Beach fanatics know that there's nothing better than a long stretch of soft white sand, blazing sunshine against a blue sky and a turquoise wave lapping gently at the coast. Which is why the pristine waterfront of the Seychelles has once again come out on top in the Travellers' Choice awards.
The accolade, which is distributed by popular reviews website TripAdvisor, recognised Anse Lazio beach on Praslin Island as one of the 2014 winners. Described as "picture perfect in every way. Gorgeous beach and the bluest water ever", the coastline gained its status for having unrivalled swimming.
More than 320 beaches were recognised around the globe for being of outstanding quality, with other choices including Baia do Sancho and Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, Playa de ses Illetes and Formentera in Spain and Hawaii’s Lanikai Beach.
However, it was the beaches in the Seychelles that received most praise, largely thanks to the island nation's weather system which ensures an almost perpetual summer.
Winners of the Travellers' Choice Beaches Award were decided based on the quality and quantity of reviews posted on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, with the most popular and highly-rated destinations garnering accolades.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, was quick to acknowledge the awards, using them as an opportunity to push for sustainable tourism.
"We are known to be a country promoting eco-tourism since the launch of our tourism industry. We intensified our conservation approach declaring over 50 per cent of our total land area as protected national parks and embarking on the sustainable tourism approach," he said.
"Today the world at large is recognising the tenacity with which the people of Seychelles have embraced the concept of being seen to be good custodians of the natural beauty of our mid-ocean islands."
If all this has tempted you to pull on your Speedos and apply suncream, why not consider a Seafarer cruise that allows you to sample a number of beaches in the Seychelles and get an insight into the natural beauty available on this stunning archipelago? Consider the Seychelles Garden Of Eden Cruise with Variety Cruises or the Catamaran Sailing Cruise with Dream Yacht.