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Le Domaine de La Reserve
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Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

Amazing location, potentially the best on island with private bay, near to best beaches and good restaurants. Pool fantastic. Restaurant pier lovely. Awesome breakfasts. Rooms spacious, clean and private... affordable luxury for Seychelles. Service excellent. Free use of kayaks and bikes for exploring. We had B&B and the restaurant food bit too expensive and not as good as local restaurants...so dare to venture out (E.g. P Kays and Pirogue. Overall great hotel choice.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank rjwells
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

This hotel has well furnished, large, luxurious rooms, all with stunning vistas of the ocean. The buffet restaurant is full of delicious local food with seating in a fantastic location over the sea and many beautiful fish below. It is also only 10 minutes drive (Rs200 each way) from the most amazing beach I have ever been to, and for these reasons alone, makes it a great choice for a stay in the Seychelles. Being on Praslin, it is in a quiet unspoilt area and if you want a high end place to relax and a base to explore, this is somewhere that should definitely be considered. Fittingly, it was being used as a wedding venue when were there.

The resort was missing some finishing touches (e.g. nothing prevents birds sitting in the rafters directly above you at breakfast which can lead to unfortunate problems) and although it has a reasonable private beach you will probably want to venture out of the resort if you want to spend time at a beach.

Evening entertainment - such as a display of local dancing was a nice touch.

They were upgrading the resort while we were there so it may be even better in time. Overall a decent luxury resort on a stunning island.

Room Tip: All rooms are huge with great views!
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mundii
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

La Reserve has 2 big advantages from our perspective; firstly its location in the marine park and closeness to the sea, secondly it has a big swimming pool.

We stayed 7 nights on a honeymoon package. The hotel has had a recent change of ownership, and we suspect the honeymoons rooms (as previously named) have now been restyled as family rooms, so we were given a family room. (Room 116).

The family rooms are beautifully decorated, flamboyant perhaps in places, a little backward in other (think 1980 hair dryer stuck to the wall), and the huge bed was extremely comfortable.

The bathroom was well dressed, with vanilla sticks, shampoos, moisturisers, towels etc but there was obviously previously a glass shower door that has been removed, the result being that the floor has a tendency to flood unless you use a towel as a mat. That said the large rain shower head was great, as was the power of the water, and temperature.

The big advantage of the family rooms are their proximity to the sea, we're talking just a few yards away. It also gave the option of sitting on the patio watching the sunsets, and then counting the stars. The disadvantage perhaps (for families with young children) is that these family rooms are situated right next to the open bar area and on many nights there is live entertainment which can be heard.

The breakfast is buffet style, and located on the pier that juts out over the sea. Naturally the fish are there ready to pounce on any accidentally dropped (or deliberate) bread crumbs, and we're talking hundreds of fish. Breakfast is pretty standard, with an egg station and chef ready to make omeletes etc. In addition there are plenty of bread options, lots of fruit, some basic cereal selection, and a little bit of cold cut meat & fish. Little birds & pigeons are ready to swoop should anyone leave the plastic lids on any of the food open. Entertaining, but there is also a hygiene issue to be considered.

We never ate the evening meals for 2 reasons. Having taken a stroll around the evening buffet, we found it didn't look attractive, and could have been presented much much better. We have provided this feedback to the management. We also found the prices considerably more expensive than the hotels & restaurants in the village.

The pool is very welcoming, attractive and kept very clean, and when we were there it was never very busy.

Snorkelling equipment and kayaks can be borrowed, albeit you need the reception to coordinate the kayaks as the beach bar (which in the past appears to have been the water sports area) doesn't appear to be operating any more.

Being situated in the marine park means you can snorkel straight from the hotel and there's plenty of fish and variety to see. In the bay alone, we regularly saw sting rays, moray eels, lionfish, lobster, plenty of variety of coral and marine fish. We were also lucky enough to see a white tip shark too, though it swam away as soon as it saw us. (We also spotted a tiny shark one morning at the breakfast area).

Scuba diving is available in the village. I used Octopus Divers and found them to be very professionally organised with good solid equipment.

Wifi is not currently available. Instead you have complimentary use of their computers in the business centre (though you will need to ask staff to turn the air conditioner on for you).

Would we return to this hotel. Yes we would. Its definitely got the best location in the marine park (having its own bay), and being in easy walking distance of the village means you have the choice of eating and enjoy the beaches of neighbouring hotels and restaurants.

Room Tip: Family rooms are large, with big patios, but depending on the age of your children, you will need to watch that they don't stray onto the beach/sea. Also the proximity of these rooms to the live entertainment may upset some people.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Haydn19
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We stayed 7 nights at La Reserve, in one of the recently renewed family rooms (room N 117, if I remember well).
The room is quite spacious, has a warm atmosphere, and is on the beachfront, so we were only 2 meters away from the ocean. The king size bed is gorgeous, with the best mattress we have ever tried in a hotel! Comfortable bunk-bed for the kids in the front part of the room. Nice and spacious bathroom with shower and a superb terrace where we could admire the beautiful sunset. There is an LCD TV and a small refridge in the room.
The only negative comment for the room is that the aircon is quite small for that size of space, so for those, who really wants cold, that is not enough.
The hotel itself is perfect: nice location in a very calm bay, fantastic kitchen, charming staff and a big swimming pool, and all this on an affordable price! Our kid really enjoyed the turtles in the garden and specially the jetty restaurant with the fishes.

There are more nice beaches on the Island, but after all we rented a car for 3 days and travelled around whole Praslin. Do not miss Anse Lazio - the best beach ever !! Even better than Anse Source d'Argent on La Dique in my opinion. And it is only 10 min away from La Reserve by car.
The only downside was that - as the ownership has changed a year ago, -they started some renovations. One of that was right beside at our room - it wasn't the best view and sometimes a bit embarrassing that 3-4 worksmen were around our terrace.

Take the Curieuse Island trip, offerd by the Hotel, and we think it is worth to chose the BBQ lunch as well (40 EUR / adult).
For other daily boat trips we suggest to chose Bedier and Sons (on Cote d'Or) - we took a day trip with them to the Sister Islands, Coco Island and Felicité Island, and it was wonderful.

Well, we are absolutely satisfied with choosing La Reserve for a week in Praslin and would definitely recommend it for others, even with small kids.

Room Tip: All rooms are facing to the ocean, bit with small kids the beachfront family rooms are the perfect choice.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank rajmonek
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We LOVED this place and had a hard time leaving after a three-night stay.
We're a family of 5 with older children and this hotel was perfect for us. Here, in no particular order, are all the things we loved about it :

-The location. La Réserve is on a 'private' beach, Anse Petite Cour. Granted, the actual sandy beach area is very limited, but it is the direct access to the water that made is such a nice location. There's very good snorkeling and kayaking right there and the water is perfectly calm, so no worry about strong currents or big waves. There are plenty of lounge chairs along the beach front, with palm trees providing shade and the view of the ocean and Curieuse Island from the hotel are breathtaking.

-The staff. Everyone at La Réserve is so friendly and helpful, from the very first welcome at the reception (the refreshing welcome drinks were such a nice gesture) to the staff at the restaurant, the groundskeepers, the cleaning staff. They are eager to make guests enjoy their stay without being overly-present

-The pool. It is big and beautiful and there's room for everyone, so you never feel overwhelmed by noise or crowds. Early morning and late afternoon are ideal for enjoying a nice swim. The views of the surrounding green hills make it a very pretty spot. Tea time at the pool bar
was lovely and greatly appreciated by the kids.

-The restaurant. Dining on the jetty was unique, with views of the hills, the beach and the fish on all sides. The food is very good and plentiful. Wonderful breakfast buffet (we miss those crêpes and the homemade starfruit jam!) and themed dinners make the dining experience very nice.

There were very few negative issues with the hotel during our stay: small details like curtains that need repair, noisy air conditioners in some rooms, expensive wifi, but these are insignificant compared to all the positive points of the hotel.


The hotel changed ownership a year ago, and we were told that the new management is doing some renovation work which should only make La Réserve an even better option for staying on Praslin.

We were all very sad to say goodbye to this special place in the Seychelles and hope very much to return one day for another stay.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
Thank christine m
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