Paradise Sun and Bird Island
Discover Bird Island’s stunning wildlife and enjoy its beautifully rustic, private island experience before flying to Praslin for a relaxing week on one of the island’s best beaches.
7 nights Praslin, room only including excursion detailed; 5 nights Bird Island full board. Includes flights and transfers.
13 days from £3,815pp
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On the beach - 8 days
With the charm and character of a small, local hotel but many of the facilities of a larger resort, Paradise Sun offers great value for money as well as a superb location on the quiet end of a dazzling beach.
Hidden away at the end of Anse Volbert, one of the Seychelles' most magical strands, Paradise Sun is set between powder-soft sands and jungle-covered hills. It is built with local materials in a time-honoured, rustic style and has an authentic village charm, while inside the decor is cosy and stylishly traditional.
The atmosphere too is relaxed and sociable with evening entertainment on most nights and a large selection of activities to choose from. There's kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling, a weekly sunset cruise and an on-site dive centre so you can explore the immaculate underwater world. But what makes Paradise Sun really stand out is its unique location, hidden away in peace and tranquillity yet within an easy walk of local bars and restaurants so you have the option to retreat and unwind or get out and explore, a rare find in the Seychelles.
Dark wooden floors, exposed stone walls and large sliding doors leading to spacious decks give the 80 rooms a delightful Creole character. The ten deluxe rooms are slightly larger and ideal for families.
Before the beach - 4 days
As its name suggests, Bird Island is home to vast numbers of seabirds as well as visiting species, including sooty terns, fairy terns and grey plovers. The variety of other forms of wildlife is equially rich with over 20 giant tortoises, many species of indigenous and endemic plants, dolphins, whales, green turtles and hawksbill turtles. Take a walk with the resident conservationist, snorkel and kayak or simply relax on the soft white sands of the beach.
Set on a private island, Bird Island Lodge is one of our favourite ecolodges. Simple, rustic but with a stunning setting, the 24 bungalows have a spacious veranda, while the lodge’s small farm provides food for guests.
80 rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 pool
Paradise Sun is a warm and welcoming boutique hotel tucked in at the end of Cote D’or beach. Set in tropical gardens brimming with palm trees and blooming hibiscus, the low-rise wooden buildings are in-keeping with the traditional Creole style.
The St Pierre Beach Restaurant, located right on the sand, has a relaxed evening atmosphere and a range of local dining options are within easy reach.
The beach is the real highlight here: it’s a seemingly endless stretch of powder-soft white sand lined with palm trees. Watersports are available to make the most of the bathwater-warm water while the resort also offers a large range of activities from volleyball to nature walks.
Paradise Sun welcomes families but please note there are no specific children’s facilities. However, if there are several children in the resort at the same time they often organise activities for them. Babysitting services are available.
Paradise Sun is set on Cote D’Or beach, one of the Seychelles’ best, on the island of Praslin. The long sweep of white sand is ideal for a long stroll and with only a few other resorts scattered along its 2.5 km (1.5 miles), it’s surprisingly quiet. Located at the end of the beach as the bay curves round, the hotel is protected by granite rocks that protrude into the sea.
The airport is a 20 minute drive away, and if you’re island hopping, the jetty is a 15 minute drive. Just 20 minutes’ walk away there’s a choice of local restaurants and a couple of shops.
Set in a secluded corner of one of the island’s best beaches, Paradise Sun is an excellent choice for those who would like to have local restaurants nearby. The evening entertainment can be heard from a number of the rooms, so this is not a hotel for people who are looking for tranquil evenings, although it usually finishes fairly early.
This small hotel has plenty to offer guests whilst maintaining a sociable atmosphere and a rustic island feel. The long beach is stunningly beautiful and has plenty of sun loungers with palm trees offering shade from the sun. It’s also well priced, and offers good value for money.
The 80 rooms are set in two storey, wooden buildings that stretch through the gardens along the beachfront in a semi-circle formation. There’s a rustic feel to the décor with re-claimed stone walls, polished wooden floors and hand-made furniture. Locally-sourced artwork graces the walls and each room has traditional wooden shutters that open out onto a balcony or terrace.
At 42 sq m (432 sq ft), the deluxe rooms are larger than the superior rooms, with high, vaulted ceilings. Set close to the beach, they are all set on the ground floor with a terrace that faces the ocean.
These 32 sq m (331 sq ft) rooms are set on the ground or first floor with a balcony or patio offering sea views. They are equipped with a shower only (no bath).
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
Paradise Sun offers a wide range of activities and facilities with much more choice than most of the hotels on Praslin. Water sports include snorkeling, body boards, kayaks and paddle boards. In addition there’s also volleyball, swing ball, boules, table tennis and bicycles to hire.
The hotel runs a complimentary sunset cruise weekly for guests which we recommend booking in advance. Twice a week you can take a nature walk around the grounds of the hotel to learn more about the island’s flourishing foliage and abundant birdlife.
The hotel’s on-site dive centre, Whitetip Divers, offers introductory dives in their training pool as well as PADI certification courses. There is a range of dive sites nearby — some just five-minutes’ boat ride away. The scattering of granite boulders and islets offshore make for some interesting dives, with sponges and hard coral clinging to their steep walls.
Food & drink
The hotel’s main restaurant, St Pierre Beach Restaurant, is set on the beachfront with tables set into the sand. It serves an a la carte lunch and snacks along with a buffet dinner with a theme that changes nightly. With your feet set in the sand and the sound of the sea as you eat, this open air restaurant has a relaxed, island vibe. There’s often a live band in the evening.
The other restaurant is found next to the pool and serves a buffet breakfast and complimentary afternoon tea.
The small spa is tucked away towards the back of the hotel amongst the trees. They have two single treatment rooms with a separate outdoor shower area as well as one double room. The therapists are trained in Bali and offer a range of Balinese and traditional massages as well as manicures and pedicures.
Location: Bird Island
On the edge of the Seychelles Bank, 105 kilometres northwest of Mahé, Bird Island is as its name suggests fabulous for birds.
Sooty terns of Bird Island
In the southeast trade wind, around 800,000 pairs of sooty terns nest on the northern tip of the island. Hawksbill turtles come to the beaches and the coral reefs are rich in marine life.
The island is surrounded by sandy beaches, backed by coconut palms that shelve gently to turquoise waters. There are plenty of activities on Bird Island, including walking, snorkelling, diving and boat trips.
Bird Island Lodge
Accommodation: Bird Island Lodge
On the southern side of the island Bird Island Lodge is friendly and relaxed, with 24 comfortable bungalows overlooking the beach.
The interiors are spacious and airy, with four poster beds, ceiling fans, living area and en-suite bathrooms. Each has a large veranda and is a short distance from the dining room which serves excellent Creole cuisine.
There are plenty of activities on Bird Island including walking, snorkelling, diving and boat trips. You can of course, enjoy all the birds. Overall, Bird Island is an idyllic spot and ideal for the nature lover.
We recommend a stay of a minimum of three nights.
Day by day
Today you will board your overnight flight to the Seychelles.
On arrival in Mahe you will be met by our representative and shown to the domestic terminal for your 30 minute light aircraft flight to Bird Island. There should be great views of some of Seychelles' islands and coral reefs from the plane so make sure you have your camera ready.
You will be staying at Bird Island Lodge for the next three nights. A relaxed eco lodge it offers a simple, tranquil getaway with a real Robinson Crusoe feel.
This eco lodge is a nature lover's paradise with incredible wildlife and spectacular birdlife including some rare species of birds, giant tortoises and hawksbill turtles.
There is great snorkelling with plenty of marine life at the reef just off Hirondelle Beach and the hotel has snorkelling equipment as well as kayaks. You may even be lucky enough to be joined by turtles or dolphins.
A last morning to explore Bird Island or relax on the beautiful beach before catching a light aircraft flight back to Mahe.
Our representative will meet you from the flight and escort you to check in for the scenic 20 minute hopper flight to the island of Praslin. At Praslin you will be met by your driver and taken to Cote D'Or Beach by private transfer.
You should arrive in the early afternoon giving you time to settle in and perhaps take a stroll along the beautiful white sand beach.
Today is your first full day at leisure on Praslin. Cote D'Or Beach is one of the best on the island so you may like to simply relax and enjoy it. However the sleepy island of Praslin is worth exploring further. Perhaps hire a car to see more at your own pace, stopping at deserted beaches or small local restaurants.
Your private driver will collect you today for a full day tour to see more of Praslin. Start with a visit to the inland landscape of the island and the Vallee du Mai. This world heritage site has a collection of rare plants including the fascinating coco de mer palm. Then head to Anse Lazio beach, one of the best known on the island.
The waters surrounding the islands are excellent for diving and snorkelling and if you'd like to make the most of this, a boat trip is a great way to do this and see some of the other islands.
This morning your private guide will collect you for a few hours exploring the Glacis Noir nature trail. Your guide will talk you through the endemic fauna and you may see some of Seychelles' birds such as the bulbul or blue pigeon. Your trek is also rewarded with great views down to the ocean and surrounding islands.
Days 10 - 11
Today your driver will collect you from your hotel for a private transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive back in the UK.
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