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 and Department of Health as well as Seychelles Travel Advisory page

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:

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: 

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 

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. 

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.