Consider a holiday on the island of Praslin in Seychelles at the iconic Coco de Mer Hotel – named after the rare and beautiful Coco de Mer tree and its’ fruit which thrive on this tropical Indian Ocean island.
From the UK, flights to Seychelles land in Victoria on the delightful island of Mahé, which is a short 15 minute flight away from the picturesque island of Praslin. The Coco de Mer Hotel on Praslin is situated by the beautiful Anse Bois de Rose beach on the southwest tip of the island.
The spacious rooms at Coco de Mer Hotel Seychelles are modern and fresh, with all the amenities you would expect, like air conditioning, tea and coffee service, satellite television and mini-fridge, plus the extras that come along with a visit in paradise. You’ll appreciate that each room has a terrace or balcony – a must since each room boasts a sea view.
If you want even more room to stretch out, the Coco de Mer has a sister hotel – the deluxe Black Parrot Suites – situated adjacent to the hotel on a rocky promontory, offering 12 Junior Suites with fabulous ocean views. And, of course, the Black Parrot Suites share the wealth of facilities available for Coco de Mer guests, as well as exclusive features like a cosy bar.
Coco de Mer Hotel has two gorgeous swimming pools in case you tire of the many secluded beaches within walking or bicycling distance, and offers nature trails, tennis, a gym and snorkelling. Deep sea fishing and diving expeditions are easily arranged with the hotel staff.
The hotel’s jetty is a perfect place for couples to sip a sundowner before strolling to the Hibiscus Restaurant or the Mango Grill, Coco de Mer’s two excellent restaurants. Take in a delicious meal then soak up the ambiance of the regularly scheduled live music.
The most famous native plant, the Coco de Mer, grows naturally on just two Seychelles islands, including Praslin. You can view this exotic palm and its’ fruit on the hotel’s property and beyond. Step into the lush foliage surrounding the hotel, and you might spy a native Black Parrot, a Seychelles Bulbul or the Blue Pigeon. The staff at Coco de Mer Praslin will guide you along their nature trails, pointing out wildlife and plants of interest, with spectacular views thrown in to thrill you. Go a bit further afield to the Vallée de Mai nature reserve. You will appreciate why an early explorer was convinced that Praslin was the original Garden of Eden and is now one of the worlds’ smallest World Heritage Sites.
As part of the worlds’ only granitic chain of islands, Praslin boasts pure white sand beaches strewn with stunning boulders that frame turquoise blue seas. With miles of coastline, you’re sure to find a beauty spot to call your own – a place for you to relax, to romance and to while away the afternoon with a good book, a splash in the sea and a refreshing snooze.
With daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Mahé, Seychelles are accessible, and are more affordable than ever. It’s best to choose a specialist tour operator, one whose staff knows the islands and the resorts and can tailor a holiday to suit your style and budget. The best of these will offer return flights, airport lounge access, hotel transfers and accommodation, plus any extras you desire, rolled up into a package price.
Source by Ashley Gilmour