The Best Hotels on Praslin, the Seychelles, for Every Traveller
The Constance Lemuria is a five-star resort with all the luxurious amenities you’d expect | Courtesy of Constance Lemuria / Expedia
We’ve got the scoop on places to stay where guests get access to private islands and where the Creole charm of the Seychelles runs deep, including in the spas and kitchens.
Praslin, the second-largest, jewel-like Seychelles island, is a natural paradise approximately 44km (27mi) from Mahé, home to the capital and main airport. The island’s Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a Unesco World Heritage site with coco de mer and five other endemic palms, and fascinating creatures such as Seychelles kestrels, black parrots, skinks and chameleons. There’s almost as much variety among its hotels, too. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Seychelles.
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If you’re a fan of the fairways, this five-star luxury hotel in the Seychelles celebrates its surroundings with wood, stone and thatched chalets and has the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles. You won’t find a more exotic landscape to tee-off in, with vistas of the dazzling ocean pointing the way to many diversions, including snorkelling, diving and stand-up paddleboarding. But don’t let that put you off your stroke.
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For those wanting an authentic island feel, these chalets clustered above the bay of Anse Petite Cour have a simple Creole charm, and the locavore-leaning L’Obrizan Restaurant further amplifies this. From its dining deck over the reef, you can watch fish swirling in the translucent shallows below while the chef creates spicy Creole barbecue treats and other island delights in an open kitchen.
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For those seeking seclusion, this small hotel in Praslin is set on a private road at the end of Côte d’Or Bay, above a pristine beach. Hillside chalets are enveloped in palms and forest, and from the balconies, you can hear the crash of waves as the sun sets over the bay and flying foxes glide between the trees. Toast the quietness with a cocktail using local island rum.
Le Château de Feuilles
Spa Hotel, Luxury
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Le Château de Feuilles holds nine individually styled suites, blending natural stone walls with plush furnishings in one sensational beach hotel in the Seychelles. If you crave complete exclusivity, it has a spectacular beach, and a complimentary car will whisk you to others. On weekends, the nearby Grande Soeur Private Island – recognised as one of the Seychelles’ most pristine – opens exclusively for Le Château guests; here, you can snorkel with turtles and meet giant tortoises before having an authentic Seychellois barbecue on the beach.
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The silky sands and warm aquamarine waters of Anse Takamaka have made it one of the best beaches in the world – and this slice of paradise is just a few steps from your plush villa at Raffles Seychelles, one of the best hotels in the Seychelles with its 24-hour butler service. A simple island cocktail or an all-out helicopter ride is yours for the asking, and the spa specialises in massages using ocean seashells or wildflowers, where couples are invited to bathe beside candlelight.
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You won’t find a more romantic place for a getaway with your loved one than at the Dhevatara Beach Hotel in the Seychelles – home to turquoise waters and a porcelain beach fringed by tropical forest and dramatic boulders. And that’s really saying something in the Seychelles, a honeymoon hotspot. Indulge in a sensuous couples massage at the spa, feed each other local delights in the Coco Room (prepped by an award-winning chef using local herbs and flowers), then relax in each other’s arms in a hammock.
Coco de Mer Hotel and Black Parrot Suites
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Planning a wedding? This Praslin resort’s warm and attentive staff and special Sunset Pavillon, a dream setting with views of the surrounding islands, make this the perfect place to get hitched. Choose between traditional, tropical or ocean themes, and the hotel’s wedding coordinator will take it from there – arranging everything from bouquets to the cake, hairstyling and photographs to help you remember forever.
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Le Duc de Praslin is known as the “Jewel of Côte d’Or”, and its Café des Arts has a reputation as the best restaurant in the Seychelles. Sitting right on the sand, it serves freshly caught seafood and local produce with much care and great attention to detail. A second restaurant, the Zen-like Le Dauphin, is surrounded by fishponds and greenery and serves a fine fusion of Creole and international classics with a twist.
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Looking for a relaxed family stay? This simple but comfortable little hotel in Praslin has a laid-back family feel, with thatched cottages set among hibiscus bushes and palms, and a beautiful long beach for volleyball, canoeing, windsurfing and diving. Meals are prepared with love, and staff are happy to organise fishing trips and outings to other islands.
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For eco-conscious travellers, this resort’s Seychellois owners have been careful from the outset to preserve the pristine environment of one of the loveliest beaches around, Côte d’Or, building with nature in mind – and not on top of where nature used to be. Sustainability is key at this eco lodge in the Seychelles, and ecofriendly initiatives include solar panels for electricity and chefs who celebrate local produce.
Iles des Palmes Eco Resort
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Set among Praslin’s natural treasures in a reserve ringed by rainforest and water, these self-catering Creole beach bungalows stand in an 18th-century plantation, just metres from the pristine beach of Anse Takamaka. Staff lay bamboo fish traps and collect the takings each day, providing them free for guests, who are welcome to take part.