We went there for the second leg of our honeymoon. After getting married at Lemuria on Praslin we were expecting a big culture shock knowing that La Digue was a back to basic type island without any luxury hotels. What we got was a relief as we actually prefered it as it was much more chilled out somehow. We got picked up in an ox cart from the port and 15minutes later arrived very relaxed at the hotel. We picked la digue as we love the wildlife and I found that this was one of the best 'affordable' islands to see things.
The hotel wasn't amazing by any means, but the room was extremely clean, up a lot of stairs with a covered veranda - chalet style. Although the room was small it was adequate - we managed to fit our cases in the wardrobe out the way, as this was the only drawback - lack of space around the bed. The shower was fine and there was a fridge in the room. The location was great - at the hotel itself we saw a giant millipede, giant land snails, loads of geckos - 2 types (especially when we left the light on to go down to dinner - we came back and there were 11 green geckos around the lights on our veranda! We had prime viewing from our room to watch the enormous fruit bats flying over and which landed in the surrounding trees. (If you go and try and get photos of them, best place is to wander left out the hotel for 5 minutes and before you even get to la reserve you can actually clearly see them in the trees). We also saw loads of massive palm spiders and my favourite a tiny tree frog.
We hired bikes from the hotel (5 Euros a day). They were pretty poor, but got you around. Being a nervous cyclists I was a bit apprehensive but its completely fine out there - the roads are wide and there are just a handful of transit type trucks that are on the island used by the builders. You can pull over and stop and wait for them to pass as they go slowly and the roads are mostly open enough to see them coming. The most disappointing bit for us was the snorkeling - we hardly saw a thing!
The food at the hotel was ok - the breakfast completely rubbish - and the waiting staff were pretty begrudging of you asking them for anything. The dinners were fine though - the alternated between a buffet and then a set 3 course dinner the next night. We had 4 nights there and this was perfect for us - (alternatively 3 would have been good as well as we did just flop around the last day). Any longer and I think it would have been a waste what with so many other islands to explore.
We had a great time - (we also visited Denis island for 4 days which was fab!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The elegantly spacious decorated room with its lust exotic garden, Chateau St Cloud is a charm and quiet hotel situated on the gem of all Island in the Seychelles. La Digue Island with its photogenic beach and natural beauty will offer anyone the holiday of a life time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau St Cloud Hotel La Digue Island