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Rosemary's Guesthouse
Ranked #8 of 15 Anse Volbert B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best location, charming accomodation”
Reviewed February 16, 2011

If you are not a "resort person" this accomodation is for you! The guesthouse is right on one of the most beautiful beaches of Praslin, on Cote d'Or. You just walk out from your room, take a few steps in the sand and get to the white sandy beach with a picturesque view to the nearby small islets. You can swim, walk or just lay in the sun on the gueshouse's sun chairs.
We have traveled around the island and had to admit that its location is one of the best. It is right next door to shops, restaurants, ATMs whatever you would need in Anse Volbert.
The rooms may seem a bit out of date, but really cozy. We chose the front floor room with a view to the garden, partially to the ocean but also to the new appartment building which is planned to open next month. In the new buliding you will get a full sea view, though at a higher price. Still it would worth it, since the location of Rosemary's is outstanding. Obviously you could go the neighbouring hotels for twice or rather triple the price to get the service and hotel feeling, but we indeed enjoyed the family atmosphere of Rosemary's. I think value for the money, is the best in Praslin!
You can enjoy the delicious breakfast in a beach hut with views to the ocean. They serve you tropical fruits, toasts with local jams and butter, accompanied by tea,coffee and juice. Really tasty and though it can be boring, they vary the choice of fruits daily, so you can always try another interesting taste in your mouth.
Rosemary's son Herbert is a very helpful and friendly host. He can arrange you car rental, cheap taxi and excursions.
Milka, the baby dog is the cutest animal around, she will approach you every day if you are kind to her, just like her mother who live in/around the property. If you don't like dogs, they stay away, so don't be afraid!
The negative point is the mosquitos. Though Herbert offered us insect repelllent and other stuff that helped, since there is no aircon in the room (indeed it is not needed for a good sleep temperature - fan and the sea wind helps a lot), you would need to keep the windows slightly open, thus bites are quite often.

All in all we had a great stay at the guesthouse. Unless you are for resort hotel feeling, you won't go wrong with Rosemary's!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank HeJa
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Torino
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

We arrived in Rosemary Guesthouse after 1 day on the other side of the island (avoid it! Cote d'Or is definetely the best side in Praslin, both for the beach and the restaurants).
Rosemary Guesthouse has nice rooms (we stayed at the first floor, front sea: if this room is available i suggest to choice it, it's the best in the gouesthouse), and furthermore the position is amazing: just on Cote d'Or, you can wake up in the morning and run alone in the beach (see attached photo!) before a nice breakfast with tropical fruits.
Herbert, Rosemary's son, is very kind and approachable, and can also arrange snorkeling trips with his friend James.
Definitely our best choice in Seychelles!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Mauro34
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Grenoble
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2010

We escaped Villa Flamboyant on the other side of the island after only 2 nights as we couldn't take it there. Found this place randomly while trying to find somewhere to stay, turned out to be great. Hébert, Rosemary's son, was pleased to take us in for 70 E per night (B&B, low season). He was very ready to help us with anything we needed, and gave us a choice of rooms. We took one upstairs on the lovely airy big terrace. The room was basic but bright, very airy and super clean, with a nice bathroom. Cleaned every day and sheets changed too. Unfortunately there were works going on in the really pretty garden (we think they're building another annexe..?) but it didn't bother us as you walk out a gate and you are right on Cote d'Or Beach, one of the most lovely on Praslin, and near all the little shops and takeaways (even though there are few on Praslin).
Breakfast was fine, fruit, toast jam and tea/coffee. Rosemary herself was a bit reserved, but Hébert was cool and chatted away with us and solved any problems/questions we had.
Overall, great value, superb location and friendly place. Watch your stuff on the beach though!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank It-Irl
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Gingins
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

We stayed at Rosemary's twice 3 days and we found the place confortable, manager Herbert friendly and ready to help and the environement outstanding for people who like to swim (in fact this is the only affordable place in Seychelles where you can confortably swim at any phase of tide on the beach few meters distant from your room). Note that there is also nice place for snorcheling on thee left side of the small private island some 500m from the shore. Rooms are clean and spacious and despite of close road the night is calm

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank blecha
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Lenexa, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2008

We just came back from Praslin where we expected to stay at Rosemary's as we had booked a room there for 3 nights via email correspondence with the owners.
Similar to the other reviewer here (and some other people that we had run into in Praslin), when we arrived at Rosemary's we were told that there was no room booked for us. Furthermore, we were asked if we had any proof that we had booked. Luckily, I had all the email correspondences with me but the manager (maybe owner?) accused me of not confirming after a confirmation email from them and told us that he had cancelled after no reconfirmation from me. We were flabbergasted that they would not apologize and even try to blame this on us even after we showed the confirmation email... As an added note, there was no mention of reconfirmation anywhere when we were in the process of booking.

The manager then suggested that we stay at this other guesthouse that had just opened up. As we didn't know what that guesthouse might be like, we wanted to call some other places that we had considered when looking for places to stay in Praslin. The guy volunteered to call and after calling told us that all the other places were fully booked (which we later found out that was a lie as well). With no other options at hand, and since we were pretty tired, we decided to give the new guesthouse (Peter Payer) a chance. The guesthouse itself was okay, but what irked us about the experience there is that we found out later from other locals that the new Peter Payer Guesthouse is actually owned by the same family as Rosemary's. It seems that Rosemary's is overbooking on purpose and trying to send people to the newly built Peter Payer. We ran into other people there who also experienced overbooking at Rosemary's.

I would not advise anyone to book with Rosemary's. The people who run it are insincere. Booking with them might just ruin your trip to paradise.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Service, booking policy, insincere people running the business
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank urigio
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Brussels
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

I'd like to warn all the travellers planning to stay in Rosemary's at Anse Volbert (Cote d'Or) as we had a terrible experience there.
We booked a double room there 3 weeks before our arrival by phone (after a previous email exchange). When we actually arrived at the front gate, exhausted after a long overnight flight from Europe and further travel from Mahe to Praslin, we were met by a young man (son of the owner, we were told later), who told us there is no room! That they are overbooked and that this happens even in Hilton sometimes! Very nasty suprise.
I admit things like this happen, but usually people are not turned away waiting on the street at the front gate and without a slightest appology or care!
If it wasn't for the taxi driver, who drove us there, we would be lost. He called an alternative B&B, negotiated the price for us, so we paid the same what we were expecting to pay at Rosemary's and on the top of everything he drove us to the new place! Practically he saved our holiday, great thanks to him...
During the 20 minute nightmare in front of Rosemary's main gate nobody from the guesthouse staff showed slightest regret for what happened with the overbooking. Nobody from the staff helped us or even tried to find alternative accommodation. Only the woman who runs or owns the place kept shouting angrily at the young guy in Creole, so we figured out this was not the first time booking were messed up! What a disaster! Don't stay there.

  • Liked — Hard to say. We only saw the front gate.
  • Disliked — The attitude and ignorance.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Hunbause
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Property: Rosemary's Guesthouse
Address: Cote d'Or, Anse Volbert, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Anse Volbert
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Ranked #8 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Anse Volbert
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Number of rooms: 9
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