Praslin, P.O. Box 1346
Owner: Louis D'Offay
Number of Rooms / Suites: 23 / 7
(some measuring up to 150 sqm)
Rates: 424 Euros / 535 Euros (B/B Double)
520 Euros / 631 Euros (MAP Double)
(ATTN.: A price supplement applies
during the XMAS & NEWYEAR period
and MAP is then compulsory)
Access: Praslin is situated 40km N.E. of Mahé,
the main island. Twenty daily Air Seychelles flights
link the two islands within fifteen minutes. The "Cat
Cocos" runs three ferry crossings daily, and the
journeys last an hour.
International flying times:
- From London 10/12 hours
- From Paris 9 1/2 hours
- From Johannesburg 4 1/2 hours
Open All Year Round
No facilities for children under 3 years
or the handicapped
Choosing one's island is as important as choosing one's hotel. For those who know the
Seychelles well, Praslin is the perfect island. It has everything: the Vallée de Mai, a
botanical Eden which is the only one of its kind in the world, as many white-sand beaches
and coves as you need to be alone in the world including Anse Lazio, which may be the most
beautiful of them all. Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles, not too
big, not too small. It has two villages where people are friendly, where every day is a
beautiful day and where there are roads that can lead you to any part of the island within
an hour. Praslin has kept the big hotel complexes away; life still goes peacefully by,
braced by the gentle tropical trade winds. It is here, in the exceptional surroundings of
Anse Gouvernement, that I will be pleased to welcome you to L' Archipel.
The Hotel: Seclusion in the Heart of Everything
Do nothing, but do it well...
L'Archipel hotel is set in a large private estate totally dedicated to your enjoyment. The rooms are laid out in an amphitheatre of coconut trees and flowers facing the ocean. Two restaurants and a cocktail lounge await you on the beach and in the main building. Room service will make breakfast on your verandah, or any other wish possible. As for the cuisine, our chef adds his own personal touch, which he learnt from a famous French chef. The Creole menu is another memorable experience, exquisite local dishes, accompanied by a violinist who may surprise you with his spirited sega interpretation of Jingle Bells!
Windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, diving, snorkelling, cruises or visits to other islands on a private catamaran, anything is possible. Rent a car, or go beachcombing by helicopter to plan the next day's excursion - but only if you wish to leave the Hotel's idyllic private beach, where children and adults alike can relax on the gently-sloping white sand, lapped by the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. Saint-Pierre islet, a short boat trip away, offers superb snorkelling above the colourful sea bed where fish display a friendly curiosity to match your own.
Do everything, but do it better...
An Archipelago of 30 Deluxe Rooms and Private Suites
Each spacious room measures 40 m2 and has a sea-facing verandah. All of them have a shower, some have both a bathroom and shower, a dressing table, a safe, mini-bar, television, telephone, etc., with air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. They are either single or split-level with separate entrances to maintain privacy.
Seven luxurious individual suites, some measuring up to 150m2, are also available.
They are air-conditioned with ceiling fan and include a living room, a bedroom, a
bathroom, a shower room, walk-in wardrobe and a large verandah
for an intimate dinner or entertaining friends.
Praslin & the Seychelles
The second largest island of the Seychelles is Praslin which lies about 40 kilometers to the north east of Mahé, a mere 15 minutes flying time on one of the twenty daily flights linking the two islands. Praslin is not as mountainous as Mahé the highest point rising to around 330 metres, but it has similar granite outcrops surrounded by the most beautiful beaches and a coral reef. Anse Volbert or Cote d'Or, to the west of the island, are particularly beautiful and there are many other places where you can enjoy an entire beach to yourself. Diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, and fishing are possible both from Grand Anse and Anse Volbert.
The Coco de Mer, with its distinctive and unusually shaped nut is found in the prehistoric vegetation of the Vallee de Mai National Park - there are various nature trails in the park and around the island. The nature reserve islands of Cousin and Curieuse are easily visited on a boat excursion, whilst there are frequent daily ferry services across to LaDigue. Transport around the island is available by bus, or by bicycle/car rental and there is a growing number of small restaurants, particularly in the Cote d'Or area.
The Seychelles are what dreams are made of ... 115 astonishingly beautiful islands anchored 1,000 miles off the coast of East Africa and just 4 degrees south of the Equator. A tapestry of tropical forests, exotic plants and flowers, huge granite boulders and the most beautiful palm fringed beaches. Its relative isolation over the centuries has resulted in a unique ecology with many unusual species such as the giant land tortoises and rare birds.
The essence of a holiday in the Seychelles is a heady mixture of scenic beauty,
the friendliness of the languid, easy going local people, the piquant pleasures of
Creole cooking, the overall simplicity of a slower pace of life. No large resorts
here, little night life, but a holiday destination that will take away all those
workaday pressures and leave you relaxed and rested. The downside ? Well, it does rain
sometimes, mainly December/January/February, but that helps to keep the hillsides green.