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Raffles Praslin Seychelles has opened on the island of Praslin

Raffles opens first resort in the indian Ocean

Raffles Praslin Seychelles has opened on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles archipelago (a 15 min helicopter flight from main island Mahe). Praslin is famous for its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. It is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mai, which houses the endemic Coco de Mer palms and prehistoric flora making it an environment like none other.

The luxurious Raffles Praslin Seychelles resort features 86 villas including one- and two-bedroom villa suite options with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. All villas are accompanied by private plunge pools and equipped with luxury amenities including complimentary WiFi internet access, 43-inch plasma television with DVD player, and Nespresso coffee machines. Raffles Butlers, adept in various languages from Arabic to French and Russian, offer assistance around-the-clock, ensuring the delivery of Raffles’ hallmark style of attentive and heartfelt service. Guests are privy to a stunning white sand beach, spanning 500 metres, overlooking the crystalline waters of the Curieuse National Marine Park.

The stunning Raffles Spa, inspired by the evolution of the pearl, embraces the wellness philosophy of transformation where the spa experience take guests on a journey that is enriching, renewing and rejuvenating. There are 13 treatment pavilions, six open-air, which are set among natural rock formations above the water and close to the ocean. Two luxurious spa suites feature steam showers, Japanese soaking tubs, and observation decks where residents may enjoy stunning vistas in privacy. Additional spa facilities include steam room, sauna and a Spa Garden with a Pavilion for Yoga and Pilates.

Children in three age groups (0-4 years, 5-12 years & 13-18 years) are catered for by the Sugar Palm Kids Club. The club offers an age appropriate and ever-changing range of activities from arts and crafts to nature walks and meeting Timmy & Tammy the resident giant tortoises. Children receive their own welcome gifts along with their personal welcome passport.

There are a variety of gastronomy outlets from restaurants, bars and countless outdoor private dining options. For example, Curieuse Restaurant offers an extensive range of fresh seafood and grilled prime cuts, the chic Rooftop lounge Takamaka Terrace offers signature cocktails and shisha pipes under the stars and couples can choose to eat alone on a secluded beach under the stars or on board a private yacht. Personalised in-villa dining experiences will delight families and couples alike.

When it comes to leisure activities, select from a range of non-motorised water sports, diving, snorkelling, golf nearby or island-hopping excursions.

Exclusive wedding packages and indulgent romantic experiences are also available for couples who wish to celebrate a wedding, honeymoon or anniversary in one of the most romantic places on earth.

Raffles Praslin Seychelles marks Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ debut in the Indian Ocean. The group recently opened Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau in October 2010, and is slated to enjoy further growth with a new resort in the Maldives and Sanya, China over the course of the next twelve months.