Le Duc de Praslin offers stylish accommodation...
Le Duc de Praslin: Our full report
Separated from the stunning sands of Praslin's beautiful Cote d'Or by a row of low buildings and a quiet lane, Le Duc de Praslin underwent a major refurbishment in 2008, emerging with some lovely public areas and very stylish accommodation options. The owners have also purchased the rooms and restaurant of the neighbouring Hotel Cafe des Arts, so they can now offer two dining options to their guests.
The 27 rooms at Le Duc de Praslin are dotted around walled tropical gardens and fall into five categories: six 'deluxe standard' rooms (four of which are older and used to belong to Cafe des Arts), 14 'superior' rooms (four of which are adjoining), four junior suites, two large honeymoon suites, and a family apartment. All are built in single or double-storey blocks of three or four, and all but four face the central areas which include the swimming pool, main lounge, Creole restaurant and lovely koi pond.
No matter which category you choose, all of the rooms at Le Duc de Praslin are spacious and all – except for the four older 'standard' rooms that used to belong to Cafe des Arts – are air-conditioned. These older rooms have ceiling fans and are traditionally decorated with whitewashed walls and wooden floors and furniture. The beds have mosquito nets and a fridge is provided. Their bathrooms are dated in comparison with the newer rooms and have shower cubicles but no bath-tub. Each of these rooms also has its own terrace with comfortable cushioned chairs and table.
The new rooms at Le Duc de Praslin vary in size but each is decorated in a similar contemporary style with dark wooden furniture, brightly coloured bedspreads and crushed silk curtains .. The floors are tiled in pale stone, the walls painted white and offset by ceilings which are beautifully panelled in timber. There is a full-length mirror and dressing table with a large circular mirror, wall-mounted television, and a cabinet containing a minibar and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Very comfortable beds made up with fresh white linen are flanked by bedside tables and hanging lamps with pearlescent shell shades.
Each of these new rooms has a balcony or terrace with comfortable loungers and a table and chairs. These overlook the landscaped tropical gardens and pool (there is no sea view from and of the hotel's rooms). Note that the balconies are only partially divided from each other by trellising so they are not particularly private.
The en-suite bathrooms of the new rooms are tiled in beige stone and have large oval bath-tubs, double sinks perched on gold-flecked black granite worktops and a large mirror. Separate cubicles house a walk-in shower and toilet, with frosted glass doors for privacy. There are integrated shelves and hanging space all along one wall of the bathroom, plus a line in the shower for hanging up washing and a clothes horse outside. Hairdryers, shampoo, shower gel and soap are provided. The junior suites have the addition of an outside shower.
Facilities at Le Duc include a new free-form swimming pool and jacuzzi, sunbeds and a beautiful decked central area and reception, complete with Balinese furniture and sculptures. There are two restaurants – Le Dauphin Creole Restaurant, which is usually where those staying on half board will eat, and the Cafe des Arts, set right on the beachfront where you can fine dine on seafood. Attached to the Cafe des Arts is an art and craft gallery. Less than a minute's walk from the hotel is the safe, white-sand beach of Anse Volbert, where watersports and other activities can be organised. The hotel can also help to arrange guided excursions to the Vallee de Mai and neighbouring islands, and car and bicycle hire if you wish to explore on your own.
Overall, Le Duc du Praslin is probably the best-value accommodation within its class in Praslin. Most of the rooms are modern, beautifully decorated and have stylish bathrooms. The option to eat in two different restaurants is a definite draw and although the hotel is not right on the beach, it is literally only a few moments away.
Ideal length of stay: 3 nights or more
Directions: Le Duc de Praslin is about a 15-minute drive from the ferry port and a 25-minute drive from the airport.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: When we visited previously we were treated to dinner at the excellent Cafe des Arts. The restaurant was romantically lit and the tables decked in white linen tablecloths. The menu offers a varied selection of dishes, from Tom Yum soup, Job carpaccio and crab and corn chowder for starters; seafood platters, beef fillet and crab and coconut curry for main; and chocolate mousse, crème brûlée and coconut ice-cream for pudding! The food is the best on Praslin.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Beach holidays: Anse Volbert is a lovely 3km flat stretch of white sand less than a minute's walk from Le Duc du Praslin. Palm trees provide shade and the turquoise waters are safe and calm and great for swimming. If you want to organise watersports or island hopping, there are a few activity centres along the beach.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Equipment: Cots and highchairs can be provided on request.
Generally recommended for children: We think that this hotel is better suited to couples, but the hotel does have a family apartment and some inter-connecting rooms.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is mobile reception and each room has a telephone. Most rooms have WiFi access.
TV & radio: All except the standard rooms have television.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: The nearest medical clinic is about 15 minutes' drive away in Baie St Anne.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is a guard on site.
Fire safety: The hotel is equipped with fire alarms.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Laundry can be done at extra charge - approximately 2 euros per item
Money: There are electronic safes in the rooms.