We stayed one night at La Reserve on our tour of the Seychelles. This hotel is nice, but it has just been bought by a new owner, so things are in a bit of state of flux, as changes are made.
Our room was very spacious, and has been described quite well by other reviewers. The mirrors in the bathroom slide, so when you see the mirror is not directly in front of the sink, all you have to do is slide the mirror to whatever position you want. None of the plugs in the room handled US style plugs without a converter.
There is mosquito netting over the bed, but we didn't need it. What was a bit strange though, was that to get into the ground floor room from the beach side, you had to climb a set of stairs halfway to the 2nd level, and then descend more stairs back to the ground level and the door to the room. Very strange, and quite a chore for my companion who was having trouble walking.
The pool is very big and has a swim up bar (the first one we had seen in the Seychelles). We were surprised that they serve drinks in actual glass glasses. In the Caribbean, they use plastic glasses, to lessen the danger from breakage. There is a waterfall from the top of the big [fake] rock in the pool, and I was surprised to find that they had turned it off after we had walked by it earlier. Then, a bit later, it was turned on again. The pool has multiple depths. And we found that there weren't many chairs/lounges around the pool. I ended up pulling 2 lounge chairs from one location in the sun with no umbrella, to another place underneath a bare umbrella. Perhaps many chairs had been appropriated for the party for the new owner which was being held at the pool at dinnertime.
The beach had a lot of seaweed when we were there, but it was explained that from Nov. to April, the winds cause the seaweed to accumulate. The rest of the year, the beach doesn't have this problem. This appears to be true, as Paradise Sun Hotel (where we also stayed) is right around the point from Las Reserve [different wind direction] and didn't have this problem at this time, but later in the year would have this problem. Check with the hotel about the seaweed conditions when you will be there before you book.
Currently there is only WiFi in the lobby area, but they said free WiFi will be coming during the renovation. There are several computer terminals (2?) in the business center which are available for use. Unfortunately, the one I tried to use had a US keyboard, but was wired as a French keyboard. Therefore certain letters were transposed (didn't come out as expected), and punctuation was a nightmare.
The meals we ate there were satisfactory. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, long pants are required for men at night.
- Also Known As:
- La Reserve Praslin Island
- Hotel La Reserve
- La Reserve Seychelles
- La Reserve Hotel Seychelles/Praslin Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover warm hospitality and Luxury at Le Domaine de La Reserve, a hotel on the north east of Praslin in a National Marine park. Our intimate beachfront hotel is a rare gem surrounded by unobstructed and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.Located on a private estate with its very own private beach in the secluded bay of Anse Petite Cour, Le Domaine de la Reserve is reputed to be a leading hotel of the Seychelles. ... more less
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