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“Possibly the most beautiful place on earth”
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Raffles Seychelles
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Takamaka
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Slough, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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“Possibly the most beautiful place on earth”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday and have unlimited funds, the Raffles resort at Praslin, Seychelles is worth serious consideration.

We had a Panoramic Villa, which as far as we could make out is the same as and Ocean View Villa only further up the hill. c. £500/ night gets you a James Bond spec. suite big bathroom, inside and outside showers, and a bath that is designed so that you can bathe overlooking the fabulous Seychelles coast. Also personal infinity pool and large terrace area.

Your butler takes care of day to day details like booking trips to other islands, any travel plans, restaurant reservations, etc., and will drive you round the resort and back up the hill to your villa in an electric golf cart.

The quality of food is close to Michellin Star, though less formal. Breakfast was a fantastic start to every day. One evening we had an in room bbq which was excellent.

The gym, spa and workout programmes are all of the highest quality. My wife and I did an Abs class where we were the only people in the class, and had the session tuned to our abilities; excellent.

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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Andy,
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you found our service and spa facilities to be excellent. Many thanks also for the feedback on the villa. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Great experience! Ethiopian Airlines lost our luggage and the staff at Raffles could not have been more helpful, understanding, and accommodating. All we had were the clothes on our backs so they washed our clothes for free and drove us into town to buy a few things (also for free). Chandan and Kavi were excellent Butler's and very friendly. So was Tomas (who worked near reception). There was also a woman working at the pool who always had a smile on her face and was very helpful~ wish I had written down her name. Breakfast is amazing and the omelets are fantastic! Over all, wish we could have stayed another few days.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you again for visiting us at Raffles Praslin Seychelles and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. We note that you particularly enjoyed Breakfast in Locean Restaurant, so we’ll have that ready for your next visit.
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

cant not rate this hotel highly enough! having stayed in alot of the top hotels we have never experienced service quite like the Raffles Praslin! at one point i thought that my mind was being read as everything that i wanted or was going to ask for had been done already! the staff are amazing the facilities fantastic and the views are simply gorgeous! great hotel and will definitely be coming back

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Dion,
Thank you very much for your comments.
We are always looking for ways to make our service better, and it is a very gratifying to hear from our guests when they are pleased. We do hope you will stay with us again soon.
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We just got back from a week-long stay at this resort and we can truly say that it is impeccable in every sense! They only have villas that are superb for views, facilities and space.
We travel around 4 times a year and have travelled pretty much all over the world, stayed in most 5 stars resorts but this place takes the trophy hands down for the best place ever. I could probably write a few chapters on the resort but to summarise things ,the staff are phenomenal from the cleaners, waiters, villa butlers and management, and I we really think these people make the place so special.
As said accommodation is superb, food fantastic and if it is not on the menu,Chef Ajas and his team will create something fantastic for you as they did for us on many evenings as 4 of the family are vegetarians.
A big thanks to Chandon Singh and Kavi Mathur ,our personal butlers!
Bernard and his team by the pool and beach are second to none and could not do enough!
Vivienne in the gym was a delight along with all in the beautiful spa.
Oliver, the food & beverage manager was superb and really took care of us, and finally I big thanks to Olly and Simon for running such a fantastic resort and we truly felt at home.
Just go everybody, you really don't know what you are missing on!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for staying with us and for recommending us on Tripadvisor.
We are delighted that you had great stay and thoroughly enjoyed having you as a guest at our hotel. We very much look forward to welcoming you back one day soon.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I just had the most wonderful vacation that I can remember visiting the Seychelles which have been on my travel list for nearly 30 years. The Seychelles were more than what I expected. The islands are truly the Garden of Eden on earth with few people and nature ruling this tropical paradise. Wow! And to make that trip even more magical was a stay at the Raffles Praslin Seychelles. Raffles is a rare brand--simple yet luxurious, comfortable not stuffy, informal not formal and staff who smile vs. robotic drones at the Four Seasons. Guests stay in small bungalows cliffside with your own mini pool (WOW!), deck which when combined with the indoor bedroom overlook the magnificent bay and islands (DOUBLE Wow!) The room and bath are so comforting (including the sunken bathtub overlooking the bay and the bed that is like sleeping on clouds) that one never wants to leave! The staff are incredibly accommodating. Ollie is a New Zealander who is charming and ready-to-please (as well as listen). The prize among the staff was our own PRIVATE BUTLER named Ashok--He alone is worth a return trip. Ashok remembered and obsessed over details, kept the place tidy, left us nice little goodies and even on his day off made sure we were cared for like royalty. Ahhhhhhhhhh. Now this is living. The ONLY Achilles Heel of Raffles is the amateurish dining and bar staff service. They are too young, without senior management supervising and in need of training and development. This was the exact opposite of the Raffles Siem Reap where the staff are fantasy-like treating you as if you are the ONLY guest. I spoke to the management who recognized the challenge facing them. Remember this property is still only 1 1/2 years old but nevertheless they are open and as on Broadway, "The Show Must Go On." So, they need to mend that. Lastly, the Raffles has access to a wonderful powder sand beach with crystal clear waters, two Olympic size pools with warm water and exquisite tiles as well as your own private pool up on your hillside bungalow. Would I return to Raffles to stay again? OF COURSE! Would I consider another Seychelles property like the Four Seasons where I also stayed this trip? NO for the reasons given above. Staying at the Raffles is like going to home to a fantasy come true in the most comfortable, relaxing, fun, happy and intoxicating environment.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any bungalow.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Marko,
Thank you for visiting us at Raffles Praslin Seychelles.
We trust you experienced a safe and comfortable journey home and wish to thank you for taking time to provide us with some invaluable feedback from your visit.
We was extremely happy to learn that you would look forward to returning to the property in the future and that you especially enjoyed the service at the Butler Service. We pride ourselves on delivering a seamless service in an amazing environment so it is always great to have positive feedback in such a way.
We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

I was a tad apprehensive about this hotel as reviews seem a little harsh on how the property is overbuilt, but while this is not untrue it certainly did not bother us very much as the villas are very well equipped. Where this hotel really shines though is the service levels.

The staff go out of their way and are gracious while perfectly attentive and friendly.
We had a great time on a 3 day break and I will definitely return. The food is also not bad which is a huge compliment for the Seychelles where culinary skills is not their strong point.

Beautiful if small beach, lovely vistas and a great pool. The gym and spa area are good as well and the yoga room is to die for.

They allowed corkage at RS 500 per bottle although their own wine list is quite well put together.
Nicolas the Beverage manager is a good man as is the lovely lady by the pool and the server from Kenya who seemed to always be there. She served us breakfast lunch and dinner one day and always with a lovely smile.

You can leave the resort for a little break and we tried Cafe des Arts where the tuna sashimi was excellent and Anse Lazio beach (but avoid eating here as the best restaurant is Bon bon plume and the food is very boring. Take a picnic basket from the hotel)

Room Tip: Avoid a room near the main buggy paths and reception as these have very limited privacy
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Guests,
Thank you for choosing Raffles Praslin Seychelles. We are delighted that you had great stay and thoroughly enjoyed having you as a guest at our hotel. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Cham, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

we are still here... and i just write this review in our amazing panoramic villa. the raffles is best choice for having reaxed holiday from busy work at home. rooms are amazing, pool never had one like this! just great... people lovely... friendly and honest... beach small but proper and nice.... natur around is growing and people everyday working with lot of love on it.... best: i can't describe this amazing, beautiful view from our terasse... !!!!

room for improvement: we stay 13 days here... with halfboard...menuecard is repeating with specials and a la carte is very small, if you don't eat fish :-( we decide for the hotel, in case of internetdescription... 2 restaurants... 1 cafe&poolbar but in fact there is only 1 for dinner (exept special evenings...)... so it's little bit hard to find for next week alternation for dinner.
BUT: everything what we eat until today was delicious!

2-3 parasol on the beach and poolarea would be perfect ;-)


we would recommend raffles everytime and are happy to stay 1 week more @ paradies

Room Tip: all panoramic villas are perfect
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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RafflesPraslin, Manager at Raffles Seychelles, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear Corinna S,

Thank you for taking the time out of your holiday to post a tripadvisor review! We appreciate all the great comments on our villa, the pool and most of all about our team. Since your feedback on the menu we hope to have dazzled you with tailor-made menus and experiences for the remainder of your holiday with us.

We hope to welcome you back in the future.

Best regards,
Raffles Praslin Team
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Property: Raffles Seychelles
Address: Anse Takamaka, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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Location: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Anse Takamaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Takamaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Raffles Seychelles 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From across the continents of Europe and Asia, the legend of Raffles now extends to the enchanting islands of the Seychelles, cradled at the heart of the Indian Ocean. Raffles Praslin Seychelles presents an all-villa Seychelles luxury resort nestled within the stunning island of Praslin that was once declared the rediscovered Garden of Eden. This Seychelles hotel seeks to present guests with an escape where warm native Seychellois hospitality is infused with the enchanting touch of Raffles. Surrender to the sun-kissed allure of Anse Takamaka’s powdered sands, on to which spill the eighty-six spacious villas fashioned to assure lavish comfort. These private abodes offer a choice of whispering, opal-hued oceans and lush green hills. Be immersed in the relaxing therapies of the exclusive Raffles Spa, which coupled with the soothing embrace of unsullied nature, rejuvenate both body and spirit. Taste the distinguished flavours of the breezy Curieuse Seafood Restaurant, the local cuisine and Mediterranean delights of Losean or the light comfort food by the Pool Bar. ... more   less 
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