Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach Hotel's Lorizon Restaurant Nominated in World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017

Lorizon, named after the Creole word for “horizon” on account of the restaurant’s uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean, has been nominated in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, CaranaBeach Director, Alan Mason has announced.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Relax Beach Resort Praslin.

Renovations at Le Relax Beach Resort Praslin [ 26 May - 18 June 2017 ]

The management of Le Relax Beach Resort Praslin have announced that renovations will be taking place on the property as of the 26 May until the 18 June 2017.  

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Enchanted Island Resort

Enchanted Island Resort Voted Seychelles' Leading Resort 2017

Enchanted Island Resort, located on Round Island Seychelles, has been voted as Seychelles' Leading Resort 2017 in the annual World Travel Awards™ 

World Travel Awards™ is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence which tourism establishments have demonstrated in the last twelve months.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Wins the Editor’s Award for Best New Hotel in the World at Prestigious Ultratravel Collection Awards Dinner

Six Senses Zil Pasyon has won the Editor’s Award for Best New Hotel in the World by Ultratravel, the luxury travel pages of the UK’s Daily Telegraph. The award was presented at the annual ULTRAS Dinner – Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards – at the Savoy in London on May 22.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Banyan Tree Seychelles Resort & Spa

You're Invited to the Banyan Tree Seychelles Rum Shack 

Located directly on Anse Intendance  beach at Banyan Tree Seychelles Resort, the new Banyan Tree Rum Shack welcomes you throughout the day to come and relax on the beach as you lounge on sunbeds on the sand and enjoy light snacks and sip deliciously fresh cocktails, all accented by a casual beach concept and personalised service. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Celebrates 5th Anniversary

This week Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare celebrated yet another auspicious milestone, when the entire team gathered on the hotel’s helipad to take a very memorable aerial photograph. The enthusiastic staff stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the shape of a ‘5’, to commemorate the establishment’s five year anniversary.

The stunning 64 hectare, beach front property opened to the public in March 2012. Since then, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare has retained its place as one of the leading hotels on Mahé. 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Hotel Updates: North Island Seychelles

North Island Diving: Shipwreck Discovery

North Island’s Dive Centre made a rare and exciting discovery this month, uncovering a shipwreck just 11nm from Silhouette Island, a mere 25-minute boat ride from our shores. In a true Robinson Crusoe moment, one of our guests was the first to witness it when they went diving at a popular fishing spot with our instructors. 
Teaming with fish life, the sunken line-fishing boat sits between 25 and 40 metres and adds a brand-new location to the wide range of dive sites around North Island, offering an enhanced diving experience for our adventurous guests. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Hotel L’Archipel

Hotel L’Archipel Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Hotel L’Archipel situated at Anse Gouvernement on the North-East coast of Praslin, welcomed its first guest on the 11th of April 1987. The hotel has since become a home away from home for leisure travellers and our numerous repeat guests from around the world.Since April, 1987, the first time Hotel L’Archipel opened its doors to public; it has reserved its place as one of the top recommended hotels on Praslin, even in the face of increased competition. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Hotel Updates: Enchanted Island Resort

New Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location for Enchanted Island Resort Ferry

Enchanted Island Resort have announced a new pick-up and drop-off location for the ferry to and from the island for their guests and visitors. Effective immediately, the ferry with pick up and drop off guests from the Eden Island Marina in front of the Maharajah restaurant.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Achieves Strong Q1 2017 Results

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has recorded a strong first quarter of 2017 by carrying 143,761 passengers, representing an increase of 2.4 per cent over the results achieved during the same period in 2016 (127,923 passengers).

The airline’s domestic operations made a strong contribution to the Q1 2017 results, with passenger volumes rising 13.7 per cent year-on-year, to 55,431. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

New Property Alert: Sea Monkey

Mason's Travel Adds Villa Sea Monkey to Our Accommodation Portfolio

Mason's Travel has added a new property to our accommodation portfolio, Villa Sea Monkey. This property is situated right on the ocean's edge in Glacis, in  the North of Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles.

Sea Monkey is built on a secluded rocky peninsula with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, Sea Monkey is the definitive luxury retreat.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hotel Updates: MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa

MAIA Announces Appointment of New General Manager

MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa, on Mahé Island, Seychelles, have announced the appointment of Lionel Ferrari, as the properties new general manager 

Mr. Ferrari is currently the General Manager of Paradise Sun, Praslin Island and will be moving to MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa as the new General Manager, effective 01May 2017. Mr. Ferrari will, in his new role, oversee both properties until such time as a replacement at Paradise Sun is confirmed. 

Sebastian Berinato will in the interim oversee the day to day operations at Paradise Sun.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

Making Waves: CaranaBeach Caps Eventful First Year

Taking a low-key approach to its first anniversary celebration today doesn’t necessarily reflect the kind of year it’s been for the CaranaBeach Hotel.

Kicking off Seychelles’ carnival last April with a throng of journalists and a degree of fanfare, the hotel’s grand opening set the stage for an impressive first year of operation. But a busy Easter holiday season and a full house left little room for reflection, says CaranaBeach General Manager Cyrille Carofano.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Hotel Updates: Coco de Mer Hotel

Temporary Closure of Coco de Mer Hotel

Please note that Coco de Mer Hotel, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, will be closed for renovation works from  20th November 2017 until 31st January 2018. The hotel will reopen on 01 February 2018.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Hotels Celebrates 120th Anniversary in Style

On Saturday 8 April 2017 Kempinski Hotels celebrated 120 years of delivering rich and meaningful experiences to its guests with ‘Ignite the Night’, a series of festivities designed to enchant and delight guests, as Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group marks this milestone anniversary.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hotel Updates: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Foumba Together: Couples Rejuvenate at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles in New Exclusive Yoga Experience

Surrounded by the warmth and greenery of nature, the ruins of an old Creole house, known as Foumba, welcome the first rays of sunlight each morning in Petite Anse bay - a venue where guests of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles will now have the opportunity to discover a new wellness experience.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hotel Updates: Acajou Beach Resort

Swimming pool at Acajou Beach Resort goes chlorine-free 

The Acajou Beach Resort on the Seychelles island of Praslin has introduced a new chlorine-free water treatment for its swimming pool, in a further bid to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact.

The “Nu Pure” water treatment by Pace Seychelles is an aqueous solution, containing a balance of ionised minerals, that destroys algae and bacteria in pool water.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Hotel Updates: Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon is Now Open: Striking location and spectacular spa design echoes epic natural form 

Following the acclaimed launch of Six Senses Zil Pasyon last October, the hotly anticipated Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon is now open.  Created by Six Senses Architecture and Design team and Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE in London, the spa is completely immersed in the private island’s natural beauty of towering rocks, granitic boulders, lush jungle and the Indian Ocean. 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Conservation News: North Island Seychelles

Earth Hour: Going Dark to Shine a Light on Conservation

On the 25th of March, WWF's Earth Hour rolled out across the world; from big bustling cities to secluded private islands, over 3000 locations in 187 countries across seven continents went dark to shine a light on climate change. North Island switched off the lights on a clear sky, full of stars, and our guests were invited to a candlelit dinner on the beach in front of the Piazza. Bonfires, tiki torches, lanterns and tealight candles set the scene for a magical evening in recognition of conservation. 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Hotel Updates: Fregate Island Private

Fregate Island Private Welcomes New Executive Chef

Oetker Collection is proud to announce the appointment of Dale Lapperts as the new Executive Chef of Fregate Island Private, Seychelles. 

Native from Cape Town, South Africa, Dale has trained and worked extensively at home in Cape Town at ‘Cape Grace Hotel’, then he moved to the UK in 2003 to pursue his passion for modern European food. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Launches Flights to Durban in South Africa

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has launched flights from Seychelles to Durban, its second destination in South Africa. 

The inaugural service landed at King Shaka International Airport yesterday afternoon at  2.50 pm, where guests were greeted by a troupe of traditional Zulu dancers and a group  of government, airport and tourism and trade representatives headed by Mr. Sibusiso  Myeza, Acting Head of Department of KwaZulu-Natal for Economic Development, Tourism and Developmental Affairs. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Industry News

Air Seychelles, Seychelles Tourism Board and Hilton Hotels Seychelles Host German Media Ahead of Dusseldorf Flights Launch

A group of influential German media representatives met with Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles and Sherin Francis, Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board yesterday to find out more about the new Air Seychelles twice-weekly nonstop Dusseldorf flights and offering of destination Seychelles for German tourists.  

Friday, 24 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Bird Island Lodge

Bird Island Seychelles Features in La Libre Belgique

Bird Island has recently been featured in Belgian newspaper La Libre. The article, entitled ‘Bird Island, l’île au million d’oiseau’, delves into Bird Island’s story as the eco-lodge of the Seychelles and  describes how it’s custodians are motivated by their love for this island sanctuary.

Read the complete article here: http://ow.ly/uw3i309XQaJ

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles welcomes home the 2nd new Twin Otter aircraft – Isle of Farquhar

Air Seychelles has recently welcomed the second new Twin Otter DHC-6 400 aircraft into the Air Seychelles domestic fleet in 2017, now bringing the total number of Twin Otters to six aircraft. 

The aircraft is named Isle of Farquhar, after the group of outer islands lying 700km away from Mahé.  

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Airline Updates: Emirates Airlines

Changes to Carry-On Luggage Regulations for Travellers to the USA

From Saturday, 25 March, travelers to the US from Dubai International airport cannot carry any electronic device larger than a cell phone or smartphone, excluding medical devices, in the aircraft cabin. Travelers must pack these electronic devices in their checked-in baggage.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Conservation News: Fregate Island Private

Endangered Baby Terrapin Found on Fregate Island

Fregate Island's ecology team members recently found a baby terrapin crossing the road. At only 3.1 cm long and 2.5 cm 
wide, this baby is a Seychelles Black Mud Terrapin which is critically endangered according to IUCN, mainly due to loss of habitat. 

It is one of the most precious species on Fregate Island, living in freshwater and can be seen in one of the island’s sixteen ponds. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Conservation News: Cerf Island Resort

Catching up with the Cerf Island Conservation Program

Cerf Island Resort continues to promote & preserve the marine life around it’s location. Cerf Island  conservation Program is succeeding in making good progress in this aspect. Along with offering complimentary snorkeling and hiking trails experience to our resorts guests.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hotel Updates: La Digue Island Lodge

Closure of Swimming Pool - Restorations Almost Complete

After suffering some damages to the swimming pool late last year, La Digue Island Lodge made the move to close their swimming pool to guests so that repairs can be carried out.

The hotel has just announced that t
he swimming pool is in its last stage of completion, all major works are over and the workmen are finishing off on a few final touches. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Celebrates Spa Award Success

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles' hilltop Spa has been named ‘Hotel Spa of the Year, Middle East and Africa’ at the 2017 World Spa and Wellness Awards. The World Spa & Wellness Awards span 11 categories, with each finalist spa visited by two judges - one mystery judge and an official judge -  before scores are collected and a winner chosen.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles' New Düsseldorf Flights in the Spotlight at ITB Berlin

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, hosted a media conference in the German capital yesterday as part of the run-up to the upcoming launch of its  Düsseldorf service.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de la Réserve

Le Domaine de la Réserve Expands WiFi Coverage

Le Domaine de la Réserve have announced that they have expanded their free WiFi coverage, which is now available in all of their rooms, at the main bar, the main restaurant, the pool bar and the reception,

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas

Le Duc de Praslin Hotel Adds New Reception Lounge

Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas has expanded its facilities with a new reception / lounge area. The increasing number of rooms and guests made the existing reception area a bit too cramped, hence the construction of this new reception which now provides more space. The area will also serve as a meeting point for all the clients’ representatives for briefing sessions and accessible for all excursion sales with desks.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Valmer Resort Seychelles

Valmer Resort Upgrades Guest Experience

Valmer Resort Seychelles continues to enhance its guests’ comfort factor with recent upgrades in its customer service experience. The secluded homegrown hotel located in the picturesque Baie Lazare area, is aiming to provide the best hospitality experience by constantly adding amenities and features to the benefit of its ever discerning clients.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Bird Island Seychelles

You're Invited: Bird Island Seychelles Launches Photography Competition

Bird Island Seychelles has just launched and exciting photography competition for visitors to the island and have invited all photographers, amateur and professional alike, to join in.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Constance Lémuria Seychelles

Constance Lémuria Seychelles Receives TripAdvisor Award

Constance Lémuria Resort, on Praslin Island Seychelles, as recently been ranked 19th  in TripAdvisor's "Top 25 Hotels in Africa" in the Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Strengthens Presence in Europe Ahead of Major Network Expansion

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has strengthened its presence in Europe in preparation for the launch of services from Düsseldorf and the increase of flights from Paris.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas

Le Duc de Praslin Increases its Green Footprint

Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas has recently installed a new PV (Photovoltaic System) in its drive to reduce its carbon footprint and reduce its total dependence on electricity supply from the local utilities company.

The installation was carried out over a period of two weeks by Energy Solutions Seychelles and the system will offset 56.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide this equals to 130 barrels of crude oil not being consumed to produce electricity. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach's Lorizon Restaurant earns international award nomination

Since opening in April last year, Seychelles' CaranaBeach Hotel has created quite the stir amongst local diners and tourists, but now its signature fine-dining restaurant could be making waves on the international scene as well.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie

Temporary Closure: Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie has announced that the hotel is planning for its annual closure as follows:

29 November 2017 - 20 December 2017

These dates are tentative, and subject to change. The hotel has also asked to kindly refrain from sending them any bookings for this period.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Hotel Updates: Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne Resort & Spa

Temporary Closure: Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne Resort & Spa

Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne Resort & Spa have announced that the resort will be closed for refurbishment works as of September 2017. 

Situated on Sainte Anne Island, Seychelles, the resort is the only establishment on on the island. The refurbishment works are aimed at improving the quality of guest experience for visitors to the resort.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Featured Properties: Indian Ocean Lodge

The Indian Ocean Lodge: Where Service Stands Out

It may not have the bells and whistles of a 5-star hotel, but the Indian Ocean Lodge is proving that service doesn’t have to be compromised in order for guests to enjoy an affordable stay in the Seychelles.

The 32-room hotel, situated on Grand Anse Beach on the island of Praslin, is making a mark with its humble brand of island hospitality, if its recent reviews are any indication.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Carnaval International de Victoria

Seychelles Carnaval 2017: Dates Re-Scheduled for October

The 'Carnaval International de Victoria,'  also known as the Seychelles Carnaval, has been moved to a later date this year - in October.

Since its inception in 2011, the Seychelles Carnaval has been traditionally held in April, but as of this year it will now be incorporated as part of the annual Creole Festival held in October each year.  

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Mason's Travel News

Mason’s Travel Named Seychelles’ Best Tour Operator in Luxury Travel Guide 2017

An international compendium of the world’s best properties and services in the affluent travel and tourism industry has awarded Mason’s Travel its top honour as the best tour operator in Seychelles.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Airline News: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Expands Etihad Airways Codeshare Agreement to Japan

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has expanded its  codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways to two cities in Japan.

The new deal will see Air Seychelles place its “HM” code on the daily Etihad Airways service between Abu Dhabi and Nagoya, via Beijing, as well as the daily service to Narita airport in the capital of Tokyo.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Hotel Updates: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Restrictions on USD Cash Notes at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has issued a reminder that the establishment will not accept any US cash currency notes printed prior to 2006.

This is policy is in line with banking legislation in Seychelles, which was set into motion in 2014. 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Airline Updates: South African Airways

South African Airways announces a new Code Share route with Air Seychelles

South African Airways (SA) is proud to announce a new codeshare route with Air Seychelles (HM) from Seychelles (SEZ) to Durban (DUR). Air Seychelles will be introducing direct services between SEZ-DUR effective 30th March 2017. 

Friday, 3 February 2017

Diving in Seychelles: Alphonse Island

Diving in Untouched Splendour, on Alphonse Island Seychelles

If you’re planning a dive trip to the Seychelles, look no further than Alphonse Island. Hailed as one of the most remote and unspoiled outer islands in the Seychelles, Alphonse Island is the perfect 2017 destination for scuba divers of all abilities.  Alphonse Island’s PADI dive centre has an experienced team of PADI-certified professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety of divers and protecting the underwater environment while providing exciting diving adventures.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Hotel Updates: Hilltop Boutique Hotel

Hilltop Boutique Hotel Receives Numerous Awards

Hilltop Boutique Hotel, on  Mahé Island, Seychelles, has recently received numerous awards in recognition of their accommodation offerings.

They received, for a second year running, an award from the online booking website, booking.com., as well as a 2017 Recognition of Excellence by Hotels Combined.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Hotel Updates: Bamboo Chalets

Temporary Closure of Bamboo Chalets

Please note that Bamboo Chalets, on La Digue Island, Seychelles, will be temporarily closed as of 01st November 2017 due to renovations taking place on the property.The hotel has not yet released any information as to how long the closure will be, however we will keep you updated on any further details.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Conservation News: North Island Seychelles

Seven Baby Aldabra Tortoises Released into  the Wild, Four New Hatchlings Found

Over the course of December and January, North Island released all of the baby Aldabra Giant Tortoises into the wild. At the same time, we have been very lucky to find four new hatchlings in December, for which they have built a brand-new pen attached to the Environment Office.