I have never seen a horrible place like this, wherever in the world. The "room" had dirty sheets, dirty towels, dirty curtains, dirty forniture and it was full, really full, of spiders and webs. The bathroom had not been cleaned before of our arrival, the WC had undoubtfully been used by someone else.... The narrow shower was broken, the sink was dirty and rusty. At dinner (we had booked 7 nights with 7 dinners!!!) we had a fish cooked with its entrails in dirty dishes and dirty glasses. At breakfast we had toasted bread and butter full of ants. There is not a manager to complaint (actually there is not a hall or a desk for check in). Our key was given us by a teethless, long-long and thin-thin native maid, who knocked at our door asking for some cigarettes!!! (cigarette is the only english word she knew). Fortunately we found another room in a clean, standard hotel at Grand Anse at 110 euro/night, but we had to spend two nights in such a hovel at 95 euro/night, sleeping on our beach towels in order not to touch the sheets. For only 15 euro/night more, now I can remember Praslin as a paradise and not as a nightmare. The manager of the hotel at Grand Anse explained us that Villa Flamboyant was a very nice hotel in the past, in a wonderful garden on the beach, but when the old owner died, his daugther (Rosemary) did not care about the hotel and left its management to her french assistant (Michel) who doesn't care about guests and cleaning. During those horrible two days, the other guests were a couple of italian guys and a german family of 3 people and all of them were complaining for dirtiness and absence of service, looking for some other accomodation. Lonely Planet suggests this hotel on the guide and I wrote them to camplaint, because it is really a shame: travel guides should pay more attention to their suggestions!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Flamboyant Guest House in Seychelles is situated in a calm and quiet environment facing the turquoise ocean. The guest house, a former plantation house, composed of 6 double standard rooms and 2 self catering chalets , with its simple traditional wooden style architecture is majestically set on 2 hectares of wooden and landscaped tropical garden with some 2 kilometers of exclusive isolated beach frontage, in a safe surrounding of simplicity. Having won several awards, the Villa Flamboyant hotel boasts a professional hotel service and guarantees you a quiet and relaxed vacation in a peaceful atmosphere at attractive rates for groups and families. The hotel features 2 restaurants, facing the sea or the garden, offering mostly fresh fish from the facing ocean, such as red snapper, cacatois, tuna, barracuda, shark, and natural products of Praslin Hotel Villa Flamboyant is a safe place situated on an isolated beach, guarded by the family dogs and a security agent. The property also enjoys a bus stop in the vicinity, with buses going to Grand Anse and Baie Ste Anne, the 2 main villages of Praslin, as well as Anse Lazio and Cote D'or famous and popular beaches ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Flamboyant Hotel Praslin Island