La Digue Island Lodge is a wide-stretched resort on the western coast of La Digue...
La Digue Island Lodge: Our full report
The expansive resort of La Digue Island Lodge is strung along a beautiful sandy stretch of Anse Reunion beach, on the western coast of La Digue. Set in manicured tropical gardens, the range of accommodation options and facilities make it a good bet for both families and couples. It is La Digue's largest property by far, with over 66 rooms, but these are distributed over a large area and allow the place to retain a low-impact feel.
There are five accommodation options within the La Digue Island Lodge complex, of widely varying standards:
- Set at the back of lovely gardens, the Yellow House is a canary-coloured, colonial clapboard house. Built in the early 1900s, and strikingly photogenic, it is now a Seychelles National Heritage Site and, though its single rooms are available to visitors, restrictions on renovations mean that they are extremely basic. We do not recommend them.
- The 'standard' rooms at La Digue Island Lodge are in a low, single-storey, motel-style row, known as Le Petit Village. At the northern end of the resort, set back from the sea in the gardens behind the Plantation House, this small terrace of rooms offer good value, bijou accommodation. Pale tiles on floors, whitewashed ceilings and matching timber furnishings offer a reliable, if dinky and slightly dated, base. Down a small step at the back of the room, there is an all-white en suite with a bath, separate corner shower cubicle, toilet, bidet, sink and a wall-mounted hairdryer. Nothing is fancy, but if you are keen to have access to the resort's other facilities, notably the pool and beach, for a cheaper rate, then these small rooms are perfectly acceptable.
- The majority of the accommodation at La Digue Island Lodge is in distinctive A-frame chalets dotted around the gardens. These 44 rooms are sub-divided into two categories, Beach Chalets and Garden Chalets, though in reality the only difference is their location – the beach chalets being close to the ocean, whilst the garden chalets are set back in the gardens (although #19 also has a sea view). Built from local takamaka wood and with steep pitched roofs made from latanier palm leaves, these appealing A-frames all have an en-suite double bedroom on the ground floor, and a small mezzanine deck with two single beds for older children. This upper level is accessed by a vertical ladder fixed to the wall, and is high in the roof space so not suitable for very young children or anyone unsteady on their feet. The interiors are timber panelled with natural flooring, bright white walls and usually a vase of country-style flowers. There is a narrow dressing area with a tea/coffee station and a good-sized en-suite bathroom with 'floating' bidet and toilet. The chalets all have air conditioning, an IDD telephone and satellite television, and a pair of sun loungers on the terrace outside. Although not flash in any way, we feel these are the best category of room at La Digue Island Lodge, a good place to retreat to after a hard day's sun and sea worshipping.
- Overlooking the beach at the northern end of La Digue Island Lodge, the thatched, white-washed Plantation Beach House offers nine 'superior' rooms (five upstairs and four at ground level). Externally styled to resemble a colonial plantation house, its interiors are sadly a little more '70s kitsch in style. Timber-panelled walls and floors, dark wood furniture and patterned bedding and curtains somehow seem heavy for the bright and airy seaside setting, but nonetheless these rooms are very spacious and do offer a veranda or balcony overlooking the beach. As in the chalets, air conditioning, satellite television and IDD telephones are standard.
The main resort areas of La Digue Island Lodge are extensive and very well maintained. Away from the parasols and sunbeds of Anse Reunion's long, sandy beach, its is lovely to wander through the gardens of the lodge where flowering trees and plants, mainly frangipani, hibiscus and bougainvillea, attract a great number of sunbirds. La Digue Island Lodge has a a beachside restaurant, a good-size swimming pool with a more casual poolside restaurant , a lovely boutique for trinkets, sarongs and books and a PADI dive centre. Schooner sailing trips are on offer, bicycle hire is available at reception.
Our ViewJudging by its location, its facilities and its publicity, La Digue Island Lodge should be fantastic – but, sadly, it just seems to miss the mark. Like much on the island, it is in something of a time warp, with fairly dated room decor and variable service. It's important to understand this before visiting – but provided that you can accept the lodge's limitations, then it does offer a good, reliable base, with reasonable accommodation and food, and immediate access to a stunning beach.
Ideal length of stay: 3 nights
Directions: Transfers on arrival at the airport or jetty can be arranged by ox-cart or small painted bus.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: The main restaurant, Le Pecheur, occupies a prime beachfront spot between the swimming pool and sweeping curve of the gardens. In an imposing open-sided, high palm-thatched building, it offers both tropical breakfast buffets and table d'hote dinners. In spite of the relative formality of the menus, the sand-under-foot setting, nearby lapping waves, and tables under the stars give it a more relaxed feel than you might anticipate. There is occasional evening entertainment to accompany meals.
For light daytime snacks and lunches, the casual pool-side restaurant serves the likes of fresh fish goujons and chips, salads and spring rolls, under a lovely shady tree. From this spot it's possible to watch the boats at sea as well as those taking a dip in the pool, making it an equally pleasant place for a sundowner cocktail from the Coco Tendre bar.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Beach holidays: On the wide sandy beach of Anse Reunion, La Digue Island Lodge is perfect for a chilled family seaside holiday. The sea is generally shallow and often calm, the sand just made for building sandcastles and there are plenty of palms and parasols to provide all-important shade. It is easy to walk or cycle to the many neighbouring beaches, too.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: La Digue Island Lodge welcomes children of all ages.
Equipment: Cots are available for babies.
Generally recommended for children: La Digue Island Lodge is one of La Digue's most suitable hotels for families. A large swimming pool, sandy beach, casual pool-side dining area and babysitting service are all conducive to a relaxing holiday for all.
Notes: As with all places near water, children must be supervised at all times. We do not recommend that young children sleep in the upper level of the Beach and Garden Chalets.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There are IDD telephones in the bedrooms.
TV & radio: Satellite television in the rooms offers movie and news channels.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: There is a first-aid kit kept on the property. For more serious incidents, La Digue Logan Hospital is approximately five minutes from La Digue Island Lodge. It offers basic health-care services 24 hours a day, including dental care and a child health facility. There is an ambulance available for emergencies.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Security guards patrol the grounds at night.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located outside villas.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge