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Travel Blogs from Praslin Island
... creatures, but I am sure you can use your imagination.
b) Coco de Mer: Found only on Praslin in the rainforest of the Vallie De Mer (UNESCO site) the world's largest and very rare seed is an odd form, being the shape and size of a woman's disembodied derriere on one side, and a woman's belly and thighs on the other side. Legend has it that this was the "tree of knowledge" or as others thought it was the "tree of fertility".
... a stretch. Scenic? You bet! Sensually so; it's a psychedelic ride on magic mushrooms. But dangerous? Yes, and made more so by the bus drivers careering at crazy speeds across the roads in their black-smoke-belching Tata buses that shatter island serenity and the occasional life.
Dominic, the Chief of the Seychelles Rescue Coordination Centre, rang me this morning. He has been arranging next week’s seminars, three of them, one for ...
... authentic and improved Garden of Eden. I recall that Eden has been said to have been betwixt the Tigress and the Euphrates rivers. As (mis) chance would have it, I
have wandered extensively between those rivers and aside from watered vegetable gardens, have seen scant evidence of plant growth let alone anything lush and Eden-like. Still, climate change over the millennia might account for that. The Seychelles tourist authority suggests, contrarily but ...
Hello again from Paradise Hotel. A few of us are spending our last day here to get away from the mosquitoes and drink some nice cocktails on the beach (and use their internet facility of course!). I can't believe this is my last day. It does feel like I've been here forever, but now looking back on it it seems to have gone fast.
We've had quite a relaxed week this week, doing some snorkelling (a survey ...
... rain every day, mainly at night, but this last week the dry season seems to have kicked in and it's been really scorching. The temperature doesn't seem to fluctuate more than between 29 - 31 degrees, but the humidity ranges from about 75% to 95%, and boy has it been humid! I think I've lost my body weight in sweat every day (and that's highly attractive I can tell you!). I've suffered from overheating a bit this week and had to take to my bed a couple ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel L'Archipel Praslin Island
We stayed here for the second week of our honeymoon, the first week spent on safari and this was just the rest and relaxation we needed...
Beautiful setting and fantastic friendly staff...the food was great after reading the previous review about the creaole buffet was slightly hesitant, but needn't have been it was fantastic, made even better by a table on the beach!
The beach was amazing and the sea crystal clear and warm, good for snorkelling too...!
Lots of honeymooners which created a very romantic atmosphere, altogether we had a great time and a lovely week....
Elegant Chill Out
We spent the first week of our honeymoon unwinding here. Elegant and smart rooms, with verandahs overlooking the peaceful private beach. The pool is quiet (hooray, no kids!) and the whole place so tranquil. All meals are so relaxed and the service good - our blood pressure halved at L'Archipel. Highly recommended.
We have just returned from our honeymoon at L'Archipel (June 06)
Great hotel - bad food
We went for our honeymoon and it was so perfect and idyllic. the rooms are lovely, the walkways filled with beautiful scented plants, lovely service.
My only complaint is the food was very average and far worse than one might expect. Breakfast was lovely and the lunch fare good too but dinner consisted of several nights of buffet, pretty indedible soups and average mains considering i would of thought fresh fish was abundant. They served with such flair (silver trays etc) we have expected more.
This is a truly excellent hotel - a real gem. It sets the standard for how a first class hotel should be run. Such is the comfort, ambience, service and hospitality at L'Archipel, it is hard to imagine better value for money anywhere else in the Seychelles. Attention to detail, friendly, helpful and polite staff who make you feel you are an honoured and special guest, impeccable service, spacious quality accommodation and a stunning setting - we couldn't envisage a better place to spend a quiet relaxing holiday in a cosseted environment.
We have just returned from a 12 night honeymoon at l'archipel.
Couldn't agree more with the other reviews. My wife and I spent 10 nights in August at L'Archipel on honeymoon and loved every minute. The rooms, the restaurant, the infinity-edge pool and the beach (wow!) are all amazing. And the staff can't do enough for you, but in a really unintrusive way.
We arrived at L'Archipel from Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove on Mahe so it had a lot to live up to! The worst thing about this hotel is some of the service and the staff - they appear to belong to another era! They tell you what to do and how to do it - no - we are on holiday and we will do what we want when we want! The restaurant service is hilarious - especially the serving of soup and the synchrinosed removal of domes from the main dishes not to mention the "fancy biscuits".
My husband and I just got back from a 6 night stay in L'Archipel in Praslin. This hotel is simply amazing for a variety of reasons:-
We unexpectedly stayed here on our honeymoon in 2002. We'd booked at La Reserve [see end] - but unfortunately a storm had caused a palm tree to fall on the room we were due to stay in. We were really annoyed that we hadn't been told in advance and begrudgingly accepted L'Archipel as long as we could swap later on.