Take an idyllic tropical beach on a remote granite island, throw in the luxury and service of a classic hotel chain such as Raffles and you get the 5 star tranquillity of the Raffles Praslin. This all-suite Seychelles getaway lies just a 15 minute flight from Mahe international airport and is situated on an island once named ‘the rediscovered Garden of Eden’.
The theory behind the Raffles Spa is that every pearl starts off as a grain of sand and transforms into a beautiful, lustrous being. Within the 13 treatment rooms on the coastline, guests will find a steam room, sauna, whirlpools, inhalation room, soaking pools, fitness studio, spa garden and tranquil therapy rooms. Choose from a manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, body wrap or scrub and other indulgent procedures.
Each of the 86 villas have private plunge pools and large balconies, located on the hill or by the ocean. Every small, luxurious touch adds sumptuousness. The mini bars contain champagne, deck chairs and tables sit on the balconies and the covered pavilion beside each room houses a dining table and second bar. From daylight in the bathrooms to outdoor rain showers, walk-in wardrobes, 42 inch plasma TVs, wireless internet, sound bars with MP3 connection, and Nespresso coffee machines, everything you may need for an indulgent holiday can be found here. A butler service is available in each villa, as well as baby sitting, limo transfers and international newspapers. The rooms are decorated with natural hues, wooden four poster beds and contemporary finishes.
Lounge in your private plunge pool, enjoy the palm-lined beach and warm sea and sip cocktails at sunset: the aim of a stay at Raffles Praslin is to relax. Excursions into your amazing surroundings are available too, such as snorkelling and scuba diving over the protected coral of the Curieuse National Marine Park, walks around the red-earthed island of Curieuse, cycling around the granite island of La Digue and witnessing the world-famous coconut trees of Vallée de Mai and the rare Black Parrots who live there.
Choose from a choice of casual delis, formal restaurants, bar snacks and star-lit a la carte menus. Order a picnic hamper from the Losean Deli, sip a sundowner at the Danzil lounge bar and dress up for the Curieuse restaurant beside the pool. In-villa dining is also available on request.