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Raffles Seychelles - A Holiday with a Difference

A Holiday with a Difference

Travel is responsible for roughly 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. From plane flights and boat rides to souvenirs and lodging, various activities contribute to tourism’s carbon footprint. With this in mind, we’ve partnered up with TRASS Seychelles in the launching of ‘A Holiday with a Difference’. A programme that offers our guests the chance to offset the carbon emissions of their journeys to Seychelles by planting a tree at our resort.

Following a donation of 10 Euros, which is dedicated towards further tree plantings, guests can opt to plant a tree with our landscaping team or allow our team to plant the tree on their behalf. This activity is also suitable for children and families who wish to do their part in giving back to the earth.


Renowned chef Vojtech Vegh will visit Raffles Seychelles to offer a zero-waste plant-based dinner on April 22nd and also a masterclass on April 23rd. The zero-waste dinner at Losean Restaurant will consist of a curated tasting menu that utilizes the maximum of each ingredient thus creating no waste in the process. The intent is to demonstrate that zero-waste cooking does not compromise quality or flavour. The dinner will be created purely from local ingredients, proving that sustainable cooking even with local ingredients is the way forward.

Guests will also have the opportunity to learn how to apply zero-waste cooking in their own homes during the master class. Vojtech will be teaching easy ways to reduce food waste, such as turning some commonly wasted parts of ingredients into delicious dishes.

Vojtech Vegh is a zero-waste and plant-based chef and author of the book Surplus: The food waste guide for chefs. He has also opened the world’s first zero-waste and vegan restaurant in Cambodia in 2018 and since then, his work has focused on helping other chefs to reduce their food waste. Passing through many kitchens worldwide, chef Vojtech has seen an upsetting amount of food waste and a common concept of chasing perfection and discarding large amounts of food. After his return to Slovakia, he went on to work for some of the leading restaurants in the country and also co-managed the opening of the largest vegan restaurant in Slovakia. Growing up with a natural appreciation for food, it was disheartening to see the amount of food waste that is created in a restaurant’s kitchen.

Seychelles is home to one of the largest tortoises in the world, which originated in Aldabra Atoll. Ages ago, Giant Aldabra Tortoises weren’t isolated to Seychelles. Their even bigger ancestors roamed through Australia, India, and Central America, but unfortunately they were hunted to extinction all over the world.

The Giant Aldabra Tortoises have been under the protection of SIF (Seychelles Islands Foundation) since 1979, leading to the greatest population of giant tortoises in the world to this day.

In the Seychelles, the Aldabra Tortoise population exceeds the human population of over 100.000. These gentle creatures are classified as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species). They are protected by Seychelles Law under the “Wild Animals and Birds Protection Act”.


These magnificent animals can reach sizes of up to 250 kilograms and ages of up to 250 years old. Mainly, Aldabra Tortoises eat grass and woody plants. However, they can alter their eating habits often when searching for food. Tortoises are cold-blooded animals, which means they can survive for several months without any food or water. Like humans, tortoises dislike mosquitoes. To avoid them, they wallow in mud to protect themselves. These tortoises can sleep an average of 18 hours a day.

The breeding season extends from February to May. The female Aldabra Tortoises can nest twice every season. They carry the eggs for ten weeks or more, and after this period they bury them in the ground. Females may only lay four to twenty five eggs every few years depending on temperatures. When courting, the male will fight against other tortoises to catch the female’s attention. Afterwards, he batters his shell against the female over a dozen times and makes a very deep and trumpeting call when mating.

Their Food

Our goal is to offer our guests healthy, sustainable food and also to eliminate food waste. We strive to reduce food waste by composting restaurant leftovers and donating them to local farmers for feeding their livestock. Additionally, vegetable & fruit waste are used for feeding our Giant Aldabra Tortoises and baby tortoises for which we have adopted and dedicated a sanctuary.

The Tortoise Sanctuary

The Aldabra Clean-Up Project is one of the key initiatives Raffles Seychelles takes to preserve by supporting and funding the project. Aldabra atoll is far away from Seychelles’ archipelago’s granitic inner islands recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The atoll is considered one of the most biologically diverse and undisturbed raised coral atolls in the world. Its lagoon is so large that the main island of Seychelles, Mahé, could fit inside it. Today Aldabra boasts the largest population of giant tortoises anywhere in the world made easier by the so far 25.7 tonnes of collected plastic.

Our Tortoises

At the resort, we have fourteen adult tortoises; nine from nearby small hotels and guest houses, and five from private owners on the island. Additionally, we have Bernard, Zedi, and Andy, our baby tortoises that were born on the property. We are still in the process of naming the remaining eleven adults.

Located in one of the most remote corners of the world, Praslin Island, the second largest granite island in the Seychelles, is striking in its beauty: luxurious bright green forests, crystal clear azure ocean and white beaches. Praslin boasts many natural attractions as well as several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Raffles Seychelles actively supports eco-initiatives aimed at restoring and preserving the island’s biodiversity, supporting the local community and developing the country’s economy. The team of the resort, together with the inhabitants of the island, participates in landscaping areas affected by forest fires, and also works on the creation and development of ecotourism on the islands.

The strategic location of the island allows guests of the resort to easily reach the neighboring islands many of which are protected areas with amazing flora and fauna.
Excursions to the nearby islands can be by boat or a full day travel, allowing you to meet hundreds of giant turtles on Curieuse Island, visit the most magnificent beaches on La Digue Island, and then snorkel around Ile Coco.

Discover the uninhabited island of Aride, one of the world’s most important nature reserves and breeding ground for more than a million seabirds, including many endemic species. Rangers guarding the flora and fauna of the island will escort guests to the top, from where a breathtaking view opens, along the way acquainting them with the local inhabitants.