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Your home away from home
Yes, it is quite obvious that we are particularly fond of this hotel with its very tasteful design, the romantic tree houses, and its caring staff. After we had our dream wedding on the Anse Source d’Argent beach in 2012, we also celebrated our third anniversary here in 2015 and now, for the third time, we are once again visiting this wonderful and romantic boutique hotel on La Digue.
The crossing from Mahé takes about one hour by ferry. You can go directly with the Cat Cocos from Mahé to La Digue or you can stopover on Praslin and then continue with the Inter Island Ferry. This way the departure times are much more flexible! You can easily book the ferry tickets here. We definitely recommend the Upper Outside Deck – it’s airy, sunny and you will not get seasick in the back rows!
Many bridal couples, to whom I always recommend the Seychelles as a wonderful honeymoon destination, often ask if there is a lot to do. And the answer is, yes, most definitely!! We have been there three times and have just seen 5 of the 115 islands.
We are especially fond of La Digue – it just has a really relaxed flair! You quite simply cycle to the beach, lean your bicycle against a tree, without a lock, and enjoy the day at the beach! This is paradise!
Well, all right… this time our bicycle was no longer there one evening, but this is the exception in the otherwise safe paradise! And the return trip that came about in the loading area of a pickup truck was extremely cool!
Our “second home” in the Seychelles has expanded and changed somewhat since 2012, but it’s still gorgeous and there is something new to discover every time.
It is always great to see the staff again, even though our last visit has been over a year ago. And it is exactly these sincere and cheerful employees who make this hotel such a special place.
After being picked up with a golf cart at the jetty and greeted with a deep ceremonial gong, we were welcomed with delicious iced tea and warm smiles. Then it is simply a case of relax and enjoy. You are in paradise now and can forget about the hectic pace of everyday life!
The lobby with the Safran Boutique is brand new and very tastefully designed.
The pool with its poolside bar and beautiful ocean and sunset views is perfect for spending a relaxing day with cocktails and a good read.
The sunbeds are so comfortable!
The hotel’s own small private beach area has just been completely redesigned! It is not perfect for swimming and snorkeling, but great for sunbathing and relaxing! Plans for another bar that will be situated right on the beach are also well underway.
The Floating Dinner concept is brand new! What could be more romantic than dinner for two floating in the ocean? The platform is easily moved to the beach for ascent and for every course of dinner and then simply slowly floats out to sea again. This is unique in the Seychelles!
Villa de Charme
We fell in love with the Villa De Charme, the beautiful and romantic tree house built into the hillside, a few years ago! These villas are just so very romantic and unique! You even have beautiful ocean views from some of the villas, sometimes even from the bathtub!
The way to the upper villas definitely is easier down, than up! But you can also opt to be driven to your villa with one of the nimble golf carts at any time.
We loved everything about this villa! The design is timeless, cozy and absolutely tasteful!
A special highlight is the beautiful open bathroom with rain shower and bathtub.
Our tip for some romantic moments together: The In Villa Tchaba Bath that can be ordered at the spa.
Treat yourself with a wonderful bath experience in the privacy of your villa.
Our therapist are happy to create a most sensual and blissful experience.
A sensual mix will leave your skin radiant, soft and velvety.
In addition, the Villa de Charme Elegance also has a jacuzzi on the terrace. We stayed in one of the chic Garden Villas on our last visit (Review >>). The Presidential Villa, situated almost on top of the mountain, has several rooms and a private pool!
Eden Rock Spa
This exceptional spa was built right on and into the granite rocks. The view from the open treatment rooms is just spectacular!
And the treatments on offer by the very kind therapists are diverse and professional! Definitely not to be missed! (Spa Menu)
We were able to enjoy a wonderful Aromatherapy massage. It was amazing and wonderfully relaxing! The ambiance is simply magical!
The spa also has a steam bath and a jacuzzi.
Restaurants & Bars
The Santosha restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Creole and international cuisine is served.
The half-open restaurant with its outdoor terrace and the great ocean view is really cozy!
The various themed buffets, the Catch of the Day and the live cooking stations offer variety and such delicious food.
Unfortunately, more and more sand has disappeared from the restaurant since 2012. Today sand is only found in the last third of the restaurant. Such a pity, as we always enjoyed being able to eat with our feet in the sand. But then again, many women still find high heels important, even when in paradise!
Le Combava Restaurant
This romantic restaurant by the pool offers some of the finest á la carte dishes! Perfect for a special occasion!
At the pool bar, you can also sit in the pool. Or you can enjoy the view or watch the sunset from the cozy seats on the terrace. The pool bar serves delicious cocktails or snacks all day long.
After sunset, you can let another day in paradise come to an end with a cocktail or a glass of wine in hand.
Honeymoon & Wedding
If you would like to get married at the famous Anse Source d’Argent beach in the Seychelles, you can spend your perfect wedding day and honeymoon in this hotel. There are various areas that are just perfect for romantic candlelight dinners and they always have a great Honeymoon Special to entice you.
+ 1 bottle of champagne and a fruit platter
from 5 nights:
+ 1x 30-minute manicure or pedicure for the bride
+ 1 romantic candlelight dinner for two in the a la carte Combava Restaurant consisting of a 3-course dinner, drinks not included.
As mentioned above plus a 60-minute spa treatment per person/stay (from 5 nights)
This time we also accompanied another couple to their wedding day on the beach. The scenery with the huge granite rocks is simply incomparably beautiful and unique!
More pictures and the video of this beautiful wedding can be found here.
Ever since we got married here, we have lost our hearts to this hotel! It quite simply is very special! It radiates so much warmth and tranquility. One feels right at home here! We will certainly visit it more often! In our opinion, it is the most beautiful hotel on La Digue, if not in the Seychelles! And the bridal couple that we have just accompanied here absolutely shares our opinion! To them, their wedding in paradise was just as perfect, as ours was to us!
Rooms: 63 Villas in total (Garden Villa, Garden Suite Residence, Villa de Charme, Villa de Charme Elegance, Presidential Villa)
Air Temperature: 24 – 30 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 27 degrees Celsius
Best time to visit: Throughout the year. May/April and October/November have the most windless conditions and are the warmest (good for snorkeling and diving). December to February is the rainiest (usually only strong, warm short rainstorms). On Mahé, the most mountainous region, it rains more often. On La Digue, it seldom rains. From May to September there are monsoon winds (good for windsurfers)
Flight duration: About 10 hours from Germany to Mahe Island
Time difference: GMT + 3 hours in summer GMT + 2 Hours
Price: From 350 EUR per night including breakfast
Special: Pay for 6 = Stay for 7 nights offer
Returning Visitor Special: Up to 15% discount on the room
Special features: Very personal service | Extremely romantic atmosphere | The most beautiful hotel on the island | Beautiful Zen design | Stunning villas
Perfect for: Couples, honeymooners, connoisseurs, nature lovers, peace seekers, romantics, families
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie
Anse Sévère, La Digue, Seychelles
Tel : (00248) 4299 999
Fax : (00248) 4299 888
L’OFFICIEL VOYAGES Avril-Mai 2012 – Adresses d’initiés:
« Un cocon ouvert sur la nature »
TRAVEL LIVING UK September 2012 – « The most stylish »
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER December 2011 – Lesser Spotted Seychelles:
« A very smart mini-resort »
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER December 2011 – Le Domaine’s Restaurant:
« The best place to eat on the island »
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER December 2011 – Lesser Spotted Seychelles:
« Excellent spa »
TRAVELMAG South Africa April 2011 – « Paradise at its best »
LE FIGARO February 2011 – Style & Vous: « Hôtel étonnant »
CLASS & RELAX Luxury Travel, Art and Lifestyle February 2011 –
« Combining elegance and zen refinement »
THE SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL April 2010 – Seychelles : Where to stay:
« Best for Traditionalists »
ELLE MAGAZINE February 2010 – Top 10 des lunes de miel:
« Le 7ème Ciel aux Seychelles »
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Note: During our stay we were partially supported by Le Domaine de L´Orangeraie. Thank you so much! The opinions expressed in this article is nonetheless 100% our own!