Explore the small, sleepy island of La Digue before flying over to Praslin island to relax on the beautiful beach at L'Archipel.
2 nights La Digue including breakfast; 7 nights L’Archipel including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
12 days from £2,628pp
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On the beach - 8 days
Small and enchanting, the independently owned Hotel L'Archipel offers excellent value for money and great charm and character. Set in a natural rock amphitheatre blanketed in mature gardens, it offers an intimate Seychelles experience a world apart from the international chains.
Hotel L'Archipel is in a wonderfully peaceful location in the northeast of Praslin and is set on a secluded bay flanked by rocky outcrops. The elegant whitewashed buildings are built in a colonial style with the cottages scattered across the hillside. Choose to laze by the infinity pool or on the beach, take snorkelling trips from the hotel's private boat, or kayak in the crystal-clear waters. The gentle crescent of white sand here shelves gently into the sea making it perfect for swimming and guests can also try scuba diving or fishing with a professional guide. The hotel has two restaurants, La Gigolette right on the beach and the more formal Feuille d'Or, which serves locally-caught fish and international dishes. Twice a week a Creole buffet is served on the beach. Two villages with a choice of shops and restaurants are close by should you wish to venture further afield.
The 32 rooms and suites are joined by winding paths fringed by hibiscus and frangipani and each room has a spacious terrace with panoramic views of the gardens and ocean.
After the beach - 2 days
Pretty coves and exquisite white-sand beaches line the coast of La Digue island, where ox carts and bicycles are the main form of transport. Relax and enjoy the slow pace of life, cycle along the coast passing coconut plantations and small Creole houses or take to the water for incredible snorkelling and diving. You can also take boat trips to the tranquil islands of Iles Cocos, Marianne and Les Soeurs or explore the trails of La Digue Vev Reserve, a lovely spot that is home to black paradise flycatchers that are unique to the area.
Le Repaire is a charming hotel set on a lovely beach, within easy walking distance of the shops, jetty and bicycle hire. The nine stylish rooms offer sea, mountain or garden views while the restaurant and pool overlook the ocean.
32 rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 pool
L'Archipel is set in beautiful mature gardens, a natural amphitheatre cut into the granite rock of Praslin. The peaceful setting is provided by the secluded position, a gentle crescent of sand protected at both ends by rocky outcrops making this both a private and safe beach.
Winding paths take you through the tropical gardens and up and down the hillside to your deluxe room or suite, passing palms, hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea trees. The rooms are built on differing levels and from each balcony guests have panoramic views of the gardens, beach and ocean. Inside the rooms are spacious and elegant and have the following facilities: ceiling fan and air-conditioning, double bed, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and television. All the rooms are en-suite.
There is plenty to do at L'Archipel. There is a fresh water swimming pool and free kayaking. Snorkelling equipment is provided and the hotel can help you arrange snorkelling trips if you would like. Finally, the food L'Archipel is excellent.
A breakfast buffet is served near the beach. Dinner is a choice of Table D'Hôte menu or á la carte in 'La Feuille D'Or' serving a gourmet menu of locally caught fish and seafood and international dishes. Once a week a Creole Buffet is provided near the beach featuring local dishes.
L'Archipel welcomes families although there are no specific children's facilities.
L'Archipel is an elegant property, built in a very typical Creole style. Situated above a private beach, it is nicely tucked away from other hotels, and is peaceful as a result. It is very much a boutique hotel, with lots of character, and there is good attention to detail. We send a number of guests to this hotel and feedback is consistently very good.
Rooms are set in the gardens, on the hillside or close to the beach, connected by winding paths lined with hibiscus and bougainvillea. Each of the spacious rooms has stunning sea views and a balcony.
Please note, that as the resort is set over a hillside there are many steps to reach the rooms and as there is no buggy service, this hotel may not be suitable for those who are less mobile.
Spacious Deluxe rooms are 60m2 rooms and set on the hillside, gardens or close to the beach with a balcony with fantastic views.
The Senior Suites are slightly larger than the Superior or Deluxe rooms at 65m2. They offer a semi separate lounge adjacent to the bedroom and are set on the hillside with enviable views from the balcony.
The two Executive Suites are the largest room type at the hotel at 120m2. These spacious suites are set on the top floor of the main building and have a separate lounge. The best feature is the expansive veranda, perfect for a sundowner.
Activities, diving & excursions
The infinity pool located on the upper level of the main building has beautiful views overlooking the white sandy bay and kayaks and stand up paddle boards can be hired free of charge. The hotel arranges snorkelling trips on its own boat and you can also hire bicycles to explore the surrounding area. Fishing and diving trips can also be arranged.
As you’d expect given the size of the hotel, there isn’t as wide a range of comprehensive facilities as some of the large international chain hotels. However, it’s perfect for those who would like to be out and about exploring or spending some time relaxing by the beach or pool.
Seychelles has a wide variety of diving opportunities with some islands offering granite rocks covered with soft corals and rich marine life, while other sites have wall dives, drift dives and wreck dives. You might spot turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, sting rays or even whale sharks, especially in August and October – November.
In general the best conditions are April-May and October-November when visibility is best and the water temperature is warm.
The hotel does not have its own dive centre but can help you arrange diving with local operators.
Food & drink
The restaurant is set in the main building, split over two levels. On the ground floor you are directly next to the beachfront while the upper floor has a more formal setting. Dishes include seafood, creole and international dishes and varies between table d'hote and buffet.
A Creole buffet is served on the beach weekly with live music and there are also restaurant options in the two nearby villages.
Please note, gentleman are expected to wear trousers at the bar and restaurants in the evenings.
The hotel does not have a spa however In room treatments can be organised on request
Location: La Digue
La Digue is a sleepy island where life is relaxed and nobody is ever in a hurry.
Creole houses nestle under papaya trees with flowers overflowing from window boxes and plant pots. Fishermen dawdle along the road with fish hanging from sticks, wooden pirogues glide across the water and ox-carts and bicycles are the principal forms of transport.
Wildlife of La Digue
Offshore, La Digue is surrounded by a necklace of coral reefs. Here, snorkelling will reveal corals, sponges, and all manner of fish from emperor angelfish to starfish and turtles. Hundreds of black paradise flycatchers are protected in La Digue Vev Reserve, a lovely spot to while away a few hours, where gentle trails lead through takamaka and badamier trees.
Whilst small, just 5 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide, La Digue is not short of exquisite beaches. The coast is lined with pretty coves, soft, white sand, interspersed with granite boulders that turn pink in the sunset. The beaches are flanked by coconut palms and fairy terns and white-tailed tropicbirds are a common sight.
La Digue is ideal for relaxation, although there are gentle activities to enjoy as well. You can enjoy bike rides along the coast, visit the coconut plantation and ramble to view points and deserted beaches. You can also take boat trips to the islands of Iles Cocos, Marianne and Les Soeurs, all of which are even quieter than La Digue.
Accommodation: Le Repaire
This charming small hotel has a good central location on La Digue, in easy walking distance of the shops, jetty and bicycle hire shop.
There are just nine rooms here, all spacious (the smallest is 32 metres square) and all feature air-conditioning, fan, a safe, television, hair dryer, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and an ensuite bathroom with shower. Four of the rooms have sea views, three have garden views and two have a mountain view. It is possible to add an extra bed for a child into all of the rooms, making this a good option for families.
There is a restaurant which overlooks the sea, serving light lunches and dinner, using a mix of Italian and Seychellois influences. There is also a small swimming pool, as well as the lovely beach of course.
Day by day
Board your plane for the overnight flight to the Seychelles .
On landing in Mahe you will be met by an Audley representative who will show you around to the domestic terminal for your flight to Praslin. This flight is only about 15 minutes and you can enjoy the beautiful views over the islands as you go. Once you arrive in Praslin you will be collected at the airport and taken over to the jetty to catch the 15minute ferry to La Digue. When you arrive at the jetty in La Digue you will be collected and taken over to your hotel.
Today perhaps have a walk down to the main street where you can hire a bicycle for a few days or for the duration of your stay. This is the best way to get around the island and gives you complete independence to go where you want, and when. They come with baskets in the front so you can pack a picnic, and snorkel masks and fins, and just head to a secluded beach!
Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken over to the jetty in time for the ferry to Praslin.
When you arrive on Praslin you will be met and taken to L'Archipel for a week of relaxation and exploration.
L`Archipel is well suited to a spot of relaxation with an excellent beach, shady pool and very attentive staff.
During your stay you can relax or enjoy activities to explore the island or surrounding waters.
Why not take a sailing trip to explore some of the fascinating islands off the coast of Praslin as well as enjoying great snorkelling opportunities.
Aride Island is one of the most striking islands of the Seychelles and well worth a visit not only for the scenery but also to discover its birdlife and flora.
Situated east of Praslin, Coco and Felicite are beautiful islands with white sandy beaches frequented by turtles. The rare green turtle can be seen from June to September and so you may just be lucky enough to catch them while you are there.
One option for seeing more of the island is to arrange a visit to the Vallée de Mai. Here a guide will show you some of the plants which are endemic to the Seychelles such as the Coco de mer, and if you're lucky you may even spot the very rare black parrot.
Enjoy your last day at L'Archipel before preparing to return home.
Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken over to the airport for your flight home.
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