My husband and I honeymooned in the Seychelles visiting Praslin, La Digue and Mahe, and this was by far the most beautiful hotel in which we had the pleasure of staying. When we arrived, we waited quite a bit of time past the check-in time (noon) to get our room, but it turned out, they had upgraded us to a Charme villa! Furthermore, they surprised us with champagne and a basket of fruit, and we received little packages of chocolates on our bed every day.
The hotel is impeccably appointed with clear attention to detail, and the huge, outdoor bathroom was the best of any hotel we have tried. They had something we had never seen before - soap 'paper'. They look like thin sheets of parchment but are made of soap and dissolve when you wash your hands - unique and really cool. Their shampoo, lotion and soaps were custom-made with various combinations of aromatic tropical ingredients (e.g., ylang ylang, lemongrass, avocado, etc.). The bedsheets are so soft! While some reviewers have mentioned the steep price of staying here, it is actually a good value because a regular city hotel in the US will cost around $150USD/night to start, and they are much smaller, offer significantly less amenities, and they are not located on a beach and amongst tropical forest in the Indian Ocean! There were some ants on the bathroom counter and a flying cockroach or two outside, but seeing as this is a tropical island, we aren't so isolated to presume that natural life won't visit even in a luxury resort! That being said, when we had massages in the spa - afterburn smoothing wrap for him and a coconut ritual for me, we both got mosquito bites right at the beginning because of the time of day (dusk) and exposed shoulders. That initially detracted from the relaxation we were attempting, so if there is any place in the hotel to do what they can to minimize pesky insects, it should definitely start at the outdoor spa areas. The sunset view from the outdoor massage room, however, was stunning.
The infinity pool is great, and the whole reception and bar areas are beautifully decorated. The breakfast buffets were surprisingly delicious, covering the usual egg station, sausages and bacon, porridge, breads and fruits, but also a variety of cheeses (brie, cheddar to name a couple). We ate at the a la carte restaurant for a lunch and dinner, and the dinner was definitely better but both were generally lackluster given the expectations we had with such a wonderful hotel in all other regards. At lunch, his entrecote was tough and chewy, and my smoked fish and mozzarella app was quite good for the first two pieces but then the toasted white bread taste got old after that. For dinner, we had a lobster medallion app for about $27USD that consisted of 3 tiny circles of lobster, and while the menu description said it came with truffle green beans, ours came with peas and a piece of white fish wrapped in eggplant (?) that were only so-so. The foie gras app, however, was an abundant portion and scrumptious. A tuna and octopus app was okay.
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