Sunglasses are a must at Eden Bleu as we settle into a daybed by the blue pool under the blue sky and next to the turquoise blue water of Eden Marina.
This hotel is part of the massive new Eden Island development in the main Seychelles island of Mahé, encompassing the Island International Marina and Eden Plaza retail centre. The views across to the main island with its rocky spine and tangle of lush vegetation are quite surreal.
The hotel has 74 Deluxe Rooms, 12 Luxury Suites and a Presidential Suite, and while the Presidential Suite would have been nice, the Deluxe Rooms are perfect for us.
The hotel is quite high tech, with an app that gives info on the hotel and its facilities. The aforementioned pool is on the Empereur Terrace, where we drink a few cocktails at a table in the pool. Yes you read that right. We also drink a few cocktails at the Bourgeois bar inside, and a few more with our Creole dinner at the Marlin Bleu Restaurant, where, like everywhere else in the hotel, the staff are ridiculously friendly and welcoming.
The concierge is also very helpful booking a car and driver for us so we could have a look around the island, and after being picked up, the first stop is at a view point halfway up the range. We find ourselves looking down over Eden Island, the masts of the yachts in the marina sticking up like toothpicks, and out yonder, the silhouettes of other islands that we are yearning to explore.