Fleur the Lys on La Digue Island is a good quality accommodation...
Fleur de Lys: Our full report
Almost 20 years ago, Scotsman Ron Henry and his Seychellois wife, Mary, returned from London to her home on La Digue. Here, they established their immaculate little self-catering complex, Fleur de Lys, which has just eight carefully crafted island bungalows.
Well-spaced around the open tropical garden, each bungalow has a green tin, pagoda style roof, timber lattice work and brilliant whitewashed walls; they have clearly been built with care and well-maintained. With two sets of French doors leading onto the front veranda, one from the lounge and one from the bedroom, the buildings are designed to allow cool air circulate. Entering into the spacious open-plan lounge-dining room, the white walls, pale floor tiles and cane furniture with pastel covers give the place a light, bright and cool feel.
Every bungalow at Fleur de Lys has a well-equipped kitchen with cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, as well as a fridge, hob, kettle, and even a microwave. For those keen to make use of the self-catering facilities, there is a reasonably well-stocked (by Seychelles standards) supermarket below Gregoires Apartments, 10 minutes away. Special dietary requirements will need advance planning though, and this should not be relied upon as a European-style supermarket may be; special requirements should be bought prior to travel. Access to restaurants is easy though; they're just a short walk or cycle away.
Adjoining its lounge, each bungalow at Fleur de Lys has a double/twin bedroom and is simply furnished with solid wood furniture, crisp white linen and optional mosquito nets. The mattresses are regularly replaced making for a comfortable night's sleep and the usual work-top clutter is wonderfully lacking.
A large, spotless en-suite bathroom offers sparkling white sanitary ware and a tiled shower area. A roof-top solar hot water system provides steamy water for both the showers and kitchen.
There is air-conditioning throughout the bungalow; with ceiling fans and multiple windows to supplement the air flow. Hair driers, beach towels and a daily room cleaning service are provided free of charge, and bicycle rental and local fishing excursions can be arranged at competitive rates. There is also a small safe in each bungalow.
There is no pool, but the nearest beach is a mere 150m away and with flat coast paths and traffic-free roads, bike access to some of the more picturesque coastal spots on the island are all within easy cycling distance of Fleur de Lys.
Our viewFleur de Lys offers good quality, well-priced accommodation, located within easy striking distance of La Digue's main centre and coastal attractions. It is a reliably good self-catering option.
Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights
Directions: Transfers on arrival can be arranged by taxi. For those choosing to walk or cycle, take the coastal tar road heading south from the jetty. After cycling for 5-10mins, turn left at the tree-mounted 'Fleur de Lys' signpost. The reception and bungalows are on the right hand side of this gravel road.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Fleur de Lys is owned and managed by a Seychellois-Scottish couple, Mary and Ron Henry.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Room Only
Food quality: As a predominantly self-catering establishment, there is no restaurant at Fleur de Lys.
However, it's possible to arrange for a light tropical breakfast to be delivered to your bungalow in the morning. Served outside each room on the veranda or at the kitchen table, it usually includes a seasonal fruit selection, juice, tea/coffee and toast. Breakfast can be booked and paid for in advance, or arranged and paid for locally.
There are also a few hotel and local restaurants within easy cycling or walking distance should you not feel like cooking.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info: By arrangement, and for a small supplement, a light breakfast will be delivered to your bungalow.
Attitude towards children: Fleur de Lys accepts children of all ages, and families are usually happy with the flexibility that self-catering brings.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions on guests.
Special activities & services: There are no dedicated children's facilities or activities at Fleur de Lys, though its shady verandas and flat gardens offer play areas for children furnished with games, books and imagination.
Equipment: A cot is available for babies and a single bed can be added to a bungalow for a young child.
Generally recommended for children: Fleur de Lys is a very cost-effective option for families visiting the Seychelles, and the clean rooms, cool lounge and proximity to the beach, cafes and medical centre are all in its favour. There is no swimming pool, as in most of La Digue's smaller accommodation options, or kid's club but it's a calm, friendly family-run establishment and certainly one of the island's better options for young families.
Notes: The property is gated, but it is sometimes left open during the day, so children playing in the garden must be aware of their boundaries. Fast traffic may not be a problem in La Digue but cyclists on the road and the nearby beach may still pose problems to children tempted to wander off.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: UK 3-square pin sockets are installed throughout the property. There is no back-up in the event of a power failure.
Communications: There are no telephones in the bungalows and Fleur de Lys does not have WiFi. However, there is WiFi on the island, and prepaid cards can be purchased from the Cable & Wireless office just a short cycle away.
TV & radio: There are no televisions or radios in the bungalows.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: The bungalows have flushing toilets and showers. There are no bathtubs at Fleur de Lys.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: LLa Digue Logan Hospital is on the coast, just south of La Passe jetty, approximately 5 minutes from Fleur de Lys. It offers basic health care services 24 hours a day, including dental care and a child health facility. There is an ambulance available for real emergencies.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is normally a security guard on duty in the evenings at night.
Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen of each bungalow.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge. When we visited in July 2015, the charge was SCR50 (about £2.50) per wash.
Money: There is a small safe in each bungalow. Fleur de Lys does not offer currency exchange facilities.
Accepted payment on location: Cash payments can be made in Euro, US dollars, British Pounds and Seychellois Rupees. MasterCard and Visa credit cards are also accepted.