Monday, 28 December 2020

Industry News: Covid-19 Update

Seychelles authorities take steps to address the new COVID19 variant


Following this week's Safe Tourism Task Force meeting led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, the Public Health Authority has proposed new measures for the destination.

As of Monday, December 28, 2020, the United Kingdom will no longer feature on the list of countries from which visitors may travel to Seychelles.

As of December 31, 2020, South Africa will not feature on the list of countries permitted into the country.

Between Wednesday, December 23, 2020, to Thursday, December 31, 2020, all visitors arriving from South Africa will not be permitted to stay in their private residences. Visitors will have to book a Category 2 establishment for at least 10 days before being tested, and if negative, they may complete the remaining 4 days at their private residence or a Category 1 establishment.

These decisions follow recent developments, whereby the UK and South Africa are being affected by a new variant of COVID-19.

The measures will be effective until the end of January 2021 and will be subject to review before then.

Updates on travel measures and procedures to the destination can be viewed on the websites of the Tourism Department http://tourism.gov.sc/ and Department of Health http://www.health.gov.sc/ as well as Seychelles Travel Advisory page https://advisory.seychelles.travel/.



Submitted by Seychelles Tourism Board

Monday, 21 December 2020

Hotel News

L’escale Resort Marina & Spa – A New Luxury “Stopover” in Seychelles


L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa is a brand new boutique resort due to open in January 2021. Situated at the site of the Ex Wharf Hotel, opposite Eden Island, it took almost 3 years for the project to move from conception to opening.

The resort is named after the term “l’escale” - French for “stopover” - that in turn was derived from the Latin word “scala”, reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire of the ports that were conquered by the Sultan. Used as a port of call to disembark boats, the modern terminology fittingly echoes this unique property as the ideal stopover for guests arriving to Seychelles by air, land or sea.

"Therein lies the concept at the heart of L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa: a luxury boutique hotel where you disconnect from the rest of the world to fully connect with the beauty of the Seychelles as you explore, relax and unwind safely in our care. With our perfect location on Mahé, we aim to be known as the preferred luxury stopover for your accommodation, yachting, culinary and wellness experiences,’’ explains Mr. Cyrille Carofano, General Manager of L’Escale Resort.

Centrally located on mainland Mahé, in close proximity to charming capital of Victoria and Eden Island, its architecture and interior style, is reminiscent of a resplendent luxury superyacht, with its clean lines and nautical touches. The resort is the signature work of Winch Design: a London based international and luxury design company, with an unparalleled reputation for creating iconic projects all around the world.

The upgrade to the marina directly in front of the resort was an integral part of the project. It is anticipated that L’Escale’s clientele will docking requirements for both superyachts and sail boats. The elegant and private marina is a flawless extension of the resort, designed to complement the aesthetics of its natural surroundings. L’Escale Resort is proudly one of the few hotels in the Seychelles that can cater to superyachts. The marina has the capacity to berth approximately 19 vessels, with a maximum length of 100 meters, through their state-of-the-art pontoons. Facilities such as power, water and a black water discharge services are available. 

The upgrade to the marina directly in front of the resort was an integral part of the project.

Seychelles’ newest boutique resort will feature only 25 luxurious guest rooms, including a Presidential Villa, a Penthouse and Spa Pool villas. Providing either a lush mountain or picturesque ocean view, all rooms are fitted with king-sized beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, 4K Smart TV, minibar, Theodor Tea, Nespresso Coffee, open terrace or balcony with lounges, and spacious bathrooms with luxury organic amenities and Hermès signature products for The Penthouse and Presidential Villa.

The Spa Pool Villas each have two bedrooms and a separate living and TV area. Guests will enjoy their private decks and plunge pools, and having their every need catered to by an attentive butler service.

The Penthouse is located on the top floor of the main building, easily accessible via an elevator. It offers a separate living and dining room ideally positioned between two spacious bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom and stunning ocean views. It comes with its own kitchen and butler area, and a private chef can be provided during the guests’ stay.

The Presidential Villa is a stand-alone, two-story building that embodies the epitome of the L’Escale brand with its lavish design, in-house amenities and services. The Royal Suite occupies the entirety of the top floor, with its adjoining bathroom being the largest available in the resort. A second bedroom, also boasting its own expansive living space and deluxe comforts, is located on the 1st floor whilst a large garage and lobby takes up the ground floor. Added features include a private elevator and spacious outside deck with a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi. 

The Presidential Villa is a stand-alone, two-story villa that embodies the epitome of the L’Escale brand.

The resort’s food and beverage facilities include an all-day dining restaurant where guests can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with magnificent views of the cerulean waters of the marina. Lunch and dinner will feature international cuisine featuring a refreshing Creole touch.

The pearl of the resort, Eden Holistic Spa at L’Escale Resort completes your escape from the outside world and allows you to fully succumb to the peace and serenity of its surroundings. Its graceful layout incorporates the healing power of water through its design features, and its facilities include: single and double treatment rooms, a steam room, hamman, sauna, rasul (a thermal mud treatment), heated infinity pool, Jacuzzi, yoga room and fitness centre.

The resort will also cater for weddings and events, and promises to be a trendy new venue for clientele looking for a spectacular waterfront location in close proximity to Victoria and its surrounding suburbs.

Just a mere 10 minutes away from Seychelles International Airport, allow L’Escale Resort to be your first experience of the unique beauty and ambiance of the Seychelles islands. The team looks forward to welcoming guests, and guiding their first steps as they commence on a journey of discovery, luxury and escape.


Visit their website for more information: lescaleresort.com


Sunday, 20 December 2020

Hotels News

Find out what happens when you swap sleigh bells for seashells, as we reveal how some of Seychelles’ top hotels are celebrating the festive season in 2020:



Anyone choosing to escape the bitter cold of a northern hemisphere Christmas season is guaranteed a warm welcome on the shores of this island destination. Not only does the Seychelles enjoy year-round sunshine and an average temperature of 28 degrees, but our sunny Creole hospitality and vibrant island spirit are in abundant supply at this magical time of year. Retailers, restaurateurs and tourism establishments such as hotels and guests houses, hang out their brightest decorations – many creatively crafted from recycled and natural materials or inspired by the colours of the ocean.

Hotels are sure to delight their guests on Christmas and New Year’s Eve with gala dinners and fun-filled festive programmes for young and old. Some establishments, however, are breaking the mould to bring their guests a festive celebration that offers a true taste of the Seychelles.


Sugar and Spice at Four Seasons Seychelles:

The Four Seasons Resort in the exquisite south of Mahe is treating their guests to more than just deli-ghtful culinary pop-ups on Petit Anse (the hotel’s beautiful beach, where themed deli pop-ups, such us pitas, poke bowls, gourmet sandwiches and ice-cream burgers will be hosted). This year guests of the luxury resort can enjoy a festive spa treatment that uplifts the senses, using island-harvested cinnamon oil. . The journey starts at Le Syel Spa, with panoramic ocean views, a relaxing cinnamon bath alongside a cinnamon tea and cookies followed by a sugar body scrub to buff and beautify the skin leaving it refreshed and glowing for a deeply relaxing massage.

This award-winning spa offers blissful seclusion and holiday-themed treatments for both adults and children (because we all deserve a little pampering at Christmas time). 

Stunning views of Petit Anse from Le Syel Spa at Four Seasons Seychelles



A Little Out-of-the-Ordinary at Alphonse Island:

Out on the outer islands, Christmas celebrations are a little more out-of-the-ordinary at Alphonse Island. This fly-fishing Mecca attracts adventurous anglers and marine enthusiasts from across the globe to this far-flung island paradise. True to their unique guest-profile, their action-packed festive program invites the resort’s residents to really engage with the island’s remarkable marine environment, by offering unique activities such as manta experiences, snorkeling with sailfish and a festive Christmas lunch hosted on a remote sandbank. 

Alphonse Island's manta experience is one of the more unique festive season offers available in Seychelles this year



The Secret Ingredient is Love at Denis Private Island:

Christmas fare prepared with passion and finesse will be found across the Seychelles islands this festive season, as world-class chefs in some of the world’s leading hotels put into action the Christmas menus they’ve been planning for months. At Denis Private Island, however, Christmas dinner is not only prepared with enthusiasm and care by an award-winning culinary team – it is grown and reared with a fastidious commitment to quality and sustainability on the island’s own farm. Farm-to-table freshness is realised, as the resort’s chefs get first pick of the organic fruit and produce grown on the island, as well as premium cuts of meat and poultry that are hand-reared and lovingly provided for at the farm. Guests will be treated to a decadent array of traditional Christmas dishes, enhanced with island flavours and spices, grown just a short bicycle ride away from the resort’s main kitchen. 

Even Denis Island's youngest guests appreciate the farm-to-table freshness and quality available from the resort's restaurant



Get a Taste for (Modern) Seychelles at Le Nautique:

The annual seven-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu at La Digue’s premier waterfront boutique hotel gets an authentic Seychellois make-over this year. Guests at Le Nautique will be treated to a range of classical Creole dishes (with a modern twist), including freshly-caught red snapper served with heavenly island spices. This crash-course in Creole cuisine will have guests welcoming the new year with a new appreciation for Seychellois culture and our island produce.
Delectable red snapper - a highlight on Le Nautique's seven-course New Year's Ever Creole tasting menu



Full Moon Disco at Raffels Seychelles:

Over on Praslin, guests at the luxurious Raffles Seychelles will welcome 2021 in glittering style this New Year’s Eve, as their Takamaka Terrace takes centre stage to transform into a magnificent Full Moon Disco! The last night of the year will begin with an enchanting gala dinner, leading up to a dazzling Full Moon party with live music performances. It's an event that can't be missed! 


The Takamaka Terrace at Raffels Seychelles will be transformed into an enchanting Full Moon Disco, to welcome 2021











Island-Style Christmas Inspiration

Island-Style Mince Pies by Carana Beach Hotel:
Add a taste of the Seychelles Islands to your Christmas table this year


Since opening in 2016, Carana Beach Hotel has fast become a stand-out destination on Seychelles’ culinary map. With a reputation for infusing island zest and flavor into traditional dishes, Carana’s culinary team are celebrating Christmas with their signature island-inspired takes on time-honoured Christmas recipes. 

Try recreating their island-style mince pies, bursting with summer flavours, at home: 



Ingredients: 
For Sweet Pastry 
250g butter 
250g sugar 
3 eggs 
500g flour 

For Filling 
400g papaya cubed 
400g mango cubed 
50g vegetable atora 
50ml brandy 
50ml beer 
10g all-spice 

Directions:
For Pastry
Cream together butter and sugar, add your eggs and mix thoroughly. Sift in flour and mix until ingredients are combined. Place in cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

For Filling: 
Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Let the mixture soak for 2 to 3 hours before use. 

Assembly: 
Line small ring moulds or a muffin tray with the pastry dough. Fill until ¾ way full. 
Add a pastry lid and prick a few holes on top. 
Bake at 180 degrees for about 25min.

Friday, 27 November 2020

Seychelles in the Spotlight

The Seychelles Islands crowned WTA’s World's Most Romantic Destination.


Revered for its mesmerising beauty, the Seychelles Islands has been awarded the World’s Most Romantic Destination for 2020 in the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards.

The pristine paradise was announced as the world-leading winner for this award following a year-long campaign and voting process on Friday, November 27, 2020.

The archipelago has long built a reputation for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, attracting couples from all corners of the globe. Relatively untouched and religiously preserved, the islands serve as the perfect getaway for couples longing to escape the hassle of mundane life and create a deeper connection with one another.

These desires have only amplified with the current pandemic as many realise the significance of cherishing every moment. The tropical destination flaunts pearly, white beaches with turquoise waves, surrounded by lush mountains, which blend into the perfect exotic escape.

Mrs Sherin Francis, Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive, expressed her delight at the announcement. “Aside from the magnificent features of the destination, credit should also be given to our industry partners as they also have a hand in creating the enchantment and long-lasting memories that comes with a holiday on our shores. This award is a great honour given to Seychelles and our local industry and comes as a great encouragement during these difficult times,” said Mrs Francis.

The island nation does not just offer unspoiled natural beauty, but it also boasts numerous establishments where many couples choose to relax or tie the knot. This magnificent combination is what has hoisted the Seychelles Islands to its position as World’s Most Romantic Destination for 2020.

The World Travel Awards has been acknowledging, rewarding and celebrating excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries since 1993.  The brand is globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

The virtual award ceremony, a milestone event in the travel and tourism industry calendar, was also attended by other major decision-makers and figureheads in the industry, in addition to leading trade and consumer media. The honourable achievement follows the destination’s win for the title of Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination for the second consecutive year. Sustainability and romance walk hand in hand, as sustainable practices are key to preserving the romantic charm of this island paradise.


Submitted by Seychelles Tourism Board

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Tourism News

The Seychelles Islands Remains a Tourist Favourite


The mystical Seychelles Islands remain a fantasy escape for travellers across the globe and, although the vicious pandemic has dwindled travel, the destination maintains its allure. On the path to a slow yet steady recovery, the tropical paradise has seen the arrival of 98,894 visitors as of November 15, 2020.

Based on data provided by the Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics, since re-opening to commercial flights on August 1, 2020, the Seychelles International Airport has seen the arrival of 9,272 visitors.

Since then, the local tourism industry’s traditional markets have remained steadfast with the UAE as the top visiting region with 3,065 visitors, followed by Germany with 2,328, Switzerland with 1,495, the UK with 662 and France with 298.

In week 46, the airport saw 1,154 arrivals, with traditional markets remaining strong during this time hailing 628 visitors from Germany, 218 from Switzerland, 83 from the UAE, 72 from South Africa and 55 from Austria.

Additionally, since the resumption of Air Seychelles flights to South Africa, there has been an increase in the number of visitors from the region from 11 in week 45 to 72 in week 46.

Reviewing the recent tourism arrival numbers, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis stated that the current situation leaves little room for predictions of trends as travellers are now booking very close to their travel date.

“During the last quarter of 2019 alone, Seychelles received 104,079 visitors; therefore, the numbers presented this year may seem dull in comparison. However, looking at the bigger picture, these same figures are monumental for the local tourism industry. At current, our marketing approach is flexible and in constant evolution. We are doing so without deviating from the very crucial goal of keeping our people safe,” said Mrs Francis.

Mrs Francis further stated her gratitude to the local industry, international partners and the airlines who are pushing for Seychelles to remain visible and accessible during these challenging times.

Keeping abreast on client’s sentiments regarding the safety of visitors in the destination, a small-scale pilot study was conducted by STB’s Strategic Planning and Market Intelligence Team in collaboration with Hilton Northolme. The data collected comes as a beacon of hope for the local tourism industry.

With support from Hilton Northolme, the Market Intelligence Team was able to evaluate tourists’ travel motivations during the COVID-19 pandemic, assess their perception of the destination during the COVID-19 pandemic, measure the percieved level of safety and satisfaction in Seychelles during the pandemic as well as capture issues and challenges faced by travellers when travelling to Seychelles during the ‘new normal’.

The findings revealed that 100% of respondents stated that they felt safe being in Seychelles during this time, with 81% claiming to feel very safe. Furthermore, 100% of respondents claimed that they would recommend travelling to Seychelles during this time and 17% responded that they came to Seychelles to seek refuge from the pandemic.
The study is expected to be repeated with a bigger sampling.

As the pandemic sweeps across the globe and fears of travel are on the rise, Seychelles has made safety central to its recovery strategy. As the main marketing body for the islands, STB has been advocating for safe travel through a myriad of campaigns and participation in virtual summits and webinars that address the safety of travellers and tourism recovery.

“Safe tourism is not an option for Seychelles but rather a must. This is not only for the safety of our people but especially for the restart of our industry, which was, until we were hit by the pandemic, a flourishing one. Our commitments to safe tourism have been ably supported by our various partners on the tourism task force,” said the STB Chief Executive. 



Submitted by Seychelles Tourism Board

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Industry News

Seychelles seduces the World of Weddings virtual fair

The Seychelles Islands made its debut in the virtual events arena through its participation in the first 3D virtual wedding fair, The World of Weddings (TWOW) held from October 23 to October 25, 2020.

The three-day Indian wedding fair attracted close to 2,000 attendees including specifically targeted end consumers interested in luxury, lifestyle, and wedding essentials as well as travel agents, tour operators and wedding planners with the perfect clienteles.

As the Indian wedding industry undertakes a transformation unlike any other as a result of readjustments made amidst the global pandemic and with preferences leaning towards intimate and open-air ceremonies, the pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and lush surroundings of Seychelles make the perfect wedding destination.

The Seychelles Tourism Board, along with five partners, participated in TWOW with an interest of presenting the superb offerings of the destination for intimate weddings, celebrations, honeymoons, and family getaways. Participants also had the chance to interact and connect with almost 215 visitors at the booth and networking lounge.

Participating partners included DMCs, namely Creole Travel Services, Masons Travels and Summer Rain Tours and hotels which included Constance Ephelia Mahé and Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort.

Hosted by the STB Team, the Seychelles virtual Pavillion showcased a myriad of wedding operators and service providers through this one-stop-shop platform, addressing some of the impertinent wedding woes brought about by the pandemic.

The fair united the finest players of the wedding industry, including over 300 B2B visitors such as Hight Net Worth Individual tour operators and top-notch wedding planners, to not only network but to also have one-on-one interactions with potential clientele from the comfort of their homes.

The event reached its target audience through the extensive use of social media, primarily Instagram which saw an overall reach of over 2.7 million people, over 2.5 months, interested in Indian weddings both from India and other global locations.

Seychelles has benefited from this prime opportunity to expand this thriving market segment, which has become significantly vital during a period where people have realised the importance of cherishing each moment shared with loved ones.

Speaking about the event, STB Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis said “It is vital that we are able to maintain the interest on a market with potential even if it is not fully ready for travel with immediate. Note our works a lot of times is preparing the market ahead of time, staying top of mind of our visitors and partners so that eventually when the time and condition is right, the interest can easily be converted. In this instance, through this event, given the changing trend of weddings as a result of the pandemic, our Indian partners had a chance to appreciate that Seychelles as a destination check the list and has become even more ideal for weddings.”

The alluring Seychelles Islands have proven to be a dream wedding destination for lovers worldwide, offering not only some of the world’s most stunning open-air locations but also lavish hotels to host such intimate celebrations.

Welcoming travellers from all corners of the earth since its reopening in June, the island destination continuously extends its warm welcome to all those who wish to experience paradise and is especially honoured to host those who choose to start a thrilling new chapter of their lives on its shores.



Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Airline News

Condor Colours Return to the Seychelles Islands


Some 224 visitors from Germany and its surroundings disembarked in Seychelles as Condor airlines made a special return to paradise Seychelles, on Saturday, November 14, 2020. 

The airline operated a special charter in collaboration with DER Touristik, a German tour operator, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and Mason’s Travel in the aim to ignite the spark for Seychelles for visitors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

Working in partnership with the STB and Mason’s Travel, DER Touristik- prominent European tour operators and a market leader for long haul travel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland- gave the honour to Seychelles to be the first destination for such a charter since March.  

Ensuring the success of this venture, sixteen local accommodation partners joined the project and created various attractive packages, which included special honeymoon packages for newlyweds, a booming market segment for the pristine paradise.  

In line with the new travel prerequisites to enter Seychelles, the various packages included a travel health insurance required for entry with Covid-19 coverage and the super carefree package from DER Touristik, which protects holidaymakers in the event of Covid-19 related incident. Travellers were allowed to cancel their trip free of charge up to 14 days before departure. 

The collaboration carries hope for the local tourism industry, as the operated Condor charter was a fully booked one with passengers excited to be away from the confined cities to experience the mystical beauty of the islands until their return flight on November 21, 2020. 

Speaking about the special flight to Seychelles, the STB Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis mentioned her satisfaction to see the interest of the visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“Our collaboration with Mason’s Travel, Condor, DER Touristik is in anticipation of the resumption of the Condor flights at the end of the year. We are glad to see that the interest of our visitors and partners from the market is still present. Germany remains a very important market for Seychelles and as such, is vital that we remain very close with our partners,” said Mrs Francis.

On his part, Mr Christian Zerbian, STB representative on the German market stated his satisfaction to see the response of the visitors from that market to the offer.

“This is a definitely a very positive outcome of the efforts invested these past few months. There is still a lot of potential for this market to produce even more and we are striving to make the return on Condor on the Seychelles route beneficial for the destination,” said the STB Representative in Germany.

Safety has become pivotal to rebuilding confidence in the travel industry, through this partnership between the destination, airline, hotels and DMCs, traveller safety remains central throughout the entire travel chain starting from departure extending throughout their stay.  

Condor is expected to resume flights to Seychelles on December 18, 2020, with a direct weekly flight from Frankfurt.    



Industry News

New Seychelles Minister for Tourism takes Office


The Seychelles Islands welcomes its new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Ambassador Sylvestre Radegonde.

Appointed by President of the Republic Mr Wavel Ramkalawan early this month, the new minister was sworn-in his position on Monday, November 16, 2020, at State House. Minister Radegonde thereafter headed to his new offices at Maison Queau de Quincy at Mont- Fleuri.

Minister Radegonde has a history in the tourism sector, serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board from March 2005 to February 2006.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism called on staff at the Seychelles Tourism Board Headquarters and Department of Tourism at Botanical House for a familiarisation visit, allowing him to briefly interact with the various staff present.

Commenting on his visit, the Tourism Minister stated his satisfaction to have an opportunity to be part of this important industry for Seychelles.

Speaking in regards to his new appointment, Minister Radegonde said that Diplomacy also encompasses the promotion of the destination and that during this pandemic it is essential to join resources, emphasising this by stating that the Embassies and STB should work together whenever possible.

He further elaborated that the promotion of Seychelles will be a priority of the Embassies.

Additionally, he made note that the 3 institutions; STB, Foreign Affairs and Department of Tourism; possess a competent, driven workforce which his ministry aims to continuously motivate and support during this difficult climate.

The Minister will be meeting with the individual institutions; STB, Foreign Affairs and Department of Tourism; in staff meetings during the week to share and discuss his vision.

Before he was appointed Minister, Hon. Radegonde was based in Paris for the past 3 years, where he formerly served as Seychelles appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France.

Minister Radegonde holds a Masters in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster and has an extensive background in International Relations, Political Affairs and Diplomacy.

Minister Radegonde is married and has three sons.



Monday, 16 November 2020

Hotel Updates: Mango House Seychelles LXR Hotels & Resorts

LXR Hotels & Resorts to Debut Island Oasis in the Seychelles 


LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s collection brand of independent luxury properties, today announced plans to open Mango House Seychelles on Mahé island in early 2021.

This highly anticipated, intimate and exclusive resort is situated on pristine beachfront in the southern part of Mahé, stretching along the edge of the Anse aux Poules Bleues – a sparkling calm bay with shallow clear waters. An oasis of relaxation enveloped by the revitalising fragrance of surrounding fruit trees, Mango House Seychelles will provide a convivial retreat where guests can soak in breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean and explore Mahé’s white sandy beaches, all the while enjoying a truly unique hospitality experience.

“We are delighted to have signed an agreement to bring LXR Hotels & Resorts to the Seychelles,” said Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, Middle East and Africa, Hilton. “We currently operate three properties on the islands and the destination’s enduring appeal as a year-round holiday sanctuary for the world’s discerning travellers makes it a prime location to grow our luxury portfolio with the LXR brand. In addition to providing tailored service, Mango House Seychelles will allow guests to delight in a myriad of unique and exciting culinary concepts, including a variety of locally inspired menus. Guests can look forward to enjoying a boutique luxury resort experience at this outstanding LXR property.”

Originally built as a family dwelling by celebrated Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri, Mango House Seychelles promises a sense of home in a private and remote location with 41 spacious and immaculately designed guest rooms including nine suites. Every aspect of the guest experience stays true to Seychelles’ vibrant heritage and culture, from the resort’s artisanal charm to its thoughtful and genuine service. The resort’s consummate hosts are on hand to create authentic experiences that will last a lifetime – from barefoot candlelit dinners to intimate escapes.

Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the turquoise waters of the Anse A La Mouche bay and its kaleidoscope of flora and fauna through an exciting range of water sport activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.

“It’s a pleasure to introduce LXR to the Seychelles where our guests will experience the unique story of this incredible property come to life,” said Feisal Jaffer, global head, LXR Hotels & Resorts. “Developed in harmony with its picturesque surroundings, Mango House Seychelles will deliver handcrafted hospitality with the rich and fascinating Seychellois culture woven into every aspect of the guest experience. The property will be a fabulous addition to our growing collection, and we look forward to extending LXR’s exceptional service to both visitors and locals of these fabled islands.”

Five world-class food and beverage venues will take guests on a culinary journey of exotic flavours. Muse will offer a soulful blend of Mediterranean-inspired dishes made from market-fresh local ingredients. Guests can also indulge in freshly made sushi and robatayaki grilled delicacies at Japanese restaurant Azido or enjoy a relaxed beach dining experience with fresh seafood and succulent meats grilled over sustainable coconut shell charcoal at the resort’s barbecue pop-up venue.

For a playful afternoon, guests will need look no further than the resort’s pool bar, Soley, inviting holidaymakers to sip on refreshing, island-inspired cocktails by the vibrant poolside. Meanwhile, the resort’s Indo-Seychellois bar will serve exotic cocktails, rums, and cool gin and tonics infused with ingredients inspired by the rich heritage of the island’s very first settlers.

Whether looking for mesmerising views or pure tranquillity, guests can choose from three pool areas, including the main eye-shaped pool, an infinity pool and a wooden deck pool, all offering plenty of opportunities to be pampered while soaking up the Seychellois sun.

Mango House Seychelles also incorporates treatment rooms overlooking the glittering Indian Ocean and personalised therapies using locally sourced, handcrafted products. Together with a well-appointed fitness centre, the resort promises the ultimate sensory experience, allowing guests to conveniently relax and rejuvenate throughout their stay.

Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels and Resorts joins three existing Hilton properties in the Seychelles, including Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, and DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles – Allamanda Resort & Spa.

Each property in the LXR Hotels & Resorts portfolio promises a singular travel experience that is native to its place, history, and tradition. LXR properties can be found in some of the world’s most alluring locations, including London, Dubai, Bodrum, and Anguilla, with soon-to-open properties in Kyoto and Las Vegas. 

For more information about the LXR Hotels & Resorts portfolio, please visit https://newsroom.hilton.com/lxr and www.lxrhotels.com.

Industry News

The Seychelles Islands participates in the first virtual World Travel Market


After 40 years of being held in London, the 41st World Travel Market steps into the virtual world, bringing the annual international travel event to the doorsteps of tourism players across the globe. The Seychelles Islands made an appearance before global tourism stakeholders.

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and several industry partners including Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association (SHTA), Mason’s Travel, 7° South, Creole Travel Services and Hilton Seychelles, represented Seychelles.

Speaking about the importance of Seychelles' participation at WTM Virtual, STB 
Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis emphasised the importance of consistency in destination marketing tactics.

“Tourism marketing is a continuous business. You cannot take a pause and hope to pick up several months later. The day Seychelles disappears from the scene, another destination will be quick to replace us. Therefore, it is very important that we keep the destination visible and remain in communication with our existing partners and within reach of new potential partners. The virtual WTM has been ideal in that sense.” 

Over three days, the Seychelles delegation attended live conference sessions and forums tackling some of the major issues the industry currently faces, as well as speed networking sessions, one-to-one meetings, and virtual networking opportunities.

The agenda for this year’s WTM centred around restoring and developing business connections, growing one’s network, one’s brand and learning how to make a comeback. 

Speaking about the global event, STB Regional Director for Europe, Mrs Bernadette Willemin said, “It is important that we keep the global travel conversation alive. The delegation used this platform to tap into a wide range of online business opportunities. STB participants alone attended over 150 meetings with professionals from different parts of the world. In this new virtual space, one could also discover the latest trends and hear the opinions of the industry’s leading executives.”

Despite moving to a virtual stage, the event was as just successful as it had been in previous years, attracting a large crowd of exhibitors from all corners of the world as well as international journalists seizing the chance to keep up with travel industry news and network.

WTM London has been shaping the future of travel for over 40 years by facilitating the connection of people within the travel industry, bringing their global experience to local markets.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Airline News

Boosting Tourism from South Africa, Seychelles National Carrier Resumes Commercial Flights


The tropical paradise of the Seychelles Islands will now become more accessible to visitors in the Southern African region with Air Seychelles resuming its commercial operations to Johannesburg as of Saturday, November 7, 2020. 

The restart of the Seychelles national airline to South Africa materialized three weeks after the local authorities have reviewed the Category 1 list of permitted countries to include 10 African countries of which four from the Southern African Region. 

Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis expressed her enthusiasm to have air connectivity restored with the South African market as South Africa remains an important market for Seychelles. 

“It is an encouragement to have our national airline back with its Seychelles-Johannesburg route. As part of our strategy to increase the visibility of the destination, our team has been working diligently to increase Seychelles visibility on the market especially with the local partners in South Africa. As we are approaching the festive season, we are glad that Seychelles becomes not only a dream but a possibility for an idyllic holiday for our travellers from this region,” said the STB Chief Executive. 

The national carrier will be operating weekly flights between Johannesburg and Seychelles on Saturdays throughout November and will expand its operations with three flights per week on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in December. 

A swift getaway will be within the reach of travellers longing for a change of scenery especially with good air connectivity, a Seychelles holiday will now be possible for the festive season ahead. 

Upon landing in Johannesburg, the Air Seychelles aircraft received a warm welcome with a guard of honour salute upon landing at OR Tambo International Airport.

Remco Althuis, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer said: “We are pleased to add Johannesburg back unto our network now that both Seychelles and South Africa have reopened to welcome international visitors.

“The resumption of services between both countries will provide travellers more options when planning their holidays especially during the festive season in addition to increasing the visibility of the Seychelles destination to further boost tourism demand to the island.

With these increased operations, the national airline will be ensuring the safety measures and procedures put into place by the Seychelles Public Health Authority remain in place during all stages of travel. Since its reopening, the Seychelles International Airport was already operating under these measures and will continue to ensure that the safety of their passengers remains their top priority.


COVID-19 Update from Seychelles

Seychelles Steps up Health Measures


Responding to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and the second wave in certain regions around the world, destination Seychelles is re-enforcing measures to curb probabilities of local infection on its shores. 

The review has been done by the tourism task force, a committee regrouping tourism stakeholders, health decision-makers and various other local agencies to oversee all issues relating to the re-opening of the destination during this period dominated by the COVID 19 pandemic. 

The current review of the measures is based on epidemiological factors and considerations.

The first change to the measures relates to the COVID-19 PCR test to be done while in the country. The timing of the test has been reviewed by the Public Health Authority (PHA) and specifies that all visitors coming into Seychelles, will take a PCR test after the fifth night. This means the testing will be conducted on the sixth day after the arrival of the visitor.

Before that, only visitors from the Category 2 countries were required to take a PCR test whilst in the country. Now, these new measures apply to all visitors.

Visitors and hotel partners are also being advised that unless informed of the contrary after 24 hours of the sample being taken, the visitor should consider the result as negative. Visitors from Category 2 countries may then follow Category 1 requirements, which include changing hotels and able to proceed with their planned holidays whilst observing strict health protocols throughout.

The task force has considered the increasing interest of young couples to walk down the aisle in the paradisiacal islands and has since applied stricter measures for establishments hosting weddings and for other wedding service providers including Civil Status personnel officiating, beauty and hairdressing service suppliers.

Relating to the sixth-day testing and protocols to be adopted in case of an asymptomatic case detected, the PHA has advised that if the client is staying in a Category 2 establishment, he or she could be allowed to remain in isolation within the establishment.

It is imperative that the person does not have contact with other visitors staying at the same property as well as have limited and controlled contact with hotel personnel while being monitored daily.

In actual practice, when or if a visitor is found to be a positive case of Covid-19, the health team will be on-site to guide the management on measures to be applied. It may also be the case that a particular establishment is not suitable to keep an infected person and he or she would need to be moved to another designated and certified hotel.

The general measures for a Category 2 establishment will automatically apply for a positive case and the specific measures must be determined on the actual establishment and the conditions present at the time. Before the PCR test is taken on the sixth day, every visitor is treated with caution, through intensive safety procedures.

Seychelles has been welcoming visitors since June from private flights and charters but reopened its borders to commercial fights on August 1, 2020.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Seychelles sweeps Sustainable Tourism Destination Award


For the second consecutive year, Seychelles receives the honour of being crowned Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination for the 27th annual World Travel Awards. 

This year’s coronation propels once again, the archipelago of surreal natural beauty, to the pinnacles of the regional ecological spheres for 2020 against its island contenders Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius and Reunion Island.

Truly, “Another World”, Seychelles clings to its reputation of a world-class holiday destination with sublime natural allure and puts vigorous efforts in the preservation of the islands.

Speaking of the honour of receiving the award for the second time in two years, Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Chief Executive Mrs Sherin Francis reaffirmed the destination’s commitment towards conservation.

“It is such an honour for our small destination to be recognised as one excelling in sustainability. As a destination, it is our pride to be an inspiration to the world. This award is for all Seychellois trying hard to contribute enormously in the protection of some of the most endangered species and their habitats, and in the safeguarding of our ecological systems. My thoughts goes to our partners in the industry striving to maintain the standard of their practices. These includes environmentalists, NGOs and nature lovers just to name a few, who have been constant and persistent towards keeping our islands in a pristine state,” said Mrs Francis.

Renowned for its pristine beauty, Seychelles has made it its mission to preserve its exotic paradise and rich natural heritage through sustainable practices and measures.

The Seychelles Islands does not only hope to attract more travellers through their winning of this award but also to inspire great nations to take up the mission of sustainability under their wing.

Other winners at the World Travel Awards this year include Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa for ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort’, Air Seychelles for ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’, and Seychelles Travel (‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Tour Operator’).

Since its establishment, the World Travel Awards celebrates excellence across prime sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry and is presently recognised as the ultimate certification of industry excellence.

Following a yearlong search for the world’s top travel and hospitality brands, travel industry professionals and the public cast votes, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.

These winners invited to the virtual Indian Ocean Winners Day on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, which showcased the very best of the region’s travel and tourism sector to the world.

Hopes for the industry's global recovery shines through with the record number of votes cast by the public for this year’s World Travel Awards indicating the rising demand and thirst for future travel.

Winners also gain extensive exposure as they are globally represented on social media, with daily content on multiple platforms.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Seychelles Brought Closer to Reunion Holidaymakers Through Webinars with Partners


The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) office in Reunion conducted two virtual meetings with industry partners in the overseas department and region of the French Republic in the aim of reviving business from this market.

The Reunion market considered part of France is eligible to enter Seychelles under conditions applicable to visitors from Category 2 on the permitted list of countries as of October 1, 2020.

The STB team invited tourism stakeholders in Seychelles and their Reunion counterparts to join two webinar sessions set to provide clarity on procedures applicable in Seychelles for Reunion holidaymakers.

Responding to the STB’s invitation, several partners including Destination Management Companies (DMC) and Hotel partners with interest in the Reunion market joined the discussions.

On the DMC side, Seychelles was represented by 7 degrees South, Creole Travel Services and Masons Travel to explain the new features regarding their services while on the hotel side representatives from Hilton group and Le Laurier Eco Hotel attended the virtual meetings to showcase their properties and explain the different protocols in place.

Ms Bernadette Honore, STB representative in Reunion and Mrs Bernadette Willemin, STB Regional Director for Europe represented the destination tourism board and representatives from Air Austral were presented during both sessions in support of the initiative.

The main point of the agenda remained the wellbeing of clients from Reunion in the face of the new sanitary protocols imposed by the destination as part of its Safe Tourism policies.

The STB representative on the Reunion Island stated that these virtual marketing activities are crucial for the tourism board as the priority is to re-generate the demand of Réunion Travellers to Seychelles.

She further stated that as part of re-generating demand from the Reunion market, the engagement of Travel Trade professionals to restart selling the destination and Air Austral’s commitment of repositioning direct flights on Seychelles route are crucial.

“Keeping our partners engaged and providing the reassurance that Seychelles is a safe destination for Reunion visitors is the main reason behind the two webinars. As Seychelles is ready to welcome travellers to its shore, we felt the need to invite our partners to explain to them the travel protocol in place for category 2 on the permitted list of countries. We were pleasantly surprised to receive over 30 decision-makers of Réunion Travel Trade professionals in the city of Saint-Denis and Saint Gilles during two days,” said Ms Honore.

During the sessions, Mrs Willemin responded to various questions raised by the Réunion Travel Trade professionals and provided pertinent information regarding the travel protocols.

On their part, the Air Austral representatives offered an opportunity for discussions between Seychelles local partners, STB, Air Austral and the Réunion Travel trade professionals regarding the availability of flights for visitors from Reunion.

“The two sessions have been very satisfactory for the STB team as we have witnessed the enthusiasm of the Réunion Travel Trade professionals to restart selling Seychelles as a holiday destination and this is a positive sign for the market. The meeting also provided reassurance to our partners in Seychelles as it confirmed the commitment of Air Austral to provide direct schedule flights to Seychelles in mid-December. The timing of the re-opening of direct flights from Reunion is very encouraging for partners predetermining a growth in visitors from Reunion towards the end of the year,” said the STB representative in Reunion. Ms Honore further stated the anticipation of an increase in the numbers of travellers from Reunion in December since the month sees the happening of the ‘été Austral’ holiday starting from December 19, 2020, to January 25, 2021 marking of the one longest vacation period for the market.



Friday, 16 October 2020

Fauna and Flora

Legends of Seychelles' Iconic Coco de Mer

The nut and tree of Seychelles’ iconic coco de mer have inspired many myths and legends over the years. This unique species of palm is endemic to Seychelles and produces the world’s largest seed (15 – 30 kg). Despite its considerable weight, the suggestively shaped nut is known to have been carried by strong ocean currents when falling into the water, and was the cause of much bewilderment and speculation when they were found washed up on the beaches of distant islands or discovered floating by passing ships.

Prior to the palm’s discovery on Praslin and Curieuse in 1734, it was widely believed that these nuts – shaped like a woman’s buttocks – were grown in underwater forests and possessed magical properties. This belief resulted in the nut being named “coco de mer” – coconut of the sea.

Malay mariners believed that aquatic forests of coco de mer were home to a mythical giant bird, named Garuda, which was capable of hunting lions and elephants and was known to prey on helpless survivors of shipwrecks.

Mystery surrounding these nuts, and their hypothesized healing powers (some believed the coco de mer to be an antidote to any poison), lead them to become very valuable. In Maldives, any nuts discovered automatically became the property of the king – with the penalty of death threatened against anyone found concealing or selling a coco de mer.

After the terrestrial nature of these palms was discovered in the 18th century - together with the remarkably phallic-shaped flower stems of the male plant - rumours circulated that the trees would uproot themselves during stormy nights and join together to make love. The legend held that anyone who witnessed this botanical liaison would instantly go blind or be struck dead.

Perhaps the most famous myth surrounding the coco de mer was penned by General Charles George Gordon in 1881, when he visited current-day Vallée de Mai and wrote home proclaiming to have uncovered the original Garden of Eden, together with the Forbidden Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Today, coco de mers are protected, and can most famously be seen at the Vallée de Mai. Inter-island day trips and land transfers can be arranged to visit this mythical tree, and our knowledgeable guides are the best people to share the legend of Seychelles' national plant. Contact Mason’s Travel today to book your coco de mer experience.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Airline News

Seychelles welcomes BA return - and a second direct commercial connection to Europe 

Adding a supplementary choice for European travellers to the beautiful Seychelles islands, British National airline, British Airways places its name on the list of airlines serving the destination.

Several months after its last flight to the Seychelles International airport of Pointe Larue, British Airways landed on Sunday, October 11, 2020, on the shores of the tropical destination.

British Airways becomes consequently the second European airline providing a direct commercial connection to the destination to keep Seychelles closer its prime source markets composed of six European countries.

In an interview following the weekly high-level forum leading the implementation of the National Integrated Framework for the Reopening of Seychelles, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis mentioned that the arrival of British Airways places Seychelles in a favourable outcome for the having two direct European flights is a great achievement for the small destination.

“Visibility to our customers and connectivity has been key elements of our marketing strategy. The STB and its teams around the world have been working in close collaboration with its airline partners throughout this period to make sure that the efforts invested benefits all parties. At this crucial crossroad, it is important for us to keep the momentum,” said Mrs Francis.

The STB Chief Executive further mentioned that her and her team has been holding regular virtual meetings with airline partners to keep them updated. The STB is also engaging in several joint marketing activities with airlines to keep the destination visible and reach out to their customers.

Mrs Francis emphasised that as the destination is striving to remain safe and accessible for visitors an important indication that Seychelles remains of interest to potential visitors lies in the fact that mostly all airline partners serving Seychelles have so far committed to the restart of their services on the destination, which is a good implication that the demand exists.

“The load of passengers from the European airlines and even the other airlines remain quite interesting considering the challenges that exist for travellers today. Although some airlines are yet to confirm their dates of return, the commitment is still present,” said the STB Chief Executive.

As the raft of marketing activities are picking up slowly on all the markets, The STB Chief Executive further mentioned the STB remains committed in keeping the destination visible across all markets.

Since its reopening to commercial flights in August 2020, Seychelles has been welcoming regular flights from three airlines including Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Edelweiss restarted its flights to the destination in September.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Seychelles 250 Year Anniversary

Seychelles Postal Service Releases Limited Edition 250 Year Anniversary Stamp on World Post Day


The Seychelles Postal Services proudly presented the SCR 12 commemorative stamps in the Honour of the sestercentennial anniversary of the country during the annual World Post Day celebrations.

The presentation of the unique stamp and its first-day cover was held at the Seychelles Postal Services Head Office in Victoria on Friday, October 9, 2020, in the presence of CEO of Seychelles Postal Services, Mr Errol Dias and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alex Etienne.

Mrs Sherin Francis, 250 years Committee Chairperson, her Excellency Mrs Francesca Alexandra Azais Ambassador for the Sovereign Order of Malta-based in Seychelles, members of the Seychelles Postal Services board and few members of the 250 years Committee were also present to see the unveiling of this historical philatelic moment in Seychelles.

Inspired by an original painting of her Excellency Mrs Francesca Alexandra Azais, a fervent 250 years collaborator to the 250 years Committee and designed by Eileen Hoareau, the 250 years commemorative stamps, portrays the first landing of 1770 as interpreted by the artist with a creative touch.

Gifted to the 250 years Committee to mark the celebration this year, the artwork was in turn offered by the committee to the Seychelles Postal Services for use.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Seychelles Tourism Board Office in Italy celebrates the World Tourism Day 

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) office in Italy, organized an event in Rome to celebrate the World Tourism Day 2020 and reconnect with the top Trade Media partners and Airlines’ representatives in Italy after a long time of absence in the limelight.

The event, held at The Hive Hotel, in the centre of Rome on a spacious terrace with a scenic view on the beauties of the Eternal City was hosted by Ms Monette Rose, STB Director – Italy, Turkey, Greece, Israel & the Mediterranean and STB Marketing Executive, Yasmine Pocetti both based in Italy.

The evening’s programme, which started with a networking cocktail, followed by a seated dinner, saw the presence of the main tourism trade media on the Italian Market as well as the participation of the airlines' partners representing Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Qatar Airways.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Tourism and Rural Development’, celebrating the tourism sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities without neglecting smaller communities that would otherwise be left behind.

Ms Monette Rose stated that the celebrations of this important sector also provided an occasion for all those present to reflect on the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting culture and heritage all around the world.

“Placing Seychelles forward and engaging with our partners is our most important strategy at this time. We have seized this significant day for the industry as a reminder of its importance. It was also a great platform to ensure that our partners know that the destination is more than ever ready to receive visitors,” said the STB Director for Italy. 

Hotel Updates: Hilton Labriz

Introducing The New Labriz Gastrolounge at Bel Ombre: 
Destination Dining and Drinks with a Contemporary Chic Atmosphere



The newly opened Labriz Gastrolounge is a contemporary, chic, sophisticated destination with a casual atmosphere offering discerning diners a gourmet experience, blended seamlessly with fine wines and refreshing cocktails, combined with spectacular sunset views and live entertainment.

Open daily from 11am to 11pm as The Labriz Gastrolounge provides the prefect venue for everything from business meetings to sundowner drinks or a romantic date night. The contemporary space has everything needed for work or play, complete with delectable dishes and luscious drinks including am array of international wines, cocktails, fresh juices and mocktails. Savour sharing platters, sip fine wine, watch the sun set over the ocean to the sultry sounds of Live music or our in-house DJ.

Hotel Updates: Constance Lemuria

Constance Lemuria reopens with True Stories on Offer

Constance Lemuria in the Seychelles re opened its doors on 1st September with the new ‘Constance Stay Safe’ safety measures in places. Comments General Manager Bruno Le Gac “We are all very excited to resume service and we are looking forward to welcoming our first guests, who believe me will be even more pampered than before.”

As well as the new safety measures in place, Constance Lemuria has introduced ‘True Stories’ to suggest ways in which guests can get the most out of all the things on offer at the resort and the beautiful island of Praslin. Says Bruno Le Gac “ I am convinced that guests now, more than ever, will be seeking to combine a high level of service with a spiritual and meaningful experience”.


The True Stories include:

Miraculous Fishing - pick up your rod and bait at the boathouse and find a perfect spot on the fishing platform over the rocks. Keen fishermen from the hotel team will show you the Seychellois way of fishing and chef will prepare your catches for you to enjoy that evening.

Revive! - enjoy a full day of activities and challenges, starting with a jog around the spectacular golf course before taking a bike out, swimming to the floating plat more and testing your balance on a paddle board. After a sushi lunch take a well-deserved rest in one of the garden hammocks.

Super Robert - with the approach of the turtle nesting season guests can meet with turtle manager Robert who has been at the hotel for 14 years, making sure that guests and turtles live happily side by side. He can tell you all about the turtles and show you their nests and in the hatching season alert you so you can witness the incredible sight of the hatchlings heading for the sea. In addition Robert will take you on a botanical tour of the property and introduce you to the hotel’s giant tortoises Donatello and Leonardo.

Up & Down - take a late afternoon adventure trail to the ‘top of the mountain’ with stunning views over the hotel before walking down for a refreshing swim at the world renowned Anse Georgette beach. Watch the sunset, feel alive and breathe!


A sophisticated sanctuary at one with nature

Constance Lemuria on Seychelles’ Praslin Island, is landscaped to co-exist with surrounding nature, fringed by three white sand beaches, one a turtle nesting site, another voted most beautiful in the world. Accommodation includes 88 Junior Suites, 8 Senior Suites (115m2), 8 beach villas with private pools and Presidential Villa (1,250m2). Leisure features Seychelles’ only 18-hole championship golf course, PADI dive centre, watersports, tennis and Constance Kids Club. Constance Hotels and Resorts is an Indian Ocean expert offering unique experiences, here it is our turtle conservation programme. There are four restaurants, five bars and spectacular private dining on a rocky peak. Constance Lemuria is a member of Leading Hotel of the World.

Further details from http://www.constancehotels.com .

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Seychelles Tourism Festival 2020

Seychelles Third Tourism Festival; ‘Tourism: Back with Confidence’



The annual Tourism Festival was celebrated on a much smaller scale than the usual weeklong festivities, spanning over just three days. Despite this, the celebrations essentially captivated the importance of this vital industry.

This year’s theme ‘Tourism: Back with Confidence’, echoes the local tourism industry’s slow but progressive revival.

The Festival kicked off with the inspiring words of hope from the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Mr Didier Dogley on Sunday, September 27, 2020, marking World Tourism Day. The Minister emphasised on the extensive preparations made and the constant improvement of measures and procedures put in place to help face the challenges brought about by the pandemic and kick-start tourism. He also highlighted the vital role unity within the industry plays in its revival.

Following this, a group of Tourism Pioneers were honoured for their immense contribution to the Seychelles Tourism Industry during a brief ceremony held at Tourism Pioneers Park at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA).

This year, the fifth edition of the ceremony took place on September 28, 2020, in the presence of the Minister Didier Dogley; the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs Anne Lafortune, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs Sherin Francis. Its chairperson Mr John Stravens and the academy’s Principal, Mr Flavien Joubert represented the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

Family members and representatives of the honoured pioneers were also present, showing their pride for the recognition of their loved ones.

Mrs Lafortune and Mr Joubert had the honour to unveil the plaque, which featured eight tourism pioneers; Jessie and Carl Collie, Guy Sinon, William Woodcock, Frank and Elodia Payet, Norman Medhurst Esslemont, David Joubert and Julien Parcou.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Covid-19 Update from Seychelles

Schedule on Lifting of Lock-Down Restrictions in Seychelles, Commercial Flights to Resume 1st June 2020


The Seychelles Department of Health has released details of the planned schedule for the easing of lock-down restrictions in the country. The Tourism Industry welcomed the news that, if all goes according to plan, commercial flights will resume as of the 1st of June 2020 - among other announcements. 

View the document below for more information.