The hotel is very nice. The rooms are large, comfortable and very tastefully decorated with TV (Euronews, BBC and a film channel) , fridge and safe. Each room has a balcony with table and chairs. The bathrooms are also large and have a bathtub.
Breakfast is fruit, great fresh juices, yogurt, crepes, french toast, cake, toast and scrambled eggs. You can order fried eggs or omelets extra. During the day, light snacks or lunch are available at the Beach Bar. The restaurant is open in the evenings and serves a buffet or 3 course meal along with an a`la Carte menu depending on the day. The ´a la Carte menu is reasonably priced and offers everything from salads to pasta to meat and fish entrees....all well prepared and attractively served.
The hotel has a small pool with comfortable lounge chairs...just right for cooling off . The beach is directly in front of the hotel ..also with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. The beach is kept clean and it is a DREAM....perfect for children (shallow and sandy). You can take along walk in either direction along the beach.
There is a small village about 5 minutes from the hotel where you can buy drinks and snacks. It is really easy to travel around the island by bus, but it may be a life-threatening situation. Taxis are also available....agree on a price before you start! We paid 250 rupies for a round trip from Cote Dór to Zimbabwe (the "mountain" on the island). My husband had to go to the doctor...we do NOT recommend the local doctor....go to the hospital in Baie St Anne! We paid almost as much for the taxi as we did for the doctor because we were in a hurry and forgot to agree on the taxi price! We bought a lot of men´s shorts on the island...they are copies of a known brand and GREAT...at a fraction of the original price. We also bought normal men´s shorts very inexpensively...a huge selection at very good prices.
The weather is beautiful, the water warm, the people are nice. The only downside is that there really isn´t much to do on the island....bring lots of books to read. Some hotels offer entertainment at night, but it isn´t public ´knowledge what is going on when. It would have been nice to be able to rent a sailboat or kayak, but you can only do this if your hotel offers it, which Acajou doesn´t. We would have liked to have played mini golf or boules, but that wasn´t available either and there is no village life to speak of ...like in Italy or Spain. You can rent bikes...rather good mountain bikes at the little museum almost across from Acajou for 10 Euros a day ( much cheaper than from the hotel) and you can take a boat tour to Anse Georgette or around the island much cheaper from the young men in Cote DÓr or the ones who come along the beach offering their boat rides. We paid 900 Rupies (45 Euros) for 2 people for 3hrs on the boat. A MUST is a visit and guided tour of Val de Mai...the plants are amazing and the facts are very interesting. You can also take the bus to Anse Kerlan and go thru the Golf Course there if you make arrangements in advance via Acajou´s reception. It is a nice walk thru the golf course to Anse Georgette....but the waves are usually MASSIVE and not recommended for children. It is one of the nicest beaches on the island though and when you leave, you can stop at the golf course bar for a drink.
In the evenings we ate at local restaurants....there is a great buffet at a small restaurant that you really have to look for (during the day) look for a sign for Home Cooking Creole Buffet and then go down the driveway to the restaurant. The buffet is 25 Euros and is quite good and includes dessert. The best restaurant we found was Cafe DÁrts...a bit expensive, but worth it. La Pecheur was also ok...but not the fresh fish of the day with Creole sauce...it was ketchup! The Octopus curry was good and so were most of the other entrees and starters Another option is to ask the couple at the little museum across from Acajou for Home Cooking ...they will barbeque fish caught that day by the man of the house and serve some nice salads or 25 Euros per person but we had to pay extra for ice cream for dessert! If you go out at night, be sure to have a flashlight or, better, blinking headlamps...there are no street lights and the people are crazy drivers!
Unfortunately, the ferry to Mahe is 40 Euros for each person each way, so you are more or less stuck on the Praslin. We could spend 2 hrs in Victoria before flying home and it was enough to visit the market, but it would have been nice to take a tour around the island and visit some of the attractions. The Mahe island tours are not possible if you come there with the ferry, because the last ferry to Praslin is at 16U...the ferries don´t run after dark!
All in all, I think it is best to do a sailing-snorkel tour for 5 or 6 days ( including visit to La Dique), then spend 3 days on Praslin and another 3 or 4 days on Mahe.
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