Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This luxury self catering, first floor, one bedroom apartment faces the verdant granite peaks of Mahe and overlooks the azure waters of Basin 1 marina. The large bedroom, complete with a queen size bed and ensuite dressing /shower area, is beautifully furnished in timber and stone. The sitting room is furnished with a pull out sofa to sleep 2 additional residents and the fully functional kitchen/dining area, with seating for 4, is equipped with high end appliances. A generous balcony equipped with outdoor furniture and a Weber BBQ is ideal for a relaxing sundowner. The decor has been chosen to reflect the colours and tones of the islands.
For self catering requirements, a delicatessen shop near the gym, swimming pool and club house is located just 100 m from the apartment. Several restaurants, coffee shops on Eden Island itself are within easy walking distance for those wishing to eat out.
A weekly cleaning service is available and is included in the apartment rental.
Eden Island is a stunning development providing luxurious facilities in a truly magnificent setting. Located 7 km from the airport and 4 km from the ferry terminals, Eden Island is perfectly positioned as a base for further exploration of Mahe, Praslin. La Digue and the other 115 islands that make up the Seychelles.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Anse Bernik 50 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Seychelles International Airport 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, Video player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
• 104m2 of space including 23m2 balcony space with outdoor furniture and BBQ
• High end Miele kitchen applicances
• Pull out Sofa Bed in Lounge
• Fully Airconditioned
An electrical golf cart is provided for each apartment for transportation around Eden Island. There are conditions relatiing to the use of the golf carts that will be explained on arrival.
The Mahe region
The 115 coraline and granitic islands of the Seychelles are scattered over the centre of the Indian Ocean. The principle group of islands, located 1500km from the coast of Africa, 2700km off the coast of India and which includes Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette is granitic, the only granitic, non volcanic islands in the world and reputedly a remnant of the Gondwanaland supercontinent. Isolated from other regions of the world for aeons the Seychelles is home to many rare flora and fauna, including the fabled Coco de Mer that prompted Gordon of Khartoum to declare that the Vallai de Mai on Praslin was the original Garden of Eden. There are several unique species of bird life such as the Black Parrot of Praslin and the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher of La Digue.
The central islands of Seychelles are located 4 degrees south of the equator; these granitic islands are consequently tropical with temperatures constant throughout the year at a comfortable 25-30 degrees C. Humidity levels are high and light cotton clothes are all that are needed.
Unoccupied and undiscovered for many centuries, Seychelles was reputedly a pirate base in the early 18th Century; the islands were not settled until the mid 18th Century by French Settlers accompanied by African and Malagasy Slaves. Following some gun boat diplomacy after a disruption of the British tea clippers from India by French Pirates operating in the Indian Ocean, the islands consequently became a British colony and slavery abolished shortly thereafter. An influx of Chinese and Indian traders and labourers arrived in the late 19th / early 20th Century and formed the basis of the merchant class of Seychelles. With an African, European, Chinese and Indian heritage the Seychellois people are a complex melange of races. The cuisine of Seychelles in reflected in the cultural mix of its people; Creole cuisine, based on the abundant fresh fish of the Indian Ocean, is delightfully varied, often spicy but with flavours and dishes unique to the islands.
Following the construction of the International Airport and New Port in the early seventies, Independence from Britain was attained in 1976. Development over the years since Independence has been rapid with the tourism and fishing industries replacing the traditional agricultural based economy. Pristine beaches, a policy of environmental conservation coupled with investment from overseas has seen Seychelles become a unique tourist destination that combines tropical beaches, unique flora and fauna, magnificent scenery, hospitable inhabitants and Creole cuisine into a single tourist destination package rarely equaled in other destinations.
Highlights of a Seychelles visit must include
• A visit to the Vallai de Mai on Praslin, a world heritage site, and home of the largest fruit in the world, the Coco de Mer
• Visits to some of the best beaches, Beau Vallon and Anse Intendance on Mahe, Cote d’Or and Anse Lazio of Praslin and Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue
• Sampling the Seychelles Cuisine in a variety of local restaurants
• A visit to the Island of La Digue where ox carts are still used to transport visitors around the island.
• Deep sea fishing and diving trips are available for those interested in marine pursuits.
• March brings the Seychelles Carnival, now gaining an international reputation while October brings the Creole festival with musicians and artists from many Creophile countries arriving for a week of festivities.
• Nature lovers can undertake mountain treks or visit rare bird sanctuaries.
Seychelles has something for everyone – relaxing beaches, superb cuisine, unique flora and fauna, marine activities of all kinds and magnificent, stunning scenery.
Eden Island is situated just 7 km from the International and domestic airport, ideal for island hopping by air and 4 km from the ferry terminals to Praslin, La Digue and Silhoutte.
Within Eden Island itself facilities include 2 communal swimming pools, a state of the art gymnasium, a tennis court, a delicatessen shop for those who wish to cater for themselves, a restaurant and coffee shop with wifi connectivity, 3 beaches and a soon to be completed shopping mall (July 2012), that will be one of the largest in Seychelles. Each unit is allocated an electric golf cart with which to move around the island.
Eden Island Marina includes tour operators who can organise yachting, boating, diving tours.
Victoria, reputed to be the smallest capital city in the world is just 3 km from Eden Island. In Victoria the clock tower in the centre of the town is a small replica of the Vauxhall Bridge clock in London.Victoria is a bustling, vibrant town during the day and a visit to the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clark market is a must for the visitor. The Pirates Arms café, which used to be on the waterfront in the sixties before land was reclaimed for the new port area, is a popular local haunt. It is reputed that during the Cold War spies from East and West would both take morning coffee in this strategically located island where until recently there was an American satellite tracking station.
The Natural History Museum, located opposite the Pirates Arms and the Botanical Gardens just to the south of Victoria near the hospital are both worth a visit.
Beau Vallon beach, 1.5 km of clean white sand on the western side of the island, offers safe swimming and a variety of hotel based restaurants.