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W E LC O M E TO
After traveling to the Seychelles for the past four years, staying
on various islands, in various hotels and guesthouses and
speaking to locals and business owners alike, I decided that
we needed to produce something that could showcase the experience and beauty of the real Seychelles. At Absolute, we want to showcase all levels
of businesses and inform our readers about the must-see attractions and secret spots. After 2 years of hard work and production with our tourist board partners in London, and Seychelles, Absolute Seychelles is finally born. Our aim is to provide the traveling public with the number one resource
tool to plan and discover the best holiday possible on these magical Islands. Our free magazine/guide and global website will seek to inform and advise,
whether you're a seasoned traveler to the islands or arriving for the first time, we are sure we can enhance your trip and cultural knowledge of this dream destination.
Foreword Foreword from The Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism, Aviation, Ports & Marine Maurice Loustau-Lalanne
y return to tourism as Seychelles’
markets, now scattered across the globe, in the
Minister for Tourism, Aviation, Ports
form of airlift has done much to achieve that.
& Marine presents an opportunity to
Long-serving airlines such as Kenya Airways and
further the objectives of an industry that is the
Condor who have done much for Seychelles tourism
backbone of the nation’s economy and help to
over many years, have been joined by dynamic
ensure that it continues to prosper in the ever
Middle Eastern carriers, Emirates Airlines and
more competitive arena of global tourism.
Etihad Airways which is also the partner of the
Although the Seychelles’ brand has become
relatively well-known, we must never cease to fill the knowledge gap about the islands and their
tourism products through publications such as
Absolute Seychelles. Ultimately, consumer decisions about where to spend a vacation are based on the quality of information they receive and providing that information in the right format and to the right audience is absolutely crucial and one of
the principal tasks of the Tourism Board. Indeed, beyond supplying a suite of collateral materials,
books, destination videos and brochures, the board has reacted dynamically to the way business is
being conducted in this brave new world of ours
and its Digital Marketing Department is considered to be ahead of the curve for the way it has become prominent across the world of social media.
Seychelles’ tourism continues to enjoy considerable
success and improved connectivity to our various
national carrier, Air Seychelles to play a major
role in bringing tourists to our shores. Ethiopian Airlines, the recently returned Qatar Airways,
Turkish Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Air Austral complete the line-up of carriers connecting the
Seychelles Islands with every corner of the globe. To further strengthen its European network, Air
Seychelles will also upgrade its Paris service from three to four flights a week in March 2017. The introduction of a second, wide-body A330 will
soon allow increased flights to Johannesburg and
Mumbai and a new twice-weekly service to Durban. Today, tourism requires a multi-faceted approach and the support of multiple sectors to achieve success and we must ensure that the tourism products, services and range of activities we offer to tourists continues to expand.
Seychelles is a destination perfectly suited
to marine activities. Behind this growth has
been the improvement in infrastructure and the appearance of several state-of-the-art marinas
and the comprehensive suite of amenities they
offer. Eden Island marina became operational in late 2007 and has seen three expansion phases
since then. In addition to the Mahé’s Eden Island Marina, there other smaller marinas at nearby
Anglefish and the Wharf as well as a small, private marina at Praslin Island’s BaieSte. Anne.
Sailing & cruising has never been more popular,
as may be expected in such a sublimely beautiful
country and one can see the growing popularity of
this segment by the growth in the number of charters operators to 38 comprising a total of 138 vessels. Sports fishing now has its own very proactive
association, the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club. This organisation has significantly raised the islands’
international profile, not only in terms of hosting exciting, year-round sports fishing competitions with up to one-million-rupee prize, but also in
pushing modern fishing techniques, conservation,
research and tagging, all of which are improving the quality and appeal of Seychelles’ sports fishing.
Diving has always been a popular activity thanks to the many attractions that Seychelles offers, including diving on both coral and granite
reefs, the rare opportunity of swimming with whale sharks, mantas and turtles as well as the popular, unpressureddive schedules.
All in all, Seychelles offers a world-class choice of marine and other activities against a backdrop of
breath-taking, natural beauty, genuine, Seychellois Creole hospitality and authentic, island-style
charm. But perhaps Seychelles’ most enduring
appeal is the fact that it is a place where harmony is a way of life. Decades of political stability and a well-integrated, tolerant society that is 97%
Christian have combined to create an enviable
degree of safety and tranquillity which underpins one of the most spectacular vacations on Earth.
Foreword Sherin Naiken, CEO, Seychelles Tourist Board foreword to Absolute Magazine
consider myself extremely fortunate to be the
CEO of the Tourism Board of arguably the most
gorgeous islands on the planet and it is a very hard
task to know where to begin singing their praises as a nonpareil tourism destination.
Perhaps the standout attribute of the archipelago
is its diversity. The secret of Seychelles' appeal as
remoteness, it is a modern country with an up- to-date
infrastructure and outlook to match and offers a broad
choice of experiences from diving, sailing and fishing to
island hopping, spa & wellness, eco-holidays, golf, walks & trails and business & incentives.
When it comes to accommodation, Seychelles offers something for every budget - everything from the
a holiday destination and as an archipelago ranked among the most beautiful on the planet lies in the
opulence of world-famous 5-star resorts to the
picturesque charms of affordable smaller hotels, Creole
contrasts between the towering, lushly-vegetated
guest houses and self-caterings. A great selection of
granite islands and the shimmering, silver-sanded
coral isles, sand cays and atolls of its remoter outer
specially vetted hotels offering great value for money
are available in the Seychelles Secrets portfolio of budget accommodation.
That same diversity extends to the Seychellois
International hotel chains such as Berjaya, Savoy,
people with their roots in Europe, Africa, Asia and, in fact, across the entire globe. It is not a surprise
Hilton, Smart Choice, Avani, Maia, Four Seasons,
Kempinski, Beachcomber, Constance and Banyan Tree
that same mixture also pervades the culture of
Seychelles, its architecture, wonderfully delicious
already operate hotels on the islands with most recent
arrivals such as the Eden Bleu and H Resort just joining
Creole cuisine, its lilting Creole language and just about every aspect of island life.
the stellar line-up. The more remote islands of Bird and Denis located to the north of Mahé, Frégate to the east
Seychelles is many things rolled into one: its
and Desroches to the south each offer diverse, world-
natural splendour is legendary and was first made
class island experiences. Meanwhile, North Island,
famous by the tales of the first explorers when
Ste Anne and Silhouette which lie closer to Mahé, are
they returned home, describing myriad islands of
bywords for excellence in island-style accommodation.
abundance and dazzling beauty. Its geographical
The islands’ infrastructure has advanced in leaps and
position is ideal and places it outside the cyclone
bounds in recent years and now features the exclusive Eden Island development which is located just off
belt and also far from the tropical diseases which 12
plague the neighbouring African continent. Despite its
Mahé and is home to a finite number of luxurious
villas, sophisticated maisons and stylish apartments, restaurants, a mall and gym.
Seychelles tourism is inextricably linked with its
remarkable bio-diversity which provides visitors with an extensive range of value-added activities to enjoy during their vacation. Among these are the unique,
other-worldly experiences of Nature offered by the
legendary Vallée de Mai, home to the amazing Coco-deMer, the planet’s heaviest seed in the perfect form of a
female pelvis; Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral
atoll; Cousin Island, extraordinary island sanctuary for a number of rare, endemic species and Aride, whose majestic cliffs and bird colonies have earned it the
reputation for being the ‘sea-bird citadel’ of the Indian Ocean.
Our enlightened conservation policies have designated almost 50% of Seychelles’ limited landmass as natural parks and marine reserves which are home to a broad
diversity of species discoverable on a network of guided walks & trails and by glass bottom boat and snorkelling trips. Seychelles is also a popular diving destination
where, in certain places, more than 800 species have
been counted on a single dive and where the contrasts
of diving on granite and coral sites amid dizzying arrays of marine life is particularly attractive. Controlled
interaction with migrating whale sharks at certain
times of the year is yet another experience of nature not soon to be forgotten.
And the good news does not stop there, because when you arrive, there’s a good time for the family waiting
around every corner. The range of accommodation is
vast and increasingly family-friendly, especially if you
go for the ultimate in tropical pampering at any one of
our 5-star resorts or exclusive island hideaways where no effort will be spared to cater to your every whim, including those of your children, as most top hotels
offer Kiddies Clubs and programmes of entertainment for the young.
Seychelles is increasingly winning a reputation for
being a stand-out holiday destination for discerning
travellers in search of authenticity, harmony, safety and one of the most extraordinary experiences of nature on the planet.
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The Seychelles Islands... a dream vacation by Glynn Burridge
ince that distant time when Seychelles' 115 granite and coral islands became scattered over a secluded corner of the Indian Ocean, they have remained sanctuaries for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. So rare, that the Vallée de Mai which nurtures the legendary coco-de-me, was once thought to be the original site of the biblical Garden of Eden. The islands are also synonymous with stunning natural beauty, the wonderful harmony enjoyed by the multi-ethnic society and a near perfect climate where the temperature is always somewhere between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius, earning the islands a reputation as ‘land of perpetual summer'.
The Seychelles Islands…another world, is the embodiment of the concept that Seychelles remains one of the purest, most environmentally intact destinations on earth offering great a diversity of experiences and accepting around only 300,000 visitors a year. Certainly, one of Seychelles' greatest assets is the exotic assortment of its multitude of islands and the variety they offer to visitors wishing to take in a selection of islands during the course of their stay.
Out of all of the Seychelles islands, currently only 16 have hotels, several of which offer the most luxurious amenities and all of which possess their own natural charm. They offer
everything from the opulence of worldfamous 5-star resorts to the picturesque charms of affordable smaller hotels, Creole guest houses and self caterings. International hotel chains such as Hilton, Avani, Maya, Four Seasons, Kempinski, Beachcomber, Constance and Banyan Tree already operate hotels on the islands with more recent arrivals such as the H-Hotel joining the line-up. The islands of Bird and Denis located to the north of Mahé, Frégate to the east and Desroches to the south each offer diverse and unforgettable island experiences.
Whether in hotels, restaurants or cafés, you have to try the delicious Seychellois Creole cuisine. The origins of the racially mixed Seychellois are also revealed in their cooking. From India comes many varieties of curry; from China come popular rice dishes and stir-fried vegetables and noodles with steamed fish, and from France the aromatic blends of garlic and herbs. All these influences, mixed with a huge selection of seafood plucked out of the Indian Ocean and a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables make eating out in Seychelles a culinary delight. Local delicacies include kari zourit (a creamy octopus curry) and tec tec soup (a small white shellfish collected from the beaches and made into a soup usually with pumpkin).
Equally, the wonderful variety of Seychelles' flora & fauna with its high proportion of
endemic species nurtured within one of nature's last pristine sanctuaries makes it an exciting destination for naturalists, ornithologists and eco-tourists alike. Nowhere else on earth are to be found unique specimens such as the jellyfish tree, with only eight surviving examples; the wondrous Coco-de-mer; the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and thirteen species and seventeen subspecies of bird life. The Vallée de Mai, once thought to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, and legendary Aldabra, the world's largest raised coral atoll, are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles boasts an amazing array of endemic and indigenous species waiting to be discovered along its several nature trails. With 115 diverse islands spread across an area of 1,400,000 sq. km. of sparkling waters, one can well understand seafarers who believe that God created Seychelles with the sailor in mind. Chartering a yacht provides perhaps the most rewarding way of discovering the hidden treasures of the archipelago at one's own pace and whim, cruising in cyclone-free waters and enjoying a dazzling array of inner islands with golden beaches fringed by warm, turquoise waters.
The Seychelles Islandsâ€Śanother world, is the embodiment of the concept that Seychelles remains one of the purest, most environmentally intact destinations on earth offering great a diversity of experiences and accepting around only 300,000 visitors a year.
The Seychelles Islands... a dream vacation
Seychelles has all this to offer and more, but perhaps its most enduring attraction is the security it offers and its enviable pace of life amid the tranquillity and multi-racial harmony of the islands.
With so many islands scattered across the Indian Ocean between 4º and 10º south of the Equator, it is little wonder that another of Seychelles' outstanding resources lies in the impressive diving opportunities it offers to experienced and novice divers alike. Myriad dive sites promise a marine extravaganza as diverse and vibrant as it is unique. This living aquarium enjoys comfortable year-round temperatures of between 24º and 30º Celsius and lies outside the cyclone belt. Colourful reef fish, octopus, lobster and turtle flash in the shallows surrounding the inner islands, while more adventurous dives offshore include the ‘Ennerdale' wreck and rocks that are the playground for larger groupers and stingrays. No account of Seychelles' riches can be considered complete without mention of its reputation as ‘the islands of love' and it
is little wonder that lovers are inspired to take their vows and wed in this gentle and romantic atmosphere. Sensual Seychelles creates the idyllic ambience for an unforgettable wedding day or honeymoon beneath swaying palms alongside silken waters fringed by the silver-soft sands of discreet island hideaways as has been endorsed by the recent honeymoon of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of VIP's since.
All in all, you can't get much further away from the madding crowd and it's amazing how blue skies and white beaches can clear the mind and inspire the imagination. That is why as a venue for small conferences and select company incentives, Seychelles represents a powerful partnership of business and pleasure.
For today's weary traveller, fatigued from the stresses and strains of an unrelenting modern lifestyle, the Seychelles spa & wellness experience represents a powerful antidote offering soothing treatments designed to melt away the stresses and strains of modern living, energise the weary body and nurture the soul. Whether nestling in dreamy, mountainside pavilions overlooking the ocean or occupying stylish niches within the luxurious cocoons of 5-star resorts,
It should not be overlooked that Seychelles has some of the richest fishing grounds in the world and you do not have to venture far from the shoreline to break fishing records. Seychelles boasts one of the most varied catches on the planet which varies from sailfish, whaoo and tuna to barracuda, trevally, streaker and even the mighty marlin. In the interests of preserving fish stocks, fishermen practice the tag & release method of fishing where fish, once caught, are released back into the ocean.
Seychelles' spas offer natural elegance and refinement in pristine surroundings promising the ultimate voyage of personal transformation.
There is also great golf available on the islands with a 9-hole course on Mahé and an 18-hole championship course on Praslin offering a sublime golfing experience combined with stunning panoramas of virgin forest and azure ocean.
Seychelles has all this to offer and more but perhaps its most enduring attraction is the security it offers and its enviable pace of life amid the tranquillity and multi-racial harmony of the islands. Here, cocooned within the reassuring atmosphere of a large family, there is still ‘time to enjoy' the finer things of life and to appreciate the elements of a truly refreshing Creole culture and enviable island lifestyle.
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The History of The
SEYCHELLES If one single factor has determined 'the course of the Seychelles' colourful history, then it is the fact that, as a country, it was settled relatively recently in the mid18th century by French colonists and their retainers or, as the story goes, by a prophetic assortment of ‘15 whites, five Malabar Indians, seven Africans and a negress’.
In around 600 BC a Phoenician expedition sent down the Red Sea by pharaoh Necho II of Egypt circumnavigated Africa and returned through the Pillars of Hercules after three years. Did they make landfall in the islands we now know as Seychelles? We have to be content with conjecture with regards to this fascinating prospect. The first people to pass by the islands and probably use them as temporary shelters were the ancestors of the people who eventually populated the nearby island of Madagascar. They rode the oceans on primitive but rugged outrigger canoes from their home in the Sunda Islands of the Malay Archipelago sometime between 200 and 500 AD and it is likely some of their craft, blown off course during their spectacular migration, used the islands as a base before venturing on into the azure vastness to what would eventually become their new home. Early Arab explorers came across these island jewels dotted in a lost corner of the western Indian Ocean as they made their first forays into what they called ‘bahr
al zanj’, (the sea of the blacks). This was perhaps a reference to the spoils of early expeditions when they captured slaves from the east coast of the African continent. It is clear from certain early manuscripts of Perso-Arab origin that the Arab mariners of as early as the 9th century knew these islands as jazayer é zarrin (the golden isles) which is how their unreal natural beauty must have appeared after months sailing on a featureless ocean. The atoll of Aldabra, one of Seychelles farthest outposts, carries an Arabic name which means ‘the green one’: another reference to an island popping up, literally, from out of the blue. Certain rough island graves have also been attributed to Arab sailors who never made it home from their long, hazardous expeditions into the great watery unknown. Portuguese navigator Juan de Nova made the first recorded landfall in the Seychelles in 1501 followed by a sighting of her Amirantes group by the celebrated Vasco de Gama in the following year. On early Portuguese maps, Seychelles appeared as the Sete Irmas or Seven Sisters but would have to wait until 1609 for the first landing of a squadron from the English East India Company whose crew brought back tales of the islands’ abundance, the koker nuts and the fierce ‘allagartes’ that patrolled the surrounding waters.
o much for settlement, but the unrecorded history of the islands that appear on a number of the earliest maps, predates this by many centuries and has also coloured the character of the islands and their evolution into the nation state that we know today as Seychelles.
The next group of people to visit Seychelles and use it as a lair were the pirates. A little known historical fact places a large pirate community on the island of Ile Ste. Marie off north-western Madagascar in the early 1700’s as they fled, first the Caribbean and then the Cape Verde Islands to find a haven in the unknown waters of the western Indian Ocean. In Ile Ste Marie they founded their own pirate republic - Libertalia, complete with its own laws and language and they managed a commercial operation so large that it even tempted the Americans to travel for the first time into the Indian Ocean. Some of the great pirates of the day: Irving, Teatch, White and Kidd made an appearance at some point in Libertalia. It is even claimed that, from there, around 1720, Olivier Levasseur, known as La Buse, travelled to Seychelles with three ships where he concealed a fabulous booty he raided from the Vierge du Cap among the hills of Bel Ombre in northern Mahé. To this day, the treasure has never been found, even though it is claimed artefacts from this horde have made their way into certain private collections. The pirates came and went but, after several exploratory expeditions, the French finally claimed the islands’ beauty as their own, first occupying Ste Anne island before moving on to Mahé.
The History of The
SEYCHELLES The first few years of the colony were hard times. The harvests failed, the settlers faced starvation and their commanders lost control. The grandly named Jardin du Roi spice garden project ended in fiasco.
The year 1789 saw the start of the French Revolution. The colony in Seychelles at this time consisted of 69 French, including three soldiers, 32 free 'coloureds' and 487 slaves. In 1790 the French community, fired by the new spirit of revolution, set up their own Assembly and Committee, announcing independence from the Isle de France, but the newly independent colony did not last long. One by one the great declarations of independence were dropped, particularly the abolition of slavery, which was not at all popular with the colonists. Eventually it was agreed that the powers of the committee should be given to a new commandant who would be able to
govern more effectively. The new commandant was a popular choice: Captain Queau de Quinssy (later spelled Quincy). He was not only the longest serving Governor of the colony, but also achieved the most during the long troubled years of the Napoleonic Wars. During these wars the islands changed hands between the French and the English several times, and it was Quincy who repeatedly capitulated (no less than seven times!) to avoid bloodshed. It was soon agreed that Seychelles should be a neutral port to the English and the French and so the settlers avoided the conflicts and blockades that other Indian Ocean ports suffered. This also suited the many French corsairs who were sailing the Indian Ocean plundering enemy ships: Mahé became a popular port of call for many of the most notorious corsairs of the day. The British fought for Seychelles and Isle de France because both island nations were strategic points on the route between India and the Cape, and because the corsairs remained a menace. In 1810, after a long blockade, Isle de France capitulated and the British renamed it Mauritius. Seychelles becoming British property was now guaranteed, and duly occurred in 1814. Quincy remained in office under British rule and died on Mahé in 1827 at the age of
In May 1780 a ship was sighted from Mahé. Believing it to be English and not wanting the garden to fall into enemy hands the gardens were burnt to the ground. When the ship sailed closer it was discovered to be French after all. But by then it was too late: the gardens and the spices, save a cinnamon tree or two, were completely destroyed. Other man-made destructions occurred in those early years: the tortoise population on Mahé was decimated with many hundreds of tortoises shipped to Isle de France or eaten by the settlers. By 1778 they were almost completely wiped out on Mahé. The endemic Seychelles crocodile was also hunted to extinction as were several species of birds.
79. He was buried with full honours near Government House, where his impressive grave still stands today.
During the British colonial period, Seychelles gained roads, schools, churches and a hospital. By 1900 the population had grown to 7,000 and in 1903 Seychelles became a crown colony in its own right, separate at last from Mauritius. The British Governor commemorated the event by erecting a clock tower in the centre of Victoria, a replica of the clock tower at London’s Vauxhall Bridge. Although a British colony, the culture of Seychelles remained steadfastly French. British Governors did attempt to anglicise the islands, but with little success: customs and language did not alter much during the British colonial era.
It was during the Second World War that the winds of political change began to stir in Seychelles and, shortly afterwards, universal adult suffrage was granted. In 1962 two political parties were formed under the leadership of two lawyers who were to remain the main political figureheads for the rest of the century: France Albert Rene and James Mancham. Independence from Britain was gained in 1976, and today Seychelles is a Republic (population 93,000) within the British Commonwealth under the leadership of President Danny Rollen Faure.
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OCEANS WiseOceans is a marine conservation and education organisation that works towards a future with healthier oceans, raising awareness of these fragile ecosystems and the creatures that live within them.
What does WiseOceans do at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles? One of our core activities is to take guests from Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on guided snorkels around the stunning bay of Petite Anse. There is no need to get in a boat, just a few kicks of your flippers and you will be seeing schools of reef fish among the coral. Our Marine Educators can help to enhance the snorkeling experience of confident and proficient snorkelers but are also adept at helping novice snorkelers discover the joys of seeing life beneath the waves for the very first time. It is such a privilege to be part of that special moment. For those who want to learn a little more, there are tailored marine
life talks and the opportunity to take part in a CoralWatch survey, which is a ‘citizen science’ project that contributes to coral reef conservation in the Seychelles.
You will often find our Marine Educators down at the beach with a gaggle of budding marine biologists. It is impossible to overestimate the value of inspiring the next generation to love and look after the marine environment, plus they have the best questions! WiseOceans Marine Educators spend hours with young resort guests, helping them to learn through marine-themed games, arts and crafts, and snorkeling too! The partnership between WiseOceans and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has also established environmental projects to help protect the precious marine life of Petite Anse and beyond. Alongside our Reef Restoration Project, we conduct marine research such as monitoring nesting turtles and beach profile surveys. Valuable data is also collected and shared with the Seychelles Department for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, to help build a broader picture of the health of marine life across Seychelles and in the Indian Ocean. What can you see on the reef? There really is an incredible amount to see on the reef at Petite Anse and it is so accessible. The first fish guests encounter is often a scissortail sergeant. This fish forms large schools, particularly in quite shallow water.
he organisation have been working in partnership with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles in Petite Anse in the south-west of the main island of Mahé since 2012. The Marine Discovery Programme delivers marine education to guests, resort staff and the local community, introducing them to the wonders of what lies beneath the beautiful blue surface. The diversity of Seychelles’ marine life is truly breathtaking and a fantastic tool for inspiring passion for the oceans. By increasing knowledge and understanding of the natural Seychelles environment the Marine Educators spread awareness and passion for the oceans and the protection of what lives within. Eager to learn more about this incredible project, Absolute Seychelles caught up with the WiseOceans team...
The quintessential reef fish must surely be the butterflyfish. On the reef, you might spot a threadfin or yellowheaded butterflyfish or maybe even the stunning Meyer’s butterflyfish. You will see that they are often spotted in pairs. Did you know that butterflyfish mate for life?
It is a real treat to spot an eagle ray. They are often seen whilst snorkeling but you can sometimes see them from the beach as they like to swim close to the surface of the sea right by the shore (the best time to see this is in the late afternoon). Look out for the tips of their wings (fins) breaking the surface. These graceful creatures are not aggressive and whilst (as with any wildlife) you should not approach or harass them, it is possible to clearly and safely observe these beautiful rays in the water. Often the most eagerly anticipated marine life sighting is that of a sea turtle. Seychelles is lucky enough to have two species that are regularly seen while snorkeling; the green and the hawksbill. Sea turtles also nest in the Seychelles. In many places around the world sea turtles nest only at night but in Seychelles the hawksbill sea turtle can be seen nesting during the day. You may also be lucky enough to see some hatchlings making their way to the sea from their nest. If you are fortunate enough to see a turtle on the beach then please follow the good practice of keeping disturbance to a minimum, staying quiet and well away with no flash photography.
Whilst they may look like rocks or plants, corals are in fact made of colonies of individual animals known as coral polyps; small creatures that are related to jellyfish. The polyps secrete a calcium carbonate skeleton and they form colonies that can range in size from a few centimetres to several metres. These coral colonies come in many different shapes and colours. The polyps themselves are translucent; their colour comes from a plant (marine algae called zooxanthellae) that lives within its tissues. The plant also provides most of the coral’s energy through photosynthesis. This symbiotic relationship is mutually beneficial and without the other, one cannot survive on its own for long.
What is coral bleaching? You may have heard about coral bleaching in the news in recent years. One of the main causes of this is warming sea temperatures. Corals are happiest between 23-29 °C but when the water temperature exceeds this range the polyps expel the algae from within their tissues. One consequence of this is that the coral loses its colour and appears ‘bleached’ white (remember it is the algae that gives it its colour). As the algae also provides the coral with its primary source of food through photosynthesis, if coral bleaching lasts for extended periods of time it can cause coral mortality. Climate change is causing sea temperatures to warm and combined with natural
fluctuations through events like El Niño, (a global weather phenomena) corals and coral reefs face major problems.
In the late 1990s the coral reefs of Seychelles suffered from extensive bleaching as a result of an El Niño event. The surface temperature of the sea increased by a couple of degrees above the norm and remained that way for several months. The impact of this, in addition to subsequent bleaching events and outbreaks of the coral predator crown-of-thorns starfish, is that some parts of the Petite Anse reef (and others around Seychelles) struggled to grow back fully over the following years.
Coral reefs in Seychelles and around the world continue to be faced with challenges, mainly from the unabating pressure of climate change and with further El Niño events forecast coral bleaching events are sadly anticipated. Therefore, the need for positive action to help the reefs recover is clear. The Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project In March 2015, together with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles launched the Reef Restoration Project which aims to return the house reef in Petite Anse to the thriving coral reef ecosystem that it once was though a new and innovative approach to coral reef restoration. The project boldly aims to restore 10,000 square metres of degraded limestone reef through the transplantation of 16,000 coral fragments, and to increase knowledge and awareness of coral reefs and the threats they face, believing that education is the way to a better future for our seas. Taking an innovative approach, one which must overcome extreme water dynamics, voracious coral predators and an unstable substrate, the Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project is working with nature to ensure the best outcome for the reef. First, we created a coral nursery comprising lengths of steel bent into arcs and fixed to the sea floor. Now we collect fragments of coral: the actions of waves, fish, snorkelers and boat anchors result in broken coral ABSOLUTE
What are corals? Corals are the main component of tropical reefs with over 800 recognised species globally to date. Their 3D environment can be home for up to 4,000 species of fish and although coral reefs only occupy less than 1% of the marine environment, they support more than 25% of marine life, giving rise to the nickname ‘the rainforests of the sea’. As well as being extremely biodiverse, coral reefs protect coastlines from extreme weather events and play an important role in the economy of many countries.
fragments; we use these pieces and also snip fragments from live donor colonies in order to propagate corals of certain species to maintain genetic diversity, or colonies that are resilient to stressors.
The coral fragments are taken to our Coral Cabana on land and carefully ‘doctored’ to be of the right size, free of algae, disease and bleaching, and then fixed to a solid surface, such as a small piece of steel. Next, they are placed in the coral nursery where they are safe from predators and grazers, and can grow bigger and stronger, attaching themselves securely onto their mobile home. In a few months, the coral fragments are strong enough to transplant out to the reef and are attached to bare areas of reef, where they will forever remain, growing big and strong as part of a thriving reef community. The Reef Restoration Project is an important step to supporting the recovery of the reef in Petite Anse, but the project’s chances of success are directly linked to reducing the overall and ongoing stressors to the reef. Climate change remains the largest threat and to promote lifestyle choices that help to reduce the effects of climate change, we have developed, together with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, a new experience for guests – ‘A Promise to the Reef’. This encourages guests to make their own promise to the reef by reducing their carbon footprint through a small and manageable lifestyle change. Small changes can make a big impact and ‘A Promise to the Reef’ is the perfect gift for guests to take back from their vacation in paradise.
How can guests involved? One of the most exciting aspects of the project is the opportunity for guests to get involved in the process. Resort guests can join our Reef Restoration Project Officer in the Coral Cabana and help prepare the corals fragments ready to be placed in the coral nursery. Young budding marine biologists can learn how we ‘grow’ corals and come away being an official ‘Coral Saver’.
"One of the most exciting aspects of the project is the opportunity for guests to get involved in the process."
Many people want to know how they can help the reef themselves. One way to take ownership and make a difference is to sponsor a section of the reef. Sponsorship is available for one, two or four square metres in size. Sponsors are sent a certificate of sponsorship, and photos are regularly posted to our Gallery so that the progress of your reef and its new coral colonies can be seen.
With Seychelles being such a popular honeymoon destination, do you offer special experiences for newly-weds?' Seychelles is a romantic destination and WiseOceans, together with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles have introduced a new interactive experience where newlyweds, couples celebrating an anniversary or simply those on a romantic escape together can save and sponsor a coral fragment. During the Love Grows Beautiful Things experience, guests help prepare a rescued coral fragment for attachment to a heart-shaped metal frame (that helps sustain the growth of their coral), before it is planted into the coral nursery for a full recovery.
Under our team’s expert guidance, couples may also take to the water to watch the planting of their fragment in the coral nursery. After a few months in the coral nursery, the strengthened coral will be transplanted back onto the reef. Through our partnership with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles we continue to deliver marine education to a wide audience and help contribute to the conservation of Seychelles’ beautiful marine life. WiseOceans believes that education is key to making a real difference. “In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught”.
Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist www.wiseoceans.com
CRAFT A SETTING SO FLAWLESSLY THAT THE EXQUISITE DIAMOND IT HOLDS SEEMS TO FLOAT. JUST AS IT WAS DONE 130 YEARS AGO.
An interview with
GUY SAVY owner of Bird Island
Guy Savy was born October 21, 1942, on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles. He spent his childhood years in the Seychelles and then moved to New Zealand where he went on to study accountancy. Always the islander at heart, he returned to the Seychelles upon finishing his studies and together with his then business partner, Robert Delorie, he purchased Bird Island.
In March 1973, Guy Savy and his wife Marie-France welcomed their first guests to the island. Little did they know that the lodge would still be welcoming many visitors to this day. They had nurtured a unique atmosphere in this small lodge, with a philosophy of preserving the island’s natural heritage for future generations whilst remaining an affordable, simple and eco-friendly choice for visitors. They had become pioneers of Eco-tourism in the Seychelles.
Guy Savy now retired, stills pops into the office from time to time but leaves the running of Bird Island to his two sons, Alex and Nick Savy.
small-scale family run business with the same principle of offering a beautiful place to holiday whilst protecting the island’s natural heritage.
From when does eco-tourism as we know it today in Seychelles, date? From the early 1970s. 1973 to be precise, with the opening of the Bird Island Lodge. The lodge was the only tourism venture at the time that used its natural surroundings to appeal to travelers, but with a focus on maintaining the island’s natural environment in the long term. The lodge only started with 10 chalets. There are 24 chalets today but there are no plans for expansion and the lodge remains a
Are there any untapped eco-tourism resources in Seychelles that are still waiting to be developed? Before looking at untapped eco-tourism resources, first we must better manage existing ones. This is the only way forward if visitors are to have a positive eco-tourism experience, if the community is to benefit and if we are to continue protecting our natural environment.
What do you believe to be the standout quality of the nature experience of Seychelles? The fact that the Seychelles offers the best of two worlds; a lush tropical island paradise and an equally beautiful surrounding marine ecosystem. You could be trekking up mountains, through dense forests one day, and next you could be diving with turtles, rays and thousands of tropical fish.
n 1972, Kathy Mason started a “Reef Bird Island had suffered from years of exploitation as a coconut plantation. Much of its natural vegetation was lost and the numbers of sooty terns had plummeted from somewhere near a million birds to scarcely 65,000 but Guy Savy had a vision to bring this island’s natural environment back to life. Having been raised at a time when the country was less economically developed but the population extremely self-sufficient when it came to living on an island, he was able to apply what he knew and along with some number crunching skills, he built the Bird Island Lodge.
What do you believe is the future of ecotourism in Seychelles? Eco-tourism is dependent on the natural environment and on ecological and cultural sustainability. There is a bright future for eco-tourism in the Seychelles if we are able to protect the environment as well as the cultural element. There is increased awareness of this today, which will surely have a positive impact in the future.
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principle of offering a beautiful place to holiday whilst protecting the islandâ€™s natural heritage."
An interview with
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Our visitors experience true island life when they step onto Bird Island. They feel at peace being away from their busy lives and schedules."
What can visitors expect from their ecotourism experience in Seychelles and what makes it so special? Experiencing amazing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. There are so many beautiful places to discover- the nature trails on Mahe, the marine parks, the Vallée de Mai on Praslin, and other Nature Reserves including our very own Bird Island. By choosing eco-tourism in the Seychelles,
travelers can be satisfied in knowing they are helping to conserve this amazing local environment and its cultural heritage.
How do you see Bird Island’s unique experience of nature evolving over the coming years? We don’t want to change much. We have maintained the same principle from the very start, “to preserve our natural heritage for future generations whilst remaining an affordable, simple and eco-friendly choice for visitors.” This is what sets us apart from the rest. What do you believe lies at the heart of Bird Island’s enduring appeal? Our visitors experience true island life when they step onto Bird Island. They feel at peace being away from their busy lives and schedules. They can go swimming in
What are the main challenges that Seychelles faces in keeping its ecotourism on track? The growth of the large-scale island resort offering high-end facilities and other elements not associated with eco-tourism. Such hotels are developed at the expense of the surrounding natural environment.
pristine waters and snorkel with turtles and colorful tropical fish. They can relax on some of the whitest powder soft beaches in the Seychelles knowing that they are likely to be the only ones there. They can experience being surrounded by thousands of birds in the Sooty Tern Colony and they can observe prehistoric looking tortoises as they roam about their island home. What would you suggest to the traveler looking for the ultimate experience in Seychelles nature in an Island hoping holiday. To try and visit as many islands as possible. In the Seychelles, you are surrounded by nature wherever you go but each island has its own charm. However, Bird Island is definitely a must! http://birdislandseychelles.com/
ALPHONSE Island Fishing
From the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Venezuela via the Bay of Biscay, renowned fisherman, Keith Rose Innes and his talented and passionate team have searched the waters across the globe to seek the finest salt-water fly fishing destination and found it in the Seychelles.
The Alphonse Fishing Company has the most experienced recreational angling team in the whole of the Seychelles, with more understanding and years on the outer islands than any other organization. 36 guides, captains, deckhands, managers and specialised staff that run The Alphonse Fishing Company operations are not only dedicated but also extremely experienced with hundreds of thousands of hours as a team under their belts. To compliment this team, The Alphonse Fishing Company has 38 purpose built boats of various sizes that play a vital part in accessing the various fishing areas whether they be on the flats or in the open ocean. What truly distinguishes the Alphonse Group of Islands as one of the most outstanding and notorious fishing destinations in the world is its combination of comfortable hotel accommodation alongside the opportunity to fish three different locations comprising of Alphonse Island, St Francois and Bijoutier. Alphonse Island features a single, exclusive resort comprising Beach Bungalows and Beach Suites built alongside the water’s edge, each with spectacular ocean views.
Guests can choose from various packages that involve a full week’s fishing excursion on St. Francois and Bijoutier, or a leisure package that includes the magnificent fishing on Alphonse. The unspoiled waters surrounding the Alphonse Atoll’s are home to the most incredible variety of bluewater fish species, translating into a great destination for offshore fishing. The structure and sheer drop-offs attract a variety of pelagic fish species: sailfish, wahoo, dogtooth tuna, yellow fin tuna and dorado can be targeted on any given day.
In addition to the fishing in and around the Alphonse Group of Islands, angling enthusiasts can also experience the thrill of the waters of Astove, which is situated 1055km South-West of Mahé and Cosmoledo, located 1030km South-West of Mahé. Astove and Cosmoledo have a wild and unspoiled environment and are part of the Aldabra Group of Atolls. Pure and pristine are the most befitting words to describe these two magnificent atolls. The Coral Lodge at Astove only caters exclusively to six guests per week. The newly-built lodge is comfortable, accommodating its guests in single, airconditioned, en-suite rooms that surround the central courtyard.
Sheer drops offs and a small entrance with a shallow lagoon that is a sanctuary for juvenile and trophy size fish make fishing at Astove a truly unique experience. Surrounded by flats with deep drop-offs, Astove is petite yet is one of the most thrilling and exciting angling encounters for fishermen and women across the globe. ABSOLUTE
ocated 400km from the mainland of Mahé, Alphonse Island is considered one of the top three salt-water flyfishing destinations in the world. What makes this destination exceptional is the ethos: The Alphonse Fishing Company is built around the simple principal of the best fishing destinations in the Seychelles run by fishermen for fishermen.
Known as the ‘GT (giant trevally) Capital of the World’, the waters surrounding Cosmoledo are abundant with this specific species of fish and it has become the benchmark for anglers searching for an outstanding saltwater flats fishing experience. The sheer numbers and variety of GT’s has had the fishing world hooked with anglers from across the globe queuing up to sample this ultimate fishing playground. Other species that can be found amongst the waters of Cosmoledo in impressive numbers are: large bone fish, blue fin trevally, barracuda, milk fish the indo-pacific permit and a host of triggerfish species. There is no landing strip on Cosmoledo so guests are flown to Astove Island, which is 19 nautical miles away from Cosmoledo. Anglers arrive late afternoon and set sail for Cosmoledo immediately, which takes 2-3 hours.
Unlike Astove, Cosmoledo does not have any purpose built on-site accommodation. Guests are accommodated on a live aboard vessel, the Lonestar, a truly magnificent 85ft sailing catamaran with a 39ft beam, which makes it one of the largest sailing catamarans in the Seychelles. This luxurious vessel was completely refitted in 2015 and features a host of facilities you wouldn’t normally expect on an outbound trip to Cosmoledo Atoll. The Lonestar is stable, spacious and more importantly has a 1,85 metre draft that allows the catamaran to anchor inside the calm waters of Cosmoledo lagoon.
The Alphonse Group of Islands, as well as the atolls of Astove and Cosmoledo, provide the angler with a unique fishing experience of a lifetime. This spectacular wilderness has ten thousand acres of white sand flats, which provide easy wading and world renowned fishing. The diverse and abundant species of fish that surround these waters gives anglers the opportunity to target a myriad different species during their stay. Keith Rose Innes is the Group Director of Alphonse Fishing Company and when asked “What makes Alphonse Island Fishing Company one of the best fishing destinations in the world?” his reply is full of passion and honesty. “When fishing with Alphonse Fishing Company, you can rest assured that you’re at the best venue, during the best time of the year, and under the watchful eyes of the world’s best fishing guides and captains. Run by fishermen and women for fishermen and women, we understand the difference between a good fishing encounter and a world-class fishing encounter and it is the dedicated team that are full of passion and unrivaled experience that has earned Alphonse Fishing Company its well-deserved and enviable reputation.”
For further information on Alphonse Fishing Company visit www.alphonsefishingco.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Island Sustainability from the Bottom Up
On one of Seychelles’ smallest islands, sustainability is not a check-the-box exercise to be carried out for an annual report… sustainability is the exercise on which its business depends.
Dissecting one of the immaculately presented dishes to come out of the kitchen on Denis Island can be a maddening game of curiosity.
Which components of the dish come from the island itself, and which had to be shipped in from abroad? Considering that the Seychelles and its 115 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean have to import 99 percent of its goods, you might be surprised to find out that on Denis, more often than not, it’s the former and not the latter. Rolling back the clock (on nature) The Masons, a Seychellois family that is largely credited with helping to kick-start the country’s tourism industry in 1972 as the islands’ first inbound tour operator, purchased Denis in the 1990s. The island already had a small hotel on it that was opened by its previous owner, a French businessman, but Mickey and Kathy Mason had a different vision for what they were buying. It was less about going in to change the accommodation and much more about how they were going to transform the island. “We wanted to bring Denis into a preserved state for future generations, as a self-sustainable island that would be impacted as little as possible by the outside world,” Mr Mason says.
Like many of Seychelles’ satellite islands that lie beyond the main cluster of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, Denis had been converted into a coconut plantation during colonial times, its natural habitat stripped bare.
So the Masons took a conscious decision to restore the make-up of the original endemic forest for much of the island. It’s been a slow, methodical process that continues through today, but it was needed to trigger a cascade effect of other developments along the island’s path toward sustainability.
Successes in conservation (and genocide) The destruction of natural forest habitats in favour of coconut plantations did no favours for the endemic land birds that were unique to Seychelles. Factor in the invasive populations of rats that tagged along on ships and made homes for themselves on the islands, and Seychelles’ endemic birds had suddenly run out of suitable nesting spots. Many remain on the IUCN’s red list of threatened species as a result.
So apart from removing invasive flora, a bit of ruthlessness toward some of nature’s most persistently successful species also formed part of the restoration plan. Completely eradicating the rat population on the island remains one of the biggest conservation investments Denis has made over the years. The eradication of invasive Mynah birds, which competed with endemics for nesting locations, followed suit in 2015.
The eradication programmes quickly paid dividends, and the newly restored habitats have allowed endemic birds to thrive again. Denis has even successfully translocated birds not previously on the island, such as the paradise flycatcher, which had previously only been endemic to the island of La Digue, as well as the Seychelles warbler. Tagging and monitoring endemic birds comprise just one component of the work carried out by the Green Islands Foundation, a conservation NGO with a permanent outpost on Denis to oversee a broad spectrum of activities. These include monitoring programmes for nesting Hawksbill and green turtles and research into the ecosystem of the reef flats surrounding the island, among others. Outreach to the island’s guests, who can involve themselves as much or as little as they like in the foundation’s conservation activities, is also an important aspect of sustainability that’s not lost on the Masons. Because without the clients, the whole plan falls apart.
The business side (of sustainability) If rarity is what makes something luxurious, then Denis can certainly be considered a luxury retreat, but luxury is not a term the Masons throw around haphazardly.
The hotel’s main concourse and the 25 cottages discreetly tucked behind the beach are refreshingly simple, lending a refined elegance with contrasts of stone and wood against nature’s colourful backdrop. But no one would describe the hotel as lavish or opulent. “In some ways, the luxuriousness of it all comes from the insider knowledge of how the place came to be,” Mr Mason says. A small lumber mill and carpentry workshop on the island converts the fastgrowing casuarina trees that have been used for all of the hotel’s furniture and floorings.
Surrounded by an expanse of rich tropical waters, it’s not hard to imagine that fresh fish features heavily on the island’s menus, which change daily. However, the Masons have also invested heavily in the rearing of livestock, and what began with chicken and pigs now provides the chefs on Denis an incredible palette with which to create, from duck to turkey to guinea fowl.
“Our style of hospitality should mostly reflect what the island is prepared to give,” Mr Mason says. “It’s not a decision we want to make on our own.”
There are island-specific challenges, of course, but as much as possible, Mr Mason approaches them with island-specific solutions. The lack of wide open grazing spaces for the cattle, for instance, is addressed by way of the island’s old nemesis – the coconut palm. “The cows have really developed a liking for palm leaves,” Mr Mason says, “and milk production has increased significantly since we introduced that as part of their diet.”
There is no spa on the island, but that doesn’t mean the guests on Denis are deprived of relaxing scrubs and massage treatments. The island’s spa therapists simply come to the guest chalets, or designate a private spot on the beachfront under the trees, depending on client preference. All of the spa products used on Denis are local, from a base of cold-pressed coconut oil and a variety of other island grown ingredients.
Farm to table (in record speed) The one place where you might be able to use a word like “opulence” on Denis, however, is in the kitchen. Although here, too, there is a certain novelty that comes from the island’s principled approach to cuisine.
Meanwhile, cattle provide all of the island’s dairy, with homemade yogurt a daily staple, along with a steady stream of locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Being able to substitute an import with what the island grows naturally in abundance is a common theme on Denis. And in some ways, it mirrors what many of the clients feel in their bones after spending enough time on the island: Denis Private Island is like an organic, sustainable substitute for today’s modern holiday package.
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Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
With views that could rend even the most seasoned traveller speechless, incomparable service, and a unique sense of Seychelles, it is the combination of location, authenticity and the Four Seasons touch that makes this not just a Resort, but an experience.
“ The combination of privacy and
space lends an unparalleled sense of relaxation."
our Seasons Resort Seychelles is located on the southwest coast of Mahé, the granite-filled main island of the Seychelles, known for its white powder beaches and dramatic rock formations. Situated on a lush hillside, it’s the perfect setting that combines bliss with isolation. With a private island feel, the resort is spread over an impressive 170 acres, with 67 treehouse villas each with private plunge pool, dotted throughout, creating a tropical amphi-theatre with stunning ocean views.
The villa interiors draw their inspiration from a mix of rustic Seychellois and French colonial style. Simple, white-washed timber slat walls allow the carefully curated collection of objets d'art to sing, while the verandah, day bed pavilion and infinity plunge pool set off unencumbered views of tropical greenery and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The combination of privacy and space lends an unparalleled sense of relaxation.
Foodies will be spoilt for choice at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. Enjoy ‘ZEZ’ for a hillside breakfast or enjoy Mediterranean cuisine for a sophisticated dinner. Local Creole and Asian food is the specialty for dinner at ‘Kannel’, or enjoy cocktails and snacks at any time of day at ‘Kannel Bar’. For freshly-rolled sushi and sashimi, ‘ZEZ Lounge’ is a
must; but if you cannot bear to leave your villa then the In-Villa Dining Service will prove very convenient!
For the ultimate relaxation experience high above the bay, the hilltop spa is well worth a visit. Sip a delicious iced cinnamon and vanilla infusion as you take in the breathtaking view from the relaxation area, before you enjoy one of a range of facial, body or massage treatments in one of the seven individual and couples treatment pavilions. Or how about indulging in a treatment at the beachside Spa Cabana, where the sea breeze and sound of the ocean promises to be the ultimate spa soundtrack.
Let the dedicated ‘Kids For All Seasons’ children's programme take care of the little ones while you find peace at a class in the tree house setting of the open-air yoga pavilion or enjoy a workout at the fitness centre. See spectacular coral and tropical fish whilst snorkelling and diving, and those looking for something with a bit more adrenaline will love to try hiking, kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle or big game fishing. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.fourseasons.com/seychelles
The H Resort
Beau Vallon Beach Paradise Defined Create memories worth sharing amid the luxury surroundings of this 5A island resort. Tranquil, boutique and culturally connected, The H Resort is nestled on one of the Seychelles most picturesque islands – Mahé.
Whether it’s a romantic escape, the beginning of a new journey of love or an island retreat with the family, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach is home to a collection of unique villas and suites that simply exude chic opulence, stylish comfort and idyllic bliss. Each and every one of the 100 beautifully appointed villas and suites represent the epitome of tropical luxury. From plush furnishings and mesmerizing backdrops, to the spacious layout and luxury finishings - they represent some of the most opulent accommodations in the Seychelles.
Each villa or suite features a private balcony or terrace; indoor and outdoor daybeds and dining areas; plush sofas, beds and seating areas; pristine bathrooms featuring oversized free-standing bathtubs and rain showers - as well as all the modern technologies such as a large –screen LCD and complimentary high-speed WiFi. The Beach Villas offer an entirely new level of luxury in the Seychelles. Each one occupies a private spot on the beach with direct access to the bay as well as a private pool, pool-deck, cabana, outdoor rain showers, luxury in-room amenities and personal pampering products by Elemisall.
Do as little or as much as you want at The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach
As your paradise home away from home, expect all the modern comforts entwined with chic décor, sumptuous furnishings and spacious luxury.
With seven eclectic bars and restaurants to choose from, including the world-renowned 'Trader Vic's', Japanese sushi bars and romantic under the stars dining – you’re spoilt for choice.
'Trader Vic’s' is an internationally renowned restaurant and bar. The French-Polynesian venue is the life and soul of the Beau Vallon and home to the famous Mai Tai® cocktail – which dates back to 1944. This signature restaurant sets a worldstandard for tropical sophistication with its eclectic cuisine – enhanced by using a Chinese wood-fired oven. It has an exciting atmosphere with the exotic décor, including timeless and authentic artefacts from around the globe. Sit in the spectacular interior space, or on the terrace overlooking the lagoon.
Create a lifetime of memories at 'Tête-àTête', a unique dining concept that isn’t a restaurant, it’s an experience. Enjoy a bespoke menu created by the Executive Chef in total seclusion on your candle lit table on the beach. Sit under a ceiling of stars and enjoy the blissful sounds of the waves as the well-trained team creates an unforgettable experience. 'Seyshima', derived from the words 'Sey' for Seychelles and ‘Shima’ - the Japanese term for island, is a venue that oozes Asian sophistication and is renowned for its mouthwatering selection of Teppanyaki ABSOLUTE
enowned for its azure turquoise oceans, crystal white beaches and lush emerald greenery, expect nothing but undisturbed views, charming creole hospitality and a new height of indulgence at this paradise resort.
and Sushi. It has long since become the best venue for Japanese cuisine on the island where patrons can dine a la carte or at the Teppanyaki counter to enjoy a Teppan show by the chef. Don’t forget to try the Seyshima cocktail – a resort signature.
Nestled between the luscious greenery of the gardens and the beach, 'Eden' is a hub of gastronomic experiences. Both romantic yet authentic, it serves a delicious selection of mouthwatering and fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat from the BBQ. Located adjacent to the swimming pool, 'Ripples' is a casual yet chic venue serving a wide selection of drinks, light bights and snacks. For those who want a less casual experience, then 'Vasco's' is the main restaurant, which is named after the Portugese explorer and founder of the Seychelles - Vasco da Gama – and is the perfect spot to enjoy your breakfast or to finish your day with a hearty dinner. Openaired, bright and contemporary in décor, it offers both indoor and al fresco seating. The buffet and live stations feature an infusion of international and Creole cuisines and offers a daily changing theme for dinner. In the evening, a variety of traditional dance and live music performances keep you entertained.
'1502' is a quintessential venue renowned for its sophisticated style and service. Named after the year the Seychelles was discovered Vasco da Gama, it’s the place to discover your own paradise with our concoction of delectable cocktails, fine wines and spirits.
The H Resort
Beau Vallon Beach
From yoga retreats and outdoor cinema screenings, to a daily changing programme for children – there’s always something to do here.
Explore the healing elements in nature and discover the true essence of being at one with the elements. Named as a tribute to its destination (Sesel is the Creole name for Seychelles), this blissful space features a total of seven treatment rooms including five single rooms and two couples suites – in addition to a Vichy Hydrotherapy room. We also have a salon for nails, hair and other beauty therapies. 'Sesel Spa' offers a selection of signature treatments that infuse the best of Western and Eastern techniques – all implemented by expert therapists who take a holistic approach to wellness. The luxury relaxation areas offer a tranquil setting for both pre and post massage treatments so make sure you spend some time here to truly rediscover wellness.
Open 24/7 and overlooking the lagoon, the gym is equipped with state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines and free weights. The Beau Vallon Studio is perfect for syncing your body and mind with sunset Yoga. A complimentary afternoon session is offered every day (except Saturday) for guests.
Recreational facilities are dotted throughout the resort with the stunning infinity pool taking centre stage. With ample sun loungers and parasols bordering it, the 24 metre long sapphire blue water invitingly tempts you to submerge. The accompanying kids’ pool is a safe 0.4 metre in depth. Also on offer is tennis, volleyball, pétanque, table tennis, a giant chessboard, masks, snorkels and kayaks to satisfy all your holiday recreational needs.
It's not only the grown ups that are spoilt - a world of exploration and fun awaits the little ones at Treetops Kids’ Club. Happy Kids make for happy parents and this is our main priority. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your child is well cared for by a team of professional caretakers who arrange fun-filled activities. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years, the club is open daily except Thursday from 9am – 6pm. This intimate, tropical island retreat is the perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon. From secluded beachfront villas and suites, to under the stars dining and luxury leisure activities designed to be enjoyed side-by-side, The H Resort is the ultimate destination for romance.
When one thinks of the term ‘Tropical Island’, it conjures up thoughts of pristine ivory shorelines, a turquoise ocean and a backdrop of luscious greenery. This is what exactly what to expect at The H Resort Beau Vallon – the perfect destination to turn the dream wedding into a beautiful reality.
Now for some food for the soul. 'Sesel Spa' is a true haven within a haven. Whether it’s a results orientated treatment, or just an experience of utter relaxation you’re looking for – make this part of your Seychelles experience.
Couples can choose to say ‘I do’ either along the beach, in the spectacular garden gazebo or in a number of secluded venues dotted around the resort. In addition to an idyllic backdrop, a customised wedding ceremony can be organized by the team of wedding specialists. From eclectic table designs, tiered wedding cakes and bespoke menus - to entertainment, bamboo ceremony archways and a civil ceremony officer – there’s no dream we can’t make into a reality. The H Resort offers a number of packages that can be tailored to ensure that each and every wedding is both perfect and personal. If you are looking for the ultimate honeymoon escape, then look no further than The H Resort. Everything, from the moment you arrive - to the time you reluctantly depart, has been designed with newly wedded bliss in mind.
Upon arriving at the airport, you’ll be met by one of the dedicated guest relations associates and after express entry formalities you’ll be escorted to your private boat for transfer. Once you’ve checked-in on the beach, you’ll then be shown to your accommodation which will be adorned in luxury romantic amenities.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.h-hotel.com/seychelles
If you are looking for the ultimate honeymoon escape, then look no further than The H Resort. Everything, from the moment you arrive - to the time you reluctantly depart, has been designed with newly wedded bliss in mind.
AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa Whether it’s a romantic retreat on your mind or needs for a seamless business trip, AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa is the place tailored to you. Connected, genuine hospitality and comfort.
more tranquil side of Mahé Island, the West coast is home to AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, a place that gives that genuine away from everything sort of feeling. The laid back natural setting of Barbarons Beach complements the resort’s modern casual design – warm sun and cool breezes, while chilling poolside or kicking back in AVANI’s seaview lounge.
tailored to every Guest’s preference. Take a digestif with an Asian twist at Tamarind´s beach bar – fiery or spicy rums, created by the Bar Team.
The resort is set amongst cozy gardens and swaying palms, a definite prerequisite for that island escape. Guests are spoilt with a selection of five categories of rooms and suites; Standard Rooms, Garden View Rooms, Ocean View Rooms, Beachfront Rooms and Ocean View Suites. Contemporary style designed around individual needs. All 124 rooms and suites welcome you with a dash of colour, plenty of space and those oh so needed comfy beds…one will surely need an awesome night’s sleep, to take on the days ahead. Essential modern comforts are surely abound, including an international satellite flat screen television, DVD player, air conditioning and tea and coffee facilities. Guests looking to indulge can stay in an Ocean View Suite with extra living space and deluxe amenities. Twin rooms, interconnecting options and rooms with disabled facilities are also designed with all their guests’ needs in mind.
The kiddies are sure to be entertained with a range of activities at their very own corner, AVANIKIDS. Re-energise with a range of activities including tennis, snorkeling and horseback riding or let the Concierge find the right experience for you, from fishing to diving or nature trails to island hopping excursions.
Just a 30 minute scenic drive from the International Airport, the team at AVANI awaits to warmly welcome you to your island experience. Surrounded by a contemporary look and greeted with cool tropical refreshments, one can’t help but want to quickly settle in and startexploring.
Being spoilt with choice is the only option when it comes to AVANISeychelles’ dining experiences. Those lazy days by the pool or powdery white beaches, AVANI’s Gravity Bar makes it all so much easier. Choose from a menu of tasty local dishes or classical sandwiches and salads, alongside fresh island juices or tantalising cocktails. So close to the shore lies the Elements restaurant, offering tasty buffet breakfasts and delicious buffet dinners with blends of Creole and international flavours.
As dusk creeps in, catch amber skies at AVANI’s rooftop Sunset Lounge, serving tasty canapés, Gravity Bar bites and tailored cocktails. Diners cannot miss trying the exotic flavours of AVANI’s Pan Asian Tamarind restaurant, prepared by skillful and creative Thai chefs with honest and natural ingredients; whether it’s the soothing coconut flavours of Tom Kha Gai or spicy tang of Gaeng Kiew Waan Goong, choices are
Taking time for oneself is not forgotten. Excellent fitness facilities await at AVANIFIT, conveniently accessible 24 hours or head to the AVANISPA, nestled in tranquil gardens. With 4 treatments rooms, a steam room and plunge pool, the Team is at hand to offer a relaxing experience and an array of treatments targeting your needs: BOOST - re-energise; CALM - relax and do away with stress, BALANCE – get in sync and find your rhythm, PURIFY – detox and cleanse, including AVANI Signature tailored treatments.
If a business trip is in your plans, AVANI Seychelles has you covered. Relaxed work spaces, with free WiFi throughout the resort, makes work time easy. For all kinds of corporate and social functions, the 500 square metre conference space features a meeting room, two break out rooms, modern audio-visual equipment and an outdoor relaxation area. Personalise the details with customised decoration, menus and entertainment. Host special events and dream weddings in style with garden, pool and beach views.
When the work is done and time for fun….AVANI Seychelles does not disappoint. A vibrant heartbeat of activity and a chance to let your hair down. Feel a sense of freedom and fun with regular entertainment including: dancing to the beats of our house DJ, Bazaar Barbarons – an evening of showcasing Creole culture and cuisine under the stars or Creole Cabaret – sit down show and dinner featuring the island´s premier artists to name just a few. Whether it’s a romantic retreat on your mind or needs for a seamless business trip, AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa is the place tailored to you. Connected, genuine hospitality and comfort. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/seychelles-barbarons
Seychelles Resort & Spa Cradled between white sands and granite peaks, The Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa has certainly made an impact since it opened its doors in May 2014. The striking design and serene private spaces are enhanced by a world-class spa and a 700m² swimming pool – the largest in the Seychelles.
Thinking of getting married? The hotel’s highly experienced wedding planners ensure a tropical wedding and honeymoon will live up to expectations.
The 163 guest rooms boast inspiring views, private, fully furnished balconies, access to lush gardens and the sparkling Indian Ocean. From the moment you step inside, it’s all about the relaxing shades, sleek lines and natural textures and individually controlled air-conditioning to keep you cool. As you’d expect, everything is finished to perfection. Top-of-the-range electrics include flatscreen TVs, complimentary WiFi, plus exclusive Molton Brown toiletries – just a handful of the luxuries provided to make your stay one you’ll never forget. Accommodating up to four adults or two adults and two children, the Savoy Penthouses offer sheer luxury. Including two bedrooms, a separate living area and a fully equipped kitchen, local arts and crafts create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The residential area flows seamlessly onto the private, fully furnished terrace that boasts spectacular views over the Savoy gardens, complete with a Balinese style daybed and a relaxing hot tub. The Savoy Suites are light and airy with
the rooms embracing modern-day luxury, including an extra-large king size bed and spacious bathroom. Each suite can sleep up to three adults, or two adults and one child. A private furnished terrace gives you plenty of space to kick-back and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Oozing aesthetic charm and featuring a private bathroom, the Junior Suites sleep three adults or two adults and one child. For the ultimate in luxury, the Junior Suites spill out onto a private furnished balcony or terrace that overlooks the beautiful clear blue sea.
The Savoy King/Twin rooms comfortably accommodate up to three adults or two adults and one child. The contemporary décor promises a luxurious experience with an extensive private furnished balcony or terrace – for glorious views over the resort gardens, or the deep blue sea.
For guests feeling energetic, state-of-the-art facilities include an air-conditioned fitness centre, floodlit tennis court, dedicated kids’ club and 480m² of dedicated meeting space, should you wish to mix business with pleasure.
Thinking of getting married? The hotel’s highly experienced wedding planners ensure a tropical wedding and honeymoon will live up to expectations. The world-class Savoy Seychelles Resort Spa is a haven where east
his 5-star, family-friendly hotel is majestically spread over 16-acres and nestles on the edge of Mahé’s most popular bay. An unmistakable seaside vibe permeates the Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa as seemingly endless white sandy beaches encourage swimming, snorkelling and looking-up-at-the-stars strolls at sunset.
meets west, refinement meets cosmetic expertise and effective skincare meets indulgence. Nothing underlines luxury, and the laid-back nature of this resort than the 5,800m² sanctuary and the Sothys Paris skincare products. Embrace the benefits of holistic therapies and rediscover your inner peace with the personally tailored spa service that aims to achieve your total wellbeing. Enjoy the sensory journey of a lifetime and indulge in a second-to-none, unique spa experience. Located amid the lush green hillsides and just a stone’s throw from the tempting shores of Beau Vallon Beach, the luxurious spa features nine fully equipped Treatment Suites.
The beautifully fitted areas include private showers, changing-room facilities, and unspoilt vistas over the gardens. How about a more intimate experience? The Couples Spa Suites treats lovers to a private whirlpool hot-tub while the adjacent gym facilities boast state-of-the-art Matrix equipment. The adjoining Pilates and Yoga Pavilion assure a calm and peaceful setting to promote a feeling of inner peace. The wet facilities include a Russian Banya and, exclusive to Savoy Spa, experience the ice fountain Hammam. The swimming pool features a cascading waterfall and a hydromassage pool. Anyone for a game of tennis?
The first-class courts are game, set and match.
The yoga and fitness instructors are happy to offer gentle paced sessions to accommodate beginners, or calorie-busting workouts, to challenge even the most hardened fitness buffs – programmes are designed to offer private, or couple-based sessions. Meal times are never boring at The Savoy. A smorgasbord of cuisines – including French, German, Spanish and Italian – are complemented by halal menus and a variety of speciality dishes from Russia, China and the Arabian Peninsula. The hotel’s international chefs make full use of the island’s plentiful bounty to show off their skills in three restaurants; beachside, poolside or perhaps a candlelit table overlooking a serene reflection pond?
When the sun sets, evenings of sumptuous cocktails and music are followed by contented guests enjoying relaxing sleeps, immersed in fine Egyptian cottons. Just a two-minute walk away; Mahek, Ocean Deck and Island Trader restaurants are located in the sister location, the Coral Strand Hotel, where you can enjoy a 10% discount.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.savoy.sc
Double Tree by
Hilton Seychelles From its prime beachfront location on the South East coast of Mahé, Seychelles' largest island, Double Tree by Hilton Seychelles – Allamanda Resort & Spa is a true paradise escape.
With its charming atmosphere, idyllic dramatic beauty, stunning locations and first class service DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for every couple’s picturesque special day.
Designed with luxe modern interiors, the 30 spacious rooms on the resort comprise of 6 King Deluxe Oceanview Rooms and 24 King Guest Oceanview Rooms featuring king sized beds, complementary Wi-Fi, LCD TV, lounge area and bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers. Those looking for indulgence can relax in the whirlpool on your own private balcony overlooking the crystal Indian Ocean.
Dining options at the resort are tailored to effortlessly compliment the tranquil ambience. Guests can enjoy the magnificent sunset with a signature cocktail in the Ocean View Bar, stay in and unwind with the resort’s in-room dining service or embark on a delectable journey through Creole cuisine in Les Palms Restaurant. Combining locally sourced ingredients
indigenous to the Seychelles, including local fish, organic spices, fruits and vegetables grown on Mahé and the freshest produce from nearby markets, Allamanda’s chefs create delicious dishes with the essence of Seychellois cuisine.
A myriad array of activities are on offer in both the resort and in the surrounds of the resort, on Mahé, guests looking for recreation are spoilt for choice. Mere meters beyond the powder-white sanded beaches, the vibrant underwater marine life can be discovered by snorkeling, scuba diving or on a glass-bottom boat. Head to Northern Mahé to visit one of the protected parks, each home to hundreds of species of coral and tropical fish. Nature lovers can uncover Seychelles' hidden mountain trails that traverse the large granite rock formations, or visit the Botanical Gardens to discover endemic species of flora like the famous Coco-De-Mer and orchids, while giant tortoises roam the picturesque scenery. Those looking to venture further afield can discover Victoria, the smallest capital city in the world, its famous clock tower, a miniature version of London's Big Ben, and the famed local markets, where an amazing display of local produce is on offer. ABSOLUTE
et against a spectacular backdrop of mountainous coast, indigenous landscaped gardens, sparkling azure sea and boasting panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this 4* hotel is an enchanting romantic haven of barefoot indulgence, perfect for families and romance-seekers alike, just 20 minutes away from the Pointe Laure International Airport.
With its charming atmosphere, idyllic dramatic beauty, stunning locations and first class service DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for every couple’s picturesque special day. From renewing their vows, to embarking on married life together or celebrating their wedding in paradise the resort offers impressive surroundings, making sure every couple finds their perfect setting for that special day. Based around the four elements; Earth, Fire, Water, Air, the resort’s bespoke wedding and renewal of vows packages all include a bottle of sparkling wine, wedding cake and romantic in-villa breakfast for the happy couple. Earth offers a luxurious wedding experience for bride and groom, while Fire is perfect for couples wishing to renew their vows in a romantic beachside ceremony. For those who crave a gastronomic flair to their wedding day, Water offers a four-course dinner under the starry Seychellois skies, while Air creates a totally personal day for you and your loved one. Embrace the feeling of ultimate relaxation at the oceanfront eforea Spa with exquisite tailor-made rituals such as enticing the Heaven on Earth treatments and massages.
The Eforea Spa at DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles - Allamanda Resort & Spa provides each guest with a warm welcome and the beginning of a truly revitalising and restorative experience. Drawing on the best practices from spa styles around the globe, treatments at Eforea Spa invite guests to emerge feeling renewed, uplifted and refreshed. The combination of uniquely designed surrounds and the blend of ancient healing methods utilised in the extensive treatment menu, create the ideal environment to heal and relax the mind, body and soul. Whether you opt to explore breathtaking natural beauty or wile away the days beachcombing, relaxing at the spa and indulging in fine dine experiences, DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles - Allamanda Resort & Spa’s idyllic charm will provide you with an unforgettable escape.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/seychelles
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Located on Silhouette Island, 20km northwest of Mahé, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is a picture-perfect luxurious retreat situated at the foot of the strikingly beautiful, jungle-clad Mount Dauban. Just a 20 minute helicopter transfer from Seychelles International Airport, Mahé, or a 45-minute boat trip via Bel Ombre Jetty this idyllic Indian Ocean haven is nestled between a dazzling 2.5km long powder-white beach and a lush tropical forest.
Guests looking to unwind are spoilt for choice at the resorts’ award-winning spa, Eforea. The Eforea Spa experience creates an oasis of calm, where guests can indulge in treatments that focus on balance and wellness, while embarking on transformative journeys of the senses. For true indulgence, choose from one of the Signature Spa Journeys, which take a therapeutic approach to the Spa. The Essentials Journey comprises of a series of technologically advanced treatments, such as the Coco Pearl Hydrating facial, using Green Caviar, Gold extract and Coco Serum. These rituals focus on specific skin concerns as well as stress relieving massages and relaxing cures. The Escape Journey, Terres D’Afrique, utilises locally inspired practices and ingredients through sustainably developed organic skincare, including natural ingredients like coconut oil, white clay and Aloe Vera, allowing guests to free themselves from daily stress, and become enveloped in the tropical beauty of the Seychelles through the series of treatments available.
As the only resort on the island, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa works handin-hand with historians and conservationists to preserve the Silhouette’s rich heritage and wildlife. Originally inhabited by pirates and plantations, the coastal plains of the local village, La Passe, became a thriving plantation hub. Among the most notable of inhabitants on the Silhouette was Auguste Dauban, who, along with his family established many plantation crops from coconuts to vanilla, much of which can still be seen growing today throughout the island.
Today, the family’s legacy is marked by the name of the imposing peak Mount Dauban, which soars above a virgin jungle filled with rare hardwoods, exotic orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants. The 19th Century plantation house, Grann Kaz, initially built by the Dauban family, has been faithfully resorted to its former glory and today serves as an authentic Creole restaurant, serving food which echoes the assortment of people who populate Seychelles, as well as housing a small museum on the second floor of the house. Creole cuisine features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant flavours of the Orient, fused together to create a unique Seychelles palette. Guests at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa can find reminders of the history of Silhouette all over the island, amongst the modern luxury and exceptional service. To experience the true spirit of the Seychelles, Silhouette Island is the perfect piece of paradise.
Built around a remarkable swimming pool, the resort features five spacious and peaceful villa categories, from Garden Villas, to Beachfront Villas, to Beachfront Villas with Plungle Pool to Deluxe Hillside Pool Villas and Deluxe Beachfront Pool Villas. The jewel in the crown of these rooms is the magnificent Silhouette Villa offering panoramic views across the Indian Ocean, as well as private beach access, and a stunning private pool. With a myriad of dining experiences, the resort takes guests on a culinary adventure exploring Italy, Asia, traditional Creole flavours, and much more.
With over 93% of Silhouette Island designated as a National Park, guests can immerse themselves in the dramatic Jurassic beauty, whilst the Marine Park protects Silhouette’s crystal turquoise waters and its vibrant aquatic wildlife. Adventure seekers can explore the amazing biodiversity of the island through the Eco-Centre; voyage on breath-taking hikes, explore the scents of the island like cinnamon and wild vanilla on nature trails, visit the 125 year old Giant Tortoises on Grand Barbe Bay, and at sundown view the Seychelles fruit bat and the critically endangered Seychelles sheath-tailed bat flying along the hillside. Below the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean stunning underwater landscapes of coral encrusted boulders shelter a staggering diversity of marine life, providing the perfect environment for snorkelling and diving. During the winter months the channel between Mahé and Silhouette is one of the best places to swim with Whale Sharks; arguably one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world. Families, nature lovers, divers, adventureseekers and romantics can all find a haven at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/seychelles
To experience the true spirit of the Seychelles, Silhouette Island is the perfect piece of paradise.
Carana Beach Hotel The luxurious high-end standards and amenities at The Carana Beach Hotel are paired with affordable rates, making this a slice of paradise not purely reserved for the rich and famous.
With it’s 40 Chalets overlooking one of Mahe’s most dramatically picturesque beaches, Carana Beach has been designed to accentuate the wild nature of this unique location, with the view from every room spilling out onto striking blue seas framed by lush jungle, massive granite pillars and its white-sand beach.
Modern twists on traditional island architecture, contemporary ocean-themed decor and a home-grown culture of genuine Seychelles hospitality, backed by decades of success in the Seychelles tourism industry,
all feed into a casual yet chic ambiance for guests to dine, unwind and recharge.
The luxurious high-end standards and amenities at The Carana Beach Hotel are paired with affordable rates, making this a slice of paradise not purely reserved for the rich and famous. The Carana Beach Hotel brings a fun, creative approach to both casual and semi-formal dining, offering an imaginative culinary experience for guests to enjoy at their own pace and leisure. Refined international cuisine mingles with frequent touches of Creole inspiration, along with a consistent focus on freshness and locality.
Named after the uninterrupted ocean panorama scene from its elevated perch, 'Lorizon', which means horizon in Creole, is the main restaurant and is open daily for breakfast from 7 till 10 AM and for dinner from 7:30 till 9:30 PM. An ideal setting to enjoy a spectacular view paired with equally refined cuisine for traditional, elegant dinner.
apturing the very essence of the Island spirit of The Seychelles is the Carana Beach Hotel, a boutique hotel that promises ‘an ethos and spirit of its own for every guest to discover.’ Fusing a respectful nod to the vibrancy and energy that is born of its past together with the here and now passion of those that currently work devotedly to create an authentic Seychellois sanctuary, Carana Beach offers an experience to waken their guests senses and to capture their imagination.
The Carana Beach Bar is where tourists and locals alike embrace a fun and informal atmosphere to eat, drink and socialise. This casual spot for all-day dining gives visitors an easy reference point to meet whilst enjoying cocktails and dining on tapas, light bites and fuss-free finger entree, all with the backdrop of light entertainment most nights. Open from 10 AM till late. The Carana Beach Hotel makes for an ideal setting for couples to tie the knot or celebrate a special milestone, and the hotel staff are ready to cater for almost any elaborate or unusual request. The hotel also offers a series of 'Emotions' packages for couples to create lasting memories with refreshingly simple experiences tied to the hotel and the spirit of the islands.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.caranabeach.com
Northolme Resort & Spa Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a secluded hideaway nestled among the hills and coves of the timelessly picturesque Beau Vallon Bay, on Mahé Island.
modern sophistication and pristine privacy, the resort’s exquisite Northolme Villa is an unparalleled choice. Spanning 360 m2 of plentiful space and comfort, the villa offers a paradisaical atmosphere and seclusion, combined with elegant interiors, decorated with original artwork and an expansive lounge, as well as 2 luxuriously spacious bedrooms. Guests can unwind in the largest private in-villa swimming pool on Mahé measuring up at 110 m2 and enjoy unobstructed views of sun, sea and the skies of the Indian Ocean. Dining at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is truly an epicurean experience with dishes to tantalise the senses, combined with stunning locations, first class service and outstanding views. The Hilltop Restaurant is the hotel’s main eatery, offering a delicious variety of international fare, traditional favourites and tantalising local Creole flavours complete with breath-taking vistas over the Indian Ocean, whilst the stylish interiors of the nearby Ocean Bar offer secluded coves and panoramic views of starry skies combined with freshly mixed cocktails, an expansive wine list and the very best in top shelf drinks. Les Cocotiers Restaurant invites guests on a culinary journey, exploring the menu which features grills with bold flavours. Guests
his upscale resort has a rich history, as one of the Seychelles’ first hotels and as a favourite haunt of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. The original charm and exotic, yet comfortably familiar character of Northolme has delighted guests for decades and is retained throughout the resort today. Situated just a short 25 minute transfer, via car, from the Seychelles International Airport, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa offers 3 villa categories including Deluxe Oceanfront Villas, Ocean View Hillside Villas and 16 stunning Grand Oceanview Pool Villas. All accommodation combines the natural and historic elements of the traditional Seychellois house with modern interiors, ensuring that the unique essence of Northolme is preserved. Each of these beautiful retreats is constructed from native timber in order to blend harmoniously with the lush tropical gardens that surround this charming resort. The resort’s 16 elegantly spacious Grand Oceanview Pool Villas are the ultimate rooms with a view. Enveloped by majestic tropical flora and each with its own infinity pool set into the sun-bathed decking, these luxuriant villas deliver a spectacular panoramic vista of the sparkling clear azure Indian Ocean, as well as unparalleled privacy and tranquility. For those seeking
can enjoy a la carte dishes and choose from a variety of prime quality meats, fresh fish and seafood, as well as vibrant produce for dinner, complimented with the freshest local ingredients and an enticing selection of delectable wines, served alfresco, surrounded by iconic Seychellois ocean seascapes. The hotel has long been a source of inspiration to the creative mind. Guests will instantly understand why the stunning natural surroundings inspired Ian Fleming to pen one of his most famous 007 stories, For Your Eyes Only. The magnificent view from the hotel is actually mentioned in ‘For Your Eyes Only’, it really is a resort fit for James Bond – a true connoisseur of luxury! The astonishing clarity of the Indian Ocean surrounding Mahé combined with the stunning underwater landscapes of coral, a myriad of marine life and the typically Seychellois granite boulders which are strewn across both the beach and the sea, make this Marine Reserve that extends from Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa the perfect environment for snorkelling, exploring Seychellois life below the waves, and simply enjoying the picture-perfect beaches and coves of Beau Vallon. While back on land the hotel’s sparkling fresh water infinity pool overlooking the ocean is the perfect place to relax and revitalise.
Set among the granite boulders synonymous to the Seychelles, the beautiful Eforea Spa is the perfect setting to indulge in a unique wellness experience and luxurious, holistic treatments, while surrounded by the soothing sound of rhythmic waves. The Spa features three luxurious treatment rooms, a relaxation area and steam room, where guests can immerse their senses and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. The Spa menu is shaped by a handpicked combination of the best spa practices from around the world to create a unique spa concept and exceptional treatment menu to pamper guests from head to toe, even including local ingredients and traditional medicinal. Â Combining the classic charm of the original Northolme Hotel with worldrenowned Hilton service, first-class dining, dazzling natural surrounds and a truly tranquil atmosphere, the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is one of the Seychelles leading boutique hotels and premier resorts, which is sure to inspire and delight all who visit again, and again.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visitÂ www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/seychelles
Eden Bleu Eden Bleu is a modern hotel with superlative leisure and business facilities and has effortlessly blended the two to create a stunning hotel located in the heart of Eden Island.
Eden Bleu is a modern hotel with superlative leisure and business facilities and has effortlessly blended the two to create a stunning hotel located in the heart of Eden Island.
Location! Location! Location! Eden Bleu boasts an unrivaled location, just 10 minutes by car from Seychelles International Airport and perfectly situated to explore the capital Victoria. Located on the edge of the shimmering waters of the Eden Island International Marina, the expert concierge can arrange a variety of day trips or private yacht charters for guests to explore the picturesque inner islands of the Seychelles. The hotel is also perfect for one or two night stays for those wishing to discover the Seychelles outer islands as it is situated near to the IDC Hangar. For leisure guests, the 74 Deluxe Rooms and 12 luxury Suites have sweeping views of the majestic mountains or overlook the crystal-
clear waters of the marina. The Presidential Suite occupies the top floor of Eden Bleu and its floor to ceiling windows offer extensive, panoramic views of the entire marina and mountains. Just steps away from the hotel is Eden Plaza where you guests can find Eden Holistic Spa and X Trim fitness Centre. Eden Island is a hive of activity with many bars and restaurants, all just a short stroll from Eden Bleu. The infinity pool overlooks the Eden Island International Marina and spacious cabanas and comfy lounge beds are dotted around the pool, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. ‘Bourgeouis Bar’ serves local beers and spirits as well as internationally renowned brands. An extensive wine list, cocktail and mocktail menus are available and the talented bar staff can create a delicious cocktail or mocktail to suit your palate. The ‘Marlin Bleu’ restaurant serves a wide variety of internationally inspired dishes. Serving both the international community in a business and leisure capacity, Eden Bleu Hotel’s innovative Meetings, Incentive Conference and Event facilities have entrenched the hotel as a leading destination, targeting convention and group planners with its unrivaled facilities, boosting the Seychelles’ ability to cater for the luxury leisure and business markets. Winner of ‘Seychelles’ Leading Conference Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards in 2016, the flexible and expansive modern conference centre with state-of-the-art amenities can be divided into two separate
den Bleu is a unique hotel situated on Eden Island. What sets this property apart from the other hotels and resorts based in the Seychelles is that it is fully equipped to host both large scales conference, events and launches as well as luxury leisure guests. It is not a business based hotel with leisure facilities. It is a concept that effortlessly blends the needs and requirements of a traveler staying at the Eden Bleu for a relaxing stay, with those staying at Eden Bleu for a conference, meeting or event. This can be hard to achieve, however, Eden Bleu delivers a wholly unique experience for both sectors.
rooms, ideally suited for gala dinners, product launches, meetings, board meetings, presentations and break-out sessions and even weddings. The four meeting rooms can cater for intimate meetings for just two people to larger scale meetings for up to fourteen delegates. Private lunches can be arranged for delegates and specialist menus are created for each individual event/conference/launch and meeting by the highly talented banqueting team. In addition, Eden Bleu Hotel is the most technologically advanced hotel in the Seychelles, digital technology prevails and with the largest television screen in the whole of Africa, enables presentations, displays and videos to be viewed easily and clearly to a large-scale audience. This is a key selling point for those travelling to the Seychelles for MICE business. Eden Bleu Hotel innovates and does not imitate and it is this ethos that enables the property to constantly evolve and develop itself. Through consistently improving and advancing its offering, Eden Bleu hotel has emerged as the perfect property in which to conduct business as well as offering exceptional leisure facilities making work and relaxation time to converge.
Eden Bleu Hotel is an affordable luxury in paradise. It has become well known throughout the Seychelles for its superior conference and meetings facilities along with the personalised and dedicated service it offers to all clients and guests. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.edenbleu.com
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an affordable luxury in paradise."
The Carana Hilltop Villa, Mahé The perfect budget base to explore Mahé The Carana Hilltop Villa presents the best of both worlds; it is positioned amongst the mountains of North East Mahé Island and is just a mere five minutes walk to the adventure of Carana Beach.
This impressive villa is framed by lush, multi-coloured tropical flowers in the front garden and by fruit trees facing the outside dining area where guests may enjoy meals in the total serenity of a unique setting.
Offering an authentic Creole homeaway-from-home, this charming holiday accommodation allows guests to enjoy this tropical haven at their own whim and pace, in keeping with the timeless traditions of Seychellois hospitality. The Carana Hilltop Villa presents the best of both worlds; it is positioned amongst the mountains of North East Mahé Island
and is just a mere 5 minutes walk to the adventure of Carana Beach. The villa is only 20 minutes’ drive from the international airport, a mere 10-15 minutes’ drive to the capital, Victoria and Beau Vallon Beach, Mahé’s most famous beach while only a short walk from the nearest bus stop and local supermarket. Add to this ideal location delicious cuisine, fine island living and villas lavishly furnished with luxury and you have the perfect blend for the holiday of a lifetime. Accommodation varies according to budget and ranges from 90 to 125 euros a night for a single room with bed and breakfast or alternatively the whole villa can also be hired to cater for a large family or group. Each bedroom is air conditioned, with ensuite bathroom, television, mini-bar, telephone, and desk and PST rooms come complete with their own balcony.
f your idea of the perfect holiday spot is a secluded and jungle-sequel hill top location, with breath-taking islandwide views, walled grounds and a private swimming pool, be sure to head inland to The Carana Hilltop Villa.
The villa also caters for guest in search of self-catering facilities as well offering sublime cuisine from their Creole kitchen which features such dishes as BBQ'd fish straight from the ocean, octopus curry prepared in coconut milk, smoked fish and mango salad.
Ensuring every guest need or request is met, hairdressing, beauty therapy and in-room massage are all available on demand while car rental packages, airport transfers and a variety of excursions can easily be arranged, either when making your reservation or at any time at the villa reception. The villa also has an internet facility.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.caranahilltopvilla.com
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Seychelles For 128 years Raffles has gone out of its way to give you the warmest welcome, the richest experiences and the fondest of memories and today the legend continues all over the world. The Raffles name is synonymous with luxury, glamour and extraordinary adventure. Each hotel is an oasis of calm and charm at the crossroads of a civilization. Each is a carefully chosen destination in its own right. Each is uniquely, indefinable, sublimely Raffles.
“ Synonymous with romance
thanks to its white sands, stunning scenery and beautiful sunsets, the Seychelles is a destination that’s ideal for couples"
ow as the brand grows and reaches new and sometimes surprising destinations, guests can rest assured that wherever in the world Raffles travel, they will remain distinctly Raffles – infused with the same spirit of adventure, luxury and sublime service. Exciting and enchanting, refreshing and invigorating, Raffles is loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.
In 2011, Raffles’ first ever resort in the Indian Ocean opened in one of the world’s most far flung destinations, the island of Praslin in the Seychelles. Beautifully designed upon a lush hill facing the Indian Ocean, Raffles Seychelles features 86 private villas, some of the most spacious in the archipelago. Each villa offers a private pool and outdoor pavilion to soak up the breath-taking views of the opal-hued ocean, white sandy beach and rolling green hills. An oasis of laidback luxury, Raffles Seychelles instills a sense of wellbeing and creates an atmosphere of blissful relaxation, ideal for the paradise seeker. The resort sits right on the beautiful and renowned Anse Takamaka Beach, 500 meters of pristine white sand line the resort’s beachfront, with dramatic granite formation adding to the picturesque coastline. It only gets better as you can step a few meters from the beach and enjoy two, 45 meters long infinity pool, where paradise seekers can relax, sunbathe and enjoy fresh cocktails.
Another amazing attraction to Raffles Seychelles is the signature Raffles Spa, a haven of peace, relaxation and rejuvenation. Steps away from the coastline of Anse Takamaka, amidst stunning surroundings, it’s carefully designed to calm the spirit and awaken the senses. This luxurious spa features 13 treatment pavilions, showcasing the
spectacular view of the blue ocean, tropical gardens and dramatic granite boulders. Two spa suites, a first in the Seychelles, are fitted with steam showers, Japanese soaking tubs and observation decks where guests can enjoy stunning vistas in privacy.
A tranquil spa garden makes the ideal spot for pre- and post-spa relaxation. Set among natural rock formations and high above the water, even the journey to the treatment pavilions is an intrinsic part of the Raffles Spa experience. At 1,234 square meters this is the largest spa in the archipelago, and the closest spa to the Indian Ocean.
Dining at Raffles Seychelles is an absolute pleasure as you are spoilt with the world of fresh seafood before you! Beach dinners under the stars, cocktails on a rooftop overlooking the ocean, finely crafted sushi and sashimi, contemporary Creole dishes: Raffles Seychelles presents a diverse collection of culinary experiences at its four restaurants; Losean Restaurant, Curieuse Restaurant, The Sushi Room, and Pool Restaurant & Bar. Losean Restaurant - From breakfast dishes from around the world to an evening menu inspired by the Indian Ocean, Losean offers thoughtfully-prepared and contemporary food throughout the day. Come evening and Losean becomes an elegant dinner setting, with tables both inside and out in the gardens, candlelit and accompanied by the sounds of the sea. Incorporating local ingredients and freshly-caught fish, the à la carte menu is a tribute to the best of Creole and Indian Ocean-inspired food; simple and delicious, with a contemporary twist.
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Curieuse Restaurant - A gastronomic journey tracing through India, China and South East Asia, Curieuse, led by Chef de Cuisine Sunil Dutt, is the Seychelles’ only Asian restaurant. Infused with oriental spice and aromatic ingredients, the menu varies from Thai salads and spicy sour soup to Indian curries and traditional Chinese stir-fries. With low-lit outdoor tables dotted amid the leafy Seychellois surroundings, Curieuse is an atmospheric, island-chic setting for an unforgettable dinner.
The Sushi Room - In a location famed for its fresh fish, The Sushi Room at Curieuse celebrates the island’s world-class catch with an exciting menu of sushi and sashimi. The intimate, eight-table room, just off the main Curieuse restaurant, allows guests to witness the chef in action, skillfully preparing each dish moments before it arrives at their table. The evening tasting menu presents an assortment of nigiri, tataki, maki and sashimi for a well-rounded experience of Japanese cuisine, complemented by a variety of sake. Sushi can also be enjoyed à la carte at Pool Restaurant & Bar for lunch.
Pool Restaurant & Bar- showcasing fresh, local products and light cuisine, the Pool Restaurant & Bar offers a casual lunch setting, perfect for refueling during a busy day of soaking up the Seychellois sun. Serving salads, sandwiches and well-loved classics from around the world, as well as sushi and sashimi, the menu's diverse options cater to every appetite.
Celebrations are also done in exquisite Raffles style in Praslin. When it comes to marking your special occasion, the possibilities are endless at Raffles Seychelles: enjoy a group trip of a lifetime, complete with
beach barbecues, cookery classes, excursions to neighboring islands and fishing trips; celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with private dinners under the stars, rooftop cocktails and spa treatments.
Synonymous with romance thanks to its white sands, stunning scenery and beautiful sunsets, the Seychelles is a destination that’s ideal for couples. Allow the Raffles team to help you create the perfect proposal, picture-perfect wedding, unforgettable honeymoon or anniversary. Complete with romantic dinners, couples’ massages and aromatic baths at Raffles Spa, champagne cruises and sundowners on Anse Lazio, one of the world’s best beaches, we can guarantee an unforgettable celebration. There’s never a dull moment in paradise as this resort comes equipped with an amazing recreation team who knows the island better than anyone! Indoor or out, relaxing or inspiring, for families or couples; Raffles Seychelles has activities which help you feel at one with the natural beauty of the archipelago. With a range of water activities, from snorkeling to boat excursions, to table tennis on the resort or hiking trails for the adventurous, there is something to suit every taste. Fear not the worry of having the kids on vacation as The Sugar Palm Kids Club is a dedicated club catering to toddlers, children, and even teenagers on the resort. Lively, educational and age appropriate activities are coordinated by the Recreation team to ensure that the young ones can enjoy the idyllic paradise of Praslin, as much as adults do. For more information or to make a
reservation, please visit www.raffles.com/praslin
Allow the Raffles team to help you create the perfect proposal, pictureperfect wedding, unforgettable honeymoon or anniversary.
Located in the north-east region of Praslin, the Hotel L’Archipel the second largest island of the Seychelles, at the end of the famous Côte d’Or Bay. Luxurious bungalows nestle in a colourful tropical hillside garden overlooking a lovely secluded beach – Anse Gouvernement.
The hotel boasts two restaurants which are among the finest on Praslin Island. La Gigolette opens its large windows and terrace right on the beach and guests enjoy a soft breeze and a stunning ocean view while savouring delicious Creole or international dishes.
uests are invited to relax upon the hotel’s very own exclusive private beach; one of its most greatest attributes, providing opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and, of course, soaking up the sun in stunning surroundings.
Away from the sparkling shore, the hotel’s magnificent gardens are perfectly manicured and feature meandering pathways and a wide selection of flowers, shrubs and trees which, in turn, provide a stunning backdrop for the 18 Deluxe rooms, five Superior rooms, seven Senior suites and two Family suites. The hotel boasts two restaurants which are among the finest on Praslin Island. La Gigolette opens its large windows and terrace right on the beach and guests enjoy a soft breeze and a stunning ocean view while savouring delicious Creole or international dishes.
La Feuille d’Or, located on the first floor by the bar, also offers a jawdropping panorama and a more secluded atmosphere, ideal for when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor dining. Ensuring guests are entertained both day and night, themed nights set within the two restaurants are guaranteed holiday highlights, complete with live music.
Hotel L’Archipel features a variety of accommodation options. All rooms include air conditioning, flatscreen satellite TV, room service, in-room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. You will certainly enjoy the incredible sea view from your spacious private terrace.
The resort offers five 60m² hillside Superior rooms with either baths or showers, designed to accommodate three persons (three adults, or two adults and one child), whilst eighteen 60m² Deluxe rooms for two adults are scattered over the hillside, gardens and beach front, offering breath-taking views and ideal for mature couples, honeymooners or guests in search of seclusion and privacy. Also on offer are a further seven 65m² Senior suites, ideal for three persons (three adults or two adults and one child), two of which interconnect as well as two spacious 120m² Family suites for two adults and two children, complete with separate lounge and veranda. A minimum of a two-night stay all-year round except for peak season (Dec 24th to Jan 5th), where a minimum of a three nights is required to book a stay. Away from the hotel itself, there is plenty to keep you occupied. The Seychelles enjoys one of the most equitable climates on the planet and the year can be pretty much divided into two distinct seasons: The north-west trade winds blow from November through to March, bring much of the islands’ essential rainfall. The south-east trade winds gently gust from May to September, providing cooler temperatures and more lively seas – absolutely perfect for sailing. The intervening months are normally periods of warmer weather and calm seas, the ideal environment for swimming, diving and snorkelling, getting in a boat and exploring the ocean.
The hotel’s boat, Lady Caroline, takes guests on fishing trips and a wide range of excursions to neighbouring islands. The helpful and knowledgeable staff are only be too pleased to assist guests in organising their water sports, deep-sea and bottom fishing, and diving excursions and island-hopping expeditions to neighbouring islands.
The Hotel L’Archipel water sports centre also provides canoes, snorkelling and paddleboard equipment free of charge to its guests and available facilities also includes two boats: Lady Caroline, a powerboat for up to 16 passengers, the ideal vessel in which to discover the surrounding islands in comfort, whether on fishing trips, scenic cruises or romantic excursions. Also available to guests is the Makwa, a smaller boat intended for short fishing trips. Reaching The Hotel L’Archipel couldn't be simpler. Praslin is serviced by regular Air Seychelles domestic flights from Mahé, and by the Cat Cocos fast catamaran ferry, operating daily. You can also charter a helicopter via Zilair, the local helicopter company and the hotel can arrange transfers between the airport or jetty and the hotel, for a small fee.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.larchipel.com
Reaching The Hotel L’Archipel couldn't be simpler. Praslin is serviced by regular Air Seychelles domestic flights from Mahé, and by the Cat Cocos fast catamaran ferry, operating daily.
Indian Ocean Lodge Take a 45 minute boat trip or 10 minute flight from Mahe Island and you will arrive at the magnificent and remote Praslin Island. There, hidden away amongst the islands' lush greenery is the Indian Ocean Lodge, a tranquil and authentic Creole hotel renowned for its faultless customer service and surprisingly reasonable rates. The unique positioning between the green scenery inland and the turquoise vistas of Grand Andea Beach makes the Indian Ocean Lodge a secluded slice of paradise from every angle.
Guests are spoilt for choice at the hotel’s Blue Marlin Bar & Restaurant, which presents the very finest and freshest of local seafood, all prepared with flare and flavour to satisfy the most discerning of foodies.
rand Anse is just on the outskirts of the tiny village by the same name and is one of the longest beaches on the island, with shallow flats that extend far out to the reef, and water barely lapping along the shore. This makes it ideal for family activities or simply strolling up and down the coastline.
for your partner, and clothes-lines ensure those wet bathing suits dry out in good time.
Designed to relax and embrace its guests, the Lodge and its 32 rooms offers all the creature comforts of home with added opulent luxurious touches. The interiors have been designed to uniquely identify with Praslin in every way, with pastel and earth tones, along with fixtures and made out of traditional materials like palm leaves and coconut husks and shells. The white-washed furniture, built by local carpenters, lends a soothing, rustic finish to the room. All rooms have been conveniently designed to easily convert into ideal accommodation for families. Standard rooms are equipped with kingsize beds, but two adjacent built-in couches are easily converted into twin beds, allowing a family of 4 to be comfortably accommodated. Each room is also inter-connected to its adjacent room, which offers plenty of space for families of even up to 8 individuals. The spacious bathrooms were created with guests' day schedules in mind. The double shower means you can freshen up and get rid of the sand you have accumulated from the beach without waiting around
The pool bar offers a selection of bistro favourites, such as homemade burgers, sandwiches, pastas and fresh fish selections, all available from our a la carte menu. The bar is also open through the evening for you to enjoy any number of cocktails creations and drink specials.
The hotel is just a 5-minute drive from the Praslin airport, 15 minutes from the Baie Ste Anne Jetty, about 20 minutes from Cote D’Or beach (a hotspot for diving and island excursions), and 35 minutes away from the world famous beach of Anse Lazio.
Guests are spoilt for choice at the hotel’s Blue Marlin Bar & Restaurant, which presents the very finest and freshest of local seafood, all prepared with flare and flavour to satisfy the most discerning of foodies. The restaurant offers two distinct areas for you to dine – inside the main building, or out on the covered veranda. Breakfasts are served from 7:30 to 10:00AM, and dinner from 19:30PM, with an a la carte pool bar and bistro open throughout the day.
For those who want to explore all that Praslin Island offers, a free shuttle bus is provided by the hotel to transport guests through the majesty of the island, arriving at the exquisite beach of Anse Volbert.
The Indian Ocean Lodge can cater for every aspect of a dream wedding in paradise, promising a uniquely romantic experience for couples. The exquisite gazebo by the beach, or the beach itself, are ideal venues for exchanging or renewing vows. Special honeymoon packages are also available together with a range of different add-ons to make your paradise getaway even more memorable. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.indianoceanlodge.com
Pirogue Lodge Along the northern coastlines of the picturesque Praslin island lays Pirogue Lodge. This charming, family owned small hotel consists of 6 standard rooms, each facing the sea. The small hotel started operating in 2013.
“ Anse Lazio Beach, where the hotel is situated, is one of the world’s most stunning beaches in the world. Anse Lazio’s azure sea water and fine white sandy beach is ideal for a relaxing treat on your holiday.
eautifully decorated with simple wooden furniture and paintings from local artists, each room radiates the creole serenity and calm. A private little verandah furnished with traditional, relaxing chairs is there to capture the azure ocean view. The warmth of the Seychellois smile and the amicable staff is the perfect way to enjoy a home away from home, with the white, sandy Cote D’or Beach located merely seconds from you. Praslin, the second main island of the Seychelles Archipelago has a population of approximately 7000 inhabitants. The island enjoys a laid back, slow-paced lifestyle filled with joie-de-vivre. The locals are all friendly and welcoming, fitted to serve the islands’ main economic activity which is tourism. Praslin is also the home of the Vallee de Mai, a lush green garden which is the natural habitat of the world’s largest nut, the Coco de Mer, as well as the endemic black parrot and various other endemics palms, plants and insects. This world heritage site is surely not to be missed.
Anse Lazio Beach, where the hotel is situated, is one of the world’s most stunning beaches in the world. Anse Lazio’s azure sea water and fine white sandy beach is ideal for a relaxing treat on your holiday.
Renowned for being a fishing village in the olden days, the Cote D’or, also known as the golden coast was the nesting place for many
Pirogues (small wooden boats used for fishing). Though time has worn away the Pirogues, Cote D’or coastlines remains an ideal mooring spot for small boats as well as an easy access to neighbouring islands and snorkeling spots, such as Curieuse Island, Aride Island and St Pierre Island. Each room at the Pirogue Lodge is approximately 50m2 and equipped with a private furnished balcony, air conditioning, a king size bed, a shower and cleansing cosmetics, mini bar, personal safe and wifi facilities.
Pirogue Restaurant and Bar is located on the same property and offers a wide choice of both local and international dishes as well as cocktails and other beverages. Open from 8.00am to 11pm, it daily serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. During your stay, there are a whole host of activities that can be seen aged for you to enjoy by the Pirogue Lodge team. From simple taxi, car rental and private transfer services, to world-class snorkelling and a cube diving, island tours, boat excursions and big game fishing, you can be as active or as restful as you desire. The ever efficient team are at their guest' disposal to facilitate any special activities, should they be available on the island. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.piroguelodge.com
The Seychelles A perfect holiday getaway
Escape to beautiful beaches, relax in turquoise waters or sip fresh coconut water under swaying palm trees. Air Seychelles offers daily flights to Seychelles from London with our codeshare partners, Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi or four weekly flights to the Seychelles with Air France via Paris. Air Seychelles also offers over 300 scheduled weekly domestic services between MahĂŠ and Praslin in addition to charter services.
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Diving into the warm tropical waters of Alphonse Island reveals a vibrant array of coral and fish as far as the eye can see. Forests of giant gorgonian sea fans, sea whips and black corals can be viewed along the precipitous drop-off and the incredible hard coral formations on the plateau are a magnificent sight to behold!
Located 400km from the mainland of Mahé and 7 °South of the equator, Alphonse Island is accessible only by plane. Accommodation is 21 Beach Bungalows and five Beach Suites, all with direct beach access and panoramic, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, with each decorated in hues and colours that reflect the natural environment of the island. Unlike many hotels and resorts, Alphonse Island encourages its guests to spend as much of their time as possible out of their room and discovering all the island offers. All Beach Bungalows and Beach Suites come with their own bicycles and with no cars on the island, a bike is the preferred mode of island transportation. Alphonse Island provides bike seats for babies and toddlers as well as smaller bikes for children.
Keen for guests to absorb themselves in the island lifestyle, Alphonse Island has its own vegetable garden. Plump figs, crunchy cucumbers, golden ears of corn, fragrant melons, and firm tomatoes are all grown from scratch. Guests can visit the garden and choose from a wide range of fresh produce and make their own delicious smoothie. Dining on Alphonse is an experience. Beach BBQ’s, flats lunches, plated dinners and exquisite buffets are available. Freshly caught fish features on the menu. Cuisine is influenced by the Creole culture of the Seychelles and is delicious, healthy and wholesome. Private picnics, breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be arranged upon request.
The malaria free environment is perfect for families and the balmy year-round temperature of 27° makes Alphonse the ideal island escape at any time! Children love the conservation walks with the island environmentalists and discovering ghost crabs on the beach, as well as seeing shoals of brightly coloured fish swim in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean that fringe the beaches of Alphonse. Children, teens and adults all adore exploring the waters along the shoreline in a glass-bottomed kayak and marveling at the varied array of aquatic life. The waters surrounding Alphonse Island are outstanding for both diving and snorkeling. The PADI certified dive centre caters for children, who can experience their first foray into the underwater world from 9 years old by completing a Bubble Maker course. Alphonse Island’s PADI dive centre has an experienced team of
s the world becomes more accessible, people are shunning commercialised hotels, resorts and destinations and seeking remote, privately owned, unique properties in unspoiled locations. Alphonse Island is unlike any other island in the Seychelles. In an era where we are digitally connected more than ever and in many cases, beholden to a technological device, Alphonse Island has purposefully created a tranquil paradise where interconnectivity is replaced with the connectivity to the pristine, unspoiled, environment and friends, family and loved ones. The ancient art of conversation is rediscovered and listening to one another becomes a joy and is undisrupted. The sounds of email notifications are replaced with laughter, the sound of the ocean as the waves gently break on the shoreline and the birdsong in the trees.
PADI-certified professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety of divers and protecting the underwater environment while providing exciting diving adventures. There are 24 dives sites that surround Alphonse Island, all of which are easily reached in under 30 minutes on comfortable purpose-built dive boats.
Diving into the warm tropical waters of Alphonse Island reveals a vibrant array of coral and fish as far as the eye can see. Forests of giant gorgonian sea fans, sea whips and black corals can be viewed along the precipitous drop-off and the incredible hard coral formations on the plateau are a magnificent sight to behold! The large numbers and sizes of fishes are what make diving at Alphonse Island particularly special. For those who do not wish to dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Alphonse Island offers guests the opportunity to view the magnificent array of aquatic life with daily snorkeling boat trips. The unique experiences that cannot be encountered anywhere else in the Seychelles, is what positions Alphonse Island in a league of their own! Sail across the sparkling Indian Ocean in a catamaran to the St Francois Flats, beyond the uninhabited island of St Francois and encounter one of the most magical and extraordinary lunch venues. Dazzling white sand, surrounded by sapphire blue waters and the expanse of the sky above is simply breathtaking. Feast on a selection of grilled meats, fish and delicious salads.
On land, discover the flora and fauna that inhabit Alphonse on a guided bike tour with an expert conservationist, feed the giant tortoises that freely roam the island, wade out onto the surrounding flats and see the array of wildlife that exist in this ecosystem. For those who prefer to relax, Azure Spa is a small, yet perfect tranquil haven in paradise. Azure Spa uses Yi-King organic products originating from the Seychelles, each essential oil blend is tailored to your needs and determined by your date of birth. Inspired by the island, many treatments including massages, facials and scrubs using moisturizing coconut oil, warming vanilla oil, relaxing lavender oil, soothing chamomile and invigorating grapefruit oil. Each oil benefits the body in a variety of ways, be it to relax, revive or rejuvenate the body. Manicures, pedicures and waxing treatments are also available.
Toys can be purchased, material gifts given, but what makes a lasting impact is experiences, which last a lifetime. Alphonse Island is a sanctuary for the senses, a discovery for the mind, food for the soul. It is a place where guests are at one with the environment, where peace and tranquility reign. It is a destination like no other, it is paradise perfected and this enchanting island is just waiting to be explored!
For further information or to make a reservation, please visitÂ www.alphonse-island.com
Bird Island Lodge
Each and every island has it’s own charm but one of the most compelling is Bird Island. Even as the plane comes in to land, guests are greeted by incredible views- amazing hues of the blue ocean and the whitest sandy beaches
Each and every island has it’s own charm but one of the most compelling is Bird Island. Even as the plane comes in to land, guests are greeted by incredible viewsamazing hues of the blue ocean and the whitest sandy beaches, leaving one with a sensation of excitement and also a state of wonder. This northern-most island of the Seychelles archipelago is only 101 hectares; a small island but the experiences guests take from here are far from this. Simplicity is key on Bird Island. Its 24 bungalows are spacious, each with a sitting area, a large bathroom and a verandah overlooking the natural gardens. The wooden louvered windows allow the cool breeze to flow through the bungalows, ideal for those who prefer to relax inside. A stone’s throw away is the magnificent West Beach, perfect for sunbathing or for a refreshing swim. The main lodge houses the reception, the restaurant, the bar and the lounge areas. Here, guests will also find the island’s quaint little boutique
and library. The lodge’s look is typically island style, from its buildings to its furnishings, giving off a relaxed atmosphere encouraging you to feel at home.
Bird Island is an eco-lodge and safeguarding the island’s natural heritage is priority. The owners have been working hard to ensure this since the lodge’s opening some 40 years ago. Formerly a coconut plantation, the proprietors turned it into the first ecolodge in the Seychelles and is to this day the only one of its kind. With an awareness of man’s impact on the environment, the family-run lodge has been determinedly educating its visitors on its philosophy through its green practices; from the solar heated water, to its fresh locally sourced creole dishes and the fact that offshore sport fishing by boat is no longer offered. Exploring the island with the conservation officer, Roby Bresson, will open your eyes to all the natural wonders of the Island and all the conservation work undertaken by its custodians. As you kayak or snorkel in the surrounding waters you may come across the juvenile sea turtles feeding off the sea grass in the shallows or as you go for an afternoon walk, you may stumble upon the intriguing giant tortoises on their own exploits. The most phenomenal of all however, is the sooty tern colony when at its peak. Visitors come from the world over just to witness this spectacle. The northerly ABSOLUTE
he Seychelles is known as one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world, but it’s not all about the big expensive hotels. Whilst island hopping around this extraordinary archipelago, you’ll discover that the Seychelles is rich in history, in culture, is abundant in nature and offers visitors some of the best beaches in the world.
location of Bird Island also makes it an ideal ‘port of call’ for many passing birds, a sunny spot away from the winter weather of their homes, much like the human visitors. This allows Bird Island to become a sort of ‘summer home’ for a variety of interesting birds for a period of the year.
Bird Island offers guests a place to get away from the busy, fast paced, modern world of today and without phone signals and T.V. connections, they can do just that. Visitors come to immerse themselves into the island, into nature and into the people who live and work here. The wildlife is astonishing, from the birds in their thousands to the sea turtles nesting around the island daily; a humble reminder of just how precious such places are. On Bird Island, guests live, eat and sleep like true islanders. The island is accessible by daily flights booked directly with Bird Island.
Flight Times: Depart Mahé at 10:30am (check-in 9:30am), Depart Bird at 11:20am (check-in 10:50am) with arrival into Mahé at 11:55am. 15KG Luggage allowance. Other Suitcases can be stored at the airport (for a fee). For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.birdislandseychelles.com
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Moorings For more than 45 years, The Moorings has been providing travellers and adventure-seekers from all walks of life with second to none yacht charter experiences in some of the most idyllic destinations across the globe.
For more than 45 years, The Moorings has been providing travellers and adventureseekers from all walks of life with second to none yacht charter experiences in some of the most idyllic destinations across the globe. Originally founded by Navy veteran Charlie Cary in 1969, the company was built based on a genuine passion for sailing, strong values, and longstanding customer loyalty.
A steadfast commitment to Cary’s vision for success has allowed The Moorings to set the standard for premier yacht charters in over 20 of the world’s top-rated travel destinations, thus creating the ultimate Five-
Star experience on the water – consistently described by guests as their “best holiday ever”.
Choose your high quality cruising platform from a cutting-edge fleet of more than 400 state-of-the-art Sail and Power yachts and select from an array of charter options to best suit your group. Whether you are a party of 2 or 20, The Moorings can accommodate all your “time off” needs with no detail spared. Classically refined and contemporarily equipped, The Moorings monohulls set the standard for performance and comfort. Backed by the boat-building heritage of Beneteau, these vessels are some of the most sought-after charter yachts available. The Moorings is also proud to partner with renowned builder Robertson & Caine to offer award-winning Sail and Power catamarans that deliver impeccable style and spacious layouts. Fuel-efficient Powercats let you go faster and farther on a fully-equipped charter platform that makes cruising feel effortless.
From the moment you begin planning an awe-inspiring Seychelles escape to the moment you disembark from the dock, the chartering process is made as seamless and
ake a moment to imagine travelling aboard a private yacht, surrounded by postcard-worthy scenery, in one of the world’s most magnificent cruising destinations. You wake up in a deluxe cabin, walk up to the main deck and look out to a breathtaking vista of bright blue sea and sandy white shores, the likes of which you’ve never laid eyes on before. The morning beckons with endless opportunities for adventure as you savour the moment and think, “What am I in the mood for today?”. With The Moorings, transforming this daydream into a real life memory is easier than you think.
stress-free as possible, so you can enjoy more time on the water with the ones you cherish most. Break free from ordinary holidays and discover unlimited offshore freedom, on your own clock and compass. Step aboard your private Sail, Power, Skippered, or all-inclusive Crewed yacht and discover your own piece of unspoiled paradise nestled neatly in the crystalline Indian Ocean. Apply your seasoned seafaring skills at the helm of one of the featured Seychelles charter yachts – a sleek and spacious Moorings 4800 Sail catamaran or a high-performance Moorings 514 Power catamaran. Or, hire a Moorings Skipper to safely navigate the pristine Seychelles cruising grounds for you. If you’re looking for the ultimate first-rate charter experience, all-inclusive Crewed yachts satisfy those with the finest taste in upscale travel. Indulge your senses like never before with the best onboard accommodations and unmatched service in a world-class destination. With an expert captain and personal gourmet chef catering to every charter need, The Moorings Crewed charters allow you and your favourite travel companions to cast all cares to the wind and enjoy more unforgettable moments on the water while basking in the natural beauty that abounds in the Seychelles.
Moorings A Seychelles yacht charter unfolds in an exotic, less-traveled part of the world, which is what makes cruising the Seychelles so appealing.
are enough to make any Seychelles yacht charter holiday memorable. The seaside resorts, boutiques, and fine restaurants found on some of the Inner Islands add a dash of luxury to the Seychelles experience. A Seychelles cruising itinerary takes you into unspoiled and uncrowded paradise. The marine preserves on islands populated with diverse and rare species of birds, lizards, and turtles in the Seychelles are exotic and intriguing. The plant life is varied too, from the coco-de-mer palms with huge double coconuts to the pitcher plants, gardenias and orchids that grow on the mountain slopes. Passages combine a mix of open-water cruising in fair winds and short hops between adjacent islands for snorkeling and scuba diving on the coral reefs or simply relaxing on one of the many white-sand beaches. Although the Inner Islands of the Seychelles are mostly undeveloped, some are home to seaside resorts and small settlements, providing plenty to do ashore as well as aboard your private yacht. Whether you choose a wind inspired Sailing adventure, a swift and stylish
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a vibrant oasis composed of more than 100 stunningly secluded islands. With nearly half of its landmass set aside for national parks and reserves, the Seychelles offer an abundance of pristine beaches, sheltered coves, and sapphire waters best explored by private yacht charter. The frenzy of life dissipates as you stroll the streets of Victoria, stopping in the town center with its charming restaurants and intriguing museum. A Seychelles yacht charter unfolds in an exotic, less-traveled part of the world, which is what makes cruising the Seychelles so appealing. Small, secluded coves fringed with majestic palms set back from pristine white-sand beaches indent many of the islands and just offshore are coral reefs, resplendent in hues of brown, orange, green, and blue. Half of the Seychelles is set aside as a natural preserve to protect the rare birds – the Seychelles bulbul, black parrot, and fruit pigeon, to name a few – and giant tortoises that live nowhere else but in the Pacific’s Galapagos Islands. The natural wonders
Power escape, or an all-inclusive Crewed getaway, you can count on a Seychelles yacht charter to deliver a one-of-a-kind holiday that you’ll treasure forever. When you’re surrounded by breathtaking coastlines from the deck of your own superb cruising vessel, it feels like you’re living in complete harmony with the world. Infinite offshore splendor awaits in all directions and it’s time to write your own adventure story. No longer do you have to daydream about achieving absolute bliss while exploring the most awe-inspiring places on earth. Go ahead – bring your fantasy retreat to life by way of unforgettable yacht charter escape and capture something extraordinary. It’s your turn to experience The Moorings Five-Star difference and discover your best holiday ever. PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY Plan your escape with The Moorings in the stunning Seychelles or one of 20+ different dream destinations and create memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Visit moorings.co.uk/seychelles or call our Charter Planners on 033 0332 1505.
WATERS With 115 islands, each as different as the next, the Seychelles archipelago can’t be styled with tropical generalisations and one-size-fits-all descriptors. As Mason’s Travel has been revealing to visitors for nearly half a century, this is one beach destination where the beaches are only the beginning.
A British colony back then, its international airport had opened just one year before, establishing air access for the first time to this Indian Ocean island group, situated just south of the equator. Prior to that, lengthy sea voyages had been the only alternative to getting (or leaving) there.
The airport changed the game, and from its start as a one-vessel excursion operation, Mason’s Travel would eventually grow into Seychelles’ leading destination management company (DMC), with a fleet of buses, executive cars and pleasure craft, as well as offering extensive ground-handling, booking and representational services.
Not coincidentally, that growth is largely due to what Mrs Mason’s original boat tour recognised, which even 45 years later still holds true today: in Seychelles, behind every corner and around every little bay or cove, there’s something ever more interesting to see. “Mahé has its beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains and lush rainforests,” Mason’s Travel PR, Branding and Communications Manager Nicole St Ange says. “But the Reef Safari took passengers out to see these
amazing smaller islands in what is now the oldest marine park in the southwestern Indian Ocean. It was, and still is, one of those little extras that make Seychelles so much more than just a relaxing beach holiday.”
The Reef Safari is still sold today as one of Mason’s most popular excursions, giving visitors the opportunity to snorkel along pristine reefs and enjoy a barbecue amongst the marine park’s islands. The only discernible difference between now and 1972, one could argue, is that the trip is now conducted aboard Mason’s spacious catamaran Anahita. In much the same way that the Reef Safari went just that little bit further, the 115 islands in the archipelago have similarly opened up as visitors look to venture further and further afield, and Mason’s specialises in helping passengers see them all.
“Each island has something different to offer, whether it’s La Digue’s unique rock formations along its beaches, or the mangroves on Curieuse,” St Ange said. “Seychelles is the world’s oldest mid-ocean island group, and when a place has evolved in isolation for millions of years, it’s only natural that they’ve each established their own credentials. There are species that are found only on a single island, despite the archipelago being clustered relatively close together.”
n 1972, Kathy Mason started a “Reef Safari” tour aboard a vessel named Conquest that brought a handful of visitors to a handful of tiny isles located just a few kilometres off the Seychelles archipelago’s main island of Mahé.
Mason’s own evolution has also meant new opportunities for tourists to see and do as much as possible in less time than ever before. The Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the secondlargest island of Praslin, for instance, is one of Seychelles’ most compelling inland attractions. Even tourists too pressed for time to spend a few nights on Praslin, can still take advantage of the full day tour offered by Mason’s to see the valley and the iconic Coco de Mer palm. “There are endless permutations to what you can do on a Seychelles holiday, and it really depends on the individual traveller in terms of what they want to do,” St Ange says. “The important thing is to build a programme around interests, whether it’s for diving, sailing, mountain hiking or something even more specialised, because our team is great at identifying the best possible match between islands and activities.”
In many ways, the diversity of the different islands represents both a blessing and a curse: a blessing because there are so many beautiful spots worth seeing; and a curse on account of how confusing it can be to sift through the different options and figure out how to piece them together in a practical way.
“The important thing is to build a programme around interests, whether it’s for diving, sailing, mountain hiking or something even more specialised, because our team is great at identifying the best possible match between islands and activities.”
As crucial as in-depth knowledge about the destination has been for Mason’s, so too has the need to usher in changes to adapt to an industry that’s constantly evolving. Kathy Mason’s son, Alan, who took the reins of Mason’s Travel in 1995, has been a steady hand to guide the company through the uncertainties of the information age.
“The internet has of course changed the way everyone does business, and for some it’s changed how they book their holidays,” Mason says. “However, traditional business chains are still resilient as long as what you bring to the table can inspire the kind of confidence that translates from your partners to the end consumer.” For Mason’s that has meant embarking on several modernisation processes to keep up with the times, from investments in new equipment – Mason’s is the first DMC in Seychelles to begin using hybrid vehicles in its operations – to becoming the first company in the country to achieve ISO-9001 certification.
In addition to bookings, transfers, excursions and providing valuable destination expertise
Mason’s has led the way in the small but growing groups and incentives niche. With its diverse fleet of vehicles, including VIP luxury transfers on land and at sea, the Mason’s team regularly pairs clientele with tailormade solutions to maximise an island experience for every income bracket.
to its overseas partners, Mason’s has led the way in the small but growing groups and incentives niche. With its diverse fleet of vehicles, including VIP luxury transfers on land and at sea, the Mason’s team regularly pairs clientele with tailormade solutions to maximise an island experience for every income bracket.
Weddings and other group functions also play an important role for Mason’s business strategy, and often the company fields requests that stretch the limits of what one might expect could be possible in a tiny island nation 1,000 miles from anywhere. “In a country this small, it’s who you know,” Mason says. “The phonebook isn’t always going to be that helpful, because the specialist you need may not even use a phone. The institutional knowledge we bring to the table has been ingrained in our DNA since the beginning.” Indeed, much has changed in Seychelles since 1972. And Mason’s has been privy to most of it.
Eden Island Seychelles
A Perfect Island Destination
Eden Island is the perfect holiday destination with its four secluded beaches, swimming pools, a tennis court and a gymnasium all set in lush green landscaped gardens. There is also a jogging track around the island. Eden Island has three product offerings available; spacious Apartments, deluxe Maisons and top of the range Villas which are the epitome of luxury and sophistication – all with ocean frontage in superb surroundings and all available either to buy or to rent long term or for a self- catering holiday. Each home on Eden Island is sold on freehold title and offers owners the option to apply for Seychelles residency. Some 500
homes have been sold to date and close to 50% of these have been placed in the Eden Island Luxury Accommodation portfolio of properties. This portfolio offers a selection of homes for rental either on a long term basis or as holiday accommodation.
Each home comes with its own mooring for a boat, allowing you the opportunity to leisurely spend your days exploring the neighboring islands. Because motor vehicles aren’t allowed in the residential area on Eden Island, buggies come standard with every home, with a private bay for parking. There is a separate, secure parking garage for residents who have cars. Eden Island has become an all-in-one destination within the Indian Ocean island destination of Seychelles. The Eden Plaza shopping centre offers a broad range of shops and services from a supermarket to banks to restaurants and there is even a small brewery on Eden Island, medical services and a Spa so there is no need to travel far. You’ll find almost everything you need on Eden Island itself. The commercial marina boasts an array of charter offerings.
s one of the many islands in Seychelles, Eden Island graces the east coast shoreline of Mahé with an enticing array of luxurious homes for sale and for rental. This 56ha marina development comprises of over 40ha of prime residential land and 16ha of private waterways.
If it’s diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing or day tripping you are after, there are people just waiting to whisk you away out into the Indian Ocean.
Now is the time to visit Eden Island for what will be a memorable holiday for the family. With all that Eden Island has to offer, it is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the beautiful Seychelles and have the Eden Island Luxury Accommodation team look after your every need. You can book or make enquiries online and one of the team will give you all the detail you need to plan an unforgettable holiday. So whether it’s a lifestyle or investment that you are looking for, or you’re just planning your next holiday destination, Eden Island definitely ticks all the boxes. Join the many different nationalities who have already visited Eden Island and enjoyed their holiday in paradise or become a homeowner and own your piece of paradise. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.edenisland.sc
Eden Island has become an all-in-one destination within the Indian Ocean island destination of Seychelles
Trader Vic's Trader Vic's is an internationally renowned restaurant and bar. The founder Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr. opened his first outlet that bore his nick-name Trader Vic and ever since the French-Polynesian bar and restaurant concept has grown by leaps and bounds. Trader Vic's Seychelles, as a venue, is the life and soul of the Beau Vallon and home to the famous Mai Tai® cocktail - which dates back to1944.
"You can have more fun with a flower behind your ear, a Mai Tai in your hand, and good friends." -Victor Bergeron Jr.
“ The restaurant has an exciting atmosphere with the exotic décor, including timeless and authentic artefacts from around the globe."
Following in these footsteps, each venue is constantly innovating and adding to the menu whilst the zest to scour the globe for new ideas and revolutionising dishes continues.
The signature restaurant in Seychelles sets a world-standard for tropical sophistication with its eclectic cuisine - enhanced by using a Chinese wood-fired oven. Trader Vic's Chinese Ovens can be traced back to the Han Dynasty. This method of cooking differs from traditional direct fire barbeques and imparts a subtle flavor and helps create a unique dining experience. Each Trader Vic's showcases this style of ancient cooking. You get to savour an exciting menu every month along with the authentic 'Taste the World Cuisine' available all through the year or just enjoy and sip the tropical cocktails curated from international & local favorites.
ears ahead of its time, this worldrenowned restaurant chose to offer Chinese dishes alongside the then contemporary continental cuisine, creating the original fusion menu decades before it would become a trend. Following the culinary curiosity along the ancient spice route, the founders collected recipes to bring back to Trader Vic's, and this eclectic cuisine reinvented fine dining.
Be it the Mai tai or the Seyhorse, you are guaranteed an amazing time as you relax & sit in the spectacular interior space, or on the terrace overlooking the lagoon.
The restaurant has an exciting atmosphere with the exotic décor, including timeless and authentic artefacts from around the globe. The restaurant is also the only venue on the island with an international band featuring musicians from Cuba - 'Ambar' performing all through week. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.tradervicsseychelles.com
Pirogue Restaurant & Bar Debuting in April 2010, Pirogue Restaurant & Bar is a small family business located next to one of the most exquisite beaches of Praslin – Cote D’or Beach.
We view each day as a learning experience where we can identify ways we can better serve our guests and meet their expectations and we hope to keep doing that for many more years to come,"
A dynamic team of 90% Praslinois is one of the greatest prides of the establishment, enabling it serve guests in a traditional friendly, welcoming atmosphere on a daily basis.
Open everyday, Pirogue serves Breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Various alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails from fresh local ingredients are available for a refreshing start to a lovely meal. Seasonal fresh fruit juices such as passion fruit, mango and lime are also available alongside the Seychelles' beer,
'Seybrew',which is advertised as an ‘endemic of the Seychelles’.
The restaurant offers a wide range of local specialties from Seychellois cuisine such as the famous 'Grilled Catch of the Day' (which will depend on the fisherman’s luck each day) ranging from the colorful and tasty Parrot Fish to Groupers or sometimes Job Fish fillets. The catch of the day is served with a tomato-based Creole Sauce, rice and chutney. The 'Octopus Curry', although seasonal, is also a favourite, prepared with local spices and coconut milk. The 'Creole Mixed Salad', a harmonious mixture of carrots, cabbages, mid-ripe mangoes and papaya with a tropical fruit vinaigrette also tops the charts. A range of other cuisines are also available. This includes the 'Chicken and Prawns Curry' and 'Grilled Exotic Chicken' served with a Tropical Fruit Sauce and Vegetables of the day. In the seafood corner, the 'Grilled Prawns Kebab', 'Job Fish' and 'Grilled Lobster with Lemon, Garlic and Butter Sauce' are dishes that are guaranteed to impress. The vegetarians have not been left out as a vegetarian corner offers options such as the
amous for its fine white sand and azure ocean, the Cote D’or village use to be a fishing village where lots of fishermen would go out each day in their traditional wooden ‘pirogue’, a traditional boat, to fish for the local community. Although modern boats have now taken over the pirogues, the Bedier family (who originate from this village) wanted to keep the legacy of these boats alive due to the fact they have played in important role in feeding the island. With this in mind, the Pirogue Restaurant & Bar concept was born and now stands a building of a rather traditional, colonial architecture overlooking the beach.
'Vegetable Gratin', 'Vegetable Ratatouille' and 'Tomato and Basilic Pasta'. Other non-veg pasta options include the 'Rigatoni prepared with prawns and local spinach', 'Seafood Curried Tagliatelle' as well as a 'Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti'. An extensive selection of wines from France, South Africa, Italy and Chili are also available to partner with the mouthwatering dishes. The warm Creole ambiance is especially intensified on Friday evenings, where a local band performs both local and international music. Guests are always welcome for an exceptional time out with families and friends - qualities which make it famous amongst both tourists and locals. Pirogue Restaurant & Bar hopes to keep welcoming guests each day, offering an everimproving service in order to meet the high expectations of their guests.
"We view each day as a learning experience where we can identify ways we can better serve our guests and meet their expectations and we hope to keep doing that for many more years to come," the family shared. www.piroguerestaurant.com
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Seychelles ATTRACTIONS and ACTIVITIES In Seychelles there are many outstanding natural and man-made attractions to visit and explore, either on organised excursions with any of the main tour operators, or simply by hiring a car or bicycle to set off on an individual journey of discovery. Throughout the archipelago there is a wide choice of out-of-the-way art galleries and craft shops, old Creole-style plantation houses, scenic viewpoints and natural wonders to enjoy.
Mahé Any tour of Mahé should include a visit to the spectacular beach of Beau Vallon – one of over 65 fringing the island - and hub of the island’s tourism, with its wide range of fringing hotels and dining facilities. Also to be found here is the site of the long-running excavations for the treasure of the notorious pirate ‘La Buze’, reputed to be worth U.S.$300 million. The trail to Anse Major is among the most picturesque on the island but there are also several other wonderful, guided walks and trails that criss-cross the island.
Then, on to Victoria, one of the tiniest capitals in the world that can be easily walked in less than a day. As may be expected, Victoria has a concentration of museums, monuments and buildings of historical interest. The Roman Catholic Cathedral is an impressive French colonial style building on the north
side of the town. It is called the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and has a bell tower with the famous clock that chimes twice on the hour (just in case you didn’t hear it the first time). The renovated Anglican cathedral can found on the corner of Albert Street and Revolution Avenue.
The Seychelles Natural History Museum contains many hidden treasures: there is a collection of shells and dried insects, including some of the biggest beetles in the world. There are also skulls of the now-extinct Seychelles crocodiles as well as collections of artefacts from Seychelles’ colourful history. The National Museum contains many historical artefacts and often has exhibitions on display. Inside, there are grisly reminders of the slave trade: rusting leg irons and braces with ball and chains together with rows of sepia photographs taken of African slaves who were liberated in Seychelles. Also ABSOLUTE
on display are a collection of traditional musical instruments and an interesting history of the local gris gris, or black magic.
Not to be missed is the Sir Selwyn SelwynClarke market situated in Market Street, where the normally languid pace of life takes on an almost busy air. This is where local farmers and fishermen ply their wares in a vibrant, colourful atmosphere, especially on Saturday mornings; an ideal time for a visit. The Botanical Gardens at Mont Fleuri, established a century ago, now cover six hectares on the outskirts of Victoria. Guided tours are available and worthwhile and will include the land tortoise pen, the Coco-demer tree, the elephant apple tree and the octopus tree (striking when in bloom with its large florescent flowers.) Be sure to visit the aviary and the freshwater pools with colourful water lilies and large-leaved taros.
Mahé Central Mahé
Central Mahé is home to the International and domestic airports which are only a short distance from the picturesque village of Cascade and its beautiful church. The La Misère road gives access to the west coast via a scenic mountain drive allowing excellent photographic opportunities. The more northerly route of Sans Soucis leads to the viewpoint at Mission Lodge at Sans Soucis, high in the mountains above Victoria where there is a breathtaking view of the island and a lodge where the Queen of England once sat and sipped tea.
In Central Mahé is also to be found the Morne Seychellois National Park, covering more than thirty square kilometres and occupying most of the west and central massif of Mahé. Walking through the park will reveal much endemic flora including the insectivorous Seychelles pitcher plant, the wild vanilla orchid and an example of the Wright’s Gardenia.
If you fancy some great horse riding, then Turquoise Horse Trails which is located close to the bottom of the La Misère road on the west coast, offers a wonderful service. Turning right at the same intersection will lead you up to the Ephelia Hotel and to a memorable zip-lining experience.
Mahé The East Coast
Just inland from the east coast of Mahé, is situated the splendid Jardin du Roi with its fruit and spice gardens and restaurant, the photogenic Fairyland beach at Anse Royale, as well as the Craft Village and Plantation House at Le Cap.
Close to Victoria, Eden Island is a one stop shop and Seychelles' only true mall experience. Its great scenic beauty is topped off by a great selection of restaurants, bars, shops and a discotheque. Mahé is also a stepping-stone to discovering the delights of the Ste. Anne Marine National Park and the neighboring islands of Cerf and Moyenne, which offer excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. ABSOLUTE
The Tea Plantation itself is at Morne Blanc, a few kilometres further along the mountain road and visitors can sometimes taste the assortment of flavoured teas produced at the small tea factory on site at the Tea Tavern. Further on down the steep winding road to the other side of the island, a trip to the beach at Port Launay for swimming and snorkeling is a must.
In comparison to the north of Mahé, the south is a pastoral region enjoying a more relaxed pace of life in traditional villages such as Baie Lazare, Bougainville and Takamaka. The south also features several beautiful and secluded beaches such as Intendance, Takamaka, Anse Soleil, Petit Anse and Anse Bougainville. Here are also the studios of the renowned British artist, Michael Adams at Anse aux Poules Bleues, sculptor Tom Bowers at Santa Maria and Antonio Fhillippin at Baie Lazare. The scenic walk through Val d’Andor will reveal some of Mahé’s most wonderfully untouched countryside dotted with remote hamlets and fruit and vegetable plantations.
Praslin Praslin, Seychelles’ second largest island, with its wide selection of hotels, guesthouses and strong tradition of Seychelles hospitality, stands at the forefront of the country's tourism industry. Any sightseeing tour of Praslin must include the fabulous Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where the magnificent Coco-de-mer, the world largest nut, grows high on ancient palms in a mysterious, primeval forest that features several rare endemic species such as the black parrot. So impressive is this sight that it was believed by General Gordon of Khartoum to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. Praslin is home to one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful beachesm, Anse Lazio – and several others that are hot contenders such as Cote D’Or and Anse Georgette.
An interesting port of call is at the Giant Clam Farm and Aquarium opposite Praslin’s new airport complex where numerous species of shells, fish and invertebrates can be seen along with the pearl reproduction process. Praslin boasts a selection of restaurants featuring international as well as Creole cuisine, a charming Casino built in the colonial style and several discotheques. Golfing aficionados may enjoy a round of golf on Lemuria Hotel’s Championship Golf Course.
Helicopter tours of Mahé and Praslin
A 15/30 minute excursion to explore Mahé from the air is available and scenic flights can be tailored to suit each group's requirements. Scenic helicopter flights over Praslin or surrounding islands are also possible and can be tailored to suit each group's requirements.
The surrounding islands of Cousin, Curieuse and Aride offer some of the finest opportunities to discover the riches of Seychelles’ flora and fauna.
Seychelles’ fourth largest island receives its visitors mainly by boat at the quaint jetty at La Passe and is a popular destination for holidaymakers wishing for a taste of the traditional.
This is a place where the bicycle and oxcart are the main modes of transport and where efforts are being made to preserve the traditional customs, architecture and leisurely way of life of this charming island.
La Digue features its own selection of stunning beaches such as Grand Anse, Petit Anse, Anse Cocos,as well as the world’s most photographed beach; the splendid Anse Source d’Argent. There are good opportunities along its west coast where the island’s main hotel and guesthouses are located.
The island contains many splendid examples of Colonial architecture and one place worth a visit is the L’Union Estate where you will find an ancient cemetery containing the remains of the island’s first settlers, a copra factory where coconut products are still refined using traditional methods and a giant tortoise pen. The nearby L’Union boat-building yard is where boats were once built and maintained using traditional methods. A must is the island tour by ox-cart or bicycle to discover the secrets of the island’s flora and fauna and the stunning examples of olde-worlde Creole architecture. Make sure you include a visit to Belle Vue and Nid Dáigle, the highest point on La Digue, for a truly breath-taking view. La Digue is home to one of Seychelles’ rarest birds, the Black Paradise Flycatcher to be seen in the ‘Vev’ Special Reserve. The neighbouring islands of the Sisters, Maryanne and Cocos are excellent venues for snorkelling and diving excursions.
Most restaurants and venues for evening entertainment are situated in the hotels. However, there are a few other restaurants dotted throughout La Digue that offer great international and Creole cuisine.
One of the Seychelles’ most beautiful assets is the wide variety of its islands. Island hopping is a great way to explore the jewels of the Indian Ocean individually. Each isle has its individual geography and character extending from granite boulders to coral reefs, from untouched forests and bird sanctuaries to private resorts and hideaways.
Out of all of Seychelles’ islands, only 16 have hotels which offer the most luxurious amenities. The variety of its islands sets Seychelles apart from other island destinations and affords the visitor the opportunity to explore and discover the unique features of each island. The islands of Bird and Denis located to the north of Mahé, Frégate to the east and Desroches and Alphonse to the south each offer the visitor diverse and unforgettable island experiences. Those fortunate enough to visit the islands of the far south will be rewarded by the heart-stopping beauty of Cosmoledo, Farquhar and the jewel in Seychelles’ crown, Seychelles second World Heritage Site, Aldabra, with its magnificent lagoon and teeming wildlife.
Island hopping is simple in Seychelles. There are fast ferry services, traditional schooners, domestic flights and even helicopter flights available on a daily basis to many islands.
Day Island-Hopping Tours
Other islands best seen on an organised excursion are the nature reserves of Cousin and Aride. A highly recommended day trip is the tour of Cousin, Cureiuse and St Pierre Islands from Praslin when visitors can discover rare birds, tortoises, turtles and fish all in one excursion. Day trips to Moyenne and Cerf islands from Mahé, or to Grande Sœur and Cocos islands from Praslin and La Digue are also run by most ground operators and usually include snorkeling on the coral reefs and a glass bottom boat ride. Don’t forget that wherever you are, a rejuvenating trip to a Spa is always just around the corner and is the ideal way to recalibrate mind, body and soul according to the rhythms of nature. Most of the larger hotels have Spas and there are several private spas as well dotted throughout the islands. Contact a local ground handler for a complete list of excursions they offer and lose yourself in a real Seychelles adventure!
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FIZZ & FOOD Saffron Saffron offers authentic Thai cuisine using traditional recipes and cooking methods. Unique Southeast Asian touches are incorporated into the service style and atmosphere of the restaurant. Like Thailand itself – multifaceted, exotic & intriguing, so are the flavours of Saffron; a mosaic of styles as different as the social customs and age old traditions that have shaped them. You will be attracted by the beautiful, elegant & authentic atmosphere of Saffron, where all furnishing and interior decoration have been uniquely selected piece by piece from all over Southeast Asia. Join us at Saffron for dinner amidst a delightful array of taste, colour & spices. The Peter Sellers Room, located above Saffron, is an ideal location for a private dinner or meeting. Smart casual dress code is required with no shorts or collarless t-shirts. www.banyantree.com
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News Café Being centrally located in Victoria, the News Café offers a wide selection of sandwiches, cakes, coffees, teas, juices and a variety of salads and hot dishes. At the same time clients can watch the daily activities on Albert & Market Street. Soft drinks, wine and local beers are also served. Clients also have access to international newspapers.
Trader Vic’s is an international branded concept restaurant and bar - home to the famous Mai Tai® cocktail, created back in 1944 and literally means “the best”. Our signature restaurant sets the world standard for tropical sophistication with its eclectic tastes of the world cuisine, using a wood-fired oven. With its exotic atmosphere and décor to match, bedecked with authentic artefacts and trappings from Polynesia. Guests are welcomed to dine indoors and on the terrace overlooking the lagoon, The only venue offering a live Cuban band; the Latin rhythm of Ambar play Sunday through Thursday from 1930hrs to 2315hrs, Friday and Saturday from 2030hrs to 0015hrs. Smart casual dress code. No beachwear or men’s sleeveless vests.
For an unforgettable and unique culinary experience we welcome to join us in the 8 restaurant. Savour the art of fusion cuisines created and mixed by our chef to revive your flavour sensations. After a hard day’s work, unwind in the warm ambiance of chic lounge music, sublime ultra marine décor blends with a mixture of colours and lights guaranteed to whisk every inch of pressure in your body. Why not join your friends at our Chill Out Terrace and indulge in our wide range of cocktails, smoothies and frappucinos, whilst admiring the sunset draining the stress of the day. You can also enjoy our healthy tapas of your choice. 8 Lounge also opens for private functions such as weddings, birthdays, theme parties.
For the most memorable of evenings, Les Cocotiers opens for you Tuesdays to Sundays from 1930hrs to 2230hrs offering an exquisite array of the freshest seafood and finely prepared meats accompanied by a wide selection of wines which will be matched to your dinner by our Sommelier. Dine on the finest and freshest haute cuisine, served under the stars on our terrace or in the air-conditioned restaurant.
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Teppanyaki is the only Japanese restaurant in Seychelles. It is one of three speciality restaurants located at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Beach Resort & Casino – a hotel set amid lush tropical gardens & pristine white beaches. The Teppanyaki counter features a traditional Japanese grill where the food is prepared and cooked in front of you. Teppanyaki, for a great experience!
One of the distinctive features of this restaurant is the open kitchen that engages diners in the preparation of the food. Lunch revolves around a selection of large and creative Dim sum, Chinese wok cuisine, rice & noodles soup and salads. For those looking for a light lunch, the chef offers everything from noodle boxes to burgers and pizzas. Dinner is a more elegant affair with dishes including the famous Peking duck and sea scallops with signature XO sauce. On certain evenings, guests are invited to take a culinary journey to discover a wide range of dishes including Cantonese and Indo chine as well as wonderful fusion.
Islander Restaurant has been open since 1989 and has gained its reputation as a reasonably priced, beachside café and pizzeria. Located on the picturesque bay of Anse à la Mouche, the Café is open for both lunch and dinner. Our menu consists of café-style meals featuring pizza, chicken and fish. The Café's architecture is avant-garde, blending a unique set of colours, lines and gardens into a unique setting for eating, talking or drinking. So, come and enjoy a delicious meal at Islander Restaurant, where sunsets can be spectacular from our garden sitting area.
Baobab Pizzeria Restaurant Baobab Pizzeria is a popular restaurant that attracts many visitors and locals alike. We serve a large variety of local and international dishes including pizza, spaghetti, fish and salads. Located on Beau Vallon Beach, Baobab is an ideal place to stop for a tasty meal and drinks, especially after a nice swim in the sea only steps away. Casual clothes or beach wear are equally appropriate.
A casual chic restaurant on the South beach, with its main feature being a large woodburning oven. Open for lunch and based on a buffet service with influences from the South of France, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Lebanon. Tapas, Mezze and Antipasti, are followed by thin and crispy pizzas, whole fishes and dishes baked in the oven in cast iron pans. A wide range of creative pasta is also on offer. For desserts, “Helios” boasts a selection of creative ice creams and sundaes. Snacks and “lunch time favorites” are also available. www.epheliaresort.com
Tamarind Restaurant Ideally located at the edge of the beach on Barbarons Bay Tamarind can be enjoyed during the day on the deck or with your feet in the sand while gazing over the azure waters or dine in elegance under the moon with candle light. This specialty Pan Asian restaurant offers a range of authentic and traditional dishes from the Asian Rim prepared and presented with a modern twist using the finest imported ingredients and the best seafood that the Indian Ocean Has to offer. You must try our signature dishes here, the tamarind we use is grown for us in the north of the Island and picked just at its peak, these recipes will tantalize your taste buds, “seared shrimps with tamarind, papaya and roasted red onion salad”, “slow roasted duck breast with tamarind and red curry sauce”, “Takamaka flamed bananas with tamarind glaze and almond tamarind ice cream” and of course, not to forget our “tamarind & golden rum champagne cocktail!” Be pampered in style with the smiles and care that Asia is renowned for, with the gentle sounds of the waves in the background. www.avanihotels.com
Le Reduit Restaurant Le Reduit is a small family-run restaurant, specialising mainly in Creole cuisine. This off-the-beaten-path restaurant is situated in a lush green, romantic setting, atop a hill offering sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and the beach at Ex-The Plantation Resort. Some of our Creole specialities include fruit bat and fresh crab prepared in coconut milk. Le Reduit opened its doors in 1995 and boasts an all-Seychellois team of staff and owners. We welcome clients all day from 1100hrs until 2200hrs. email@example.com
La Dolce Vita La Dolce Vita is situated next to state house in Victoria behind the clock tower and opposite the Victoria gymnasium. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, pastry, cakes, authentic Italian ice-cream, Italian coffees (illy) and we do take away as well. We have a fully equipped bar serving alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned and we have an open air secret garden with a water fountain. firstname.lastname@example.org
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FIZZ & FOOD Cap Lazare Close your eyes for one moment and find yourself transported to a magical place where time stands still from the onset. Cap Lazare is an enchanted hideaway that many explorers would have circumnavigated the globe to find but which can now be yours for the taking for any special occasion/event, lunch and dinner. Cap Lazare is set on a point in the south of Mahé overlooking a private, secluded beach and a calm, turquoise lagoon with an astonishing array of colourful marine life and the biggest reserve of land tortoises in the Granitic Island. The property lies concealed from the rest of the world behind lush green hills covering 75 acres with an abundance of fruit-bearing trees. Beautifully built just above the beach, a small and authentic Creole-style village has been replicated featuring lodges covered in palm leaf thatch. All amenities reflect the old Seychellois era, without sacrificing comfort and luxury - they are bound together in natural harmony featuring granite, giant clamshells, bamboo, palm leaves and wood. The food is carefully prepared according to the art of authentic Seychellois cuisine. Cap Lazare is a unique dining experience. The reserve is the ideal setting for incentives such as Creole themed evenings, and out of this world weddings. To find out more, please contact Seychelles ground operator, CREOLE TRAVEL SERVICES. www.creoletravelservices.com
Le Repaire Restaurant Italian chef Remo and his wife Nicoletta welcomes you to our fine dining Italian restaurant with a special touch from the Seychelles. Using local fish, octopus and smoked fish as well as other ingredients…. We can offer you many dishes to tempt your palate. You can either have a simple pizza or a four course meal, and whatever you choose we believe you will leave feeling satisfied. Whilst eating you will look across our garden and out across the sea to neighbouring Praslin Island. If you come early eveninng, there is nothing nicer than a cool apperetif on the beach whilst you watch the sunset. email@example.com
Delplace Bar and Restaurant Enjoy the simple pleasures of the Creole way of life – mouthwatering Creole cuisine and seafood dishes set against a backdrop of great natural beauty, in this quaint restaurant right on the sea shore. Delplace restaurant provides an atmosphere of intimacy and offers the prospect of a great local dining experience within view of spectacular sunsets and stunning vistas of neighbouring islands. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Marie Antoinette Restaurant A popular dining spot for both Seychellois and tourists, the historic Marie-Antoinette Restaurant is one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Seychelles offering authentic Creole Seychellois food. Originally opened in 1972, Marie-Antoinette boasts a rustic charm, a relaxed atmosphere and a time-honoured menu that has remained virtually unchanged since its doors first opened, including batter-fried parrotfish, tuna steaks and chicken curries. Located just above Victoria along the St Louis road towards Beau Vallon, Marie-Antoinette is housed in a historic colonial mansion well over 100 years old, and will soon be home to the Livingstone Art Gallery, named in honour of Henry Morton Stanley, who gave rise to the popular quotation “Dr Livingstone, I presume?” While in Seychelles, Stanley stayed at the Marie Antoinette, which he named Livingstone Cottage. Marie Antoinette is open from Mondays to Saturdays for lunch and dinner, and also offers afternoon tea and ice-cream. www.marieantoinette.sc
Les Dauphin Heureux Les Dauphins Heureux is a charming restaurant with capacity for up to 100 persons, offering Creole and international cuisine and situated in an elegant new complex at Anse Royale. Ideally located right at the water's edge and commanding a stunning view of the ocean, the restaurant proposes a refined ambiance with a distinctly Creole twist, complemented by excellent service and cuisine.
Planters Bar and Lounge Offering relaxation and comfort along with a lively atmosphere, Planters Bar and Lounge is the epicenter of the Kempinski Seychelles Resort. Whether it's a light snack or an indulgent cocktail you're looking for, this is the place to get it! Stop by for a drink or two, or just take it easy and enjoy a delicious bite to eat from our selection of international cuisines. Planters Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to cool off, kick back and enjoy your holiday in style. The casual setting of our Planters Bar and Lounge creates the perfect atmosphere for guests to come and go as they please. Eat, drink and relax in this indoor lounge, whilst sampling the assortment of cocktails on offer. With an array of food and drink to choose from, Planters Bar and Lounge creates the perfect setting for a relaxing evening in the Seychelles. firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy a delightful meal at the restaurant at Le Jardin du Roi. Inspired by the original 18th century gardens developed by the French to promote spice trading in the colonies, Le Jardin Du Roi spice garden offers visitors a day on a typical Seychelles plantation that grows spices and other rare plants. It is a haven for botanists, nature lovers and the environmentally conscious. Enjoy our marked nature walks and a fine meal at our restaurant. Treat yourself to an à la carte meal served daily, or our special fixed menu “Plantation Lunch” available every Sunday. The drinks, ice creams and almost all of the food available are flavoured with the plantation's own spices. email@example.com
Bravo! Bravo! Is a vibey, trendy, café, Restaurant and Bar situated on the prestigious Eden Island Marina development. Bravo! Has built a reputation for fast and friendly service and is known for their large portions and value for money concept. With our own private mooring you can arrive in your boat or jet-ski and enjoy your meal on the water’s edge in a lovely ambiance. We offfer live entertainment on the weekends. Bravo! Is known for the out-of-the-ordinary square shapped pizzas, proving that “They don’cut corners”. Bravo! Is a celebration of good food, wine and Friends!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
La Scala Restaurant La Scala offers the best Italian tradition under the stars in Seychelles. The restaurant, overlooking the ocean, serves the best international and Italian cuisine in Seychelles, in the best Italian tradition. La Scala is open for dinner only and is closed on Sundays. Reservations are needed and smart, casual dress is recommended. www.lascala.sc
Chez Batista Restaurant Boast quiet and memorable holiday relaxation for those who wish to discover the beauty of nature on the islands, and budget prices Chez Batista opens its door just for you with a stunning setting accompanied by superb creole hospitality. Well known for the best seafood and creole cuisine on the island, notably for its fresh grilled fish and lobster, it's indeed a popular spot for lunch especially on Sundays for its delicious, mouthwatering, tempting & affordable creole buffet. It's a must to taste!!! (Accompanied by live creole band Alongside lies the beautiful Takamaka beach, it's turquoise sea & deep blue ocean!!! www.chezbatista.com
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The Boat House is a favourite among visitors and locals alike. The evenings come alive in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with great food, at great value for money -- just steps away from the shores of Beau Vallon Beach. Enjoy a sumptuous Creole buffet dinner of over 20 local specialities such as mouth-watering grilled fish, papaya satini, fish and chicken curries, breadfruit chips and more. Barbeque lovers should not miss our barbequed fish every night. Our delightful staff is ready to serve you with a welcoming smile. Dress: smart casual.
Surfers Beach Restaurant We are that wonderful, casual seaside spot where locals gather with old friends, and meet new ones. A welcoming, comfortable place for a family meal or a high-energy afternoon/evening & late night rendezvous for drinks and meals. The Surfers Beach Restaurant has fresh, familiar, absolutely crave able food, with a large seasonal open patio style decking and water views from every table. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The restaurant specialises in Creole and International cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty. Show up in a bathing suit and sandals, or drop in after work for a sundowner. Listen to the waves breaking and surf lapping the shore of the one and only Anse Parnel beach or why not go for a quick dip in the crystal clear warm Indian Ocean sea whilst we prepare your food. Open air fresh water shower facility available for guests and patrons. www.surfersbeach.sc
La Plage Restaurant Right on the beach Beau Vallon . Fusion between creole and international cuisine including from lunch till 18h00 sandwiches, burgers, pastas, tapas, Nespresso, ice cream, milk shakes, etc. … In the evening fine dining under the stars and the moon reflecting on the Indian Ocean. A la carte local fish, seafood , lobster, meat assorted with fresh vegetables and all homemade delicious sauces and rice or new baby potatoes. Later in the evening enjoy our lounge atmosphere and music zipping a cocktail, a malt whisky, a rum or one of our beers from all over the world. email@example.com
Boardwalk Eden Island Located on Eden Island right on the water’s edge, The Boardwalk Bar & Grill offers superb views of the Marina, Ocean and Mountains. Open from 8am - 12am Monday to Sunday, we serve Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & everything in between. Turn our comfy sofas into your new office, grab your morning coffee or enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sunset - our dedicated staff are always there to serve you with a smile. The Boardwalk also caters to large groups & private functions with customized packages to suit your needs. Go a step further and rent our Takamaka VIP lounge for the night. For any bookings or enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reef Holiday Apartments Situated on the eastern coast of Mahé Island Reef Holiday Apartments is 10 minutes drive from the International Airport, footsteps away from the beach and Mahé’s only Golf course. Reef Holiday Apartments features 14 air-conditioned studios and apartments; 8 studios of 40 to 52 square meters are located on the ground floor whereas the four 2 bedroom apartments (90 square meters) and the two 3 bedroom apartments (100 square meters) are on the first floor overlooking the ocean. www.seychellesreefholidayapartments.com
Sables d’Or Luxury Apartments Sables d’Or is considered to be amongst the most beautiful apartments in Seychelles and is located on the longest and best beach on Mahe, stunning Beau Vallon. They are just a five second wander across the Promenade to Seychelles fabled white sands and the soft, lapping waves of the azure Indian Ocean. All four apartments are superbly designed and manage to combine island style sophistication with simplicity which is the ideal feel for beach living. They have spacious fully air conditioned bedrooms, and lovely, large balconies with views of the sea. We also have a private beach garden area which is perfect to watch the stunning sunsets and may be used for meals as required. www.sables-dor.sc
Named after the raffia palm tree, Villa Rafia Guest House is home to this exotic palm which is found nowhere else on the island but in our colourful tropical and flowery garden. The guest house which is traditionally furnished has a nice communal breakfast area which opens up to the garden where a nice breakfast including tropical fruits is enjoyed every morning. Local crafted artifacts are on sale and can be viewed in our lounge, where our guests can relax after an exciting day discovering the island. Boasting six comfortable standard rooms – 3 of which have their own private verandas, each room is unique in style but they all offer the peace and tranquility that everyone is searching for whilst visiting paradise. Although being close to the little Cote D’Or town, Villa Rafia is ideally placed in a quiet atmosphere in a laid back tropical ambiance where one can truly be lost in time.
Come and experience an ultimate holiday in a sanctuary which is in complete harmony with its surrounding. Live in a place where fantastic holidays and unforgettable memories are forged... Exquisite beaches, clear topaz water, lush vegetation and big boulders; choose from one of the 88 Junior Suites, 8 Senior Suites, 8 Villas or the exclusive Presidential Villa at Constance Lemuria. Enjoy elegant spacious suites and villas or unwind in swimming pools seemingly crafted by nature. Indulge in fine food at one of our four restaurants and customized spa treatments at Uspa. Fully trained coordinators at the Constance Kids Club will lead your children to wonderful island exploration trips, culinary activities, scavenger hunts and more. For real adventure and wonderful memories, try the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles or explore the world famous diving sites!
Villas De Mer Hotel Located on the beautiful 4km beach of Grand Anse, nestled quietly in a tropical environment, swathed by a cool sea-breeze, Villas De Mer is the true representation of a Creole holiday. All the elements in the environment perfectly combined to contribute to a luxurious and comfortable stay in a small hotel ‘de charme’. Not only embraced by one of the longest beach of the island, but it is a boat ride away from the famous bird sanctuary of Cousin Island. Villas De Mer Hotel is well known for its well furnished and upgraded rooms, the perfect balance between both Creole and International Cuisine, high quality service delivery; leading it to comfortably take its place amongst one of the popular smaller establishments on Praslin. email@example.com
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Surfers Beach Chalets
Copolia Lodge Pure Nature
Situated along a picturesque white sandy beach, Surfers Beach Self Catering Chalets offers six modern and high quality onebedroom and two-bedroom chalets. Just across the main road at the water’s edge is Surfers Beach Restaurant for those who do not feel like doing their own catering. The buildings are newly constructed units in three blocks and can be used as a two bedroom chalet by use of an interlocking door for larger families or as single units for couples. The self-catering chalets all come with air-conditioning and ceiling fans. The Self-Catering premises has free fast internet Wi-Fi (fair usage policy) for its onsite guests. They also offer up to 21 Sports, News and Movie Channels via fibre optic cable. Surfers Beach Self Catering is ideal for honey moon couples. The whole concept of Surfers dates as far back as 15 years ago when the owners Mr & Mrs Richard Young had aspirations of venturing into the restaurant and selfcatering business at their beach side property at Anse Parnel, and happens to be one of the prettiest beaches with safe swimming all year round in the south of Mahé.
Copolia Lodge is surrounded by peaceful mountains inside the national reserve and embraces an ever-inspiring ocean view of St Anne, Cerf island…Ideal situation to discover Mahé at 20 minutes from east & west cost. A nearby spring provides fresh springwater which is offered in each room also wifi, safe, air con, fan, mini bar & TV Homemade breakfast with delicious jam, yogourt, fresh bread & tea-time Local & organic Creole style & ingredients, made with love A well being retreat with Yi*King organic care, produce on the site. Enjoy the view with YIN YOGA courses 3 times per week. Visit the distillery of tropical wild plant, the Yi*King organic care boutique & enjoy a massage with Yi*King holistic approche...Feel at home in the cosy lounge area. Grab a book, play board games, darts or snooker. Dip your toes in the private springwater swimming pool, sip a freshlysqueezed juice on the terrace or go for a hike and meet the wilderness. emembering Creole roots with sobriety and sophistication.
La Belle Tortue is an exclusive lodge nestled in the cove of a cape on its own sandy beach, protected by the coral reef, enjoying a friendly climate all the year round. Here, a few minutes from Mahé, time stands still and nature reigns. A Garden of Eden, a lush tropical forest, pristine beaches and clear water, the Silhouette Island and the lodge offer you a lot of activities: excursion in the national park, meetings with the giant tortoise, playing Robinson Crusoe on desert beaches, relaxation at the Silhouette Spa, diving in the water of the Marine Reserve to discover incredible species, fishing and enjoying the taste of your own catch for dinner! in creole-style, with verandas open on the sea front, the rooms, suites and private villas of the lodge offer tranquility and intimacy for holidays in couple, with family or alone.
The dining room offers delicious dishes facing the Ocean. The Chef will be delighted to prepare a three-course daily menu for you. Mixing techniques from here and there, he will introduce you to local products depending on the season and on the catch of the day. During the day, the lounge will enable you to relax, connect, share moments around the library, and enjoy a game or a cocktail at the bar or on the terrace. Emmanuel and Mariannick will be delighted to receive you for unique experience. La Belle Tortue proposes transfers by boat-shuttle, private boat or helicopter from Mahé. www.labelletortue.com
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Villa Baptista Beach Bungalows
Hotel La Roussette
This charming family-owned hotel is situated only 5-10 minutes away from the International Airport, making it the perfect base for island hopping adventures. The 10 chalet-style rooms come with free wifi, air-conditioning, satellite channels, private bathroom and veranda and either look onto the pool or garden. The hotel’s restaurant is famous for home-cooked Creole delicacies. Guests can enjoy a swimming pool, snooker table, library and free wifi around the entire property. Transfers, car hires, fishing trips, rock climbing and excursions can be organized at the reception.
Le Triskell is a small hotel with a mountainside location which ensures a tranquil stay in a natural, relaxing environment The establishment consists of 4 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning as well as a separate terrace where you can experience the superb sunrise while having breakfast. Not far from Le Triskell, you can find the Anse Royale Beach and also a golf course. For your evening entertainment there is a casino and a discothèque in the vicinity.
Hilltop Boutique Hotel We are operating a total of eleven units of which seven are apartments and four studio rooms. The apartments hold a well-equipped kitchenette. All our rooms are designed and furnished to make “home-coming”, be it from a leisure beach day or business meetings, something to look forward to. A luxurious and homely atmosphere with comfortable quality furniture and setting with state of the art technology will be awaiting our guests. We also provide the option of a served breakfast or meal upon prior order for all guests. We are in cooperation with the family owned: Marie Antoinette Restaurant & Manta Divers. www.hilltop.sc
Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant , locted in the South of Mahe is spectaculary situated on a hillside overlooking the bay of Anse Royale and its tiny island of Ile Souris, which looks far and yet so near. Le Relax is just one minute walk from one of the best snorkeling beaches in Seychelles, where swimming is safe all year round. Le Relax is also within walking distance of the scenic strand of Anse Royale. The hotel is member of the “Seychelles Secret” portfolio and offers 10 sea facing deluxe rooms, four standard rooms with mountain view and 1 day room. The ten sea facing deluxe rooms with one interconnected room ideally suitable for family, king size master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and personalized guest amentities. All rooms have LCD flat screen satellite televisions and are also furnished with all standard amentities. www.lerelaxhotel.com
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Villa Baptista Beach Bungalows is a small, well-established hotel consisting of 4 double bungalows situated on the Takamaka beachfront overlooking the sea. The hotel offers 6 superior rooms facing the hillside and 2 standard rooms standing amid lush tropical gardens. It is within easy reach of other beautiful beaches such as Anse Soleil, Anse Marie Louise, Anse Forbans and the famous Intendance beach. With its convivial atmosphere and glorious setting, Chez Batista Rustique Restaurant is well known for its fine cuisine, speciality seafood and popular Creole Sunday buffet. www.chezbatista.com www.lerelaxhotel.com
Valmer Resort Valmer Resort, a luxury small hotel, is located on Mahé’s southern coast, surrounded by 18 acres of verdant grounds in the pristine, pastoral region of Baie Lazare, just across from the spectacular, powder-white sands of the Valmer beach. Accommodation consists of 6 standard studios with garden view, 10 new chalets of which each chalet is made up of interconnecting deluxe chalets, 2 refurbished junior suite chalets with a separate lounge and bedroom and 2 refurbished deluxe family chalets with a separate lounge and two bedrooms. All chalets have terrace/balcony, air-conditioned, ceiling fan, dining area, kitchen equipped with crockery & cutlery, IDD telephone with fax & internet connection, safe, hairdryer & shaver unit, TV with local programs & satellite television. The resort boasts a new restaurant & bar and a main swimming pool with water cascades & Jacuzzi set amongst palms and other endemic flora, with contrasting mountain and sea views. Other facilities also include a beachwear boutique, art gallery, internet & fax services, library, table tennis, and car rental. www.valmerresort.com
The Treasure Cove Hotel is a small family establishment, set against a rocky outcrop just a stone’s throw from the quaint fishing village of Bel Ombre, hovering over the sparkling turquoise ocean offering breathtaking seascapes. Eight standard and two superior rooms offer picture perfect vistas and incomparable panoramas over the ocean and the islands of Silhouette and North in the distance; the daily rendez-vous for amazing sunset spectacles and enchanting moonlit nights. Rooms are spacious, cosily furnished, fully air conditioned and equipped with the latest state of the art technology. Free WIFI internet connection is available from the comfort of your room; DSTV will keep you connected to the outside world, or provide movies for your entertainment. Treasure Cove’s “Olivier Le Vasseur Restaurant” will enthrall the most delectable palates with our sophisticated international and authentic Creole cuisine. “Baya Bar” is the perfect place for specially blended “Treasure Cocktails” while taking in the gorgeous sunsets. www.treasurecove.sc
The Wharf Hotel & Marina The Wharf Hotel & Marina is situated on the east coast of Mahé, five minutes drive between the International Airport and the country’s capital, Victoria. The hotel was designed on Creole architecture and comprises of 15 luxury en suite rooms, a restaurant, an outdoor bar and a swimming pool. The Wharf Hotel and Marina is perfectly located for tourists, short stays, visitors awaiting their connecting flights and crews sailing the Indian Ocean. www.wharfseychelles.com
Romance Bungalows Romance is the order of the day at these bungalows set in the centre of the wide sweep of beautiful Beau Vallon Bay on the north-western coast of Mahé, a 15-minute drive from Victoria and 25 minutes from the airport. Seven rooms are available all offering ceiling fan, air conditioning, TV, kitchenette, private veranda, little sitting room, safe boxes, laundry and a babysitting service. There are a host of facilities within walking distance of the bungalows including fine restaurants, water sports, diving centres, big game fishing, casino and shops. Excursions, taxi, car rental, fishing and diving can be arranged directly from the reception. The biggest attraction however is the sunset and wonderful wide expanse of the white sands and azure sea that is Beau Vallon beach. www.romance-bungalows.com
Sun Resort The Sun Properties & Resort Hotel is a mere 3-minute walk away from the beautiful resort beach of Beau Vallon on the north-western coast of Mahé. Victoria is a 15 minute drive away and the airport is approximately a 25-minute journey. The 20 modern, airconditioned rooms nestle around a swimming pool, amid tropical fruit gardens. Ideally positioned, this charming and comfortable complex is an ideal holiday spot for families and friends. Twelve of the rooms have selfcatering facilities; alternatively guests can dine at the hotel restaurant, which serves local Creole delicacies and international fare. All the facilities on offer around Beau Vallon bay are on hand, including a casino, a wide variety of restaurants, dive centres, water sports and shops. www.sunresort.sc
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Le Jardin des Palmes
Le Bonheur Situated on the Beach of North East Point, Le Bonheur is a small, private luxury guesthouse ideal for those who enjoy being indulged within in a calm environment whilst being serenaded by the gentle sound of the waves. Le Bonheur consists of 4 double rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and one self-contained bed-sitter including a kitchen and separate entrance. Le Bonheur also has a penthouse suite with bedroom, walk- in dressing area, large bathroom with Jacuzzi and fully-fitted kitchen. The large veranda runs the width of the villa overlooking the swimming pool. The communal area provides indoor/outdoor living with spacious sitting room, large veranda and outdoor rest area surrounding the sparkling swimming pool offering privacy, comfort and an experience to savour. Le Bonheur has a restaurant table for guests only and serves only the very best in local and continental cuisine. www.lebonheurvilla.com
Daniella's Bungalows Daniella’s Bungalows’ ideal coastal location just steps from the beach amid lush tropical fruit gardens and beside a small stream, only minutes’ walk from north-west Mahé’s famous Beau Vallon beach makes it a favourite choice for a Seychelles holiday. A charming family atmosphere complemented by delicious Creole cuisine, spacious, wellappointed accommodation in 10 rooms and our ability to introduce guests to a wide range of nearby facilities, ensure a quality vacation. www.daniellasbungalows.com
Eden's Holiday Resort
Carana Hilltop Villa
Located in the picturesque village of Port Glaud on the west coast of Mahé and perched on its own little hillock in the shadow of the imposing Morne Blanc, Eden’s Holiday Resort is just a few minute's walk from a beautiful beach and superb waterfall. Eight one bedroom villas and two double bedroom villas all with kitchen facilities are available for self-catering holidays. Eden’s Holiday Resort offers a vacation that combines the pleasures of swimming, snorkelling, diving and boating with the peace and quiet of the surrounding tropical countryside.
Carana Hilltop Villa is an exquisite familyrun villa located at Carana. The villa boasts 9 rooms of which includes Standard Room, Superior Room, Luxury Room, Family Rooms, and Honeymoon Suite. The whole Villa can also be booked but upon request. The villa is an ideal location which exudes peace and island-style tranquility. It nestles between the verdant mountainsides of north east Mahe island and the sapphire waters of the mighty Indian Ocean, just waiting to be discovered at Carana beach, a mere 5 minutes walk from the villa.
Le Jardin des Palmes, formerly known as The Palm Resort, is a small hotel located on the tranquil south-west coast of Mahé Island, overlooking the idyllic white sands of Anse à la Mouche Bay. Each of the establishment’s 10 rooms has air-conditioned bedroom, lounge area, bathroom, outside shower, hair drier and canapé convertible in 2 extra beds ideal for family. A wide range of facilities and services is available for guests, including swimming pool, games area including pool table, and laundry service. Diving trips as well as day excursions can be arranged.
Daniella's Bungalows Daniella’s Bungalows’ ideal coastal location just steps from the beach amid lush tropical fruit gardens and beside a small stream, only minutes’ walk from north-west Mahé’s famous Beau Vallon beach makes it a favourite choice for a Seychelles holiday. A charming family atmosphere complemented by delicious Creole cuisine, spacious, wellappointed accommodation in 10 rooms and our ability to introduce guests to a wide range of nearby facilities, ensure a quality vacation. www.daniellasbungalows.com
Crown Beach Hotel The Crown Beach Hotel is a 4* boutique hotel situated at Pointe Au Sel, 8km south of the Seychelles International Airport and 17km from the town centre. The hotel has fourteen suites which are configured into ten junior suites and two senior suites. There are also two connecting rooms for parents with children. La Palette Restaurant serves meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seating is for 60 people plus with the option of indoor and outdoor dining, for guests to enjoy. The restaurant has glass panel French doors that can be opened to extend the restaurant on to the deck and pool side area. The restaurant offers international and local favorites. Only a few steps from the secluded beach, the guest can enjoy a range of non-motorized water activities. For those who prefer the swimming pool, the hotel has a fabulous pool where you can enjoy the sound of the waves while you relax in the warm chlorine-free waters. The Crown Beach Hotel has its own standby electric generator to ensure that its clientele enjoys a constant electricity supply.
Set between white sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation, Bliss Hotel is located in the northern part of Mahe Island. Hide away in our secret dreamy bay and enjoy the amazing sunset views overlooking both North and Silhouette Islands. In our unique and elemental environment, you will endure effortless relaxation while experiencing personalized and discreet service from our wonderful staff. Bliss Hotel Seychelles… Simply, a feeling of paradise. www.Bliss-Hotel.net
Beau Séjour Hotel Reminiscent of a traditional Colonial house, Beau Séjour is a small hotel with 9 well appointed guest rooms. Nestling at the foot of the Trois Frérès Mountain, it enjoys panoramic views of Victoria harbour and islands of the Marine Park. The lush vegetation of tropical fruit trees that abound on the property ensures a tranquil stay in a natural environment conducive to relaxation. Apart from being located on the outskirts of Victoria, the popular Beau Vallon Beach is only a few minutes away by car. Excursions can also easily be arranged by local travel agents. Experience the beauty of Seychelles Island at Beau Séjour where we guarantee you a memorable stay. www.seychelles.net/beausejour
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Guided Tour of the Famous Treasure site of the 18th Century French Pirate Olivier Le Vasseur know as la Buse.Visitors will be invited to view a portion of the site with some of the cut stones that have been removed from it,as well as several artefacts found in the Treasure Hunt. These cut stones and artefacts as well as demarcations have been left behind as clues by the pirate to lead the treasure hunter towards the carvern in which lies the Fabulous hoard which consists of the Fiery cros of Goa,religious artefacts,uncut diamonds and gold coins. The Tour is carried out by an authorized tour guide and lasts for 30-45 mins and includes a lecture on the History of the site and Pirate. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diamond Works Institute The Diamond Works celebrates the history of cultures connected, and discovery of precious collections. The Diamond Works Institute showcases the world's premium diamonds and tanzanite, handcrafted gold and platinum jewellery, and internationally renowned luxury watch brands such as Breitling, Hublot, Longines and Omega. The journey of vessels filles with rare merchandise; exotic spice, gold, treasure, diamonds, gems, marked a path, connecting country to country and ensuring the Seychelles was not simply an island standing on its own, but a point that connected two parts of the world. Enroute, in discovering all the Seychelles has to offer, uncover the richness of its diversity and link to finest merchandise - experience a Sparkling Tour. www.thediamondworks.co.za email@example.com
La Misere Exotics Garden Center
Seychelles Natural History Museum
The garden lies on a sloped piece of land that has been lovingly landscaped to include numerous pathways, staircases and winding trails, all well-signposted, which lead you around the property. With almost 300 plant varieties and a total of over 50 000 flowers and other botanicals growing on three acres of land, a visit to the gardens is one that shouldn’t be missed. If it weren’t for the bright and eye-catching billboard proudly announcing “La Misere Exotics Garden Centre” on the La Misere pass, you would never expect to find a lush tropical garden hiding in the middle of Kennedy Road. Around 15 minutes from Mahe , the garden, which is open to the public from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, is like a secret botanical sanctuary. Owned and run by husband and wife team.
The Natural History Museum hosts exhibitions that not only illustrate the flora, fauna and geological history of Seychelles, but serve to enlighten visitors about major environmental concerns with the aim of promoting positive attitudes and actions in conserving our natural heritage. Seven prominent aspects of Seychelles’ natural heritage are showcased through exhibits and dioramas, and the museum’s documentation/ resource center contains a wealth of research material in various formats.
Port Launay / Baie Ternay Marine National Park Port Launay Marine National Park is famous for its whale shark sightings. In their season, these huge gentle giants of the sea can be seen swimming lazily around feeding on the rich plankton that accumulates in the park. The reefs on both sides of the bay provide a wonderful opportunity to use your mask and snorkel, while the beautiful sandy beach is quiet and inviting to both sun worshipers wanting to work on their tan or those who simply want to relax and read a book under the large shady Takamaka trees. This park can be reached by land or sea providing great comfort after a morning of trawling in blue waters or hiking off the nearby Greater Morne Seychellois National Park. firstname.lastname@example.org ABSOLUTE
Seychelles National Botanical Gardens Located in Mont Fleuri, on the outskirts of Victoria, the Botanical Garden is one of Seychelles’ oldest National Monuments, dating back more than a century. It houses a wide collection of mature, exotic and endemic plants within five acres of landscaped and beautifully maintained tropical gardens. Apart from the palms, the garden is home to a wide variety of spice and fruit trees most of which can only be seen in this garden. An added attraction is the population of giant tortoises from Aldabra, some of which are over 150 years old. Fruit bat colonies can be found feeding or roosting in the taller trees overhead and the latest feature is an orchid house which holds a collection of brightly coloured orchids including Seychelles’ own native orchids. email@example.com
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Morne Seychellois National Park
The Morne Seychellois Park is the largest in Seychelles and was created in 1979. It covers a total surface area of 3,045ha, more than 20% of the area of Mahé. It is 10km in length and between 2km and 4km wide and equipped with an extensively trail network covering more than 15km. A total of 12 different trails can be explored either by half or full day excursions. The Praslin National Park is 338ha and was also designated in 1979 firstname.lastname@example.org
Morne Seychellois National Park The Morne Seychellois Park is the largest in Seychelles and was created in 1979. It covers a total surface area of 3,045ha, more than 20% of the area of Mahé. It
is 10km in length and between 2km and 4km wide and equipped with an extensively trail network covering more than 15km. A total of 12 different trails can be explored either by half or full day excursions. The Praslin National Park is 338ha and was also designated in 1979 email@example.com
Nigel Henri Acrylic Paintings Local artist Nigel Henri produces original acrylic paintings on canvas which depict cultural life in Seychelles as well as underwater scenes. The artist’s studio will gladly courier purchased works all over the world via DHL. Nigel's works are displayed at his studio in Beau Vallon, as well as at Kenwyn House, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Hotel & Spa, Eden Art Gallery - Eden Island, Takamaka Bay Art Gallery - La Plaine St André and Gallerie Passerose - Praslin. firstname.lastname@example.org
La Plaine St. Andre La Plaine. St. Andre is not just a great restaurant where you can discover our chef’s contemporary take on the most popular traditional creole classics. The traditional plantation house, originally built in 1792, has been lovingly restored and now offers the perfect setting to relax, unwind and indulge yourself with our tantalising menu and cocktail list. ABSOLUTE
A visit to Mahé’s busy and colourful market is the way to get a feel for the Seychellois and their way of life. Built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, it remains the bustling heart of the capital and definitely the best place to buy fresh fruits, fish, vegetables and spices. An attractive array of boutiques and shops selling a variety of souvenirs, clothing and local works of art further complement the lively atmosphere that is especially vibrant on Saturday mornings.
As the new home of Takamaka Bay Rum, no visit to La Plaine St. André would be complete without visiting the Trois Freres Distillery followed by a rum-tasting. Follow the process from cane crushing to fermentation, distillation and finally sample our award-winning range. Take a tour of our grounds during which you will learn about plantation life in the 1790s, the beginnings of the creole mix which is visible today. Visit our medicinal and herb garden, play a game of petanque or simply sit undisturbed in the shade of the Bilenbi tree avenue. www.laplaine.sc
Andrew Gee Artist & Designer Andrew Gee is a successful watercolour artist. Visitors are welcome to his studio to view his original watercolour paintings, silk paintings, textiles and handmade cards. Andrew trained at St. Martin’s School of Art in London then ran his own Fashion Company for many years. In 1993 he came to Seychelles as a fashion and textile instructor at the School of Art & Design. He has a keen interest in culture and heritage and uses his watercolour paintings to record a personal view of the beautiful and changing face of Seychelles. email@example.com
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La Domus, the imposing residence of the Roman Catholic priesthood in Victoria, was an outstanding architectural achievement of its time. Built in 1934 to house the Swiss missionaries ministering to the Diocese of Port Victoria, the magnificent two-storey building constructed from granite rocks even contains an aqueduct that supplies it with water from a nearby artesian well. In the 1960’s it housed a dozen Capuchin missionaries. Today La Domus is occupied by only three priests with many of its rooms used as administrative offices. It stands in a quiet corner of Victoria, a poignant reminder of those days when there was no shortage of priests to disseminate the word of God among the islands. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception This imposing Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese in Seychelles. Constructed on the site where Father Leon of Avanchers built the first vault in March 1851 that was devoted to the Virgin of the immaculate conception, the Cathedral is one of the first churches in Seychelles. The first and only Seychellois Bishop, Felix Paul, who passed away on the 21st November 2001, is buried inside the cathedral in a tomb built in the flooring. The tomb is not visible but its location is marked by a special plaque. The Cathedral has undergone numerous renovations over the years. In 1993-94 it was completely renovated, except for the external walls. The last renovation was completed In 1995 when Seychellois sculptor, Egbert Marday fashioned the tabernacle and the carved doors. email@example.com
Kot Man-Ya Exotic Flower Garden Open to the public on 31st August 2008 after eight years in the making from scratch, Kot Man-Ya is part of the Anse Royale Ecotourism pilot initiative, administered under The Ecotourism Society of Seychelles (TESS), as called for by the SETS 21 – The Seychelles Ecotourism Blueprint for the 21st Century. It is among the first steps in really bringing tourism activities to the community and offers a unique and different experience of Seychelles for discerning nature lovers and local flower enthusiasts alike. With their ravishing elegance, sparkling colours, bold geometric lines and symmetrical perfection, the flower heads of exotic tropicals cater for the ultimate in floral brilliance. “Tropicals” is presently the “in” word all across the globe. It includes Heliconia, Gingers, Anthuriums and miscellaneous such as Mussa Bananas, Costus, Calatheas and fanciful jungle foliage; e.g. Caladiums and Ti leaves. Originating from the South Central American Rain Forest, South East Asia and the South Pacific Islands, today tropicals are setting the scene for celebrations, as a way to express love, to say thank you or I am sorry. But above all they are simply there to lift the spirit in their natural state where whether young and old, each will find his or her own special delight at Kot Man-Ya in peace and tranquillity, of in a local community setting. In addition to over 200 varieties of tropicals and orchids, Kot Man-Ya is also the sweet home of giant tortoises, guinea pigs, rabbits, green geckos, skinks and frogs. Other attractions include Birds such a the Seychelles Sun Bird, Barred Ground Doves, Madagascar Fody and other migratory species. Fruit trees and medicinal plants such as papaya, bread fruit, passion fruit, star fruit, yams, mangoes, bananas, bilimbi, curry leaves, lemon grass are also in abundance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenwyn House Built in 1855, Kenwyn House, an elegant example of French colonial architecture, is one of Seychelles’ most visited monuments and a must-see for visitors exploring the Seychelles capital, Victoria. Home of JOUEL- the premier luxury retail company in Seychelles- Kenwyn House offers visitors a chance to explore an historical site while browsing through a world-class jewelry selection comprising of six JOUEL collections. The collections: Allure, Splash, Mystique, White fire, Tanzanite and Tropical, are inspired by the Seychelles Islands, made from diamonds, pearls, tanzanite, and other precious gemstones set in gold, silver and platinum. The top floor of Kenwyn House showcases a range of locally made KREOLOR jewelry and craft items made from shells, timber, seeds and 18k gold. The JOUEL branded jewelry can also be viewed at the Mahé International Airport, Eden Island, Ephelia Resort and Spa and Praslin Domestic Airport, all at duty free prices. www.kenwynhouse.com
Ile Cocos Marine National Park This is the Marine National Park that catches peoples’ attention and makes them long for a holiday in Seychelles. It features on many of the promotional brochures. Ile Cocos Marine National Park is set around 3 small islets in shallow turquoise sea fringed by large expanses of coral reefs that provide the most breathtaking snorkeling experience. Visits to the island can be organized with ground operators and taxi boats on Praslin and La Digue. email@example.com
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The Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple is the only Hindu temple in the Seychelles. Built in 1992, the temple was named after Lord Vinayagar, the Hindu god of safety and prosperity.
Grann Kaz A traditional homestead that is in perfect condition, the Domaine de Val des Près recalls the simplicity and charm of Creole life as it was at the beginning of the 20th Century. Together with the adjoining buildings the homestead harmoniously displays an ensemble of original architectural features. The ‘Gran Kaz’ consists of a large sitting room, a dining room, three bedrooms and a surrounding verandah. This splendid house is sparsely furnished with a few period pieces. The adjoining buildings constitute a craft village where a group of 12 workshops provide traditional Seychelles crafts and a restaurant that offers the spicy delights of our Creole cuisine. This place offers visitors and residents a nostalgic glimpse of Creole life of yesteryears. Text credit: National Heritage. firstname.lastname@example.org
Domaine de Val des Près (Craft Village) Domaine de Val des Près (Craft Village) forms part of the Patrimwann. Experience traditional Creole culture showcased at Domaine de Val des Près. Or, make your own history by getting married, Creole-style on this beautiful property. Domaine de Val des Près consists of five attractions highlighting Creole architecture, arts and craft, and gastronomy: the ‘Gran Kaz’ Plantation House built around 1870; 'La Kaz Rosa' a typical 20th century working class home, 12 craft workshops that host local crafts; and finally; the ‘Maison de Coco, a house built of coconut products in which you will find gifts made from all things coconut.
Kreolfleurage Parfums, the only perfume manufacturer in the Indian Ocean, is run by Dagmar Ehlert, who founded the laboratory in 1988. The unique range of products includes perfumes produced on a base of essential oils from the region as well as from all over the world. Located near the beach at North East Point, her small laboratory has become a popular tourist attraction on the island of Mahé. www.kreolfleurage.com
Hindu Temple - Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar
Colbert Nourrice is one of the most promising and aspiring young artists currently on the contemporary art scene in Seychelles. A recipient of the third Award in the 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art in 1996, he has received much admiration and media attention for his symbolic paintings based on the cycle of human lives in daily living. Colbert has developed a narrative style of painting using signs, symbols and motifs framed to form a striking tapestry of linear images reminiscent of Egyptian hieroglyphics. www.colbertnourrice.sc
Bel Air Cemetery The Bel Air Cemetery, undoubtedly the oldest historic site in Seychelles, was the first official burial ground to be opened on Mahé soon after the establishment of the French settlement in the late 18th century. Important historical milestones, the cemetery’s tombs, vaults and shrines contain the remains of some of the islands’ most famous personalities such as corsair Jean-Francois Hodoul and the 9ft giant Charles Dorothée Savy, poisoned at the age of 14 by neighbours fearful of his height. Another character whose remains lie within the cemetery is the mysterious Pierre-Louis Poiret, claimed by some to be the son of Louis XVI who fled the French Revolution and took refuge in Seychelles. It is also a final resting place of a son-in-law of Quéau de Quinssy, a magistrate, an acting civil commissioner and a district magistrate who lie among other recently rediscovered graves once covered by the great landslide of 1862.
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Praslin Praslin is an island in the Seychelles, in the Indian
Ocean. It’s known for palm-fringed beaches, like
Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, both bordered by large granite boulders. The main beach, Anse
Volbert-Côte D’Or, faces the offshore islet Chauve
Souris. Praslin’s rugged, jungle-covered interior is
home to Praslin National Park, which encompasses
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.
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Sea Horse Restaurant & Bar
Situated right on the beach overlooking the turquoise ocean, the Beach Restaurant is located at the Paradise Sun Hotel. Frenchstyle Creole cuisine is a speciality and includes delicious fresh fish dishes and tropical fruits. At sunset, sip an exotic island cocktail in the Beachfront bar, with the sea sand under your feet and glorious views across the ocean. In the evening, capture the romance of this resort as you listen to traditional island music and watch the graceful sega dancers performing to their lively beat. www.paradisesun.com
With stunning views over the 11th green of the award-winning Lémuria 18 holes championship golf course, the Seahorse set in a garden and has a cosy feeling. This is Constance Lémuria's top restaurant where you can enjoy casual-chic dining with attentive service. At lunchtime, Seahorse is a favorite haunt of golfers looking for simple, refreshing fare. As the sun goes down, enjoy a cocktail or a glass of champagne at the bar before indulging in the wonderful cuisine - classic Seychelles dishes prepared with the finest ingredients. The Head Sommelier, Cedric Jacob, will be delighted to help you choose from the superb selection of wines from the impressive wine card.
The Jetty Restaurant
Most memorable of all is our fine, authentic mouth watering creole cuisine served in our open air restaurant. This overlooks an orchid garden with more than 100 varieties of orchids and a lovely fish pond. Our restaurant Le Dauphin serves the best the Seychelles has to offer, such as fish carpaccio, seafood gratin, a variety of currys with coconut milk and cinnamon, smoked marlin with lemon…, simply known as the home of good food. Tempt yourself with one of our many unique cocktails or be romantic and request a candlelit dinner by the poolside.
Renowned for its cuisine and service, the restaurant at Le Domaine de La Reserve has been in business for more than twenty years. Located right above the sea, it is appropriately called The Jetty Restaurant. Dinner is served by candle light and the illuminated rocks on the edge of the sea also add to the romantic setting. The bar is located in an old colonial house, built at the turn of the century and overlooking the ocean. Live music is provided three times a week. We strongly recommend that you make reservations. It is an experience that will linger in your memory.
Le Beach Restaurant
Capricorn Restaurant Capricorn Restaurant is found next to the beach of Anse Kerlan, Praslin, precisely at The Islander Hotel. With its classic decors, marble flooring and colourful stained glass windows providing good ventilation and the thatched roof creating a cool and romantic ambiance. This creole and seafood restaurant offers delicately prepared authentic dishes, such as, small whole grilled fish, roasted octopus or Patrick's style, a variety of curries simmer in fresh coconut milk, cinnamon leaves and indian species or lobsters at the best price on the island. The "A La Carte" menu offers good selection of choices blended with local ingredients which is our art of cuisine and cooked to the perfection of popular dishes amongst the creole world. Guests could enjoy the rarest speciality not normally found in other restaurant. www.the-islanders.com
Bonbon Plume Bonbon Plume is built of natural materials from the 40 hectare Anse Lazio Estate. It is situated on the water's edge on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio. Come and relish our succulent Creole dishes in this unique feet-in-the-sand restaurant.
Tante Mimi Restaurant Experience an evening of dining in the exclusive and romantic atmosphere of Tante Mimi Restaurant situated on the upper floor of the Casino Des Iles. Dine by candlelight in the restaurant's luxurious interior or on the terrace by moonlight. Our chef's exotic creole dishes together with a selection of fine wine from the cellar will give even the most discerning diner an evening to remember. We also cater for special occasions and groups where pre-arranged or customised menus can be selected to suit your needs. With a setting as yet unmatched, service of the highest standard and a chef willing to prepare the à la carte menu to the client's specifications, Tante Mimi is an experience not to be missed.
Overlooking the eclectic water garden, “The Pond”, is Dhevatara’s à-la-carte signature restaurant. Our multi award winning local Executive Chef, Pat Monthy, delights his guests through a combination of culinary traditions interpreted with ethic savors from Mediterranean, Asian and of course Creole flavors. His fusion cuisine is bound together with the perfumes of home grown spices, local herbs and flowers all handpicked from the inhouse spice garden. www.dhevatara-seychelles.com
For a delightful, unique experience with wide range of services, Breeze Garden is the must visit place on Praslin. Unlike everywhere else, we open from 0800hrs till late offering vast choices of unmatchable food and entertainment. Breeze Garden has a café, restaurant, bar and beer garden. We also provide other services such as take away, internet access with wifi, bureau de change, bakery, boutique and a betting shop.
An imposing beachside building houses the restaurant at Indian Ocean Lodge, offering delicious local and international dishes in an informal and welcoming atmosphere. A bar is situated on the sea-side corner of the main building and serves the pool deck area. There is live evening entertainment twice a week. Indian Ocean Lodge is located on Grand Anse, Praslin's longest beach.
Set in a large private estate overlooking the bay of Côte d'Or, Feuille d'Or is one of the two restaurants at Hotel L'Archipel. The restaurant serves a variety of local and international dishes with fixed and à la carte choices. Live music is provided twice weekly. The hotel is beautiful, sophisticated, and provides service of a very high standard -- ideal for those seeking peace and tranquillity. www.larchipel.com
Le Chevalier Bay Restaurant Le Chevalier Bay Restaurant is situated on Anse Lazio Beach, the most beautiful beach on Praslin. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, our Creole cuisine consists of popular dishes such as grilled fish, garlic prawns and fish curry, to name but a few. For guests who prefer a light meal, we also serve sandwiches, salads, chips etc. We are open every day of the week. No reservations necessary. email@example.com
Pirogue Restaurant & Bar Take pleasure in tasting our fine Creole and other international Cuisines, served in a cool, relaxed atmosphere, with our renowned Seychellois charmed service backed up by occasional live music from local bands. Refresh yourself as you choose from our wide selection of cocktails, wines, spirits and liqueurs, with the sea breeze caressing your skin and the mesmerizing ocean view of the adjacent Cote D’or Beach simply carrying you away in thought. Serving all three most important meals of the day, www.exotique-seychelles.net
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Villas De Mer Hotel
Château de Feuilles
Les Lauriers Petit Hotel
Located on the beautiful 4km beach of Grand Anse, nestled quietly in a tropical environment, swathed by a cool sea-breeze, Villas De Mer is the true representation of a Creole holiday. All the elements in the environment perfectly combined to contribute to a luxurious and comfortable stay in a small hotel ‘de charme’. Not only embraced by one of the longest beach of the island, but it is a boat ride away from the famous bird sanctuary of Cousin Island. Villas De Mer Hotel is well known for its well furnished and upgraded rooms, the perfect balance between both Creole and International Cuisine, high quality service delivery; leading it to comfortably take its place amongst one of the popular smaller establishments on Praslin.
Château de Feuilles is a hotel of charm and luxury, a member of the prestigious hotel chain Relais & Châteaux, where everything is designed to respect your privacy and your comfort, treating you as a privileged guest. Located in an intimate and exclusive area, Château de Feuilles offers a unique and stunning 180° panoramic view to enjoy the dance of the waves and get carried away by the immensity of the ocean. The hotel offers only 9 exclusive rooms and suites for a maximum number of 20 guests, encased in the absolute beauty and serenity of a preserved natural setting.
Using the opportunity of the reconstruction, Les Lauriers Eco Hotel followed a new path and is the benchmark in the Seychelles for Green. The Eco policy incorporated technologies including: Solar PV panels generating energy, solar stratification tanks to produce hot water, Waste water recycling and Biotechnology cleaning which ensures that all toxic chemicals have been removed from the property, providing a clean and safe environment for all. In addition all Amenities are echo friendly and an intelligent room control ensure the rooms are always conditioned for guest comfort. www.laurier-hotel.com
Le Relax St Joseph Guesthouse
Le Relax Beach Resort
Le Tropique Villa
This charming 12 rooms plus two family suites hotel situated along Grand Anse beach complement its sister establishments, Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant at Anse Royale on Mahe and Le Relax Beach House/Le Relax Self Catering Apartments on La Digue. You can savor genuine Creole comfort and hospitality in settings designed to be in perfect harmony with its surroundings. The hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. There is also a snack-bar and boutique offering local craft work, jewellery and postcards. Guests can relax by the swimming pool, beach or on the terrace lounge areas. Meals can be enjoyed in the poolside restaurant and bar. Excursions and tours to Praslin’s landmarks can also be organised upon request. Le Relax Beach Resort is located just a five minute drive from Praslin Aiport. Vallée de Mai nature reserve is 4km away.
This small establishment has a reputation of being welcoming and friendly with an ideal ambience for relaxation and sunbathing. It comprises 2 bungalows with 1 spacious room situated in the garden and 4 apartments with large rooms on the beach. All the spacious beachfront rooms feature unique Seychellois architecture and offer self-catering facilities. Bed and breakfast is offered with Creole cuisine available on request. Two restaurants are also within walking distance. Various excursions can be organised.
The Guesthouse is placed surrounding elegant landscaping and has a capacity to accommodate 10 people in 4 rooms - one apartment for 5 persons in two double rooms, one bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. One 25m² double standard room for two people and one 27m² double standard room for three persons, both with ensuite bathrooms. Our guest are gracefully greeted at our nearby Le Relax Beach Resort facilities for swimming or to experience uninterrupted wine/dine facilities besides spending leisure time on sea beach. firstname.lastname@example.org www.leduc-seychelles.com
Le Duc de Praslin
Chateau Sans Souci
This peaceful, beachfront guesthouse is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches, Côte d’Or, and offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere for all its clients. The guesthouse has 3 rooms and offers bed and breakfast. The restaurant commands a scenic view of the neighbouring islands of Curieuse and Chauve Souris. Several popular restaurants close by offer Creole and Italian cuisine. Outdoor activities such as excursions to the neighbouring islands can be organized upon request.
Set in an attractive tropical and orchid garden, the hotel’s 24 spacious rooms include 2 deluxe standards, 14 new superiors of 64 square metres, 4 new junior suites of 75 square metres, 2 large refurbished honeymoon suites of 100 square metres and one family suite apartment of two rooms at 135 square metres. All rooms have a veranda and a modern ensuite bathroom and will now be air-conditioned except for 4 standard rooms, while six of the superior rooms will have interconnecting doors. A room safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dialling telephone, 32inch LCD satellite TV, wireless internet access are all available. All suites will have all the facilities above as well as a 40inch LCD TV and DVD Player. Le Duc proposes a brand new, elegant Creole Restaurant serving authentic Creole cuisine overlooking a wonderful Koi Pond. Attached to it will be a modern bar and lounge overlooking the new swimming pool. A relaxed reception area has been created to welcome clients while Le Duc’s massage room will offer a variety of massages.
Our luxurious four star hotel on Praslin Island is located 200 meters from the longest beach in Seychelles, Grand Anse. Chateau Sans Souci offers a four-star service with 14 spacious, air-conditioned suites equipped with mini bar, hair dryer, satellite TV and direct in suite telephone services. Indulge yourself in our fully-equipped restaurant serving delicious cuisine with freshly-sourced ingredients. Our Chateau gives you the choice of poolside or full air-conditioned wine and dine service, after which you can enjoy the sounds from the "KOKORIKO" Bar & Lounge, there to entertain you for the rest of the evening. With state-of-the-art lighting effects, and featuring popular modern tracks and old favourites, the disco facility will make your stay a memorable one.
Dhevatara Beach Hotel
Chalets Côte Mer
Along the northern coastline of the picturesque Praslin Island lies Pirogue Lodge, a charming family owned small hotel consisting of six standard rooms, each facing the sea. Nicely decorated with simple wooden furniture and paintings from our local artists, each room radiates Creole serenity and calm. A private veranda furnished with traditional, relaxing chairs is there to capture the azure ocean view. The warmth of the Seychellois smile and the amicable staff is the perfect way to enjoy a home away from home, with the white sandy Cote D’or Beach located merely seconds from you. Breakfast and meals are served at Pirogue Restaurant & Bar which also offers a wide choice of both local and international dishes as well as cocktails and other beverages.
Our charming retreat is located on the island of Praslin, on the beautiful Grande Anse Beach where the high level of service and attention to detail in an understated way constitute our own take on barefoot luxury and natural living. Dhevatara Beach Hotel has ten uniquely designed suites, a signature gourmet restaurant: “The Pond,” a rooftop herb and spice garden, and tailor made spa programs using organically made products to inspire guests to relax and embrace body, mind, and soul. A choice of personalized mini bar and incense selection await those, who, like us, relish the beauty in the details.
Overlooking the beautiful sheltered Baie Ste Anne on the south coast of Praslin, half a kilometer from the jetty, Chalets Cote Mer comprises of 6 split-level self-catering apartments situated 10 metres from the sea plus 4 additional rooms of which 2 are mezzanine style higher up the hillside and provide spectacular panoramic views across the bay and beyond. A restaurant set on the water’s edge offers the skills of a French Master chef. There is also a terrace for sunbathing as well as a shady area for reading and relaxing. Snorkeling can be enjoyed within a few metres of the hotel while bicycle hire, fishing, diving and island excursions are also available.
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This small, cosy family hotel located at Grand Anse prides itself on its friendly welcome and convivial ambience. This hotel which owes its name to our Islands’ colonial past, has been fully upgraded but has nonetheless retained its traditions and, in particular, its culinary skills. Offering 5 standard rooms and 7 superior rooms, the hotel features a bar while its famous restaurant serves delicious Creole and international cuisine. The superior rooms feature airconditioning, mini-fridge and television. This is an ideal location for a holiday and a convenient starting point for biking and excursions to the neighbouring islands. www.britanniahotel.net
Amitié Chalets Amitié Chalets, a bed and breakfast accommodation, comprise four beachfront accommodations in three buildings set on Grand Anse beach at Amitié, Praslin. All our rooms have private verandas directly facing the ocean twenty meters away across a large manicured lawn that separates the chalets and provides privacy. The two standard rooms, each spacious with over 25 square meters of floor space, feature queen sized beds. “Cousin” sleeps three; two in a queen size double bed and one single bed. “Aride” sleeps four in one queen size and one double bed. A baby crib may be added to either room. Both rooms are adjacent to a kitchen that is available for use upon request. www.amitiechalets.sc
Lémuria Resort This 5 star luxury hotel occupies a site of legendary beauty, blending in with the luxuriant vegetation of the island, amidst 150 hectares of scenic palm groves. In front of the hotel is the white sandy beach of Anse Kerlan where turtles still lay their eggs in tranquillity, and after few minutes walk, the stunning beach of Anse Georgette, probably the most beautiful in Seychelles. 88 Junior Suites and 8 Senior Suites with palm leaf roofs, have been built with natural raw materials such as wood, marble and stone along with 8 two-bedroom villas with private swimming pool and butler, and a Presidential Villa. This resort offers fine cuisine blending Seychellois flavours with the traditional recipes of French cuisine. With its spectacular 18 hole championship golf course (the only one in Seychelles), "Shiseido" Pavilion, health Spa and fitness centre, land and water sport facilities you have luxury and comfort right on your door step. Greens fees are free of charge for residents of the resort. Constance Lémuria Resort is a member of "Relais & Châteaux" and has been elected Indian Ocean Leading Golf Resort for the third consecutive year ; and Best Spa in Seychelles by the World Travel Awards 2010. www.lemuriaresort.com Spa and fitness centre, land and water sport facilities you have luxury and comfort right on your door step. Greens fees are free of charge for residents of the resort. Constance Lémuria Resort is a member of "Relais & Châteaux" and has been elected Indian Ocean Leading Golf Resort for the third consecutive year ; and Best Spa in Seychelles by the World Travel Awards 2010. www.lemuriaresort.com
Indian Ocean Lodge 3-star hotel on Grand Anse Beach on 4 minutes away from the local airport ad 20 minutes away from the local interisland Jetty. Hidden among a lush tropical garden the rooms are only 10 metres away from the beach. All adjacent rooms are inter-leading, with each and every room elegantly decorated with pastel beachside colors that gives the room a warm glow. Included in every room are LCD Flat Screen Televisions with 18 satellite channels, a mini fridge, tea & coffee facility, IDD telephone, mini safe and hairdryer. www.indianoceanlodge.com
L'Archipel Hotel L’Archipel’s very own private beach is one of its most spectacular attributes and is for the exclusive use of its clients, affording them excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and of course soaking up the sun in spectacular and comfortable surrounds. It is beautifully complemented by the hotel’s magnificent gardens, beautifully manicured and featuring meandering pathways and a wide selection of flowers, shrubs and trees which, in their turn, provide a stunning backdrop for the boutique charm of 18 deluxe rooms, 5 superior rooms, 7 senior suites and 2 family suites. www.larchipel.com
Le Domaine de La Reserve This charming hotel is located on a secluded private beach at Anse Petite Cour on the north-east side of Praslin in the midst of a large tropical garden. Sheltered by the surrounding hills and the nearby island of Curieuse, the calm and shallow bay with its turquoise waters and coral reef offer an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling all year round. The main restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and at night a candlelit jetty overlooking the sea. It serves authentic Creole and European cuisine. There is also an impressive swimming pool complete with swim-up bar and grill. Whilst preserving the colonial style, this hotel offers all modern amenities, including weekly cruises, sports fishing and snorkelling.
Raffles Praslin Seychelles
MC Self Catering
On the tropical island of Praslin, aptly referred to as the ‘Garden of Eden’, are 86 contemporary luxury villas, among the most spacious in the Seychelles. Each villa at Raffles Praslin features a private outdoor pavilion, complete with plunge pool, to soak up views of the spectacular Indian Ocean. The resort offers two outdoor infinity pools, the award-winning Raffles Spa and a Kids’ Club to keep little ones entertained, as well as an expansive portfolio of restaurants and lounges, including Curieuse for pan-Asian specialties and Losean for Creole-inspired cuisine.
MC Self-catering is a modern family run guest house that offers a warm welcome to all our guests and we strive to provide exceptionally clean and quality accommodation for a comfortable stay in a safe and friendly environment. We are situated in the centre of Baie Ste Anne on Praslin. We are only 15 minutes’ by bus to reach the most renowned Anse Lazio beach where you can enjoy a dip in the clam turquoise water and walk on the white powder-fine sand. http://mcseychelles.com/self-catering/
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SEE & SAND Black Pearl (Seychelles) Ltd
Vallée de Mai - UNESCO World Heritage Site Seychelles’ second UNESCO World Heritage Site is the legendary Vallée de Mai, administered by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. So remarkable that it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6000 Coco-de-mer trees, considered to be among the botanical wonders of the world. The Vallée boasts six endemic palm species as well as many other indigenous trees and is also the last habitat of the endangered Black Parrot. The Seychelles Islands Foundation has also launched the "Vallee de Mai" mobile app for IPhone which can be downloaded at: https://itunes.apple.com/sc/app/ vallee-de-mai/id826373015?mt=8 www.sif.sc
Praslin Museum Praslin Island boasts its first museum which is located on Cote D’Or roughly 50 metres from the Acajou Hotel. The museum, which showcases the traditions of Seychelles as well as its culture in general, also features a garden of endemic and medicinal plants of Seychelles where visitors can view fruit bats and also enjoy a glass of Citronelle tea or local fruit juice. Visitors are encouraged to participate in coconut dehusking, grilling breadfruit and other traditional activities which give a taste of the traditions of yesteryear. www.praslinmuseum.sc
Grand Anse (on Praslin) On the eastern side of Praslin, close to the airport, Grand Anse is the longest beach on Praslin. This large bay has several hotels overlooking the seashore. Grand Anse is a large wide beach, and the sea here is good for swimming and water sports. The beach is at its best during the north-west trade winds when the sea is calm and clear. During the south-eastern trade wind season, seaweed can occasionally drift into the bay; when this occurs many of the hotels around Grand Anse will provide free transfers to Côte d’Or or other beaches for their guests. Directions : Grand Anse beach starts immediately after you turn left from Praslin Airport. The beach runs parallel to the main road going through Grand Anse Village. ABSOLUTE
At Black Pearl experience three attractions in one: The Giant Clam Farm, Pearl Farm and the Black Pearl shop. Enjoy the unique chance to encounter over forty thousand giant clams and to learn about their feeding and reproduction habitats at the Black Pearl Ocean Farm. Black pearls are also cultured here in the first and only pearl farm in the Indian Ocean region. Situated next to the farm is the Black Pearl Shop, selling a selection of beautiful high-class jewellery and other exotic creations made from locally cultivated pearls from the Seychelles ‘Black Lip Oyster’. You can choose from the array of matching rings, earrings, pendants or strands designed and hand crafted by Linneys the internationally awarded West Australian jewelers. Set in yellow or white 18-carat gold and with argyle diamonds, many of which are of a “One Off” design.
Anse Matelot Anse Matelot is a small sandy cove, a short walk away from the L’Archipel Hotel. Its remote location means it is often deserted. Suitable for swimming.
Directions : From Praslin airport turn left onto the main road towards Grand Anse (4kms). Turn left through the Vallée de Mai to Baie Ste Anne. At Barclays Bank turn left again, and drive towards Cote d'Or for some 2km until you reach the secondary road at the sign indicating "Hotel L'Archipel" on the right. Travelling time is approximately 20 minutes. Easily accessible by boat or on foot during low tide.
Praslin’s main beach, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining the golden coastline is rarely crowded. Anse Volbert / Côte d'Or is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports. Further out in the bay, around Chauve Souris island and St Pierre islet, the snorkelling is superb.
Directions : Côte d'Or Beach / Anse Volbert lies approximately 4 km from the jetty. From the Baie Ste. Anne jetty, turn right and drive to the north towards Côte d'Or. Passing Barclays Bank on your left, continue on the main road until you pass Acajou hotel and the beginning of Côte D'Or. Arriving at the junction at MCB Seychelles bank, take the road to the right. Côte d'Or continues as far as the Paradise Sun hotel.
Directions : Anse Lazio Beach is situated approximately 11km from Baie Ste. Anne. From the jetty at Baie Ste. Anne, turn right and drive north passing Barclays Bank on your left. Continue on the main road keeping to the left of MCB Seychelles bank at the junction. Anse Lazio is at the end of this road, about a 25-minute drive past the Paradise Sun hotel. ABSOLUTE
Anse Volbert / Côte d'Or
The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Well worth the long winding drive from Côte d'Or, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Beautifully framed by granite rocks, this dream beach has soft white sands leading gently down to calm clear waters with a gentle gradient absolutely perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The Bon Bon Plume and Le Chevalier restaurants are nearby and can provide lunch and refreshments.
Anse Kerlan and Petit Anse Kerlan These two stunning aquamarine bays are part of the Lémuria Resort. Both have sandy coves surrounded by picturesque granite rocks. Swimming and particularly snorkelling here is excellent. There can be strong currents pushing swimmers out to sea at certain times of the year, but the hotel will advise guests on the suitability of swimming. Directions : Non-residents of the Lémuria Hotel should obtain prior permission from the resort for access to the beach. From the Praslin airport, turn right onto the main road. You will pass Super Value supermarket along the way then come to a T-junction. Take the road on the right and follow it to the next T-junction and then take the left hand side road, and follow it to the end to Lémuria Resort.drive past the Paradise Sun hotel.
On the edge of the Côte d’Or coastline, this smaller white sandy bay is situated between the Côte d’Or Lodge and the L’Archipel Hotel. It is safe for swimming and there are water sports facilities nearby. Directions : This beach is adjacent to the Acajou Hotel, approximately 1.5km from Baie Ste Anne. From the Baie Ste Anne jetty, turn right and drive north to Côte d'Or. Passing Barclays Bank on your left, continue on the main road until you see the sign for the Acajou Hotel on the right. From this point Anse Gouvernment extends as far as Hotel L'Archipel.
Carana Hilltop Villa... A Truly Exceptional Experience Carana Hilltop Villa echoes the very soul of the Seychelles Islands and their timeless promise of the ultimate, tropical shangrila and enviable, tranquil island lifestyle. The villa is framed by lush, multi-coloured tropical flowers in the front garden and by fruit trees facing the outside dining area where our guests may enjoy meals in the total serenity of a unique setting, serenaded by birdsong and by the restful gurgle of our fishpondâ€™s waterfall. FREE WiFi available on site - Car Parking- Large Swimming Pool - Safe at Reception Laundry and Pressing - Vehicle/Car Rental can be arranged - Arrival Transfers (extra charge) - Departure Transfers (extra charge) TV Lounge - Meals on Request - Wedding can be arranged - Daily Housekeeping
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Carana Hilltop Villaâ€™s excellent choice of accommodation proposes a total of 10 rooms from standard and superior through to family, honeymoon and luxury suites with all rooms air conditioned and with ceiling fans. Comfortable king and queen sized beds come with private bathrooms with shower and bath.
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Anse Patates Anse Severe Jetty
Anse Gaulettes Ò Ò
Anse Grosse Roche
Anse Fourmis Anse Caima
Veuve Nature Reserve
C'Union Estate Anse Union
Anse Source D'Argent Anse Pierrot Anse Aux Cédres Anse Bonnet Carre
Grand Anse Anse L'anse
Ò Dive Centre
La Digue La Digue is an island in the Seychelles, in the
Indian Ocean off East Africa. It’s known for its beaches, like Anse Source d’Argent, dotted with
granite boulders, on the west coast. To the south, isolated Anse Bonnet Carré Beach, with calm,
shallow water, is accessible only on foot, as is Anse
Cocos Beach, in a protected bay on the east coast. La Digue’s diverse wildlife can be seen in the Veuve
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FIZZ & FOOD
Le Repaire Restaurant
Situated in the heart of La Digue, Zerof Restaurant serves a unique blend of continental and Creole cuisine which is a favourite with tourists and locals alike. Our dedicated staff will exceed your expectations by providing you with a specialized service. Our speciality is no doubt our Creole cuisine in which both our take away and restaurant has excellent reputations. During evening time we take great pride in offering our guests a Creole set menu, which changes every night and reflects our multi cultural way of cooking combined with light traditional music, Zerof Restaurant is no doubt a must when visiting La Digue.
Italian chef Remo and his wife Nicoletta welcomes you to our fine dining Italian restaurant with a special touch from the Seychelles. Using local fish, octopus and smoked fish as well as other ingredients…. We can offer you many dishes to tempt your palate. You can either have a simple pizza or a four course meal, and whatever you choose we believe you will leave feeling satisfied. Whilst eating you will look across our garden and out across the sea to neighbouring Praslin Island. If you come early eveninng, there is nothing nicer than a cool apperetif on the beach whilst you watch the sunset.
Serves popular international fare and local Creole specialties in eclectic mix, live-cooking style and buffet featuring the “Catch of the day”. The outside deck graciously overlooks the Indian Ocean and the crystal clear waters for alfresco dining. The breathtaking view of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean will whet your appetite, marking an exquisite and memorable dining experience. www.orangeraie.sc
Combova Located on the upper deck of the all day dining area, Le Combava, which means kaffir lime, is an exquisitely designed roof terrace lounge serving à la carte food only. This epicurean delight serves up the finest meals using the freshest ingredients only, for an upbeat and sophisticated culinary experience. Choose from one of our numerous wine references from Le Domaine’s cellar to accompany the delectable meal with - a feast for the all the senses.
Tarosa Restaurant The Tarosa Restaurant, located at La Passe on La Digue Island, welcomes clients to any one of seven separate dining areas, each with a capacity for ten diners and each with a magnificent view of the ocean. Tarosa is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers an à la carte menu with Creole specialities. email@example.com
Restaurant Patatran Restaurant Patatran at Hotel L'Ocean commands a view over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean with the islands of Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Coco, Félicité, Ave Maria and Curieuse in the foreground. The restaurant serves an à la carte menu which consists of primarily Creole food and is sometimes accompanied by international dishes. Nature in all its beauty!!
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SLEEP & STAY Zerof Guesthouse
Located 1.5km (or 15 minutes walk) from the La Digue jetty, Zerof Guesthouse is in close proximity to the unique Paradise Flycatcher Reserve and also the stunning beach at Anse Source D’Argent. The guesthouse offers four rooms, each equipped with mini bar, mosquito nets, air conditioning units, ceiling fan, hot and cold water supply and en suite shower and toilet facilities. Other facilities include a security safe and television. We are also able to arrange bicycle rental and other transport facilities. www.zerofguesthouse.com
Just steps away from the beautiful beach of Anse Réunion, close to the jetty and shops at La Passe and next door to a diving centre, is the small, family-run Rising Sun Guesthouse. Five air-conditioned rooms are on offer, with a special emphasis on catering for families. Each room has a private veranda and a set Creole dinner can be provided as well as a cooked breakfast.
An ideal location on the white sandy beach of Anse Reunion, on the western coast of La Digue. There is four comfortable double bedrooms aseptically decorated with an integrated restaurant at ground level with sea front view. Electric cars transfers from Jetty to the Hotel can be arranged on request to make your stay on La Digue a memorable holiday experience. www.lerelaxhotel.com
Château St Cloud A former vanilla plantation house, this unique small hotel offers Creole hospitality and old world charm. Conveniently located at Anse Réunion from where it is easy to explore the island of La Digue, its recently refurbished rooms are situated in modern annexes and individual chalets in the hotel gardens. Traditional Creole fare is served in the château’s renowned restaurant in a friendly, informal atmosphere. www.chateaustcloud.sc/
Villa Authentique For authentic Creole hospitality try Villa Authentique at the village and harbour of La Passe. This guesthouse has 10 fully air-conditioned rooms and is located just 200 metres from the beach. Daily fishing excursions (big game fishing, à la palangrotte and trolling) are organised by the hotel. Bicycle hire can be arranged nearby. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pension Michel Pension Michel is a small family-run guesthouse conveniently located near to the beach and shops and in an ideal position for exploring the many charms of La Digue. Seven well-equipped rooms, a restaurant and bar make an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable holiday. Bicycle hire is readily available. www.pensionmichel.sc
Moonlight Beach Villa Moonlight Beach Villa is located at La Passe, La Digue. Five minutes distance from jetty to the north of the island, Moonlight Beach villa hotel overlooks the beautiful island of Praslin and the glorious clear Indian Ocean. The hotel is ideally situated as it is close to all the island’s facilities. The hotel offers a restaurant and bar for all outside guests and in house guests. www.moonlightbv.com
Lakaz Safran La Kaz Safran is situated at the quaint village of La Passe, the hub of the idyllic and relaxed La Digue, and is only a stones throw away from the harbour and ferry landing. The guesthouse has a beautiful and sheltered beach out front and a large, lush tropical garden out back with fruit trees in abundance. Come relax in the stylish comfort of La Kaz Safran, and live your dream stay on La Digue, www.lakazsafran.com
Le Relax Beach House
Le Calou This small German-run guesthouse is some 700 metres from the sea, set in the midst of a large tropical garden. Clients are mainly from Germany and the hosts offer an international menu, including Creole delicacies. Five large bungalow/chalets nestle between ancient granite rocks where Klaus, Wilvina and their staff say they offer an exclusive 120 square metres of Gemütlichkeit ! Other amenities on offer include a small covered fresh water swimming pool. www.calouguesthouse.com
Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie
Le Repaire is a small beach front hotel overlooking the island of Praslin,and situated near the centre of the main village on La Digue. It is adjacent to the La Digue Island Lodge Hotel and within easy walking distance of the jetty, shops, banks, and bicycle hire. This new Boutique Hotel opened on the 1 November 2012. Le Repaire has 9 delightfully furnished rooms, each a minimum size of 32 square meters. All rooms have en-suite shower, air conditioning, fan, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, television, hair dryer and telephone AND FREE WIFI. www.lerepaireseychelles.com
Etoile Labrine Etoile Labrine is situated on La Digue near the famous Anse Source d’argent beach and a mere 5 mins walk from the helipad. All our rooms are deluxe and air conditioned + ceiling fan if you prefer. We have king size beds or twin beds with en-suite bathroom and large shower and also private patio with arm chairs. We have our own boat for excursions, fishing trips and sunset cruises. www.etoile-labrine.com
Hotel L'Ocean The Hotel L’Ocean is a small hotel full of charm located on the north point of La Digue in a commanding position overlooking the ocean. Close by are the breathtaking beaches of Anse Severe and Anse Patates. The hotel has 8 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a private veranda with sea view. The hotel’s popular Patatran Restaurant offers Creole buffet every evening served to the accompaniment of traditional Creole musicians. Situated at the base of Eagle’s Nest mountain, the highest point on the island, it is also an ideal venue for walkers. Day excursions and diving can also be arranged. www.hotelocean.info
Le Repaire Boutique Hotel
The island of La Digue, a world apart like a shining gem at the heart of the Seychelles archipelago. It is in this haven of peace and serenity that Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie harbors a cozy and private getaway. The tropical setting, local architecture and the warmth of wood in a pure zen style combine harmoniously to celebrate the home’ away from home’ unique experience, for couples and families. 45 villas are nestled in an idyllic setting amidst a ballet of birds at the heart of a luxuriant tropical garden. Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie is the perfect retreat to capture the true essence of exotic lifestyle on La Digue. Here, every moment of day and night will enchant and entice desire to inspire you. An elegant fusion of hospitality, nature and heritage in a boutique hotel. The perfect alliance for an ultimate destination of peace and rejuvenation, in one of the most authentic islands of Seychelles. Take a deep breath and inhale the sweet local fragrances. Welcome to Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie.
La Diguoise guesthouse, ideally located only 5 minutes walk from the nearest beach and 5 minutes bicycle ride to legendary Anse Source D’Argent, borders the Veuve Reserve - home of the unique Black Paradise Flycatcher. The establishment’s two rooms are each equipped with fans, air-conditioning, mini fridges, personal safe and T.V. and the bathrooms feature both showers and toilets. You may breakfast on our special platter of juicy fruits on a terrace overlooking a charming flower garden and sweet water pond. The facility of a garden Jacuzzi and shower is also available. We are pleased to make and confirm flight reservations and also to organize certain services through the guesthouse to make your stay a memorable one. www.diguoise.net
Chez Marston If you are looking for a Creole welcome and the informal atmosphere of a family-run guesthouse, then Chez Marston is the ideal venue. Run by a well known Creole character, Marston Saint Ange and his family, this guesthouse offers 5 rooms close to the jetty at La Passe and just a short walk from the most picturesque beaches on the island. www.chezmarston.com
Bernique Guesthouse Founded 35 years ago, the Bernique Guesthouse was the first guest house on La Digue. Its traditional character has been caringly maintained to this day.The Bernique is located in a quiet neighbourhood; all of its rooms are equipped with shower/toilet and air conditioning. A tasty breakfast with freshly squeezed juice and local fruits is included in the prize! If you need help in organizing an excursion don't hesitate to contact us - we are happy to assist you. www.berniqueguesthouse.com
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SEE & SAND Petit Anse (on La Digue) A large beach for one named petit! This is the sister beach to Grand Anse and can be reached by walking across the rocks from Grand Anse, following the footpath. Swimming here is also as dangerous, but it is a secluded beach for sunbathing or picnicking.
Grand Anse (on La Digue) A picturesque beach with huge waves and surrounded by large granite rocks, the sea is unfortunately not for swimming, and there are signs on the seashore warning of the dangers of swimming here. Although the sea may look inviting there is an extremely strong undertow, so do not be tempted. Directions : From the jetty at La Passe, turn right and follow the main road until you reach the junction opposite the school. Turn left and you will pass Zerof restaurant on your left. Further ahead turn right and follow the road until you reach Grand Anse beach.
Anse Severe is a quiet spot, well suited for sunbathing and swimming. It is the first beach that you will come to along the road if you turn left from the jetty. There are two small hotels along its shore, but the beach is never busy.
Directions : From the jetty at La Passe, turn left and follow the main road. You will pass the cemetery on your right and the first beach on the left is Anse Severe.
Anse Source d'Argent Anse Source d'Argent is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here. The sea is sheltered by the reef, and is very calm and shallow, with only sand underfoot which makes it safe for children. Access to the beach via L'Union Estate requires an entrance fee of SCR100 for non-residents. Directions : From the jetty at La Passe, turn right and follow the main road until you reach the junction opposite the school. Take the road to your right and follow it until you reach the entrance of L’Union Estate. Then follow the small road ahead until you reach the boat yard. From there take the footpath to your right and it will lead you to Anse Source d’Argent.
Lone Wolf Charters
Lone Wolf Charters operates excursions from La Digue aboard an 8-metre twin-engine catamaran with capacity for 20 persons, with a canopy for shade from the sun. All excursions include snorkelling, fishing and barbeques on the unique and unspoiled islands neighbouring La Digue. Lone Wolf excursions provide a backdrop to experience the stunning views of Seychelles islands both above and beneath the surface. email@example.com ABSOLUTE
Directions : From the jetty at La Passe, turn right and follow the main road until you reach the junction opposite the school. Then turn left passing Zerof restaurant on your left. Further ahead turn right and follow the road until you reach Grand Anse beach. From the beach follow the footpath to the left and it will lead to Petit Anse.
Anse Bonnet Carré
This pretty bay on the eastern coast of La Digue is only accessible by foot, either by taking a path from Grand Anse or in the other direction from Anse Fourmis. Because of its more sheltered aspect, this beach, unlike its neighbouring bays of Grand and Petit Anse, is safe for swimmers, but there are still some strong currents, so care does need to be taken.
Many visitors to La Digue walk or cycle to the famous Anse Source d’Argent, but few take the trouble to explore further along the coastline.
Directions : From the jetty at La Passe, turn right and follow the main road until you reach the junction opposite the school. Turn left and you will pass Zerof restaurant on your left. Further ahead turn right and follow the road until you reach Grand Anse beach. From the beach follow the footpath to the left and it will lead to Petit Anse then Anse Cocos.
On the northern most tip of La Digue, Anse Patates is close to Patatran Village and borders the longer beach of Anse Gaulettes. Blessed with soft white sand and calm seas, it is well suited for both swimming and snorkelling.
When walking along the famous Anse Source d’Argent, continue across the small river until you reach Anse Pierrot. This beach is slightly narrower than Source D’Argent and its rocks are less photogenic, but it has the same shallow warm waters and the advantage of privacy. Directions : No trail available, unless clients try to find their own way by climbing over rocks or through bushes. It can also be reached by walking in the water when it is low tide.
Anse La Reunion
La Digue Island Lodge lies along its shore. Anse la Reunion is an attractive long, curving sun-soaked beach offering fine views of the neighbouring island of Praslin. Directions : From the jetty at La Passe, turn right and follow the main road until you reach the junction opposite the school. Turn right and Anse La Reunion extends along the south-west coast up to the point opposite Paradise Flycatcher's Lodge. The distance from the jetty is approximately 1 km. ABSOLUTE
Directions : From the jetty at La Passe turn left and follow the main road. You will pass Patatran Village hotel on your right and on the opposite side of the road is Anse Patates.
Anse Bonnet Carré's reward for those that do; a beach that can only be accessed by foot and so, is often deserted. It has the same white sand as its famous neighbour, with fewer rocks and the same shallow warm waters, more suitable for a relaxing wallow than an energetic swim. Directions : No trail is available, unless clients try to find their own way by climbing over rocks or through bushes. It can also be done by walking in the water when it is low tide.
Azzurra Pro-Dive Centre
If you wish to discover underwater La Digue and its neighbouring islands, this is the place to come! Our certified Padi instructors will introduce you to the wonderful underwater environment that our island has to offer: enjoy the breathtaking granitic slopes, experience the thrill of diving among a school of reef sharks, discover the thriving underwater life in all its shapes, sizes and incredible colours! www.ladigue.sc
Horse Riding (at L'Union Estate)
If you want to enjoy horse riding in the sun in paradise, then the place to be is at L’Union Estate on the enchanting island of La Digue. You can either ride inside the large fenced area of the estate or along Anse Source d'Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world.www.ladigue.sc
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COSMOLEDO ATOLL ASSUMPTION
STE. ANNE SILHOUETTE NORTH ISLAND FREGATE
KM a 4 30 35 55
KM - DISTANCE FROM MAHÉ
PRASLIN COUSIN COUSINE CURIEUSE ARIDE
ST. PIERRE FARQUHAR ATOLL
KM a 45 10 44 44 15 52 50
LA DIGUE FÉLICITÉ COCO ISLAND BIRD ISLAND DENIS ISLAND
KM 50 55 55 105 95
a 20 20 30 30
aH TIME FROM MAHÉ BY PLANE OR HELICOPTOR
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Islands Set on a 2.19 square kilometre private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Fregate Island Private is a jewel of conservation unique on the planet. This secluded sanctuary hosts 16 luxurious residences, nestled into the coastline and overlooking turquoise waters so that privacy is guaranteed - plus the Banyan Hill Estate, on a secluded peninsula. Fregate Island Private is also home to hundreds of exotic birds, 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra tortoises and lush vegetation. Part of Fregate's ecological philosophy is the culinary concept, inspired by fresh products organically grown on the island that is circled by seven idyllic beaches. www.fregate.com
Enchanted Island Resort
Enchanted Island Resort is a secluded island hideaway in the Seychelles, featuring just ten Private beautifully decorated Creole-style villas with own plunge pools, beach access, king size beds, French bathtubs and outdoor rain showers. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean’s blue waters and vibrant marine life, guests can enjoy contemporary international and Creole cuisine at our Bounty Restaurant, while the Castaway Bar offers cocktails and aperitifs. The Serena Spa overlooks the sea and features a yoga pavilion, couple treatment suite, and two individual treatment pavilions with their own private steam rooms, showers and terraces. Guests may also snorkel, go kayaking, or relax at the resort’s infinity pool. Enchanted Island Resort is member of the JA Resorts & Hotels. www.jaresortshotels.com/Properties/ EnchantedIsland/overview.aspx
Bird Island Lodge
Bird Island is Seychelles’ most northerly island, fringed by untouched beaches and turquoise clear waters. The lodge boasts 24 individual bungalows offering comfortable and spacious accommodation, whilst preserving the informal atmosphere of island life. From May to October, part of the island is home to millions of nesting sooty terns and with a year-round population of at least 20 other bird species it is an ornithologist’s heaven. Bird Island is also an important nesting site for turtles and boasts one of the world’s largest known land tortoises, Esmeralda. Activities on Bird Island include nature tours, bird watching, tortoise feeding, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, whale watching(October to November) and shore fishing. www.birdislandseychelles.com Alphonse Island Seychelles
The Alphonse Group of Islands Comprised of the uninhabited islands of St Francois and Bijoutier as well as the inhabited island of Alphonse are considered to the most remote, pristine and unspoilt group of islands in the Seychelles. Alphonse Island has taken significant steps to transform the island to appeal to the lucrative luxury travel market. All twenty-one Beach Bungalows and five spacious Beach Suites have been extensively refurbished, along with the beach bar and restaurant, in a style and colour palate that reflects the ambience and atmosphere of the island. Positioning itself as an 'experience for all the senses', Alphonse Island will be primarily focusing on the wide range of truly magical and wonderful encounters that are exclusive to the island itself. www.alphonse-island.com
Fregate Island Private
Denis Private Island
Denis Private Island is perched on the northern edge of the Seychelles bank, 95 km north of the main island Mahé in the Seychelles archipelago. A Private coral island of 375 acres with 25 elegant cottages, where simplicity, comfort, pleasure and relaxation co-exist equally and in perfect harmony. Beach Cottage – 3 units Deluxe Beach Cottage – 10 units Beachfront Spa Cottage – 10 units Family Villa – 1 unit Beach Villa – 1 unit No keys, no phones - no worries. Leave the outside world behind on this tranquil private island swathed in lush vegetation and with pristine beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters. A visit to the beautiful Denis Private Island promises an authentic and intimate island experience. www.denisisland.com
Cerf Island Resort
Boutique hotel situated at the entrance of the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Cerf Island Resort offers 24 exclusive and luxurious villas, within a naturally elegant setting. The resort boasts of two fine dining restaurants with a delight of Creole, Asian and international cuisines, 2 infinity swimming pools with pool bars, beach side dining, secluded full service beach as well as an open beach, two relaxing lounges, 'Le Spa Latanier' with 3 treatment rooms, an outdoor tennis court and a helipad. All the villas offer beautiful views of the tropical vegetation and some with patches of the Indian Ocean. Almost seems to have been created for that indescribable 'quiet togetherness'. www.cerf-resort.com
Voluntary participation in conservation projects can be arranged or just chill on the beach with a tropical cocktail - on Cousine Island you will have the rare experience of life’s perfection!
Cousine Island Resort
Cousine Island is a private nature reserve in the Seychelles, a wildlife sanctuary that offers you the chance to not only see nature but to live amongst it and to have a true island experience. The Pavillion offers fine dining where the two Seychellois chefs prepare mouthwatering cuisine to order. The Beach House Spa and Wellness Center offers you the opportunity to relax and unwind while being pampered from top to toe – the gym is available should you wish to sneak in a work out or two and 2 dedicated conservation officers can take you on guided walks and snorkeling trips or should you wish you can try your hand at shore fishing. For the more adventurous they offer scuba diving, deep sea fishing, water sports and excursions to other islands. Voluntary participation in conservation projects can be arranged or just chill on the beach with a tropical cocktail - on Cousine Island you will have the rare experience of life’s perfection! www.cousineisland.com
Round Island Luxury Villas
Occupying tiny Round Island, the lush granite isle just 10 minutes from Praslin by boat, this exclusive property comprises three luxurious and private two-bedroom villas as well as a spacious, traditional threebedroom island mansion set apart in its own private grounds. An all-inclusive concept features an array of personalised and flexible services, discreetly provided to maintain the islands’ offerings of seclusion and escapism. A fine-dining restaurant overlooking the swimming pool and the beachside bistro provide contemporary fusion cuisine with a Seychellois kick, a fitness centre and a range of water sports and land activities are also available. www.round-island.net Desroches Island Resort
Desroches forms part of the exquisite Amirantes group of Indian Ocean islands, 230km south-west of Seychelle’s largest island Mahé, and is the only resort situated within the entire atoll. Located at only 4 degrees south of the equator, Desroches is blessed with one of the world's healthiest, malaria free, endless year-round summer climates. With an expanse of white soft sandy beaches and crystal clear waters that stretch over 14km, privacy on Desroches Island is to be expected. For those who like to tackle activities, Desroches offers everything from spectacular fishing and diving, to indulgent spa treatments, a game of tennis, exploratory island cycle rides and more. Twenty junior suites and twenty-eight four bedroom villas (available by November 2011) are situated just metres from the waters edge and make up this luxurious getaway. Set amongst tropical gardens, palm trees and green lawns, each of the junior suites includes a private veranda and lounge area, and is built 25 metres from the water leading directly onto the beach. In addition to the plush services found in the junior suites, each villa will be complemented with further indulgences such as private rim flow pool, central living and entertainment area, a fully equipped culinary kitchen, and personalised butler service. Villa décor will be that of a modern and luxurious feel, blending in with the sensuous remote island atmosphere, and rates are inclusive of all meals which can be enjoyed in the privacy of one’s villa or at the island restaurant. Sizes will start at 440m², and suit those who seek to escape with family or friends on a private retreat. www.desroches-island.com
For more information on the Seychelles businesses featured or to book with them please go to:
Seychelles Tourist Board www.seychelles.travel/ SeyVillas www.seyvillas.com/ SeyExclusive www.seyexclusive.com/
Audley Travel www.audleytravel.com/
The best way to
Make more of your holiday with a trip to Praslin. On the short 15 minutes flight from MahĂŠ , you can enjoy a birdâ€™s-eye view of the Seychelles beautiful inner islands. With over 20 domestic flights a day, getting there and back has never been easier.
Charter services are also available.
Book your ticket on airseychelles.com
Air Seychelles Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. The airline was established in 1978 offering inter island flight services before it began to operate long-haul service in 1983. As the main driver of tourism in Seychelles, the airline plays a vital role in supporting the Seychelles tourism industry.
The morning and evening banks flight schedule easily connects to the international services arriving and departing from Seychelles International Airport. Charter services are also available upon request throughout the archipelago to islands such as Bird, Denis and D’Arros.
Air Seychelles has codeshare partnership with eight airlines including airberlin, Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Niki and South African Airways offering combined passenger and cargo connections to 78 cities in 39 countries across the world.
On 30 March 2017, the airline launched flights to the German city of Düsseldorf its second destination in Europe in addition to upgrading its Paris service on 28 March from three to four flights per week.
The Düsseldorf service is being operated on Thursdays and Sundays from the Seychelles and on Mondays and Sundays from Düsseldorf by a two-class Airbus A330 with 18 seats in Business Class and 236 in Economy Class, providing a total of 1,016 seats to and from the Seychelles each week. To extend its reach across Germany and further enhance two-way connectivity to the Seychelles, Air Seychelles will codeshare on airberlin’s domestic flights to selected cities in Germany, as well as Etihad Airways’ double-daily service between Düsseldorf and Abu Dhabi, provide a wealth of travel options.
The airline also has a codeshare partnership with Air France whereby guests can chose from multiple flight options from major cities in England to connect onto the non-stop Paris direct flights to the Seychelles. Double daily services from London and Manchester are also available with our partner Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.
The partnership with Scandinavian Airlines has additionally given more options to guests travelling from Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm to connect onto the Air Seychelles nonstop flights either via Düsseldorf or Paris to the Paradise islands of the Seychelles.
ir Seychelles currently offers nonstop international flights between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, Durban, Düsseldorf, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Paris. The airline operates two Airbus A330200 aircraft on flights to Paris, Dusseldorf and selected Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai flights whilst the two Airbus A320 aircraft operates to, Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, Durban, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. The airline also operates a young fleet of six modern twin otters DHC6-400 on scheduled services between Mahé and Praslin, home to UNESCO’s National Park and the Coco-deMer in Vallée de Mai. Guests can chose from over 60 daily scheduled domestic departures and enjoy a short 15 minutes scenic flight over the Seychelles inner islands.
The timing of the departure flights from Dusseldorf and Paris to the Seychelles has been carefully timed. Guests can fall asleep and wake up completely refreshed, ready to discover the many treasures of the Seychelles islands. In addition to capturing point-to-point traffic flows Seychelles as a hub within the Indian Ocean le gives guests from Düsseldorf and Paris as well as international travellers seamless connections over the Seychelles to other destinations across the airline’s network including Durban, Mauritius, Johannesburg and Antananarivo within one to three hours. On 30 March 2017, Air Seychelles also deepened its ties in South African with the launch of a twice weekly nonstop flight to South Africa’s port city of Durban an important trade hub and home to over three million people. Operated on Thursdays and Saturdays, the Durban service is now the airline’s second route in South African complementing the existing five-a-week service to Johannesburg. Air Seychelles also has a codeshare agreement with South African Airways offering guests one-stop connections from Seychelles to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban through Johannesburg. Operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft in a twocabin configuration, the new Durban service provides business as well as leisure travellers
The Creole service encapsulates the Seychelles experience by evoking the sights, sounds and fragrances of Seychelles, and capturing the spontaneous joiede-vivre, passion and natural warmth of the Seychellois people. who have trade ties to the Seychelles or holiday on the islands with more travel choice and convenience.
The Durban flight schedule also offer seamless connectivity options to Düsseldorf, Paris, Mumbai and onwards to nine codeshare destinations in India over Seychelles including Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Cochin and Trivandrum.
In April 2016, Air Seychelles was awarded four prestigious accolades at the 2016 World Travel Awards, including the title of “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline” for the second year running. In addition to winning the coveted title, the Seychelles-based airline was presented with awards for “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class”, “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class” and “Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew”. From the moment you step onboard the aircraft you will be welcomed and captivated by our team of all Seychellois Cabin Crew. The Creole service encapsulates the Seychelles experience by evoking the sights, sounds and fragrances of Seychelles, and capturing the spontaneous joie-de-vivre, passion and natural warmth of the Seychellois people.
The Seychelles Islands… where romance is always in the air
Very few places on earth possess the same charm and natural allure as sensual Seychelles when it comes to choosing an idyllic venue for a wedding, anniversary or that impromptu, romantic break.
You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to the many venues of heartstopping beauty available to you.
or many years, just the name ‘Seychelles’ has conjured up magical images of a necklace of surreally beautiful islands, lost to the world and Time itself, where dappled sapphire seas conspire with silver sands and emerald palms to offer the very best in romantic experiences.
Even if such a sublime location required endorsement, well, that has recently been provided in the most emphatic way by the couple behind the wedding of the decade: the newly-married Duke & Duchess of Cambridge who chose to honeymoon in Seychelles, having already visited the islands once before. The royal couple is only the latest in a long line of V.V.I.P’s who make the pilgrimage to the islands considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. They are attracted, not only by the extraordinary natural beauty and tranquillity of the place, but also by the remoteness of the islands from the madding crowd and from the cohorts of paparazzi who find it difficult to follow them there.
When you add to the mix the innate romantic ambiance which holds sway over Seychelles’ 115 islands, the natural friendliness of their tiny, 87,000- strong population and the grand diversity of experiences that the islands offer, it’s easy
to see why a Seychelles’ Romantic Holiday is so high on many people’s bucket list.
Apart from the near-perfect climate, one of the chief reasons is the fact that the Seychelles Islands offer such diversity - not only in the islands themselves (74 lowlying coral atolls and 41, steep, granitic Inner Isles), but also in their flora & fauna, ethnicity, architecture, cuisine, traditions and activities. The islands offer amazing diving, fishing, sailing, trekking, ecoholidays, spa & wellness vacations and golf.
Whether exchanging vows in the spectacular grounds of your hotel, beneath waving palms on a secluded beach or on one of the several enchanting, island getaways, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to the many venues of heartstopping beauty available to you. Beyond a Seychelles wedding making a lot of economic sense when compared with the costs of tying the knot at home, when planning a wedding in Seychelles, it’s also handy to know that Seychelles is one country that does not require a visa from anyone. All that is required to enter the country is a return ticket, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the stay to qualify for a one-month visa.
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The Seychelles Islands… where romance is always in the air
Seychelles is the perfect backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or indeed any type of romantic break. There, among islands lapped by sapphire seas in the land of perpetual summer
Why not share your celebration with your family and friends by having them present to witness your union? Or, if you prefer total intimacy, then say ‘I do’ in splendid solitude – just the two of you. Whichever you choose, you will be swept off your feet by the attention of the dedicated teams of Seychelles’ international tour operators or the local destination management companies who are highly-experienced wedding specialists. Perhaps of particular note is that the hotels in Seychelles perform only one wedding per day, so clients are assured of the wedding team’s full attention, right down to the minute details. Where necessary, members of the wedding team are also able to serve as witnesses. When you come to tie the knot among these fairy-tale islands, bear in mind that you should just arrive in Seychelles and be at the hotel at least three days prior to the ceremony in order to add the final touches to the wedding arrangements, which is actually a pre-requisite from most hotels when they draw up their wedding contracts. You should also ensure that all required paperwork and documents are presented in either French or English and forwarded on time as per the Registrar’s requirements while noting that, in the case of church weddings, these require the approval of the Bishop of the couple’s religious denomination.
Getting down to details, it is strongly advised that you book the services of
a professional photographer and, also, those of a hair and make-up artist. You can also arrange for a special candle-lit dinner, either on the beach or in your villa on your special day but you should prebook the menu to avoid disappointment.
There is even the option of engaging a solo musician to serenade you at the ceremony, and also of marrying on a catamaran in the late afternoon so that you may also enjoy the spectacular pleasures of a sunset cruise. The choice of accommodation in Seychelles is very wide and there is something to suit every budget, from the unbridled opulence of the many 5-star hotels and exclusive island resorts, to the charms of the smaller Creole hotels, guesthouses and self- caterings. Each occupies its own special niche and offers its own brand of unforgettable, Seychelles hospitality.
Seychelles is the perfect backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or indeed any type of romantic break. There, among islands lapped by sapphire seas in the land of perpetual summer, there is a certain timeless quality to life that is hard to replicate anywhere else. It is almost as if the Creator designed these islands with lovers in mind. Civil Status Office: Tel +248 4293616; email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.seychelles.travel/ en/home/romance
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With thanks to Four Seasons Mahe, Raffles Praslin & L'archipel Praslin for all their beautiful images
The Beaches of The Seychelles
A thousand miles from anywhere, the Seychelles archipelago was born in the distant past in the turmoil of a massive geological upheaval. This scattering of islands was so remote that it was left untouched by mankind until relatively recently – left alone to develop into the unique microcosm it remains today.
he very name ‘Seychelles’ seems to whisper Paradise. As your aircraft homes in on those tiny specks of land in the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean – far away from the strains and pressures of modern life – prepare to witness a miracle.
There are many things to do on a Seychelles vacation. The islands offer enormous diversity and The Seychelles is in fact many destinations rolled into o ne. Perhaps the enduring appeal of the islands continues to be the unparalleled experience it offers of sun, sea and sand. Seychelles beaches are indeed exceptional and each island possesses its own particular gem. Many beaches regularly make it into the list of the world’s top strands and several, just as often, top that list.
Perhaps the enduring appeal of the islands continues to be the unparalleled experience it offers of sun, sea and sand.
The Beaches of The Seychelles
Anse à la Mouche
Situated on the south-western side of Mahé, Anse à la Mouche is a sparkling, large and calm bay with shallow clear waters. Swimming here is very safe and suitable for children as the water remains shallow even at high tide, with no strong currents. Anse-aux-Pins and Turtle Bay This long stretch of coastline reaching along the south-eastern coast of Mahé and including Turtle Bay, has narrow beaches and shallow waters that lie close to the coastal road. At low tide, it is interesting to walk on the sand and rocky outcrops where you will discover all sorts of marine life trapped in rock pools. Local fishermen also use this stretch of coast to set fish traps and hunt for octopus and can often be seen wading out to the reef at low tide. At high tide it is possible to swim here, but the water remains fairly shallow.
Located on the south-western coast, the beach of Anse Boileau is a narrow band of sand fringing shallow waters close to the main coastal road. Fishermen can often be seen unloading their fish traps and small boats along this scenic beach.
Perhaps, in the age of the corsairs, pirates did indeed visit this beautiful beach on the south-eastern coast of Mahé. Nowadays, Anse Forbans is popular with visitors from nearby hotels along the shoreline. It presents a long narrow stretch of soft white sands suitable for swimming.
Anse Major (or Anse Jasmin)
This secluded beach can only be reached by boat trip or by hiking a nature trail from Danzil on the most north-westerly point of Mahé. The walk to the beach and back takes around three hours, but many visitors prefer to take a picnic and spend at least half a day here. Anse Major has a large sandy beach and, to the rear, a small lagoon.
The stretch of small rock-fringed coves along the coast of Anse Royale on the south-eastern coast of Mahé, from the area known as Fairyland down to the Anglican church at Anse Royale, is an enchanting place for swimming and snorkelling. The best areas for snorkelling are around the rocks at Fairyland and up to the small island just off the coast where you will find a myriad brightly coloured coral fish.
If you are a worshipper of great beaches, here is where to go:
Anse Soleil on the south-western coast of Mahé is a stunningly attractive bay, ideal for swimming and snorkelling, presenting a wide stretch of sandy beach, surrounded by large shady trees. This beach is very photogenic and a popular place for weekend beach picnics.
The last beach on the west coast road, Anse Takamaka is named after the stately takamaka trees that surround it. A picturesque spot but care must be taken when swimming due to strong currents.
Surrounded by National Marine Park waters, this pristine beach is popular with scuba divers and sailors. Boasting a large expanse of white coral sands, it is located in a popular and picturesque corner of Mahé - paradise for those who discover it.
For the historically minded, this beach is worth visiting to imagine the vantage of Lazare Picault, the first mariner to land and claim Mahé for France in 1742. This palmfringed bay on the south-western coast has a narrow sandy beach close to the road and is one of the island’s quieter spots.
This is Mahé’s most popular resort beach with both visitors and locals alike. This sweeping bay of white sands and clear waters on the north-western coast of Mahé offers a very safe swimming area. With hotels stretched out along its sands, together with water sport and diving centres, this is the beach for those wishing to do something a little more energetic than soaking up the sun.
On the north coast of Mahé, this wide sandy bay is suitable for swimming. The waves here are large, but swimmers can safely go beyond the breakers to the calmer deep blue waters beyond. Not suitable for small children as the seafloor does fall away steeply.
Grand Anse, on the south-western coast of Mahé is, as its name suggests, an imposing sandy bay. Although care should be taken swimming because of the strong undertow, it is a spectacular beach to walk along, with rolling waves and a long stretch of shoreline.
Mahé - paradise for those who discover it.
Intendance beach in southern Mahé offers half a mile of powder white sand and huge breakers.
Intendance beach in southern Mahé offers half a mile of powder white sand and huge breakers. There is no reef so the waves are much larger than most of the other beaches around the island, making it more suitable for surfing than swimming. In the northwest trade wind season the sea is calmer here and better suited for swimming.
North East Point
This stretch of coastline is a rocky windswept contrast to the tranquil sandy bays on the opposite shores of the island. Close to the main road, the beaches are narrow stretches of white sand with rocks and a reef close to the shoreline.
At Glacis, on the north-western coast of Mahé, this small beach is close to the Sunset Beach Hotel. Edged with palms and trees, this beautiful beach is superb for swimming and snorkelling. Snorkelling is particularly good around the rocks below the hotel, and sightings of turtles here are common.
This bay is close to Anse Soleil and can be reached by taking the minor coastal road from Baie Lazare and then turning into a left hand fork before reaching Anse Soleil. This pretty beach is more than worth the journey as it offers great swimming and sunbathing.
Petit Police and Police Bay
On either side of the south-western tip of Mahé are two magnificent bays with rolling waves and soft white sands. These two beaches are best suited for walking and photography as the strong currents here make them dangerous for swimming.
This breathtaking beach, which is also a National Marine Park, is on the north-western coast of Mahé and can be reached by taking the road past Port Glaud and Ephelia Hotel. Swimming and especially snorkelling here is excellent, with a wide variety of colourful fish that can be seen in and around the edges of the impressive bay.
The Beaches of The Seychelles
Praslin Anse Boudin
Anse Boudin is close to the coastal road leading to Anse Lazio and it is a long slender beach with very soft sands and calm seas for swimming and snorkelling.
On the edge of the Cote d’Or coastline this smaller white sandy bay is situated between the Cote d’Or Lodge and the L’Archipel Hotel. It is safe for swimming and there are water sports facilities nearby.
Anse Kerlan and Petit Anse Kerlan These two stunning aquamarine bays are part of the Lémuria resort. Both have sandy coves surrounded by picturesque granite rocks. Swimming and particularly snorkelling here is excellent. There can be strong currents pushing swimmers out to sea at certain times of the year, but the hotel will advise guests on the suitability of swimming.
Anse La Farine
Perhaps so named because the sands here are so powder soft they resemble flour? This small pretty beach is unfortunately not accessible by road but can be reached by boat.
Well worth the long winding drive from Anse Volbert, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches.
The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Well worth the long winding drive from Anse Volbert, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches.
Anse Matelot is a small sandy cove, a short walk away from the L’Archipel Hotel. Its remote location means it is often deserted. Suitable for swimming.
Close to La Reserve Hotel, Anse Possession is a sandy bay just off the main coastal road with tranquil shallow waters.
Anse Volbert and Côte d’Or
TPraslin’s main beach resort, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining a golden coastline is rarely crowded. Anse Volbert is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports.
On the eastern side of Praslin, close to the airport, this large bay has several hotels overlooking the seashore. Grand Anse is a large wide beach, and the sea here is good for swimming and water sports. The beach is at its best during the north-west trade winds when the sea is calm and clear.
La Digue: With its soft white sands, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here.
Anse Bonnet Carré
Many visitors to La Digue walk or cycle to the famous Anse Source d’Argent, but few take the trouble to explore further along the coastline. Anse Bonnet Carré rewards those that do; a beach that can only be accessed by foot. It has the same white sands as its famous neighbour, with fewer rocks and the same shallow warm waters, more suitable for a relaxing wallow than an energetic swim.
This pretty bay on the eastern coast of La Digue is only accessible by foot, either by taking a path from Grand Anse, or, in the other direction, from Anse Fourmis. Because of its more sheltered aspect, this beach, unlike its neighbouring bays of Grand and Petit Anse, is safe for swimmers, but there are still some strong currents, so care does need to be taken.
On the northernmost tip of La Digue, Anse Patates is close to Patratran Village and borders the longer beach of Anse Gaulettes. Blessed with soft white sands and calm seas, it well suited for both swimming and snorkelling.
When walking along the famous Anse Source d’Argent, continue across the small river until you reach Anse Pierrot. This beach is slightly narrower than Source D’Argent and its rocks are less photogenic, but it has the same shallow warm waters.
From the jetty at la Passe, this is the first beach along the road to the left. Although there are a number of small hotels along its shore, the beach is a wonderful place to be.
Anse Source D’Argent
On the north of the island, Anse Gaulettes is a long narrow stretch of sand close to the coastal road. The water is suitable for swimming, and cyclists on a tour around the island often stop here for a quick cooling dip.
This is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sands, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here.
La Digue Island Lodge and Choppy’s Beach Bungalows lie along its shore. Anse la Reunion is an attractive long, curving sun-soaked beach offering fine views of the neighbouring island of Praslin.
This beach is part of the L’ Union Estate, a plantation open to the public. Along its shore is a small boat-building yard, a traditional craft of La Digue. The sea here is good for swimming and for snorkelling.
Anse la Reunion
Cerf A picturesque beach with huge waves and surrounded by large granite rocks, the sea is unfortunately not for swimming and there are signs on the seashore warning of the dangers of swimming here. Although the sea may look inviting, there is an extremely strong undertow so do not be tempted.
A large beach for one named petit! This is the sister beach to Grand Anse and can be reached by walking across the rocks from Grand Anse, following the footpath. Swimming here is also as dangerous, but it is a secluded beach for sunbathing or picnicking.
This is the longest beach on Cerf Island, and offers excellent conditions for numerous activities, two beach restaurants, and a few unique features such as a guided snorkelling trail and a night-time aquarium.
Anse la Fontaine
A small, oft-deserted beach on the south coast of Cerf Island, which is a tiny satellite island of Mahé, situated in the Sainte Anne Marine Park. This private spot is well-suited for relaxation in total solitude, a walk along the beach, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing.
Translated to ‘Hidden Island’ in English, this is a beautiful little island located near to Cerf Island in the Sainte Anne Marine Park, offshore from Mahé. The beach here can be reached at low tide from Cerf by simply walking across the sand, or at high tide by boat. It is rumoured that the beach is also home to some buried pirate treasure!
When you have exhausted Seychelles’ world-beating beaches, remember that there is so much more still to do on these islands where the fun never stops and where you are only ever one step away from your next adventure.
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