Friday, 15 September 2017

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines


Ethiopian Airlines to Receive the First B787-9 Dreamliner in Africa


Ethiopian Airlines has announced, that they  will be taking the deliver of  a B787-9 Dreamliner - the first of its kind for an African airline - in October 2017.


Read this article to see the updated Ethiopian Airlines flight schedule between Addis Ababa and Seychelles' Mahé International Airport, CLICK HERE:

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Hotel Updates: Crown Beach Hotel


Crown Beach Hotel No Longer Set to Close in December


Please be advised that Crown Beach Hotel, on Mahé Island Seychelles will no longer be closed for renovation 01-10 December 2017 as was previously announced on this blog. Travellers and Travel Agents can consider the hotel open for 'business-as-usual' during this period. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hotel Updates: Hanneman Holiday Residence


Hanneman Holiday Residence Receives Holiday Check Award 2017


Hanneman Holiday Residence has once again been awarded a certificate by the popular German speaking online travel forum Holiday Check.


According to the Front office and reservation manager, Ms Santale Tirant, the award is discerned to establishments that have won excellent reviews with a high scoring figure. The hotel was awarded a grade of 5.8/6 for 2017. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Resorts

Hilton Seychelles Resorts Win TUI Environmental Champion Award


Two Hilton Seychelles resorts have been recognised for their nature conservation efforts with the TUI Environmental Champion Award.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa are the only two resorts in Seychelles to receive the prestigious award from TUI Germany, a part of the international tourism business called TUI Group.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island - A Quarter Century On


So what’s changed on Denis Island over the past 25 years? Everything. Or nothing at all. It simply depends on your perspective, and one honeymoon couple has the photographic evidence.

Probably the most interesting constant for Martin and Carol Bibby on their return to Denis Island, 25 years after their honeymoon, was Toby the tortoise.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Hoetl Updates: Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove Unveils Paris Seychelles - an Innovative Dining Concept Inspired by Culinary History & Passion 


Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove on Mahé Island, Seychelles, recently unveiled a new dining concept -  Paris Seychelles - drawing upon the island’s historic French connection and combining this with a passion for cuisine. The hotel provides a unique perspective on cuisine through this innovative dining concept that help guests unlock the destination and discover its tantalizing flavors.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Launches New Scenic Flights Offering a Bird's-Eye View of Mahé's Breath-taking Spots


The Seychelles' national airline is now offering 'scenic flights' in a bid to offer more products especially for tourists holidaying in the island nation.

Air Seychelles' panoramic flights at low altitudes will allow guests to experience a bird's eye view of some of the most beautiful spots of the Seychelles' main island Mahé.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island Welcomes New Resident Manager


Denis Private Island recently welcomed Werner du Preez to the team as Resident Manager for the resort.

Mr. du Preez comes from a background of hotel management experience spanning over a period of 12 years with elevation to different managerial positions from Front Office Manager  at The Beverly Hills Hotel; then as Rooms Division Manager at Suncoast Hotel and Towers (Acting General Manager in the absence of the General Manager). 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Conservation Updates: Cousine Island

Cousine Island Marine Monitoring Update


Cousine island’s marine monitoring programme is an exciting new development within the island conservation plan, of which they recently carried out the first round of surveys earlier this year. The programme aims to monitor the reef ecosystem surrounding Cousine and contribute to the ongoing conservation management of the island. The primary period for monitoring is during the transition between the biannual monsoons (March-May and September-November), where the sea is most calm. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare Awarded Third Consecutive Sustainable Tourism Label 


This week Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare was informed that they have once again been awarded the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL). This is the third consecutive time that the hotel has been recoginsed for their efforts to mainstream sustainability practices into their business operations to safeguard the biodiversity and culture of Seychelles.  

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hotel Updates: La Digue Island Lodge

Notice for Reservations for Honeymooners staying at La Digue Island Lodge


Please kindly note that La Digue Island Lodge would like to re-emphasize on the importance of receiving honeymooners staying at the establishment to provide them with their marriage certificate well in advance.

All visiting honeymooner's marriage certificates should be sent together with the reservation to allow the hotel to do the necessary preparations. In the event that the certificate is not yet ready to send through, any proof of marriage can be sent at the time of reservation.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Duc de Praslin

Le Duc de Praslin Launches New Villas Website 


Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas has launch a brand new website dedicated to its villas. The website was created to seamlessly present all aspects of the villas, individual pages are at the forefront without disrupting the online user experience and the website flow. The website serves as an online booking engine and a destination guide. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Fishing in Seychelles


Record-Breaking Seychelles Catch Puts Fishing World on Notice


The rich fishing grounds of Seychelles are known for a plentiful variety of big game, but the recent catch of a black marlin tipping the scales at 400kg proves that it’s a place to land the sport’s biggest prizes as well.

Raed Hassan, an experienced Angler from the United Arab Emirates, reeled in the record-breaking fish over a four-hour fight aboard A1 Fishing’s Alati.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Mason's Travel News


Mason's Travel will be at IFTM TOP RESA 2017


Once again, Mason’s Travel will be present at the IFTM TOP RESA trade show 2017, to be held at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, in Paris, France. This year's event will take place from the 26th until the 29th of September. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tourism Updates: Buses in Seychelles

SPTC Reaffirms Baggage Policy on All Seychelles' Public Buses


The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation is enforcing its regulations with regards  to luggage on board its public buses on Mahé Island and Praslin Island. 

According to regulation, "Luggage and over-sized bags are not allowed on any SPTC buses as our buses are not fitted with luggage compartments."

Monday, 7 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Islander Hotel

Islander Hotel Receives Holiday Check Certificate


Islander Hotel, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, has once again received a Holiday Check certificate for 2017. Furthermore, the establishment's score has increased  from 5.6/6 last year to 5.8/6 this year.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas


Le Duc de Praslin Hotel invests in new technologies


Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas has invested significantly in some of the latest ‘smart’ technologies to improve on its service delivery. The famous homegrown establishment located at Cote D’Or on Praslin Island, Seychelles, continues to innovate and plan for the future with the installlation of sophisticated security cameras and new invertor type air conditioning units.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas

Le Duc de Praslin Singled Out For Holiday Check Awards 2017 


Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas has been singled out yet again this year with a top award, by the popular German speaking online travel forum Holiday Check. The award is discerned to establishments that have won excellent reviews with a high scoring figure. The hotel was awarded a grade of 5.6/6 for 2017. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Hotel Updates: La Digue Island Lodge

La Digue Island Lodge renovates “Beach House”


La Digue Island Lodge has completed an extensive renovation of its famous “Beach House” accommodation located right on the beach front of the property. The works were carried out over a two-month period and consisted of a complete overhaul of all the suites.

The nine suites complex boasts stunning views of the bay and Praslin Island in the distance. It is very popular with families as some of the rooms have adjoining bedrooms that cater for children.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Best island in Africa and the Middle East: Seychelles receives accolade at Travel + Leisure's  award ceremony in New York City


Seychelles was represented at the Travel + Leisure's 2017 World's Best Awards ceremony held in New York City last Wednesday.

Some 200 guests attended the event hosted by Travel + Leisure's Publisher, Mr. Joseph Messer and Editor in Chief, Mr. Nathan Lump.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles to Adjust its European Route Network


Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today announced that it will 
adjust its European route network.

As part of the adjustment, the airline will suspend its service to Düsseldorf from 10 September and reduce its Paris operation from four services to a three-per-week schedule from 12 September.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach signature restaurant wins World Luxury Restaurant Award


The CaranaBeach Hotel in the Seychelles can add a new distinction to its culinary accolades, after its Lorizon Restaurant won Best Ambience in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards on Saturday.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach gets recommended status on HolidayCheck


Seychelles’ CaranaBeach Hotel has been designated as one of the highly rated hotels on the most popular German-speaking travel review site.

The North Mahé hotel has earned its “Recommended on HolidayCheck” status based on the feedback of users who share their experiences on the site, which boasts an estimated 25 million users per day.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Airline Updates


Hand Luggage Regulations for Seychelles Inbound/Outbound Flights


All travellers to and from Seychelles please be informed that international flights accept hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg for economy and 12kg for business or first class. Kenya Airways exceptionally allows 12kg for both classes on any of their flights. Upon arrival at check-in, all guests will be asked to weigh their hand luggage.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Kempinski

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare Shares Passion for Food at President’s Village Children’s Home


Recently, children from the President’s Village Children’s Home in Port Glaud enjoyed interactive cooking-lessons and a lunch prepared for them by a team of volunteers from Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare.




Monday, 24 July 2017

Activities & Excursions in Seychelles

Explore the Tea Tavern Glacis Nature Trail 


This nature trail is short (20-30 minutes) and easily accessible from the road between Victoria and Port Glaud. The path starts just above the Tea Factory and is not far from the Morne Blanc Nature Trail and the Mission heritage site.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Conservation Updates: Denis Private Island

Census reveals endangered Magpie Robins flourishing on Denis Island


One of Seychelles’ most endangered bird species is thriving on Denis Island, according to a census conducted in June.

Carried out by Rachel Bristol and Indira Gamatis in association with the Green Islands Foundation, the census placed the population of the Seychelles Magpie Robin on Denis at 76, a far cry the 20 that were originally translocated to the island in 2008. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Four Season Resort Seychelles


Temporary Closure: Four Season Resort Seychelles


Four Seasons Resort Seychelles have announced that there will be a temporary closure of the entire resort for generator maintenance work. 


The resort will be  closed from 23rd November 2017 to 30th November 2017.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Acajou Beach Resort

Another certified green hotel for Praslin: Acajou Beach Resort obtains Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label


The Acajou Beach Resort has become the latest tourism establishment to be awarded the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL), after it was successfully assessed and certified as a resort that is integrating sustainability practices in its business operation. The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne presented the Chairman of Acajou Beach Resort, Hugh Payet with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label certificate on Tuesday 11th July.



Monday, 17 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Anse Soleil Beachcomber Hotel & Anse Soleil Self-Catering

Temporary Closure of Anse Soleil Beachcomber Hotel & Anse Soleil Self-Catering - 2018


Please be advised that we have our confirmed dates for Anse Soleil Beachcomber Hotel & Anse Soleil Self-Catering's  annual closure for next year (2018). The establishment has announced that due to work scheduled for June 2018, both the hotel and the self-catering units will be closing from Saturday 26th May 2018 until Monday 9th July 2018. This will be last check out will be on the 26th May and first check in will be on the 9th July.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Seychelles Tourism News

The Seychelles Tourism Board & Air Seychelles treat German travel agents to a 'spontaneous weekend' in Seychelles


As Germany maintains its position as the Seychelles' top tourism market in 2017, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) continues to work with local trade partners to boost the knowledge of German travel agents on the destination.

Air Seychelles, with organizational support from the STB and generous sponsorship from various trade partners, treated eleven travel agents from Germany to a "spontaneous" familiarization 'FAM' trip to the islands from 7th to 9th July 2017.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Hotel Updates: DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles

A Hilton Seychelles first! Seychellois Doreen D'Souza appointed to the top role of Resort Manager


Doreen D'Souza has been appointed Resort Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles – Allamanda Resort & Spa. She becomes the first Seychellois and African woman to be appointed to the top role by the resort.

Prior to her promotion, D'Souza was the HR & Training Manager for Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and DoubleTree by Seychelles – Allamanda Resort & Spa. D'Souza has 27 years of expertise in the hospitality industry and has been working for Hilton since 2006.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Seychelles’ National Airline, Port Authority & Hotels shine at World Travel Awards 2017


The Seychelles national airline was among the top winners at this year’s World Travel Awards bagging four major accolades.

The travel awards on Saturday crowned Air Seychelles as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline for the third consecutive year and also the region’s best for Business Class and Cabin Crew service.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Manchester United Centre-back Chris Smalling Enjoys Summer Break in Seychelles with New Wife


Seychelles is once again among the chosen destinations as some of Europe’s biggest names in football jet off to several locations around the globe to enjoy their end-of-season break.

The UK news site MailOnline that has been following how the stars are spending their summer holidays, has not failed to spot snaps and videos of the picturesque Seychelles islands shared by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Seychelles in the Spotlight: Seychelles Tourism News

Seychelles wins Indian Ocean's Leading Tourist Board & Cruise Destination accolades at World Travel Awards


The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is the Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board and Seychelles the Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination in 2017.

This was revealed at the World Travel Awards’ Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017. The event was held at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef – a five star beach resort in the neighbouring Indian Ocean island of Maldives, on Saturday 8th July.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Bird Island Lodge

Bird Island Receives 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 


Bird Island Lodge, Seychelles has announced that it has once again been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

The 2017 Certificate of Excellence celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Experience the High Life with the New Air Seychelles Business Class Bidding Service


Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has launched HMUpgrade, an innovative bidding service offering travellers the opportunity to upgrade to Business Class without breaking the bank.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles to Suspend Operations Between Durban & Seychelles


Air Seychelles has taken the decision to suspend its service between Durban and Seychelles, effective 27 July, 2017. The performance of the twice-weekly operation and its contribution to inbound tourism in the Seychelles did not meet company expectations. 





Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Six Senses Zil Pasyon


Six Senses Zil Pasyon Named "Best New Hotel in the World"


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, 7 July 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Further Boosts Connections from China with a Series of Charter Flights from Beijing 


Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has announced a series of non-stop charter flights between Beijing and Seychelles.

The carrier will operate three return Airbus A330 services from the Chinese capital, as part of an agreement signed with a Chinese tour operator Caissa.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hotel Updates: H Resort Beau Vallon Beach

Johannes Steyn appointed as the new General Manager at The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, Seychelles


With over 25 years international industry experience, Steyn will spearhead the management of the 100 key luxury boutique resort in Mahe.

The South African national will oversee The H Resort's commercial and operational activity - playing a pivotal role in redefining the property's luxury lifestyle offering while maintaining its position as one of the island's most renowned hospitality concepts.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Photography Competition

Capture your Creole cooking! The Seychelles Tourism Board launches Facebook photography competition


‘Best of Creole Cuisine’ is the theme of the latest Facebook photography competition launched by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB).

Open only to citizens of Seychelles, the competition does not have any age limit. Participants are being encouraged to submit photos that depict the creativity and uniqueness of the Seychelles’ mouth-watering Creole cuisine.

STB’s Director of Digital Marketing, Mr. Vahid Jacob said the competition is aimed at boosting the organisation’s image library to support the promotion of one of the destination’s unique factor – its Creole food.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Conservation News: Cousine Island


Cousine Island Welcomes Dr. Mark Brown


At the beginning of June, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Mark Brown from Nature’s Valley Trust in South Africa to Cousine Island. The purpose of his visit was to provide our Conservation Team with an intensive training course in bird ringing.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Hotel Updates: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Listed as Top Seychelles Resort in the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards


Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has been listed as the top Resort in the Seychelles by Travel + Leisure magazine, in its 2017 World’s Best Awards. As the only Seychelles resort to be listed in the awards, Four Seasons received recognition as one of the Top 5 Resort Hotels in Africa.  

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines


Ethiopian Airlines Named "Best Airline in Africa" 


Ethiopian Airlines has announced that the have been awarded “Best Airline in Africa“ for 2017 by Skytrax.


The award was given at the Paris Air Show held in June. Skytrax is the most respected global air transport rating organization that conducts the world's largest annual airline passenger satisfaction survey where customers make their own personal choices as to which airline they consider to be the best.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Conservation News: Denis Private Island

GIF Project to Re-Establish a Breeding Colony of Sooty Terns on Denis Island


When Denis Island was discovered in 1773 it hosted large seabird populations including a colony of Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscata). In the following years the birds left, due to various reasons, mainly habitat change. To re- establish a colony an area of a former coconut plantation was cleared as the Sooty Tern is a ground nesting species that requires open grassland. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles and STB Join Forces on Charter Flights from Chengdu to Seychelles


Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has announced it will operate non-stop charter flights from Chengdu, located in southwestern China, to
Seychelles.

The airline will offer flights from the city of more than 14 million people every Wednesday from 19 July through to 23 August, providing six return services in total during the period.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Hotel Updates: Chalets d’ Anse Forbans

Chalets d’ Anse Forbans Awarded 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 


Chalets d’ Anse Forbans, on Mahé Island, Seychelles, has been awarded their 2017 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.

The Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence awards takes into account the quality, quantity and how up to date their guests reviews are on the Tripadvisor Platform over the past twelve months. 


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines Wins SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa


Ethiopian Airlines has won the SKYTRAX World Airline Award for The Best Airline in Africa at the Paris Air Show held on on June 20, 2017. Skytrax is the most respected global air transport rating organization that conducts the world's largest annual airline passenger satisfaction survey where customers make their own personal choices as to which airline they consider to be the best.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hotel Updates: Acajou Beach Resort

Acajou Supports Anti-Poaching Effort for World Environment Day


The Acajou Beach Resort of Seychelles showed its solidarity with efforts to combat the poaching of rare Coco de Mer nuts, with several staff members participating in a march on World Environment Day on June 5th.

Organised by the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), the walk brought anti-poaching supporters from Cote D’Or beach to the Baie Ste Anne Community Centre.