Abu Dhabi, Mahe & Praslin
Travel 01 Mar 2019 - 17 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Mar 2019
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- 3 nts Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi - Superior room City View - Breakfast
- 4 nts Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort & Spa, Mahe - Avani standard room - Breakfast
- 4 nts Coco de Mer Hotel and Black Parrot Suites, Praslin - Standard room - Breakfast
- Coco de Mer & Black Parrot Suites: Receive a FREE room upgrade to Superior room for stays 01 Apr 19 onwards.
- Flights to Abu Dhabi and onwards to Mahe and Praslin with Etihad Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. A weekend surcharge of £25 per person applies for travel on a Friday or Saturday in either direction.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Superior room City View - Breakfast
This sleek resort enjoys a commanding location overlooking Yas Links with the endless blue of the Arabian Gulf.
Avani standard room - Breakfast
Couples and families alike can soak up the island vibes at this low-rise hideaway, which sits right on the white sands of Barbarons Beach. You'll discover everything you need for a perfect tropical holiday including a gorgeous pool, fantastic restaurants to tempt your tastebuds, a wonderful spa and numerous activities for all ages.
Standard room - Breakfast
Superbly located on the quiet south west coast of Praslin, surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of a tropical forest
Flights to Abu Dhabi and onwards to Mahe and Praslin with Etihad Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. A weekend surcharge of £25 per person applies for travel on a Friday or Saturday in either direction.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
Superior room City View - Breakfast
Over the last half century Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has evolved from a simple fishing village to a luxurious metropolis dotted with glittering architecture, sumptuous hotels, high-end restaurants and vast shopping malls, which combine wonderfully with untouched desert and expansive sandy beaches.
Discover more about Abu Dhabi's religion and traditions with a visit to one of the world's most impressive landmarks, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel features 80 domes, over 1,000 columns, gold-plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand woven carpet. Don't miss Al Ain, located 90 minutes drive from the city, it is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Winding five miles along the Arabian Gulf shore, Abu Dhabi's Corniche is a beautiful boulevard of paved walkways, separate cycle paths, gorgeous manicured gardens, luxury hotels, children's play areas, an array of cafes and restaurants and not forgetting the sweeping sandy beach.
Nearly 200 low-lying islands grace Abu Dhabi's extensive coastline, some of which are accessible to visitors including Yas Island, Sir Bani Yas Island and Saadiyat Island. An emerging entertainment destination, Yas Island is home to the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit where the annual F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held. It's fast and furious for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world's first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind, while Yas Waterworld is a futuristic waterpark with 43 rides, slides and attractions. Don't miss also the newly opened Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world's first ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, with 29 exhilarating rides, interactive attractions and live entertainment. There's also Yas Links Abu Dhabi, an award-winning golf course and Yas Beach, which is set on the island's tranquil southern shores.
Sir Bini Yas Island is alive with wildlife and adventure activities, a five star boutique hotel and historical sites. More than half the island is made up of the Arabian Wildlife park, one of the region's largest wildlife reserves and home to more than 10,000 free roaming animals including Arabian Oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. Saadiyat Island is undergoing remarkable transformation into a world-class leisure, residential and cultural hub of global proportions, housing the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural assets, including the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (under construction). Also on the island is Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, a Gary Player-designed masterpiece and the region's first ocean course.
For those who love to shop, Abu Dhabi won't disappoint. It's so diverse, there's everything from ultra-modern malls with the latest brands to small, souk like outlets where you can buy traditional handicrafts, spices and carpets. Yas Mall is Abu Dhabi's biggest shopping centre with nearly 400 stores and 60 restaurants and cafes as well as a 20 screen cinema. Other options include the Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall and Khalidiyah Mall. Abu Dhabi's bustling souks are worth a visit for their vibrant atmosphere and eclectic variety of goods. Some of our favourite souks include the Fish Souk for a fascinating insight into the way traditional business is done, Al Mina Fruit & Vegetable Souk which bursts with colour, the Al Ain Souk is a great place to explore and practice your bargaining skills, and Souk Al Zafarana which reflects true Emirati culture and tradition.
Sports enthusiasts will find a variety of activities in Abu Dhabi including golf, horse riding, cycling, dune driving in the desert and watersports such as sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, snorkelling and diving. For those who prefer to watch rather than do, Abu Dhabi also has an action-packed calendar, which includes a Formula 1 Grand Prix and a European Tour golf tournament. There are also a variety of international art, music, heritage and cultural festivals which take place annually.
So to discover this enthralling blend of ancient and modern Arabia let Premier Holidays create the perfect Abu Dhabi holiday for you…
Avani standard room - Breakfast
Mahe may be the largest and most densely populated island in The Seychelles, but at only 17 miles long and 5 miles wide it is delightfully compact and easily explorable. The joy of Mahe is the variety it offers: glorious coastal scenery ranging from wild granite cliffs to tranquil palm-fringed bays, while inland are high hills and remote rainforest and throughout the island are small towns and a unique Creole culture.
There are over 60 wonderful beaches and coves fringing the island, ranging from sweeping bays of white sand to hidden corners to find for your own Robinson Crusoe experience.
On the stunningly beautiful northwest coast is popular Beau Vallon, which may be more developed than other areas but is still low key with a gorgeous beach spread across a huge bay along with calm, gentle waters. Beau Vallon also has a good range of restaurants so you aren't limited to those in your hotel, however good they may be! It's also a good base for exploring Victoria and for access to the harbour for boats to Praslin and La Digue.
On the west coast is Port Launay Marine National Park, which has a horseshoe-shaped beach of white sands and calm, relatively deep waters forming a natural harbour. As a protected marine reserve the snorkelling is fantastic here and with a glorious backdrop of jungle clad mountains and high granite hills covered in forest, you'll feel surrounded by nature.
For beach hopping and seclusion it's hard to beat the south of the island. Here you'll find small settlements interspersed with forest and winding coastal roads leading to spectacular beaches, such as Anse Forbans, a huge bay naturally divided into three smaller beaches by boulders. The waters are shallow and calm with a natural lagoon formed by a reef some way off the shore. Other beaches close by include Anse Royal, Soleil, Intendance and Takamaka.
Mahe's tiny capital, Victoria, is a bustling centre whose streets are lined with endemic palms and a mix of Creole-style houses, Indian shops and British relics. There's a vibrant market, manicured botanical gardens and modern shopping plazas.
Standard room - Breakfast
Lying northeast of Mahe, the second-largest island in The Seychelles falls somewhere between the relative hustle and bustle of Mahe and the sleepiness of La Digue. Praslin is a granite island, with a ridge of small mountains running through the centre, tangled velvet jungle, curving hills dropping to crystal-clear seas and gorgeous expanses of soft white sands fringed with swaying palms.
Praslin has three main settlements, Baie St Anne which has the terminal for the inter-island ferries for Mahe and La Digue; Grande Anse on the south coast which is near the airstrip; and Anse Volbert on the north coast. Between these main towns the island is sparsely inhabited so it's all too easy to imagine you are own your own piece of private paradise.
The dreamy beaches around the island are all picture-perfect with white sand and shallow, turquoise seas. In the north west of the island is Anse Lazio, often hailed as 'the best beach in the world' and with half a mile of sugary soft sand and incredibly clear water it's not difficult to see why. Also not to be missed is the outstandingly beautiful Anse Georgette, a gloriously untouched and attractive expanse of sands, however swimming is not always possible due to strong currents. Nearby Anse Kerlan is a charming little cover with gentle waters and some great snorkelling around the rocks, while equally lovely beaches include Anse Bois de Rose, Anse Petite Cour, Anse Cimitiere and Anse La Blague to name just a few.
No trip to Praslin is complete without a visit to the World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, the world's largest forest of coco de mer. Several nature trails run throughout it ranging from short hour long routes to longer circular routes which take around two to three hours at a leisurely pace. All six endemic palms of The Seychelles are found in Vallee de Mai along with the national bird, the Seychelles black parrot, which only breeds on Praslin. While they are difficult to spot, their piercing whistle can often be heard.
Praslin is also a great base for visiting several smaller neighbouring islands, some of which are important sanctuaries nurturing rare species of endemic flora and fauna. Watch the amazing birds on Cousine Island; meet giant tortoises on Curieuse; or discover the amazing underwater world around St Pierre.