Acajou Hotel is set in lush gardens on Praslin's north coast.
Acajou Hotel: Our full report
Please note: Acajou is closed for renovations from 1st November 2013 to 1st November 2014. Please ask us for the latest information.Acajou Hotel is located alongside Praslin's stunning Anse Volbert beach (often known as Cote d'Or) on the north-east coast of Praslin Island. Acajou is French for mahogany and it is this wood (which was sourced from sustainable forests) that is the dominating feature of the hotel's log-cabin style accommodation. Acajou has 32 rooms (24 'standard', 4 'deluxe' and 4 'superior'), spread out in a well-kept tropical garden with hibiscus, frangipani, takamaka and casuarina trees, and only a few steps from one of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin Island. The rooms are located in two two-storey blocks, with our favourite 'deluxe' rooms nearest to the sea.
All the rooms at Acajou have air conditioning, safes, hairdryer, double beds, wooden bedside tables, lamps, a dressing table and a large in-built wardrobe of mahogany. The 'standard' rooms are built in two double-storey blocks, and each has its own small balcony looking over the gardens to the sea in the distance. Wooden stairs to the rear of the buildings lead up to the first-floor rooms. Inside, the rooms are spacious (approximately 29m2) if rather dark, with grey-tiled floors and wooden walls and ceilings throughout, continuing the log-cabin feel; cheerful touches come from Creole artwork and yellow-and-green curtains and bedspreads. Each room also has a TV and mini-fridge. The simple en-suite bathrooms have white suites – a single pedestal sink, loo and bath with shower and shower curtain. They are a little dated, but we understand they will be refitted during 2011.
Acajou's 'superior' rooms are – at 35m2 – larger than the 'standard' rooms and slightly closer to the beach, but otherwise very similar. They also offer a few extras including bathrobes, flat-screen TVs and tea- and coffee-making stations.
Closest to Anse Volbert beach are the 'deluxe' rooms, larger still (45 m2) and with balconies that look right onto the ocean and the nearby islands. Equally spacious en-suite bathrooms have baths and separate shower enclosures. Rates for a 'deluxe' room at Acajou include a day of bicycle hire and 20% discount on a massage.
Facilities at the Acajou Hotel include an attractive pool with sunloungers set in tropical gardens, a small gym, massage room, boutique and computers to use the internet Breakfast and dinner are served in the main restaurant, and there is a beach bar and restaurant for light lunches. There is also a casino within walking distance.
Our viewThis is a friendly and well-run hotel, ideally located for a relaxing beach holiday. The beach immediately beside the hotel is usually dotted with a few people, but is seldom busy by European standards. Several eateries are within easy reach and even Praslin's best restaurant, the Cafe des Arts, is only 20 minutes' walk away.
Ideal length of stay: 3 nights or more
Directions: Acajou Hotel is situated about 25 minutes' drive from Praslin Airport and about 10 minutes' drive from the jetty.
Owner: Locally owned
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: There are two restaurants at the Acajou. The main restaurant serves a buffet-style breakfast and is the venue for dinner: either a la carte or – three times a week – an international or Creole-style buffet. At lunchtime, the beach bar and restaurant offers a menu that includes dishes such as tuna salad, octopus salad, spaghetti bolognese, grilled fish and chicken curry.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Attitude towards children: Acajou Hotel is family friendly.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age limits.
Special activities & services: Cots and chairs can be provided for infants and an extra bed can be provided for children. Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Generally recommended for children: This property is a relaxed option, popular with couples and families alike.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: Internet facilities are available. There are telephones in the rooms and there is also mobile reception.
TV & radio: There is a television with satellite channels in each room.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The majority of the staff here are first-aid trained. The nearest medical centre is in Baie St Anne about 10 minutes' drive away.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There are guards on-site 24 hours a day.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the rooms.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge
Money: There are electronic safe deposit boxes in all the rooms.
Accepted payment on location: All major currencies are accepted as well as Mastercard, Visa and Amex.