We selected this hotel according to the critics we read everywhere: it was supposed to be the best hotel on Praslin. We arrived after a 4-day stay at Hilton Northolme on Mahe, which was really what we were looking for (full intimacy, beauty, private beach, etc.). Our first impression was disappointment:
- there is no direct access to the beach, you must take your car. It was really not clear on the hotel website.
- we booked a chateau ocean suite, and all the "chateau" rooms are just above the reception, with the view on the roof of the restaurant (with the ocean behind).
BUT, the staff is a real 5-star crew. They clearly understood our distress and did everything to make our stay the best as possible. We have been upgraded to an ocean suite. It was much better even if there is no total intimacy in this hotel, night hugs on the balcony are not possible, you even need to close the curtains if you do not want others to see you in your room.
As I mentioned in the title, some details do not correspond to with the standards of Relais & Chateaux: the shower inevitably floods the bathroom, the bathtub is too small for two, there is only a single massage table (no couple massage), the swimming pool is just a rectangle with no charm (which paint even needs to be refreshed), wifi does not work properly (you must stay at a one meter distance from the internet box), when we went to their private island (which was awesome, that particular day will remain unforgettable, swimming with turtles, private desert beach, etc.), they gave us trash bags to pack our belongings (what about waterproof tanks ?), the breakfast is standard (no waffle or crepe, no smoked salmon, two kinds of pastries only, same for dinner (I remember one starter being lettuce with tomato, that was a joke), let's say that the food is definitely not 5-star.
But, once again, the kindness of the staff (very late check-out, tips for the visits, etc.) and the beauty of the site made us forgot all these and we had a very pleasant stay.
- 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