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Seychelles EDITION FOUR

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Index 08 ISLAND JEWELS IN AN AZURE SEA 16 CELEBRATING 250 YEARS 24 FASHION - SEYCHELLES STYLE 36 SEYCELLES TAKES ACTION ON MARINE PLASTIC POLUTION 46 PEOPLE4OCEAN SUNCARE 52 ALPHONSE ISLAND 80 THE ALPHONSE GROUP OF ISLANDS 66 THE H RESORT 74 FISHERMAN’S COVE 82 BLISS HOTEL 92 RAFFLES HOTEL 100 L’ARCHIPEL 108 THE BLISS HOTEL PRASLIN 120 CÔTE D’OR FOOT PRINTS 124 VILLA VERTE 128 THE MOORINGS 136 7° SOUTH 140 SUMMER RAIN TOURS & TRAVELS 144 MC SEYCHELLES 148 EDEN ISLAND 156 LA PLAGE FINE DINING 160 CULINARY DISCOVERY AT THE H RESORT 162 ROCKPOOL 168 LE STUDIO PAUL TURCOTTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Editor - Victoria Marie Emerson Guest Editor - Glynn Burridge Guest writer - Alexandria Faure Design - Pete Hayward - www.petehayward.design Owners - Publishers Simon Darcy Abbott - simon@absolutemagazine.co.uk David Camici - dcamici@absolutemagazine.co.uk

Cover Shot Photography - Marsha Dine Photography Location - Bliss Hotel, Seychelles Model - Trisha Pixie Fuego Clothing - Charo Ruiz Hair and make up - Anisa Rose Make up Stylist - James Dupres

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Seychelles

Welcome to our latest international destination magazine; Absolute Seychelles.

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espite this being a difficult time for the travel and tourism industry,

we wanted to showcase this stunning island nation and the many

resorts that we have been lucky enough to visit and experience

first hand. We are here to offer you, the reader, our first hand knowledge and inside information on the many varied island options available to you. We have selected a group of hotels, resorts and businesses that we feel

off er an excellent mix of service, luxury, nature, family amenities and

seclusion, helping you to tailor your own perfect getaway for that ultimate Creole island experience.

The Seychelles has so much to offer from its 100+ hotels & lodges. As

well as being a place to sun worship and relax, the islands are an ideal base

from which to discover the stunning beauty of the oceans and coral reefs that surround each island. Teeming with breath-taking marine life, the

world-class diving sites allow anyone from novice to expert to discover what lies beneath the waves. Take a boat and try fishing, try your hand at

many water sports offered, or just simply relax under the star rich skies at night.

Absolute Seychelles brings you the full story of the islands, delving into

the nation’s rich history and culture, from their humble beginnings as

trading posts or outlaying fishing outposts to their current position in the global travel market for luxury escapes. These islands will surprise and deliver an experience like no other or anywhere else on Earth.

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Seychelles Island Jewels in an Azure Sea The 115 islands of the Seychelles Archipelago lie scattered across their secret corner of the western Indian Ocean like precious gemstones set in a universe of azure water – stepping stones to the east coast of Africa, some thousand miles away, and natural gateway to the many treasures of the continent.

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hese islands were first discovered by the brave Arab mariners of the 9th century B.C. who first began to chart the unknown waters of an ocean they called the ‘bahr al zanj’’ or ‘sea of the blacks’, leaving traces of their presence in the names they gave to certain of the islands such as Aldabra which is sometimes appropriately translated from Arabic as ‘the rock.’ With nothing in the way of historical records to fall back on, we are left with little more than conjecture to fathom the precise history of these spectacularly beautiful islands which may also have received visits from the Phoenicians; from a people who once sailed from the other side of the planet to eventually settle the island of Madagascar and from the famous 1472 Chinese treasure fleet of Admiral Zheng. Whatever their past, the waves have long since washed away all trace of those early settlers and explorers. After having served as a hideout for the pirates of the 17th and 18th century, one of whom, Olivier Le Vasseur, also known as La Buse, is believed to have buried a massive and as yet undiscovered treasure hoard on the main island, Mahé, the islands were finally settled by the French in 1756. They remained a French colony until they passed to the English after the defeat of Napoleon in 1814 and it was they who administrated the islands until their independence as a sovereign republic within the Commonwealth in 1976. The islands’ legendary loveliness has long acted as a magnet to travellers in search of the Holy Grail of pristine tropical beauty and many famous travellers have beaten a path to its shores including the likes of Ian Fleming, author of James Bond, who visited the islands to receive inspiration for one of his Bond books.


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The islands finally emerged from their slumber of ages in 1972 when they became connected to the rest of the world via a new international airport which saw the birth of the islands’ tourism industry. Seychelles, straddling the western Indian Ocean between 6 and 10 degrees south of the equator, is divided into 6 island groups with the Inner Islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue together with their neighbouring isles forming the hub of the islands’ tourism industry, the economic life of the nation and its political and social infrastructure. Measuring 27km long and 8km wide, Mahé, the principal island is a mountainous, granitic island that boasts no less than 65 beaches. It is home to the capital, Victoria, and also to the international airport and to the vast majority of the 90,000, mainly Roman Catholic population. Commanding spectacular views of the surrounding ocean, Mahé contains the lion’s share of the archipelago’s hotels, tourism amenities and retail outlets. The charming capital, Victoria, has many fascinating nooks & crannies and points of historical interest including its bustling market that supplies much of the island’s fresh produce: fresh fish; vegetables; fruits; condiments and spices. Mahé also showcases a surprising variety of flora & fauna including many indigenous species, discoverable at the Botanical Gardens or on organised excursions along popular walks and trails. The fascinating underwater treasure houses of the Ste. Anne and Cap Ternay Marine National Parks, meanwhile, can be visited on snorkeling expeditions and a variety of excursions. Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin, lies 45 kilometers (24 miles) north-east of Mahé and is accessible by Air Seychelles domestic flights in 15 minutes or by fast catamaran ferry in 45 minutes. It is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai in which grows the fabulous Coco-de-mer and possesses some of the most striking beaches of the archipelago such as Anse Lazio, widely acclaimed to be the most beautiful beach on earth.

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The islands finally emerged from their slumber of ages in 1972 when they became connected to the rest of the world via a new international airport which saw the birth of the islands’ tourism industry. Seychelles, straddling the western Indian Ocean between 6 and 10 degrees south of the equator, is divided into 6 island groups with the Inner Islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue together with their neighbouring isles forming the hub of the islands’ tourism industry, the economic life of the nation and its political and social infrastructure. Measuring 27km long and 8km wide, Mahé, the principal island is a mountainous, granitic island that boasts no less than 65 beaches. It is home to the capital, Victoria, and also to the international airport and to the vast majority of the 90,000, mainly Roman Catholic population. Commanding spectacular views of the surrounding ocean, Mahé contains the lion’s share of the archipelago’s hotels, tourism amenities and retail outlets. The charming capital, Victoria, has many fascinating nooks & crannies and points of historical interest including its bustling market that supplies much of the island’s fresh produce: fresh fish; vegetables; fruits; condiments and spices. Mahé also showcases a surprising variety of flora & fauna including many indigenous species, discoverable at the Botanical Gardens or on organised excursions along popular walks and trails. The fascinating underwater treasure houses of the Ste. Anne and Cap Ternay Marine National Parks, meanwhile, can be visited on snorkeling expeditions and a variety of excursions. Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin, lies 45 kilometers (24 miles) north-east of Mahé and is accessible by Air Seychelles domestic flights in 15 minutes or by fast catamaran ferry in 45 minutes. It is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai in which grows the fabulous Coco-de-mer and possesses some of the most striking beaches of the archipelago such as Anse Lazio, widely acclaimed to be the most beautiful beach on earth.

Praslin stands at the forefront of the country’s tourism industry with a rich assortment of hotels and guesthouses whose strong tradition of Seychelles’ hospitality over a period of many years has proved a favourite with visitors. The island is ideally situated for holidaymakers wishing to island hop to a handful of nearby exotic destinations such as Chauve Souris, Cousin, Curieuse, St. Pierre, La Digue and the Aride bird reserve. It is also a haven for nature lovers seeking rare endemic species such as the black parrot for which Praslin is the last habitat or wishing to explore the island’s network of footpaths. La Digue, known as ‘the island where Time stands still’, is situated forty kilometres (25 miles) from Mahé and 7 km (3.5 miles) from Praslin and is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles after Silhouette. This granite island, with its unique, languid pace of life, 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.Here is a place where the bicycle and ox cart still hold sway on shady island pathways and where a distinct sense of antiquity pervades the island’s customs, architecture and general way of life. Anse la Source d’Argent is among the island’s most famous beaches, celebrated for its granite boulders that seem to have been sculpted by a divine hand to adorn a beach of breathtaking beauty while at the Union Estate, visitors will have the chance to view some of the traditional local industries of times past. Nature lovers will have the opportunity to seek out the rare Black Paradise Flycatcher, once thought to be extinct but now protected in the La Digue Vev Special Reserve which is also home to two extremely rare species of terrapin. The woodlands of La Digue are especially attractive and nurture several species of delicate orchids. The island is also an ideal stepping-stone for the nearby island attractions of Grande and Petit Soeur, Félicité, Coco and Marianne.


Mahé, the principal island is a mountainous, granitic island that boasts no less than 65 beaches.

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The remaining five groups of Outer Islands represent the far frontier of the Seychelles holiday experience. Here, shimmering atolls and reef islands, thread like pearls on strings of surf and unaltered since the days of their origin, offer the summit of islandstyle living. Currently, only three such islands offer accommodation: the islands of Denis and Bird located 100 miles to the north of Mahé and Desroches Island in the Amirantes, 140 miles to the south-east. Here the fishing, diving and sailing are superb in places where the only sail on the ocean and the only tracks on any beach will be your own. Overall, all the islands have been blessed with many natural assets and attributes including possessing a nearperfect and disease-free climate; an endless list of world-beating beaches; a sanctuary for some of the world’s rarest species of flora & fauna and an enviable conservation record whereby almost half of the 455 sq.km landmass has been set aside as natural parks and reserves. There are also no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the extraordinary Vallée de Mai where the legendary, double-lobed coconut, the Coco-de-Mer grows high on ancient palms in a setting so surreal it was once thought to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, and Aldabra atoll, the planet’s largest raised coral atoll.

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Nowhere else on earth will you find the mysterious Jellyfish Tree of which only 8 specimens remain; the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher; the world’s smallest frog; heaviest land tortoise; largest population of giant land tortoises (150,000) living in the wild and the Indian Ocean’s only flightless bird. Between them, the islands also boast some of the most spectacular seabird colonies on earth as well as 13 species and 17 sub-species of birdlife that occur in Seychelles and nowhere else, making the islands a true birdwatcher’s paradise. The surrounding waters, meanwhile, are a natural aquarium boasting a dizzying array of coral reef fish, turtle, ray, shark, dolphin, marlin and sailfish as well as colourful coral growth and a host of other marine organisms. The world’s largest fish migrates to these waters: that gentle giant of the seas, the 40 ft. whale shark - one of Seychelles’ many protected species. Also on offer is an amazing degree of diversity which takes in the contrast between 41 towering granite isles and the 74 shimmering sand cays, reef islands and atolls of the Outer Islands while the multi-ethnic roots of its relatively young society lend themselves to a varied and vibrant culture with all its people and major religions living beside one another in perfect harmony. The diversity also extends to contrasting styles of architecture and beyond to the delicious, Seychellois Creole cuisine with its magical blend of European, Indian and Chinese culinary influences. And when it comes to things to do, there is a wide choice of world-class fishing, sailing and diving as well as spa & wellness holidays, honeymoons & romance, trekking, island-hopping & golf. All of these can be enjoyed from an equally diverse array of accommodation options that includes the ultimate in pampering at exclusive 5-star resorts and island hideaways, the Creole intimacy of the smaller hotel and guesthouse and the flexibility of any number of self-caterings. These are the stepping stones to your unique experience of Paradise, where the innate tranquility of the islands forms the ideal backdrop against which to recalibrate mind, body and soul and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. 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 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, honeymoon or anniversary upon the silver-soft sands and beneath the swaying palms of discreet island hideaways.

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And when it comes to things to do, there is a wide choice of world-class fishing, sailing and diving as well as spa & wellness holidays, honeymoons & romance, trekking, islandhopping & golf.


Transportation, both in between and around the islands, makes the visitor’s dream of islandhopping a reality bring the principal islands and their satellites within easy reach.

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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 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, honeymoon or anniversary upon the silver-soft sands and beneath the swaying palms of discreet island hideaways. Transportation, both in between and around the islands, makes the visitor’s dream of island-hopping a reality and besides Air Seychelles’ domestic flights, fast ferry transfers or passages on traditional, sailassisted schooners all bring the principal islands and their satellites within easy reach. A varied choice of excursions, both land and marine, is available through local ground handlers that will introduce you to the very best that Seychelles has to offer while hire and chauffeur driven cars and taxis are also available for you to enjoy your personal voyage of discovery around the main islands of Mahé and Praslin. A wide network of bus routes on Mahé and Praslin caters for most itineraries for those who wish to sample an aspect of the typical Creole lifestyle. Further memorable experiences can be had via Seychelles’ suite of events that includes February’s increasingly popular Eco-friendly Marathon; August’s Feast of La Digue; September’s Tourism Ball and the perennial FetAfrik and Festival Kreol. The islands have been made accessible as never before thanks to the arrival on the aviation scene of major players such as Emirates Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Condor, Sri Lankan Airline, Turkish Airways, British Airways, Air France and Etihad which is now in a dynamic partnership with the national carrier, Air Seychelles, offering daily frequencies to make Seychelles virtually one stop away from anywhere on the planet with the added advantage of zero visa requirements for any nationality. Meditation techniques invite us to close our eyes and imagine Shangrila, a mythical place of ultimate harmony where tired spirits can be refreshed and worries washed away. Somewhere with the space to breathe the purest air and ample room to stroll the trackless, powder-soft sands of breathtaking beaches. A place for the senses to feast on the endless delight of fresh experiences. Creation has blessed Seychelles with all of this and more. Against the backdrop of its unique island beauty, it is a place where harmony, tranquility and Nature at its very best will conspire to leave you with the memories of a lifetime. 13


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S e y c h e l l e s Celebrating 250 years since settlement Celebrating 250 years of Seychelles - on the occasion of the 250 years anniversary of the first settlement in Seychelles

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he year 2020 has a pleasant ring to it, and it just had to be the year Seychelles celebrates its milestone of 250 years since first settlement. In the millennia of a country’s story, two hundred and fifty years might not seem much. Nonetheless, this year, Seychellois of all persuasions can take pride in the fact that regardless of this short, but significant amount of time, a homeland with its own culture and identity has been shaped from what were unrelated ethnicities with diverse and often incompatible interests. So unquestionably it is opportune that we celebrate how we have pleasantly coexisted with each other thus far, compared to other parts of the world. The celebration of the anniversary of the first settlement in Seychelles is a huge milestone in Seychelles history, and the month of August will become a very important month in the calendar of events for Seychelles as it celebrates the birth of Seychelles and commemorates the anniversary of 250 years since settlement. To ensure the occasion is given its prominence, since August 2019, the President announced the set-up of a national preparatory committee to spearhead the planning and organisation of the events. The committee consists of the following members: Jeannine Chung Faye, Emanuel D’Offay, Sybille Cardon, Oliver Bastienne, Tony Mathiot, David Andre, Cindy Vidot and Alvin Laurence with Sherin Francis as the chairperson. The committee has stated that the event be celebrated the whole year through, starting with the countdown 250 days prior to the event. With that said, a PR communications and digital marketing team is ready to take us all on a journey right through 2020, to make certain the event receives the right amount of public exposure right throughout its implementation to its final orchestration. The aim here is that the celebrations stay forever in people’s minds.

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First things first: with occasions like this, a unique image almost always has to be created. For this special happening, out of the 3 graphic designers who submitted their proposals, STB’s very own were the ones awarded for having created the design closest to the committee’s vision. Of course, so as to not to have a potential conflict of interest, the chairperson from STB was not part of the judging panel for the logo, which will be used to brand the celebration all the way through. The pre-launch took place last year in August, marking the date and acting as a projection to the chief celebration. It was on this occasion that the first branded commemorative items were distributed and there will be many other unique keepsakes of the like to look out for. Apart from the artisanal craftsmen and artists producing pieces, the committee is open to anybody who wishes to produce items. Designs and logos will be supplied by the committee. Additionally, both the Central Bank of Seychelles and the Seychelles Postal office will be producing silver and gold commemorative coins and stamps respectively for the occasion and possibly we may even see a celebration beer courtesy of Seychelles Breweries. An important component will be an episodic account of Seychelles history since the first settlement, with supporting images and documents, tackled by a panel of authors, namely: Glynn Burridge, Tony Mathiot, William McAteer, Bernard George, Penda Choppy, Philippe Michaud, Bernard Shamlaye, Marie France Watson and Richard Touboul. The commemorative book is well underway, headed by STB with Glynn Burridge appointed as chief editor. It will be a valuable document for scholars and lovers of history and one of the most comprehensive histories ever undertaken in Seychelles. Since the official 250 days’ countdown started in December 2019, to keep up the momentum of anticipation and continuous engagement, there have been several historical debates, documentary series and one-minute spots being aired on social media, TV and radio. This is the vehicle to hear from people of all works of life, picked to share their tales or recollections and to express what this celebration signifies to them and what their hopes are for the next 250 years. On a different level, besides commemorative items, several iconic landmarks are planned. As Ste Anne is the place where the first settlement took place, the Seychelles heritage foundation, in collaboration with Club Med, is coordinating to erect an iconic Museum project, similar to that on Silhouette, to mark this Sestercentennial anniversary. For Victoria itself, a commemorative replica of the frigate Thelemaque or a similar symbolic icon in Victoria is to be installed as a monument along with a first settlers’ plaque. Also in order for this celebration is a life-size sculptured replica of a typical traditional village of the past to bridge the gap in our history. This is intended to be a valuable historical and educational tool for both Seychellois and visitors.


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Let us not fail to remember the second largest island of Seychelles, Praslin, where the committee is working with Praslin’s Community to erect a Youth Fisherman Statue in honour of all the people lost at sea. The sculpture is to represent a young boy fishing on a rock, an activity carried out by the elder generation and a practice hardly exercised by the younger generation today in this world of technology. This is to be a milestone achievement for the people of Praslin and Seychelles in general. When it comes to all the events, it is hoped that they will be similarly launched in parallel on Praslin and La Digue. Scheduled, are activities by the various districts fortnightly from this month of January onwards up until August 2020. These activities are to showcase what makes Seychelles unique by creating an opportunity to celebrate a point of the history of the district, region or island in question. This has been planned to be undertaken by inaugurating historic milestones, organising activities ranging from exhibitions to unveiling of plaques and restoring cultural sites, places, products and trails. A calendar of events will be drawn out to be distributed through various channels once all activities have been identified. The history fair is the one project to be led by the department of culture in collaboration with the ministry of education. The idea is to have schools across Mahé, Praslin and La Digue work on exposés to be displayed in one National Fair in August 2020. All entries will be made into a book as tokens for those interested to purchase. Interestingly, an art exposition titled “Desin mon lavi” has been suggested as part of the buildup. Desin mon lavi involves a young artist’s meeting with an elderly person to paint a picture on canvas of one of his favourite, most remarkable stories.

The second largest island of Seychelles, Praslin, where the committee is working with Praslin’s Community to erect a Youth Fisherman Statue in honour of all the people lost at sea.

Equally, the activities planned have Government organisations involved to showcase their sector via a walk through in the 250 years of Seychelles, particularly when it comes down to the evolution of land transport, health and maritime voyage. On the whole, the launching event will be a promising one with VVIPS, dignitaries, guests of honour, sponsors and partners and the general public, in the heart of Victoria at Freedom Square, believed to have been formed by the landslide of 1862. Freedom Square, formerly known as Gordon Square, is symbolic as a location as it reflects the spirit of the Seychellois solidarity and nationhood, especially during the prolonged struggle for Independence between 1964 and 1976. The main day event will be of two parts: the official ceremony and the cultural show, highlighting the key milestones of the journey through Seychelles. This will be followed by the unveiling of symbolic pieces and will finish with a float parade which will show the evolution of 250 years since settlement. With all reflected on, our Seychellois tale speaks of adaptation and increasing tolerance; of differences of origin, beliefs and welfares being collapsed to create mutual ground as we have all come to understand that we are literally in the same boat! When all is said and done, truthfully, we didn’t come this far to get just this far and so definitely this is a time to celebrate and carry on weaving the strands of our different roots with great care so as to consolidate the progress we have made as a nation as we continue to move forward in harmony. 21


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models Anisa Rose / Daisy Boote / Layla Harris / Lady Zen photographers Darren Black / Marsha Dine / Paul Howard

clothing Kankan Seychelles / Walk In Wardrobe Brighton / Mottoo Brighton / Jouel Seychelles / Beyond The Sea Seychelles / Portofino / Gianmaria Carbo hair styling & make up Anne Maria Hair / Anisa Rose / Fatosh Kalan

styling Fatosh Kalan / Simon Darcy Abbott / James Dupres

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AQUARACER CALIBRE 5 Chris Hemsworth works hard and chooses his roles carefully. He handles pressure by taming it, and turning it to his advantage. #DontCrackUnderPressure was coined with him in mind.


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More than 250 million tons of plastic are estimated to make its way into our oceans by 2025, painting a worrying image of the future.


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he impact of plastic on the world’s oceans has shocked many and with the worrying statistic that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, its but a wonder as to when and how this statistic can be reversed. Scenes of a hawksbill turtle getting a straw pulled out of its nose, the sea birds feeding their chicks plastic or a washed up whale with over 50 plastic bags found in its stomach, are impossible to unsee. As Governments and international organizations seek new policies and discuss these very issues at Ocean Conferences on the environmental impact of plastic, small Non-Governmental Organisations of the paradisaic small island state of Seychelles are combating the scourge of plastic in community building and innovative ways.

The Ocean Project, the SIDS Youth Aims Hub and the Seychelles Islands Foundation, are three of the many nongovernmental organisations at the center of pioneering projects combating the catastrophic impact of plastics in the indian ocean, whilst implementing new ways for the population to live sustainably. In 2017, the result of fervent campaigns by numerous NGOs, saw Seychelles ban plastic bags, cutlery and take away boxes and in 2019 a ban on plastic straws came into place. The monumental efforts for policy change and outreach to encourage sustainable consumer habits have also encouraged actions on the outer islands, of which are out of reach and largely unpopulated but are negatively impacted with coast line plastic pollution. The Island Conservation Society (ICS) and the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) are two environmental organisations that manage several of Seychelles’ outer islands and have been carrying out beach clean ups in the areas under their remit. But the work doesn’t stop there!

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These efforts, concentrated on changes of consumption on Seychelles’ main islands have also encouraged actions on the outer islands, which are largely inaccessible and unpopulated, but also have plastic accumulating. The Island Conservation Society (ICS) and the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) are two environmental organisations that manage several of Seychelles’ outer islands and have been conducting small scale beach cleans on the areas they manage.

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The Ocean Project Seychelles (TOP) In response to the global issues of marine plastic pollution affecting Seychelles, two young women, Zara Pardiwalla and Karine Rassool co-founded The Ocean Project Seychelles (TOP) in November 2016 with a mission to tackle the problem through education, action and research. Since its establishment the Ocean Project have hosted coastal clean ups, engaged thousands of volunteers and have collected tons of rubbish consisting of plastics. This passionate group combine education and action on the plastic pollution issue, of which another goal is to spark positive and lasting changes in consumer habits.

Biggest Beach Clean Up On the 15th September 2018, to commemorate World CleanUp Day, TOP in collaboration with LWMA and the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) hosted the “Seychelles’ Biggest Beach Clean Up”, which was the biggest NGO and private sector collaboration in Seychelles and saw the participation of over 700 people, cleaning 27 beaches across 7 islands and collected 3.5+ tons of rubbish (supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme and the Environment Trust Fund).

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Beach Clean Ups with an Educational touch The TOP team carry out clean ups that also promote citizen science, by working with volunteers to sort the rubbish collected into various categories and data is recorded on the type and amount of rubbish collected. The data has already proved useful in informing other TOP projects and has also been shared, with the Department of Environment and the Land Waste Management Agency (LWMA). TOP is looking to focus more on research in the coming years and to undertake a marine littering monitoring programme at fixed locations across Mahe.

As a result of this campaign many hotel chains in Seychelles have made the switch and are using alternatives such as pasta straws, paper straws and aluminum straws for their clients. The Last Straw Campaign TOP is also the NGO behind The Last Straw Seychelles; an innovative campaign to reduce the use of plastic straws in Seychelles and the amount of plastic straws ending up in the oceans, through commitments from individuals and venues to stop serving plastic straws. As a result of this campaign many hotel chains in Seychelles have made the switch and are using alternatives such as pasta straws, paper straws and aluminum straws for their clients.

TOP recently purchased the screening rights of the documentary, A Plastic Ocean. Screenings have been held in several schools, as well as a screening at the Seychelles Ocean Festival (also supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme). TOP regularly collaborates with The Meraki Foundation to create plastic art pieces, launching projects which aim to build and exhibit aesthetically powerful, large-scale, art installations out of plastic debris to educate a national audience about marine plastic pollution and to engage action on the issue (supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme). For more information, see the TOP website: www.theoceanprojectseychelles.com Facebook/Instagram: @theoceanproject.sey @thelaststrawseychelles


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Since its establishment the Ocean Project have hosted coastal clean ups, engaged thousands of volunteers and have collected tons of rubbish consisting of plastics.

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SYAH Seychelles was founded in 2014 with the aims of promoting and advancing youth-led sustainable development projects

SIDS Youth AIMS Hub-Seychelles (SYAH Seychelles) SIDS Youth AIMS Hub- Seychelles is the Seychelles Chapter of a regional network of young people on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS) is a youth led NGO. SYAH Seychelles was founded in 2014 with the aims of promoting and advancing youth-led sustainable development projects, as well as increasing youth participation in decisionmaking at both national and international level. The overall objective involves a network os regional small island states engaging young people to play an active role in the sustainable development of their countries, on a national, regional and global level. There are many initiatives and projects relating to the 4 Sustainable Development Goals such as, Clean Energy (SDG 7), Climate Change (SDG 13), Life below Water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15).

Blue Economy Internship Programme The Blue Economy is a developing world initiative pioneered by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) aimed at changing mindsets and behaviour of using the ocean as a means of free resource and waste dumping - a mechanism for a more sustainable use of the ocean. As well as endorsing the importance of the ocean towards a country’s prosperity, it also encourages sustainable development of conducting ocean based economic activity.

With youth unemployment rising across the world, SYAH Seychelles is driving for young people to use new opportunities such as the Blue Economy to promote sustainable development opportunities by exposing them to existing frameworks and organisations that fall under the Blue Economy remit. The internship includes a 2 week placement in different organisation followed by a fully funded trip to Mauritius provided that the interns fulfil their deliverables. In Mauritius the interns learn and exchange information about the developments of the ocean economy within the region. With the exposure to different sectors under the Blue Economy, the aim is that young people can then assess where the gaps remain and how the would like to start an enterprise to bridge the existing gaps.

A Seychelles Free Plastic Bags Campaign A Seychelles Free from Plastic Bags was a campaign launched by the SIDS Youth AIMS Hub - Seychelles in July 2015 to commemorate International Day free from plastic bags. After it was announced, late 2015, by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change that there would be a ban on plastic bags, SYAH chose multi tasked approach - online and offline education, action orientated policy and research. They coined their campaign with the hashtag - #SayYesToThePlasticBan of which 12 clean ups over 12 months took place mobilising small groups and large groups to take action against coastal littering and raise awareness on the negative impact of plastic. SYAH also aw the collaboration with prison inmates at the Seychelles prison to produce alternatives to plastic bags where the inmates produced bags that can be reused of which were then sold and reinvested into the campaign.

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The project encompasses much more than just a beach clean-up, the volunteers fundraise to cover the costs of the project, whilst also raising awareness locally and globally on the huge impact of marine pollution.


Seychelles Islands Foundation & the Aldabra Clean Up Project (SIF) The Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) is a non-profit charitable organisation that was established as a public trust by the government of Seychelles in 1979. SIF manages and protects the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Aldabra Atoll and the Vallée de Mai and has the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, as Patron. SIF is managed by a Board of Trustees of 15 members who are appointed by the President. The foundation is mandated and dedicated to ensuring that the World Heritage Sites of Seychelles are well-managed protected areas where conservation, research, education and tourism are sustainably balanced. A major focus is on scientific research to direct, support and improve conservation management of the unique biodiversity and ecosystems of these two very different sites. SIF have undertaken a myriad of projects such as the European Union Invasive Alien Species Project aimed at addressing the problem of invasive species in the two world heritage sites in Seychelles, Aldabra & the Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island; the UNESCO funded eradication of introduced birds on Aldabra which was successfully completed in 2017.

The Aldabra Clean-Up Project Plastic pollution is affecting the world’s second largest coral atoll, the home of the largest population of giant tortoises and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the majestic Aldabra. The plastic pollution that has been washing up on the shorelines of Aldabra for decades now, blocks the paths of nesting green turtles, entangles and is ingested by seabirds and waders, and strangles marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. Pieces of plastic from this washed up debris are even increasingly found in the droppings of (land-based) giant tortoises.

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SIF spearheaded the first ever ‘Aldabra Clean-Up Project’ that unites six Oxford Graduate student volunteers with six Seychellois Volunteers, selected through a national video competition. The project was launched in the UK in May 2018 at the Royal Society, and in Seychelles by the President of Seychelles (SIF’s Patron) in June 2018. The project is aimed at tackling the problem of marine plastic pollution through action, education and research. With the accumulation of plastics on the coastline of Aldabra over several decades the impact on Aldabra’s wildlife has been noticeable and in recent

years that action had to be taken! The team of 12 volunteers removed waste from Aldabra’s shores on a five-week expedition in March 2019, which was then transported over 1000km to Mahé for proper processing.

The project encompasses much more than just a beach clean-up, the volunteers fundraise to cover the costs of the project, whilst also raising awareness locally and globally on the huge impact of marine pollution. During this unique expedition the volunteers collect trash from all the different areas of Aldabra, even the most remote sites and the waste is split into categories with some items such as flip flops, plastic bottles, glass bottles, fishing buoys and rope collected separately in slings and gunny bags and sent to Mahé where further segregation takes place. With the aim of re-using and re-purposing the waste, items like buoys are given to organisations operating at sea, especially conservationoriented ones based in Seychelles, as well as involving local and international processors to find out whether plastic can be baled and reused. A whole operation is underway to make sure that as much waste as possible isn’t landfilled, and in the most creative way, SIF hope to create art pieces and other exhibits from plastic, particularly flip flops which are hard to recycle.

To date, beach surveys have identified nearly 100 brands with products washed ashore on Aldabra and it was found that a 100 metre stretch of Aldabra beach, during the northwest season, receives on average five kilograms of marine debris daily! Moreover these surveys have indicated that while flip flops, lighters and drink bottles are the most numerous items being washed on to Aldabra, fishing gear (ropes, nets and buoys) is the most prominent form of marine debris by weight. It is the hope that this research will inform individual choices as well corporate and governmental policies to make the necessary changes. Ultimately, the Aldabra Clean-Up Project provides a baseline for future and further actions on top of being an example of what a group of committed young people can accomplish together. Website: www.sif.sc Facebook: @seychellesislandsfoundation

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People4Ocean S u n C a re People4Ocean (P4O) is an Australian-based company working at fighting the global coral crisis through innovative

strategies and is now branching into both the UK and Europe. P4O offers sustainable consultancy services in coral reef management and expertise in coral reef rehabilitation. Their founders are a franco-australian couple – Louise Laing and

Austin Laing-Herbert - who lived at Amitié (Praslin) for over two years, leading the coral restoration program for the NGO

Nature Seychelles. Fighting for Seychelles’ coral reefs was their way-of-life. They believe Seychelles has a privileged chance to be a leader in the preservation of coral reefs, by focusing on mitigating impacts from climate change, and now, sunscreen pollution. With products now available in stores and hotel across the Seychelles, we talk with them about their range and their incredible global work.

Since its origins, People4Ocean has committed to its fundamental core – Protect More Than Your Skin™

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Why did you decide to launch People4Ocean and can you give some insight into the work you do? I co-founded People4Ocean Sun Care with my husband Austin Laing-Herbert a couple years ago. Austin and I met in 2012 on the Great Barrier Reef while studying coral reefs and tropical ecosystems at James Cook University in Townsville. In 2015 with our Master Degree in hand, we travelled to the Indian Ocean to coordinate a USAID funded, large-scale reef rehabilitation project in Seychelles with a local non-for-profit organisation. In 2016, we witnessed the devastating impacts of climate change, as our restored reef (about 24,000 corals transplanted over a football field size area) was nearly wiped out by mass coral bleaching. We dedicated the following year to “growing our reef” back to life, by propagating corals that had survived the heat wave. Already back then, we were determined to do all we could to protect these ecosystems most at risk, and raise awareness on the coral reef crisis. We made the protection of coral reefs our “way-of-life”. The idea for People4Ocean Sun Care followed scientific findings on the impacts of sunscreen ingredients on marine ecosystems and coral reefs. As sunscreen leaches off your skin – in the shower or swimming in the ocean – and washes off into rivers, lakes and oceans, the chemicals interact in insidious ways on aquatic life. Experiments performed by the University of Hawaii found that common UV-filters have lethal impacts on coral reefs, from DNA damage to increased sensitivity to bleaching. These findings revealed the toxic nature of 97% of sunscreens on the market, but they also shown the light on yet another source of stress inflicted on reef

ecosystems already threatened globally by climate change, land use, predator invasions and overfishing. We were not sunscreen lovers to start with. All the sunscreens we could find were filled with toxic ingredients, unpleasant to use and harsh on the skin. In 2018, we returned to Australia, determined to raise awareness on this issue and set out on a journey to create sun care solutions genuinely good for us and harmless to ocean life. We created People4Ocean Sun Care with a simple intention: to end sunscreen pollution in our oceans and within our bodies. Most of all, we wanted to bring pleasure back in applying sunscreen! In Australia, a country where rates of skin cancer and coral bleaching are at record high, we took the challenge of addressing skin and oceanic wellness hand-in-hand. We joined forces with skincare brand LaGaia Unedited to create a one-of-a-kind sun system eco-consciously formulated to protect the most sensitive skin and while preserving natural ecosystems. The P4O range offers a true skin & ocean-conscious experience, by combining the best ingredients from the spa industry and excluding all toxins found in mainstream sunscreens. We also don’t dilute our sunscreens with water or synthetic fillers, resulting in a concentrated and long-lasting protection. Since its origins, People4Ocean has committed to its fundamental core – Protect More Than Your Skin™ - by donating a percentage of all sales towards reef conservation initiatives. We believe our sun care products - and the people that use them - can be a driving force to help preserve reefs worldwide. With P4O, applying sunscreen goes beyond personal care, it is a promise to your long-term health and to the future of our oceans.


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Why did you decide to launch People4Ocean and can you give some insight into the work you do? I co-founded People4Ocean Sun Care with my husband Austin Laing-Herbert a couple years ago. Austin and I met in 2012 on the Great Barrier Reef while studying coral reefs and tropical ecosystems at James Cook University in Townsville. In 2015 with our Master Degree in hand, we travelled to the Indian Ocean to coordinate a USAID funded, large-scale reef rehabilitation project in Seychelles with a local non-for-profit organisation. In 2016, we witnessed the devastating impacts of climate change, as our restored reef (about 24,000 corals transplanted over a football field size area) was nearly wiped out by mass coral bleaching. We dedicated the following year to “growing our reef” back to life, by propagating corals that had survived the heat wave. Already back then, we were determined to do all we could to protect these ecosystems most at risk, and raise awareness on the coral reef crisis. We made the protection of coral reefs our “way-of-life”. The idea for People4Ocean Sun Care followed scientific findings on the impacts of sunscreen ingredients on marine ecosystems and coral reefs. As sunscreen leaches off your skin – in the shower or swimming in the ocean – and washes off into rivers, lakes and oceans, the chemicals interact in insidious ways on aquatic life. Experiments performed by the University of Hawaii found that common UV-filters have lethal impacts on coral reefs, from DNA damage to increased sensitivity to bleaching. These findings revealed the toxic nature of 97% of sunscreens on the market, but they also shown the light on yet another source of stress inflicted on reef ecosystems already threatened globally by climate change, land use, predator invasions and overfishing. We were not sunscreen lovers to start with. All the sunscreens we could find were filled with toxic ingredients, unpleasant to use and harsh on the skin. In 2018, we returned to Australia, determined to raise awareness on this issue and set out on a journey to create sun care solutions genuinely good for us and harmless to ocean life. We created People4Ocean Sun Care with a simple intention: to end sunscreen pollution in our oceans and within our bodies. Most of all, we wanted to bring pleasure back in applying sunscreen! In Australia, a country where rates of skin cancer and coral bleaching are at record high, we took the challenge of addressing skin and oceanic wellness hand-in-hand. We joined forces with skincare brand LaGaia Unedited to create a one-of-a-kind sun system eco-consciously formulated to protect the most sensitive skin and while preserving natural ecosystems. The P4O range offers a true skin & ocean-conscious experience, by combining the best ingredients from the spa industry and excluding all toxins found in mainstream sunscreens. We also don’t dilute our sunscreens with water or synthetic fillers, resulting in a concentrated and long-lasting protection. Since its origins, People4Ocean has committed to its fundamental core – Protect More Than Your Skin™ - by donating a percentage of all sales towards reef conservation initiatives. We believe our sun care products - and the people that use them - can be a driving force to help preserve reefs worldwide. With P4O, applying sunscreen goes beyond personal care, it is a promise to your long-term health and to the future of our oceans.

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What are the differences between reef safe formulations and normal sunscreens? Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that wash off our skins (or down the drain) to harm coral reefs. Using a ‘reef safe sunscreen’ means that no ingredients in that product will cause detrimental effects to marine life. There are no government-regulated certifications for reef-safe sunscreens yet (the research is quite new) so certain brands falsely claim to be “Reef-Safe” despite containing harmful chemicals. It is up to the consumer to read sunscreen labels for toxic ingredients. A reef-safe sunscreen should not include ingredients such as Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Parabens, etc. An easier way to identify reef-safe sunscreens is to choose ones that exclusively use mineral UV-blockers as their active ingredients, such as zinc oxide. People4Ocean sunscreens exclusively use zinc oxide as the active ingredient for several reasons: Zinc oxide provides excellent broad-spectrum protection and has several advantages over synthetic actives. Zinc particles are photo-stable (they don’t degrade in sunlight) and sit on top of your skin to act as a reflective barrier (exactly like a mirror), blocking both UVAs & UVBs from penetrating your skin and causing damage and ageing. It is the only FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) approved broad-spectrum sun protection ingredient, and unlike any other active ingredient, its concentration in a product has no limitation. It is also the EWG (Environmental Working Group) nº1 ingredient for sun protection. Dermatologists recommend zinc oxide sunscreens on children (6 months and over), pregnant women and people with sensitive skin. It is the only reef-safe UV filter available.

What motivated you to develop the P4O reef safe sunscreen range? How exactly do normal sunscreens adversely affect coral and marine life? We just couldn’t understand how an everyday product that is supposed to protect people could have so many health and environmental drawbacks. Ingredients in sunscreens should not be irritating or cause skin allergies, nor should they enter the bloodstream or harm coral reefs. For example, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate are common UV-filters characterized as ‘Hazardous to the aquatic environment, with longterm hazard by the United Nations Global Harmonized System (GHS). And yet, 97% of sunscreens and cosmetics on the market contain these ingredients. What if something as simple as making the switch to healthy sun protection could solve the problem? In 2018, the state of Hawaii was first in history to ban the sale of sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate to protect its coral reefs. This statewide bill was voted following a study by Downs et al. (2015) quantifying sunscreen impacts on coral fragments and coral polyps, showing death at certain concentrations. Their testing showed that exposure to Oxybenzone can inhibit and alter the growth of baby corals, is toxic to seven coral species and is likely to induce coral bleaching in the wild, further increasing our reefs sensitivity to threats like climate change. Oxybenzone and Octinoxate may also bio-accumulate and be biomagnified in organisms. Biomagnification means they may increase in concentration in the tissues of organisms as it travels up the food chain. A number of aquatic and marine species have been discovered to be contaminated, from carp, catfish, eel, white fish, trout, barb, chub, perch and mussels to coral, mahi-mahi, dolphins, sea turtle eggs, and migratory bird eggs. Finally, additional testings have revealed Oxybenzone also acts as an endocrine disruptor on marine invertebrates such as shrimps and bivalves. Other ingredients commonly found in cosmetics – such as butylparaben, octocrylene and a chemical called 4MBC – have proven highly toxic to marine life. You can find the full list at www.haereticus-lab.org. These findings show that sunscreen pollution should be addressed as an environmental hazard. Humans are not exempt from these impacts. In recent FDA testings, all non-mineral sunscreen chemicals [oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone] absorbed into the body and could be measured in blood after just a single use. Previous studied detected several sunscreen ingredients in breast milk and urine samples. By penetrating the skin and entering our bloodstream, these chemicals trigger a cascade of reactions from increased free-radicals in the skin, endocrine disruptive properties in the body and, ironically, enhanced risk of melanoma in cases of sunscreen abuse for intentional sun exposure. ABSOLUTE

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What are the immediate benefits and the long-term benefits of using reef safe formulations like P4O? There are many benefits in making the switch to reefsafe/ mineral sunscreens. Firstly, they are better for the skin. That is because reefsafe sunscreens generally exclude harsh chemicals such as benzophenones, parabens, and other skin irritants that are also environmental pollutants. It is no coincidence that baby sunscreens are mineral-based, as they are safer for sensitive skin, have cleaner formulations and offer excellent sun protection. Secondly, they are a good long-term investment in your health. Natural sunscreens offer excellent broad-spectrum protection without the side effects of chemical sunscreens. According to dermatologists, applying mineral SPF30 sunscreen daily can significantly reduce your chances of developing skin cancer (particularly if you live in Australia) and is the #1 routine you should adopt to effectively prevent premature ageing. Your skin is your largest organ, so it is important to invest on a good sunscreen to protect it.


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In addition to reef safe sunscreen, what can people do to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our oceans and marine life? Making the switch to reef-safe sunscreen is a good first step towards helping our oceans and raising awareness for their protection. However, sunscreen pollution is only a very small part of the problem. Climate change is undeniably the biggest threat to our Oceans. Not many people know this, but our oceans are the true lungs of the Earth as they generate most of the oxygen we breath. They are also are great carbon sink, as they absorb CO2 through photosynthetic processes (by marine plants, such as phytoplankton, kelp and algal planktons). Since the start of the industrial age, our oceans have absorbed over a third of the anthropogenic CO2 released into the atmosphere. But there is a limit to the amount of CO2 and heat our oceans can absorb. From polar regions to kelp forests and coral reefs, the rise in atmospheric CO2 is increasing sea surface temperatures, affecting the dynamic of ocean currents and disrupting ocean chemistry (ocean acidification is one example) with consequences on food chains and more. Governments and industries are often given full responsibility to mitigate climate change, but there are many things individuals can do to make a difference in reducing their own carbon footprint in the way they consume, travel and eat. Simple lifestyle changes such as buying locally made goods, eating locally grown foods, reducing plane travels and cutting your intake of meat and dairy can contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Plastic Pollution comes second on the list of threats compromising the future of marine life. According to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish by 2050. We can all help by refusing single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery, and food containers (Styrofoam trays, coffee cups, etc.). These are in our lives for seconds, but can then spend centuries circulating in our oceans, causing significant damage to marine life. Promoting recycling and circular economies can also keep plastic from entering our oceans. Overfishing and poor fisheries management is also high on the list of threats. Almost a third of global fish stocks are overfished. Fish that were once extremely abundant, such as bluefin tuna, are now approaching extinction. Restaurants and seafood markets routinely serve endangered seafood species that are the underwater equivalent of a rhino or a panda. New apps, including Seafood Watch (US) and Goodfish (AUS), can help us steer clear of these endangered species, and select sustainable and healthy seafood choices instead. Cutting down on our consumption of seafood is an even better way to take pressure off fish stocks.

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Making the switch to reef-safe sunscreen is a good first step towards helping our oceans and raising awareness for their protection.

Can you explain how the coral restoration projects you are supporting work? Over the years working for different non-for-profit organizations, we noticed most projects were starving for funding. This in turn affected their long-term feasibility. With People4Ocean Sun Care, we contribute up to a dollar of all sales towards supporting projects we know have a positive impact in preserving coral reefs. Since our launch, we have been able to support great community-based projects in Fiji and the Seychelles. These projects practice coral gardening by propagating corals that show tolerance to temperature-induced bleaching. This strategy aims to assist coral reefs in their adaptation to climate change. In addition to sale-based donations, Austin and I continue to provide consultancy services to NGOs and resorts who are undertaking reef conservation and restoration actions. In 2019, we travelled to Fiji and later French Polynesia to donate our time and expertise in designing a communitybased restoration strategies with local non-for-profits. As People4Ocean Sun Care grows internationally, we hope to support a growing number of initiatives in Australia and around the world. www.people4ocean.com

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Alphonse Island As 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.

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Dining on Alphonse is an experience. Beach BBQ’s, flats lunches, plated dinners and exquisite buffets are available.

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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. 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. The malaria-free environment is perfect for families. Blue Safari Seychelles has been thoughtfully designed with children of all ages in mind, and WiFi hardly exists, enabling connectivity to electronic devices to be replaced with interconnectivity to others and family members! Alphonse Island has introduced a new Alphonse Tribe package which lets children get involved in this spectacular island paradise and learn about the aquatic environment whilst snorkelling or roaming the island looking for giant tortoises (there are plenty to find!). 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. Environmentalists take children of all ages on island walks, where Alphonse Tribe members can monitor turtle tracks and discover the reefs and their eco-systems.


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The waters surrounding Alphonse Island are outstanding for both diving and snorkeling. The PADI certified dive centre at Alphonse Island caters for children, who can experience their first foray into the underwater world from nine years old by completing a Bubble Maker course. It also offers exclusive dives to families where children from the age of eight can experience the wonders of scuba diving with their parents. Alphonse Island Dive Centre offers a full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba diving to Divemaster. There are 34 dive sites surround Alphonse Island, all of which are easily reached in under 30 minutes on comfortable purpose-built dive boats. 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 in a variety of ways, with daily snorkelling boat trips, kayak excursions and stand up paddle-boarding. Alphonse Island also offers freediving courses, freediving is the fastest growing water-sport in the world. Alphonse Island offers an introduction to this fantastic, new diving experience and also offers courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced freedivers with one of its own certified and qualified instructors. Proving that surfing is not just limited to the famed and renowned destinations of California and Hawaii, Alphonse Island also provides guests with the opportunity to catch waves and radically ride the Indian Ocean! 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. www.alphonse-island.com/en

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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. When based on Alphonse Island, a whole array of adventures and opportunities for exploration are available to guests, due to the island’s unique positioning as a base from which to visit the most remote and pristine outer islands of the Seychelle; the Alphonse Group of Islands. Based on the island, Blue Safari Seychelles is a company that not only takes you on a journey like no other to these mysterious islands with their revolutionised experiential travel, but also protects and conserves their ecosystems.

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The plethora of activities are not only endless but are also sustainable, with little or no impact on the environment itself. This is wholly in keeping with Blue Safari Seychelles’ philosophy and ethos which is to protect and conserve the ecosystems of these captivating islands and atolls. With regular activities such as tree planting, beach clean-ups as well as educational and informative talks given by the dedicated Blue Safari Seychelles’ marine biologists, conservationists and environmentalists, you can see why they are so passionate and go to great lengths to teach guests to understand the importance of preserving these pristine islands and atolls. The islands and atolls are as individual as the experiences which can be found on each one. The islands all have distinctive places to stay. Located 1 030 km (560 nautical miles) southwest of Mahé, Cosmoledo Atoll is situated a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra. Cosmoledo Atoll is truly a nature lover’s paradise of incomprehensible proportions. Cosmoledo Eco Camp comprises of just eight sympathetically restored shipping containers which adhere to the ecological ethos of Blue Safari Seychelles, these have been repurposed and intelligently redesigned to form exceptional accommodation for guests visiting one of the most remote and untouched atolls in the Seychelles. Each of the eight Eco Pods has been beautifully designed to minimise environmental impact while maximising guest comfort. Interiors use local woods and a palette of soft neutrals to ensure each pod blends in seamlessly with the sand, surrounding palm trees and dune shrubs. A fully retractable front wall means guests can look right out onto the ocean from every aspect and enjoy sea breezes – although air-conditioning is available - and the covered terrace makes a blissful spot to share a drink as the waves lap nearby. Old tree trunks have been repurposed as tables and fishing nets as hanging lamps. The Astove Coral Lodge has six bedrooms, is comfortable


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and relaxing. Back on Alphonse Island, there are 22 Beach Bungalows and the five Beach Suites, each with its own plunge pool. New for 2020 are two, brand-new four bedroomed villas. Perfect for families and larger groups, both four-bedroom Beach Villas offer space and refined interiors to make any holiday perfection itself. With impeccable design by architect Lisa Rorich, the two 600 square metres Beach Villas seamlessly blend traditional Creole style with contemporary 21st century design. Set overlooking perfect beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean, sea flats and protected coral reefs, both Beach Villas are surrounded by tropical scenery. Four spacious double bedrooms per villa, all with luxurious island-style en-suite bathrooms and outside shower areas. Large, light-filled open-plan living and dining areas include a fully equipped kitchen and lead to a sun deck and private plunge pool. Each Beach Villa sleeps up to eight adults and four children. There is no cookie-cutter feeling here, a refreshing change as each island and atoll keeps a sense of place and originality. All accommodations are created to ensure a tranquil and restful atmosphere. They are luxurious, but not in the gold taps and velvet curtains type of opulence. The luxury lies in the privilege, the opportunity to traverse the pristine areas with a group of dedicated and passionate marine biologists, environmentalists and crew, who cannot do enough to feed your mind and make your soul soar. Always one to innovate and never imitate, the Alphonse Group of Islands have launched a brand-new Explorer Season Conservation Experience. From May to September, the new Explorer Season Conservation Experience allows guests to gain knowledge and insight and encounter the diverse marine ecology, atoll geography, coral reef organism identification, conservation issues and local conservation projects. From educational talks and presentations, beach clean-ups and native tree planting to one-on-one interactions with experts in marine biology, conservation and underwater wildlife photography. Guided by Alphonse Island’s own team of dedicated conservationists, guests can be involved in a range of conservation activities and projects. This enables guests to reconnect with nature while protecting and respecting the incredible natural environment The extraordinary Blue Safari Seychelles is perfect for adventurous families, honeymooners looking something a little bit different to your average fly and flop honeymoon, active travellers, couples, nature lovers and those who seek to voyage into a diverse range of eco-systems and explore various landscapes and a mesmerizing array of aquatic life. Blue Safari Seychelles 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. 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! 63


The H Resort Unparalleled Paradise Tranquil, boutique and culturally connected, the resort offers guests a chance to create memories worth sharing.

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ocated on Beau Vallon beach which lays northwest on the island of Mahé; a mere 30 minutes’ drive from the international airport - The H Resort is a contemporary & chic property featuring 100 rooms comprising of villas and suites, an award winning spa and 7 eclectic dining experiences. As your paradise home away from home, the resort offers you the opportunity to enjoy all the modern comforts in this beautiful tropical paradise entwined with chic décor, sumptuous food & beverages and spacious luxury to relax in. Whether it’s a fun holiday with the family, a romantic escape or the start of one, or to even look back and reminisce life with a loved one - The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach is known for its turquoise ocean views, crystal white beach and lush emerald greenery where you can expect nothing but undisturbed sights, charming creole hospitality and new heights of life & style indulgence. The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach offers an unparalleled collection of opulently appointed accommodations, relaxation and recreational spaces that showcase the true heritage of their Seychellois surroundings. The 100 villas and suites redefine paradise - they simply exude stylish opulence, stylish comfort and idyllic bliss. Designed to represent a blend between creole and colonial architecture - the resort is an epitome of tropical luxury. From plush furnishings and mesmerizing backdrops, to the spacious layout and beautiful finishing’s - all overlooking the topical tropical gardens leading to the beach. The beach facing private pool-villas offer an entirely new level of luxury. A unique product available only at this resort in the Beau Vallon beach area - 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. Similarly the suites include a comfortable double bed and lounge area with luxurious amenities of comparison. All suites have choice of private terrace balcony or a terrace that opens out onto the resort gardens, complete with sun loungers. Each villa or suite also features 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 Wi-Fi.


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As your paradise home away from home, the resort offers you the opportunity to enjoy all the modern comforts in this beautiful tropical paradise entwined with chic dĂŠcor, sumptuous food & beverages and spacious luxury to relax in.

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With seven eclectic dining experiences in the form of bars and restaurants to choose from – you’re spoilt for choice. The resort offers a wide selection of dining options. VASCO’s is the main restaurant featuring continental cuisine, that serves breakfast & themed dinner buffets is named in honor of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. The 1502 Lobby Bar is your haven for for eclectic cocktails that compliment your meals throughout the day. Seyshima is the Japanese teppanyaki restaurant on the lagoon that serves up an excellent show and delectable sushi and Eden is the specialty Creole inspired beach-front barbecue restaurant. Ripples Pool Bar is ideal for some amazing cocktails and light lunch and Trader Vic’s the French-Polynesian tiki bar concept restaurant features Latin-American live entertainment. Guests can also choose the resort’s ‘pièce de résistance,’ a bespoke, romantic under the moon & stars dining on the beach coupled with the ambience of the soothing ocean waves. Customised options also include privatised group reservations for beach and/or in-villa barbecues as well as a luxurious in-villa floating pool breakfast. Holidays are meant for indulgence so guests are encouraged to pamper themselves at the award winning Sesel Spa or try some customised workouts at the Beau Vallon Gym & Yoga Studio to flaunt that beach body. Sesel Spa is a true heaven within a haven - whether it’s a results orientated treatment, or just an experience of utter relaxation you’re looking for, it is a must, to make it a part of your Seychelles experience.


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The luxury relaxation areas offer a tranquil setting for both pre and post massage treatments, so make sure you spend some time there to truly rediscover wellness.

Explore the healing elements in nature and discover the true essence of being at one with yourself. 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 there to truly rediscover wellness. Open 24/7 and overlooking the lagoon, the Beau Vallon Gym & Yoga Studio 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 yoga. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary recreational schedule – ‘Fit Happens @ H’ which is designed for the holidaying guest’s fitness goals. In addition to our fitness and yoga programmes, 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 meter long sapphire blue water invitingly tempts you to submerge. The accompanying kids’ pool is a safe 0.4 meter in depth. Also on offer is tennis, volleyball, pétanque, table tennis, a giant chessboard, masks, snorkels, paddle boards and kayaks to satisfy all your holiday recreational needs.

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The H Resort 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 the 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 from 9am – 6pm. The resort also offers baby-sitting services and can prepare baby-food upon prior requests. Guests can also indulge in our weekly activities that includes a range of paid & complimentary options like transfers to Victoria city, drop-off for the Anse Major Hike, cocktails & conversations with the resort management, a scenic sunset cruise in a glass bottom boat, bi-weekly live-entertainment, Cinema Paradiso, sundowners and many more seasonal events – there’s always something for everyone to enjoy at the resort. This intimate, tropical island retreat is the perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon. 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 exactly what you can expect at The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach – the perfect destination to turn the dream wedding into a beautiful reality. 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 that can’t be made 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 or just a time away with family, then look no further than The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach. Everything, from the moment you arrive, to the time you reluctantly depart, has been designed with the discerning traveler in mind.

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he resort overlooks Beau Vallon, the largest and most popular beach on Mahe and the aqua blue Indian Ocean. Uncover enriching discoveries bordering on 3 km of sparkling ivory sands at the western tip of Seychelles, in the bay of the famous and picturesque Beau-Vallon Beach. Lush gardens create an inspiring atmosphere for a romantic idyll or a serene getaway. Our two restaurants and bars allow you to explore innovative pairings of flavors and aromas, beyond the simple relaxation afforded by the sand and sea, an exhilarating choice of water sport activities and our spa anticipate your discovery. Fisherman’s Cove offers an extensive range of rooms with magnificent beachfront views of the Beau Vallon Beach with ivory sands and crystal clear Indian Ocean waters. Designed to embrace a typical Creole style, all rooms are open plan, light and airy with wooden accents and rattan furniture. Whether you choose a chalet style room or one situated within the main hotel block, you will enjoy the creature comforts of the modern shower and bathrooms. Separate deep soaking tubs, oversized rainforest showers, and ample toiletries create a haven of comfort. Airconditioning in every room may be adjusted to keep you cool and comfortable and tea and coffee making facilities, ipod docks and espresso machines all add to that feeling of luxury. Designed to create an open natural setting, each room enjoys its own private wood terrace with beautiful views of the resort’s lush tropical gardens or the dazzling blue Indian Ocean, which you can capture perfectly and boast about online by taking advantage of the WLAN Internet access. Fisherman’s Cove features an asymmetrically shaped infinity pool that creates an idyllic setting for you to spend a long languid day relaxing in the sun on one of the surrounding sun loungers. Those who prefer a more active holiday will enjoy their time in the gym or on the tennis courts and water sports enthusiast can have a go Designed to create an open natural setting, each room enjoys its own private wood terrace with beautiful views of the resort’s lush tropical gardens or the dazzling blue Indian Ocean, which you can capture perfectly and boast about online by taking advantage of the WLAN Internet access. Fisherman’s Cove features an asymmetrically shaped infinity pool that creates an idyllic setting for you to spend a long languid day relaxing in the sun on one of the surrounding sun loungers. Those who prefer a more active holiday will enjoy their time in the gym or on the tennis courts and water sports enthusiast can have a go at canoeing or pedal boating.

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The resort boasts two restaurants and two bars, all with ocean facing views, featuring a sensational selection of international and local dishes in an elegant, yet relaxed, atmosphere.

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Discover the local touch, aroma and taste of Creole cuisine; experience a-la-carte fine dining and unwind while sipping exotic cocktails accompanied by breathtaking views of the ocean. Embark on a culinary discovery and stimulate your taste buds at Paris Seychelles and Le Cardinal restaurant. For a relaxed gathering spot at sunset, the Cocoloba Bar and the Sunset Bar serve signature cocktails and light snacks by the water. Le Cardinal serves a lavish buffet of differently themed delicacies every night in its beautiful, open-air dining room. Enjoy local seafood, luscious fruits, organic produce and exquisite desserts against the dazzling backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Located on the resort’s picturesque pontoon, Paris Seychelles offer classic French gastronomy combined with Seychelles’ rich culinary history that draws from both Africa and Asia, a truly unique Beau Vallon Restaurant experience.

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As you near the end of an active day, Fisherman’s Cove welcomes you to its very own corner of paradise. Undeniably luxurious yet comfortably relaxed, the soothing Zen Spa is surrounded by dazzling views of the Indian Ocean and invites you to indulge in the ultimate pampering. Reviving your body and spirit with a selection of beauty treatment and massages such as Aromatherapy; Balinese; Swedish; Indian Head Massage; Back, neck and Scalp will encompass your senses with delight and far exceed ones expectations by achieving unsurpassed results. The Spa is also accompanied by the Fitness Center accessible 24hrs a day with your room key. A steam room and plunge pool is available complimentary to guests. The resort boasts two restaurants and two bars, all with ocean facing views, featuring a sensational selection of international and local dishes in an elegant, yet relaxed, atmosphere.


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With its casual, contemporary design, the Sunset Bar sets a chic stage for enjoying signature cocktails made from local ingredients, whilst the relaxed and welcoming Le Cocoloba Bar invites you to unwind to the sounds of “Nouvelle Vague” while soaking up the exceptional view of the Indian Ocean. Additionally, the resort offers a delicious selection of In-room dining options at any hour of the day or night. A mere 20 minutes away from the smallest capital city in the world, Victoria, guests are urged to make the most of the resort’s unique location and explore the local seafood and crafts markets. Dive into the region’s fascinating history and experience firsthand the subtle French, Indian and Asian influences that permeate the cooking and explore the resort’s winding pathways, lush landscape and private enclaves which set an undeniably romantic stage for couples who want to escape from the bustle of modern life, language and culture. Home to a mesmerizing underwater world of coral reefs and tropical fish, Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove is the perfect destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiast. Explore pristine white sands lapped by topaz waters, coral sunsets and ignite your inspiration with an underwater encounter that leaves you with incredible memories of the island. Visit enchanting underwater sites and learn about the importance of marine conservation with marine experts from our partner, the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, who have helped us develop the project and continue to support it. Proceeds from the donations collected go to sustain the marine conservation projects led by the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. The usage of water sports equipment is complimentary during your stay however a deposit of 50 Euro is required when you wish to make use of this equipment. In a utopian setting overlooking the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove offers an authentic venue for your wedding experience, which resonates of unique cultural and natural discovery. Get married on the beach or on the pontoon that offers a unique setting to exchange wedding vows with the ocean as a backdrop. The team at Fisherman’s Cove can even take care of all the legal documents that are required for the ceremony as well as take care of your function through tailor-made packages. 79


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B L I S S H O T E L A Paradisiac Hideaway Hidden within a lush cove on the northern side of Mahe, Bliss Hotel overlooks a stunning beach caressed by cascading boulders and cuddled within a lush backdrop of green forest. One of the oldest hotels in Seychelles that was once called Vista Do Mar and was abandoned for some time, the owner Mr Alain Hazan renovated it and transformed it into the beautiful gem that it is today.

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The Suites are decorated with only natural materials found in Seychelles and as well as combining creole architecture with contemporary interior design, Bliss Hotel evokes an exotic, friendly and romantic space with 24 Suites, each with its own charm. Bliss Hotel believes in ‘real relaxing’ where the sounds and beauty of nature inspire the guest and provide them with a total escape. There are no paintings on the wall in this hotel, to promote tranquility and keep the focused attention on mother nature. Situated within the same building guests can also enjoy soothing natural massages and treatments at the Pure-Bliss Spa with Coconut Scrubs, Patchouli Sugar Scrubs and other delightful treatments on offer. The Suites are decorated with only natural materials found in Seychelles and as well as combining creole architecture with contemporary interior design, Bliss Hotel evokes an exotic, friendly and romantic space with 24 Suites, each with its own charm. Bliss Hotel believes in ‘real relaxing’ where the sounds and beauty of nature inspire the guest and provide them with a total escape. There are no paintings on the wall in this hotel, to promote tranquility and keep the focused attention on mother nature. Situated within the same building guests can also enjoy soothing natural massages and treatments at the Pure-Bliss Spa with Coconut Scrubs, Patchouli Sugar Scrubs and other delightful treatments on offer.


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Let the lapping of the waves on the shores delight you! The Suites overlook a stunning white sandy beach and the world’s most breath taking deep orange sunsets.

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Seaside Let the lapping of the waves on the shores delight you! The Suites overlook a stunning white sandy beach and the world’s most breath taking deep orange sunsets. The private beach is nestled within the cove and features a natural swimming pool, made from the cascading boulders surrounding the shoreline. One of the pearls of the Seaside is the Junior Opuni Suite with its rustic furniture and a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean that can also be enjoyed in the outdoor bathroom. The Oceanfront Wave Suite offers a stunning view of the beach with a private terrace, and a personal sitting area ideal for socializing and relaxing. For a more inspiring blend of contemporary and creole architecture, the Suite Birgo would be the luxury escape. The white cement and polished granite plays beautifully with the setting sun creating deep shades of relaxing earthy colours. The Family Apartment, named The Shadow, provides enough space and is ideal to accommodate up to 6 adults and somehow in the various spaces, the sails and the sun are having fun; the shadows and reflections somehow merge. The natural wood used to decorate the rooms give off a natural and organic feel, providing the perfect space for a relaxing and re-energizing holiday at one with nature. The hotel also offers Zumba and Yoga classes for the active clients!


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Hillside Nestled up in the Secret Garden, the Suites offer beautiful views of the Indian ocean and the relaxing sounds of nature. The Suites are surrounded by green vegetation, tropical flowers and the sounds of birds singing. Perched on the hillside, the rooms are spacious and plush with wooden furniture and white walls, some with beautiful shell curtains. The Charme Superior Room is spacious with a double view of the garden and the ocean with a private terrace/garden which melts in luxuriant tropical vegetation. Set amidst the vegetation, guests can enjoy the private pool or the choice of walking down just a stone throw away to the secluded beach. Dining at the Bliss Hotel is an unforgettable authentic experience of traditional creole cuisine using fresh ingredients from the island! Barefoot Terrace Restaurant Bliss Hotel offer their clients homemade Breakfast and Afternoon Tea, found only on the islands in the stunning Barefoot Terrace Restaurant that boasts amazing sunset views, sandy floors and wood beamed ceiling covering the comfortable sofas. Once the sun has set behind the horizon and the sky is adorned by a tapestry of exotic colours, guests can enjoy happy hour sipping a tropical cocktail in tranquility. For Dinner guests can taste the exquisite authentic creole cuisine Buffet. The restaurant also offers an a la carte lunch menu that offers a variety of local dishes as well as snacks and coffee. Whatever time of day that you are enjoying a meal, you can do it soothing your toes in the sand, sitting back and relaxing with the amazing view and sounds of the waves.

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Rockpool is the ideal venue to experience the perfect fusion of local and Mediterranean culinary delights with a hint of creole touch.

Rockpool Seafood Grill & Bar Another must try is the Rockpool Restaurant that is shaded just below the terrace offering a cozy and elegant atmosphere. The friendly team offer wonderful cocktails and some of the best Italian food on the island. Rockpool is the ideal venue to experience the perfect fusion of local and Mediterranean culinary delights with a hint of creole touch, whilst enjoying a stunning panoramic view of the Indian ocean. Be sure not to miss the majestic Silhouette Island in the far distance. The hotel offers a few attractive packages such as the Honeymoon Package, Wedding Package and Long Stay Package. To make your holiday to Seychelles exciting, snorkeling trips to beautiful secluded beaches can be organized on their very own boat. An opportunity not to miss to see colourful fish and corals in the alluring clear turquoise waters. As well as snorkeling, the team at Bliss Hotel can arrange for Hiking, Fishing, Island Tours, Diving and other activities to make your holiday moments memorable. At Bliss Hotel guests can experience mother nature in her truest form and marvel at the world’s most beautiful sunsets, all the while enjoying traditional creole cuisine and appreciating the rustic and creole inspired architecture. Got more information or to make a reservation, visit www.bliss-hotel.net

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he 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. Now as the brand grows and reaches new and sometimes surprising destinations, guests can rest assured that wherever in the world the brand travel, it 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 was 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 sites 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.

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diverse collection of culinary experiences at its four restaurants; Losean Restaurant, Curieuse Restaurant, The Sushi Room, and Pool Restaurant & Bar. Offering 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. Curieuse Restaurant is 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, islandchic setting for an unforgettable dinner.

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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


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The Sushi Room - In a location famed for its fresh fish, The Sushi Room at Curieuse celebrates the island’s worldclass 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 showcases fresh, local products and light cuisine and offers a casual lunch setting, perfect for refueling during a busy day of soaking up the Seychellois sun. Serving salads, sandwiches and wellloved classics from around the world, as well as sushi and sashimi, the menu’s diverse options cater to every appetite. Produce at Raffles is always guaranteed to be the freshest around, with their very own vegetable orchard. Bringing to life cultural and natural treasures at the resort, Jason Ernesta, the Chief Gardener has used his insider local knowledge of the land to create this priceless asset for guests. With a wealth of experience, Jason has also played an integral role in various humanitarian

projects on the island such as environmental preservation and the tortoise foundation among others. His passion and zest for the natural elements led to his appointment at Raffles Seychelles at the age of 69 over 4 years ago. Jason is renowned for his friendly interaction with both the guests and team members at the resort. He loves nothing better than meeting world travellers and drawing them into the rich details of his homeland and the garden landscapes. 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. The team at Raffles 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, you are guaranteed an unforgettable celebration.


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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 holiday 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. Raffles are proud to not only ensure their guests are well-looked after, but pay particular care to their locality, community and the environment as a whole. It was back in 1997 when Raffles initiated REACH (Rendering Encouragement, Assistance, Care and Hope), a community programme that offers pillars of support to underprivileged children, the arts and the environment in all destinations Raffles Hotels & Resorts operates in. Today, Raffles has fully adopted the Planet 21 programme

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! of AccorHotels across all properties. The programme focuses on improvements in waste management, energy and water conservation, as well as community outreach through local groups and partnerships. Raffles takes a very active role in playing their part in tackling plastic pollution and taking steps to stop the use of disposable plastics on the island. The hotel is passionate about environmental preservation and sustainability and is exemplifying an eco-conscious stance throughout its operations. With the willingness of 86% of travellers worldwide, who are passionate about spending time on activities that offset the environmental impact during their stay, Raffles Seychelles is providing ways in which guests can decrease their carbon footprint. The hotel is making strides to reduce environmental impacts by ending the use of plastic straws and other non-biodegradable materials. www.raffles.com

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s there an accurate geographical term to describe a place that forms part of a larger entity yet remains wonderfully separate from it? In the context of Seychelles, certainly, such a term would describe the beautiful Hotel L’Archipel, snug in its glorious niche in the north-east corner of Praslin Island and with an imperious view over almost the entire shimmering, silver strand of Côte d’or, one of Seychelles most exquisite beaches. In this secluded corner of Praslin, L’Archipel, with its splendid history and pedigree as one of the island’s finest hotels, has continued to weave its spell over successive generations of travellers for over 30 years. The name L’Archipel - which is French for Archipelago - geographically describes a string of islands , the Seychelles Archipelago , some of whose island names have been adopted by the hotel to christen its impressive suite of accommodation options, each one blending discreetly with the surrounding tropical gardens and commanding a sweeping panorama of the sapphire ocean gently lapping at its front door. L’Archipel was inspired by the vision of its late departed owner, Louis d’Offay, one of the pioneers of Seychelles’ hospitality industry and a tourism icon, who together with his wife Cecile commenced the construction of the hotel in 1985 with just 9 rooms, with the latter even helping in the kitchen when necessary. Powered by an energetic marketing campaign in France and with the help of two French chefs, they conscientiously built the foundations of the successful enterprise that L’Archipel is today. Today, the hotel, which has been ingeniously and tastefully refurbished to capitalise on every aspect of its unique location, continues to dominate Praslin Island’s accommodation scene by virtue not only of its spectacular geographical location, but also on account of a tried and tested philosophy characterised by a very high standard of personalised service, meticulous attention to detail and genuine Creole flair.


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The hotel’s range of accommodation options includes family suites, senior suites, deluxe rooms and superior rooms. Located on the top floor of the main building, at 120 sq.m, family suites are extremely spacious with two bathrooms, a separate lounge and a veranda and ideal for two adults and three children or three adults and one child. The 65 sq. m senior suites feature an elegant seating area and bathroom with bath and shower. Two of these suites are interconnecting and ideal for families. Deluxe rooms, at 60 sq m, are spacious yet intimate and scattered discreetly across the hillside, the well-tended gardens and the approach to the beach –ideal for seniors, honeymooners or guests in search of a dash of Seychelles-style seclusion and tranquillity. Finally, the 60 sq.m hillside and garden superior rooms are roomy and enjoy excellent views of the bay of Côte D’or. In terms of interior design, all rooms fuse fine taste and aesthetic beauty with a high level of functionality, ensuring that your stay in this luxurious tropical cocoon will be as inspiring and soulful as it will be comfortable – and memorable! Room features include air-conditioning, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, room service and everything you might expect from a 4-star hotel with an eagle eye for detail. Hotel amenities include an infinity pool, lobby bar, souvenir shop and the possibility of in-room massage and baby-sitting. Throughout, L’Archipel’s distinctive Seychellois Creole architecture with its understated, clean lines and colonial aura resonates with the aesthetic charm and timeless appeal of a bygone era. In its operations, first and foremost in L’Archipel’s corporate culture comes the welcome it extends to its guests and the enduring policy of Louis d’Offay that each guest must be welcomed personally upon arrival by the hotel’s hands-on management team and a rapport quickly established to ensure that those guests’ expectations are not only met, but surpassed. The high ratio of return guests to the hotel with certain clients returning as many as 10 times, speaks volumes of its effectiveness.


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L’Archipel is also very conscious of the positioning of its product and the importance of it reflecting the Creole soul both in terms of architecture, decor and overarching personality. In a modern world where many competitors appear to have lost their sense of identity, this is most assuredly not the case with L’Archipel where even much of the furniture in renovated rooms has been manufactured on site by the maintenance team using local wood and the hotel’s Balinese furniture provider is encouraged to adopt the strictly responsible and sustainable approach demanded by the operations team. Minute attention is also paid to the hotel’s amenities and levels of comfort by maximizing potential through the adoption of the optimal room design, layout and suite of facilities. Painstaking care is also taken to make sure that high standards of cleanliness and maintenance are sustained throughout the hotel at all times, by the long-serving maintenance team. The L’Archipel philosophy also encompasses the concept of continued growth by increasing yield through product enhancement, particularly via the creation of new room categories which in turn leads to an improved cost of operation ratio leading to available income for hotel upgrades across all departments. Much of the hotel’s success in securing market share can be attributed to effective advertising and the identification of appropriate sales channels pairing L’Archipel’s products and services with a matching mix of consumers. L’Archipel prides itself on the cuisine of its restaurants La Gigolette and La Feuille d’Or, both recognised as being among the finest in all of Praslin and offering enticing variations on a fine-dining theme with the former located right on the beach from where to enjoy the soft breezes and stunning ocean views while the latter occupies the first floor in a more secluded ambiance.


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The hotel’s à la carte menu proposes an eclectic variety of international favourites as well as popular Creole dishes. Not to be missed is the Friday night Creole buffet proposing an excellent and varied offering of mouth-watering local cuisine: octopus curry; salted fish and snake gourd salads; satinis of pumpkin and mango; tender tuna steaks; succulent chicken combined with an unforgettable array of suitably decadent desserts. This is highly recommended as it also features a beachside extravaganza of Creole dance which is an excellent introduction to lively, island-style revelry. Typically, the hotel organises theme nights with two buffets per week. Wonderfully complementing the menu is a fine wine list featuring some excellent French, South African and New World wines as well as an enticing array of cocktails, beers, spirits and flavoured rums. An additional plus is how the L’Archipel kitchen makes use of a range of herbs, vegetables and spices grown within its own grounds with plans to extend its vegetable garden in future. The management of L’Archipel are aware of the importance of sustainability throughout the hotel’s operations and this is echoed in the introduction of a food waste management programme to complement its sustainability practice in power generation and eco-friendly cleaning systems. This initiative targets the problem of unconsumed food which has sometimes been imported from abroad at considerable expense but which ends up in landfill sites, producing unhealthy levels of methane gas which is a major contributor to global warming. Visitors to Seychelles are increasingly aware of the need for responsible environmental behaviour and L’Archipel has already earned global recognition for the way it is using new technology to reduce food waste., resulting in a marked decrease in wastage of food through effective management throughout the chain, from the ordering and purchasing of food items to the disposal of unavoidable waste.

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The Bliss Hotel

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An exotic, friendly and romantic escape located in the heart of Praslin, lying between the romantic beach of Grand’Anse and the tropical land in the shade of the ‘Coco de Mer’.

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plendid and preserved, the island of Praslin offers an Edenic frame

for a stay in the Seychelles archipelago. Just 14 minutes by plane or 45 minutes by boat from Mahé, Praslin is the second island of the

archipelago with an area of 26 km². Less mountainous than its Mahé, it

owes its reputation to its exceptional Vallée de Mai, a nature reserve, classified

in the UNESCO world heritage, where grows the emblematic coco-fesse, you can also find Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

This sumptuous retreat charms its visitors with a delicate blend of modern

architecture and Creolity, gibing a nod to the island’s heritage, but with a foot firmly in the future. Visitors to The Bliss Hotel can choose from a variety of

accommodation, including 27 Rooms and Suites set within 15 chalets that hide away within nature’s paradise. The 15 Chalets available are built with local

wood and granite and are set on lush tropical land, surrounded by island Fauna and Flora. The interior decoration of each chalet is inspired by Seychelles and

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Enjoy your stay in one of the 6 welcoming and homely ‘Charme rooms’ set in a Chalet. Let the tranquility wash over you the moment you enter this warm and Creole ambiance styled room, where you will be seduced by its simplicity. Each 22m2 room is accompanied by a vast 11m2 terrace; your ideal place for relaxation & reflection. You will wake up as birds sing and be greeted by colourful tropical flowers and luxurious shades of green. For those looking for even more room to kick back and relax, there are 18 ‘Charme Superior’ Rooms, (35m2) that feature an additional reading bed/sofa corner, a large dressing room, an office corner and, as with the Charme rooms, your very own terrace for relaxation and reflection. Families are made very welcome at The Bliss Hotel, with 3 ‘Suite Family Chalet’ available, at a huge 46m2 in size, plus a terrace at 15m2. As well as the bedroom area, these suites feature a relaxing living area that is sure to make you feel like you have arrived to your very own traditional Seychelles house. Sitting on your intimate terrace set in a chalet, families can simmer down and enjoy the sound of the birds, enjoy some refreshments and take in the huge variety of plants and exotic species that surrounds. Take a stroll out of your chalet and you will discover a white sand beach where the sun embraces your skin. As you relax by the waves, you’ll be able to glance upon the sea horizon, scattered with little islands such as Cousin and Cousine. Away from the beach, the Bliss Hotel Praslin Sea Side pool and bar is an ideal place to sip a cocktail of your choice while feeling the ocean breeze and enjoy a meditation moment.


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The gastronomy is as enticing and blissful as the accommodation. The Beach House Restaurant, set in a cozy, comfy and elegant ambiance, serves exquisite Mediterranean cuisine prepared by devoted chefs. With breakfast served 8AM to 10:30AM each morning, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet teaming with fresh local fruits and vegetable, daily pastries and choices of breads, Seychelles jams and paste, yoghurt and cheese, a choice of cereals and more. The team will welcome you for breakfast, be it for the buffet or all day dining with its a la carte menu. Always looking to please and accommodate, the Morning Chef will be delighted to cook your delicious early bright eggs at your taste! Fish and Mediterranean cuisine are served at The Beach House from 12PM to 9.30PM. In this peaceful, cosy, comfy and elegant setting, enjoy the calming ambiance with a feast of fresh fish brought daily from the nearby Seychellois fishermen that you can enjoy grilled or cooked with local ingredients. The Beach House Ă la carte menu brings authenticity in delivering Mediterranean cuisine with a selection of pasta, appetisers, salads, fish, meat and delicious desserts. The Beach House serves all day cocktails to sip, choices of fresh juice and drinks to quench and delicious coffee & teas, perfect for when you want to take for a break. The tropical Garden Pool & Bar is set in the middle of all the Chalets and will refresh you after a beach day or a long day exploring the island. Tea Time is hosted from 4-5PM each day, where you can enjoy complimentary homemade tea set around the Garden Pool. You will taste delicious homemade cakes and pastries. Plus Iced Island Vanilla Tea and iced flavoured spring water.


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Always looking to please and accommodate, the Morning Chef will be delighted to cook your delicious early bright eggs at your taste!

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Set by the sea’s edge and in harmony with the natural surroundings, Pure-Bliss Spa offers a range of local products exclusively made of fresh and organic ingredients. Enjoy a moment of blissful relaxation with a selection of treatments and entertain yourself in the boutique with some local handmade shopping items. Venture outside of the hotel grounds and Praslin will present so any opportunities to you for exploration, relaxation and adventure. Praslin enjoys the most famous beaches; Cote d’Or on the east coast, and Grand Anse on the west coast. There is also a multitude of idyllic beaches such as the famous Anse Lazio, his little sister Anse Georgette and Anse Boudin facing the nature reserve of Curieuse Island or Anse la Blague, which are more difficult to access and therefore less crowded. Not to mention the many lonely creeks cradled by the only sound of the waves that you will cross everywhere on the island. Cruises aboard a sailboat or a boat are the best way to discover the wild coasts of Praslin and explore the surroundings of the Island Curieuse a natural reserve, the surrounding islands like Cousin, Cousine, Aride, the islet Saint Pierre offering a great plant diversity. The Bliss Hotel staff are only too happy to arrange activities such as sailing for their guests, as well as island tours, fishing, diving, snorkelling or hiking. Whatever your wish, the caring and devoted staff will make you experience an unforgettable holiday with a distinct and personalised service. A feeling of paradise. Just bliss….

The Bliss Hotel staff are only too happy to arrange activities such as sailing for their guests, as well as island tours, fishing, diving, snorkelling or hiking.

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LE STUDIO Paul Turcotte Photographer Le Studio Photo Gallery, Anse Lazio Road, Baie de Pasquière, Praslin


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Deemed the most touristy of the Seychelles’ 115 islands, Praslin offers the tourist’s dream holiday.


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ootprints on Côte d’Or Beach, Praslin, is a family owned, self-catering establishment. The architecture, although in concrete, reflects the

old-style creole buildings of their ancestors. Surrounded by lushly

landscaped gardens, all chalets are elegantly decorated and equipped with

modern conveniences. All chalets are equipped with furniture locally designed and crafted by master artisans here at home.

Côte d’Or Footprints offers twelve individual

chalets/villas all hugging this most beautiful

beach of Côte d’Or. Every chalet enjoys a superb view of the beach and the ocean, being a short

few steps away! Spoil yourself – Swim and frolic on one of the best beaches in the world, relax in our salt-water pool, or better yet, do both!

Towels, loungers, kayaks and fresh water open air shower are at your disposal! Personal bbq

grills are available for grilling under a starry sky. These are complimentary. The best part – you can also decide to do absolutely nothing!

In order to meet demands, as well as single

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recently introduced two brand new two-storey family chalets. Along with this, Footprints

now generates 30 percent of its own power via solar energy, as well as using rainwater harvesting for landscaping.

Deemed the most touristy of the Seychelles’ 115 islands, Praslin offers the

tourist’s dream holiday. Just 36 km from Mahé, with air shuttles and high-

speed ferries you can find yourself in paradise in no time. Praslin is a granitic island; about 11km long by 4km across and has its highest elevation at 340m

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Get away from it all. Follow in the footsteps of the family’s generations by creating memories and leaving only footprints in the sand.

The Praslin coastline offers an abundance of the most beautiful beaches imaginable: from the small, secluded, romantic little beach nestled in that special little cove, to the splendour of majestic Côte d’Or Beach. Besides lazing on the beach and catching up on your tan, you can also go snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing or trying out the other multitude of water-related activities on offer around the island. Taxi boats are also available to take you to the adjoining islands, such as St Pierre and Ile Curieuse! Day trips to La Digue are also recommended. The ferries between these two islands are frequent and regular and only take 10 to 15 minutes each way. Should you prefer land-based activities, try hiking up the yet untouched-by-man hills, go bike riding or explore the island by car. The world-famous Vallée de Mai with its Coco de Mer palms growing in their natural habitat is a must for all! Praslin is also renowned for its wide variety of restaurants, from the smallest, quaint “on-the-roadside” shack to the classiest of upscale restaurants. As you can see, you can choose to be a busy bee or laid back vacationer – it’s up to you. To aide in your adventures and tour scheduling, our manager is always happy to facilitate you with achieving a most memorable experience. *Not recommended on holiday, but if you must, free wifi is available to all. Get away from it all. Follow in the footsteps of the family’s generations by creating memories and leaving only footprints in the sand. Historically, the official name of the beach on which Footprints stands is Anse Volbert, named after Auguste VAULBERT, one of the first French settlers of the area. The name Côte d’Or was given to this estate by its original owner, Charles JOUANIS, grandfather to the present owners. Côte d’Or Estate at the time was quite vast and included Anse Volbert as well as parts of Baie Ste Anne. In 1744 this island was first named Ile des Palmes by Lazare PICAULT, no doubt in reference to the abundance of the giant Coco de Mer palms on the island. A second name in 1756, Ile Moras, was given by Nicolas MORPHEY who was the new Financial Controller in France. The name Praslin finally came in 1768 in honour of César-Gabriel CHOISEUL-CHEVIGNY, Duc de Praslin, the French Minister of the Navy.

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Villa Verte

and the George Camille Gallery An Art Lover’s Retreat

Sat harmoniously within the surrounds of a lush forest upon La Digue Island, Villa Verte is a holiday home that has been lovingly created and designed by well -known local artist, George Camille.

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eaturing colour schemes that reflect the lush surroundings as well as displaying many of the artist’s original paintings, this is a retreat that sings with the promise of a relaxing, tropical atmosphere and a glimpse into the laidback and friendly lifestyle of the island. The fourth largest island of the Seychelles group, La Digue is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands with palm–fringed beaches, towering granite boulders and turquoise waters and is only a short sail away from the larger island of Praslin. The villa is ideally located on the north east of the island by Anse Gaulettes and is just a 15 minute cycle to bustling La Passe, but far enough away to provide a quieter and more relaxing spot. It was built in 2002 on the site of a old creole wooden house which had fallen down, with the gentleman who constructed it running a small holding there together with a few farm animals to keep his lifestyle selfsufficient. Ensuring the character and story of the site was upheld and respected, the walls of the ground floor were made from granite rocks that were broken on site whilst the land was being cleared for the construction, whilst the rest of the house is clad with timber, allowing the villa to sit camouflaged within its surroundings. Today this striking three storey building houses not only holiday accommodation on the top two floors, but the highly acclaimed George Camille Gallery on the ground floor, making it the perfect accommodation for lovers of the arts. Villa Verte can comfortably sleep 6 – 8 people in 3 double ensuite bedrooms, the largest of which is on the upper floor and has ample space for an additional 2 single beds. It is without doubt that the most popular place in the house is the 36 square metre verandah with its wooden swing and great views over the ocean and across to the cluster of islands that includes Felicite, the sister islands and Coco Island. The wooden balustrade and lambrequin are both hand-carved with leaves. The villa itself is painted green, the colour of new leaves and is built in the traditional creole style with quaint wooden shutters hung on traditional forged metal hinges and locked with metal crochets all made on La Digue. If you can pull yourself away from the enchanting verandah, you’ll a small convenience store about 100 meters away and two restaurants within a short 10 minute walk, all offering fish from the sea, fruits from the forest and the best of local produce available on La Digue. The artwork within Villa Verte has all been created by the Seychellois artist George Camille, inspired by local flora and fauna, creating an eclectic, breezy and tropical feeling. Villa Verte is in itself a gallery of Camille’s art, which he created in 2001.

Camille was born and continued to live and work in Seychelles and its Indian Ocean environment inspires, drives and informs everything he does. ‘Living next to the ocean has resulted in its sounds, smells and beauty being represented through forms and movements in my work. Within my aesthetic environment, natural forms intertwine and overlap, creating a sense of place recognisable as the multi-layered panorama of light and texture I see when I look at the sea and sky every morning.’ George Camille George Camille was born and continue to live and work in the Seychelles. The fourth child from a family of eight, George’s parents ran a family bakery on the island of La Digue. Helping out in the bakery from an early age instilled a natural work ethic in him. But art was his calling, a talent that was recognized and nurtured at an early age by his parents and his teachers. His first wish to become an artist one day was grounded in his childhood while watching his late eldest brother, Patrick drawing scenes of tropical island life with effortless grace. Being the designated class artist and even selling drawings to friends at school would influence the budding artist to choose a career that would culminate in being recognized as the best visual artist in Seychelles in 2019. George was twenty years old when he first left Seychelles. London – where he arrived to study after winning an art scholarship – shocked him to the marrow. It was a great culture shock indeed for a young man who grew up in a cultural void on a faraway island in the Seychelles to find himself living and studying in one of the busiest metropolitan city in Europe. In 1987 on his return to Seychelles and being unable to find a job in the creative field, he decided to design and print T-shirts and beach sarongs to sell to tourists. To start this business, he borrowed the equivalent of 50 USD from his sister and bought T-shirts, paints and fabrics, turning his mom’s kitchen into a working place. Soon after that, he had the chance to have his first retail outlet in the main market in Victoria. Camille’s products were very colorful and bright – each one of them was a painting as he treated the T-shirts and fabrics as canvas for painting. And from such humble origins was born Sunstroke Studio, a design and screen printing business that at the height of it success trained and provided work for over thirty young Seychellois artists and craftsmen and ran several boutiques and galleries This was followed in 1997 by the restoration of an old wooden colonial house, Kaz Zanana, which he opened as his first permanent art gallery in Victoria, Seychelles.


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A number of important collaborative friendships with fellow artists also helped to focus his direction as an artist, most notably his work with ‘Tonga Bill’ Fehoko, the Martinique artist Habdaphaï and the French artist Mikel Chaussepied who in 1992, introduced George to the techniques of etching. While the breathtaking beauty of the Seychelles and its people have always inspired George, it’s the light drenched refuge of his recently built studio at Le Rocher that releases the creative genie in him. Decorated on the outside with a sea of three shades of turquoise, punctuated by a multitude of primary coloured fish, this double storey building commands an amazing view of Trois Freres Mountain and provides the perfect sanctuary for his printmaking, sculpture and painting studios. George‘s studio space also hosts artist residencies, allowing the community to benefit from his facilities and offers an international meeting point for talented artists. George has also used this space to regularly offer mentorship opportunities to young student artists and has allowed school visits from time to time. There is an emphasis on mentoring and youth engagement. Bettering the younger generation. Over the last thirty years, etchings have become the medium for his more detailed and figurative work. Having his own printing press has allowed him to experiment with a range of intaglio print techniques, combining a variety of materials and processes to create images which has shaped the development and presentation of his personal visual alphabet. Working mainly on copper and zinc plates and using dry point and acid bite techniques, George produce limited edition monochrome prints as well as hand painted etchings that strive to capture the spirit of Seychellois life. His heavily textured collages, made from glued pieces of cut and ripped canvases and painted in acrylic depicting traditional Creole scenes and sceneries, transport the viewer on an intense journey into the physical beauty and evocative mythology of the Seychelles islands. His most recent work has incorporated elements of ‘objets trouve’ into mixed media work which has seen him experimenting with embossed copper, recycled electrical wire, metal, relief work , and installation art. The shutter project was an initiative whereby discarded windows and doors from local houses/ buildings were salvaged and transformed into new pieces of art, so as to pay homage to their inherent value and perhaps serve as a gentle reminder of old ways forgotten. On the local side, many of the projects undertaken have drawn inspiration from issues facing the Seychellois People, this is especially true at many of the high-profile biennales most domestically and internationally where George has used his talent to shine a light on some of the darker issues facing our society today. George is currently chairman of Seychelles Art Foundation, an art NGO with affiliates in China, African and Italy. The vision of Seychelles Art Foundation is to 126

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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. For more than 50 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. 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 FiveStar experience on the water – consistently described by guests as their “best holiday ever”.


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These vessels are some of the most sought-after charter yachts available.

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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 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.

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7 South Seychelles is well known for its ‘out of this world beaches’ and its breathtaking cast away outer islands.

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°South’s beautiful venture began with its uniquely designed fly fishing experiences offered on Alphonse Island in the late 90’s. Located exactly seven degrees south of the equator, this captivating island was the inspiration behind the company’s incorporated name in 1999. 7°South has been designing tailor made journeys for guests visiting Seychelles for over two decades since then. Established in 1999, 7°South is recognized today as the most dynamic agency in Seychelles offering a wide range of tailor-made holidays to the Seychelles. Indeed, with over a decade of existence in providing tourism services meeting the needs and expectations of discerning travellers to Seychelles, 7°South now handles clients originating from different countries stretching from Europe, Asia and Africa to North America. This is the result of a marketing strategy focusing on new market segments where Seychelles was not yet very well known as a holiday destination and of the development of new products such as golf, fly fishing, tailored cruises and island-hopping holiday programs in addition to the traditional excursions. Planning an intricate itinerary requires careful attention to detail combined with an active ‘bucket list motivated imagination’ and a great amount of flexibility. Focused on sharing the essence of the beautiful Seychelles archipelago and inspire visitor’s curiosity from across the globe to such an enchanting spot. A great part of the company’s continued success is credited to its passionate and dynamic multilingual team from diverse cultures, enabling them to better understand their guests’ individual needs to create ultimate ‘live in the moment’ stories to take back home. As an exclusive destination, each island carries its own authentic charm with green cloaked mountains merging so smoothly with the ocean portraying the most spectacular sunsets, offering an abundance of romantic locations perfect for honeymooners to create unforgettable moments. The different experiences offered appeals to the individual requirements of each guests including the adventure seeking enthusiasts. For the more adrenaline driven, hiking through lush tropical forests which happens to be the home of endemic plants and haven for rare species with the possibility of Zip lining down the valley.

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Expeditions to outer island groups can be organised with stops on selected islands, anchoring in the Aldabra atoll listed in UNESCO’S protected areas of the world which requires special permission greatly due to its massive breeding grounds for endangered marine species and land species alike. Home to giant land tortoises. Seychelles offers year-round exciting and unmatched cruising for all types of yacht and the Seychelles has some of the riches fishing waters offering excellent opportunities for fishing. Boats can be hired for private cruising of the islands and with your own skipper, you can choose to visit areas which are difficult to get to by land, or you can visit other islands, with an alternative view from the sea. The variety of charter boats and fishing excursions available allow for individual tailoring of fishing programmes. Step from uncrowded beaches straight into the warm embrace of the purest turquoise water and live your dream of a perfect tropical island lifestyle in the land of perpetual summer. And, in the waters just offshore you will discover the enchantment of the Seychelles marine parks where a living aquarium awaits you in the form of colorful schooling reef fish, octopus, lobster and turtle… For those looking to swing a club, 7˚ South can arrange a round of golf on Mahé or Praslin. On Praslin the 18-hole championship golf course situated at Lemuria Resort, a Par 70 was opened in 2000, covering an area of 5,556 m. The golf course with its pools, bunkers and changing topography provides a tremendous challenge as well as a magnificent setting to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike. This spectacular course borders the enchanting beaches of both the Small Kerlan Cove and the Grand Kerlan

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There are wild and atmospheric places to be explored in Seychelles only accessible on foot. Guided walks can be arranged on Mahé, Praslin and Silhouette, led by knowledgeable local guides. Some walks are easy while others in the mountains require a good level of fitness. This is the best way to see the endemic flora and fauna of Seychelles. Walks are also a wonderful way to see spectacular panoramic views of the Seychelles scenery. Snorkeling the clear turquoise sea, seeing the buoyant marine life or discovering the deep drops through diving experiences, makes for a memorable holiday. Now imagine swimming with manta rays or the protected green turtles. The possibilities are endless. The Seychelles is also the ideal place for water sports and for thrills on the ocean, with the Beau Vallon bay being one of the most ideal places. Enjoy a selection of water sports that includes water-skiing, parachute rides, jet-skis, banana rides, sailing and much more. None-motorised water sports are also widely available at some resorts. Seychelles has everything to offer to diving enthusiasts by way of the Subios International festival which is held each year. Diving in Seychelles is superb. The variety of fish life is stunning as is the underwater scenery with its towering granite boulders encrusted with coral, school of brightly coloured fish, turtles, rays, tunnels, caves, coral gardens. The team can arrange dives at some of the best sites in the inner islands, including to longer range sites. For beginners, the full range of PADI courses are available and all necessary dive equipment is available at Dive Centres.


Seychelles is known for its paradise like islands offering wedding and honeymoon couples an experience to cherish forever – a dream! With 7°South this dream is easily turned into reality,

Cove. On Mahé, there is an attractive 9-hole golf course in an old coconut plantation. The best time to play is when it is cooler in the early morning or late afternoon. Discover Mahé or Praslin at your own pace in a hired car. Your 7˚ South representative will arrange the bookings and tell you all you need to know before setting out, including advice on local driving conditions, sights to look out for on the journey and where to fill up with fuel. Cars can be delivered and re-delivered at prearranged points to suit you, such as the airport or your hotel. You will need a valid international driving license. Seychelles is known for its paradise like islands offering wedding and honeymoon couples an experience to cherish forever – a dream! With 7°South this dream is easily turned into reality, choose among a variety of locations, from 5* star Resorts, private villa estates to the small affordable establishments located on the main island Mahe, Praslin, La Digue or on one of our exclusive islands resort. Leave all the arrangements with the team and your wedding co-ordinator will add all the special touches you may require for your personalised wedding – on the special day you just be there and say “I do”! 7°South also partners with different properties around the islands including exclusive high-end boutique style properties, offering the ultimate barefoot luxury experience with a high focus on the conservation of nature combined with wellness of the mind and body within its portfolio.

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SUMMER RAIN TOURS & TRAVELS A Luxury Travel & Tour Company

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he stunning paradisiac islands of the Seychelles deserve to be explored with the people who know it best, Summer Rain Tour & Travels. The team at Summer Rain offer a wide range of services and customised packages to make your holiday to the paradise a personalised luxury adventure a million miles away from mass tourism. Mr Mervyn Esparon brings his own love of luxury adventure travel and exploration to the Company by offering clients uniquely tailored tours and packages, transportation services, hotel reservations and ground handling. Established in 2017, the company is run by highly qualified professionals with more than ten years of experience in the tourism and aviation industry. The company caters to everyone, from the adventure enthusiasts who may have a thrilling interest in Island Hopping, Diving, Snorkelling, Fishing, Nature Trails and Zip lining, to the more laidback holidaymaker who might prefer Sightseeing, Private Yachting and Helicopter Tours, to the honeymooners. Whatever your choice of the type of holiday you’d like to have, the team at Summer Rain will be personally involved in making sure that it’s the best one yet. The team at Summer Rain offer an exploration of paradise in comfort giving travellers the opportunity to discover the soul of the islands at their own pace. This can include charters, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling trips which Summer Rain can organise on the different islands. Whilst the Seychelles is a popular beach destination, those who prefer a more adventurous holiday can get the opportunity to explore the nature trails – an experience that the Summer Rain team can organise. As part of their services, Summer Rain can offer guests the ‘Exclusive Water Sports Tour’ which includes a combination of sightseeing, relaxing and adventure! There are different packages which include glass bottom boat charters, BBQ lunches, parasailing, snorkelling, jet ski riding and much more. The company personalise each trip with experiences that are unique and authentic.


Excursions on Land, on Water or in the Air Island Hopping Tour This package is a combination of two beautiful islands, Praslin and La Digue. This fun packed and exciting tour features a visit to the Valle De Mai, home to the Coco De Mer and the Black Parrot, as well as a beach trip to Anse Lazio, one of the best beaches in the world. The tour then continues with a boat transfer to the Island of La Digue which includes an authentic creole lunch prepared by a friendly Diguoise, a tour of the island by bike and a trip to Anse Source D’Argent, another stunning beach added to the international list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Cousin & Curieuse & St Pierre Island The journey begins as you set sail for the Island of Cousin, a nature reserve and home to unique species of birds. After exploring Cousin, the next stop is Curieuse Island National Park where guests can enjoy the delicious creole lunch on the beach and the opportunity to walk along the nature trail. The final stop on the tour is a snorkelling session at St. Pierre island, where guests can enjoy the beautiful and unique marine life!

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Coco, Sister & Felicite Island You can embark on a spectacular journey from La Digue for a short boat ride to Coco Island, renowned for its pristine clear and turquoise waters – one of the most beautiful snorkelling spots. Your next stop is then Felicite Island where you can explore the underwater world and admire the coastline of Praslin as you sail towards the Sister Islands where you can enjoy a BBQ Lunch right on the beach!

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From luxurious accommodation to champagne; the allinclusive wedding packages offered by Summer Rain might be the answer to a stress free and stunning wedding.

The Ultimate Culinary Experience The Seychellois cuisine has an amazing legacy spanning across different continents with the excellent use of spices, fruits and vegetables. Summer Rain Tours can organise to take you to the most popular and authentic restaurants that serve the best of the Seychelles’ culinary legacy.

Romantic Proposals Proposing to the love of your life can be the start of making magical memories. The team at Summer Rain are on hand to give you the essential help in making that dream come true, whether you already have an idea in mind or want to choose from one of their exquisitely put together packages. From the Underwater Proposal to the Relaxing Spa Proposal to the Surprise Proposal on a helicopter ride, Summer Rain can make your marriage proposal an unforgettable one that will last a lifetime.

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Tying the knot in paradise The Seychelles boasts some of the world’s most stunning and secluded natural wedding venues with its untouched and breath-taking beauty. The team at Summer Rain can offer hassle free wedding packages. From luxurious accommodations to champagne; their all-inclusive package, is all you need for your dream wedding to become a reality. As a wedding and honeymoon expert, Summer Rain Tours & Travel provide you with daily travel specials, all inclusive services, discounts and customised packages. From luxurious accommodation to champagne; the all-inclusive wedding packages offered by Summer Rain might be the answer to a stress free and stunning wedding. Planning a wedding or honeymoon can be stressful, however Summer Rain offer a range of exclusive packages that takes care of all your needs. The packages include several nights stay at the top hotels on the island, as well as the airport transfers, decorations, wedding coordinators, meals, registrations services, the setting up of the ceremony and much more. With the Bougainvillea Package, Hibiscus Package, Lor Kreol Exclusive Package and the Coco D’amour Wedding Package, guests get to pick which package suits their needs to experience the wedding of their dreams.


From the save-the-date cards before the wedding to the flowers, by opting for an ecofriendly wedding, the bride and groom can reduce their impact on the environment. The Eco-conscious couple can say ‘I Do’ under a backdrop of endless skies and magnificent surrounding lush mountains cascading towards the shoreline with the Mission Lodge Wedding Package. The enchanting Ceremony takes place at the Mission Lodge with a variety of services and offers such as a floral arch, exotic bouquet, tree planting to commemorate wedding nuptials and more. Alternatively, the Summer Rain team are on hand to provide you with the perfect setting with the Cerf Island Dream Wedding Package which features a majestic sunset ceremony with the silhouette of Mahe island in the background. Thanks to mother nature the beach and the ocean are a natural stunning venue for the perfect weeding. The Barefoot Wedding Package includes a choice of beaches where guest can exchange their vows, with beautiful eco-friendly décor and a ceremonial tree planting. There’s nowhere more romantic for a tropical wedding then the stunning beaches in Seychelles. The exotic beachfront settings makes for the ceremony of a lifetime reflecting an ambience of island-style luxury. Get the personalized service for the holiday of a lifetime with the passionate team at Summer Rain Tours & Travels who are ready to create your perfect holiday in Seychelles, packed with unforgettable moments. Summer Rain are on hand to plan and organise every detail of your holiday, whether it be for a proposal, wedding, honeymoon or just a break away, the team are ready to make your trip to Seychelles a memorable one!

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e it for fun or function, whether you require airport or ferry pick ups, drop offs or simply want to explore the island and its many stunning beaches and tourism attractions, MC Seychelles will take the stress out of traveling and will get you from A to B in style and comfort. Praslin, with a population of 6,500 people, is Seychelles’ second largest island. It lies 45km to the northeast of Mahé and measures 10km by 3.7km. A leisurely tour around the island by car will take approximately 2 hours and so private taxi hire is highly recommended to make the most it! There is so much to discover on Praslin. It is the site of the fabulous Vallée de Mai, one of Seychelles’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island also features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, both appearing on the top-10 list of world’s best beaches in recent years. Customers unfamiliar with the island can make use of the expertise and local knowledge MC Seychelles offers by allowing them to arrange a perfect restaurant or bar for a romantic evening, a sunset tour to take that perfect picture or even wedding parties and events. The brand new fleet of vehicles can accommodate all sizes of groups, plus all the staff have a vast knowledge of the island, so guests are free to ask away. The dedicated experienced staff are there to make your visit or stay on Praslin a memorable one. MC Seychelles also offer quality car hire and rentals, with a fleet of brand new high spec small 4 door cars, as well as new 4 / 5 & 7 seater models such as the Hyundai Creta SUV, Suzuki Ertiga and Hyundai Grand i10. The company can arrange hotel or villa drops or can even meet you on arrival to Praslin via the airport or ferry jetty. With an MC Seychelles car, you’re free to start exploring the island on your own terms, however should you require some guidance, the team can also help with recommendations for routes, book restaurants or bars, provide pin drop locations for Google mapping directions and information on sunsets.


The MC Seychelles’ story all began about 8 years ago with Michel Chetty, who started with a tour guide business with a 12 seater bus. After completing a tour guide course, he started taking clients for tours all over the island of Praslin. Two years later, he encouraged his father to join the business as the number of clients was on the increase and there was a growing demand for transfers. Michel started a service with an 8 seater mini van and around 5 years ago he had a vision to launch a self-catering accommodation business. Constantly working with tourists, he has able to effectively gauge demand and at the time it was clear that there was a distinct gap in the market for this style of holiday let. Michel constructed a one bedroom apartment and launched what is now known as MC Selfcatering, which is still going strong to date. With a great demand for car rental on the island, Michel often found himself unable to hire a transport for his MC Selfcatering clients and so decided to invest, along with his girlfriend, in a car rental company; MC Rent a Car. Originally launching with a 5 car fleet, the company now boast a fleet of 9 brand new cars, ranging from 5 seater to 7 seater. As demand for transfers was also on the rise, the company extended their offering to mini bus services, now known as the MC Bus Service, which operates 2 brand new Toyota Hiace 16 seater buses. The family business now comprises of MC Tours, MC Taxi Service, MC Car Rental, MC Selfcatering and MC Bus Services, all of which fall under the umbrella company title of MC Seychelles. With the tourism industry continuing to grow and thrive on Praslin Island and with Michel being the enterprising business man he is, MC Seychelles has other new projects related to tourism on the horizon, as well as the expansion of existing ones.

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oday, Eden Island is the perfect holiday destination with its four secluded beaches, swimming pools, a tennis court, a jogging track that circles the entire island and a gymnasium all set in lush green landscaped gardens. However, this hasn’t always been the case. In fact, it is only in the last decade that Eden island has been constructed and raised to opulent perfection. Eden Island graces the east coast shoreline of Mahé and was once merely a dead coral reef. That is, until Seychelles officials recognised an opportunity to create both a new place for many people to call home and a community and lifestyle in itself. They approached South African property developer, Craig Heeger and after meticulous planning, construction of the foundations of Eden Island began just prior to 2000 and ran up until 2006. The luxury villas, maisons and apartments that you see today soon began to be created and by 2006, the international market was invited to purchase - and purchase they did. By less than 10 year later, around 500 units had been snapped up and developers and officials were quick to see the impact the development had made. Today, an enticing array of luxurious homes are available for sale and for rental in this prestigious island location. 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. If it’s diving, snorkelling, 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.


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Eden Island – Owning the Seychelles dream A personal account by Glynn Burridge

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Descending the lower reaches of the La Misère road as it meanders towards the capital, Victoria, the narrow view through the roadside trees suddenly swells to the horizon and, soon, the shimmering red roofs, turquoise lagoons and pastel hues of Eden Island ghost into my field of vision like a tropical daydream. The development of Eden Island as a residential and commercial marina dates back to 2005, with the first homes completed in 2008, the year when the marina also welcomed its first vessels. Since that time, it has become Mahé island’s most dominant landmark and groundbreaking development, showing the way forward to an exciting new business model and fresh concept of island living. Eden Island occupies 56 hectares of reclaimed land just off Mahé’s east coast. Connected to the mainland by bridge, today this prestigious development features a total of 501 residences divided between apartments, maisons and villas, out of a final target of 576 and with a mere 45 units unsold. All nestle within an island cocoon of tidy gardens with hotel, gym, clubhouse, swimming pools, tennis court, four private beaches, 300-berth marina and commercial centre containing Seychelles’ only shopping mall, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and myriad retail outlets. Surrendering my car to the multi-storey car park in favour of an electric buggy which every resident of the island is given, I pass through one of the 24-hour security stations and into the web of pathways that circle and traverse the island. Navigating these takes a bit of getting used to, especially at night, but my overall impression is one of tidiness and order with the odd roadside map positioned to guide you to the beaches and various island amenities. I pass a family strolling the path, heading towards the beach at Anse Bernik, a glorious, shimmering strand fringing a protected bay and offering the perfect venue for a family picnic, afternoon’s relaxation or even a spot of kite-surfing. It is here that I catch my first sight of one of Eden’s majestic $3,500,000 villas, crowning the entrance to an azure waterway in splendid solitude as the undisputed master of all it surveys. The crisp, flowing lines of its Creole vernacular architecture are arresting, its proportions voluptuous. My residence for the weekend is a spacious 3-bedroom maison complete with swimming pool, close to the water’s edge with private garden and BBQ area. All Eden homes come with their own mooring and in the fully airconditioned interior, the stylishly-furnished living room flows into a fully-equipped Miele kitchen. Again, I am impressed by the tidiness of the design and the maison’s unassuming ambiance of comfort which quickly has me settling in and feeling at home.

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My brief tells me that Eden Island boasts a full range of freehold title homes: 3-6 bedroom villas;$1300000 to $1800000 3-4 bedroom, duplex maisons and $500,000 to $995 000, 1-3 bedroom apartments to accommodate all tastes, with the one-bedroom units specifically targeting the rental market. Neatly avoiding the hassle of buying furniture and decorating, Eden even gives you a choice of different styles for furniture and interior decor. All you need to do is turn the door key and step into your new island life. An additional advantage is that as an owner, you and your family can apply for Seychelles residency and you can also place your home in the Eden Island Luxury Accommodation portfolio and rent it out on short or long term. Buyers also have access to the attractive resale market which has already shown some impressive capital growth. Eden has attracted a lot of attention for the ambitious nature and scale of its development, earning accolades at the International Property Awards, Arabia and Africa 2013/14 and 2015/2016 events but perhaps the most eloquent statement of confidence comes from customers themselves, over 25% of the homes on Eden Island are owned by people who have two or more homes on the island. Nothing, after all, succeeds like success. I decide to take my buggy for an evening spin just as the sun is setting against Eden’s spectacular mountain backdrop in a riotous splash of colour, the island deeply tranquil as its inhabitants prepare for their evening. A lone fishing boat drifts languidly back into its mooring after a day’s fishing out on the banks, the occupants jubilantly planning the evening’s BBQ as they drag off the day’s catch. A French-speaking couple set off to explore Eden Plaza and, on the tennis court, a couple contest final, heated points in the encroaching twilight. One thing that’s particularly noticeable is the number of different languages I am hearing spoken. When I ask about this, I learn that no less than 43 nationalities have already bought property on Eden Island which is totally in keeping with Seychelles’ age-old tradition of being a melting pot for nationalities from all across the globe. I can’t help but smile to myself as I recall a friend’s mantra: “What Seychelles is today, the world will become tomorrow.” Over the years, it is precisely this grand diversity which has bestowed on our islands their unique sense of social and political harmony – an oasis of calm in a world of turmoil - and it’s heartwarming to see Eden maintaining the tradition of this welcoming, gentle way of island living. The phone rings and I’m off to join friends for a drink at the Eden Bleu hotel, one of the recent additions to Eden’s expanding portfolio. Ideally located, just minutes from both the airport and the capital, Victoria, this chic hotel offers a comprehensive suite of facilities to the discerning vacationer or business traveller including a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and even conference facilities.


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Its deck overlooks the Eden marina, where a vast flotilla of yachts and pleasure craft, some local, others visiting, take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities. That, and the fact that the Seychelles seascape with its many islands, all within easy sailing distance, is not only visually stunning, but also safe. From here, it’s only a short walk to the Eden Plaza with its many boutiques, services, SPAR supermarket, coffee shops, bars and rich choice of restaurants. I find myself considering what else a resident of Eden Island might need by way of amenities and sheer convenience. After another night spent in the cool vibe of my maison and a poolside BBQ with friends, it’s time to leave. When I think back on my stay, several impressions linger: one is that Eden, and the various experiences it offers, comes across as being well-integrated. Secondly, as a foreigner looking to set down roots in Seychelles, it’s hard to beat Eden for the security and the convenience of living it provides. Last, but by no means least, is the breadth of vision of the Eden Island project which definitely builds on the uniqueness of the Seychelles brand to bring the dream of refined island living with all its trappings within reach of a fortunate few. For more information, please visit www.edenisland.sc

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LA PLAGE Fine Dining In The Seychelles La Plage restaurant, located on Beau Vallon Beach a few metres from the Indian Ocean , offers a fine Belgian brasserie cuisine, fused with the flavours and the colours of the Creole cuisine. A family run restaurant for almost 10 years now, it’s been a thrilling journey for the owners, whose roots have inspired this unique fusion menu.

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ositioned right on the beach of Beau Vallon, La Plage offers you a stunning panorama whether you are sitting inside or out on deck. The views of Silhouette island, North Island and the turquoise waters of the bay will mesmerise you throughout the day, and let’s not forget the sunset that turns the skies into a blazing fire. The Executive Chef, Pat Monthy, will delight your taste buds with the best of the two cultures through the freshest local ingredients and from abroad. The lunch menu offers salads , smoked marlin from the kitchens , Yellow Fin tuna tartare or sashimi, Rock lobster, 100 % beef burger or lamb burger, a selection of pastas from linguine seafood to the penne rigate with octopus and the classic linguine Bolognese. Enjoy the beach and the sea while tasting one of the desserts or Mövenpick ice cream and sorbets. In the afternoon , enjoy a quick bite from our list of 21 tapas . Home made Job fish croquettes with Mozzarella or fresh guacamole or rillettes of sword fish or Thaï fish cakes or a bruschete with garlic and Parma ham … while zipping a cold draughted Heineken or a rosé wine . The family’s passion for wine since 1862 will assure you that in the 168 references you will find your perfect match for your meal. Let the team take you for a wine trip through France, Italy, Spain , South Africa, Australia and South America and the various wineries and their wide varieties of grapes and appellations which will please your pallet and enhance your dishes. Enjoy Rothschild, Antinori , Gonzales Byass, Louis Moreau, Guy Saget, Louis Roederer, Nicolas Feuillatte, Lancelot Pienne, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, Paul Blanck, Alexander Bottega, Domaines d’Ott, Château Peyrassol, Marianne, Mulderbosch, Ornellaia and many other wines from worldwide renowned wine makers.

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In the evening enjoy the gastro menu starting weekly with new dishes from the Chef’s weekly suggestions . The chefs receive weekly fresh oysters from Oléron and we have created numerous tasty dishes made from local ingredients as well as international flavors. Start with a black pudding tartlet or a potato and curry soup or an oyster soup or an octopus carpaccio with mild curry or foie gras velouté with morilles or a Charolais beef tartare or a fresh palm heart salad with truffle vinaigrette . Continue the journey with risotto seafood or a Red Snapper filet provencale vegetables smoke fish and potato brandade or an octopus curry . If you fancy a good piece of meat after days of fish plates, visit the meat corner for meat lovers with its 400 gr ribeye steak La Normande or a Salers beef striploin of 250 gr served with either baked potato and garlic butter or French fries with a fresh béarnaise sauce, raifort and pepper mustard sauce.


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The family’s passion for wine since 1862 will assure you that in the 168 references you will find your perfect match for your meal.

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The La Plage team covers all areas and strides to provide the greatest quality of service Seychelles has to offer.


Do be sure to ask about special menus available for special occasions for 2 or more as the Chef will be delighted to suggest various menus that can be paired with the wines of your choice.

If you enjoy vegetarian dishes, then be sure to order the goat cheese tartlet or vegetable risotto with summer truffles or how about a crunchy vegetables curry. If you want to completely go out of your boundaries than opt for the cheese fondue or Bouchot mussels casserole “marinières” or “vin blanc” or “red curry”. Having a special occasion, order the Chinese fondue and enjoy cooking your filets of fish or your calamari or your veal filet or your chinese noodles …. The whole family is catered for at La Plage, with a whole exciting range of kid’s specials : 100 % beef burger or pasta with home made Bolognese or fish and chips or the signature chicken Yakitori, all of course (if requested) accompanied with real ketchup, french fries or rice . On a lazy Sunday morning, enjoy an exquisite brunch “à la carte” with scrambled eggs , asparagus and truffles or perhaps Eggs Benedict, the freshly baked croissants feuilletés or bread blades, a fresh cucumber (grown in Seychelles) salad or a smoked salmon plate Relax with a drink on the terrace, with a vast menu boasting everything from fresh juices to tasty cocktails made with the best spirits or a glass of bubbles with a Prosecco or a Champagne or enjoy of glass of wine by the glass or by the bottle selection in all 3 colours. Do be sure to ask about special menus available for special occasions for 2 or more as the Chef will be delighted to suggest various menus that can be paired with the wines of your choice. La Plage is open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM until 23:00 PM. The team is composed of long lasting staff and a few students eager to learn, lead by the eldest son of the family. The La Plage team has great synergy and it is clear their sole intention is to make everyone welcome inside of the establishment. From Christopher who has been with this restaurant for over 10 years as headwaiter to new young Seychellois students who wish to establish themselves in the world of service, the La Plage team covers all areas and strides to provide the greatest quality of service Seychelles has to offer.

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Culinary Discovery at The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles A world of gastronomic adventure is waiting to be discovered at The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles. Open to both guests and now the public, this luxury resort now offers a smorgasbord of restaurants set to capture the imaginations and hearts of the most discerning of diners. Eden Nestled between the luscious greenery of the gardens on the property and at the foot of the beach, Eden is a hub of gastronomic experiences. Romantic yet authentic, it serves a delicious selection of Creole inspired dishes with fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat from the BBQ. The restaurant seats up to 50 people and can be hired out, upon request, for intimate wedding receptions and celebrations. The dedicated team of chefs & service staff ensure and cook the meat to your choice while the sommelier enthralls you with their excellent selection of wines.

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Seyshima Seyshima, derived from ‘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 and Sushi. The restaurant is located on the natural lagoon that flows through the resort and true to its name gives you an island dining experience. The quaint and cosy restaurant can seat up to 25 persons and is perfect for family and couples to dine in. A popular venue for Japanese cuisine on the Mahé, diners can simply enjoy some freshly rolled sushi or can dine a la carte whilst they revel in a Teppan show by the chef.

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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. Eden Vasco’s & 1502 Lobby Bar

The resort’s main restaurant, which is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, is the perfect spot to enjoy your breakfast or to finish your day with a hearty dinner. Open-aired, bright and contemporary in décor, it offers both indoor and al fresco seating for up to 125 guests. The buffet and live stations feature international and Creole cuisine and offers a daily changing theme for dinner. On dedicated evenings, a variety of traditional dance and live music performances keep you entertained. 1502 was the year in which Vasco da Gama sighted the Seychelles islands. This lobby bar is a quintessential venue and the place to discover your own paradise with their concoctions of delectable cocktails, fine wines and spirits. You can enjoy some shisha on the terrace while you soak in the sunset colors or some sporty bites and beverages while you enjoy the live sports and games or a weekly screening of classic movies.

Trader Vic’s Seychelles 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 & 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 to 1944. Years ahead of his time, this world renowned restaurant chose to offer Chinese dishes alongside the thencontemporary 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. Following in these footsteps, each venue is constantly innovating and adding to the menu while the zeal to scour the globe for new ideas and revolutionising dishes goes on. The signature restaurant in Seychelles sets a worldstandard 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 barbecues 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 savor 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 favourites. 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 while you are entertained by the resident band featuring a Latin-American influence. The restaurant has an exciting atmosphere with the exotic décor, including timeless and authentic artefacts from around the globe and can seat up to 100 guests. It’s the perfect venue for corporate parties, wedding reception or simply celebrating life!

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For more information, or to make a reservation at any of the restaurants, please visit www.hresortseychelles.com

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Rockpool

Seafood Bar & Grill Mediterranean Inspired Cuisine with a Sunset View

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arvel at the world’s most beautiful sunset, all the while enjoying the delicate fusion of mediterranean and creole influences on your plate. Hidden within a cove on the northern side of Mahe, the rustic Rockpool Seafood Bar & Grill is home to the panoramic view of a stunning beach caressed by cascading granite boulders and a deep orange and pink sunset. ‘Let the lapping of the waves on the shores delight you whilst you dine or enjoy an early evening cocktail!’ Today, eating out is often an opportunity to immerse yourself in a constellation of good food and conversation, but also in a vibe that fades the fast pace of modern life far, far away. The designers of Rockpool have taken this into account and have incorporated rustic wooden styled furniture, zen art and authentic decor to transport you into a world of dining that you can escape to. ‘The atmosphere is calm, natural and exclusive’ The restaurant is found just below the terrace of Bliss Hotel, offering a cosy, elegant, outdoor atmosphere. Upon entering Rockpool you are immediately drawn to the secluded and authentic feeling, not to mention the large golden Buddha statue under the shade of the tree in the middle of the restaurant. The friendly team are ready to take you to a table with a smile and offer wonderful cocktails, and some of the best pasta and grills on the island. Rockpool is the ideal venue to experience the perfect fusion of local and Mediterranean culinary delights with a hint of creole touch but be sure not to miss the majestic Silhouette Island in the far distance on the horizon. From the moment the restaurant opens around midday, until it closes later in the evening at 10pm, guests can come and enjoy a freshly mixed cocktail or coffee whilst feasting the eyes on the beautiful view. If you’re looking for a romantic or relaxed atmosphere for lunch or dinner, the menu offers a range of mouthwatering starter, main course and dessert dishes.

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The delicious meals and unique ambiance at Rockpool continue to romance travelers and lure new visitors everyday.

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And how would you like your pasta, Al Dente? If you’re asked this question in any restaurant, you know for sure you are dining at a place that knows how to make an amazing pasta dish. There are many pasta dishes to choose from, think of it as the popular recipes with an island twist. The creamy curry coconut shrimp is one you cannot miss! And there are also vegetarian options which include vegetables, pine nuts or pesto. Imagine the best dessert on the island - the freshly made Panna Cotta qualifies under this category. Guests have hard decisions to make when it comes to choosing from four delightful desserts. From the creamy Panna Cotta, the Tiramisu, and the sweet Apple Crumble with ice cream or the Affogato Al Caffe (Hot coffee with ice cream) the decision will be a tough one to make. Whatever your pick is, there’s a delicate balance of textures and flavours at work that will satisfy your sweet tooth. The delicious meals and unique ambiance at Rockpool continue to romance travelers and lure new visitors everyday.

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Le Studio Photo Gallery Anse Lazio Road Baie de Pasquière Praslin Seychelles www.seyfilm.com


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3:12 PM Praslin “The world is at a stand still – however our magical desires live on in paradise.”


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