What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- There’s oodles to do, from speedboat trips to neighboring islands to diving, golf, sailing and turtle spotting
- Three-tier pool carved into granite boulders, with a swim-up bar serving mango, honey and fig martinis
What To Know
- Best for honeymooners and families (the Constance Kids Club is fantastic); not really suited to a party crowd
- Drinks are pricey
- You’ll need a car to explore the island beyond the resort
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Seychelles’ second-largest island, Praslin is paradise with a capital P: coconut palms, turquoise surf and often deserted white powder beaches. The Constance Lémuria has the most desirable location, at the northwestern tip, hidden among lush foliage. Despite its size — 105 villas and suites on rambling grounds — the resort retains a castaway vibe. Beaches aside, there’s a Shiseido spa, a gym, a Rodney Wright–designed 18-hole golf course, free bikes, water sports galore, a kids club and a turtle conservation project. The breezy open-air architecture is impressive but the public spaces feel somewhat dated; the Legend restaurant features tusk-like torch-holders, low ceiling fans and mahogany floors, for example (an update is planned). The Beach Bar & Grill is laid-back and maximizes its location by commanding the sapphire surf, with tables scattered around a circular wooden bar.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms favor function over frills and showcase natural materials such as pink granite and indigenous woods. The white marble bathrooms are spacious, with studded shutters that open to reveal views of the Indian Ocean from the tub. Junior and Senior suites come with a balcony or terrace, while Pool Villas flaunt deliciously private wraparound pools, indoor/outdoor showers and a sunken deck for butler-delivered star-lit dinners. Book Pool Villa 4 or 5 for a good chance of seeing turtle hatchlings (between December and February).
Leafy palm, takamaka and almond trees provide shade on the three white powder beaches. Grand Anse Kerlan is long, quiet and popular with hawkbills; Petit Anse Kerlan is a creamy curve with smooth granite boulders, a net for safe snorkeling and a beach kiosk that serves fresh salads. A five-minute buggy ride away, Anse Georgette is the perfect secluded stretch for a picnic (ask the resort to prepare one in advance) and a dip in the warm, shallow water. Seafood is the star at all three restaurants, from buffet-style Creole curries to grilled snapper in banana leaves. You should dress for dinner at the Seahorse, where the must-order dish is duck breast with sweet spices and fondant potatoes. The bamboo-shaded, thatch-roofed spa specializes in Shiseido treatments, with a holistic slant. The Japanese bathing ceremonies are sublime.
In the Area
A Seychelles trip wouldn’t be complete without seeing the famously suggestive Coco de Mer trees in the Vallée de Mai nature reserve, a 20-minute drive away; look for the resident black parrot flitting among the branches. Côte d’Or in the northeast is livelier, with fresh fish stalls, hawkers and dreadlocked locals firing up beach barbecues to a reggae soundtrack. Island-hop from there: See more than 500 giant land tortoises on Curieuse, come face to beak with rare nesting birds in a protected reserve on Cousin, pedal around old-fashioned La Digue or snorkel alongside iridescent fish in the marine park surrounding St. Pierre islet.
How to Get There
We had a family lunch in Nest, the seafood restaurant in Lemuria. There was 11 of us, so we prebooked the menu. The service was extremely friendly and well paced. I have seen reviews about service being slow, but our service was very good and this was for a party of 11. The food was delicious and we had a lovely time. It is very restful sitting back and looking over the beach and the small cove. A lovely location - highly recommend it.
Spent a week at the hotel in a Junior Suite in November (perfect time to getaway from the gloomy weather in Europe).
We appreciated the following aspects:
- Quality of the service and the food: staff members were extremely kind and helpful in every outlet. You could really feel that they were trying their best to provide you with a top quality experience. The quality and diversity of the food was outstanding. We enjoyed thematic buffet at the main restaurant most evenings. The chefs are there to explain every dish to you, which gives an extra edge to the experience, especially if you are a foody. We also had a seafood menu at the Nest on evening, and it was delicious. Half board is sufficient (we were not very hungry for lunch with the heat, rather enjoyed some drinks at 2pm).
- Style: we always found it difficult for hotels to succesfully blend local style without turning kitsch, and luxury without turning "newly riched" style. We can truly tell that this hotel has found the sweet spot there.
- Beaches/Golf: we love walking on the beach and were therefore delighted to find three, two of which one can easily have a swim. I rarely play golf, but went to shoot two buckets as the scenery is simply outstanding. We definitely recommend this hotel for golf lovers.
- Quietness/Guests: this comment is a matter of personal tastes. We highly appreciated how peaceful the atmosphere was. We wanted to go for a relaxing holiday and this is exactly what we had. To be more specific, it seemed that all guests also came for the same purpose and therefore behaved appropriately. We had bad experiences in the past in hotels were guests were loud, let their kids misbehave, etc... It wasn't the case here. We also appreciated the fact that management imposed a dress code (long pants at night for men for instance). We felt that it was highly appropriate, as a sign of respect to the refinement of the place.
Overall, an excellent choice for a true luxury, relaxing holiday in Seychelles.
Went there to visit Anse Georgette and have lunch at Nest restaurant.
The whole resort is magnificent set on rolling acres by the sea, with palm trees and flowers everywhere.
Two beautiful beaches: small anse Kerlan, and stunning, quiet anse Georgette.
We had such a wonderful time playing and swimming in its crystal clear turquoise water that we missed lunch at Nest restaurant!
But the pool bar was still open and welcomed us.
It was still delightful, under palm trees, with a peacock trotting around. Pizzas and salads were delicious,as well as the coconut sorbet dessert.