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Hotel Raffles Praslin Seychelles Hotel 5 star
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Heads up, this is a luxury hotel! One of the most recent in its category to open in Praslin, the Raffles Praslin Seychelles, from the prestigious Raffles hotel group, was opened in 2007 and overlooks Takamaka Bay (facing Curieuse Island), on the road leading to the legendary Anse Lazio. An infinity pool with a view of the sea in each villa, 24/7 butler service, one of the biggest swimming pools in the Indian Ocean and haute cuisine are all part of the package at this incredible hotel in Seychelles.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 7.75 /10

    Directly by the sea, on the north-eastern coast of Praslin, on the hillside overlooking Takamaka Bay and facing the Curieuse Marine National Park. It should take about 20 minutes by car to reach the Praslin airport, which is 10 miles away, and around minutes to get to the Sainte-Anne Jetty.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    Your granite villas are stylish little creole-inspired homes! First you will pass through a gate and then cross a large terrace with its infinity pool before opening the door to your room. If you have children, you can ask that a barrier be set up around the swimming pool for their protection. The 180° panoramic view over Curieuse Island, the sea and the surrounding vegetation is breathtaking! This view can be admired from your king-size bed, where you will sleep like a log after reading the short story left on your double pillow every evening (it was the legend of the Anse Boudin river when we visited). No need to get up to turn off the lights that are embedded around the room: all of them can be turned on and off from a control panel located above the bedside table. The only damper is that it's never completely dark due to the small lights on the steps (to light your way to the bathroom during the night).
    Check-in and check-out are done at your villa with your own appointed butler, who will pack and unpack your luggage if you so wish! If you are feeling peckish, the butler is on-hand 24/7 for anything you need. However, you will have a mini-bar fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities, and not just any kind: a Nespresso coffee machine and the highest quality tea! Bourbon Vanilla, Earl Grey, jasmine, chamomile, English Breakfast, Alexandria, etc. Spacious and fitted with parquet flooring, all of the villas have a large flat-screen television with 22 cable channels, a DVD player, a digital-code safe spacious enough to fit a laptop (the Wi-Fi Internet access here is free), and air-conditioning combined with a ceiling fan.
    The bathroom has a large tropical and flexible shower, a second shower outside, a double wash basin, a bathtub with a view of the sea, incense, bath salts, hospitality products, tissues, a make-up mirror, a scale, bathrobes and slippers, and a hair-dryer stowed in a drawer.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    Raffles is a prestigious Canadian group which owns the legendary Raffles Singapore. Opened in February 2011, the Raffles Praslin Seychelles has 86 luxurious and spacious villas scattered about on the hillside, each with a private infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guests use a buggy to get to the spa, the many bars and restaurants, the beach and the main infinity pool, one of the largest in the Indian Ocean at 45m long! In fact, it is actually comprised of two swimming pools standing side by side, both 1m20 deep and supervised from 8:00am to 7:00pm. It is surrounded by many double deckchairs with large mattresses and cushions as well as beach towels. To reach the beach of Anse Takamaka from the large overflow swimming pool, just cross the old road (now re-routed) that was once used to reach Anse Lazio, an integral part of the hotel and only used by pedestrians. All of the water sports equipment (flippers, masks, snorkels, kayaks) is available next to the swimming pool, where you can take advantage of a service that includes cocktails, water, fruit, cold towels? Showers and beige canvas parasols top off the equipment. Head to the Takamaka Terrace, in the main lobby building, in the evening to enjoy the sunset. Overlooking the sea, it is the ideal place to enjoy some signature Raffles cocktails and smoke a hookah in a laidback ambience.

    The theme of the spa is the pearl, which is found everywhere (its colour, its shape and in the form of the chandelier). The Balinese influence can be clearly seen as soon as you enter. Open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, it has 13 massage and treatment rooms (Balinese, ayurvedic, etc.) including two for couples, where five therapists from Bali, India and Brazil use products from the prestigious Clarins brand. Many of products are made with pearls. The spa is ideally located near the sea, which means you will have a beautiful view as you are lulled off into deep relaxation by the rolling waves (and singing birds). It must be said that the setting is very natural, surrounded as it is by vegetation that includes takamaka and papaya trees. A whirlpool bath, a hammam, pilates, a yoga room and an overflow pool (all with free access), complete the facilities.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    Do you prefer fish and seafood? In this case, the Curieuse restaurant will be your go-to spot, with lobster evening on Saturdays as a highlight. In the air-conditioned dining room or the terrace outside: it's up to you to choose where you dine. Not just the establishment's signature restaurant, it is also its most private one, with a capacity of just 60 guests: it is recommended that you book a table one day in advance. The second restaurant, Losean, can accommodate 80 guests on a terrace and offers a buffet three times a week (creole, international and seafood) and à la carte cuisine the other days. This restaurant also requires bookings. The dishes are well presented, not very copious, original, and delicious. The food is prepared by a French and a German chef and their team. Breakfast is served from 7:00am to 11:00am and presents the opportunity to enjoy some pancakes, waffles, eggs, omelettes, etc. while admiring the sea and Curieuse Island. Dinner is served from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. For lunch, head to the swimming pool bar where you will find various snacks. For those interested, cooking and cocktail classes are available. Next to the restaurant Losean is the Danzil Lounge, where you can enjoy a cigar. Keep in mind that it is also possible to organise a meal in your villa, on the beach, or even on Curieuse Island.

    Beach 8.70 /10

    To reach the beach of Anse Takamaka from the large overflow swimming pool, just cross the old road (now re-routed) that was once used to reach Anse Lazio, an integral part of the hotel and only used by pedestrians. Otherwise, there's a path that leaves from the restaurant, Losean. All of the water sports equipment (flippers, masks, snorkels, kayaks) is available next to the swimming pool, where you can take advantage of a service that includes cocktails, water, fruit, cold towels? Accessible only from the hotel, meaning that it is semi-private, the Anse Takamaka Beach is full of charm, with its pink granite rocks, typical of the Seychelles, its crystal-clear water, its white sand, and the stunning view of Curieuse Island, a listed marine park (ideal for snorkelling). There are a few deckchairs setback from the beach for guests, as well as a shower (next to the pool) but no parasols. For some moments of pure relaxation, you will find three massage pavilions.

    To know

    Mountain bikes are provided for free for guests to use. They make it possible to reach the legendary Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, in just 20 minutes. There is a computer with Internet access at your disposal in the lobby, and there is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms for those who have brought along their laptop. A Raffles butler service is available 24/7. You will need it, for example, to get to the restaurant, the main swimming pool, the spa and the beach by buggy (the slopes make some of the distances seem quite far). Check-in is done at your villa with your butler.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, spa, wellness, massage, keep fit, beauty salon, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, kayak, fitness, gym, golf, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

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