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Seychelles

Background

Seychelles

A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term.

About

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, only a few inhabited, in the Indian Ocean that lie off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar.

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SeychellesKempinski Seychelles Resort 

Baie Lazare
Mahe Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $439 - $1229 / night

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Location. Kempinski Seychelles Resort is located on the beach in Mahe Island, close to Baie Lazare Beach, Takamaka Beach, and Petite Anse Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Anse Soleil Beach and La Mouche Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Kempinski Seychelles Resort include 2 restaurants. A beach bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

SeychellesConstance Lemuria Resort of Praslin 

Anse Kerlan
Praslin Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $936 - $3160 / night

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Location. Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin is located on the beach in Praslin Island, close to Anse Georgette Beach, Anse Lazio Beach, and Grand Anse Beach. Anse Takamaka is also a point of interest near this luxury resort. Resort Features. Dining options at Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin include 3 restaurants. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor… more »

SeychellesMaia Luxury Resort & Spa 

Anse Louis, Victoria
PO Box 722
Mahe Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $2315 - $3315 / night

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Location. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Mahe Island, close to La Mouche Beach, Anse Soleil Beach, and Baie Lazare Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Petite Anse Beach and Barbarons Beach. Resort Features. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas.… more »

SeychellesLe Meridien Fisherman's Cove 

Bel Ombre Rd
Mahe Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $429 - $1296 / night

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Location. Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove is located near the beach in Mahe Island's Victoria neighborhood and close to Beau Vallon Beach. Other points of interest are North East Point Beach and Grand Anse Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove include 2 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Guests can enjoy a complimentary light meal reception on select days. Recreational amenities include an… more »

SeychellesDesroches Island Seychelles 

Desroches Island
PO Box 638
Desroches Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $1477 - $1478 / night

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Location. Located in Desroches Island, Desroches Island Seychelles is a beachfront luxury hotel by the ocean. Hotel Features. Desroches Island Seychelles's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 2 bars/lounges, a beach bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, an outdoor tennis court, a health club, and complimentary bicycles. Spa amenities include massage/treatment… more »

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Seychelles

Full name
Republic of Seychelles
Capital
Victoria
Location

archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

Geographic coordinates

4 35 S, 55 40 E

Area comparative

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

491 km

Climate

tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

Terrain

Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs

Lowest point

Indian Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Morne Seychellois 905 m

Natural resources

fish, copra, cinnamon trees

Population

88,340 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Arab

Religions

Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)

Languages

Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)

Government type

republic

Independence

29 June 1976 (from the UK)

National holiday

Constitution Day (National Day), 18 June (1993)

Chief of state

President James Alix MICHEL (since 14 April 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President James MICHEL (since 14 April 2004)

Internet country code

.sc

Internet users

32,000 (2008)

Airports

14 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Victoria

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