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
Everything is great in this hotel, but above all it impresses vegetation! you live in a bush :) everywhere is full of green, on the beach too! the sunbeds are so placed that it seems that there are no people on the beach :) it makes you incredibly relaxing! If you want to have a beach only for yourself, go for a walk before breakfast .. at the beginning I just wanted to do photo sessions, but I fell in love with these morning walks. Food good, best at Diva restaurant. It is worth to book a few evenings there. Lunch is very nice on the beach at Takamaca Bar, or at the pool, overlooking the ocean :) The prices are decent. It's nice that you get bottled water in your room and on the beach for free. All 3 beaches are beautiful. It's worth seeing Anse Georgette, this turquoise water! You have to watch out for the waves;) Anse Kerlan is also pretty and very nice to relax on her. It is worth to take a larger suite, great accommodation! We loved the three-story pool overlooking the ocean, a brilliant idea! The pool is never crowded, there is no crowding on the beach. It seems as if there were few people, although during meals it can be seen that this is not true. There is peace and quiet in the whole area. There is no music or animation anywhere. Blessed peace. It's the biggest plus of this hotel !!! You can fully appreciate the peace, quiet and greenery. There is also a nice trip by a hotel boat to Anse Lazio! I highly recommend this hotel, it was a pleasant surprise !!! 100% of nature :)
We stayed at Constance Lemuria for five nights only, but we wished to stay longer
We took a domestic flight to Praslin, which is only 20 minutes, ideal, and the hotel it is only 10 minutes away. Lovely welcome by Mingmar who did a great job in assisting us with the check-in formalities
Two lovely ladies from the spa came and give us a neck and shoulder massage, even to our child.
The suite was immaculate as was the whole hotel.
Room service is excellent, cleaned twice a day, with bed turn down service, even had candles placed by the bed side on the last night.
The food quality was awesome.The buffet dinner is very rich and not monotonous at all, every evening having a different theme.
At Takamaka - beach bar we ate once at lunch, but we found that it is much more comfortable and tasty to call room service and eat in the privacy of our terrace.
At the Nest the food has been also good, but the flies that used to sit on our food were very disturbing!
Regarding other services: we used the spa once for massage, which was extraordinary, and our child enjoyed the bicycles available on the whole resort.
You can get a buggy to Anse Georgette Beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world,. Buggy runs every hour on the hour there, beginning of 9 o'clock, and 10 minutes past return. Sea is fantastic and clear there but very choppy.
These being said, Constance Lemuria it is a hotel that deserves returning guests.
Constance Lemuria was our second stop on our vacation in the Seychelles. Coming from a few days in the most stunning resort in Mahe, we were a bit scared to not find another hotel as beautiful as the previous one, but at the same time we were pretty confident that, being this a 5* resort with great reviews, we couldn’t be disappointed.
Anyway, I’ll try not to compare the two and be as fair as I can.
The main reason we decided to stay at Constance Lemuria was because of its three different beaches, including Anse Georgette, which is one of the most stunning beaches in Praslin. Side note: unfortunately during our stay in May, Grand Anse Kerlan was basically inaccessible because of the seaweed and the rough sea.
First thing we noticed on our arrival was that the grounds are beautiful: super green and well kept. The whole area is huge - also because of the golf course - and depending on your room location you may need to call a golf cart to get around.
Check-in was ok, except that we were initially taken to the wrong room (when we were trying to unsuccessfully open the door with the keycard and it wasn’t working we were told that maybe we deactivated it by keeping it close to our cell phones..). Once we arrived in our given room we did want to go immediately to the beach and enjoy the last hours of sunlight but we had to wait for our luggage that took a little longer to arrive.
The room itself, a junior suite, was clean and nice, but not luxurious. I understand that the rooms were “refreshed” recently but I think that they need a major makeover because they feel more like Club Med rooms and not something you’d expect from a 5* resort member of the Leading Hotels of the World. They’re not very private as every building hosts 4 rooms (2 downstairs and 2 upstairs) and you can easily hear everything coming from the outside. In-room amenities and toiletries are also basic and could be improved.
Petite Anse Kerlan is the main beach where you’ll find sun beds, the Takamaka Bar, and the Boat House. It’s a tiny beach and it gets kinda crowded but finding a free sun bed was never a problem. The water here is not exceptional though. The pool is just around the corner, and while it’s nice to see (is on three tiny levels) is not very usable for a swim. But when in Praslin you should probably head to Anse Georgette instead, it’s beautiful and just a 5 minutes ride from the resort (their private golf cart departs every hour, free of charge). Be aware that this is not a serviced beach and you’ll have to bring your own food and drinks (the resort will give you plenty of water if you ask).
So, if the accommodation was a little bit underwhelming, the food was surprisingly good, probably the best we had in the Seychelles. Breakfasts were served at Legend: plenty of choice, no complaints. We didn’t visit Legend for dinner as we’re not fans of buffet restaurants, but had super good dinners at The Nest and Diva. The first is more casual while Diva is a fine dining experience. Reservation is always required, and as we didn’t want to go to the buffet restaurants, we planned all of our dinners on the very first day at the resort. We loved both places, food was delicious and they also have an impressive wine list.
Funny thing is that at restaurants you have to pay for the same bottled water they give you for free during the day all around the resort.
Takamaka Bar is ok for a quick bite for lunch with your feet on the sand. We used to stay at the beach till sunset but unfortunately Takamaka is not ideal if you want to enjoy a beer/cocktail looking at the sun going down: it closes early and you’re left in the dark with no lights or candles or music (we had to use the flash lights of our phones right after sunset in order to see each other and finish our cocktails). Drinks are also served at the (very good) Huna Bar close to the Lobby but there’s a strict dress code policy in the resort so you can’t wear shorts at the bar. So basically there’s no place for relaxed sunset cocktails. Such a pity.
The dress code for men is something I would accept only at Diva, but having to wear long trousers even at the bar and at the buffet restaurant, considering the beach location and the super hot and humid weather, is hilarious (of course the dress code should be “smart casual” ‘cause nobody wants to see people dining in swim shorts and flip flops).
Talking about the restaurants.. a huge thank you to everyone working there, we found some lovely people, kind and hard working and they really made the difference. Sorry if I don’t remember the names, you know who you are!
Overall we had a good stay at Constance Lemuria and we will never forget the beauty of Anse Georgette