This is our 4th stop of this trip (Pamushana, Zimbabwe, Chief's Camp, Botswana & Africa Rock Hotel, SA) and sadly the first review any negative comments.
I feel it is only fair to DLO to break the review into two components - La Digue and DLO
La Digue - is a beautiful island with amazing rock formations. The snorkeling was good but not great but it could have been because we were there in late December which starts the rainy season. We tried to hit all the "best" snorkeling beaches. The locals were quite friendly and helpful. The free use of bikes and snorkeling gear was a nice perk. Also the breakfast buffet had a nice variety and was very good. We chose to eat our other meals away from the lodge.
The biggest drawback is the second hand smoke. Both the locals and a large proportion of the tourists smoke. If you have an issue with second hand smoke than I would really think twice about visiting La Digue.
DLO - This is a beautiful property. The rooms are outstanding. The best observation that I can make about DLO is that it is like a high end Club Med for smokers. We were only able to use the pool first thing in the morning. The smokers really just took over. The manager kindly offered to make a non-smoker area but it would be impossible to avoid the cloud of second hand smoke that was constantly at hand. The rooms were smoke free and the manager assisted with keeping the area clear of smokers. We appreciated the management’s willingness to assist when possible.
We had an issue with the disco (not associated with DLO) that just happened to be below our room. The music played at an extreme high level until 3AM on our first night. Apparently, this is a problem during the "festive season". We were warned that it may be a problem until dawn on New Year’s Day. We were offered a move but declined after being in four different properties the previous four nights. I am not sure why we were put in these rooms given the concern about the loud and late disco music.
All in all I need to review DLO from the perspective of someone who had inquired about any second hand smoke issues before we booked. I was led to believe that this was not an issue but to my standards, it was a major issue.
If you smoke or have no issue with second hand smoke then you will likely have a much different viewpoint.
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