Thursday, 30 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Valmer Resort

[UPDATED] Construction Notice: Valmer Resort to add Spa & Gym facilities 

Further to below, please note we have been advised by Valmer Resort that they will be extending the date of which the construction works of the Gym & Spa are expected to complete from 30th April 2015 to end of June 2015.

Due to high demands from their guests, Valmer Resort is pleased to announce that they will be adding a spa and gym to the resort. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Bliss Boutique Resort & Spa / Bliss Hill Secret Garden

Hotel Merger: Bliss Boutique Resort & Spa and Bliss Hill Secret Garden

Kindly note that effective the 01st May 2015, the Bliss Boutique Resort & Spa and Bliss Hill Secret Garden will be merged as one hotel and will be renamed as “Bliss Boutique Hotel”

Rates have been revised accordingly.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Urgent Announcement

Emirates Flights to Seychelles Rescheduled

Kindly note that due to operational constraints, the following flights have been re-scheduled as per below :

Monday, 27 April 2015

Carnaval International de Victoria 2015

Eyewitness account: My first Carnaval International de Victoria

A carnival that had everything: colour, noise, energy, VIPs, a great array of floats, and not one but two route changes – one planned and one perhaps less so. This was my first time at the Carnaval International de Victoria and what an introduction.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Special Events

Spanish Singers Serenade Seychelles

As a warm up to the weekend's Carnaval International de Victoria 2015, the famed Spanish band, 'La Tuna' performed at Eden Plaza on Thursday Evening. The intimate concert was organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board with the support of Mason's Travel and Kreol Wines, whose store front acted as the venue for the event. 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Hotel La Roussette

New Guest Amenities: Satellite Television

Hotel La Roussette consistently strives to bring in new and better services for their guests. In their efforts to build value, they have recently partnered with a regional satellite television company to provide satellite channels in all of their guest rooms. 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Tourism News: New Temporary Visa Requirements for some African States

UPDATED: Temporary Visa Requirement for Seychelles

Traditionally visitors to the Seychelles do not require a visa regardless of the nationality of the person. However, in view of the recent health concerns on the Ebola virus, the Public Health commissioner has announced certain travel restrictions.

Further to the above, the Department of Immigration and Civil Status has taken note of the seriousness of the health concern raised by the Public Health Commissioner has consequently introduced a temporary visa requirement for the nationals of the following countries:

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Restaurants: Delplace

Eating Oysters in Seychelles

You may think, being an island nation, that you would be able to eat yourself stuffed on oysters when you visit Seychelles. But alas, these delicious delicacies do not occur naturally in our waters. 

However thankfully, if you know where to look, you may just be able to enjoy a batch of ice cold oysters and champagne. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Industry News

WTTC 2015: Seychelles to introduce tourist cap

The Seychelles is planning a cap on annual visitor numbers to maintain the destination’s sustainability.

Speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit, Seychelles minister of tourism and culture Alain St Ange said work was already underway to come up with a final sum. He said it was being introduced as a way of safeguarding the future of the island which has seen growing numbers of tourists visit the island.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Desroches Private Island

Desroches Island - More Than Just Paradise! 

Those who enjoy activities and adventure are invited to discover the remote and luxurious island of Desroches in the Seychelles. There‟s more to Desroches Island than sun, pristine white beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Water, land based and well-being pursuits are offered to children of all ages, teens and adults.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de La Reserve

Temporary Closure: Le Domaine de La Reserve

Please note that Le Domaine de La Reserve will be temporarily closing as from 14th to 22nd December 2015 (both dates inclusive) for General Maintenance on all facilities and common areas.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie

Temporary Closure: Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie

Please note that Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie will be closed from 01 to 20 December 2015 (both dates inclusive) for their annual closure.

The hotel will re-open for normal business on the 21 December 2015.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Paradise Sun Resort

Temporary Closure: Paradise Sun Resort

Please note that Paradise Sun will be temporarily closing as from 23rd November 2015 to 11th December 2015 (both dates inclusive) in order to upgrade and update Paradise Sun.

According to the resort, they will be "embarking on a minor infrastructure upgrade to beautify and update Paradise Sun as from the 23 November until 11 December 2015," and have explained that "during this period we will be closing the resort to avoid any inconvenience to guests."

Friday, 17 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island featured in Selling Travel Magazine's April Edition

Denis Private Island, Seychelles, has been featured in Selling Travel magazine's April issue, in an article dedicated to the magnificent Seychelles. 

To read the article, CLICK HERE!

About Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island is a 375 acre coralline island in the Seychelles archipelago,

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines

The 22 most dependable airlines in the world: Ethiopian Ranked No# 6

Airlines can make even the most patient passenger grumpy at times, with their nickel-and-diming ways and lackluster customer service. But when you need to get somewhere relatively quickly, flying is generally the best way to do it.

And when you need a reliable carrier to get you there, certain airlines stand out as the ones to choose.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Industry Updates: Escapades Seychelles

Escapades Seychelles tourism roadshow hits Reunion Island

When the Seychelles Tourism Office in Europe, under the auspices of its Director Bernadette Willemin, introduced the concept “Escapades Seychelles,” it contributed positively to raise Seychelles’ visibility in France and Europe. 

“Escapades Seychelles,” moving into different cities and towns, reaching out to travel agents selling Seychelles and its products, has reached Reunion Island and its cities of St. Pierre and St. Denis. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles and Air France Sign MOU 

Air Seychelles and Air France yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), heralding a new era of commercial cooperation between the two carriers.

The agreement was signed at a meeting in Aix en Provence in France between Joël Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport and Chairman of Air Seychelles, and Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air France. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Banyan Tree Resort & Spa

Spa Special: Tropical Rejuvenation 01 April - 30 June 2015

Let your senses be soothed amidst the breath-taking backdrop of the Indian Ocean while experiencing traditional therapies that gracefully set a tone of relaxation and calm. Banyan Tree Spa presents a selection of popular therapies combined to pamper you from top to toe.

The Tropical Rejuvenation package offers a 120-minute treatment & a 30-minutes of refreshments and relaxation.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Changes to Flight Schedule Between Johannesburg and Seychelles

Air Seychelles has announced and wishes to inform you that effective April 2015, the airline has dramatically enhanced its regional network which also reflects changes to its schedule between Johannesburg (South Africa) and Seychelles.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Another Easter Well Spent at Denis Private Island!

Easter is always a special time at Denis Private Island, a wonderful time of the year where one can enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and the holiday festivities as well.

At Denis Private Island this was a weekend of fun, from the delicious Easter Buffet to a range of enjoyable activities for the young visitors. There was plenty in store, from cookie decorating for the kiddies, to egg colouring, playing with baby rabbits and ducklings and last but not least, the much anticipated Easter egg hunt!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles

Two Hilton Seychelles Properties Nominated for World Travel Awards 2015

Two Hilton Seychelles properties are officially nominated for World Travel Awards 2015, both in various categories!

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, on Silhouette Island, has been nominated in the following categories: 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Industry News: Charter Flights to Seychelles

Mason's Travel and Spirit World Production Bring Israeli Tourists Aboard Charter Flight to Seychelles

A private Israeli charter Boeing 747 landed at the Seychelles International Airport with 382 passengers on board last Saturday. Every year, Spirit World Production in partnership with Mason’s Travel, organises two direct charter flights from Israel to Seychelles. The next charter flight is scheduled for October.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa

Hilton Seychelles Launches New Deluxe Oceanview Villas at Northolme Resort & Spa

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is delighted to announce the launch of the new Deluxe Oceanview Villas with Infinity Pools, available from the Third Quarter 2015.

These 16 new magnificent rooms are perfect for guests seeking the ultimate pool villa experience with additional privacy within idyllic surroundings, and ideal for the honeymoon market.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Chalets d' Anse Forbans

Chalets d’ Anse Forbans Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Chalets d’ Anse Forbans has just been awarded, for the 4th consecutive year, a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The Certificate was presented in a ceremony held at the Savoy Resort & Spa in Beau Vallon, Mahé Island, Seychelles and  the awards, by the world's leading tourism review website, are to honour the hospitality excellence given by establishments all over the world.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Hotel Updates: Calou Guesthouse

Construction Notice: Calou Guesthouse

Kindly note that Calou Guesthouse, on La Digue Island, has advised that they will be carrying out construction works as from December 2015 until the 31st December 2016.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach Hotel featured in Selling Travel Magazine's April Edition

The upcoming CaranaBeach Hotel, which is scheduled for opening later this year, has been featured in Selling Travel magazine's April issue, in an article dedicated to the magnificent Seychelles. 

To read the article, CLICK HERE!

About CaranaBeach Hotel

Ideally situated on pristine beachfront with chalets opening out directly to the Indian Ocean, the hotel will be an exclusive haven of 40 oceanfront rooms.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Traveller Information and Advice

A Brief Seychelles Destination Guide

Imagine over one hundred coral islands forming an Indian Ocean archipelago and the smallest sovereign state in Africa. The image is one of near-clichéd perfect beaches, sun-spangled seas and tropical cocktails. But push beyond the palm-fringed surface and there's a history of political intrigue and espionage.