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“Coco de Mer - Very nice but a bit isolated”

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Coco de Mer - Black Parrot Suites
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“Coco de Mer - Very nice but a bit isolated”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2012

Coco de Mer was the first hotel we stayed at during our vacation in December 2012. Our first impressions were certainly impressive as we took the drive through to resort where we were staying for 5 nights. We were looking for a quiet beach holiday the hotel seemed perfect. The informative introduction on arrival to the hotel was fairly good although it lacked quite a few elements.

The room was huge with a spa bath in the bedroom area and a reasonably sized bathroom. A small lower area with sliding doors faced out onto a verandah. The room has plenty of space and certainly a lot more than we expected.

A fantastic sized swimming pool was hugely popular with all as was the adjoining Mango Terrace Bar and Grill pool restaurant area where they served light meals and drinks. The service was excellent as was the food. I think this area was the hub of the hotel and everyone certainly enjoyed themselves there. The Wi-Fi extended to the pool so everyone had their iPads out to check on mail which was fine but surely the free Wi-Fi could be extended to the rooms? A paid Wi-Fi service in the rooms seemed a little unnecessary when they could simply extend the free one.

I had read about and seen the raised walk out to the “pier” over the sea and was certainly spent a lot of time there watching the fish below and the sunsets and well as hours spent snorkelling around the vicinity daily.

The nature walk up the hillside to the top of a viewpoint was relatively informative and it was a really great view from the top. A couple of the parties we with went with were ill prepared for the walk and the decent down in leather sandals on the slippery path was quite dangerous.

I really think that information is an area where the hotel could improve generally as swimming info safety, walking info, suggested dress from nature walks etc is simply never mentioned. I found this contradictory to their dinner dress code which has clear and a sign is the entrance to the restaurant every evening. We asked if there were nearby shops (I needed to buy a collared shirt for the dinner dress code) and the taxi cost that the hotel arranged was 500 Seychelles Rupees for the short drive there and back which seemed ridiculous. My collared shirt turned out to be quite expensive but fortunately I had the required long trousers and closed shoes.
The shop at the hotel is tiny and only opens at 4pm and had minimal stock.

All in all, a very nice hotel, incredinly friendly and helpful staff but I think our biggest issue after a day of two is that the hotel becomes quite isolated unless you go on excursions.

In fairness I won't mention the 2nd hotel we stayed at but we found it much nicer due to the massive beach which gave us far more space.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

Friendly, couteous staff, very spacious and comfortable rooms (stayed in a superior room), excellent breakfast.

The daily hotel shuttle service (free) to Anse Lazio makes the location of the hotel irrelevant (even though already good but a bit far from local activities) and able to rivalize with the other high end category hotels on the island, which could, for example, have a private beach (like Anse Goergette).

I definitely recommend this place to anyone going to Praslin

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

We had a relaxing time at the Coco De Mer hotel and were very impressed by the service given to us by Andrew Vidot, one of the managers. He located the mobile phone I had left at Mahe airport and personally collected it for me the next day. He was consistently polite, friendly & helpful. The hotel itself was very nice, comfortable & clean. The rooms are large with a sitting area & balcony overlooking the beach.
We would agree with another reviewer that the evening buffet was very expensive but you can choose to eat at the pool bar from their a la carte menu which was more than adequate and more reasonably priced.
La Digue is a really enjoyable day trip and we would recommend hiring bikes to tour the sights.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2012

If you want unspoiled beaches which are more or less private and breathtaking scenery from your hotel room, then this is the place to be. I had gone here on my honeymoon and I could not have asked for a better place. Spacious, clean and a luxurious room with a big balcony along with really attentive staff and a large buffet breakfast spread makes the experience just perfect. This was the highlight of our stay in seychelles. Also, there were a lot of customizable options like themed romantic dinner for two and so on. The only concern in the entire stay was that the buffet dinner at USD 60 per person was not something to write home about.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012

We were looking for a getaway from it all as we lead very hectic lives and looked for a place where we could rest and take our holiday at our own pace. Well the Coco de Mer together with it's amazing staff was the best choice we have ever made, This was like an oasis, and a stay made in heaven. It was suggested to us by our travel agent, and as she had been there previously on a visit, it came highly recommended. I can see why she sells this hotel to her clients. We met one of the managers, Pip, who comes from a place not too far away from where we live in England, gave us a lovely introduction and welcome and he and his staff were always around to look after us. The property is spread out between beaches and forests, so you have green on one side and amazing blue seas on the other. The service is fantastic, and unobtrusive. Everything is done with a smile and if you want to engage in conversation you can and the locals are very chatty, but if you want to be left alone, they respect this as well and leave you to your own devices. We stayed in a Black Parrot suite, pure heaven with amazing views. The rooms are very big - with huge king beds, but also a lounge area with day beds that you could lie on in a corner, read a book or just watch the lovely view. Our room had a bath inside it, which was great to have an afternoon soak. This section of the hotel is peace itself as there are no children allowed in the suite area and the other guests that were staying here at the time, I believe all the suites were occupied, looked forward to the peace and quiet of the terrace. the hostesses were fantastic too and looked after us really well.
We used the spa on several occasions, the most amazing views from the spa that feels like it is suspended over the ocean. Treatments were superb and so too, the staff.
Meals were great, we were on a bed and breakfast basis, but we would advise you book on a halfboard which includes the evening meal, as eating out at other restaurants can be costly and one needs to hire or get transport.
This is a definite place to return to, we have found our "chill out" in the Seychelles. Thank you to all the staff that looked after us, too many to name, but you all were perfect.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

We had a wonderful week at the Coco de Mer Hotel. Superb welcome with refreshing cocktails and chilled lemon towels on arrival. Very spacious, clean room with large wet room, balcony and view of sea and coconut palms. Good buffet breakfast and regular themed dinners. Two lovely unspoilt beaches (we preferred the one without sun beds), and cosy 'Fisherman's Wharf' covered pier for romantic star gazing in the warm, clear evenings. Nice mix of age groups and nationalities staying here, and excellent service from the cheerful, friendly staff. We hired a car to tour the island which was useful, but you could manage with the local bus service. Hotel offers free daily bus to Anse Lazio (beautiful but watch out for the strong current) and three island boat trip to Cousin (take plenty of mosquito repellant!) for the rare birds, Curieuse for perfect swimming, and St Pierre for snorkelling is a must (but use a main tour operator!), and the day trip to La Digue was superb. Feels very laid back and tropical, and perfect for hiring a bike and cycling to gorgeous Anse Source d'Argent. Get a fresh coconut to drink on the way and see the giant tortoises. Anyway, Coco de Mer is highly recommended and much better value than the five star resorts such as Raffles - though you can always try them out for lunch as we did on a few occasions!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

Thank you for a fabulous stay. This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. All the staff were superb with wonderful smiles and they could not do enough to please us. The rooms were large, clean, airy and inviting. We felt like special care was given to us, but then again I think that every guest felt this way, as we spoke to many people whilst there and everyone had good words to say about the resort. We stayed in July, it was a little windy, but at the same time warm and comfortable as the breeze was refreshing and it may have been too hot otherwise.
Philip, one of the managers, looked after us so well, together with the rest of the staff. Cynthia on the reception and Sofia always received us warmly with smiles and were very helpful with information. The location of the hotel is fantastic, The nature is wonderful and we had a guide from the hotel who took us on a walk behind the hotel to see the views from the hill. This was really great to be in the nature. There was plenty of food for us to enjoy and I must say I thought it would be high prices for the drinks and the other things we had in the hotel, but it was not. In fact it was much cheaper than in some other places. We had a free transfer by hotel bus to Anse Lazio beach which is the best beach we have ever seen. It is a definite thing to put on your list and the hotel gives this for free.
The pool is clean and on the edge of the sea with great views and in the afternoon a very welcome pot of tea is provided by the poolside which we really appreciated and this was also free. There are two spa ladies that give wonderful massages in the spa, and as the prices were good, we went back twice.
I can see why this hotel has such a good name. It was an absolutely fabulous stay. Thank You for all.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coco de Mer - Black Parrot Suites
Address: Anse Bois de Rose Bay, Anse Bois de Rose, Praslin Island 22965, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Anse Bois de Rose
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:4 star — Coco de Mer - Black Parrot Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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