We stayed for six nights at Acquario Self-catering apartments in January, and it was just excellent!
This was our first trip to the Seychelles, and we are so happy we chose to stay at Acquario, and the combination of price, service, friendliness, food served and location simply cannot be beaten. We took a taxi directly from the Praslin "Iles des Palmes" airport to Acquario, which cost €20 and took about 15 minutes through Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. We were given a very warm welcome by new staff member Joannys, and we immediately felt at home, and just as important: Totally relaxed! Cold welcome drinks were served, and later in the evening, Farida came with freshly made salty breadfruit chips - tasted great with our SeyBrews! She also mentioned that if you eat the breadfruit, you will come back to the Seychelles.
The nice, air-conditioned apartments are just a few meters away from the beautiful Anse Volbert beach. Though you actually can't see the beach from the apartments, it takes less than a minute to walk there. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the main village, where you will find several shops, restaurants, ATM's, internet café, souvenir shops, dive shops etc.
The apartments are, without overstating, kept spotlessly clean and well equipped with everything you could possibly need for self-catering. The bathroom is nice, with a double shower, bidet, and WC. The beds are made every day and fluffy bath towels are changed every other day. Bed linen was changed once during our stay, and there is lots of wardrobe space for your clothes. There is a small safe in each apartment for keeping your valuables in, and also a TV and a CD player/radio. The Seychelles uses the British 3-pin standard socket, so if you are from a country that does not use this socket, bring an adapter for charging your digital camera batteries, as there is no adapter in the apartments.
The current rate includes a delicious breakfast with coffee/tea, toast, croissants, several types of fresh fruit (banana, mango, papaya, pineapple etc), yoghurt, juice and Farida's homemade banana and starfruit jams. You can also book a three course dinner at €20 per person, which is very much recommended, as Farida & Joseph's home cooking is excellent! You will need to tell Farida or a staff member in the morning what you prefer for dinner, and she or Joseph will go and get it for you. If you choose fish, Joseph will go out the same day and catch it! For appetizers, we had a smoked fish salad, and also veggie chow mein. We had two excellent créole style grilled fish entrées, and the desserts were local specialties such as caramelized baby banana with ice cream and coconut praline with ice cream. All food is served in abundance, and both excellent in taste and presentation, well worthy of a good quality restaurant. To give you an idea of their cooking abilities, Edwin Rose, the grill chef at Laurier's, a taxi driver and several other people speak highly of their food. A French/German couple staying in the apartment next door told us they had once stayed at the other side of the island, but took a taxi to Acquario every night to eat there.
Farida, Joseph, Joannys, Marianna and Tasianna were helpful in every way they could, including making calls to arrange an excursion with "Barracuda", car rentals etc, and with their genuine Seychellois hospitality, they all made our stay 110% perfect. We are definitely coming back - the breadfruit worked :)
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- Also Known As:
- Aquario Hotel Praslin Island
- Aquario Seychelles/Praslin Island