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  • Mirko La Rosa

Raffles - Seychelles

Updated: Jun 27


Overview



Managed by Raffles Hotels which is it under the ALL - Accor Live Limitless Group, the hotel is located on the north-eastern side of Praslin above the narrow beach of Anse Takamaka. Helicopter transfers are possible from Mahé, otherwise Air Seychelles runs 20 daily flights or Cat Cocos runs three hour-long ferry crossings. In view of the resort is Curieuse Island, which is situated within a marine national park.


Set on a hillside overlooking Anse Takamaka bay on Praslin’s east coast, the luxurious Raffles Seychelles caters mostly to honeymooners and couples seeking seclusion. The 86 luxury villas are contemporary in style and generous in size, offering outdoor pavilions with areas to dine and lounge as well as private plunge pools.


Opened in February 2011 as the first Raffles purpose-built resort, the property was designed by Ross Macbeth from Macbeth Architects & Designers. Macbeth was awarded the Young Architect of the Year award for his work here. As coveted sanctuaries of luxurious living, the resort’s contemporary architecture integrates the practical features of the island’s alfresco lifestyle into stylish resort chic




What we liked most




The hotel, like all Raffles hotels we have been, is Majestic. Absolute relax and lux perfect for couples, even with kids.


During the stay we had the opportunity to spot a couple getting married there, and honestly can't think of a most romantic place to get married.


Not to forget the sundowners at Anse Lazio Beach, one of the world’s top-rated that is just a 10-minute drive from the property, or the giant turtles that are for sure the oldest guests of the hotel (about 200 years)


Last but not least: personnel exceptional: very attentive and willing to solve basically any of your request. For example: we bring an inflatable watermelon mattress. It was really huge: the staff mange to inflate it and bring it wherever we asked during the whole stay






Rooms


At 125-metres-squared even the smallest garden view villas are huge. They then ascend the categories through bayview, oceanview, pool and panoramic villas to the largest of them all the two-bedroom, two-bathroom Royal Beachfront Villa, which also has a living and dining room. They are all sumptuously appointed with king-sized beds, dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor showers and soaking tubs situated beneath picture windows offering stunning views. Unfortunately, the sense of spaciousness is lost on the deck where a lack of mature foliage fails to screen the outdoor pavilion and plunge pool from neighbouring villas.


With 86 villas ranging in size from 1,345 to 2,960 square feet (125 to 275 square meters), Raffles Praslin offers some of the largest accommodations in the Seychelles. Scattered along the sloping hillside or set close to the beach, the villas are categorized by number of bedrooms, location, and view. Villas set at the top of the hill come with panoramic views, entry-level villas are tucked among the greenery, and the largest and most luxurious, two-bedroom, villas are located steps to the beach.

The villas feature contemporary style with stone accent walls, tray ceilings, and minimalistic decor that includes white bed linens, coral patterned rugs, and sofas finished in a muted pink fabric. The oversized, light-filled bathrooms offer walk-in showers, outdoor rain showers, and huge tubs with views. The outdoor pavilions are a highlight, furnished with sun loungers, dining tables, private plunge pools, and easels with sketching paper for guests who feel artistically inclined. Round-the-clock room service and butler service are added perks.



Food and Drink



The main Losean Restaurant where breakfast is served, lacks atmosphere. In the morning the sun streams in the east-facing windows forcing guests to sit in the air-conditioned interior rather than out on the terrace. The buffet is vast and includes Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, European and English dishes, most of them competently executed. Dinner, often themed, is also served here. More romantic is the open-air, pan-Asian Curieuse Restaurant, which includes a Sushi Bar in a glass-sided room that feels a bit like a goldfish bowl. Nicest of all of the venues is the Danzil Lounge which has a sultry atmosphere and serves good cocktails.


Curieuse Restaurant

A gastronomic journey tracing through India, China and South East Asia, Curieuse, led by Chef de Cuisine Sunil Dutt, is the Seychelles’ only Asian restaurant. Infused with oriental spice and aromatic ingredients, the menu varies from Thai salads and spicy sour soup to Indian curries and traditional Chinese stir-fries.


Pool Restaurant

Showcasing fresh, local products and light cuisine, the Pool Restaurant offers a casual lunch setting, perfect for refuelling during a busy day of soaking up the Seychellois sun.


Services and facilities



Just get married here. It's seriously one of the most romantic place to get married.


The resort offers an array of services and facilities, including a 24-hour butler service for the larger one- and two-bedroom villas.

The spa has 13 pavilions, a sauna, steam room, soaking pool, yoga pavilion and a beauty salon.

The main 45-metre pool, is popular at weekend’s when locals come to lunch at one of six different restaurants and lounges. While the beach isn’t the best in the Seychelles, it’s still lovely and non-motorised watersports are offered free of charge. Other activities such as diving, golf and excursions to the Vallée de Mai can be organised by the efficient front desk. The hotel also has reciprocal arrangements with Fregate Island and Raffles Dubai.


Raffles Spa

Steps away from the coastline of Anse Takamaka, amidst stunning surroundings, Raffles Spa carefully designed to calm the spirit and awaken the senses. The luxurious spa features 12 treatment pavilions, showcasing the spectacular view of the blue ocean, tropical gardens and dramatic granite boulders.


Meetings rooms

The perfect location for a business incentive trip or a relaxed planning meeting. Removed from the stresses and strains of day-to-day work, you’ll feel relaxed and inspired. We’ll make your meeting happen exactly the way you want it.


They offer a range of spaces for every event – from Curieuse and Losean restaurants, ideal for luncheons or gala dinners, to Danzil Lounge and Takamaka Terrace, truly unique venues for cocktail receptions.


Our experience


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Key info

Location: Anse Takamaka, Seychelles Praslin, Seychelles Islands

Hotel Website: https://www.raffles.com/seychelles/

Phone number: +80017233537



INSTAGRAM: rafflesseychelles