Travel Information on Seychelles:
Seychelles granitic islands of Mahe, Praslin & La Digue together with their satellites form the cultural heart of the Seychelles archipelago. Gateway to Seychelles & home of the International Airport, Mahe’s lush beauty cascades from towering peaks through tropical forests down to the immaculate beaches, while the nearby St. Anne Marine National Park harbours a rich underwater world. Praslin’s legendary Coco-de-Mer nut grows in ancient giant palms in the wondrous Valle de Mai forest. Time stands still on La Digue where ox-carts hold sway on the paths to the dream beach of Anse La Source d’Argent. Seychelles northern-most coral islands of Bird & Denis offer unforgettable sights of turtles, & on Bird Island, of millions of sooty terns, which colonise part of the island every year. East of Mahe lies Fregate, showcase for several species of fauna. No artist’s imagination, no science fiction writer’s pen can prepare you for the diverse flora & fauna of the Seychelles archipelago. No where else on Earth has such unique specimens as the jellyfish tree [with only eight surviving examples]; the wondrous Coco-De-Mer; the Seychelles Paradise flycatcher, as well as 13 species & 17 subspecies of birdlife, making Seychelles a living natural history museum - a role it takes very seriously, which is why almost half of it’s limited land area has been proclaimed as nature reserves. Seychelles' Vallee de Mai in Praslin, once thought to be the Garden of Eden, & the legendary Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise & the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles boasts an amazing array of endemic & indigenous species waiting to be discovered along it’s several nature trails. Diving in Seychelles opens the door to a vast & separate world. One that promises a marine extravanganza as diverse & vibrant as it is unique. Seychelles is a living aquarium enjoying year-round temperatuee of 24 to 30 degrees. Colorful reef fish, Octopus, Lobster & Turtle are found around the inner islands of Seychelles, while more adventurous dives offshore include the Ennerdale wreck & rocks that are the playground for larger groupers & Stingray. Whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, are regular vistors to Seychelles waters. Seychelles' water’s teem with countless species of fish poised to take the bait. Tackle Grouper, Bream, Emperor, Job-fish, or challenge a Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna or Barracuda. One can well understand seafarers who believe that God designed Seychelles with the Sailor in mind, for there is no better way explore the islands. You can cruise year-round in clear waters well otuside the cyclone belt & discover a wide selection of Seychelles islands, secluded bays & atolls. For 2 centuries Seychelles has been a melting pot of different races, traditions & religions, fusing ethnic diversity into a colorful, trilingual Creole nation.
Seychelles Attractions: Island hopping, either by excursions or individual tours, is the best way to experience the true diversity of Seychelles. Choose from quaint galleries, craft shops, old Creole style plantation houses, scenic viewpoints & natural wonders. Mahe alone has several museums, a botanical garden, a tea plantation & numerous national monuments.
Seychelles restaurants: Restaurants serve a cuisine that features flavors & aromas every bit as diverse & uninhibited as the Seychellois people themselves.
Accommodation information for Seychelles:
a guide to hotels, beach resorts and villas in the Seychelles
Beach hotels in Seychelles
|Banyan Tree Seychelles
Nestled in Intendance Bay with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, one of the world's most beautiful talcum powder beaches, swaying palm trees and lush tropical forest, Banyan Tree Seychelles provides a rare taste of paradise. For the very best of Seychellois architecture, its 36 stunning pool villas combine contemporary, colonial and 'plantation' décor; from high sloping ceilings, airy verandas and louvered doors to ethnic woven textiles. The eclectic villa interiors provide a true sense of place - allowing you to experience Banyan Tree's signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality in Seychellois style. After a wonderfully exhausting day exploring the beauty of the Seychelles there is no better place to feast like a connoisseur than Banyan Tree Seychelles. Every meal is a celebration of heavenly exotic cuisines brimming with mouthwatering flavors and tantalizing fragrances. Sample delicious Creole delicacies at Au Jardin D'Epices where you can sink your teeth into succulent seafood creations and experience the fine blend of spices, coconut dishes and curries the Seychelles are famous for. Alternatively, visit Saffron and enter the fascinating world of South East Asia. We can arrange a romantic outdoor BBQ for you on the beach, prepare a picnic hamper for a lovely excursion or simply pamper you on a lazy day with our extensive in-villa dining menu. Click here for information on Banyan Tree Seychelles
|Lemuria Resort of Praslin
The Lemuria Resort of Praslin, a 5-star deluxe Resort with its 18 hole championship golf course opened on the 1st December 1999. This is a product aimed to meet the increasing demand in the Seychelles for a top class hotel. The quality and originality of the building compliment the expectations of guests who enjoy the highest standards of luxury and comfort in harmony with the preserved natural beauty of the environment. Lemuria Resort first of its kind, enjoys an idyllic location on the northwest coast of the island. Surrounded by luxuriant and rare vegetation, washed by the warm waters of the calm lagoon, the hotel lies sheltered from the prevailing winds. The sea with its many hues of turquoise, the fresh green hinterland and the three secluded white sand beaches all combine to make it a truly exceptional site. It is located 5 minutes away from Praslin airstrip. The main building lies on the slopes of a hill, overlooking the beaches of kerland and the greenery. The majestic simplicity of the hotel buildings incite respect and awe. A unique and striking use of natural materials, of wood and stone, responds sympathetically with the light and water. The swimming pool has three levels, which flow down, from the building to the sea. The entire property is designed in complete empathy with its natural surroundings to provide an ambiance of total tranquillity and refined elegance. The hotel has 88 suites, all oriented towards the Indian Ocean and the setting sun, and spread over 101 hectares of land. The suites are located less than 15 metres from the shore, and is opposite to a relaxation are in nature that is equipped with sun lounge chairs and hammocks. Each features air-conditioning, minibar, safe, TV, VCD, stereo compact disc and cassette player, telephone/answering machine, .etc.
|Alphonse Island resort
Alphonse Island lies in the heart of the Indian Ocean, 7° South of the Equator and 500 kms South West of Mahé. She is a part of the Alphonse Group that extends 16 kms from North to South and comprises three islands: Alphonse in the North, discovered on 28th January 1730 by Chevalier Alphonse de Pontevez, commanding the French Fregate “Le Lys”, Bijoutier in the middle, so named for its jewel-like beauty, and St Francois in the South, named after Saint-François de Sales. The Alphonse Island resort is located on the East side of the island and features 25 Individual Chalets and 5 Executive Villas, built alongside the lagoon and the beach. The design offers a superb combination of luxury and originality to create a unique ambience. The 25 Individual “Chalets” rest on pillars, each with thatched roof and a private veranda (60m² including the veranda). All are air-conditioned, elegantly furnished and have international direct access telephone, TV, mini-bar, ceiling fan, individual safe, queen-size bed (or Twin beds on requests), en suite bathroom with bath and African-style outside shower. The 5 Individual “Executive Villas” are more spacious and modern. The centrepiece of each Villa is a large terrace (50m²) with private Jacuzzi. The main room with the bedroom and the lounge (60m²) provides facilities for the discerning guest; international direct access telephone, TV, mini-bar, ceiling fan, individual safe, queen-size bed, air-conditioning and luxury en suite with multifunction shower cabin (cascading shower, Turkish bath and Turbo massage).
Information on Fly Fishing at Alphonse, Seychelles:
St Francois Lagoon is a thirty-minute boat trip from Alphonse. The lagoon is one of the world’s premier fly-fishing locations. We can arrange and book Fly Fishing on Alphonse Island, please foward your requests to us at the time of booking.
|Sainte Anne Resort
Typical Seychelles scenery, beaches of breathtaking beauty, gastronomic traditions and a tropical spa. Situated on a private island, Sainte Anne Resort is made up of 87 exclusive luxury villas. This unspoilt island is a dream for all nature lovers and a perfect hideaway to enjoying island privacy. Sainte Anne Resort is ideally situated in the middle of a marine park, a few minutes away from Mahé. Opened in 1973, the Sainte Anne Marine National Park was one of the first national marine parks in the Indian Ocean and is now very much visited for it protects over 150 species of fish. Sainte Anne Resort occupies less than a quarter of the island's surface, leaving almost the whole island unspoilt and uninhabited. Walking and cycling tracks allow guests to discover the fauna and flora of this magnificent island, amongst which are 3 Cocos de Mer, a unique variety of palm in the Seychelles. Spread over more than a kilometre along the island's two main beaches, the single-storey villas are all sea-facing and are thus protected from prevailing winds while offering total intimacy. The concept of open varandas as well as the use of natural material such as wood undoubtedly contribute to enhance the tropical ambience of the island, blessed by a most hospitable climate. All villas are designed for outdoor living and careful attention has been paid to the guarantee of privacy. They are positioned for maximum appreciation of the view and protection from the prevailing winds. The villas have large open verandas, private gardens and bathrooms with open-air showers. The setting of the main restaurant is exotic and the atmosphere relaxed and casual. The restaurant leads onto an expansive paved terrace and the beach beyond which is shaded by a grove of coconut trees. Tables are laid under the trees to enhance the ultimate island atmosphere: outdoor dining. The crystal clear waters around Sainte Anne is home to a wide variety of colourful fish and is a tempting invitation to swimming, diving and snorkelling. To preserve the environment, no motorised water sports are available. Free water sports include windsurfing, pedalo boats, laser sailing, hobbycats, kayaks and snorkelling. Optional activities include catamaran cruises, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. An unspoilt island, a dream for all nature lovers. The hotel occupies less than a quarter of the island's surface, leaving almost the whole island unspoilt and uninhabited. Guests have access to the rest of this magnificent island for walks, cycling and exploring. Other activities: Tennis and Mountain-biking. Clarins products are used in each treatment at the Sainte Anne Spa. The Spa is nestled in a quiet spot among the island's lush vegetation, to enhance the calm and soothing ambience. Products of the Paris cosmetics house Clarins have been chosen as the preferred product range for beauty care. A full range of health treatments is also available at the Sainte Anne Spa.
|Plantation Club & Casino Mahe
Originally a 180-acre coconut plantation, fronted by a kilometer long white sandy beach, situated on the rural south-west coast of Mahe Island,at Valmer, Baie Lazare; the village named after the famous explorer, Lazare Picault, who is reputed to have landed here on his first Voyage of discovery to the Seychelles in 1742. At The Plantation the discerning traveller will find everything prepared to feel at ease and enjoy the unique beauty of the Seychelles. The four star hotel situated on Mahé is renowned as one of the best addresses in the Indian Ocean. It offers a magnificent setting for holidays as well as for banquets and conferences as it is situated in the most untouched southern part of the island. High standard service, the excellent cuisine and a broad range of activities offered make guests at The Plantation feel and see why the Seychelles are reputed to be an earthly paradise. The hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms and suites situated alongside the coconut groves at the white shores of the Indian Ocean, facing the sea or the fresh water lagoon. Each room or suite has a balcony or terrace and large plate glass windows which offer the guest a beautiful view outside. Rooms are so spacious that they resemble a suite, having each an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, dressing area, hair dryer, minibar and air-conditioning. Of course each room or suite has a direct dialing telephone, TV and video as well as radio with in-house music channels. The ocean provides an exhilarating experience, whether you are game fishing, snorkeling, diving or making use of the varied water sports activities. The scenic beauty of the islands can be explored by walking, car or helicopter. For the fitness-conscious person or those seeking luxurious pampering, the Health Center features a Sauna, Jacuzzi, massage, and small Exercise Room.
The Banyan Tree Seychelles Spa & Beach resort
For the ultimate in luxury, exclusivity and privacy, stay at the exquisite Presidential Villa, which occupies its very own private cove by the water’s edge. No expense has been spared at this secret hideaway; so you can explore the Seychelles in style. You can entertain family and friends on a lavish scale there is a grand entrance under a porte cochere, a free-form infinity pool carved into the granite boulders, an outdoor Jacuzzi and shower, a large sundeck and living pavilion, and a dining pavilion with a kitchen and guest bathroom. Naturally, the Presidential Villa can be combined with the adjoining Hillside Pool Villa to create a sprawling two-bedroom complex. Soak in the dramatic scenery and let the magic of this awe-inspiring villa cast its spell on you. Soothe your senses in an Eden of lush greenery. Against the backdrop of majestic granite mountains facing the deep azure Indian Ocean, relaxation comes easily. Take time out at the Banyan Tree Spa, where our well-trained therapists devote themselves to your treatments that draw on Asian traditions dating back centuries. Reawaken your zest for life with simple sensory pleasures in 'Time Honored Traditions' and 'Banyan Indulgences'.