Destination Beach: Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Anse Lazio is a beautiful beach nestled within the northwest region of Praslin Island in Seychelles, which is a small island country in the middle of the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar that hosts more than one hundred islands and has a population of just over ninety thousand individuals. The clean sands and warm, clear blue water of Anse Lazio create a pristine beauty that is unseen on any other of the beaches of Praslin Island. Plus, the entire beach is renowned for its romantic privacy, as it is bordered with large granite boulders that form a sort of barrier wall and is situated on an island that has less than eight thousands residents.
The beauty and privacy of Anse Lazio have led tourists and residents of Praslin Island to crown the beach as the best beach on the entire island. Although the beach draws many tourists due to its world-renowned popularity, Anse Lazio never seems overcrowded or adopts a cheesy ‘touristy’ vibe. The natural beauty and fairytale perfection of the beach always shines through no matter how many tourists are visiting and there is always a quiet place to sit and enjoy a romantic date or a peaceful family outing. The spring months between March and May are generally the best time of year to visit Anse Lazio. During these months, the water is already warm and the days are bright and clear, but there are less tourists than there are throughout the summer.
Anse Lazio is renowned for more than just its beauty. The beach is also a great place for snorkeling and other water activities. Among the rocks on either side of the beach, snorkelers can enjoy the clarity and warmth of the crystal blue water as they spot a variety of indigenous fish and small sea creatures. Furthermore, while the waves are sometimes too big to allow visitors to swim in the ocean, there is a smaller area on the north end of the beach where the water is usually calmer and makes for a more peaceful swim, even for younger children. Sometimes, visitors can even spot a giant tortoise or two wandering across the sand.
While the beach feels private and secluded, it is not entirely isolated from convenient necessities. Anse Lazio features two beachside restaurants on either side of the sandy shore: BonBon Plume and Le Chevalier. Both restaurants are renowned for their quality food and prime location situated right on the beach. BonBon Plume offers outdoor seating under natural palm trees and serves a multitude of dishes featuring the island’s fresh fish; Le Chevalier offers a wider variety of foods, including hamburgers and chicken dishes, that might appeal to families with young children.