To be honest, I was a little dubious that the best hotel on Praslin wasn't located on a beach. However, I found Chateau de Feuilles to be luxury and service personified, with amazing panoramic views to boot!
The day we arrived on Praslin from La Digue was torrentially rainy, and arriving at Chateau de Feuilles was a welcome relief. With teak elements, and style derived from the beautiful Seychellois natural surroundings, this hotel lends itself to effortless luxury. Betty was very welcoming as she oriented us to the property and helped us to get settled in. We were upgraded to the villa, which was a beautiful surprise.
The villa, with its natural rock walls and teak accents, has an unobstructed view of the sea. The lounge chairs on the front terrace of the villa were a beautiful place to relax and watch the sky glow at sunset. The mineral water pool and deck is equally beautiful, with downtempo music softly playing in the background. It was a perfect place to retreat after a day of exploring Praslin. The hot tub up at the viewpoint is an incredible place to relax and take in a view of countless islands on the horizon.
The weekend trip to Grande Soeur was incredible, and I cannot overstate how much I valued the privacy and exclusivity of the experience. On the weekend, only guests of Chateau de Feuilles can land on the island, and so, with only about a dozen others, we got to visit one of the most beautiful locations on earth within one of the most beautiful countries on earth. We enjoyed the two beaches, and the snorkeling, not to mention the delicious lunch that was BBQ'ed for us with our feet in the sand. Too dreamy.
My husband and I did the bed & breakfast plan, which is perfect for people who want to get out and explore the other restaurants on Praslin. We did, however, eat two dinners at Chateau, which were both fairly good, but not exceptionally memorable. I did, however love their house wines, and their rose was especially delicious. (Sidenote: beer is especially expensive here, with a SeyBrew coming in at $14 USD, a fact that I unfortunately noted after ordering a few by the pool. Drink wine. It's a better value.)
Service is seamless, highly personal, and tailored to your needs. Everyone was very helpful and dedicated to helping us have the best time on Praslin. Every recommendation we received was wonderful!
Overall, Chateau de Feuilles fully lives up to the very high standard set by Relais & Chateaux. If you love a luxurious small hotel experience, with attention to detail, you will not go wrong here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally nestled on the idyllic and remote elevated coast of Praslin Island, Le Château de Feuilles representing the prestigious brand Relais & Châteaux offer by far, the most spectacular and unrivalled panoramic ocean view in the Seychelles. Sense the magic as the hotel features only nine exclusive accommodation options for a thorough taste of tranquility, privacy, intimacy and romance, with each of the luxurious exclusive options gifted by stunning picturesque turquoise ocean view and unspoilt lush beauty. Be it a romantic break or a family getaway, embark on a memorable holiday journey with us to experience in style the wonders of the Seychelles, your desires and in the making of your dreams, tempted by unconditional pamperings and surprises. Ultimately escape to this incredible hotel destination delivering the brand's promise with the so-perfect scene for quality time with loved ones, set-up only for you to extensively unplug and unwind whilst rejoicing an unfeigned and unmatched 5-star level of service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Feuilles Hotel Praslin Island
- Chateau De Feuilles Praslin Island