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“A dream you will never want to wake up from”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Raffles Seychelles

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Raffles Seychelles
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Takamaka
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Istanbul, Turkey
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78 hotel reviews
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“A dream you will never want to wake up from”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Not much to say really apart from "one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in."

Outrageous views of Praislin bay from the rooms which each come with an individual infinity pool in the veranda that also shares that same gorgeous view.

The rooms don't leave much to be desired. They are in many ways the perfect hotel room with the perfect bathroom, bed, etc etc…

The pool is a like a mirage. You can hang out in it, do laps in it and just stare at it for hours either from one of the many comfortable giant cushions surrounding it or from the pool bar where the selection of wine is worryingly extensive.

The beach is to die for. No other way of putting it. Whitest of white sand. Secluded. Rock formations on it that define the Seychelles. Grades of blue and turquoise.

Rent a car at the airport. Open the windows, turn on the radio and drive to the Raffles. After that, let things take care of themselves.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Dear Emrerendedotkom,

Greetings from Raffles Praslin Seychelles

We are pleased to read that you had a wonderful time with us and we would like to thank you for choosing our resort for a memorable holiday. Your words are full of enthusiasm and appreciation and make us feel so good. Such comments give us the motivation to strive for excellence day after day.

The Raffles Praslin Seychelles is looking forward to welcoming you back in the future for your next holiday.

We remain at your service for any further assistance.

Sincerely yours,

Raffles Praslin Seychelles Team
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Pros:

- Amazing view.
- Well designed rooms
- Very attentive staff (the best I have experienced). Our butlers Maria and Durga definitely made our stay a lot more comfortable. The level of attention to detail was above our expectation. When we checked into the room, there was a baby cot, feeding bottle warmer!!, feeding bottle sterilizer!! etc. because we mentioned that we were travelling with an infant.
- Great beach ( Feels more like a private beach ).
- Walking distance from PK's (the best restaurant in Praslin).


Cons

- There were no life guards in the pool nor watching the guests on their beach. To my luck I had an incident with my kids in the pool and I feel into the ocean on the Kayak. But I have to say they response was very quick once they realized I feel into the Ocean but after about 20 minutes could have been less than 5 if there was a life guard. This is the only reason I am giving them a 4 instead of a 5.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

The Utopian experience for honeymooners.

The service was immaculate!

All our requests were serviced with meticulous care and detail. The staff was very focused on providing personalized service to all their guests. Especially Durga and Maria helped us in many ways by going out of their way. ( To Raffles management - Durga and Maria are exceptional and you're lucky to have them on your team). The manager and the staff are all very friendly and are always ready to help you. One of the things we liked a lot was that the staff knew you by name! Professionalism is the heart of the service at Raffles!

Lots to do and see as well. Visited 3 islands - all of which had an unique flavour. JUST GO!

Honeymooners - you will not be disappointed at all.

Room Tip: The higher the better, but you won't be disappointed regardless of where you are on the property...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Dear Lalit S,

Greetings from Raffles Praslin.

Thank you so much for choosing Raffles Praslin Sechelles for your holiday and for taking sometime to share the review. We are so happy to read that you had a wonderful time at the resort in the company of our team, specially Durga and Maria. Credits to them.

We will share these with them as they will be thrilled to hear that they contributed to your stay.

The Raffles Praslin Seychelles Team look forward to welcoming you back.

We remain at your service for any further assistance.

Sincerely yours,

Raffles Praslin Seychelles Team
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

Our family visited Praslin and stayed at one of the other resorts. We walked past Raffles on our last day in Praslin, not too close, as some of the other resorts (the other top 2 in Praslin) can be very rude to outsiders (a term given to people not staying at their resort). One of the managers (Marc) spotted us and invited us to use their facilities. He provided us with a complimentary coffee which we enjoyed next to their splendid swimming pool. He told us that we could spend the whole day at the pool if we liked, which we did. Their food and drinks are excellent and the service is friendly and fast. If the accommodation part of the resort is anything like what we experienced at their pool and pool restaurants I can highly recommend using their services. Thanks Raffles and Marc.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Dear Gert S,

Greetings from Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback of the resort and the services you received at the Pool.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the facilities for the whole day and that you were very well taken care of by Marc. We will certainly extend credits to him.

The Raffles Praslin Seychelles team look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us in the future.

We remain at your service for any further assistance.

Raffles Praslin Team
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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We spent nine nights at Raffles, to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary just before Christmas, and could not have asked for a better experience. The staff, at every level, were excellent, friendly and helpful. We were upgraded from an Ocean View Villa to a Panoramic Villa (195) with wonderful views and complete privacy. Due to preparations for Christmas, we didn't have full access to all the bars and restaurants in the resort, but the Curieuse restaurant and pool bar provided ample and varied meals. We had a couple of minor issues in the first few days but the staff responded well and it was obvious that any concerns were treated with courtesy and immediate responsiveness.

On our anniversary, we decided to have the in villa dining experience - we didn't like the menu offered, but Piason, who oversees events, met with us and helped us choose something more to our taste. It ended up being a beautiful evening (even the rain stayed away), with flowers strewn on the floor and table, candlelight, the bath set with more flower petals and salts, and a half bottle of champagne.

The resort amenities are excellent - large pool area, beach just beyond, with good recreational activities (snorkeling, kayaks etc.), and plenty of staff around; buggies to take you to and from your villas (the resort is on a very steep hill). But what makes Raffles remarkable, in our experience, is the quality of the staff. Many five star hotels profess provision of top quality service but what we experienced at Raffles Praslin exceeded all our expectations. It felt much more like family than a service environment.

I have slightly marked down on value for money - only because there is a 10% service charge on everything and then a 10% service charge on the final bill. That felt a little bit like double charging - the only negative we can come up with!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Dear SelinDoha,

Greetings from Raffles Praslin Seychelles.

Firstly we would like to congratulate you on your Silver Wedding anniversary and thanking you for choosing our resort to celebrate your big day.

We are very pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with us. Our team always enjoys receiving comments and would to like extend credits to Piason for making your anniversary day memorable with the excellent service.

Thank you very much for your comment: "...But what makes Raffles remarkable, in our experience, is the quality of the staff". We are very honored to read it and pomise to continue to deliver Raffles service.

We would like to clarrify that a 16.5% for VAT and a 10% for service charge is charged to the final bill at the end of your stay.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to celebrate your Gold Wedding anniversary.

We remain at your service for any further assistance.

Sincerely yours,

Raffles Praslin Seychelles Team
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

Stayed at the Raffles for our honeymoon for 8 nights. When we arrived our room was upgraded - what a nice touch! A great hotel where the service provided was absolutely top class - nothing we asked for was too much. The butler service was great and it took the stress out of organising tours/day trips during our stay.
The rooms were huge and extremely comfortable and could not fault it. The breakfast was extremely good and had a wide range of choice.

The only reason why the hotel was not given 5 stars - was because of 2 minor complaints:-

i) the housekeeper was a bit too attentive and came to clean our room when we were in our room trying to relax. The hotel knows when we are in or out of our rooms - why can it not be arranged so that the room is cleaned when we are out of the room??00!!!
ii) the price for lunch and dinner was extremely high but I suppose this is to be expected from a resort like this.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Dear Corion34,

Warm regards and greetings from Raffles Praslin Seychelles,

We are delighted to read your comments on Trip Advisor and very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time at the resort.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us. While we are delighted that you enjoyed your villa and the whole property, we are concerned to read about some of the levels of service you came across during your stay.

Our priority is to make all our guests feel well looked after and we are sorry that we fell short of this during your stay with us.

The Raffles Praslin Team look forward to welcoming you back soon in paradise.

We remain at your service for any further assistance

Sincerely yours

Raffles Praslin Seychelles Team
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

I visited Raffles Praslin, Seychelles for my Honeymoon.
This is the best as it can get. Just a dream kind of place from the very beginning.
The villas are beautiful in itself, specially the plunge pool.
No doubt I was amazed at every service provided by the hotel staff.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank PranavB2K
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Dear PranavB2K,

Greetings from Raffles Praslin Seychelles.

Thank you very much for choosing Raffles Praslin for your honeymoon and for sharing amazing review about the resort and the whole team. We are very happy to read that we created a memorable stay for you.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in paradise.

Sincerely yours.

Raffles Praslin Seychelles Team
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Property: Raffles Seychelles
Address: Anse Takamaka, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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Region: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Anse Takamaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Takamaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Raffles Seychelles 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From across the continents of Europe and Asia, the legend of Raffles now extends to the enchanting islands of the Seychelles, cradled at the heart of the Indian Ocean. Raffles Praslin Seychelles presents an all-villa Seychelles luxury resort nestled within the stunning island of Praslin that was once declared the rediscovered Garden of Eden. This Seychelles hotel seeks to present guests with an escape where warm native Seychellois hospitality is infused with the enchanting touch of Raffles. Surrender to the sun-kissed allure of Anse Takamaka’s powdered sands, on to which spill the eighty-six spacious villas fashioned to assure lavish comfort. These private abodes offer a choice of whispering, opal-hued oceans and lush green hills. Be immersed in the relaxing therapies of the exclusive Raffles Spa, which coupled with the soothing embrace of unsullied nature, rejuvenate both body and spirit. Taste the distinguished flavours of the breezy Curieuse Seafood Restaurant, the local cuisine and Mediterranean delights of Losean or the light comfort food by the Pool Bar. ... more   less 
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