2 – Lands Down Under has a blue and white cover and it’s now here for visitors to read. You can buy a hattrick online.
I was collected at the airport by Guy, the owner. Guy picked me up, made my breakfast, checked me in and made sure I felt at home during my stay. As far as hotel owners go, this guy knows how to do hospitality.
5.Near The International Airport
I was here on a short three day break and so I wanted to maximise the hattrick by not wasting time on landing or leaving. Therefore, by staying at Le Château Bleu in Anse Aux Pins, you are near the main international airport. It’s so close! Less than 4kilometres. Even the bus takes you from almost outside Le Château Bleu to the airport bus stop.
6.Calm Village- Anse Aux Pins
Whilst staying here I also toured Anse Aux Pins. It’s a small and calm village. It still manages to have a football pitch, a bank, a bus station and lots of shops. Bars and restaurants however have passed Anse Aux Pins by, no thanks till that there pandemic.
7.Island Nearby – Ile Soleil
Within a 3 minute walk you can leave Mahe Island and visit Ile Soleil. That was the only other island in The Seychelles that I visited. I simply climbed over a wall, walked across a bridge and there I was, on Ile Soleil. The island of the sun.
My room was blue, white, cosy and chilled out. I even had a fridge, a television and air conditioning. I could chill local beers (Seybrew) in the fridge. I was in Room 3.
Here are the details for booking a room at Le Château Bleu in Anse Aux Pins, Mahe Island, The Seychelles:
- Address: E Coast Rd. Anse Aux Pins, Mahe Island, Seychelles
- Click here to view their location.
Here are some videos from my stay at Le Château Bleu in Anse Aux Pins, Mahe Island: