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Reviewed February 18, 2016

We went there with the kids in late March last year, so our review will be more of interest to families :
The hotel was beautiful with everything you can expect from a boutique hotel. Dinner and breakfast on the jetty was especially nice (you can see small turtles and even small (harmless) sharks swimming around while you eat!
The swimming pool was really a plus: whether you have really small kids or older ones it is a very convenient place to hang out after a day out: the adults can have a drink at the bar while watching the kids, or even order food from the bar.
Evening meals were a real problem, as the room service was both very poor and very rigid (no pastas or simple kids food for ex). Also there is no service to collect the plates/left over from the room...
Dinner at the restaurant is really good but sometimes kids are too tired to wait or to stay sitted for a few hours...
The beach was beautiful but covered with algae (you couldn't swim much.. we tried!). We had carefully checked that there was no algae this side of the island at that time of the year.. no luck... So we had to walk to the very close kids friendly beach nearby that was algae free. Like every single hotel in the Seychelle, you really need to check at what time of the year they have algae. I guess only the forums will tell you, and then may be it varies from one year to another...

Date of stay: March 2015
Thank fmevs
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Reviewed February 10, 2016

First of all , when visiting the Seychelles , reviewers should really be very careful when rating hotels and restaurant services . You are in a very small and beautiful country, of about 500 square kilometers including all islands and which produces virtually nothing and with a population of about 100,000 and a tourist base of about 200,000 if you consider aircraft crew and other types of similar people as visitors.
The cost of living is very high as virtually everything is imported. No wonder why hotels and food are relatively very expensive.
In another country , for what I have paid, I would rate this hotel as Average or Good ( if this option is available on Trip Advisor) , but under the circumstances , I can only rate it Very Good.
The hotel staff is friendly , the service is very good, the food is equally good . The buffet breakfast is varied and the atmosphere is nice. The Air conditioning was efficient but noisy as it is a split unit type .
You can take many excursions from the hotel, or just walk outside and book many of the islands visits from local companies not far from the hotel.
The travel agent we used SeyVilla from Germany organized everything for us and their local agent Creole was highly efficient. Sylvie was a great agent based in Praslin where this hotel is located.
The excursion we took with the hotel to Curieuse island to see the giant turtles was pleasant but the hotel would do more justice to its clients if they land them on Ance Jose instead of Baie Laraie.The landing would better be in Anse Jose where the beach is much nicer and then the visitors can walk back across the mangrove to the other side of the island for lunch. Other tours do that .
There are of course other accommodation options, at the higher end , your other option is Constance Lemuria Praslin or Raffles Praslin, at the lower end , take a self catering accommodation and rent a car to go to other nicer beaches. Do not rely on taxis as they are much much more expensive than renting a small car.

Room tip: room with beachview
Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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3  Thank eljedm
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

The greatest memories, amazing stay and incredible holiday. We stayed here for 7 nights in March and it was not enough to experience everything the island could offer. The hotel itself is remote from all the rush which we appreciated so much. We felt like having the place just for ourselves. If you do not like overcrowded places, too many tourists, this is the right place for you and your family. The restaurant served delicious food, a la carte and buffet dinners. The touch with nature, tortoises, undersea world, birds feeding, simply the place you can dream about.
Plus exceptional service, room service, clean and spacious rooms.

Date of stay: March 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Radovan Z
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

One of the best properties i ve stayed. A must visit for honeymooners. Was well greeted at the reception and then was transferred to a beach facing villa. The place is calm but little secluded. Food is quite decent. Swimming pool is big and the highlight being the resto between the pool. The hotel has good Excusion trips to a nearby island with good barbecue food. Would like to visit the property again. Thanks to all the staff for making it a very pleasant stay !!!

Date of stay: January 2016
1  Thank deephit
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Reviewed January 23, 2016

This property had nice pictures on their website and no shortage of great reviews, so we were very surprised at what we found when we arrived there for our stay last year. The place looked shabby in most areas. The check-in desk/lobby area made you feel like you were arriving at a motel rather than a 4-star resort. There was a lot of worn out, stained furniture in the room and elsewhere, stained toilets in the bathroom, and dark, sort of creepy walkways at night. The beach was not very inviting, certainly nothing like what you imagine when you think of a "once in a lifetime trip" to the Seychelles. There was little sand, but lots of seaweed. Service was mixed; a few people were really helpful, but others weren’t at all. The buffet breakfast was mediocre.

This wasn’t some budget hotel we were getting a great deal on; it was one of the most expensive places we’ve ever stayed. We had just come from Mahe and stayed at Constance Ephelia, which was the same price. The difference between the two couldn't have been more dramatic; Ephelia had pristine rooms, a lovely beach, and amazing food. La Reserve had none of that, but still charged the same for their "deluxe" rooms. I can't explain why others on Trip Advisor have mentioned liking it so much. Perhaps many of them stayed here before the management changed, or they got more reasonable pricing, or… we are just crazy. Our entire family felt like we stayed at a worn out 3 star resort, advertised as a 4 star, at 5 star pricing. The only good thing I can say is that some of the rooms are right on the water, something you can’t seem to find often in Seychelles.

My recommendation is to either just splurge and stay at Raffles, or skip Praslin altogether and go straight to La Digue. There are many cute boutique hotels there that are much nicer, and cost around 100 USD. This hotel actually owns another property on La Digue (which is also not cheap), so we asked if we could be moved to that one instead since we were unhappy, hoping it might be better. The staff completely dismissed our complaints/request and did nothing to help resolve the situation.

This is the first time Trip Advisor has fooled us when we've selected a hotel based on reviews, so we felt compelled to post our experience and warn others in case they build up similar expectations for their Seychelles vacation. This was seriously the most disappointing hotel stay we've ever had!

(I should also mention we wrote this review nearly 10 months or so after we went on the trip, so it is possible things have improved, but I doubt it)

Room tip: Our balcony on the upper deluxe room had large openings. This could be a real hazard to small children, as they could fall out.
Date of stay: March 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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9  Thank fbtrav3
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