We stayed at Le Domaine August 2012 as part of our island hopping wedding/ honeymoon. We chose this hotel based on amazing reviews and general research. The island is stunning. We rented bikes from the hotel to cycle around the coast. They were substandard (brakes didn't work and had been knocked about over the years). The views and the beaches are stunning. The hotel's location is a strong point - near the bustling lively village - there was an annual festival on when we went and the place was buzzing. Union Estate is well worth a day sauntering through, the beaches are stunning there. I must say I was a bit disgusted seeing lots of tourists taking ox cart rides by oxen which looked underfed and weary, just didn't seem right somehow.
We stayed in a garden villa which was nice. The bedroom was very romantic. The downstairs living area was pretty uncomfortable and seemed more for show than practical lounging. The pool area was always full (is it open to non-residents too?) and people did reserve loungers with towels so we didn't get to swim there. Instead we hired snorkelling gear and walked up the hill to the first beach which was lovely. There was just a plethora of sea life which was fascinating, we spent hours snorkelling there.
The food was just alright. For the money...... it's just over rated in all honesty. Would we go again? I'm normally eternally positive when I review but knowing what I know now of La Digue and Le Domaine, I would definitely go back to La Digue but I'd research self catering accommodation next time, buy fresh food from the many shops and save lots of money. I have to ask myself, what can this hotel offer that I can't get from self catering and eating out in local restaurants and the answer is quite honestly a very expensive nothing.
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- Le Domaine De l`Orangeraie Hotel La Digue Island