For our honeymoon my wife and I wanted to do something special so we spent seven nights at the Constance Lemuria resort. Overall I found the resort very nice and some of the amenities wonderful but I don't believe my wife and I will be attending again simply because of our tastes. I think this resort is wonderful for families or possibly older couples but if you are easily bored and don't play golf I'd recommend going elsewhere or only staying for 2-3 nights at most.
In terms of the facilities (including rooms, equipment and other amenities) it was a bit of mixed bag for us. I booked a senior suite because I wanted use of the in-room Jacuzzi but upon arrival found the Jacuzzi completely broken. My wife and I also wanted to make use of the bikes to ride around and explore the island some but the bikes overall were in average to poor condition and there were very few "female" bikes--all seats were narrow and even with all the biking we did we found the riding uncomfortable. What was really surprising is that there was no water bottle holders--for the heat and the climate you really want water with you so to not have the ability to carry it was surprising. To the credit of the service of the hotel, which I really did find excellent, when I emailed about this I was called by the hotel manager within two hours and things were promptly fixed. The entire Jacuzzi motor was replaced, bikes were outfitted for us and other items offered that I considered the response more than appropriate.
In terms of other amenities the room was large and cleaned each day and we found the beds comfortable and the showers nice although consistent hot water was a problem until we mentioned this issue (which was again fixed within the day). The in-room entertainment was some of the best I've seen at any resort--Lemuria uses Mac minis for streaming media and TV and their selection of free movies was extensive and easy to use. In room wireless also worked without issue and while I don't think I'd do a consistent video chat internet is good enough to do email, voice Skype and web browsing. Another highlight is the Shiseido spa which while pricy does offer some wonderful massages and a great environment to have them done in. The strength of the massage is light so if you've travelled to Asia and are used to strong massages be sure to request this when filling out the health form otherwise you might be a bit disappointed. The workout facilities were also a pleasant surprise to me; for a small island they had modern fitness equipment and a large room to work out in; the only issue for me was not enough weights but I think for 95% of the world the equipment is fine (I had the bench press at full stack and it still wasn't enough but I've had that happen quite a few places).
As far as activities this is where you'll want to pay close attention to determine whether or not this resort is for you. If you golf the course at Lemuria is very challenging and one of the more beautiful courses I've played on and you'll enjoy it. Golf carts are a must given the steep hills and the rental equipment they had was fine (I had a mix of Cleveland irons and Callaway drivers in the bag provided, both more than adequate). In particular you'll enjoy holes 15 and 18--to me those are signature holes and you'll want to have a camera with you for some quick shots. Also be sure to bring water--I didn't see any options or carts selling water while on the course so if it isn't in your cart when you leave the pro shop you won't have any options again until the turn. With regard to the beach the water was fine and the beaches beautiful--in particular go to the "uninhabited" beach some 10 minutes away by golf cart as that was some of the nicest swimming my wife and I have ever done. You'll also find an abundance of beach chairs and towels so you won't have issues at other resorts about trying to find the right spot--every day we found something to our liking.
In terms of disappointments snorkeling comes top of mind but I can't hold the hotel responsible for this. My wife loves to snorkel and there was no real life to speak of around the hotel--all the coral was dead and there wasn't anything interesting to see (we found the Philippians much better). Unless you've never been in the water in your life and find any fish fascinating you'll be quickly bored and this is all due to the huge tsunami that happened in 2006 that destroyed most of the coral. Not the hotel's fault but not a selling point if you are looking for great snorkeling or diving so plan accordingly or plan to go on as many excursions to other islands as you can during your time there. My wife and I also sea kayaked each day to the "uninhabited" beach and only on our second to last day there were we admonished by the security staff as not being allowed to do that for our own safety. This was a particular sore spot to me and I complained about it as there were no signs or mention of this not being allowed and the staff just said "sorry, it is for your safety." This resort wraps you in a cotton towel 24/7 and if you like that you'll love Lemuria but if you like getting out and doing stuff again you'll be quickly bored.
Finally with regard to the food there are three main restaurants at the resort: the nightly buffet, the Seahorse restaurant and the beach bar and grill. We never attended the buffet so I can’t offer any feedback there but the beach bar and grill is very nice and we enjoyed the seafood there. The setting is also wonderful as you sit right on the rocks—only downside is there are three premier tables that allow you to watch the sunset and those book up quickly and it is recommended you reserve those tables 3-4 days in advance. The Seahorse restaurant is the best of the three and we ate their twice, once for the steak and lobster which was fine and another for our honeymoon dinner provided by the management and both times we were quite happy with the meal and service. You’ll definitely want to bring some dress clothes—I had slacks and button down shirts but my wife kept commenting on how dressed up many of the women were. Breakfast is a buffet provided each morning and it’s more than fine—eggs to order, other hot foods and plenty of bread and fruit options so no complaints there. Lunch is the weak point—there were not many good salad or wrap options if you didn’t want a full meal and I got bored of tuna sandwiches quickly and found myself heading out to local stores for food. If you find yourself at Lemuria for more than 2-3 days I’d also recommend going outside the resort and trying some of the restaurants in the Cote D'Or beach area—we had some fantastic seafood at a fraction of the price (note to people using taxis: there seem to be no meters and prices are arranged up front so be prepared for that).
Overall in terms of our experience I’m of two minds. The service was excellent and is the selling point of the resort; everything was taken care of and when I did have problems the service manager met with me directly and things “just happened” and for what you pay to stay here they should honestly. The sundowner drinks on the 18th hole of their golf course was a particularly nice touch—hats off to the team for that and my wife and I found it a wonderful experience and way to close out our honeymoon in the Seychelles. Also if you are a golfer you’ll love this resort—the course really is top notch but be careful of the tricky signage at the intersection of holes 14 and 18—it can be confusing which tee box to hit from. As far as everything else? Well honestly if you stay here a long time you’ll find yourself getting bored—between the impact of the 2006 tsunami and little coral or good snorkeling and diving and the lack of anything adventurous you’ll find yourself quickly bored. If I could do it again I’d shorten our visit—perhaps just 2-3 nights versus the seven we spent and I’d make more of an effort to get off the island.
If you are looking for nothing more than lying on the beach and having everything taken care of Lemuria is your place and you’ll have fond memories. If you have small children and are looking for a safe environment to take your kids yet still have a nice experience you’ll also like Lemuria. And if you golf every day you’ll love Lemuria. If you are more active however I’ve had better experiences at resorts in St. Lucia and in the Philippians in terms of the right mix of service, environment and activities which is why I only give this resort four out of a possible five.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the ultimate lifestyle hotel at the 5-star Constance Lemuria in the Seychelles. Enjoy the elegant luxury of the spacious suites and villas with views over the Indian Ocean. Unwind in swimming pools seemingly crafted by nature and let us indulge your passion for fine food, ultimate comfort and joyful excitement. Fully trained coordinators at the Constance Kids' Club will lead your children to trips of island exploration, culinary activities, scavenger hunts to name a few. Treat your senses at Spa de Constance or reconnect with your playful side on our 18-hole golf course, diving our stunning granite reef or enjoying the watersports and other activities on offer. We look forward to welcoming you soon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Constance Lemuria Resort Of Praslin, Seychelles Hotel Anse Kerlan
- Lemuria Hotel Anse Kerlan
- Lemuria Hotel Of Praslin
- Constance Lemuria Seychelles/Praslin Island