The Acajou Hotel is located alongside Praslin’s stunning Cote d’Or.
Acajou Hotel: Our full report
Acajou Beach Resort lies alongside the stunning Anse Volbert beach (often known as Cote d'Or), on the north-east coast of Praslin Island. Re-opened in November 2014 following major renovations, the hotel sits in a well-kept tropical garden of hibiscus, frangipani, takamaka and casuarina trees, only a few steps from the beach.
Spread out in two-storey blocks across Acajou’s lovely gardens are 46 rooms and six self-catering apartments. Of the rooms – 14 ‘standard’, 14 ‘deluxe’, 16 ‘superior’ and two family rooms – our favourites are the deluxe rooms, nearest to the sea. All the rooms have air conditioning, a safe, hairdryer, double bed, bedside tables and lamps, a dressing table, television and a large built-in wardrobe, as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities.
- The 14 ‘standard’ rooms are on the ground floor of two double-storey blocks, each with a small balcony looking over the gardens.
On the first floor of these double-storey blocks are 14 of the 16 slightly larger ‘superior’ rooms, which also overlook the gardens, and offer a partial view of the sea in the distance. Although relatively small, the standard and superior rooms feel quite well proportioned. Once rather dark, they have been lightened a little during the renovation, with the ceilings and some of the takamaka wood-lined walls being painted white. They do retain a bit of a cabin-like feel, but light-grey tiled floors, white linen and colourful cushions and Creole artwork make them feel quite cheerful. Each room also has a mini-fridge. The compact en-suite bathrooms have white suites, with a single handbasin set atop a wooden vanity unit, and a surprisingly large walk-in shower.
- Two new ‘superior’ rooms are in one of the blocks added during the renovation. Larger and quite a bit more modern than the other superior rooms, they have white painted walls throughout, but amenities are otherwise the same.
- The two family rooms at Acajou Resort, in the same double-storey block as the two new superior rooms, are very spacious indeed. Each has two large bedrooms, one with an en-suite toilet and shower, as well as a balcony offering garden and partial sea views. White walls, cream floor tiles, brightly coloured cushions and artwork give these rooms a really fresh, modern feel.
- The 14 ’deluxe’ rooms, which are closest to Anse Volbert beach, are set out over two separate double-storey blocks. Bright and modern, like the family rooms, these have equally spacious en-suite bathrooms with a toilet and walk-in shower. All the deluxe rooms have a veranda or balcony that looks right onto the ocean and the nearby islands, but do note that views from rooms on the ground floor may be slightly obscured by the foliage in front of the hotel, which has been planted for privacy from passers by on the beach.
- Six self-catering apartments are the newest additions to Acajou, opened in June 2015. Set furthest back from the beach, close to the main entrance, these modern one- and two-bedroom apartments are well kitted out, each with a good-sized kitchenette and lounge.
Facilities at the Acajou Beach Resort include a casual lunchtime restaurant, next to an attractive infinity pool with sunloungers, both just a few steps from the beach. The hotel also provides sunloungers for its guests on the beach. (The beach immediately beside the hotel is usually dotted with a few people, but is seldom busy by European standards.)
Set back from the beach in the gardens, behind the rooms, the main area has a small gym, massage room, boutique and library room with a computer to use the internet. Breakfast and dinner are served in the open-sided main restaurant, Les Boucaniers, though there are several good restaurants within walking distance. Guests can also enjoy a drink from Chapo! Bar and relax in the cheery lounge area.
Our viewJust steps from one of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin Island, Acajou Beach Resort is an attractive hotel in a very good location. The original rooms have been brightened up and are charming, though we particularly like the newer ‘deluxe’ rooms. The hotel is also within easy reach of several eateries, and Praslin's best restaurant, the Café des Arts, is only 20 minutes' walk away.
Ideal length of stay: Three nights or more
Directions: Acajou Hotel is about 25 minutes' drive from Praslin Airport and about ten minutes' drive from the jetty. A meet-and-greet transfer can be arranged.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Locally owned
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: There are two restaurants at the Acajou. The main restaurant, Les Boucaniers, serves a buffet-style breakfast and is the venue for dinner. This is either a set menu or – three times a week – an international or Creole-style buffet, though à la carte options are also available.
Beside the pool, just next to the beach, is Acajou's Starfish Bar & Restaurant. Open for lunch and drinks during the day, it offers dishes such as salads, sandwiches, grilled fish and Creole specialties.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Further dining info: Room service is available.
Attitude towards children: Acajou Resort welcomes families with children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services: Babysitting can be arranged on request, but they are not formally trained.
Equipment: Cots and highchairs can be provided. The pool has a separate shallow section of just 0.6m, especially for children.
Generally recommended for children: This is a relaxed property, popular with couples and families alike.
Notes: As with any property close to the sea, and with an unfenced pool, parents must supervise their children at all times. Parents must also be cautious with children on the balconies.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: UK-style 3-square-pin sockets are fitted throughout. International adaptors are normally available on request.
Communications: There is complimentary WiFi in the main area and a computer with internet access in the small library. There is also cellphone reception.
TV & radio: There is a television with local and a limited number of satellite channels in each room.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: All of the rooms have a flushing toilet and plumbed-in shower.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest medical centre is in Baie St Anne, about ten 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 deluxe rooms. For the other rooms, fire extinguishers and fire hoses are located outside the buildings.
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: Payments by MasterCard and Visa are accepted, as are cash payments in Seychellois rupees, euros, pounds sterling and US dollars.