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“Nice lunch, nice views and nice gardens”

Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
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$170.90*
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Full-Day Tour of Mahé
Ranked #6 of 68 things to do in Mahe Island
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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Nice lunch, nice views and nice gardens”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Went for the Plantation Lunch on a Sunday. Unfortunately they got the dates wrong for our booking so we had to have a 'spare table'. Still advise to book especially if going for the Sunday lunch, but make sure the person taking the booking understands for which day and date. We thought "Tomorrow, for Sunday lunch", was quite clear but obviously not.
Lunch was good, a nice mix of local dishes, all home made and showcasing local ingredients- breadfruit, papaya, vegetable and chicken curry, fish, rice, banana pie and fruit salad. A good way to sample authentic creole food, in nice settings.
We took the gardens tour too, the leaflet they gave us was useful in identifying the trees and herbs but they could redo it so the list is in the order you see the plants during the walk. We thought it quite good and comparable with the botanical gardens in Victoria, if not better. Not sure about the animals kept in cages, including baby rabbits (there was a dead baby rabbit, covered in ants, in one of them...) but younger guests seemed to like them. Do wear insect repellent if taking the gardens tour and doing the rain forest trails.
Definitely worth a visit, better food than in most restaurants we went to on the island and a nice view of the ocean.

Visited January 2013
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Lugano, Switzerland
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“Not woth for the money spent”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We went there expecting a well presented garden: this is not the case. Trees that should be marked with a number are not anymore and the information provided is really poor. better to spent 2 hours by the Tea Factory instead of this Garden

Visited October 2012
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Victoria, Mahe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Spice Garden - Mini Forest”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

For the visitors and residents, visit to Spice Garden in the South (East) of Mahe is highly recommended. A trip from afternoon till evening feels good as one could experience lot of birds and chirps and see all parts of the garden, also blue sky and a distant coast. For easy-going walk around, 2.5 to 3 hours are recommended. Residents pay SR 55 and Non-Residents pay SR 110 as entrance, which is worth. A small restaurant offers good food at reasonable rates. Vegetarian food is available too. There is also a souvenir shop. Just a note of caution, the herbs garden has spiders to be careful about. Coming back, right across the main road, there is a beach anse royale, where evening could be spent. A must half-day trip while in Seychelles. From Victoria, drive straight down south on 5th June Ave Road. Turn right on the road next to Sey. Univ crossing. Passing by the fields, turn left on a major intersection ahead and a few meters further up, turn right which is next to a mini-store. Its an uphill narrow drive after this ending in the parking lot of the Garden. And yes, the Garden owner/manager provides a map and explains major trails to the visitors. ENJOY!

Visited October 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Interesting place to visit.”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Loved the various plants and creatures including the exotic spider. The souvenir shop had many nice things and spices that we bought .

Visited August 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Yes, please do.”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Very honest, very good food. Across the board, the food was superb. Please save space for the spice ice creams, which were yum. And compared to the Four Seasons eats, this was half the price. Well done.

Note: There is a charge to walk the plantation, we opted not to as the food was pleasure enough.

Visited August 2012
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