Grande Anse on La Digue rated world’s best beach

(eTN) – The Seychelles beaches have in past years and, in fact decades, regularly been making it into the top league of the world’s most highly-ranged beaches, in the league tables of travel magazines from around the globe and in TV travel programs. It is no wonder then that CNN has just crowned the beach of Grande Anse on the island of La Digue as their top choice, when they released their annual rankings last week.

The global news channel pronounced itself on the 100 best beaches and for aficionados of the Seychelles it comes as no surprise that even the fourth spot was taken up by another beauty spot from the archipelago, and again from the island of La Digue, this one being Anse Source d’ Argent.

Tourism stakeholders from the Seychelles expressed their delight to be once again recognized for the natural beauty of the island, the beaches and the crystal clear blue and aquamarine waters, under which another world opens to visitors who come to snorkel or dive. A regular source, in fact, copied the text from the CNN website on which they published their top 100 choices and it reads like this:

(CNN) – Is it possible to rank the world’s best beaches?

Of course it is. This is the Internet.

Will everyone agree with our ranking, murmuring respectfully among themselves about how perfectly accurate every placement is?

Maybe not. This is the Internet.

But that’s why we’ve scoured the planet, demanded answers from our most well traveled friends, colleagues and cohorts, absorbed passionate pleas from readers, researched, investigated and examined the evidence then finally tipped the sand from our shoes, washed the brine from our eyes and put together a pretty good guide to the best beaches on the planet.

Now we turn it over to you.

Consider this list a premise, a platform from which you can jump into a dazzling, turquoise ocean of “further recommendations.”

There’s a comment box down below – use it.

Or vote now on our Facebook poll – World’s Best Beaches.

‘When you compete with the beaches in the South Pacific, those of Tahiti or Bora Bora, those of the Indian Ocean like Mauritius or the Maldives, the East African beaches, those from the Caribbean and the many others famous for their beauty, and they come out on top, and in fact capture top and fourth spot, you can be sure that CNN has done their homework and had a reason for how they arrived at their rankings. This is another great boost for Seychelles’ global popularity as a bucket list destination people want to visit at least once in their lifetime for that special holiday of a lifetime’ wrote the source when passing on the details.

Entirely justified of course says this correspondent, who has been getting sand between the toes and the feet wet on both beaches during past visits and, clearly biased towards the archipelago, would have added a few more into the top 100 from the islands of Praslin, Mahe and some of the other 115 island the Seychelles are made up of.

Visit http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/travel/100-best-beaches/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook for access to the CNN web page and to see all their top 100 places.

Meanwhile was it also learned that the Seychelles Tourism Board will in 2014 host the Travel and Tourism Mart for members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation to further boost the popularity of the islands and in particular highlight the variety of island holiday experiences the Vanilla Islands cooperation offers to visitors.

India, Bangladesh, Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Seychelles are members of the IOR-ARC which was set up in Mauritius in 1997. China, Japan, Egypt, France, and Britain have the status of dialogue partners in the group. The possibilities for tourism growth and expansion within this region are considered to be major assets for economic development on the islands and the mainlands. The association is reportedly conducting a tourism feasibility study in the region of which the second phase will commence soon. This study will be vital for the proper planning and strategy formulation, aimed at mapping out the future development of this vital sector within our region. While no date has been set as yet, all the more a reason to watch this space to find out when exactly the IRO-ARC countries will come together in the Seychelles next year to showcase their tourism attractions. Seychelles, clearly Another World.