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. This is also where you'll find the well-known Café des Arts restaurant, offering fine dining.
The 33 rooms and suites 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), 20 'superior' rooms (four of which are adjoining), four large 'honeymoon suites', two one-bedroom family suites and a two-bedroom family suite. All are built in single or double-storey blocks of three or four, and most 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. However, in Nov/Dec 2015, Le Duc will be carrying out renovations on these rooms. They'll be extending the bathrooms, replacing the fittings and revamping the interior décor. Each of these rooms also has its own terrace with comfortable cushioned chairs and table.
The 'Superior' rooms and the suites 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 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 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 honeymoon suites have the addition of an outside shower.
Facilities at Le Duc include a two swimming pools and a jacuzzi, sunbeds and a beautiful decked central area and reception, complete with Balinese furniture and sculptures. There are two excellent main 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, and there is also a small spa offering a range of massages and treatments. Less than a minute's walk from the hotel is the stunning 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.
Our viewLe 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 – and both very good - restaurants is a definite draw and although the hotel is not directly 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.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Le Duc de Praslin has two excellent main restaurants. The 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 for fine dining and an emphasis on seafood.
A buffet breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am at Le Dauphin, and an a la carte menu is also available for light poolside lunches. We can certainly recommend the spicy Thai fishcakes we sampled on our most recent visit in July 2015! Dinners are either buffet or a set menu
On one of our past visits, 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! In our opinion, the food is some of the best on Praslin.
Then just above Café des Arts is the newest addition to Le Duc, the Tapas Lounge, which is open until 2am for tapas (last order 12am), drinks and cocktails.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Further dining info: No
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 for fantastic beach holidays. There are also possibilities to organize watersports or island hopping.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: Le Duc de Praslin welcomes families with children.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Le Duc de Praslin.
Special activities & services: Childminding can usually be arranged on request.
Equipment: Cots and highchairs can be provided on request.
Generally recommended for children: In our opinion, we think that this hotel is better suited to couples, but the hotel does have a family apartment and some inter-connecting rooms.
Notes: Obvious care must be taken by parents when beside the water, both sea and pool, and on balconies.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: The local voltage on Mahé Island is 220V. The rooms are fitted with UK -style 3-square-pin sockets.
Communications: There is mobile reception and each room has a telephone. Most rooms have WiFi access.
TV & radio: There is a television in all the rooms.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: The rooms have flushing toilets and showers, and most have a bathtub.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: 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 and there is a fire extinguisher in the bar.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Laundry can be done at extra charge.
Money: There are electronic safes in the rooms.
Accepted payment on location: Le Duc de Praslin accepts Visa, MasterCard and Amex credit cards; as well as major currencies including Pounds Sterling, Euro, US dollars and Seychellois Rupees.