Surrounded by the famous – and rare – palm tree for which it is named, Coco de Mer Hotel is a serene sanctuary on the southern edge of Praslin Island in the Seychelles. Everything that makes this tropical island chain such a paradise destination is here, from the hotel’s 200 acres of lush forest and landscaped gardens, to the powder-soft sand and the laid-back mood.
Facing the azure ocean, Coco de Mer’s Waterfront Spa offers an enticing menu of both modern and traditional therapies, many of which are based around the coconuts that are in such abundance on the island – including coconut milk baths and fresh coconut body wraps.
All of the modern and airy accommodation at Coco de Mer Hotel faces out to the turquoise ocean and all have balconies or terraces so you can spend maximum time soaking up the sun and the spectacular beach views. The Superior Rooms and Junior Suites also have decks with outdoor sofas and chairs, great for lounging.
Abundant with mango trees, hibiscus flowers and colourful birdlife, the gardens at Coco de Mer Hotel are a wonderful place to wander and lose yourself. Among them are terraces with sun lounges, a stunning pool and hammocks strung from palm trees, so there’s no shortage of places to chill out. The hotel fronts onto several small beaches that form part of the Anse Bois de Rose bay (watching turtles lay their eggs here between November and January is a special sight) or there’s a shuttle bus to Anse Lazio beach.
Decorated in rustic tropical style, with thatched roofs and wooden beams, the restaurants and bar at Coco de Mer Hotel have a wonderful castaway feel. The poolside Mango Terrace Bar and Restaurant serves a range of cuisines, while Hibiscus Restaurant offers lavish buffets with many Creole specialities, as well as barbecues and live entertainment.