My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Black Parrot in August. We stayed in room 508, which was a corner room with two beautiful views (most rooms face one direction or another). The balcony was a perfect place to take in the sun and sound of the ocean each morning, with two very comfortable chairs. The room itself was very clean and modern - the bed was extremely comfortable, and housekeeping was fantastic. We had some issues with our air conditioner unit, but when we called the front desk, someone came to fix it within 10 minutes.
I would highly recommend staying in the Black Parrot area of the hotel vs. the main Coco de Mer part if you are looking for peace and quiet. I found the Black Parrot pool area to be much better than the main hotel's pool; it was higher up on the hill, offering amazing views of the Indian Ocean, a small infinity pool, the lounge chaises were more comfortable (with extra cushions available), attentive drink service, and fewer people. At any given time, there were never more than 2 other couples lounging at the pool, vs. 15-20 at the main pool with kids sometimes splashing around. The two downsides to the BP are that there is no food available at the BP pool, and it is a 5-minute walk back to the rooms from the main hotel restaurant. We didn't mind this but some people may, as the walk back is up a slight hill.
The food at the hotel was fine. We were quite surprised to find that food in the Seychelles is not very good, and there are no restaurants around the hotel one can walk to for lunch or dinner. If great food is important to you, you may want to look into other islands. We found this to be the most disappointing part of the trip. At Coco de Mer, the buffet dinners were much better than the restaurant at the pool.
For excursions, we went to Anse Lazio, Vallee de Mai, and La Digue. For Anse Lazio, we used the hotel's free shuttle service, which leaves at 9am and returns at 3pm. I would strongly recommend asking the hotel to pack your lunch for you to bring to the beach, as there are only 2 restaurants at Anse Lazio, and both are very pricey. We made the mistake of not doing so, and suffered the consequences. We tried to have lunch at Le Chevalier, where they were charging nearly $20 for a burger with fries, but after waiting for our food for more than 30 minutes and watching other patrons unhappily eating their food, we left and waited to have lunch back at the hotel. The service at Le Chevalier was unbelievably bad. We took a taxi to Vallee de Mai, and the local bus to the jetty to go to La Digue. After the Le Chevalier disaster, we asked the hotel to pack lunches when we went to La Digue, and they did a great job.
The service at the hotel is superb. Richie, one of the managers, was extremely helpful when it came to deciding which transportation to take where, called someone to meet us at La Digue to help us rent bicycles, etc. The bar and general staff are very very friendly, and made us feel welcome. If you are looking for a quite place to stay in Praslin with modern amenities, I would certainly give Black Parrot a try.
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- Also Known As:
- Coco De Mer - Black Parrot Hotel Anse Bois De Rose
- Coco De Mer - Black Parrot Suites Seychelles/Praslin Island