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Air Seychelles starts weekly flights direct to Germany

Mar 2017 - Air Seychelles, the national carrier, has started direct, twice-weekly flights with its new Airbus to Dusseldorf in Germany. Accommodating 18 guests in Business Class and 236 in Economy Class, the A330 aircraft will bring its first passengers from Düsseldorf to Seychelles on a Saturday morning.

The Long Journey of a Hawksbill Turtle!

Mar 2017 - A hawksbill turtle tagged as a juvenile in the waters of Cocos Keeling Island, Australia, has swam all the way to the Seychelles to lay her eggs on Frégate Island.

Le Duc De Praslin goes even greener

Feb 2017 - The award-winning hotel recently launched a new cooling system to help reduce its carbon footprint further. The hotel also has a Magna pool, which uses a more environmentally friendly filteration system free of chlorine, and they also only use LED bulbs throughout the property.

The 10th edition of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon

Jan 2017 - The 10th edition of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 27th February. Starting at Beau Vallon on Mahe island, which a choice of a 5km or 10km course.

North Island are finalists in The National Geographic World Legacy Awards

Dec 2016 - National Geographic has unveiled the finalists for the 2017 World Legacy Awards, with North Island being listed in the 'Conserving the Natural World' category, which recognises their outstanding support for the protection of rare & endangered species, and nature preservation. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Berlin on 8 March 2017.

Turkish Airlines confirms flights to Seychelles from October'16

May 2016 - Turkey's national carrier are starting a direct flight from its Istanbul hub to Seychelles from 31 October 2016. Flights will operate three times a week, operated by an A330.

Qatar Airways confirms flights to Seychelles from December'16

March 2016 - Mr Akbar Al-Baker, the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways has used the ITB Tourism Trade Fair 2016 in Berlin to announce that Qatar Airways was starting flights to Seychelles from December. Starting 16 December 2016, Qatar Airways will be offering daily scheduled flights to Seychelles from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh via Doha.

Mini-Mokes back in Seychelles!

September 2015 - Many people will remember the classic open-sided mini-moke's of the 70's and 80's. Well, a limited number of newly-designed Moke's are now available to hire in Seychelles. It has the same classic design as the original, but with modern manufacturing for improved performance including new features such as power steering, improved suspension, a waterproof radio/USB player, a lockable boot and even a car alarm. The Moke's are available via our ground handling company when you book with us and must be pre-booked.

Carana Beach 4* boutique hotel on Mahé

August 2015 - the new Carana Beach boutique hotel is set to open in early 2016. On the north-east coast of Mahé, it will offer all-suite accommodation, some with private pools. It will be a perfect compliment to stays on Praslin or other outer islands.

New 5* 'H Hotel Seychelles' to open in August

July 2015 - The brand new luxury boutique hotel, the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach will open next month. Offering Suite and Villa accommodation, there's also some great opening offers for stays until 30 November, including Free Half Board!

Etihad Airways - double daily flights to Seychelles

July 2015 - Etihad Airways has announced it will be operating up to 14 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and Seychelles. These will be operated by Etihad Airways as well as its partner Air Seychelles.

Enchanted Island Resort wins award for best Villas

June 2015 - The luxurious Enchanted Island Resort has been voted Seychelles' Leading Luxury Hotel Villas at the 2015 World Travel Awards.

Valmer Resort to open new Spa & Gym as well as building 8 new villas

May 2015 - The lovely boutique Valmer Resort at Baie Lazare in the quieter south of Mahé Island has announced that its new Spa & gym will open in late July 2015. It has also announced the building of 8 new villas which are planned to open by the end of 2015.

New daily Etihad Airways flights to Seychelles from Edinburgh - start 8 June

April 2015 - Etihad Airways will commence daily flights to Abu Dhabi, with onward connections to Seychelles, on 8 June. Offering Business & Economy cabins, flights will depart Edinburgh at 09.30, arriving Seychelles at 06.30 the next morning. return flights will leave at 20.10, arriving Edinburgh at 07.20. Read more about Etihad Airways

New 5* 'H Hotel' to open on Mahé Island

April 2015 - The Dubai-based hotel chain, H Hotels, has announced plans to open a brand new luxury boutique hotel beside the popular Beau Vallon bay on the main island of Mahé. Set to open this September, the hotel will feature spacious suites and luxury beach villas with private pool - both incorporating designs to capture the Seychelles heritage. More details to follow in due course, or else give us a call.

New luxury private villa opens on Praslin Island

March 2015 - We're thrilled to be able to offer the stunning new 5-bedroomed Villa Deckenia. With 3 infinity pools and set beside a fabulous beach, it is an oasis of peace and serenity. Sleeping up to 10 adults and 2 children, stays here are on a Full Board basis, with the chef on hand each day to discuss guests specific requirements!

Hilton Seychelles Northolme to open new Pool Villas

March 2015 - The 5* Hilton Seychelles Northolme has announced that its new infinity Pool Villas will open in the Summer of 2015. Styled in-keeping with the resort's existing wooden-clad rooms, modern interiors combine natural and historic elements of traditional Seychellois houses. Hilton Seychelles Northolme

Restaurant news: New Tapas Lounge Bar opens on Cote d'Or, Praslin

February 2015 - Le Duc de Praslin hotel has opened it's new 'Chill Out' Tapas Lounge Bar. Situated right beside the fabulous Cote d'Or beach and above its existing Café des Arts fine dine dining restaurant, it is open to hotel guests, other visitors as well as locals alike. Read more about Le Duc de Praslin

Just Seychelles launches new Catamaran Cruises

January 2015 - We are delighted to announce the launch of 4 fabulous new luxury catamaran cruises with specialist sailing company, Dream Yacht Charter. The cruises all take in the inner islands of the Seychelles, with 3, 7 and 10-night cruise options. With an experienced crew (Captain & cook), guests can sit back and relax. Regular departures are scheduled throughout the year and what's more, even if only two people are booked, the cruise will still depart! To extend your Seychelles stay, we can also tailor-make 'Cruise & Stay' packages, incorporating our superb choice of hand-picked hotels throughout the various islands.

New AVANI Seychelles Barbarons to open in December

November 2014 - The 4* Plus AVANI Seychelles Barbarons resort is located on the quieter west coast of the main island of Mahé. Set in tropical gardens, beside its own palm-fringed white sand bay, the hotel will offer a good mix of facilities including a choice of dining options, tennis court, spa and Kid's club. There's also a 30% discount on all bookings for 2015 if you book now! Read more about the new AVANI Seychelles Barbarons hotel.

Denis Private Island: Named One of the "Top 10 Romantic Seychelles Hotels"

October 2014 - Writer, Tim Ecott, a frequent traveller to Seychelles, has included Denis Island as one of Seychelles most romantic hotels in an article for the Daily Telegraph. He writes that the island differs from the others in that it is “a coral island, a flat palm-fringed lozenge of sand... located on the edge of the deepwater drop-off – making it a haven for fishing and diving. Uniquely, the island produces almost all of its own food – organically, and the Seychellois owners make everyone feel like a genuine guest. They call it 'the island at the end of the world’, and it’s one of the most peaceful spots on earth.”

Raffles Praslin Seychelles wins 'Seychelles Leading Hotel' award

September 2014 - The 5* deluxe Raffles Praslin Seychelles resort has won the 'Seychelles Leading Hotel' award for the third consecutive year at the 2014 World Travel Awards. The hotel also won the 'World's Leading Luxury Villa Resort' at the same awards in 2013. Discover more about the luxury Raffles Seychelles on Praslin island.

North Island listed 3rd best in the world in Conde Nast Traveller Awards!

August 2014 - North Island, renowned for its unparalleled levels of sophistication and comfort, has been voted the '3rd best hotel in the world' in the 17th annual Conde Nast Traveller Reader Awards. North Island.

Seychelles rated in top 10 romance destinations in the world for UK travellers!

June 2014 - Results of a recent survey in Perfect Places magazine has rated Seychelles as 6th in the world as a romantic destination for weddings and honeymoons. LSeychelles was also described as one of the easiext places to organise a paradise island wedding. Many couples take their vows on the beach or in the tropical gardens of their hotel and benefit from the many great honeymoon and wedding offers provided by the hotels. Seychelles is also quite unique because it allows couples to marry on one island and then go to another totally different Seychelles island for the honeymoon.

Luxury Fregate Island offers two nights Free!

May 2014 - the luxurious Fregate Island Private has introduced a new offer which means that if you stay for 7 nights between 1st June and 31st August 2014, two of these nights will be free! What's more this offer may also be combined with the Kids stay free offer and guests will also benefit from added-value 'treats' including a half day fishing excursion and a free Spa treatment! Discover more about the unique Fregate Island.

Air Seychelles announces flights from Paris

May 2014 - Air Seychelles has announced it will launch twice weekly flights from Paris, via Abu Dhabi, to Seychelles from early July 2014. Flights from Paris CDG will depart on Wednesday & Friday evenings, arriving Seychelles lunchtime the next day; from Seychelles, there will be evening departures that arrive Paris the following morning. Air Seychelles will use its brightly-coloured Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, offering 18 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class.

Constance Hotels wins 'Top Small Luxury Hotel Brand'

April 2014 - Constance Hotels has won the 'Top Small Luxury Hotel Brand' announced by ReviewPro, the leading provider of online reputation and social media analytics for the hospitality industry. Constance has two hotels in Seychelles - the 4-star deluxe Constance Ephelia on Mahé and the 5-star Constance Lemuria on Praslin island.

Turtle nesting season near Hilton Seychelles Labriz

March 2014 - The 'peak' sea turtle nesting season is coming to an end in March. The Island Conservation Society has recorded 571 turtle tracks on Silhouette Island, found 316 nests with eggs and has successfully tagged 31 turtles for the ICS turtle monitoring project.

Six Senses to open Luxury Seychelles Resort

February 2014 - Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas has announced it plans to open it's first resort in Seychelles. Scheduled to open in 2015, the luxury resort will be located on the private island of Félicité and reached by either helicopter from the main island of Mahé or a short boat ride from Praslin island. The resort will feature just 28 one-bedroom villas, 2 two-bedroom villas and a selection of private residences. All will have private pool and there will be a couple of restauarnts, a spa as well as a choice of water sports.

'Limited edition' Seychelles cruises

March 2013 - Special 'niche-interest' cruises for 2013 have been introduced by silhouette-island-island Cruises. These cruises include: Seychelles Dive Safaris, 2-9 and 9-16 November & 30 November to 7 December 2013; Seychelles sea kayaking, 14-21 December 2013; plus a Seychelles Eco-Safari cruise (examining Seychelles' unique geology and endemic flora and fauna with an onboard naturalist), 11-18 May 2013. Silhouette Cruises also continues to operate it's weekly discovery cruises around Mahé, Praslin & La Digue.

Desroches Island launches new Kid's Club!

March 2013 - Desroches Island has unvelied it's new children's club, the 'Kid's Haven'. Catering for younger guests visiting the island, including teens, a range of exhilarating, yet educational activities are offered, including tortoise feeding, conservation walks and kayaking.

Hawksbill Turtles - Bird Island Seychelles!

January 2013 - Bird Island has announced that some 270 nests were recorded in the first four months of the Hawksbill Turtle nesting season (Sept-Dec 2012). Also, a turtle first tagged in 1997 has returned for her 16th consecutive visit!

Four Seasons Seychelles launches eco-friendly golf!

January 2013 - Four Seasons Seychelles has launched a new sunset golf experience on its stunning Petite Anse beach... and this has to be one of the most spectacular driving ranges in the world! Guests can drive golf balls into the ocean to try and reach the different yard markers set out in the bay. The balls used are ecobioballs, which is 100% safe to any plant and animal marine life thanks to its cleverly-designed outer shell that biodegrades in less than 48 hours, releasing fish food into the water. What's more, you don't have to be an experienced golfer to try out this unique golfing experience!

Seychelles: hilton-hilton-allamanda Hotel to become Hilton Double Tree

January 2013 - Hilton has announced that he Allamanda Resort & Spa on Mahe Island will become the Allamanda Double Tree by Hilton Seychelles. The hotel will be upgraded over the coming months with minimum impact to guests. Completeion is scheduled for May'13.

Kempinski Seychelles

September 2012 - The new Kempinski Seychelles on Mahe island is now fully operational. As well as including a range of different accommodation, facilities include a good choice of water sports, tennis courts, spa, climbing wall as well as a casino.

Bird Island Seychelles

April 2011 - Bird Island has announced that some 7000 Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings were released between November 2010 and April 2011 under the provision and supervision of the Conservation Manager. The Hawksbill breeding season ended in March with a total of 287 recorded nests with the next breeding starting from September. Green Turtles lay eggs throughout the year.
One of the other conservation success stories of recent years is the White Tropic bird. Six breeding pairs active in 1996. Now, around 80 pairs have been recorded.

Praslin Island

January 2011 - Praslin Island, the third largest in the Seychelles archipelago, announces the February opening of a delightfully luxurious new resort - Raffles Seychelles. Raffles, renowned for luxury and service, is bound to exceed all expectations for luxury Seychelles holidays.

Silhouette Island

January 2011 - Labriz Silhouette Resort & Spa will receive a Hilton Hotels makeover, with the Hilton rebranding of the resort taking place during March 2011, when it will be re-named the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. This beautiful 111-villa resort on Silhouette Island is an idyllic Seychelles holiday destination.
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