We spend 6 days in the Seychelles, 22/10/11 to 28/10/11 and split the 6 nights between Praslin Island and Mahe. In Praslin we stayed in Isles des Palmes and the 2nd night, 23/10/11, we where robbed by a person in the middle of the night. We had been sitting outside on the terrace and went in to prepare to get ready for bed and someone very quite went in to the living room and took cash, mobile phone and camera when we where in the bedroom. We heard someone and turn and see someone running out. Night guard was sleeping and no one else around. The self catering houses are in a very quite location. No staff available after 8pm but we manage to get polise over in the night that was totally relaxed and asked what they could do....robbery happen every where........We left the hotel the day after and staff was totally unhelpful. Same again when we saw the local police to get the police report....they indicated that this have happened before at this hotel and again their excuse was that ....robbery happens everywhere so why was we upset.
So clear warning from Isles des Palmes and also be prepared for a not very safe time in Seychelles specially with local police that have the attitude that it happens all the time and everywhere..........
not safe place to stay........and we do not think any self catering unit they have is safe
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23 July 2012
I regret to have to read about such an incident. My apologies to the guest, if you contact me through Iles Des Palmes address, I would appreciate more details on the case. However, admittedly, Seychelles as a whole has undergone a spree of petty robberies during this period. I have been the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee of the Hotel Association for years, and we tried to curtail the growing issue of petty theft against Visitors. We had one case of a 14 year boy going about robbing hotel rooms throughout Praslin in 2011. He has been caught. It is amazing how much damage one bad apple can do. In November 2011, we installed cameras on the hotel area, and we have not had a single incident since then. We also had to install fences to curb access, something which we never expected to have to do. It is done now. Additionally we do have security personnel these days. But until 2006 we all slept with our windows open in Praslin, no fence , no security. Hence , any attack on a Guest is traumatic for them , I know, it is equally traumatic for us. At times Guests do not follow instructions, and leave cameras out, wallets. The bungalows are right on the beach, and fishermen pass by. While Iles Des Palmes is a private eco reserve, the beach remains in Seychelles Public.
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