Many of us have dreamed of visiting the stunning archipelago of the Seychelles, set off East Africa in the Indian Ocean. The island paradise which spans across 115 islands, is a picture perfect setting of white sand beaches famed for its coral reefs where there is excellent diving to be enjoyed. Located on the tranquil island of Praslin, which boasts its own microclimate, the luxurious Raffles Estate is a hidden escape where you can truly relax and unwind whilst experiencing a retreat for the senses. Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles, full of bays with turquoise waters fringed with palm trees. The famous brand of Raffles hotels and resorts is world renowned and synonymous with an unsurpassable level of guest experience.
The location for a truly once in a lifetime getaway, Raffles Praslin is a beachside resort which comprises 86 expansive private villas which come with their own plunge pool and outdoor terrace, affording you sweeping ocean views. Guests can expect glorious sunshine during their stay, indeed the average temperatures are always tropical on the island.
There are so many activities on offer at the resort, such as swimming and kayaking across the crystal clear waters. Dining options at Raffles Seychelles resort are many and varied with a wide selection of options available overseen by Executive Chef Chris Meredith who developed his impressive culinary expertise working at a host of prestigious hotels and Michelin Starred restaurants.
The elegant and contemporary Losean Restaurant serves a globally inspired breakfast menu and a dinner menu which draws on Seychellois dishes inspired by the local area as well as those with Creole influences. Choose from indoor and outdoor tables with sweeping sea views where you can enjoy an array of the excellent local seafood alongside a wine list which features a choice of classic wines and a dessert menu of patisserie and cakes. Curieuse Restaurant meanwhile serves a selection of sushi and sashimi as well as a pan-Asian inspired fusion menu.
When it comes to relaxation the resort is unsurpassable, and The Raffles Spa is the largest in the Seychelles featuring 13 treatment pavilions, an ocean view tea room, steam whirlpools, experience showers and outdoor lounges with soaking pools as well as a choice of beauty treatments on offer. Yoga and meditation can be enjoyed on the outdoor pavilions giving guests the chance to soak up the stunning views whilst exercising, followed by a relaxing massage.
In terms of excursions there is plenty on offer to do in the area and a trip to Mahé Island, home to the capital Victoria and a sightseeing trip to the mountain rainforests of MorneSeychellois National Park and the white sand beaches including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka is a must. The Seychelles are home to rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises and sea turtles, so taking the time to organise an excursion to witness some of these amazing creatures is something not to be missed during the course of your stay.
A visit to the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is another trip which it is worthwhile to include on your holiday itinerary, where you can enjoy relaxing walks surrounded by Coco de Mer trees whilst spotting diverse wildlife and hearing about the area from the knowledgeable guides who are always on hand to tell you fascinating stories. For a truly rejuvenating holiday, Raffles Praslin is an out of this world experience, the island is an idyllic paradise and staying here gives guests the chance to switch off from the stress of everyday life and enjoy an unrivalled sense of escapism.
Ask the resort concierge about arranging a private chef for an unforgettable dining experience and to keep to you healthy diet.
Swim in the one of the two infinity pools at night to enjoy the starry skies above.
Sip the Seychelles version of a Singapore Sling, the refreshing Praslin Sling, at the poolside bar
Relax at Takamaka Terrace, the only shisha lounge in the Seychelles, to enjoy evening cocktails.
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