Our Rating
8.1
Overall

L'Archipel

Seychelles, Praslin

from $ 391 per person sharing

Our Rating
8.1
Overall

L'Archipel

Seychelles, Praslin

from $ 391 per person sharing

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Our Verdict

A long established favourite and indisputably one of the top hotels on Praslin, the L’Archipel also has perhaps the most authentic local character.

Our Ratings

8.1
Overall
8.0
Luxury & Style
8.5
Setting
7.5
Activities
8.5
Chill-Out Factor

Our Ratings

8.1
Overall
8.0
Luxury & Style
8.5
Setting
7.5
Activities
8.5
Chill-Out Factor

What's Hot

  • Perhaps the most authentic feeling of all the mid-range Seychelles hotels – there’s a real sense of Creole Colonial style and atmosphere here
  • Excellent dining with some of the most delicious food we encountered in the Seychelles – dinners in particular are a classy, sophisticated affair
  • Lovely beach and the hotel enjoys a very attractive position with the rooms scattered around an amphitheatre-like hillside – it’s especially attractive at night with all the lights glimmering like jewels!
  • Great for honeymooners and other guests looking for peace and privacy in classy surroundings
  • Lovely beach which avoids the seaweed problem during the windy May – September months that afflicts beaches on the south-west coast of Praslin

What's Not

  • Drinks here are pricey even by Seychelles standards
  • It’s a pity that the pool isn’t actually at beach level – instead it’s positioned upstairs next to the cocktail bar/restaurant
  • The beach has lovely white sand and a very manicured feel – this does however mean that it lacks the wild, natural beauty visible on other Seychelles beaches
L’Archipel

L’Archipelthis charming and intimate property, built along a lovely stretch of golden sand on Praslin’s north shore, oozes Creole colonial style and atmosphere

Lodge Profile

A long established favourite and indisputably one of the top hotels on Praslin, the L’Archipel also has perhaps the most authentic local character.

Quick Overview

Rooms
30 in total - 23 Deluxe rooms, 3 Senior Suites and 4 Executive Suites
Distance to Beach
50m
Air Conditioning
Yes
Pool
Yes
Recommended Stay
6-8 nights

Perhaps one of the disappointing aspects for us about the Seychelles versus a destination like Zanzibar for instance, is that so many of the hotels here seem to lack any authentic local style or character – instead they are either quite bland and anonymous, or in the case of some of the more recent upmarket developments they have a transplanted Bali-style architecture and décor style.

The L’Archipel though is a lovely exception to this general rule – instead this charming and intimate property, built along a lovely stretch of golden sand on Praslin’s north shore, oozes Creole colonial style and atmosphere. The position of the hotel is also glorious with the 30 rooms lying scattered on a tree-filled hillside that forms a natural amphitheatre above the secluded and palm tree lined Anse Gouvernement beach. The L’Archipel lies at the far end of a short road leading off the northern end of the much busier Cote D’Or beach, so there’s no passing traffic to disturb the peace and tranquility and the beach is to all intents and purposes private due to the lack of public access.

Unlike most of the other Seychelles hotels where the rooms are found grouped in conventional blocks, the 30 rooms at the L’Archipel by contrast are primarily found as pairs of semi-detached cottages – some of them on the flat garden area close to the beach, with others perched on the hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of the bay below. Then there is the lovely plantation house also on the hillside looking down over the swimming pool which contains a number of suites.

The 30 rooms at L’Archipel are divided into 3 different room types – 23 Deluxe rooms, 3 Senior Suites and 4 Executive Suites. As you step up the ladder so the rooms become progressively larger, but they all boast similar features and décor – dark wood features prominently and whilst they lack the contemporary style of rivals like the La Reserve, they do have a more authentic local character. Funnily enough we really enjoyed the cheapest room type – the Deluxe Rooms – which had plenty of space including private verandas boasting great sea views. One thing to take note of is that (depending on exactly where your room is positioned) you could end up having to tackle quite a lot of steps, so the hotel is possibly not suited to those of limited mobility.

Moving on to the main restaurant and bar area, the feel again is very much of an authentic colonial style building, the light mint-green colour adding an attractive and unusual look. Talking of the restaurant, the food at the L’Archipel is outstanding and definitely one of the highlights of the hotel and is probably of a higher standard than its competitors. Service is also very attentive and professional and the ambience at night, when you dine in the upstairs La Feuille d'Or restaurant, is perhaps more formal than other hotels like La Reserve for instance.

Breakfast and lunch on the other hand, are served downstairs in the open-air Bonm Ange restaurant with tables dotted amongst the palm trees just above the beach and are much more relaxed and casual affairs. There’s also a cocktail bar (men to wear longs only after 7 PM) located between the swimming pool and the restaurant or during the day you can order something refreshing from the beach bar. One thing to note is that drinks prices here are, even by the notoriously high levels commonplace in the Seychelles, on the pricey side.

If you’re looking for plenty of action and excitement than the L’Archipel is definitely not the place for you. Sure there’s entertainment a couple of times a week but the whole ambience here is rather one of classy, sophisticated seclusion - this is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to simply relax in peace and quiet amidst beautiful surroundings!

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