Air Seychelles celebrated a historic milestone on Thursday, 21 October for having its premium lounge recognised for the first time ever as ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge’ at the 2021 World Travel Awards.

Located in the departure terminal of the Seychelles International Airport, the premium lounge named Salon Vallée de Mai, after UNESCO’s protected nature reserve found on the second most populated island in the archipelago, Praslin also features a stunning painting by renowned local artist Alyssa Adams called “Vallée de Mai” which continues the Seychelles-inspired theme.

Set in a stylish blue and green décor reminiscent of Praslin’s nature reserve, Salon Vallée de Mai offers an array of facilities for both business and leisure travelers looking for the perfect place to relax, freshen up or enjoy a light meal prior to departure from Seychelles.

Last year, to better accommodate larger groups and to further enhance its service proposition to travelers and airline partners, major refurbishment works were held at Salon Vallée de Mai with upgraded occupancy catering to 110 guests.

Speaking about this fantastic achievement, Miana Stravens, Premium Lounge Manager said: “Last year due to the pandemic causing border closures, at Air Seychelles we took this opportunity to elevate Salon Vallée de Mai facilities, product and services.

"I am extremely happy that the premium lounge has been recognised with the accolade of 'Indian Ocean's Leading Airline Lounge' for this year, as the award is a direct result of the extensive refurbishment and upgrades that we have concluded to provide a fresh look and feel to the lounge.

"I express my gratitude to everyone who was involved in this project including the team working at Salon Vallée de Mai for delivering excellent service throughout".

Access to Salon Vallée de Mai is complimentary for Business Class travelers. For those travelling in Economy Class with Air Seychelles or any other airlines a single entry pass at USD 45 can be purchased upon check-in at the airport or via email at

About Air Seychelles

The Seychelles’ national carrier has been flying for over 45 years. Wholly owned by the Government of Seychelles, the carrier operates regionally from its home in Mahe to Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Mauritius, and Colombo with state- of-the-art Airbus A320NEOs. Domestically, the carrier operates up to 30 roundtrips a day to Praslin, the second largest island in the archipelago, along with various charters to other islands on its twin-otter fleet.

In 2023, Air Seychelles was awarded the coveted titles of ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’, at the 30th edition of the World Travel Awards as well as, ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Economy Class’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand’


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