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
- 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
The hotel is located on at the northern coast of the island at the Anse Kerlan and Petit Kerlan. The grounds are large including an 18 hole finely manicured golf course. Golf carts shorten the effort to get from place to place. Our junior suite was part of a 4-roomed, 2-storied cottage with a ground floor veranda separated from the sea by a 20 meter lawn and some bushes. The room is ample enough considering that most of the time is spent outside.
Three swimming pools and a diving/water sport center at the smaller beach are the center of the hotel activities. A golf cart brought us to the Anse Georgette, one of the beach highlights of our trip.
Three dining places and a beach restaurant offer delicious food.
The entire staff is super friendly and accomodating.
We had a delightful 4-day stay and only wish we could have prolonged it a bit to explore all the available activities.
Where 5 star service meets a breathtaking landscape. An unforgettable experience in all respects. A big big thank you to the whole welcome team (particularly Muhammad, Dennis and Virgile). Our kid fell right at home. Culinary experience is next level in all restaurants, the Legend (Jeff’s snacked thuna fruity bites are amazing!), Diva and Nest. Will definitely come back.
Constance Lemuria has a beautiful location with excellent beaches and very good service.
The only serious problem is very loud music from the open air bar every evening. It is really annoying even in suites by the see view with all windows closed .
We stayed at Constance Lemuria for one week and loved every day. Starting with the welcome ceremony we already had a great start. The rooms are very nice, well equipped and in a great setting spread over the hotel area.
We've really enjoyed the big buffet breakfast as well as the food at the different on-site restaurants. Diva and the Nest were simply great - lovely food, lovely setting and perfect service. The at the main building is also a great spot to spend time after dinner, because the offered live music every evening.
Unfortunately the airline did not put our luggage on our flight and therefore we've spend 2 days without our belongings. However the hotel helped us to get our bags back and did the best to make our stay enjoyable without our stuff.
The hotel is also great for golfer and even if you don't play you should walk around the golf course that provides great views over the island.
Last but not least the beach facilities are very nice and you can spend there really a long time enjoying the sea and relax. Highly recommend this hotel.
As you arrive at Lemuria you are almost presented in to the resort with a sounding 'gong' and then these beautiful doors open and the ceremony of welcoming you begins. I have to say I absolutely loved our stay here, 5 nights of amazing food, relaxation and a little adventure.
A must do is to walk or take the hotel buggy (every half hour) over to Anse Georgette, possibly the most beautiful beach in the world for me. Take a towel and a bottle of water as there are no beach boys here, handing out anything, its a hidden beach and I am sure Lemuria want to keep it this way. My highlight was watching the Fregate birds flying above, simply stunning.
We had sundowners of champagne and canapés on the 15th hole of the golf course, up on the hill over looking Anse Georgette a memory which will last with me a lifetime.
I would dine everywhere, especially at the Nest, the views and shade are both welcoming.
An amazing stay, highly recommend.
Thanks to SeyExclusive for booking such a wonderful trip for us again.