Friday, 30 December 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Celebrates New Passenger Record of 550,000

Air Seychelles has today flown its 550,000th guest, marking a new passenger milestone for the Seychelles flag carrier and surpassing its 2015 total passenger number of 522,873. 

The airline’s total passenger figure for 2016 is set to rise even further as the end-of-year travel peak comes to a close, signalling another year of strong operational growth for Air Seychelles. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Alphonse Island

Alphonse Island Extended Season Dates 2017/18

Alphonse Island is already in full swing, welcoming leisure and fishing enthusiasts to the island. With couples and families, there has been much to explore, from the raw surroundings of Bijoutier to the blue safari of St Francois. Each and every guest are excited to arrive and have left fulfilled, only sad that their stay has come to an end.


Friday, 23 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Colibri Guesthouse

Temporary Closure of Colibri Guesthouse: 01.05.2017 - 31.07.2017

Please be advised that Colibri Guesthouse will be closed during the period 1 May - 31 July 2017 for extensive renovations. In the best interest of their guests, management has taken the decision to close the entire establishment to avoid any disruption. When complete, these renovations will allow Colibri Guesthouse to provide an improved accommodation experience to their guests.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Meandering Manta Rays Amaze Divers off of Denis Private Island

Diving in the crystalline waters off Denis Private Island is a terrific underwater experience no matter the month, but catching glimpses of massive manta rays can be an extra special treat at certain times of the year, two couples visiting the island discovered recently.


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Caranabeach Hotel

Soroptomists cash in on CaranaBeach Cocktail for Breast Cancer Awareness

The CaranaBeach Hotel has donated over R3,000 to the Soroptimist International Club of Victoria, following a creative campaign launched to support the fight against breast cancer.

Throughout the month of October, the hotel and its staff promoted a newly created “Pink Lady” cocktail to raise funds for the Soroptomists, which regularly organises activities to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Fishing in Seychelles

Billfish Tagging Efforts Boost Seychelles Fishermen, Catch Alike

A record number of billfish – the prized catches of big game fishermen – were tagged and released in Seychelles’ waters during 2016.

That was the big takeaway from the close of the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC)/Mason’s Travel Conservation League, as it was revealed that the over 520 billfish tagged and released during the year amounted to more than double of what was recorded in 2015.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Industry News: Air Seychelles / Seychelles International Airport

Seychelles International Airport to provide fast track for First & Business Class Travellers effective 1st January 2017

 The Minister for tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Alain St.Ange and Minister for Internal Affairs, Mitcy Larue jointly chaired a meeting at the Seychelles International Airport on Friday16th December to discuss implementation of fast track facilities for all First and Business Class travellers arriving and departing Seychelles.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Expands Codeshare with Alitalia to South Africa & Madagascar

Air Seychelles has expanded its codeshare partnership with Alitalia to offer travellers convenient air connections to Madagascar and South Africa.

Under the agreement, Alitalia will place its AZ flight code on Air Seychelles’ four-times-aweek services to the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo and five flights to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city. Subject to government approvals, the Italian flag carrier will also codeshare on Air Seychelles’ upcoming twice-weekly flights to Durban, set to commence on 30 March 2017.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Village Du Pecheur

Temporary Closure: 12 - 23 December 2016

Village Du Pecheur, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, has decided to close the hotel for a small period of time due to low occupancy over period 12-23 Dec.

The hotel will take the opportunity to give their staff annual leave over this period.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Constance Lémuria Seychelles

Completion of Renovations at Constance Lémuria Seychelles

Constance Lémuria first opened in 1999 and was one of the Seychelles’ first five-star properties.   This 105 keys property recently closed for a refurbishment in order to bring it right up-to-date and ensure it maintained its position as one of the very top hotels in the Indian Ocean.   


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Berjaya Praslin Beach

Refurbishment Works at Berjaya Praslin Beach

Please note that Berjaya Praslin Beach are currently undergoing refurbishment of their rooms which has already started since 15th November and is expected to be completed by 30th December 2016. The refurbishments are being completed in batches of approx 2 or 4 rooms at a time.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Bird Island

Bird Island Featured in Birmingham Mail

Bird Island has recently been featured in the 'Getaway' section of the Birmingham Mail in an article by Kate Morfoot, who recently visited this beautiful and unique Seychelles island.

To read her article entitled Flock to this Island Paradise, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hotel Updates: Chalets d’ Anse Forbans

Changes to Check-In Policy

Chalets d’ Anse Forbans, on Mahé Island, Seychelles, has announced that they will no longer accept arrivals of guests on Sundays, with immediate effective and until further notice.

This new policy does not affect departures of clients on these days, and all current confirmed bookings with arrivals on Sundays will be honoured.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hotel Updates: Cerf Island Resort

Cerf Island Resort Earns Accolades on top European Review Site

Europe’s most popular travel review site HolidayCheck has awarded its “Recommended” certificate to Cerf island Resort on Cerf Island, Seychelles.  Cerf Island Resort is now among an exclusive selection of establishments worldwide to be recognized with the honour.

The criteria for the “Recommended on HolidayCheck 2016” award primarily comes from the feedback of users who share their experiences on the site.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Received 'Airline of the Year' Award from AFRAA for 5th Year in a Row

Ethiopian Airlines has won Airline of the Year Award for the fifth year in a row, at the 48th Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) held on November 21, 2016, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

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

Extended Annual Closure Dates for 2017

Please note that Anse Soleil Beachcomber & Anse Soleil Self-Catering, on Mahé Island Seychelles, will be extending their annual closure date for next year to the 31st May 2017 until 9th July 2017.

Therefore the hotel has advised that they will have a very strict check out on the 31st May which is a 10h00. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Hotel Updates: Constance Hotels and Resorts

Both Constance Hotels and Resorts Seychelles Properties Awarded at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016

World Luxury Hotel Awards has announced the list of rewarded properties during its 2016 Gala Ceremony held in Doha, Qatar on Saturday 29 October 2016, and the Mauritian group of hotels has got both its brand and its seven properties awarded.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Hotel Updates: Cerf Island Resort

Cerf Island Resort Succeeds at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016

Cerf Island Resort, on Cerf Island, Seychelles, has been awarded two awards in this year's World Luxury Hotel Awards, which recently took place in Doha.

Cerf Island Resort was awarded "Luxury Hideaway Resort Continent Winner" for the Indian Ocean region, as well as "Luxury Hideaway Resort: Country Winner" for Seychelles.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Seychelles Hotels Claim Top International Honours | CaranaBeach and Denis Private Island Triumph in World Luxury Hotel Awards

Two Seychellois-owned hotels earned top honours at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, recently held at the St Regis Hotel in Doha, Qatar.


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Refurbishes Vallée De Mai Premium Lounge

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has refurbished its luxury premium lounge at Seychelles International Airport to offer guests a more comfortable experience.

The upgraded Vallée De Mai lounge has seating for 102 guests, increased from 78 previously, and features new furniture set in a stylish blue and green décor that is reminiscent of the Praslin nature reserve after which it is named.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Offers Convenient New Codeshare Flights to Turkey

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has established convenient one-stop air  connections between Seychelles and Turkey following the expansion of its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Hotel Updates: Heliconia Grove

Heliconia Grove to Offer Free WiFi to All Guests

Please be advised that effective on the 01st December 2016  Free Wi-Fi will be available for all guests at Heliconia Grove.

For rates and packages, contact your Mason's Travel Representative, CLICK HERE.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Hotel Updates: Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles Appoints New General Manager

Mr Franck Seguin has been appointed as the new General Manager of Banyan Tree Seychelles.  Franck holds an experience of more than 20 years in the hospitality industry where he has held several General Manager assignments in Morocco, the French Caribbean and Mauritius.

Prior to joining Banyan Tree Seychelles, he was the General Manager for Angsana Balaclava Mauritius where he has proven leadership approach, decision making qualities, directive dedication, orientation to detail and excellent managerial skills.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Conservation Update

Prehistoric pursuit: 'Tagging' and Tracking Seychelles' Elusive Giant Bronze Gecko

All reptiles have a somewhat prehistoric air about them, but this elusive creature looks like something right out of the age of dinosaurs. The Seychelles News Agency recently published an article regarding an academic study of Seychelles' giant bronze gecko, which has afforded conservationists a greater understanding of this species with leathery, wrinkly skin. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Announces Major Expansion in Europe & Indian Ocean in 2017

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has announced a major fleet and network expansion that will see the airline introduce a second Airbus A330 aircraft and increased flight frequency and new destinations added to its growing list offerings.

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Friday, 4 November 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Seventy One Travel Options To Get to Thailand from Seychelles, With Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has significantly boosted its air links to Thailand following an expansion of its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways.

As part of the deal, Air Seychelles has placed its “HM” flight code on Jet Airways’ triple-daily service between Mumbai and the vibrant city of Bangkok, which is home to over eight
million people.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Airline Updates: Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines launches a new direct service to Seychelles

Seychelles becomes Turkish Airlines’ third Island in the Vanilla Islands Group, with the addition of three weekly return flights to Mahé, Seychelles.

Recently, Turkish Airlines celebrated the addition of tourist favourite, Seychelles, to its global route map  with the airline’s inaugural flight landing at Mahé International Airport on October 31st, 2016 and opening up a world of more than 291 destinations to passengers  travelling from the land of perpetual summer.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Launches New Amenity Kits & Fun Packs in Collaboration with Galileo

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has launched stylish new Business and Economy Class amenity kits, as well as fun packs for kids.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

HoteI Updates: Hanneman Holiday Residence

Hanneman Holiday Residence Earns Accolades on top European Review Site

Europe’s most popular travel review site HolidayCheck has awarded its “Recommended” certificate to Hanneman Holiday Residence on Mahé Island, Seychelles.  The Beau Vallon based Residence situated in walking distance to beau vallon beach, is amongst an exclusive selection of apartments worldwide to be recognized with the honour.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hotel Updates: Anse Soleil Beachcomber

Extension of Annual Closure Period June/July 2017

Usually, Anse Soleil Beachcomber, on Mahé Island Seychelles, closes each year for their annual shutdown for the whole month of June and normally re-opening is on 01st July.

However, for next year 2017, the closure will be extended until 09th July inclusive which makes it that the re-opening date will be on Monday 10th July 2017.

The establishment "apologizes for the inconveniences caused and we thank you for your understanding."

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Hotel Updates: Constance Lemuria Resort

Re-Opening of Constance Lemuria Resort

Constance Lemuria Resort, on Praslin Island, Seychelles will be fully operational by 1st November 2016, following a temporary closure for maintenance and renovations.

For Rates & Packages, contact your Mason's Travel Representative, CLICK HERE.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Hotel Updates: Pirogue Lodge

Temporary Closure of Pirogue Lodge

Please note that Pirogue Lodge, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, will be closed from Sunday 4th December until  Tuesday 13th December for its annual maintenance.

It will reopen on Wednesday 14th December 2016.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach Adds Experiential Evenings to Dining Repertoire

The CaranaBeach Hotel is adding a few extra twists to its already exciting culinary landscape, with a series of themed evenings that allow guests to enjoy an even greater variety of flavours and experiences.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

New Property Alert: Villa Dorado

Mason's Travel Adds Villa Dorado to Our Accommodation Portfolio

Mason's Travel has added a new property to our accommodation portfolio, Villa Dorado. This property is situated on the East Coast of Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles; with a superb beach in front of the Villa, a beautiful lagoon, large granite boulders, complimented by the surrounding mountain’s lush tropical trees far from grounds.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Bans Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones Onboard All Air Seychelles Aircraft

Following the global recall by Samsung of its Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, Air Seychelles, as other international airlines, is enforcing a total ban on these devices on board its aircraft, both Twin Otter and Airbus fleet, as some phones have been installed with faulty lithium batteries, which present a risk of combustion and fire.


Monday, 17 October 2016

Live the Seychelles Experience, with Mason's Travel

[Interview] Le Sega Dans La Peau

Debra est une jeune seychelloise de 24 ans pleine d'entrain et au regard pétillant qui a  choisi de faire du tourisme son métier. Après avoir débuté dans l'hôtellerie, elle a rejoint  l'équipe de notre agence locale en 2014 et est aux petits soins pour nos clients.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Seychelles Tourism Industry News

The Seychelles Tourism Board stages successful dedicated roadshow in the Nordics

The Seychelles Tourism Board and its partners led by Marketing Manager Ms Karen Confait took to the road last week for the 3rd edition of the Seychelles Dedicated Nordic Roadshow.


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Airline Updates: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian to Increase  Flight Frequency to Seychelles.

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, is delighted to announce that it will add a 5th weekly flight to Seychelles as of 16th  December 2016.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Bird Island and Denis Private Island Have Been Featured in l'Oiseau Magazine

Bird Island and Denis Private Island have been featured in l'Oiseau Magazine in article entitled "Seychelles, deux îles à tire-d'aile". The article is written by Patrice Costa, who also took the photographs used in the layout. To read the full article - which is in French - please follow the link below.  

Thursday, 13 October 2016

New Property Alert: La Belle Tortue

Mason's Travel Adds La Belle Tortue to Accommodation Portfolio

Mason's Travel has added a new property to our accommodation portfolio - La Bell Tortue. La Belle Tortue is an exclusive lodge nestled in the cove of a cape on its own sandy beach located in Silhouette Island. Mahé Island is 33 km from the Silhouette. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Hotel Updates: L’Hirondelle Guesthouse

L’Hirondelle Receives Award from Trip Advisor for the Second Consecutive Year After Re-Opening

For the second consecutive year since re-opening in August 2014, L’Hirondelle has been awarded with the Trip Advisor Certificated of Excellence.

"This makes us extremely proud as it is an award based on the ratings given in our guest’s reviews,"
say owners, Precy and Emilia Vidot.


Monday, 3 October 2016

Hotel Updates: Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas

Le Duc de Praslin Singled Out For Holiday Check Awards 2016

Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas has been singled out with a top award, by the popular German online travel forum HolidayCheck. The award is discerned to establishments that have won the excellent reviews with a high scoring figure. The hotel was awarded a grade of 5.6 / 6 for 2016.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Hotel Updates: Enchanted Island Resort

Enchanted Island Resort Hosts Bollywood Star

Enchanted Island Resort, Managed by JA Resorts & Hotel recently welcomed Bollywood Beauty Sonakshi Sinha onto the island. In the midst of promoting her upcoming Bollywood movie film, Force 2,  she took some well-earned time off with friends on the stunning island.

Sonakshi took to social media to document her stay, sharing snaps of herself in paradise surrounded by a backdrop of beautiful turquoise sea and lush green mountains.


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Hotel Updates: Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Opens - A Stunning Seychelles Setting on Félicité Island

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announces the opening of its first property in Seychelles,  Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Its setting is the private island of Félicité, which has a prime location  outside the cyclone belt and offers perpetual summer. The resort occupies one  third of the  total land. It is a 20-minute helicopter journey to Félicité or approximately 30 nautical miles (55 kilometers) northeast of the Seychelles International Airport, which is located on the main  island of Mahé. 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Airline Updates: Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines will initiate flight service to the Seychelles starting with its winter 2017/18 flight schedule.

As of October 25, 2017, it will fly non-stop every Wednesday from Vienna to the vacation island in the Indian Ocean, returning to Vienna on Thursdays.

“Demand for direct flights to long-haul tourist destinations is high. And we have responded."


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Links Up to East Asia With New Codeshare Connections to Hong Kong and Singapore

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways to offer guests convenient one-stop connections to  two major cities in East Asia.

The deal enables air travellers to fly with Air Seychelles and Jet Airways between Seychelles and Hong Kong or Singapore via the Indian city of Mumbai, with both legs combined on one single ticket to make the journey convenient. 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Hotel Updates: Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove Opens New Art Gallery

Situated in the lobby, the Art Studio, an interactive space that inspires the creative and curious minded traveler with a passion for art and culture to engage with the artistic sensibilities of the destination. Created in collaboration with well-known artist Georges Camille and the Seychelles chapter of Arterial Network, the Art Studio will showcase artwork of Seychellois artists providing a new perspective on contemporary art in Seychelles. 


Renowned artists like Isham Rath, Antonio Filippin, Charles Dodo have their artwork showcased and we will also organize many creative workshops under the aegis of Georges Camille.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Sees Record-Breaking Passenger Numbers in August

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of  Seychelles, has announced that its “Summer Extravaganza”  promotion has ended with resounding success, capping off a  busy summer season.

The special promotion saw 70 prizes up for grabs through July and August, including air  tickets, seat upgrades to business class, airport lounge passes and duty free vouchers, and was met with a tremendously positive response from travellers in Seychelles. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

Sens Spa Takes Natural to a New Level

The Sens Spa at CaranaBeach combines international-standard massages and treatments with only locally crafted products, for one of the most natural, unprocessed spa experiences in Seychelles.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Mason's Travel News

World Travel Market London: 07 – 09 November 2016


Once again, Mason’s Travel will be present at World Travel Market in London, UK which will be taking place from the 7th – 9th November 2016 at the Excel, Docklands. We will be represented by our General Manager, Mr. Lenny Alvis and Sales Manager, Miss. Amy Michel over the 03 days.