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.




Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles


Air Seychelles Expands Codeshare Network to Beijing



Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways to offer travellers easy one-stop connections to the Chinese capital of Beijing, effective 14 June.

The new codeshare deal will see Air Seychelles place its “HM” code on Etihad Airways’ daily service between Abu Dhabi and Beijing, a city of more than 21 million people and the home of six Unesco World Heritage Sites including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.





Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hotel Updates: Casa Tara Villas

Casa Tara Villas Now Offers Free WiFi


Casa Tara Villas, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, have just announced that free, unlimited Wifi will be available to their guests. 

This new service is effectively immediately.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Conservation News: Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove Undertakes Coral Reef Restoration Project


Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles, today launched the second phase of their “Unlock the Sea” program with the Coral Reef Restoration Project further enhancing their commitment towards preserving the marine ecosystem around the hotel. 




Sunday, 11 June 2017

Hotel Updates: Les Laurier Hotel


Temporary Closure of Les Laurier Hotel & Restaurant 


Please be advised that Les Laurier Hotel, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, has advised that they will be closed from 01st December 2017 until the 18th December 2017 for routine maintenance work. 


Saturday, 10 June 2017

Hotel Updates: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Saying ‘I Do’ in Seychelles, with Four Seasons Resort 

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines


Ethiopian Wins African Airline of the Year 2017 Award


Ethiopian Airlines has won the African Aviation 'African Airline of the Year' Award for 2017, for the second year in a row, during the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award was presented to Ethiopian in recognition of its continued rapid growth, increased profitability and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa.




Sunday, 4 June 2017

Hotel Updates: New Emerald Cove Hotel

Temporary Closure of New Emerald Cove as of December 2017


New Emerald Cove Hotel, on Praslin Island Seychelles, has announced that they will be temporary closing as of the 01 December 2017 for an unspecified period of time in order to carry out an extensive renovation project.

A date for completion of the project and reopening has not yet been given, however Mason's Travel will keep you updated on any developments. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Airline Updates: Air Austral

Air Austral Temporary Reduces Seychelles Flight Frequency for June 2017


Kindly note that Air Austral will be reducing its operation by one flight per week starting 01 June 2017 for the whole month.  Air Austral shall resume normal operation with two flights per week as of 01 July 2017.

For June, flights between Reunion and Seychelles operate only on Sundays: Arrival - 10:15 and departure at 11:15.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hotel Updates: Chalets d’ Anse Forbans


Chalets d’ Anse Forbans Looks to the Future with Sustainability Projects


Chalets d’ Anse Forbans on Mahé Island, Seychelles, has announced that they are "investing in a greener future with photo voltaic (solar) panels" being installed across the self-catering establishment.






Thursday, 1 June 2017

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian to Add Flight Frequency to Seychelles


Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will add a 6th weekly flight to Seychelles as of 6th December 2017.

Chief Commercial Officer Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Busera Awel, said, “Seychelles being Africa’s premier tourist destination, we have now added a sixth weekly service to provide more options for passengers flying from any part of the world to Seychelles and vice versa through our strategic hub at Addis Ababa."


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.