My boyfriend and I stayed at Le Domaine de l´Orangeraie on La Digue for one week in july after a one week stay on the island Praslin.
First of all I want to say that our stay from the beginning to the end was FANTASTIC!
When we arrived at La Digue we were met by a lovely lady on the jetty (sorry, don´t know her name). She was very nice and had a big smile on her face. From the jetty we could see the hotel and already then we got a good feeling about it, it looked like it was really nice. We took a buggy with our baggage over to the hotel, it was a fun little trip.
Then we arrived to the hotel and may I just say "WOW"! The location next to the crystal clear indian ocean is just perfect, so beautiful. And the whole reception area/lounge area/pool area is very nicely decorated, they have used natural materials such as stone and wood. Gorgeous little details around! For me, as an interior designer, this was so satisfying and made me so happy!
Then we sat down and got cold towels to freshen up and a cold refreshment served in coconuts used instead of glass, what an exotic little detail.
We had booked a villa de charme room located up in the hillside and a little "golf-car" came to take us up to our room. It was a very fun ride and I must say the garden surrounding the "road" is beautifully taken care of, flowers everywhere!
As we got higher and higher up I said to my boyfriend that we must have been lucky, cause the higher the better is the chance for a sea view. But then we were so high up in the hills that I started wondering if we could possibly get any higher. Then the buggy stopped outside a HUGE villa, there was a lady all dressed in white standing in front of the door and waited for us. I was thinking; "wow, what a greeting, this must be something special". Then the lovely lady who had followed us up turns around and asks us: "do you know where you are now?" My answer was; "way up in the hills, I guess!" Then she says: "you booked a villa de charme, right?!" My answer: "yes, we did!" Then she opens this huge door, its as wide as it is high, and says: "welcome to your PRESIDENTIAL VILLA" I couldn´t believe my own ears either my own eyes when I say the beauty of this villa. I was so happy!
The presidential villa is just amazing! It was filled with gorgeous flowers everywhere and everything looked so perfect. The design inside of the villa is absolutely beautiful and it is so spacious. And the outdoor bathroom, no words, so stunning, it was my FAVORITE room in the whole villa besides from the outdoor terrace of course.
On the ENORMOUS terrace it was a big infinity pool leaning over the edge, overlooking the most stunning view you could ever imaging. And we were hoping for a little sea view!!!
We could see all the way down to the hotel area, the beautiful turquoise indian ocean and all the way over to Praslin. WOW! It was birds and fruit bats all around in the trees and we really felt we were in touch whit the nature, lovely!
We also had an outdoor dining area, a jacuzzi, sun loungers around the pool and this huge daybed to relax on.
The women all dressed in white that welcomed us to our villa turned out to be our own "butler". Her name was Sabrina and she was absolutely delightful. She did her very best to make our stay pleasant. One day she surprised us with fresh coconut milk decorated with flowers and another day homemade potato chips made of breadfruit.
Every evening after dinner when we came back to our villa, Sabrina had filled it with candlelights and scented oils, just magical! So a huge thanks to Sabrina!
All of the staff in the hotel are very friendly. They pay attention and do whatever they can to make your stay the best. I must say that the staff during breakfast, lunch and dinner are excellent! They have always a big smile on their face even after a very long day at work. They treats every guest with friendliness and respect. The same goes for the guys driving the buggies! I will also mention the lady that greeted us at the jetty (and saw us off), the lady that took us to the villa when we arrived and the european looking lady (could she be german?), they really stood out from the crowd in a very positive way. The only negative thing to say is that it was one or maybe two persons in the reception/pavilion who was a bit rude and seemed very sick of her job when we called down to for example call for transport from our room. It made me dread to call down in case she would answer the phone. But luckily almost every time it was a nice and polite person.
Seychelles it selfs is magnificent! We have been here 3 times now and keep returning. We think that La Digue is even better than Praslin where we have usually stayed before.
All in all, we had a great holiday, probably the best ever! This is a great hotel and is very, very beautiful! I love that they pay so much attention to the small details. If someone from Le Domaine de l´ Orangeraie reads this, we want to give a huge thanks to the hotel and the staff working there!
I´m sure we´ll see you again!
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