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Indian Ocean Lodge
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

Frankly Im shocked there are not more reviews on here about this hotel, and Im surprices at the negative one ref the seaweed - some people just dont know how to enjoy themselves maybe and seems like some are never happy?

We are British and just spent 4 nights here (end of June) and bearing in mind this is when the seaweed is on the beach by the hotel - (which I knew about) - it was still amazing and totaly worth the money. When the seaweed is not on the beach its stunning.

The seaweed seems to affect the beach (Grand Anse) April-September. So if you want a perfect beach by your hotel - visit Indian ocean lodge from Sept-April when its hot - hot - hot and generally considered to be peak season by the locals. However DONT RULE IT OUT IN THE OTHER MONTHS as they offer a free 20 minute daily shuttle to the other side of Praslin (Cote D'or beach) where you can chill on their lovely beach all day.

On Cote D'or you can also eat at many local restaurants and have a lovely day out.

Also - from the hotel, you can take a very cheap local bus service to the Anse Lazio beach at the top of praslin which is stunning ! (its about 40p to go anywhere on the island by local bus and the bus stop is outside the hotel, staff will help you so a great way to explore Pralsin like a real tourist).

During the Seaweed months - this hotel is quiet and peaceful, we had the pool to oursevles all day, and the bar man on the pool bar was so cool and friendly. It was like having a private hotel to ourselves.

The rooms were great - large, air conditioned -very comfy bed with a good matress, perfect in face - good double shower - lovely having a balcony and ours faced the sea. It was great listening to the sea at night, we were so close. Room also had a fridge so we brought our own booze and sat on balcony chilling out at night.

Despite the seaweed, the hotel has benches set higher up behind a step fence so you can sit with a drink and look out over the sea - you dont even notice the seaweed really. However if you are a beach person then you have to get the shuttle to the other side during April-September as you cant swim or walk along the beach during the other months.

We really didnt find it a problem as we were moving on to a beach resort next so took this opportunity to do the day trips and explore and also spent a day chilling by the pool and relaxing.

The hotel provides beach towels and do your ironing for free - so sweet.

The staff are all local here and you really get a feel for being in the seychelles - we could also walk 5 minutes to a cash point - local shop and a few other hotels were only a short walk or bus ride away if you wanted a change of scene for dinner.

Castello beach hotel up the road (7 mins by bus) was good for dinner and a lovely setting dining by the beach and pool - as was the Britannia hotel (5 mins walk) for local creole food in a nice chilled out surrounding,

Food - The best breakfast we encountered (and I have stayed in many of the 5* hotels around mahe and praslin). The scrambled eggs were bliss and the friendly lady chef was a delight in the monring - she brought me pancakes every day once she knew I liked them. Good choice of fruit - pastries - cooked bacon and eggs, and cheeses etc - perfect for everyone.

The lunch and dinner are fairly costly (about 32E each) but they also offer a half board option which is probably better for money - for lunch - we booked B&B and ate off the pool snack menu which is available until 6pm and has sandwiches, chips and burgers which were great (and same prices as in the UK).

Dinner was tasty though, and restaurant is nice at night, right by the sea again so chilled out and service was excellent. Drinks were not as expensive as at other hotels - beers were same price as in the UK, and they do a happy hour from 6.30 - 7.30pm where cocktails were 40% off - and worth trying for sure - yummy! (something other hotels should take note of !!)

They are just starting a re-vamp of all the rooms - new manager took over about 6 months ago and the front of house manager Annita is an absolute delight - total seetheart and so professional. I cant fault the reception staff either, they helped us with bus timetables, taxi bookings, and all the silly questions I threw at them :-)

The new room design (I saw the mock room) is lovely - bright, white and airy, very sea side but classy too. Everything you need and this place will fly with bookings. I think the new rooms will be rolled out to all 32 rooms by end of the year easily so cant wait to stay here next year and use the new rooms.

Things to note:
Rooms are made up in blocks of 4 (2 up and 2 down). Every room is interconnecting so great for families. Every room is the same, and has a balcony and air con. Some have better views of the sea than others - so request a sea view if you can (rooms 1 and 11 seemed to be the closest to the sea, with 1 being ground floor and 11 being upper but there were several blocks which faced the sea so check when you book).

I love this hotel - my advice is to hire a car - or take the local bus - stay here when the seaweed affects the beach as its cheaper and nice and quiet - and bus or shuttle to the other side on day trips - during the days off and evenings - chill by the pool and on your balcony. Take a day trip to La Digue - well worth it and by far the most fabulous beaches ever seen!

This is a relaxed and friendly hotel and bills itself as 3.5* I think but its as good as any 4* hotel I have stayed at and is generally popular with Itallian and french visitors. Us Brits are missing a trick though!

Im booking again next year - In fact I liked it so much am considering getting married here maybe in Sept-Oct when the beach is clear and they have a lovely Gaezbo which is all lit up at night by the pool. They also take wedding parties up to Anse Lazio beach which is stunning - its such a friendly place, I think a wedding here would be a lovely experience).

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank donnakebab1
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Reviewed January 16, 2008

This 32 room hotel is really worth a stay at. Laying directly on the beach of Grand Anse and with it's big trees on the site it is a very romantic place to stay. The rooms are spacious and the restaurant is of a vey high standard. Important to know is that the beach is at it's best between november and may. The other half of the year the Cote d'Or beach is better. However, there is a daily transfer to the Cote d'Or beach for the guests.
The little village of Grand Anse is on walkingdistance. Praslin has many possibilities for trips and excursions. Therefore a stay on Praslin should never be too short!

3  Thank iot
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Reviewed May 8, 2007

We stayed at this Hotel in Sept 06, and can honestly say this was the worst holiday destination we have ever been to.

We always wanted to visit the Seychelles after a short stop there on the way to Mauritius, and based on its reputation as a paradise. We have been to paradise destinations before (Mauritius, Thailand and the Maldives several times) and this place comes no where near any of them.

The hotel itself was pretty and clean, with a beach side location. A pity it was this beach and this location. Within 2 hours of arriving i was making long distance phone calls in tears to Virgin to move us. We had no idea that the Seychelles had a seaweed issue, and if it had been made clear to us that it had we would never have booked a holiday here. It was not mentioned on the Virgin website, in their brochure or on the Indian Ocean Lodge website. This was not a freak occurrence, this is a yearly event. They offered to move us to another hotel, The Coco Der Mer, at an extra cost of £650.00. We went to look at the hotel, and they had made an effort to pick the seaweed up, but it had been left in bags rotting on the beach. The hotel itself didn't look as nice as the Indian Ocean Lodge, and we decided it was not worth the extra money. So we stayed put thinking things could only get better. They didn't.

The quality and quantity of breakfast offered was dreadful, with unopened tins of beans on display and cold and greasy sausages and bacon. My partner refused his first evening meal as there was a worm crawling out of the fish. The cook inspected it, and informed us it was not a worm, it was a caterpillar off the salad!! Well that's all right then!! it was a worm. We passed on dessert several times as they were crawling with tiny red ants.

The service from the staff was appalling, with no eye contact or pleasantries, and at one meal my partner was asked "does SHE want a drink" in reference to me. We complained to the reservation manager about the quality of service, and he agreed with us! He explained that was how the people were, and that most of the very expensive hotels imported people from South Africa and Mauritius as that was the only way to get good staff. The hotel description stated that there was a bar. There wasn't. You had to hunt down a member of staff to ask for a drink, they would then go and get a beer out of a fridge in the kitchen. They would clear away the empties and would still not ask you if you wanted another. When you did manage to get a drink you made the most of it, the hotel closed at 10.00pm every night. Even though we were sat by the pool having a drink they would close the doors, shut the lights off and go home. With little in the way of bars outside the hotel we resorted to buying beers from the local shop and drinking them on our balcony.

Eventually, we braved a walk on the beach. Apart from the seaweed, the beach was full of litter. There was nothing available such as water sport centres or bars, just abandoned hotels and a derelict dive centre. We did meet some friendly locals, the stray dogs that followed you the moment you set foot on the beach.

The sea was a major disappointment. Having been to previous destinations where you have a house reef yards from the waters edge, we were dismayed when we were given a map of Praslin on the plane, which displayed 1 icon indicating snorkeling on the island and it was a bus or taxi ride away. We did see one fish, a dead Puffer washed up amongst the seaweed! We made very few attempts to get into the sea as you had to wade through seaweed for the first six feet or so and it is not a very nice feeling having it all wrapped around your legs.

Weather was not good, which was a blessing as heat would probably have made the seaweed reek, But it meant we had to venture out to amuse ourselves. We found very little to do. There were a few shops selling t shirts, and a shop selling pearls near the airport, where on entering i was examined obviously from the feet up by the young assistant with no greeting or smile. The unfriendliness extended beyond the hotel, we had this experience in every premises we entered.

Wildlife was few and far between. There were a few birds and geckos, but lots of huge spiders (the size of my hand) which made going for walks interesting as they were very visible in the roadside hedges and hanging from telephone wires. There were land crabs amongst the litter in the verges. We went to the Valle de Mai, where we were promised exciting sitings of slugs and snails, and a particular rare bird, we saw two snails and more spiders and that was it, but they did have lots of palm trees.

When we came home we wrote a letter of complaint to Virgin, stating that this was not our idea of paradise. Their response - they never said it was!! We checked, and they never.

Would we return?

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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32  Thank nat7
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Reviewed May 2, 2007

Just returned after a 4 night stay here. The hotel staff were great, friendly and helpful. The scenery is great. The beach, however, had plenty of seaweed so it wasnt great for swimming. We did hire a car and go to some of the other beaches on the island, some of which were stunning. Rooms were huge, comfortable and clean. Recommened

Stayed: May 2007
2  Thank PezFez
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Reviewed November 9, 2006

A Dream - this was our first trip to the Seychelles and Hotel, People & Landscape left nothing to be desired. The Hotel is directly located at Grand Anse, which is already great - it may not one of the finest beaches to swim with a reef far away and quite some seaweed growing in the flat water, but offers in exchange one of the best sunsets in the island and invites to long romantic walks after dinner.

The Hotel itself is just beautiful and it is really fun to return here for the night after trips to bountiful beaches and island trips. The staff is very nice and creates a warm, exotic atmosphere; also the kitchen is very good, with lots of local dishes to offer.

Getting around is very easy, since the Hotel offers a Shuttle in the morning to the Cote d`Or in the north aside from the tours offered by the tour-companies. We recommend to use the frequent local bus (stop just across the street) which takes You for about 1$ everywhere on the island, or You can even hike (about 1-2 hours & hiking sandals strongly recommended) to the other side of the island - and if worst come to worst there are abundant taxis to take You everywhere for 10-15$,

Overall we recommend it very highly for an exotic and romantic vacation.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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