Saturday, 5 October 2019

Hotel Updates: Banyan Tree Seychelles

Saffron Thai Festival

Save the dates October 11 to 13th and join us at the Thai Festival 2019 – Banyan Tree Seychelles

We will take you into a magical escape full of tastes and culinary emotions.

Indulge in a pop-up menu inspired by our chefs from our organic garden 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Conservation News

CaranaBeach clean up efforts target litter at Northeast Point

Staff from the CaranaBeach Hotel took to the beaches and roads of north-eastern Mahé last Friday to do their bit for the Clean Up the World Campaign.

Combing the beaches for litter along Northeast Point, a stretch of white-sand with CaranaBeach at its northern-most end, yielded 15 bags of rubbish in an activity carried out in partnership with the Green Islands Foundation (GIF), a local environmental and conservation NGO.

Although Seychelles has a well-earned reputation for its environmental track record and pristine beaches, the islands are not immune to the build-up of plastic waste that are increasingly invading the world’s oceans. 

Since the opening of CaranaBeach in 2016, one of its core commitments has been the principle of sustainability, according to CaranaBeach General Manager Cyrille Carofano. 

“We have pledged to ensure this through our day to day operational practices and services, the sourcing of local ingredients, our support for conservation in Seychelles and embarking on new partnerships,” Carofano said.

In collaboration with GIF, CaranaBeach has identified a range of areas to reduce the footprint of its environmental impact through its Sustainability and Action Plan for 2019-2021. The plan considers not only conservation and management of water, waste and energy, but also human and cultural elements toward creating a more beneficial environment for its staff and surrounding community, not to mention awareness and education of visiting guests.

“Doing our part for internationally recognised events like World Clean Up Day during the campaign helps our staff make the connection that what we do here matters, even if we are an isolated island, because we can see clearly that the actions of rest of the world does impact us,” Carofano said.

About CaranaBeach: The CaranaBeach Hotel, with its 40 villas suspended along a steep hillside overlooking one of Seychelles’ most dramatically picturesque beaches, offers a unique category of boutique accommodation. A family-owned establishment on Mahé’s tranquil northeast coast, CaranaBeach is a reflection of the raw, unprocessed character of Seychelles, with modern twists on traditional colonial architecture, contemporary ocean-themed décor and a home-grown culture of genuine Seychellois hospitality.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Hotel Updates: Maia Luxury Resort and Spa

Paradise Unearthed

Allow your senses to be seduced when you step into the secluded luxury of M AIA. Where your every whim is attended to and your every desire is fulfi lled. Where our culinary skills, exclusive accommodation and personal service will massage your every sense. Discover bliss and beyond in your private peninsula in the Seychelles.

Reawaken your senses and rediscover you.

• Inclusive of a 15 minute helicopter scenic fl ight with ZilAir or 
  a half-day tour of Mahé by car
• Valid for all Villa categories
• Stay a minimum of 5 consecutive nights (cumulative)
• Applicable on MAIA Beyond All Inclusive basis
• Valid for new FIT bookings only. Not retroactive
• Standard payment and cancellation policy apply
• Combinable with Pay/Stay offer and Kids policy only
• Not combinable with Early Bird offer and Honeymoon offer

Validity: Bookable from 01 September - 30 November 2019
Stay period 01 September - 23 December 2019

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Industry News

Seychelles Tourism Board led Local Trade Partners on Réunion Roadshow

Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and its local partners embarked on a roadshow in Réunion, Saint -Gilles- Les Bains from September 16, 2019 to September 17, 2019.

The event was organised by the STB team in Reunion who prepared presentations and workshops so that they could equip Réunion Travel Trade professionals with the tools to further boost the wave of Réunion Holiday makers in Seychelles. These sessions attracted over 40 agents. 

The Réunion roadshow saw participation from local partners comprising of 7° degrees South, Mason’s Travel, Seychelles European Reservation, Summer Rain Tours, Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa and Patatran Hotel.

The STB team consisted of Mrs. Bernadette Willemin, Director Regional Europe and Ms. Bernadette Honore, Senior Marketing Executive from the STB Réunion office.

Whilst the first session consisted of presentations showing travel trade front liners staff across Réunion about what the Seychelles has to offer its visitors, the second session focused on training the Réunion Travel Trade professionals specialising in group business.  

This destination and product training initiative provided the professionals with a better understanding about the Seychelles products so that they have enough information to encourage travellers to visit Seychelles. 

The STB team also received the support of the Reunion airline partner Air Austral- that provides direct connectivity to the Seychelles- as they delivered product knowledge presentations. 

Commenting on the Réunion Road show, Mrs Bernadette Willemin, Director Regional Europe, stated the STB’s commitment to increase visibility and knowledge of the product to all its partners. 

“Destination and product trainings are of utmost importance in this competitive tourism world and our role as a marketing tourism professionals specialist is to ensure that the travel trade professionals we interact with to sell Seychelles are well versed with our products and confident to sell our destination” said Bernadette Willemin. 

Mrs. Willemin emphasised that the product-focussed training sessions are a success with the help of the trade from Seychelles.

She added, “The STB with the collaboration of its partners will continue to organise such activity on the market making sure that our Reunionais partners have all the knowledge to attend to the clients’ requests and convert them into sales”.    

The training sessions closed with Business-to-Business meetings, where the participants had the opportunity to hold discussions with local Trade partners and Reunion Travel Trade professionals. 

Members of the trade present commented unanimously that the roadshow organised by the STB team in Reunion was very successful. 

They stated that the local workshop sessions were well structured and gave them an opportunity to meet various partners from different tourism fields. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Hotel Updates: Village du Pécheur

Village du Pécheur

Located on Cote D’Or beach on the island of Praslin, Village du Pecheur, recently refreshed, offers to the most discerning guest a unique tropical island holiday experience. This boutique hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a balcony or patio overlooking to the crystal clear blue seas of the Indian Ocean. The hotel offers 14 Ocean View rooms and Junior Suites in the main hotel building as well as 5 garden view rooms in the annex building. 

All Ocean view rooms and Junior Suites have been refreshed with :

 - new coat of paint 

 - re-furnished with : 
o beds and mattresses 
o solid wood furniture (side table, TV stand, center and tea tables) 
o new soft sofas in the ocean view and Junior Suites, 
o L-shape sofas in the Junior suites
 o new table lamp o new curtains. 
o new flat screen TV 
o fixtures and other furniture are re-polished 

- WIFI is available in all the rooms as well as the common areas. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant in a relax atmosphere overlooking the spectacular view of the beach and the ocean. Guest can enjoy international and local Seychellois cuisines including freshly caught fish cooked a la Creole with an infusion of local spices and sauces. Our guest can also enjoy mouth-watering cocktails throughout the day at the Coco de Mer lounge bar as well as the restaurant terrace. The restaurant furniture has also been refreshed.

 The hotel is equipped with 14 sea facing rooms: Ocean view, Junior Suites.
All the rooms are equipped with amenities to make your stay comfortable. Our Ocean view room can accommodate up to two adults. The Junior Suites can accommodate 2 adults plus an extra bed.

In the coming weeks the reception will also be receiving new furniture and garden rooms will also be refreshed.