I read the review of the last reviewer and must say that I think he/she is definitely underestimating this hotel. I also stayed here this August and:
1) this is La Digue: do not go to this small island and expect to find Mahe Hilton type of hotels. Like they say of Seychelles, each island is 10 years behind the other when the size of the islands get smaller, so understand this or stay only at Mahe! And
2) this is a small island where you need to respect scarce nature resources, and particularly this August there were signs posted everywhere (also on other islands) that water was being regulated due to the lack of non-salty water. This is a known problem in Seychelles, and we as tourists should respect that. I wanted to respect this and voluntarily took all my showers cold and short - the cold water really wasn't cold at all, just normal and good after a long hot day.
That said, I must say that this was excatly what I was waiting for, except for the room being better that what I had expected, based on TA reviews. This is by no means a luxury hotel but a nice hotel with amazing views.
We had a villa at the hills which was large, clean and nice, with a terrace to the sea. There were some minor things (few of the lightbulbs were out) but nothing that bothered me. We even had a tub but did not want to use it because of the non-salty water restrictions of Seychelles.
Hotel beach is small but it was really good for snorkelling (due to the coral pieces, do not forget to take swimming shoes, you will need them at this beach and many other Seycelles beaches too, including the great Anse Source d'Argent).
The pool is nice too, though during our stay it was rather windy so you really did not feel that much like hanging out by the pool.
Restaurant is ok, ok food but nothing that will blow your mind. One thing is true that the service people here really do lack the "service attitude to sell" (although they were all polite), there we many times that they could have sold us way more food, beverages etc. if they had just come and ask whether we would like to order something more...
This is La Digue so you need to rent bicycles, and taken from the hotel they cost 8 euros per person. Reserve yours the previous evening and they will save you good ones for the morning. Bikes are mostly "male models" but ok to drive for a woman too, no problem.
It makes me laugh hard that some one would say that it is a long way to Anse Source d'Argent. If you are not into bicycling, La Digue is not for you. In La Digue it is not a long way to anywhere! From the hotel it is a very short bicycle drive to La Passe (the center of La Digue, nice place to visit but I would not take a hotel from here). And from there another short bicycle ride to anywere else.
From all the hotels I saw at La Digue, this one had the nicest location by far. I would rate this as 3.5 hotel. I will post some pictures later.
Ps. Take the bicycle ride to Grand Anse (not safe for swimming), it is a nice route and the Creole Buffet in that restaurant on the beach is a truly great experience. We also climbed to Petite Anse (it is a climb over the rocks from Grand Anse) which was really pretty, had almost no people and even though not good for swimming, it was a blast to play with the huge waves.
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