The Paradise Sun is set in lush gardens right next to Anse Volbert
Paradise Sun: Our full report
Set in beautifully lush gardens at the western end of Praslin's famous 3km-long Cote d'Or beach, on the edge of Anse Volbert, Paradise Sun is a relatively large but smart and family-friendly resort.
The 80 rooms at Paradise Sun are in attractive, mainly two-storey Creole-style chalets, with every one facing towards the sea through the palm-dotted lawns. Louvred doors, broad timber terraces, and crisp natural interiors feature throughout. Though the rooms are not particularly large, they are cool and contemporary, and thoughtfully decorated. Divided into two categories, the majority are 'superior' rooms (32m²) but there are ten larger 'deluxe' rooms (42m²) for those seeking more space or travelling with children.
The superior rooms are located in bungalows or two-storey chalet blocks, and each can accommodate either a king-size bed or twin beds. An en-suite shower room (no baths) and a timber balcony or terrace is standard, as are air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a digital safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, fridge (stocked on request), an IDD telephone, and satellite television. 14 of these rooms are interconnecting through the balcony or terrace, so are a good option for families with older children.
The deluxe rooms are larger than the superiors and are all at ground level, making them perfect for three adults or a couple travelling with two children under 12 years. In addition to the standard facilities, these rooms also have a lounge, complete with sofa bed, and a more spacious en-suite bathroom with both a bath and shower.
The central building at Paradise Sun features two lounges, with a couple of computers for guests to use, and the main Pool Restaurant – one of two dining venues at the hotel. Open for breakfast, the restaurant offers a pleasant outlook from individual tables across the surrounding pool and garden. Or indulge yourself in the complimentary afternoon tea served here. The open-sided, sandy-floored 'St Pierre' Beach Restaurant, on the edge of Anse Volbert, is open for à la carte lunches and buffet dinners. It's a laid-back place, and not one for formal attire.
Sitting right on the edge of the palm-fringed Anse Volbert, with its broad sweeping sandy beach and warm waters, Paradise Sun is a hotspot for sunworshippers, who may simply pull up a sunlounger by the sea for their holiday – and understandably so. But lovely as the beach here is, it's worth taking the 15-minute water taxi across to the tiny rocky island of St Pierre, just opposite the resort, where you can go snorkelling. Or for more extensive marine adventure, Paradise Sun is the base for an independent 5-star PADI dive centre for scuba courses and dives in the nearby Curieuse Marine Park.
Paradise Sun also offers complimentary activities such as canoeing and kayaking for water-lovers, or table tennis, volleyball, board games and a weekly afternoon 'sunset cruise'; and resort has its own large swimming pool. For an extra charge, a variety other excursions can be arranged too, from boat cruises to fishing, and nature walks to bicycle rental; or simply an indulgent essential oil massage in the Balinese-staffed spa, which opened in 2008.
Our viewParadise Sun is an appealing, well-priced option for families seeking space and relaxation, or couples who want to be close to the restaurants and facilities of Cote d'Or. It is a fairly mainstream, large resort but it is efficient, friendly and well tended, and the 80 rooms make an effort to blend in to the lush landscape.
Ideal length of stay: 3–5 nights
Directions: If you're arriving by plane (approx 20 minutes from Mahé), Paradise Sun is a pleasant 12km/30-minute drive from the airport across the island, through the Vallée de Mai National Park, designated a World Heritage Site. Alternatively, there is a ferry to Baie St Anne from either Mahé or La Digue, from where it's a 6km/10-minute drive to Paradise Sun. Follow the clearly marked signs from the jetty towards Cote d'Or, then pass around the main village towards Anse Lazio, and you will see the Paradise Sun entrance sign on your right. Car hire can be arranged to meet you at either the port or the airport, or the hotel will arrange a meet-and-greet transfer. General travelling distances from Paradise Sun:
- St Pierre Marine Park – 15 minutes by water taxi
- Baie St Anne – 3km
- Anse Lazio beach – 6km
- Vallée de Mai National Park – 6km
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Paradise Sun is a member of the Southern Sun hotel group.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: In the main Pool Restaurant, a very nice breakfast buffet is served 7.00–10.00am, with juices, fresh tropical fruits, cereals, yoghurts, freshly baked breads and pastries, and cold meats and cheeses. There is also a 'live' cooking area for made-to-order pancakes and eggs, and staff serve tea and coffee at neatly laid individual tables. For an afternoon indulgence, complimentary afternoon tea is served here too.
The St Pierre Restaurant, beside the beach, offers casual a la carte lunches from 12.30pm to 3.00pm and very extensive buffet dinners (7.00–10.00pm). There's a real pizza oven, operating day and night, and an array of Creole and international specials on offer. Themed evening buffet meals are often accompanied by island bands singing a mix of European pop classics and Seychellois favourites.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Beach holidays: The soft sandy beach of Anse Volbert stretches an impressive 3km, and at its western end sits Paradise Sun. Enjoy beach holidays all year round here (calmest from November to May). Back ashore, the palm-fringed bay offers good dappled shade and beachfront restaurants.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome to stay at Paradise Sun.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Paradise Sun.
Special activities & services: There is a recreational programme for children during peak times and a childminder is available (minimum of 6 children age 6–12 years). A babysitting service is also available upon request.
Equipment: Cots and highchairs are available free of charge upon request.
Generally recommended for children: Paradise Sun is an excellent child-friendly holiday option: the proximity to the sandy beach of Anse Volbert, the on-site swimming pool, grassy lawns and relaxed vibe make it a great option for families visiting Praslin.
Notes: Obvious care must be taken by parents when beside the water, both sea and pool, and on balconies. The 'deluxe' rooms are all on the ground floor and are most suited to families.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: UK -style 3-square-pin sockets are fitted throughout. International adaptors are normally available from reception, though it would be wise to bring your own, if required.
Communications: There are IDD telephones in each room at Paradise Sun and cellphone reception is good. An internet station is set up in the lounge, though free WiFi is available in the rooms, lobby and main restaurant.
TV & radio: There is satellite television in all the rooms.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: All rooms have a flushing toilet and shower. A limited number of rooms also have a bathtub.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There is a first-aid kit kept on the property. For more serious incidents, Praslin Hospital in Baie St Anne offers 24-hour health care. There is also an ambulance available, with a helicopter for emergency transfers to Victoria Hospital on Mahé (daylight flights only). Medical staff speak French, English and Creole.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: The hotel has 24-hour security.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in the back office, kitchen, restaurants. There are no fire extinguishers in the rooms, but we are told they do have fire detectors.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Laundry facilities are available for an extra charge. At the time of our last visit in July 2015, charges varied from around SCR25 to SCR90 per item.
Money: There is an electronic safe in each room.
Accepted payment on location: Visa, MasterCard and Amex credit cards are accepted at Paradise Sun. Cash payments in Seychellois Rupees, Euro, US dollars and South African Rands are also accepted.