Just spent 8 enjoyable days at the hotel. On arrival, we got an upgrade from the smaller garden villa that we had booked to a larger villa de charme. These are built around palm trees in the jungle on the hill, the evenings and mornings on the balconies are unforgettable, with birds and fruit bats flying above you between the trees. The outdoor bathroom/showers are terrific, although we found the rooms a bit too dark. The golf cart staff was very friendly and quick to arrive, although most of the time I chose to walk. The lady at the information desk helped us twice to rent a car for a day trip to Praslin. The bar and cocktails deck staff was very friendly too, the service was quick. The infinity swimming pool is excellent. For a nice change, it’s not one of those shallow bright blue pools that give you 10 meters to swim and 15 meters to stand. This one is deep enough and large enough to actually enjoy a swim. The breakfast buffet is one of the most extensive that we have come across in similar hotels.
This is not a beach hotel, rather a waterfront hotel. There is a small stretch of sand next to the pool/bar area but the see is shallow and we did not see anyone spending much time there. But in the end this may be for the better, gives the hotel a nice compact on-the-cliff feel. Besides, La Dique has many nice and simply breathtaking beaches and they are most definitely worth the bike ride.
We stayed on a B&B basis, so we went to the a la carte restaurant for dinner a couple of times. Fish and sea food are excellent, meat is questionable, as pork and chicken seem to get the same amount of cooking time as fish, so I would not recommend those. The wine is unreasonably expensive. A basic South African white single grape twist off bottle starts at around $45. Half bottle Sancerre - $85! Mercifully, local rum saves the day (and wallet).
Oddly, there does not seem to be (or we did not figure out) a simple evening meal option. The bar will not offer any food or snack after 6pm. You either pay a full entry buffet price per person or pick from a choice of gourmet options at the a la carte restaurant. And unlike the wide choice of wonderful beaches during the day, La Digue has a limited choice of dinner options.
The bikes are free but bad. You should really hate you child to put her on the rusty piece of junk that the hotel calls a kid’s bike. The chains and gears on other bikes are also rusty, brakes and wheels are very noisy, some pedals are bent to the point of kicking your foot off the pedal. The bike garage staff either lacks any will to work or does not have any tools to work with and decided not to bother at all.
Overall, a great hotel on a very special island.
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