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As a family we debated at length as to whether it should be 3 or 4 stars. The hotel is beautifully situated. We ate at all of the restaurants except Diva, and the food was excellent, the best that we have experienced in the Seychelles in comparison to the Hilton Silhouette and Kempinski where we stayed during previous years. The service and friendliness of staff is also excellent. They are prepared to go the extra mile. A few examples - our lunch at Takamaka took longer than (they) expected to be served to us; we didn’t even raise any concern about the delay, yet when they presented the bill to us they had cancelled the cost of the five dishes we had ordered because of the delay. Our lovely hostess, Tasania, sent us a handwritten note of apology and a box of chocolates when she was unable to fix something for us. So with a beautiful hotel, wonderful service, food and swimming, why the loss of one or even two stars? This is a resort holiday, and sun loungers / deck chairs are an essential element of that. And simply put, there were not enough. There were no deck chairs assigned to rooms and there were no deck chairs along the Anse Kerlan beach at all - the argument being that this beach is not considered safe for swimming. So all the deck chairs were located on the smaller Anse Kerlan petite beach, five rows deep in places. And we routinely found that arriving at 930 or 1030 all the deck chairs were already booked. It felt like Spain at times and the jokes about the Europeans fighting over deckchairs. One really does not expect this at a hotel of this quality. First world problem I know, but one should not have to worry about whether a deck chair will be available or not at a hotel in this quality/price bracket. Also coming to a place like this, which clearly advertises its long beaches, carries a promise of privacy, and whilst some may enjoy it, I don’t want to be sitting in the middle of a hundred or more deckchairs. I know we were there at peak season, but there should always be more than enough deckchairs for everyone. Indeed Management acknowledged the issue and brought in more after the New Year (just as we were leaving), but this just shows remarkably poor planning...they need to be ready for peak season (we were there over New Year). The deck chair issue is easily resolved - there needs to be a lot more deck chairs than guests and not all forced into one location - every suite should have deckchairs either in the garden area or close to the Anse Kerlan beach, with appropriate warnings about the safety of the beach. One of our two rooms, although very comfortable and nicely decorated, was a little rundown - chipped walls and peeling wallpaper. We liked the beach villas at Hilton Silhouette more. One final grumble - plastics. The bars make a fuss of not using plastic straws - well done, but that’s it. There are plastic single use water bottles everywhere despite them having glass bottles of their own branded water in the room. There are plastic stirrers in coffees, they serve ice lollipops in plastics, the toiletries are wrapped in plastic (although they use large refillable plastic bottles for shampoo, hair conditioner and shower gel). Hopefully the hotel can fix some of these issues. What really appeals about this hotel? The service, the food, and above all, the natural environment...the main beach (Anse Kerlan petite) which the main hotel sits on is wonderful, with proper depth for swimming...much better than either of the beaches where the Kempinski and Hilton Silhouette are located. But on top of that is Anse Georgette, a short walk or buggy ride away...a simply magnificent beach. Just a pity that the hotel does not keep some refreshments available for guests on it (other than the plastic bottles of water which are provided when you take a buggy across). The New Year celebrations were wonderful, with good entertainment and outstanding food. Would we return? Yes, especially if they managed to fix the deckchair issue and allow people to sunbathe in comfort on the Anse Kerlan Beach.
Just go-- Stunning resort, lovely staff! PART 1
My husband and I stayed here from March 14-19, 2020 (yeah, I know, Co-vid 19 time, I’ll get to that at the end of the review) in one of the upper floor junior suites, #30, near the senior suites-- terrific views and good location at the resort to walk to things-- restaurants, the beach, the pool etc. From several months before we arrived and were guided by BRIGITTE's helpful answers to our questions, to the time we actually arrived at the resort (by helicopter on the 15th hole via Zil Air—do it if you can, it’s so worth it) and were greeted and shown around by SOFIA, to playing golf with the wonderful JERRY JEAN-BAPTISTE, we were well taken care of by the Lemuria staff. The head wine sommelier, a charming Frenchman, was a super nice and knowledgeable guy, too. Our suite and patio balcony were quite spacious and well laid out-- we loved the bathtub (I am sick of hotels that only have showers-- I want to be able to take a nice bath!) . Anyway, some more info: as to FOOD/CUISINE. I highly recommend going with the Half Board plan. The breakfast and dinner buffets at Legends were delicious and varied; different theme each night for dinner. Also you can eat at the Nest and Diva (make reservations!) and there is only a surcharge on some items--most of the entrees are within the Plan. I don’t know about the Rocks, as we didn’t eat there, but it sure looks romantic!
Praslin's iconic resort
Lémuria is a legendary resort on the north-western coast of idyllic Praslin. The hotel ground is nestled between lush vegetation and surrounded by three magnificient beaches. Each one features the fascinating granite boulders, a trade mark of the Seychelles. Lémuria’s famous Anse Georgette is rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago. Also, the only 18-hole championship golf course in the Seychelles is part of the resort. After a nice welcome reception with a gong at the entrance door, some bubbles and a brief introduction to the resort facilities we moved to our room. It’s our second visit, the first one was in 2003, so long ago! This time we stayed in a spacious Pool Villa, about 725 square metres in total with stunning beach view, direct access to Anse Kerlan and good privacy. We appreciated the bottle of champagne, the fruit basket and the welcome letter which were all nicely placed in our living room. The villas are situated on the best and widest part of that beach with relatively good swimming options. Yet, caution is always important in the Seychelles, waves and currents could be tricky sometimes. All is very into details, for example every day our lovely room attendant Elisabeth decorated hibiscus flowers everywhere in the villa and the outside area. Also, she opened and closed daily the all-glass doors of the separate living room so that we could easily walk in or walk through to the bedroom/bathroom area. Another day we received some fresh coconut on our terrace. As departure gift we got yummy cocos nougat sweets. Much valued! The villa is traditionally designed with focus on wooden elements. Charming and authentic, providing a true Seychelles feeling. We did like the style even if some features in the bathroom are not state-of-the-art. There’s a revamp planned in the near future. All villa guests are entitled to enjoy a private butler service, bicycles and complimentary breakfast in the villa. The other categories are junior suites and senior suites in bungalows housing 4 rooms. The senior suites are a perfect choice for families due to the separate living area (and of course for couples seeking more space). They are all positioned in the garden area along the shoreline. Best place for swimming is definitely stunning Petite Anse Kerlan with loungers, beach service and complimentary drinking water on offer. This beach is usually free of seagrass all-year. It’s important to know that seagrass plays a vital role in providing a healthy environment for the marine life. It’s especially a sea turtle‘s diet. For this reason that does not bother me and I hope there will be more awareness on that. Every hour a buggy service to Anse Georgette is provided. This beach is totally pristine, so no loungers, parasol or any services are available. You can choose between four excellent outlets with dine-around option. Main restaurant the Legend offers a wide range of international dishes and show-cooking stations. A great sparkling wine from South Africa was served at breakfast. Also I really liked the butter-thing: Always decoratively wrapped in leaves, a pretty way of presentation. At Diva it’s fine Mediterranean cuisine in a chic ambiance. Takamaka is a rustic daytime beach restaurant, serving among other things fabulous sushi, sashimi and ceviche. Our favourite venue is the Nest, located on a tiny peninsula with superb view over Petite Anse Kerlan. They focus on local cuisine, all we ordered was really delicious and tasty. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate. Three tables are nestled within the granite rocks - the perfect place for a romantic dinner under the stars. Overall, service was everywhere attentive and the staff very friendly. There are only two things I noticed which could be improved: Own glass bottled water should also be served in the restaurants and I missed a choice of tropical jam at breakfast (that’s often an issue, unfortunately). There is plenty to do, from water sport activities to trails on the hill with amazing view over the resort and the surrounding islands. Mountainbiking, golf, yoga, tennis and of course a spa and a kids club are also available. Famous island La Digue is only a short ferry or boat ride away, as well other beautiful places like Grande Soeur and Curieuse. Vallée de Mai with its unique Coco de Mer should also be on the list. We absolutely enjoyed our time there. Lémuria is a sophisticated resort surrounded by a wonderful scenery with a chic and pleasant vibe. Due to the romantic atmosphere allover it’s perfect for couples. We will certainly return for a third time.
We stayed at the LeMuria hotel for 1 week of our 2 week holiday to the Seychelles. We had never traveled to the islands before and were amazed by there individuality and their beauty. Praslin island was stunning, I have never been to such a beautiful place and doubt I ever will. I can truly see why for many years it was thought to be the original Garden of Eden. The Constance LeMuria hotel is one of the finest in the world, the location and splendour was magnificent. The suites are magical and a great size for week after week of luxury holidaying. The entrance to the reception area was jaw dropping. The design was stunning. The restaurants are varied and serve beautifully fresh food, the bar areas are clean and welcoming but be warned alcohol is very very expensive, half as much again as Dubai. The beaches are the best you will ever come across, one is great for walking as it has big breakers crashing in, the other 2 are heavenly. Swimming with the sea turtles as they feed on the breakfast and having them come right up to you was simply stunning, all this 10 m from the beach. We also had some baby stingrays that would come to the shallows in the afternoon and bomb your legs and flap their wings at you. Mummy stingray just chilled out buried in the sand watching the young’uns. Swimming in the Seychelles is magical. Most places in the world I go to the dive shop and ask what I might see, they drag out picture cards of fish and sea life and you then spend your holiday in hope of glimpsing one or two of the fish. In the Seychelles they show you a folder with 10 or so pages covers in colourful sea life, when you go in you see all of them in the first 10 mins everyday. It was like Finding Nemo without the finding bit. The hotel also has one of the finest golf courses you can get, talk about picturesque. It’s free if you want to walk and carry your clubs, the front nine at beach level is doable but the back nine, good luck with the walking as it’s wrapped around a mountain. The views are to die for. Beware though as it’s a tough test, I’m a cat 1 golfer and it more than challenged me, there’s no real bail out areas so bring plenty of balls. The pro is a great chap and settled me in quickly and made me feel at home. The highlight of our stay was the front of house Sofia. Sofia made our stay so special and laid on so many surprises we were amazed, our wedding anniversary was rained off one night, the next day a buddy was waiting to take us high on the mountain into the championship 18th tee only to be met by waiting staff who laid on champagne and canapés and attend to us as the sun melted into the ocean. Sofia you made us so happy we can’t wait to return. Truly a magical place supported by immaculate service and attentive staff.
Best luxury in Praslin
It was our second time in Seychelles so we decided to check Praslin. This is a very nice property, and I have to say it's probably the best of this Island. The staff was great and multinlingual, always super nice and trying to anticipate our needs. We felt well taken care of during the entire trip. as it's been 2 months I don't remember the names unfortunately, but overall they all gave me great impression, especially the chef at the fine dining restaurant, the sommelier at the beach restaurant; and all the breakfast staff every morning. I really like the golf area of the hotel. I do not play but it's also an opportunity for a nice morning or evening walk, which you will need if you are on half board. I don't recommend the half board option because it's just makes you want order three course each time, and it's too much food. Better order a la carte. the restaurants were of extremely high standard and the food quality was very high. We tried all of them and they were all spectacular. The wine list is impressive, so are the sommeliers, which are also very nice :) Breakfast has booze, and is really solid, high quality. Free bike rental to bike around the property. Nice coffee machine and unlimited espresso is just what I needed. Lots of nature around; huge land crabs; small animals on the forest walk to anse georgette, lots of birds I never saw anywhere else, it's really pleasant. The only negative is the room design could be of higher standard. But overall it's nice enough, and the room hardware is of high standard. Price wise, it is high, I'm not sure it is really worth it, but we have to remember we are in a far away Island; not to mention the golf course, so you are defintely paying a premium. Lastly the hotel is well spread out, so you never feel there are much people, which is quite nice. It's a rather private environment and you do have the feeling of being alone in an island somehow. I would consider going back, if I'm not too lazy to go out of the main Island next time... Overall a great stay. I'm very happy I chose this hotel, and would recommend if budget is not the main consideration
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