Skip the Caribbean—Travel to These Hidden East African Isles Instead

When my email pinged with an invitation to visit the Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort in the Seychelles, I'm a bit embarrassed to confess that I had to open up Google Maps to find the hidden East African isles. Positioned more than a thousand miles off the coast of Kenya, the 115 small scattered islands are indeed so remote that they quickly vanished into the vastness of the Indian Ocean when I zoomed out one click too far on the virtual map. One of the world's smallest countries, the pristine isles lure travelers with its tropical climate, white-sand beaches, and the unspoken prospect of disconnecting from the rest of the world.

Sitting in my swivel chair, fielding a seemingly endless stream of emails in the midst of a particularly stressful workweek, the timing of the invitation seemed serendipitous. After all, if escaping to a wellness-oriented luxury resort that's perched atop granite boulders nestled between swaying palm trees on a remote private island isn't the perfect remedy for stress, then I don't know what is. Needless to say, given the fact that you're reading this story, I readily accepted the invitation—and after 25 long hours of traveling from Los Angeles to the Seychelles (with a stopover in Qatar), I arrived in paradise.

Although I went into the trip knowing that three days of pampering spa treatments, sipping on coconut-infused rum, and waking up to sweeping ocean views would effectively lower my stress levels, I didn't realize that immersing myself in nature for such a short period of time would have a lasting effect on my perception of work/life balance. 

Keep scrolling to find out what it's like to stay in a luxury villa in the Seychelles islands and what I learned about stress management while I was there.