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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 »

SeychellesHilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa 

Mahe
Po Box 69
Silhouette Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $774 - $996 / night

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Location. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Silhouette Island, close to Silhouette Island Beach. Hotel Features. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room… more »

SeychellesBanyan Tree Seychelles 

Anse Intedance
Mahe Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $1077 - $4119 / night

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Location. Banyan Tree Seychelles is located on the beach in Mahe Island, close to Anse Intedance Beach, Takamaka Beach, and Anse Bazarca Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Baie Lazare Beach and Petite Anse Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Banyan Tree Seychelles include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. The… more »

SeychellesDhevatara Beach Hotel 

Grand Anse
Praslin Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $547 - $1717 / night

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Location. Dhevatara Beach Hotel is located on the beach in Praslin Island's Grand Anse neighborhood, close to Grand Anse Beach, Anse Lazio Beach, and Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Anse Takamaka and Anse Volbert Beach. Resort Features. Dhevatara Beach Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The resort also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is… more »

SeychellesRaffles Praslin Seychelles 

Anse Takamaka
Praslin Island
Seychelles

Price (US$): $652 - $4005 / night

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Location. Raffles Praslin Seychelles is located on the beach in Praslin Island, close to Anse Takamaka, Anse Lazio Beach, and Grand Anse Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and Anse Volbert Beach. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools. Also located on site are a fitness facility, a children's club, and complimentary bicycles. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms, facials, body treatments, and… 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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