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Holiday Title: Getaway to the Seychelles Islands
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Seychelles for 10 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Getaway to the Seychelles Islands
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Praslin Airport. Collect your luggage and make your way into the Arrivals Hall where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
With sweeping views of the entire north coast of Praslin and the Curieuse Marine Park, Hotel L'Archipel is set on a hillside overlooking a lovely secluded beach called Anse Gouvernement. The hotel's very own private beach offers guests excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and, of course, soaking up the sun in spectacular surroundings.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the passenger jetty.
The high speed ferry whisks you across to La Digue in just 15 minutes. Boarding starts 10 minutes before the actual departure time.
Upon arrival at La Passe Jetty in La Digue you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Le Repaire is a small beachfront boutique hotel situated on the outskirts of La Digue's quaint village of La Passe. The Anse Reunion beach is ideal for both swimming and snorkelling.
After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to the jetty where you will board the ferry across to Mahé. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to departure.
The ferry may stop en-route at Praslin but the journey time will be about 90 minutes in total.
Arrive at the Inter Island Quay Jetty in Mahé where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The Carana Beach Hotel overlooks one of Mahé's most dramatically picturesque beaches. The view from every room spills out onto striking blue seas framed by lush jungle, massive granite pillars and a white sandy beach.
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, and offers a laid back experience for visitors. Two of the beaches here rank amongst the world's top stretches of sand. Think gently rustling palms, takamaka trees and warm crystal-clear seas. It's pure paradise.
Beyond the beaches the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is breathtaking. This is one of only 2 places in the world where you can see giant coco de mer palms growing in the jungle. The coco de mer is the world’s heaviest nut and its mammoth palm trees grow leaves reaching over 30 metres long.
Just 15 minutes by air from Mahe, or one hour by sea, Praslin is easy to get to as well. Surrounded by many satellite islands, Praslin also offers the opportunity to island hop and visit these smaller islands on day trips, including Curieuse, Cousin, Felicité, and of course La Digue.
The Hotel L'Archipel is set in a tropical garden paradise overlooking the private beach of Anse Gouvernement in the north of the island, at the end of the famous Cote d'Or Bay.
The private beach is one of the most spectacular attributes, offering guests excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and of course soaking up the sun in spectacular and comfortable surroundings. Free water sports are on hand which include paddle boarding, canoeing and snorkelling. Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and excurions can be arranged at an additional charge.
The two restaurants at Hotel L'Archipel are among the finest on Praslin. La Gigolette has large windows and a terrace opening right onto the beach, and guests can enjoy the soft breeze wihle savouring delicious international and Creole cuisines with modern twists on classic dishes. La Feuille d'Or also offers a breathtaking panorama from its first floor location and has a more secluded atmosphere.
The hotel also has an infinity swimming pool, a lobby bar and cocktail lounge, a billiard room and small boutique shop. In-room massage treatments are also available on request.
Spacious cottage-style rooms are scattered around the hillside within Hotel L'Archipel's gardens, and are reached by little pathways through the hibiscus and frangipani trees. All rooms have sea views over the Cote d'Or Bay, so you can sit back and enjoy the tranquility.
|Room:||1 x Deluxe Room (10% Early Bird Benefit applied - booking must be confirmed 60 days prior to arrival)|
|Includes:||Bed and Breakfast Package: Breakfast is included.|
The beauty of the Seychelles is that each and every island is so diverse. If you’re looking for a laid-back break from reality, you cannot do better than La Digue - the 4th largest island in Seychelles but one of the most unspoilt. It has a unique charm, stunning scenery, and is island lifestyle at its best.
Anse Source d’Argent is amongst the most photographed beaches in the world. Here, you’ll find pale pink granite boulders studded across silken powdery sands, with a clear ocean ahead of you and the untamed jungle behind. Anse Patates, the island's northern most point, is superb for snorkelling.
The locals are friendly, the main mode of transport is bicycle or ox cart but the island is small enough to get around on foot. The Creole cuisine is a mouth-watering fusion of Indian, African and European flavours.
It only takes 15 minutes to cross to La Digue from Praslin, but it will feel as though you’ve entered an entirely different world.
Le Repaire Boutique Hotel is a small beachfront hotel situated near the centre of the main village on La Digue, so the hotel is within easy walking distance of the jetty, shops and banks.
Although this is a beachfront property, there are two small swimming pools, so guests can choose to either lounge on the beach or around the pools in the shade of the tropical takamaka trees. For the more active, you can go kayaking, diving, snorkelling, fishing, or hire a bicycle to explore around the island.
Le Repaire has its own Italian restaurant, which faces the lush tropcial gardens and the sea, and serves light lunches and dinner.
The hotel has 18 rooms - each offering guests the same high level of comfort. The 7 Standard Rooms do not have direct views of the sea but look out over the gardens. There are 5 Superior Sea View Rooms, decorated in tranquil creams and greens and furnished with local hardwood furniture. The 6 Superior Beachfront Rooms are closest to the beach.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included. Half Board rates are available on request.|
Undoubtedly, Seychelles is rated as one of the most sought-after tropical destinations. This Indian Ocean archipelago is made up of 115 individual islands, of which Mahé is the largest.
Mahé offers a myriad of stunning beaches, lush tropical forests and complete tranquility, plus a plethora of activities to choose from if you want to be more active. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there is something for everyone here.
The island has an exceptional mix of African, European and even Asian influences. Local art, music and architecture are different from what you will find anywhere else in the world. The Creole cuisine is an explosion of different flavours just waiting to be tasted and enjoyed - the local food is one of the highlights of a stay here.
With year-round warm and balmy weather, Mahé is the perfect destination no matter when you plan to travel. The water of the Indian Ocean is perfect for swimming and for almost any water activity imaginable.
Carana Beach Hotel, on the north coast of the island, has an ethos and spirit of its own for every guest to discover. When you come here you come to uncover the true island experience, where the Seychelles spirit awaits you. The hotel has been designed to accentuate the wild nature of this unique location, with the view from every room spilling out onto striking blue seas framed by lush jungle, massive granite pillars and its white sand beach.
Modern twists on traditional island architecture, contemporary ocean-themed decor and a home-grown culture of genuine Seychelles hospitality all feed into a casual yet chic ambiance for guests to dine, unwind and recharge.
The 40 spacious chalets all offer incredible sea views and are all positioned within a few steps from the beach. Guests can choose from Ocean View Chalets or Ocean View Pool Chalets which have their own private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.
There is a bar and a lounge for guests use, as well as a main beach front swimming pool.
|Room:||1 x Ocean View Chalet (10% Early Bird Benefit applied - booking must be confirmed 60 days prior to arrival)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included. Half Board rates are available on request.|
Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.
For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:
UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/seychelles
It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Seychelles deems it safe to do so.
Normally, irrespective of the nationality of the visitor and his or her family members (with some exceptions* - see below), there are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:
A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
Return or onward ticket
Proof of accommodation including contact details
Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay
Presentation of all of the above documents will grant you a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration. The Visitor’s Permit is initially valid for the period of visit of up to one month.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Seychelles and have sufficient blank pages for the Seychelles entry/exit stamps (at least 2).
* If you are a passport holder from certain African countries, please contact your local Seychelles High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as nationals from certain countries are required to obtain temporary visas before travelling to Seychelles.
Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.
You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Seychelles.
To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids and keep out of the midday sun.
Tap water meets W.H.O. (World Health Organization) specifications and is safe to drink nationwide. Because tap water is chlorinated, however, visitors are advised to drink bottled water but there is no imperative to avoid soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and ice. If you are in any way concerned about drinking water, bottled water is widely available in shops, restaurants and hotel bars.
There is NO risk of contracting malaria in Seychelles as the anopheles mosquito does not exist in Seychelles. However, some cases of dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes have been reported. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Seychelles, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Seychelles. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Seychelles requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.
There are 3 official languages in Seychelles: Creole (a lilting, French-based patois), English and French. Many Seychellois also speak fluent Italian or German.
We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:
Topless sunbathing is uncommon and not tolerated on some beaches. Nudism is not acceptable.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Seychelles. However, local attitudes do and can vary, so whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.
Please resist the urge to collect seashells along the beaches as many are used as habitation by hermit crabs. Collecting shells is prohibited in nature reserves, marine parks and reserves in Seychelles. The unique and unusual tropical flora is beautiful and for it to remain so, it is important that you admire it, but leave it for others to enjoy.
Be considerate towards the fauna and sensitive to its sometimes fragile nature. Please walk carefully on the reefs and do not feed sea birds, mammals, turtles or tortoises or disturb them or their nesting grounds.
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Our team are specialists in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and we are constantly monitoring the changing situation regarding travel to the region. If your trip cannot go ahead due to specific travel restrictions related to Covid-19 then we will get in touch to offer you the choice of the following:
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We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.
If we confirm that your trip is unable to proceed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, then we will not charge you an amendment fee if you choose to postpone your trip or move it to another destination. We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with a more expensive season of travel or higher grade of accommodation. Equally, if the cost of your postponed trip is less, we will reduce the cost accordingly.
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Not all policies offer this kind of cover, not necessarily even all policies from the same provider, so you should ensure you check the policy details carefully before buying your insurance.
You can read more about choosing suitable travel insurance in the FCDO guide to travel insurance.