Described as the most beautiful islands on earth, the Seychelles (meaning dark blue) is an archipelago made up of 115 idyllic islands. Perfect for couples, families and honeymooners alike the Seychelles, with the attractions of surreal rock formations, lush forests and Creole heritage along with some of the world’s best beaches and turquoise waters, in our opinion is the perfect combination choice after experiencing an exhilarating African Safari. Read on to discover what’s new with this little taste of heaven….
Carana Beach Earns Nominations in Prestigious Hotel Awards
Seychelles’ new CaranaBeach Hotel has been nominated for honours in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, with voting now open to determine the winners. Having opened in April earlier this year, the 40-chalet property in North Mahé is included among the nominees in the ‘Boutique,’ ‘Romance’ and ‘Contemporary’categories of the awards. CaranaBeach Director Alan Mason said: “We are thrilled that CaranaBeach has been nominated in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, and it says a lot about our development team and staff who put so much effort into realising our vision for this property.” Now in its 10th edition, the World Luxury Hotel Awards recognises properties for earning the respect of guests and industry players alike, by awarding hotels in over 60 categories, as voted for by the public.
Four Season Resort Seychelles’ new Serenity Villas
Perched on stilts in the most secluded parts of the hillside amphitheatre overlooking Petite Anse, the exclusive Serenity Villas at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles are designed with romance in mind. These seven tree-house havens sit nestled amongst lush foliage and overlook the tropical Indian Ocean waters, with nothing but a private infinity pool in front of the horizon. Designed exclusively for couples, the Serenity Villas at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles offer a haven for romance, with a few special features to ensure the perfect getaway.
Lounge together under the tropical sunshine on a double daybed beside the villa’s private infinity pool. As well as a spacious Creole and French Colonial inspired villa with a luxurious Four Seasons King sized bed, with private infinity pool and large outdoor decking area, each Serenity Villa also enjoys the following features that are designed for two:
A cocoon style bed is positioned perfectly in the shaded area by the villa, for sunset watching à deux.
Dine together under the stars, at the table for two set in the Serenity Villa’s private outdoor pavilion.
A little gift from the Spa welcomes couples to this romantic retreat.
For guests on their honeymoon, there are even more special touches to ensure their stay is unforgettable. Welcome amenities including champagne and a celebratory gift will be waiting on arrival and a romantic floral bath will be prepared in their villa’s deep sunken bath, for the ultimate romantic indulgence.
Spotlight on Six Senses Zil Payson
Six Senses Zil Payson is a luxurious villa establishment on the Island of Félicité, which spans 652 acres (5th largest island in Seychelles). The resort boasts 28 one-bedroom pool villas and 2 two-bedroom pool villas, as well as several private residences, all tucked discreetly into the island’s tropical vegetation. Every villa offers secluded privacy and spacious grounds, impressive vistas of the ocean, private infinity-edge pools and an exclusive personal villa attendant. Félicité island is a 20 minute helicopter ride from Mahé Airport, or 25 minutes by boat from Praslin Island Jetty.
Denis Private Island once again nominated for International Award
Seychellois-owned Denis Island is once again in contention for three potential World Luxury Hotel Awards, the hotel has announced. This unique experience set on a small coralline island to the north of the main inner island archipelago – with its 25 private cottages, farm-to-table dining concept and vibrant sustainability and conservation programmes – has been nominated for awards in three categories: Best Scenic Environment, Best Private Island and Best Hideaway. Denis Private Island is no stranger to the World Luxury Hotel Awards list, having won the Best Scenic Environment Award for two years running in 2014 and 2015, and Best Private Island in 2015 as well.
Unlock the Sea – Underwater Discoveries Unveiled at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove
Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove on Mahé Island, Seychelles, has recently launched “Unlock the Sea” – a unique programme to help the creative and curious minded traveller experience and explore the island and ignite their inspiration with an incredible underwater encounter. Created in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, this interactive program helps guests discover a treasure trove of marine life around the island through a curated snorkelling experience and learn and educate themselves on the importance of marine conservation. Guests can also witness an underwater art gallery or post a postcard to friends or family from under water!
Marine experts from The Marine Conservation Society will guide the guest journey through five underwater zones. This includes the Welcome zone which is the sea grass bed, the Coral Village which houses the dramatic and beautiful coral reefs, Blue or the open waters, the Reef Town where the reef elevates from the sandy bottom towards the rocks and the Fish Ville, the untouched and preserved area. Through these zones not only can guests see a variety of fish but also gain insights into the ecosystem and how we can preserve it.
What is more while unravelling the mysteries of the underwater world, guests can get a glimpse of an underwater art gallery curated as part of the Arterial Network’s Giant Tortoise Art Project, inspired by a number of celebrated street art projects in major cities across the world. Painted by celebrated artists from Seychelles, the Giant Tortoise Art Project is a showcase of the local art scene on the Island and underpins the fragility of the eco system in the face of global warming and rising sea levels and also reinstates the reputation of Seychelles as a champion of the natural environment.
Proceeds from the donations collected through the programme will go to sustain the marine conservation projects led by The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.
Hilton Brings New eforea Spa Brand to Seychelles
Hilton Seychelles Hotels is proud to unveil the reimagined eforea SPA brand across each of the Spas at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, and DoubleTree by Hilton – Allamanda Resort & Spa.
This new concept of the eforea SPA experience creates an oasis of calm, and soothing atmosphere where guests can indulge in treatments that focus on balance and wellness while embarking on transformative journeys of the senses. As well as a wide range of signature treatments and therapies such as the Champagne Massage, guests can also choose to indulge in one the exceptional ‘Journey Enhancements’ available. These mini-rituals can be added on to other services, to create a bespoke experience or enjoyed on their own. Ranging from Indian and Thai-inspired therapies bringing clarity to the head and face, to traditional Chinese Acupressure for complete relaxation of the neck and scalp, or a mixture of Egyptian Reflexology and Native American spiritual concepts, all aim to heal and allow guests to escape from daily stress, and become enveloped in the tropical beauty of the Seychelles through a series of treatments available.
For more information on any of the above or to incorporate any of these properties into your Luxury Safari itinerary please do contact us.