Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Notice: Increase of Excursion Rates

Increased excursion prices applicable from the 1st of June 2019

We wish to inform our partners that landing fees on Cousin island will be increasing as of the 3rd of June 2019. The fee will now be set at Scr.600 per adult and the same fee will apply for children who previously did not pay.

Also effective as of the 1st of June 2019, the Seychelles National Park Authority will be increasing its’ fees to the Curieuse National Park to Scr.300 per adult. The rate for children, 02-12 years, will remain the same.

Due to this change, we are obliged to amend our excursion rates. Please see the revised excursion tariffs below for the excursions affected by the increase in fees:

Full Day Cousin/Curieuse/St Pierre Excursion         Scr.2,450 per Adult      Scr.1,650 per Child (00-12 years).

Full Day Coco/Felicite/Curieuse Excursion              Scr.2,000 per Adult      Scr.1,100 per Child (No Change)

Day Curieuse / St.Pierre (seasonal)                           Scr.1900 per adult        Scr. 900 per child (No Change)

These excursion prices will apply as of Saturday the 01st of June 2019.

The normal additional charge of Scr.700 per person will continue to apply for Mahe based clients taking excursions starting from Praslin.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare hosts Botswana’s National Football Team 

Seychelles, May 2019 – The team at Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare were delighted to welcome Botswana’s national football team to the Seychelles last week. 

The Botswana team stayed at the luxury hotel in the lead-up to their match against Seychelles’ national team last Saturday, which they won 3-0. Many of the players were visiting Seychelles for the first time and remarked that they could not wait to return to the island nation for a more leisurely holiday. The entire team extended their gratitude to Kempinski Seychelles Resort for providing such an excellent introduction to the destination. 

“The Botswana vs. Seychelles football match has been a highly anticipated event on the island,” said general manager Masami Egami. “We are proud to have been a part of this auspicious sporting moment, and hope that we can welcome the team back to paradise someday.”

Friday, 24 May 2019

Industry News: International Cooperation between Seychelles and a Baltic Island

International Cooperation between Seychelles and a Baltic Island, Minister Dogley Visits German Beach Clean-up Project

The Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine; Didier Dogley, in the company of the Honorary Consul General for the Seychelles in Germany, Mr. Max Hunzinger, visited the island of Usedom -Germany’s easternmost island in the Baltic Sea on Friday 17th May 2019.

A duty call in the aim to witness first-hand a beach clean-up project that has already attracted international attention and thousands of volunteers.

The project was launched in 2018 by Mrs. Anika Ziegler, who was teaching tourism- related seminars to young people. Even though the beaches of Usedom — a popular destination for summer holidays — are among the cleanest in Germany, Ziegler kept picking up garbage that people had carelessly thrown away or that had been swept ashore. 

Recognising the dangers posed by marine debris and plastic waste to both local tourism and the maritime environment, Ziegler decided to take action and organize “Germany’s 1st Big Beach clean-up” on 17 May 2019.

“Everybody can do something and make a difference,” said Ms. Ziegler. “And it is not difficult at all”, she continued. The initiative received an outstanding response for participation from various volunteers. 

The event was officially opened by Ms. Manuela Schwesig, Minister-President of the state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania. “I welcome the commitment of young people,” she said. She was joined by Dr. Till Backhaus, Minister for Agriculture and Environment, the Minister of Tourism and the other volunteers in the clean-up.

The international cooperation with the Seychelles started following a meeting in London between when Ms. Ziegler and Minister Dogley, where they discussed the initiative and the potential of collaborating. 

Even though the islands are thousands of kilometres apart, they found that islanders from different parts of the world had many things in common — not the least of which were the oceans, which are all connected and, in fact, form one single large body of water.

On site, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and former Minister of Environment emphasized in a statement on German television, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, that everybody has to understand that “we cannot use our ocean as our dumping ground and that everybody must contribute their share in keeping our seas and oceans clean and healthy. They are after all, the main providers of resources, on which we islanders depend for our livelihood, whether we are in the Baltic Sea or in the Indian Ocean.” Minister Dogley was joined by four young volunteers from the Aldabra Clean Up project, Ms. Ashley Antao and Mr. Ivan Ray Capricieuse and two others from the Oxford University. 

After completing the first phase of the project on Usedom, twenty young people from Northern Germany will travel to the Seychelles in October, where they will participate with local youths in several beach clean-up initiatives on Mahé and at the same time study eco-tourism projects in the Seychelles.  It has been agreed that the Government of Seychelles, the Government of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania and the Usedom Project will sign a memorandum of Understanding to officialise their collaboration. 

Usedom is the second largest island in Pomerania. With an area of 445 square kilometres, it is, however, larger than all of the Seychelles islands combined, and has a population almost as large. With nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine, Usedom is one of the sunniest places in Germany. It has 42 kilometres of beach along the Baltic Sea. With nearly five million visitor nights, it is also Germany’s second most popular island destination. The major (Western) part of the island is part of the state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania, Germany’s most popular region for domestic tourism. A small part of the island became Polish territory after World War II, but since both countries are part of the European Union, the border is nearly invisible. Usedom is located only a few hundred meters off the mainland coast and can be reached by ferry or by crossing one of two bascule bridges.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Local Spirit at Hilton Northolme 

Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa has once more teamed together with local partners to offer a new culinary experience. Members of the Tourism Industry, partners and Hotel Guests were invited to taste a selection of innovative, organic Cocktails created by Seybrew and Seychelles upcoming eco-friendly farmer Jean Paul Morin.

Hilton Northolme has started their culinary journey earlier this year and hosted a vegan guest chef from Sweden, organised exclusive wine tastings in partnership with Mama Mia Deli and introduced the “Les Cocotiers” Creole BBQ on Sundays since then. The latest addition to the culinary offerings is called ‘’Mix it up with local flavors’’ and took place on Thursday, 9th May in the hotel’s reception area. It was the first event of a series the hotel will be hosting in the future and follows Hilton’s global commitment to increase its “big five” impact: youth opportunity, water stewardship, anti-human trafficking, protecting wildlife and local sourcing. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare Sponsors “Hope for Kids” – a Children’s Respite Programme by Cancer Concern Association

On Saturday, 11 May, a team of delegates from the Cancer Concern Association (CCA) visited Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare to present the outcomes of their first-ever “Hope for Kids” children’s respite programme, which was sponsored by the hotel. 

The programme targets children below the age of 16 who have lost a parent or close family member to cancer, and was designed to offer the children mentorship, peer support, skill development and grief counselling. “Hope for Kids” was launched in April with 40 young Seychellois who benefited from the programme. 

Two of the programme’s graduates, together with a team of volunteers from CCA, visited the hotel to share the outcomes and success from their launch and to personally thank the hotel for their generous sponsorship, which made “Hope for Kids” possible. The hotel’s human resources manager, Cheryl Marie, welcomed the group and was on hand to receive a homemade card with handwritten messages of gratitude from each of the programme’s participants. 

“We are so pleased to have been a part of this success story,” said Marie. “It’s so important for these children to know that they are not alone – that they have the support of their peers and organisations like CCA, as well as their communities. Kempinski is proud to be a part of such a wonderful community initiative.”

Masami Egami, the hotel’s general manager, commented that since its inception, Kempinski has always been people-oriented and that this collaboration with the CCA and the important work that they are doing was a wonderful demonstration of this core brand value.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de La Réserve

Mr. Olivier Loreaux appointed Resident Manager of Le Domaine de La Réserve

Le Domaine de La Réserve on Praslin island in Seychelles has announced the appointment of Mr. Olivier Loreaux as Resident Manager.

A French native from Burgundy, Mr. Loreaux has over 20 years of experience in hotel and resort operations in Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Through hard and dedicated work, he made his way up from culinary to senior Hotel Management positions and has handled single and multi-site operations, openings & refurbishments as well as project management. Team building and training is also part of Mr. Loreaux’s numerous skills.

His track records includes Operational Management and Food and Beverage Management with world famous Marriott International. His previous experience before joining La Réserve was in Algeria, at the urban Sheraton Annaba, where Mr. Loreaux successfully developed and implemented strategic and operating plans.

With a very hands-on management style and a wealth of experience in hotels around the globe, Olivier will perform with a very supportive and caring team to ensure that Le Domaine de La Réserve further builds its reputation as one of the most beloved 4* resort of Seychelles, and will drive the implementation of a range of new services available to clients. This, to ensure our esteemed guests at Le Domaine de La Réserve always have a memorable experience.

Mason’s Travel would like to congratulate Mr. Olivier Loreaux  on his latest appointment and wish him all the best in his new role at Le Domaine de La Réserve.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Mason's Travel News

Labour Day Staff Party

On the 11th of May 2019, Mason’s Travel management welcomed their staff to a Labour Day celebration which all its’ staff were invited to.

The event took place at Chilli Bar in La Louise whereby the evening started off with a Chinese buffet and by popular demand the staff were eager to start singing and dancing with their colleagues.

Following dinner, our General Manager said a few words to thank the many faces that are behind the brand of Mason’s Travel. Their unparalleled dedication and efforts to their role is what continues to maintain the high standards we have set as our company goals. This evening was a thank you in appreciation of their hard work over the years. 

We then kicked off with a karaoke competition mixing between international hits, local tunes and some good old classics. The karaoke proved that we certainly have a lot of talented voices at Mason’s Travel. If karaoke were a sport, we’d definitely have some gold medalists among us! The Sega competition began shortly after the vibrant voices. The local Sega, our national dance is always a favourite, no one was going to miss out on this chance to dance and sway their hips to the island rhythms! 

Thanks to The Lifestyle Committee of Mason’s Travel, the Labour Day Party was a great success whereby staff could socialize amongst each other out of the usual work environment. 

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Notice: Le Jardin Des Palmes

Le Jardin Des Palmes Closure Extended

Please note that we have been advised that Le Jardin Des Palmes closure will be extended.

The hotel initially planned to close from the 18th of April to the 15th of May 2019 but due to unexpected work, the renovation will not be completed until the 25th  of May 2019.
The hotel is currently liaising with respective reservation agents to make alternative arrangements.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort’s Food & Beverage Team Exposes Local Talent

A passion for food and beverage has always been at the forefront of the Kempinski brand, but in the second week of May the food and beverage team at Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare took centre stage on more than one occasion to shine a light on the development of local talent and creativity: 

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Fregate Island Private

Luxury Travel Guide Award Fregate Island Private For Service Excellence

Masons Travel would like to congratulate Fregate Island Private on being awarded for your service excellence by the Luxury Travel Guide.  We commend you for your dedication to service. 

Please see below what the Luxury Travel Guide had to say about Fregate Island Private;

The judges were impressed with the consistency of the guest reviews. We could see that many guests were repeat visitors and were constantly referencing the attentiveness of the staff. Your team seems very keen to ensure each guest has a special experience and go over and above what is expected. 

As discussed, I am extremely pleased to announce you have been successful in winning the award for: 
The Luxury Travel Guide Awards champion the very best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement you should be proud of. We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category. 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Mason's Travel News

Meetings & Massages with Banyan Tree

As our Contracting team is fully immersed in Contracting season for 2020, the team are also meeting with our numerous partners to discuss offers and rates. During the last week of April our Product and Contracting Manager, Lise Vidot, had a meeting with the Banyan Tree Director of Sales, Mr German Herrera.

The Banyan Tree Team arrived with a Spa therapist. The Mason’s Travel staff in the office were elated to find out that they would each be treated to a 5 minute shoulder massage.  We all know that, ‘time spent getting a massage is never time wasted’ and the team were certainly revitalized following this surprise treatment to then continue on with their contractual obligations. 

The Mason’s Travel team would like to extend a huge thank you to the Banyan Tree team! We are very appreciative of this generous gesture.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Notice: Jardin Du Roi

Jardin Du Roi closure from the 08th of May 2019 until the 11th of May 2019  

Please note that we have been advised that Jardin Du Roi will be closed from the 08th of May 2019 until the 11th of May 2019. 

During this time the the restaurant will be undergoing roof renovations. No visits or lunch will be available over this period.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Le Domaine de La Réserve

L’Occitane en Provence cosmetics at Le Domaine de La Réserve

Praslin, Seychelles, Le Domaine de La Réserve welcomes a new range of cosmetics from world famous L’Occitane en Provence, now available in guests’ accommodations. The range of products is from the Aromachologie collection and contains Mediterranean essential oils and features 100% natural scents which help to soothe or to revitalize body and mind using the ancient aromatherapy approach. 

Friday, 3 May 2019

Seychelles Tourism News

Beach and Sea Safety Guide now available for Seychelles visitors

The Tourism Department proudly released the second edition of its Beach and Sea Safety guide during a Launch ceremony Officiated by Minister Didier Dogley, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine on Monday April 15, 2019 at Botanical House. 

The launch of the publication saw the presence of Principal Secretary for Tourism Mrs. Anne Lafortune and Ms. Philomena Hollanda, Director for Risk Management at the Ministry for Tourism. 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Hilton Labriz

Hilton Labriz re-opens local art gallery on Silhouette Island

On Friday, 19 April, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Didier Dogley and General Manager of Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa André Borg opened the ‘Labriz Art Gallery’ on Silhouette Island. 
The ceremony was held on the hotel’s property and attended by hotel guests and local artists who feature at the exhibition. Project consultant Monsieur Richard Touboul coulnd’t attend the event, but played a big part setting up the exhibition and is responsible for the  creative concept. He was thanked by the General Manager during the speech. Another great supporter of the project and art ambassador of Hilton Labriz is the local artist Nigel Henri “I have been here for a year- and-a-half working around projects artistically. Hilton is the first five-star hotel that has approached local artists to combine culture and the artistic side.”

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Airline Updates: Emirates Renews its Commitment to Seychelles

Emirates Renews its Commitment to Seychelles at the Arabian Trade Fair in Dubai 

The partnership between Emirates and destination Seychelles continues to grow, as both parties signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining joint activities to promote the island destination.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai on Monday April 29, 2019 by both Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Africa and Mrs. Sherin Francis, Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, in the presence of Didier Dogley, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles.