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“Very good option on Praslin” 4 of 5 stars
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Iles des Palmes
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Anse Takamaka | Praslin Seychelles, Baie Ste Anne, Praslin Island, Seychelles   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Baie Ste Anne
Warszawa, Polska
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“Very good option on Praslin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

...and most likely the best value for money.
We arrived with 2 small kids and received and updrage vs the originially booked smaller house. The location of the houses is great. On the beach, near a small road, overall piece and quiet. The people were friendly, local staff provided us even with starfruits.
What was nice is that the apartments were cleaned everyday, even with dishes.
The kitchen was well-equiped, starting off with a v.good fridge:)

At the time we stayed the restaurant was not yet finished, the pool was 90% ready, but swimable already.

What was the main drawback is the lack of airconditioning or at least more efficent fans. The one we had in the bedroom was simply oldish and did not a lot in the v.hot days. 2nd, dependant on the weather were the algae. They were in the bay in bigger numbers than elsewhere on the island, making an early swim hard. Mind you, there was a nicer beach ~5min walk north.

If the price will not sky-rocket due to the availability of the pool and restaurant, the place will develop nicely. With air-con or best-in-class fans this will be a Praslin counter-offer to the overpriced hotels.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sezfree4u, General Manager at Iles des Palmes, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
We thank the Guest for this fair comment of our establishment. The restaurant is ready save for arrival of cutlery and glassware from Germany. We traveled to Munich last April to sort out the order, and insure that our guests will receive only the best quality. Our Executive Chef is on stand by. The Pool has now made a full conversion to salt and offers a nice swim and treatment for the skin.
On the a/c side, we are aware of this issue and we will do the necessary purchasing of solar a/c to keep cost of a stay at a reasonable level.

As for the algae, it is a seasonal issue and from time to time, it hits ever beach on Mahe Praslin La Digue. Usually we do get it in May and June. Then is lessens and moves to other beaches around Praslin,Mahe, La Digue. But there are always other beaches to frolic to and have a fantastic stay. No other destination has so many fantastic beaches as Praslin. Thank you for the comments, and I assure you, we will continue to do our best to deliver to you and all our guests a great eco product, with a fair price.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

My girlfriend and I were searching for a place to stay in Seychelles. We picked Praslin as the main island for our stay because friends tipped us that it is the main hub for island hopping and excursions. Mahe being mainly a gate of entry and exit. We followed their advise and booked 14 nights under special promotion at Iles Des Palmes Eco Resort. They have only 10 couple units, so we were very lucky to get the space for that length of stay. This place is magical. The hotel is set in a large estate owned by a Seychelles family, which we are delighted to support as they face many international branded companies with high and out of this world pricing. The bungalows were on the beach, and I must say for the price excellent value. The same unit in Seychelles can easily run you in the euro 300.00 mark. The units are large and have everything you need for a stay. Save money on getting a around, and rent bikes stay fit on holiday. You will love it. There is a new restaurant opening, it looks all exciting, too bad we arrived before the opening, but the added service will be a big plus to a hassle free holiday.

The house maids were a delight and absolutely pleasant. They are very simple people, but very nice and extremely professional in their job. Iles Des Palmes cannot be compared to any other establishment on Mahe or Praslin and La Digue, an alternate comparison just does not exist in Seychelles. We have really found a fantasitc place, with very nice caring people, we are definately returning not next year, but in the autumn/winter...

Room Tip: The bungalows are meters from the edge of the sea!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent 8 nights at Iles des Palmes and we felt extremely lucky to find such a place. Most of the guesthouses on Praslin are either on the busy road or far away from water. At Iles des Palmes - you have it all: waterfront and total serenity and privacy. It's a place where you can truly rest. Bungalows are very spacious and have everything you might need - from mosquito repellant to salt & pepper. Restaurants in Praslin are very expensive so if you don't want to spend a fortune, self-catering apartment is an option.

The owner is the nicest and kindest person we have met in Seychelles. He lives in one of the bungalows and was always ready to help us. When we arrived on Easter Sunday and were starving he took us with his car to the supermarket and to fisherman (the best one on the island) so we could do some shopping. He even gave us some stuff that we have forgotten to buy. Anything we needed he was accommodating it - even improving our view by asking gardner to cut some plants. We felt truly spoiled. :)
The place will even get better as there will be very soon the restaurant and swimming pool (all is built from local . You can also expect air conditioning coming powered by solar panels .
If you are looking for real, eco-friendly Seychelles - you won't find better.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We came to Iles Des Palmes after a long week on Mahe. On Mahe we were very unhappy with the hotel we stayed at. It was cramped, loud music and dogs barking all night. At one point my wife asked me why did we come here. I felt really bad. We made our onward journey, taking a ferry from Mahe to Praslin. The ferry was loaded with travelers, but as we left the port of Victoria, we passed by St. Anne island, then Cerf island, we started to relax. Arriving on Praslin we jumped into a taxi and the driver took us to Iles Des Palmes which is a 7 minute drive. When we arrived, we saw this big red granite building and thought it was our hotel. It was I learnt later, a Seychelles Heritage Site one of the last remaining cinnamon burners in Seychelles representing a plantation era gone by. The Iles Des Palmes is basically a hotel with scattered bungalows along the coast. Immediately we regained our senses our sense of space to breathe. There is a large coconut grove at the center of the property which seems to separate everyone from everything. It is delightful to see it has been preserved. The rooms were large bungalows made of timber and had a comfortable natural feel to it. The housekeeping staff was very efficient with their service and they took excellent care of us for our 5 nights there. We regret that we did not book longer, and just stay on Mahe for one night when flying back. Praslin is a totally different island. If it is space, peace, relaxation and nature you are looking for, I fully recommend this hotel. The price is very competitive for Seychelles, but I suspect as the fantastic restaurant and pool opens to the public next month, the nice price will disappear. I hope they keep their value for money approach. We booked three nights in La Digue, but after the first night, we rebooked back at Iles Des Palmes for 2 more nights. We will definitely come back next year.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sezfree4u, General Manager at Iles des Palmes, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
It is extremely encouraging for the staff and management of Iles Des Palmes to receive a positive assessment of a Guests stay with us. Such positive feedback reflects on our tireless effort to deliver to our guests a special product that has a fundamental ethos rooted on integrating nature in our product and not destroying it. In addition the Seychelles National Heritage Foundation has taken a great interest in the Six (6) sites on the property that have immense historical value that provide testimony to the great Plantation era, when this property under the previous owner was Praslin's main economic life line, from copra product to cinnamon vanilla, schooner building to ply the seas of the Indian Ocean and beyond. These assets and our tireless effort to meet guests expectations are given great injustice when lumped together with other establishments, that offer guests a fraction of what Iles Des Palmes does for the money. Thank you for your positive comment.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

My husband and I spent 9 nights there this month. We chose it because it was in walking distance to Bay St Anne and Anse Volbert and yet still quiet and located on the beach. Our unit (16) was located nicely under a tree that helped with shade during the heat of the day and hid the view of the docks across the bay. The bay has some nice swimming along the coast, but there is some sea grass you will touch (especially at low tide). You have to take the kayak or a taxi to get to reasonable snorkeling areas. We enjoyed having our own Chalet and the flexibility to cook our own meals. The grocery stores are limited, so it is advised if you are going to do a lot of your own cooking that you bring some groceries with you from Mahe. However, if you have a car or pay a taxi, you can get to several grocery stores on Praslin. The accommodation was clean, but there are some stains on the linens and a few bugs out in the kitchen especially at night. The staff were friendly and cleaned/did the dishes for us daily. The power was out for a few minutes a couple of times, but never stayed out for a long time. The fan provided some cool air, but there were a few nights we really wished for an air conditioner! Overall we were satisfied with the place as a great budget hotel to stay at.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sezfree4u, General Manager at Iles des Palmes, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
We thank Guest for this comment.
It is appreciative. We regret there were some stains on linen. We will address this with the Head of Housekeeping, Betty. She is doing an excellent job overall with her staff, they may have missed an item on this. However, it would have ben opportune for guest to advise Head of Housekeeping or the Reception of the error and it would have been corrected immediately.

Power outages have become a bit of a norm in the Month of March. But it is an issue for the Government. Meanwhile we are slowly moving our eco resort off the grid and replacing services with solar panels. The Garden lights are 100% solar panel based and provide over 200 lights at night until 6.am in the morning to light the beautiful area of Iles Des Palmes.

On the issue of bugs, we had a few flying ants in March. It is a seasonal thing, nothing unhygienic. They fly about attracted by lights at night. Each room is provided with a spray should things get out of hand.

On the issue of lack of air-conditioning, we have been tossing over this because to run air conditioners would tip the balance of our ethos of being an eco resort. Luckily, for us and our Guests along with nature, we have now identified solar air conditioners at a competitive price, that will allow us to place air conditioners in the bungalows at a nominal price to the establishment and nominal bottom line impact on the Guests pocket book. This project will be implemented as soon as our fantastic restaurant becomes operational and the pool and bar by the ocean beach side.

We thank you for your comments and valuable and fair critique.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

maybe it was just bad luck but that was the worst place we stayed during our trip. Overall it is what you get for the price you pay, but there was something wrong with electrivity and we spent whole night without it, so fans were not working and it was very hot, so the night was a complete nightmare. No one from reception said nothing like it was normal. But on the day of checkout they didn't hesitate to remind that we should leave before 10 or pay extra. We wanted to leave around 10:30 (just half an hour later) and I hinted that normally hotel should have a backup electricity plan (generator or something), lady from reception just told that it is not their fault.
Location is also doubtful - you definetely need a car as one can't swim near the hotel, it is like a bay and lots of seaweed around.
My advise - look for other options.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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sezfree4u, General Manager at Iles des Palmes, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
We are indeed sadden by such a review. Our staff and management, work hard to deliver an excellent eco resort product to our guests tirelessly. In spite of that effort, occasionally we get comments that are brash and insensitive to the community the guest holiday.

The issue of electricity outage is true. It last for over 10 hours on the night in question. The grid broke down on parts of Praslin. This is common and beyond our control as a small establishment. However, our 200 low brightness solar lights worked just fine to keep grounds alight.

Five star hotels have diesel generators to kick in when the grid fails. The room cost at those establishments are published at 800.00 euro a night. We do not compete in this category and the guest new that when he booked.The provider has advised the Public that their generators are old and operating beyond capacity. They are seeking new generators.

While the electricity cut was irritable to our Ukraine guests, other guests told me it was a perfect night to view the magnificence of the open clear skies full of stars they have never seen.

Sometimes the glass is half full, sometimes it is half empty.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We have just returned from our fourth two week holidays at Iles des Palmes and we were pleased and happy with our bungalow at "Pirate's Cove" as we were all the times before.

Compared to many other accomodations in Seychelles it is a beautiful, quiet and peaceful place with 10 small and some bigger bungalows nestled along the sea in a huge coconut plantage.

Maybe for some guests the location is a little bit remote, but we love it exactly for this reason and its privacy, even if it takes some effort to get all the drinking water and food to the bungalow. It is still in walking distance (ca. 30 min. along the beach) to the village of Baie St. Anne with small shops, fresh fish, a bank a.s.o. Also the beach of Anse la Blague - which is a good snorkeling spot - is reachable within 25 min. walk. A bus which connects the hotel with the rest of the island stops in front of the reception.

The bungalows are furnished simply but very clean, tastefully and comfortable. A kitchen with all cooking utensils is provided, the bed and warderobe are seperated from the living area by a slidedoor. If you are in need of anything, just let the reception ladies know and it will be there by the next day.

There is no aircon and no TV, which is a really big plus because no one does get disturbed by any noise from nearby bungalows. From the well equipped terrace you have a beautiful view over the bay and you just hear the birds and the ripple of the sea in front of you. The beach is sometimes covered with seaweed and disappears at high tide, baby sharks and sandrays are often to be seen.

The staff at the reception are always very friendly, reliable and helpful, about some local issues they could be informed a little bit better. The charming housekeeping ladies Betty and her colleagues are making up the rooms daily and decorate them nicely with fresh hibiscus flowers. Thank you for that!

There are also around 10 giant tortoises on the premises, which love to get fed with some mangoes or fruits. A new restaurant, pool and a bar are under construction and almost finished.

All in all Iles des Palmes is a place where you can really have a pleasant, recreative and relaxing holiday without any kind of superfluous stuff. Already now we are looking forward to going there again.

At the end one proposal: Guests, who arrive on sundays where all the shops are closed would be grateful to find some fruits or bisquits in their bungalows for a first little snack or breakfast after a 24 hours trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Anse Takamaka | Praslin Seychelles, Baie Ste Anne, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Baie Ste Anne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Baie Ste Anne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iles des Palmes 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iles des Palmes bungalows is a premier Eco resort establishment with 20 cosy beach bungalows set out in a 18th century plantation. A large and peaceful garden just meters from the long and white sandy beach of anse takamaka on Praslin island.A pool and bar offer excellent vistas over the ocean. Restaurant Le Vasseur La Buse offers excellent Creole and international cuisine..Detached beach bungalows are typically designed in a Creole manner and fully equipped with all the necessary facilities and amenities for a pleasant stay.All Family units have kitchens. couple units we recommend B&b options.Iles des Palmes Bungalows are split into two different types of accommodations: ... more   less 
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