Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden

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Katina Pr
4 contributions
Couples
Way better than the botanical garden in Victoria! There are so many more plants to see with description of the name and function of every single plant. Very beautiful to stroll around while also learning some new things. There is even a little rainforest path! I very much recommend the garden, just avoid the restaurant if you dont want to have extremely overprized food.
Written February 10, 2022
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agoodley
Dubai, United Arab Emirates95 contributions
Family
Walking up, it felt like the opening scene from an Agatha Christie book - a grand old plantation from circa 1855, in the owner’s family for 5 generations. We were greeted by the owner herself and made to feel so welcome (despite having 3 small, loud children). We spent the full
morning here and loved every historic minute spent climbing hills, viewing animals (Including giant tortoises), hiking in the woods and playing hide and go seek in all the acerage. We got a little lost in the extensive grounds with every type of fruit and spice tree you can imagine!

Highlights: giant tortoises, a glimpse into the past, the owner, the hiking trails, (the only place on Mahe in early August open with turtles)

Cons: up a steep one way road; hard to find

Remember: bring 125 scr (around $5 I think) for entry pp; lunch is only served at fixed hours 12-2 I think

Summary: I’ve been to Mahe and neighbouring islands many times, and on this trip of 6 weeks, I think this was my favourite. It is a truly special place, off the beaten tourist path. Really one of the most unique, quirky sights in the Seyschelles (which is saying a lot as there are so many). We will return!
Written August 17, 2020
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Katie P
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates73 contributions
Couples
The first thing to say is that yes this place is hard to find but frankly, I think signage across the Seychelles is a bit of hit and miss so really it's all part of the adventure. The road to reach the gardens is also extraordinarily steep, but again so are many of the roads in the Seychelles, so it's all part of the package. As mentioned in other reviews, there is an entry fee that can be paid, in cash, in local currency or euro. Given what it would take to maintain the grounds and given that I don't believe they receive government funding, we thought it was reasonable priced. We had a great time wandering round seeing all the plants and learning more about the medicinal varieties. Some of the paths are steep so be mindful if you have mobility challenges or small children. The giant tortoises were amazing to see and were clearly used to people feeding them hence them trying to put their head through the fence to get closer. The whole place was just beautiful to wander through and we spent about an hour strolling about. We had lunch at the cafe and the meal was one of the best we had. Everything was fresh, service was lovely and the views breathtaking. We thoroughly enjoyed this place!
Written April 17, 2021
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arkinssonwifey
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Couples
First off, they charge you an entrance fee of 150 SCR and give you a paper map that a 6-year old drew while watching cartoons and eating jelly beans, after that they insist you start in a specific direction (essentially someone came after us and insisted we were on the wrong path).
Secondly, the pathway wasn't very well marked and what really bothered me was the multiple giant tortoises kept in a stinky 50-square meter pen.
Thirdly, and most annoyingly, the prices on their menu are without VAT and they also add a service charge (no one tells you this before ordering)...never have I ever experienced such a rip-off with a smile on their faces. (850 SCR for two drinks and a couple of pancakes with ice cream)

Total waste of time and money, to be avoided.
Written April 27, 2022
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Analyn
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
Coming here was an adventure and a hassle for us as we drove 45 minutes around not knowing where it was and google maps couldn't help us either. We asked locals who were soo friendly and helped us to find it and the steep road to get there was dangerous to drive and we scratched our rental car and the mirror because the road was so small and the lady driver refused to grant us space to pass so we were forced to drive against a metal fence!! So after all this hassle we finally reached on top scared for our safety and were exploring the entrance and the garden when a lady asked us if she can help us. We said that we are looking for the Jardin du Roi and she said that well need a map and that shell give it to us for a fee of 120 Rupees per person. So after taking all the stress to reach to this garden with almost no signs on the street, we paid and spent 1 hour at the garden... well the garden itself is nice, not bad but at the end we were totally exhausted by the travel to get there...
Written January 3, 2021
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tam5ina
London, UK16 contributions
Couples
We loved our visit to the garden - it’s an absolutely charming place with lots to see and learn, and rustic charm aplenty. The owner is an incredibly interesting lady who has travelled far and wide, so try and have a chat with her if she’s there doing the entrance tickets. The restaurant is also fantastic with gorgeous local food - Jardin du Roi is well worth a visit if you can manage to drive up the steep road to reach it :-)
Written February 7, 2020
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Mrs PGSKzv
London, UK80 contributions
Family
We started in the cafe enjoying the pancakes , lovely selection , however pancakes were cold which was a shame.

The walk around the garden was beautiful . So many incredible plants to look at and read about .

The view is phenomenal, a couple were planning their wedding , and you can feel how special the place is .

Really immerse yourself in the beauty of this lovely find .
Written May 10, 2022
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Roi Eshel
Bat Yam, Israel997 contributions
I like seeing beautiful strange new plants and fruit. Unfortunately I felt that the Spice Garden fell short on the experience I usually get in such places.

We took a map of the place and started touring the place. We saw some interesting trees but most of them had no fruit at all. We couldn't even imagine how the fruit would look like because there were no signs with pictures next to the trees. There was no order or clear paths. Trees from different kinds were planted next to each other. We were looking for numbers everywhere and trying to translate them. The paths were not paved so we just walked between the trees and didn't know if we got to see everything or not.

Seemed like it could have been better organized to improve the experience.
Written July 17, 2021
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travel_a_lot_2012
oslo8 contributions
Like others also have reviewed the animals are not well kept and what triggered me was how the turtles were doing. In a very small enclosure. One of the turtles looked like it wanted to escape with its head and front legs out of the enclosure, looked like it was getting trapped. A child tried to feed it outside of the enclosure which even worsened the situation which i tried to bring up the the mother but she was too busy filming the wonderful meeting.. look i know many dont see what is going on and im sorry if i ruined a planned experience with turtles. But please for the sake of the turtles go see the ones who are wild or ATLEAST in much better conditions than here. (On la digue you can meet wild giant turtles for instance). The map of the spices were very confusing and i asked about a particular plant. Instead of actually just showing me where it was they tried to explain for ages where it was, and what was also really strange was the colonial house which would have been an amazing experience of the past as it was when stepping up on the poch to enter, but the house is praivetly owned and so there are a lot of family photos and new things there disturbing the kind of feeling visiting this house could achieved. I also opened a door and turned out this was a second half of the house which was not for visitors. Would have been good with a sign or that the door was locked. In other words not a very well organised or thought through place. Gift shop was relaly nice with quality things but its not like i went wild in there as i didnt want to support the business and animal maltreatment. Cafe very expensive which i wouldnt have minded as the cafe itself was beautiful, but that just became to be another annoyance on the list after seeing the turtles
Written February 16, 2020
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Julie C
Market Harborough, UK100 contributions
Couples
A really interesting experience. Lovely restaurant with exceptional views. Trees and plants well labelled so we learned a lot. Lots of bird life too which was a bonus. Recommend decent walking boots if you want to see the Ylang Ylang tree too.
Written July 22, 2022
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