Our stay in La Digue was part of a special anniversary holiday (in the second 2 weeks of May), so our requirements and expectations were pretty high. We wanted peace and quiet, natural beauty, beaches, and bit of luxury as well.
We were pointed towards L’Orangeraie by the travel agents we used (Seyexclusive) after we’d talked through what we wanted with them.
We were absolutely blown away by pretty well everything about this hotel.
We stayed in a Villa de Charme room suite, which is done in a Balinese style, and is located more or less in the jungle - just beautiful (take a look at the pictures on the hotel website). They are situated on the side of a hill in jungle, and they have a large balcony, from which we could watch the sun setting over the sea through the tropical trees, as fruit bats soared across our field of view - breathtaking (there are some mosquitos though, so you need to use insect repellent - we didn’t expect mossies, so we didn’t bring any, but we were able to buy some at the local chemist).
The bars and restaurants are located in a small complex right on the sea side, about 100m from the rooms (they have electric buggies to take you to and from the room if you don’t fancy walking). We were able to get a table right next to the sea every night, and watch the fish swimming in the lights.
Food was really excellent. We always took the buffet option, which seemed to be the option of choice for most of the other guests. Breakfast was excellent – cook doing fresh omelettes etc - as well as huge range of continental and cooked stuff. Evening meals also really good - big choice of fish and meat, and barbecued stuff every night.
We found all the staff extremely friendly and helpful (for example, setting up an extra table outside next to the sea when all the preset tables were taken).
Even if you don’t stay at L’Orangerie, if you love peace and quiet and natural beauty, La Digue is absolutely stunning. Firstly, there’s virtually no traffic on this tiny island, and bicycles or walking are the normal ways of getting about. There’s a beach about 1 km from the hotel which has the most amazing coral reef – literally hundreds of the most incredibly coloured and shaped fish, and absolutely huge, and really easy to see snorkelling: you don’t have to do sub-aqua. Secondly, even if you’re not a beach bum, the beaches are really unusually beautiful, with the characteristic huge sculpted granite stones (look on google – and they’re even more incredible in reality). And lastly, the island is quite hilly, so the landscape is much more interesting than many very flat beach locations – again, look on google.
L’Orangeraie provide free bikes and snorkelling gear, so it’s really easy to get about and sample snorkelling at the different beaches.
There’s a very nice 25m pool area (infinity pool) if you like that kind of thing (we only used it for exercise) and sunbathing area.
Overall we were extremely satisfied. Literally, the only improvement we could suggest is that some more intense light is provided in the rooms, for when you need it (eg packing).
One other thing to mention is our travel agent, Seyexclusive. We must have been a real pain as customers, because we wanted to explore lots of options, and we ended up with a really complicated itinerary, spending most of our time on La Digue, but also then going to 2 different places on Mahe, so we had hire cars at different times, ferries, etc. But they were absolutely brilliant – unfailingly patient, got us the best deals (I checked myself), and most importantly, they got us fantastic places (including L’Orangeraie) that more than met our requirements. And all the arrangements worked perfectly. Thanks guys!!
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