I initially made contact with the hotel to see if they could accomodate my situation, I had only 2 nights on Praslin and wanted to stay here, despite their 3 night minimum rule. They were soo accomodating!
We took the Cat-Coco back and forth from Mahe, which, provided you don't get seasick, is much cheaper than flying, and drops you off less than a 5 minute taxi-ride from the hotel.
We arrived at the Chateaux and were greeted promptly, told to leave our luggage just where it was, and head up to the reception area. Checkin was quick, and then the tour began. The views from this property are absolutely incredible!
We stayed in a superior bungalow, which, despite the photo on the website, does not have it's own outdoor jacuzzi. Apparently ONE of them does, but we didn't see it. Everything you need is in the room (except a corkscrew), like slippers and bathrobes, cd player, bath salts and incense, although the tub could have been bigger, as it didn't accomodate two!
There are only 8 rooms to this hotel, which means all couples seeking romance. It was wonderful, but don't get your hopes up too high for meeting people and chatting it up before/after dinner.
The food is fantastic! Absolutely delicious. And the dinner experience is very romantic, so much so that my boyfriend found it the perfect time to propose! Wine is decently priced, but cocktails are ridiculously expensive (ie. 14-19 Euros EACH for 1oz). And you pay 4 Euros for a bottle of still water. Breakfast is very typically French, carbs and jam, tea/coffee/juice. Anything else will cost you.
Went up to the jacuzzi with the nice view after dinner and luckily the rooms have a flashlight, or you wouldn't see anything at all! Save this trip for the daytime. We never saw anyone in the pool.
The trip to the private island was not all it's cracked up to be, despite being our deciding factor in choosing this hotel. There is a beach on either side of island, with short spells of sand, but then it is very, very rocky and doesn't get any better. We saw (and experienced) numerous war scars from snorkelling. It is very shallow, (ie. you could float and still touch the rocks with your hand even 35m out) although you do see alot of beautiful fish. We even swam with a sea turtle! There is NO swimming/frolicking on this island. But it is a great place to see the giant land tortoises and various types of crab. The bbq lunch was wonderful.
This hotel has no beach. Don't let the website fool you. Do not miss Anse Lazio, or the restaurant there called Bonbon Plume (order the grilled fish!) The free rental car comes in handy!
All in all, we have no complaints about this hotel, except that we expected a beach, and more elegance/luxury for the price tag.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally nestled on the idyllic and remote elevated coast of Praslin Island, Le Château de Feuilles representing the prestigious brand Relais & Châteaux offer by far, the most spectacular and unrivalled panoramic ocean view in the Seychelles. Sense the magic as the hotel features only nine exclusive accommodation options for a thorough taste of tranquility, privacy, intimacy and romance, with each of the luxurious exclusive options gifted by stunning picturesque turquoise ocean view and unspoilt lush beauty. Be it a romantic break or a family getaway, embark on a memorable holiday journey with us to experience in style the wonders of the Seychelles, your desires and in the making of your dreams, tempted by unconditional pamperings and surprises. Ultimately escape to this incredible hotel destination delivering the brand's promise with the so-perfect scene for quality time with loved ones, set-up only for you to extensively unplug and unwind whilst rejoicing an unfeigned and unmatched 5-star level of service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Feuilles Hotel Praslin Island
- Chateau De Feuilles Praslin Island