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Sprinkled across the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, the Seychelles is a collection of 115 islands, known for their idyllic palm-fringed beaches, exclusive five-star resorts and deep blue waters. One of the finest ways to experience these sun-soaked islands is by small vessel, and it doesn't get more luxurious than Ponant Cruises's new luxury expedition ship, Le Bougainville. Carrying no more than 184 guests, the recently launched yacht features contemporary staterooms with private balconies, two French-inspired restaurants and an infinity pool.

Not only that, before your cruise you'll spend two nights at the five-star Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach on Dubai's promenade, experiencing the glitz and glamour of this spectacular city. Your exclusive yacht trip will end with three nights at the opulent Kempinski Seychelles Resort, on Mahé, so you'll return home refreshed and invigorated.

Discover the Indian Ocean
Le Bougainville is equipped with everything you need to experience the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy an array of watersports, including swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding in the custom-built marina. Plus, witness the incredible sea life from the yacht's multisensory lounge.

Unwind in the Seychelles
Early explorers described Praslin Island as the original Garden of Eden, and you'll see why when you're relaxing among Mahé's palm trees at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort.

Explore idyllic islands
You'll also visit plenty of other Seychelles islands while on Le Bougainville, including the turquoise waters of Praslin and Saint Joseph Atoll, home to stingrays, turtles, giant blue mud crabs and a kaleidoscopic array of coral fish.

Luxury stay in Dubai
Overlooking the glitzy Arabian Gulf, the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach is the perfect spot to explore all that Dubai has to offer.

Exclusive saving
Our special offer price includes a £600 discount per couple, allowing you to experience total luxury at fantastic value.

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Price includes

  • Spend eight nights aboard Le Bougainville luxury yacht
  • Sail in style in a Deluxe Stateroom with a private balcony, with all your meals included
  • Return Emirates flights to Dubai from seven UK airports*
  • Return flights from Dubai to the Seychelles
  • Stay for two nights at the five-star Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach on the city's most popular promenade
  • Unwind on Mahé at the ultra-luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort
  • Try out exciting watersports while sailing on your yacht
  • See fascinating marine life from the comfort of your ship and while snorkelling
  • Hike up Mahé's mountains for incredible panoramic views of the island and Indian Ocean
  • All transfers

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Mar 1, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Mar 15, 2021
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£5,199*
* Price based on two sharing and includes £600 per couple discount. Single supplement available on request. Flights available from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Call now to book 08082396087
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Dubai
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    In-flight meals

    Fly from LHR, LGW, STN, MAN, BHX, GLA or EDI with Emirates to Dubai. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to the Softiel Jumeirah Beach, your luxury hotel for the next two nights.

    Meals - Breakfast
  2. Day
    2
    Luxury Dubai hotel stay
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach opens directly onto Dubai's most popular recreation promenade The Walk as well as the new beachfront low-rise leisure and retail destination The Beach.

    Luxury stays and culinary excellence are the hotel's cornerstones. All 443 rooms and suites overlook the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and Al Ain Dubai. Guests can indulge in exquisite international flavours from A.O.C. International Buffet to Plantation Brasserie, Bar & Terrace, Infini Pool Lounge and Café Concierge.

    Meals - Breakfast
  3. Day
    3
    Fly to the Seychelles
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to the tropical Seychelles. Upon arrival, transfer to the port for embarkation and for an overnight port stay on Le Bourgainville.

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. Enjoy meals in the panoramic restaurant and outdoor grill, shop in the boutique, be entertained in the theatre and relax in the solarium, outdoor bar and lounge and the pool with panoramic views of the gorgeous Seychelles, or take some exercice with the in-built counter-current swimming system.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Mahe – Sainte Anne Marine National Park
    Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

    You'll depart Victoria on Mahé this morning, capital of the Seychelles, located on the main island and largest of the archipelago. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life.

    You'll head to Sainte Anne Marine National Park today, an area comprising six islands known for their beaches, luxury resorts and Creole restaurants. Here you'll be able to dive down into beautiful coral reefs and swaths of seagrass, hopefully spotting dolphins and hawksbill turtles. On Moyenne Island, you may find Pirates' graves and ruins of early settlers' homes. The uninhabited Ile Cachée is a nature reserve.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Saint Joseph Atoll
    Saint Joseph Atoll, Seychelles

    Saint Joseph Atoll is part of the Amirante Islands group, which are in the Outer Islands coral archipelago, the Coralline Seychelles. St Joseph, like d'Arros, was once a thriving coconut plantation which traditionally housed a small number of contract workers the coprah (refined coconut flesh) industry and also in fishing.

    The atoll's lagoon, sheltered by coral, is home to large populations of stingrays and turtles. The surrounding flats are inhabited by giant blue mud crabs who migrate from the bottom of the lagoon in high tide. Grouper, lobster and an array of colourful coral fish can be found here, and there is a large colony of frigate birds, some blue heron, crested terns, wimbrels and plovers.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Curieuse Island
    Curieuse Island, Seychelles

    Situated off the coast of Praslin, Curieuse has a distinguishing feature: its red earth. 'Discovered' in 1768 by the French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, it was ravaged by a fire in 1771 and then home to a leper colony of which a few vestiges still remain. Declared a national marine park in 1979, it is home to many underwater species, which can be discovered while scuba diving or snorkelling in the idyllic waters of the Indian Ocean. But above all, Curieuse is renowned for the hundreds of Aldabra giant tortoises that live there. It is highly likely that you will get the chance to meet these fascinating reptiles. Along with Praslin, it is also the only island on which the sea coconut grows wild.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Aride Island
    Aride Island, Seychelles

    Aride is an island in the Seychelles situated a few kilometres north-west of Praslin. Listed as a nature reserve, this pearl of the Indian Ocean will seduce you with the beauty of its landscapes of wild cliffs and fine-sand beaches. Protected from human impact and sometimes called "bird capital", it is home to several endemic plants as well as exceptional wildlife. Most notably, it is the refuge of an impressive number of seabirds (Seychelles magpie-robins, terns, noddies, and more), and reptiles, such as Wright's skinks, which can be found in the island's wooded areas. Sea turtles can also be observed on the island's beaches, and boxfish can be admired while scuba diving in the surrounding waters.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Grande Sœur
    Grande Sœur , Seychelles

    Located 6 km north of La Digue, Grande Soeur Island is renowned for its two sumptuous beaches and its translucent waters, protected by a coral reef. An ideal spot for snorkelling and observing the sea turtles that co-exist here with the many multi-coloured fish. The pristine Grande Sœur Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Praslin Island
    Praslin Island, Seychelles

    Situated some forty kilometres away from Victoria, Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Its idyllic beaches where granite rocks nestle in immaculate sand correspond perfectly to how we imagine the Seychelles to be. They invite visitors to dive into the turquoise waters, which are ideal for snorkelling. In the centre of the island, hidden in the heart of a stunning tropical rainforest, lies the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this veritable plant sanctuary, several endemic species of palm trees can be observed, as well as the famous sea coconut, which can weigh up to 20 kg and is sometimes called "coco fesse" because its shape calls to mind a pair of buttocks.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    La Digue Island
    La Digue Island, Seychelles

    La Digue Island is a veritable concentration of all the beauty of the Seychelles. Located 6 km south-east of Praslin, this small piece of land that looks like paradise is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, despite its modest size (5 km by 3km)! Turquoise waters just asking you to swim in them, lush vegetation sheltering giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with those emblematic large granite rocks with their pink highlights like at the famous Anse Source d'Argent: the perfect picture postcard… Authentic and preserved, the island follows a peaceful rhythm, with the only means of transport along its little roads being bikes or traditional oxcarts.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Victoria, Mahé
    Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

    Upon arrival in Victoria, transfer to the Kempinski Seychelles Resort for a three-night stay. Here you can enjoy serene pools and direct access to the beach, spa treatments in the spa bungalows and an Olympic-length swimming pool.

    Meals - Breakfast
  12. Day
    12
    Kempinski Seychelles Resort
    Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

    Kick back at your fabulous resort today, exploring Victoria at your leisure. You'll find a kids' club and a Padi Dive Centre within the resort, fine dining restaurant L'Indochine with the best of seafood and Asian fusion cuisine in a sophisticated ambiance, and Planters Bar and Lounge for evening entertainment including live music, delicious cocktails and a selection of tapas and sushi.

    Meals - Breakfast
  13. Day
    13
    Kempinski Seychelles Resort
    Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

    Mahé island is famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 metres high and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Why not take a walk out of your resort to witness it? Mahé is also an island full of history, where fine colonial properties rub shoulders with characterful Creole houses - and don't forget the marvellous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

    Meals - Breakfast
  14. Day
    14
    Travel home via Dubai
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    In-flight meals

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Dubai.

    Meals - Breakfast
  15. Day
    15
    Arrive in UK
    Vida Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Arrive back in the UK following your flight from Dubai.

Accommodation

Sofitel Jumeirah Beach

5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A luxury five-star hotel located in Jumeirah Beach Residence

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach opens directly onto Dubai's most popular recreation promenade The Walk as well as the new beachfront low-rise leisure and retail destination The Beach.

Luxury stays and culinary excellence are the hotel's cornerstones. All 443 rooms and suites overlook the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and Al Ain Dubai. Guests can indulge in exquisite international flavours from A.O.C. International Buffet to Plantation Brasserie, Bar & Terrace, Infini Pool Lounge and Café Concierge.

The hotel's leisure facilities extend to SoFIT fitness centre and Magnifique Meetings features a well-equipped business centre and function rooms dedicated to business facilities.

Le Bougainville

5
Cruise ship

A subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. Enjoy meals in the panoramic restaurant and outdoor grill, shop in the boutique, be entertained in the theatre and relax in the solarium, the outdoor bar and lounge and the pool - with panoramic views of the gorgeous Seychelles, or take some exercice with the in-built counter-current swimming system.

Kempinski Seychelles Resort

5
Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

From adventure holidays spent exploring the unique natural landscape of the Seychelles – which includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – to romantic breaks in one of the breathtaking suites, the aim is to create an escape that suits you and your needs perfectly.

Spa treatments are available in the traditional bungalows of Kempinski The Spa. An Olympic-length swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and watch the day go by, with convenient direct access to the beach. You'll find a kids' club and a Padi Dive Centre for those wanting to learn something new. At Café Lazare ​you can enjoy your daily breakfast buffet and dinner. Fine dining restaurant L'Indochine offers the best of seafood and Asian fusion cuisine in a sophisticated ambiance, at Windsong Beach Restaurant you can enjoy a beachside lunch or al fresco dinner and the Planters Bar and Lounge awaits you for evening entertainment including live music, delicious cocktails and a selection of tapas and sushi.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Mar 1, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Mar 15, 2021
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£5,199*
* Price based on two sharing and includes £600 per couple discount. Single supplement available on request. Flights available from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Call now to book 08082396087
Quote ref: HEARST