Coco de Mer - Black Parrot Suites
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coco de Mer - Black Parrot Suites Anse Bois de Rose
We went to the Black Parrot for our honeymoon expecting a luxurious, top- of-the-range hotel, especially when we consider how much we paid for it. The reality was that it is just a good hotel, certainly nothing fancy. I had no problems with the cleanliness, but the staff could be unfriendly, to the point of rude on occasions. My biggest problem was with the food. The second night we had to eat at the Coco De Mer as the kitchen was closed in the Black Parrot and it was the same food as we had been given the evening before. The lack of choice was staggering, particularly on the lunch menu. The especially annoying part was the menu was (slightly) better at the Coco De Mer, even though it was cheaper to stay there.
I generally felt that the hotel and its staff just needed to polish things up a bit on the edges, snile at the guests, offer a better menu choice, not close the bar at 10.30. It has the makings of a good hotel, you just get the feeling that they can't be bothered.
Absolutely Terrible for a 4 star hotel
We stayed for 12 days in August. Food was bland and repetitive, the wine terrible and more often than not off. Ants in the dining room and on the tables. Staff helpful but helpless and impotent. Rooms sparsely furnished, poor state of repair in many places. Extremely expensive for what you get, facilities are antiquitated and the small gym equipment positively old and dangerous. I would not recommend this hotel to my worst enemy, it was a complete dissapointment and in our view should be downgraded to a 3 star at best.
Great for weddings
We stayed at the Black Parrot Suites in August 2005 and got married there as well. Our wedding ceremony was perfect - and everything else as well.
The hotel manager organised our wedding very nicely and everything was so pretty, our room was decorated with flowers and I will always remember it as one of the best days in my life.
I'm actually shocked to read that the hotel seems to be rather awful during rain, we only had one day of rain during our stay and our roof didn't leak. The staff usually was very helpful.
It's true that the Black Parrot doesn't offer over the top luxury, but we didn't mind because to us it was a romantic hotel with spacious suites, amazing view and the food was quite good as well. I didn't notice many insects, only the occasional lizard, which we didn't mind.
The hotel has certainly seen better days, but in my opinion it does only add to it's charm that the paint is fading at certain spots - I liked it a lot and we had a fantastic honeymoon.
A complete fraud as a luxury hotel
We stayed at the black parrot Suites in June 2005, it was the worst travel experience of any hotel we have had to date. For eight days it rained causing all but 2 of the 12 suites to have severely leaking roofs. The South African owners/management were indifferent to our plight and we along with many other couples endured dangerous conditions in terms of constantly wet floors throughout the rooms and bar area, including dripping water onto electrical ceiling fans and televisions. Wine was often unpalatable, there was an abundance of insects/ants on your dining table living underneath each place mat which had to be cleared before you could sit. Bar bills were often different although the same drinks were consumed this appeared to depend upon who was serving at the bar. In our opinion this hotel is not a four/five star by any stretch of the imagination, and is clearly not reviewed often enough by British tour operators as it is a complete fraud and not worth anything like the fees charged to stay here. A nightmare experience.
We stayed in the Black Parrott Suites for a week in May 2005 and got married there as well. The staff were fantastic, so helpful and couldn't do enough for us and our wedding. The hotel was small and intimate and added to the honeymoon feeling.
The food and drinks were great, if a little expensive, and were a good mix of international and local cuisine. We were not disappointed and hope to go back one day and celebrate our anniversary there.
Beautiful, quiet, perfect
We stayed here for 8 nights and had a wonderful time. It's very quiet and intimate, only 12 suites and people do keep themselves to themselves. most people seemed to be on honeymoon or getting married.
The restaurant was great - a la carte every night and included a good mix of international and local dishes and varied daily. Service was superb and the staff were very friendly, helpful and kind.
The pool is great and very quite - a lot of people tend to go off during the day to visit other places on Praslin and it's beaches, but everyone was normally back for the complimentary tea and home made biscuits served late afternoon!
I can't tell you how pretty this place is, just stunning and views from our room and infact all rooms were wonderful.
The rooms were very large and were spotless and they were decorated daily with local flowers. Bed was very comfortable.
If you want a quiet, romantic holiday then this is the place. Not for familes or those looking for a sociable holiday.
How good was it here? I cried when we left!
this may be an old review but just found Tripadvisor, stayed at the Black P for 7 nights in April 2003 where I got married, and, what a lovely wedding it was aswell so well done and a great location.
The hotel itself is very small 12 rooms which are lovely with great views, small pool only for the residents of the BP and a very small restaurant and bar, the breakfast was great but evening meals a little repetative and as for the drinks, wow, what a price but you are in the Seychelles
The beach, which is shared with the Coco-d-mer was disappointing with alot of weed so we used the free mini bus to Anse Lazio which was stunning and the snorkelling was out of this world.
Another nice area to visit is in the other direction, forgot the name of the beach but come out of the hotel and turn right and catch the bus to the next beach,about 15mins and boy what a ride, old bus! steep hills! makes it fun! what a beutiful place, great diving at the Octopus school a few little shops but what a beach and again the fish fantastic snork'ling was brilliant
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Couldn't believe it was a 4 star!
Stayed for one week in Sept 2004. Was very disappointed with it, though it wasn't terrible. The staff seemed very unfriendly on average, only two members were polite and helpful, I found some of them to be downright rude!.
The location is beautiful and the laidback atmosphere is awesome but there isn't much to do, no shops as much and the food though lovely was repetitive.
There was a well stocked library, extra slow internet and some watersports available.
Its such a pity because it is a beautiful place and with a bit of vision it could be a well run hotel. I was disappointed that I spent so much money on getting there and felt very let down by this 'island paradise'.
We stayed at Coco de Mer hotel in November 2004. I thought that it is 4 star hotel but I was a bit disappointed.
One day they run out of towels at 1.30 PM and we were told that we would get towels around 3 PM. It is not good if you want to have shower and there are no towels in your room.
The food is very repetitive (and we were there just for a week). I can't imagine if we were staying there longer.
The beach is full of seaweed so snorkling is nearly impossible. The hotel provides a bus 3 times per week to the most beautiful beach on Praslin (they say it is the most beautiful beach in the world) - Anse Lazio. Very nice beach, perfect for snorkling and swimming. There is a restaurant Bonbon Plume - be aware of the prices, very expensive and the food was not that good. Next time we would try the other restaurant (I don't know the name).
There are no shops near the hotel and I think it reflects in the price of the drinks. For 1 litre of fruit juice you pay 60 rupees in the hotel, in the shop it costs around 9 rupees. We took a taxi to a shop and we stock up on drinks (water, juices) which lasted until the end of our holiday.
I spoke to a few people who were disappointed with the Coco de Mer hotel aswell. We would not give it 4 stars. Comparing to other hotels in the Seychelles I would give it 3 stars.
We stayed here for a week as part of our honeymoon and it was perfect.
The staff were incredibly friendly, food was fantastic and the views were great. Very quiet and peaceful a great place to relax
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