Situated on a lush, boulder-strewn ridge on the eastern coastline of Praslin, Le Château de Feuilles is an intimate boutique hotel with breath-taking views of pristine white beaches, blue ocean waters and flower-filled tropical gardens. This paradisiacal retreat offers nine stylish suites, superb cuisine and a variety of memorable experiences in the most beautiful of Seychelles settings.
Guests in all of the hotel’s nine rooms and suites can enjoy arguably the best views on the entire island. With a maximum of 20 guests, personalised service is guaranteed, and the hotel will gladly arrange all activities and excursions. Apart from scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, golf, cycling and lazing on the beach, guests can savour a weekend excursion to the private island of Grande Souer, which is home to giant tortoises and sets a magically secluded scene for a delicious barbeque picnic. A free rental car (excluding fuel) is provided to guests who are staying a minimum of five nights, allowing for independent explorations of the island.
At just 38 km², Praslin Island is the second-largest island in the Seychelles, and is certainly one of the most scenic. The island’s coastline is blessed with exceedingly pretty coves, granite boulders, the whitest of beaches and lush green tropical vegetation, offset by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
The island’s forested, blossom-festooned interior hides the World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai nature reserve, which is one of only two places in the world where the endemic coco de mer coconut tree is found. Several stunning walking trails wind through the small reserve, while bird-watchers can look out for more than 100 different species.
Le Château de Feuilles is just a 15 minute walk from Anse Consolation and Anse Marie-Louise; which rank right up there amongst the island’s most picturesque beaches. The hotel is also perfectly positioned for boat trips to the sleepy island paradise of La Digue and the conservation hotspot of Curieuse – home to giant tortoises and coco de mer trees. Praslin’s balmy tropical weather makes it a year-round tourist destination, but the busiest times are generally December and January, and again from May to September.
Surrounded by gardens bursting with flowers, the hotel is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious boutique establishments on Praslin, but strikes a tasteful balance between stylish chic and natural charm. The building style incorporates rough granite, thatch and timber, while the interiors are minimalistic but characterful.
There are five different room types, but all lodgings are appointed with air conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite televisions, DVD players, mini-bars, safes, tea/coffee facilities, Nespresso machines and hairdryers.
The main chateau plays host to a King-size bedroom with direct garden access, as well as a larger suite with two ocean-facing balconies. There are two Deluxe Garden Suites – one on the first floor and one on the ground floor – which have either a large terrace or two balconies with equally wonderful sea views. The lounge area can sleep an extra child on a sofa bed, while the en-suite bathrooms have twin basins and a bath and shower with more fabulous ocean views.
Guests in the bungalow-style Junior Suites are also treated to panoramic ocean vistas from their terrace, and one of these rooms has the indulgence of a Jazuzzi. Immersed in the tropical garden, the Deluxe Family Villa has a King-size master bedroom leading to a terrace with some of the hotel’s best views, while the secondary bedroom opens onto a private garden. Both bedrooms have a luxury bathroom with twin basins and either a shower or bath. A child can sleep on a bed-settee in the spacious lounge area.
All guests have use of a crystal-clear swimming pool surrounded by a deck with loungers. The main chateau has various comfy seating areas to recline in, and the cuisine at the adjoining restaurant is of the highest quality, merging Seychellois ingredients with French flair.
The hotel’s indulgent breakfast provides a fabulous start to a Praslin day, incorporating everything from Seychelles tea and organic Bolivian coffee, to homemade pastries, fresh fruit salad and a wide selection of cooked options.
After the meal, guests can grab the provided beach towels and snorkelling gear to enjoy a day at the seaside, play golf at the nearby 18-hole course or embark on scuba diving and deep-sea fishing adventures. Transfers to and from the surrounding islands can be arranged, as can visits to Vallée de Mai.
On weekends, guests are reserved exclusive use of the hotel’s private island, which boasts two stunning beaches, pink granite rocks, countless coconut trees and a beautiful coral barrier teeming with marine life. The experience is made even more special by a wonderful barbeque lunch and an encounter with one of the island’s giant land tortoises.
After a day of adventure, the following day can be spent spoiling yourself to pampering treatments in the hotel’s spa.