My husband and I stayed and the Lemuria for 1 week, as our second stop in Seychelles after 2 days in the Domaine at La Digue and before the last stop in Banyan Tree (Mahé) . I have to say that Praslin and the Lemuria were probably the highlight of the entire trip.
The Lemuria is a big resort, with perfectly maintained grounds and smart distribution, which provides at the same time the vast choices of large hotels while keeping the intimate feeling of smaller ones. The golf course is exquisite too look at, even if you don’t play golf yourself.
The true resort beach is Petit Anse Kerlan, a perfectly beautiful beach where you can enjoy all 5* services. Anse Kerlan itself it is only picture-perfect, since you cannot swim because of the coral. And then, 10’ by cart away, there is Anse Georgette…
Anse georgette deserves a full paragraph of its own, since it is one of the most beautiful beaches of Seychelles if not the world. Please note that it is not a private beach of the Lemuria (all beaches are public in Seychelles) but as a resort guest you enjoy free shuttle back and forth. Downside is that morning shuttles towards the beach are not very punctual (since they need to go back and forth several times when there’s too many people), but on Lemuria’s defense I will say that despite little waits, you will always get there, even outside scheduled times. The beach itself is stunning, perfect turquoise sea, perfect white sand and almost empty! Since the beach is not catered-for (you can other private picnics though), people tend to hide their towels under trees, hence giving it a true cast away feel. In any case, even in peak season the beach was never crowed - I doubt we ever saw more than 10-15 people there.
In terms of rooms, we stayed in a Junior Suite which was also enjoyed from an extremely smart layout, with a huge open plan bathroom and plenty of storage room. In addition, I have read comment about the Junior Suites sharing the building with other 3 Junior Suites… Indeed, the suited are separated in little houses, 2 per floor for Junior Suites and 1 per floor for Senior. This being said, not once we heard our neighbors or felt we lost privacy in any manner.
The TV Apple interface in the room was just fantastic (yes, I’m a geek), giving you access to on demand video and all information you might need, from hotel facilities to weather forecast. WIFI was also working perfectly well through our stay.
But the strongest point of Lemuria is the impeccable service. I don’t have enough words to praise the hotel employees. Everyone we crossed was genuinely nice, helpful and smiley. People would go out of their way to make you happy, be present when you needed them and be sufficiently distant to give you privacy. Everyone we found was fluent English and French - and also found people making an effort to speak to us in Italian and Spanish.
The concierge services at large were the best I have ever seen in a luxury hotel. Everyone involved knew what you were doing and when, and how they could help you with arrangements such as bookings and verifications of transfers.
Breakfast was a great experience in terms of setting and, of course, food choice and quality. Dinner options were very diverse; food ranged from very good to excellent and service again was flawless. We loved the Sea Horse restaurant but what really surprised us was by the amazing quality of room service at the Lemuria.
Praslin island is very beautiful but I would say not nearly as enjoyable if you stayed outside the Lemuria. We had a look at the Raffles property and beach – nothing to do with ours!
For 65 euros a day you can rent a car and tour the island, it is really worth it. Make sure you visit Vallée de Mai and Anse Lazio. My husband would have liked to go back again to Anse Lazio but I was too in love with Anse Georgette to betray it :o
Is there room for improvement at Lemuria’s? It is hard to make recommendations when you believe they have reached perfection, but here I go:
- A la carte restaurants were booked for 3 days in a row from the moment we arrived, meaning that the only choices left were buffet or room service. I think it would be nice to do a form of tentative booking for people just checking in, especially if you are not in half-board.
- It might probably be better not to put sugar in freshly squeezed orange juice
- It is not too nice to lock the minibar when you have a late check-out, makes you feel slightly bad as if you were going to take anything and not pay for it
- Even if is a nice human gesture, I think it would be more exclusive for hotel clients not to transport people from outside the hotel back and forth from Anse Georgette. After all, it is one of the privileges you pay for.
Despite my picky comments, I seriously cannot understand any negative review, except coming from the kind of people that like threatening hotels with bad Tripadvisor reviews in exchange for treats like upgrades – and are upset if they don’t get it. Upgrades and check-outs are nice “gift” from certain hotels but by no means their obligation! In any case, vengeful comments when not getting stuff for “free” is not what Tripadvisor should be used for and is a shame to taint the reputation of such a fantastic hotel.
We have traveled to luxury resorts across the world and have been honestly surprised by the unpretentious efficiency of this resort. We have long thought Eden Rock St. Barths (also Relais and Chateaux) had the best possible service ever. I think it has now found a serious competitor – with a much better beach!
I would like to personally thank Maxime, Edouard, Norma and the others for an unforgettable stay. We will certainly be coming back.
The size of Junior Suites was more than comfortable for a couple and I would only consider Senior Su...
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