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.
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- Coco De Mer - Black Parrot Hotel Anse Bois De Rose
- Coco De Mer - Black Parrot Suites Seychelles/Praslin Island