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Paradise Found: searching for George in the Seychelles

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

A search for an ancient tortoise, yoga on a runway, hammock snoozes and hidden nurse sharks – it must be the Seychelles

I was on a quest to find George. Rumour had it that he could typically be found snoozing in the shade or occasionally drinking cool water from the resort’s swimming pools.

 

George is the largest giant tortoise on Desroches Island and every guest staying at this Four Seasons hotel in the Seychelles hopes to get a glimpse of the gargantuan wild creature.

 

As one of them, I had climbed on to my complimentary bicycle and trundled along the palm-fringed track to the tortoise sanctuary. Here I learnt George was thought to be between 180 and 200 years old, but as he pre-dates anyone on the island, of course there’s no way of knowing for sure.

 

Alas, George was nowhere to be seen, but I did meet the sanctuary’s youngest tortoises before returning for a dip in my private pool and a nap in my beachside hammock.

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