After staying 12 days in the Lemuria (and having read many comments here) we would make the following observations:
Resort: In the beginning you could be disappointed because it is not really fancy with outstanding gardening and nice carpaths (actually, the concrete used for the the many paths looks horrible). But over time you appreciate that it is just natural. It is like nature is and one should respect that locals wanted to leave it that way. Anyway, it is a huge resort with only about 100 rooms and you have nowhere the feeling of a crowded place.
Crowd: As we were staying during summer holiday season many families with kids where there. We would guess 50% French, 30% Italians and others the rest (mainly British). Average age is hard to tell as - besides some honeymooners - another pattern to observe is the huge age difference between husbands and spouses but that seemes to be owed to the overall price level ;-)
Prices: We would recommend halfboard for sure. You can also go to the other 2 restaurants beside the main restaurant and would only have to pay up if taking e.g. Lobster or other fancy stuff. Added to prices is always 10% tax and 10% service charge. We do not think additional tipping is expected from restaurant staff even if there is a line on every bill for that reason.
Food: Great food! Sure, other buffets might be bigger with more options but what was served was simply well cooked and tasty. Good quality, some meals freshly prepared in front of you, we were not lacking choice. If you fly to the Seychelles and expect 10 different kinds of French cheese for dessert you will be disappointed but - in our humble opinion - you should better go to France then next time.
Staff: Very, very friendly, professional and helpful! We cannot say anything different! Starting from the driver picking us up (don't take the catameran ferry if you get seasick easily - never seen so many people puking in such short time), the reception, the golf staff, concierge and housekeeping. Housekeeping supervisors regularely passed by and asked if everything was OK. Concierge was making courtesy calls asking if any help is needed and managment was inviting to cocktails giving a chance to talk to senior staff.
Rooms: We had two junior suites as our boy is too old for staying in the parent's room (>12) and this option was cheaper than taking a senior suite. 4 suites are in one house and we had the ones on the ground floor which we would recommend as you have a great view on the ocean and can just walk from your patio 20 meters to you deckchair. We had a room close to the main area (no. twentysomething), if you have higher numbers you might prefer calling a cart picking you up and driving you (just takes a couple of minutes). We would see rooms between 15-40 as perfectly located within the resort. Our suites were spacious with a nice patio. Bathtube and shower is available plus two basins. Flatscreen with international programms (News and sports mainly) and free Video on Demand with a good selection of movies. Free WiFi access and also a wireless keyboard so that you can use your TV set also as a fully fledged (Apple) computer. CD/DVD player is also available. A/C is individually managable. Rooms are neat and clean and definitely no reason to complain. Minibar and safe also standard.
Golf: We were playing pretty much every day and had our own clubs with us. Millionairs golf! Not many are playing and if you start at 11a.m. you have a good chance not seeing any other flight during your game. However, don't expect PGA course level. Fairways are very well maintained but the greens lack of quality. Also, there is a water hazard pretty much everywhere...We are normally playing solid rounds in the low 90s but here we were losing balls in the same speed than points. It is a sensational golf course when it comes to the layout and stunning views on the ocean but it is also one of the most frustrating courses we have ever played. They offer 2nd hand balls in the shop and we picked up a dozen close to daily...Carts are compulsory and are about 30 Euros for 18 holes. If you ask friendly you might be allowed to use the car also later on for your visit to Anse Georgette, THE beach of the Lemuria...
Beaches: Anse Georgette is of course an outstanding beach with white sand and turquoise water! Unfortunately, it is pretty far away from the main building and the way is very hilly. Carts are regularerly going from the reception to the beach and vice versa. There is no infrastructure there (deckchairs, bar, restroom, etc.) - it is pure nature and that's just great! Don't miss it! Nevertheless, more convenient is the main beach which is also more than OK (and less currents/waves which is especially important for those traveling with smaller children). The 3rd beach is the one in front of most of the rooms. You can't swim there (dangerous currents) but it is just great for a walk. Chances are good that you are completely alone and can watch the sunset - romantic at its best!
Tennis courts are available and very well maintained, same is true for the gym and the Spa center.
We find the price for value OK -> it might be not One&Only or Four Seasons level in terms of quality of the facility but a) it's not that expensive either; b) management and staff really shows great attitude and c) after 3 days you enjoy more the different kind of birds you see already during breakfast than missing your favourite cereal.
Would we go there again? Yes, but...: make sure you have convenient connections to Praslin! Don't take the ferry in summer if you are getting seasick! Don't take the Air Seychelles domestic flights if you are afraid of old planes (flight was great, however!). For Europeans there is a big bonus: pretty much no jetlag compared to similar destinations like in Mexico or Hawaii!
And if you spend likely $1000 per day anyway please don't complain about the wine list. Either you can enjoy yourself or you are in the wrong place anyway!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exquisite beaches, clear topaz water, lush vegetation and big boulders; choose from one of the 88 Junior Suites, 8 Senior Suites, 8 Villas or the exclusive Presidential Villa at Constance Lemuria. Enjoy elegant spacious suites and villas or unwind in swimming pools seemingly crafted by nature. Indulge in fine food and customised spa treatments at Constance Lemuria. Fully trained coordinators at the Constance Kids Club will lead your children to wonderful island exploration trips, culinary activities, scavenger hunts and more. For real adventure and wonderful memories, try the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles or explore the world famous diving sites! To create a cocoon of luxury amidst vibrant nature, materials such as wood, stone, pink granite, marble and thatch palm has been beautifully used to create a modern yet warm feel at Constance Lemuria. Seychellois’ flavours can be savoured in all the restaurants and bars of the hotel; the warmth can be felt in all the suites and villas. All Suites and Villas which are endowed with exclusive view are luxuriously designed to offer complete comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Constance Lemuria Resort Of Praslin, Seychelles Hotel Anse Kerlan
- Lemuria Hotel Anse Kerlan
- Lemuria Hotel Of Praslin
- Constance Lemuria Seychelles/Praslin Island