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By Chris Boyle

Sheltered Pavilion / All Villas

A brand new luxury offering close to the UNESCO World Heritage Vallée de Mai nature reserve, Raffles Praslin Seychelles opened on February 10, 2011 and is everything an upscale oceanfront Eden should be.

All 86 elegantly appointed pool villas boast stunning views of the Indian Ocean and lush tropical greenery, while a pristine white-sand beach overlooking Curieuse Island grants easy access to blissfully temperate waters. Top restaurants with outdoor dining options abound, and guests are invited to enjoy a myriad of activities, from snorkeling, diving, sailing and fishing to yoga, biking and jungle trekking, as well as programming for toddlers, children and teenagers at The Sugar Palm Club. Truly unwind at Raffles Praslin Spa, the largest in the Seychelles, and allow Raffles’ legendary butlers to cater to your every whim.


Master Bath

Number of rooms in suite: One or two bedrooms and a living area

Number of entrances to suite: Two, one for service staff

Number of baths: One to two, each with an indoor rain shower and bathtub, plus an outdoor rain shower

Suite style: A clean, modern décor with neutral color palette and airy interiors exudes sleek beachside comfort and elegance, showcasing sweeping ocean views perfectly.

Key selling points: Delight in a king-size down feather bed and duvet, bathtubs with gorgeous views and a resident’s bar stocked with wine and champagne. The suite also offers everything you need for oceanfront outdoor living, including a private plunge pool, a fully furnished sheltered pavilion with barbecue grill and an open-air balcony with sundeck chairs.

Number of suites in hotel: 12 (eight one-bedroom, and four two-bedroom)

  • Square footage: 2,153 (one-bedroom); 2,960 (two-bedroom)
  • Nightly rate: From 3,400


Raffles Praslin Spa embraces the philosophy of living well, and focuses on the pearl, whose unique luster begins with a grain of sand.

Here you’ll experience a similarly enriching transformation, a holistic rejuvenation of body and mind, supported by a team of highly skilled therapists. Located in front of the ocean, the spa’s 13 treatment pavilions are set among natural rock formations and a tranquil Spa Garden, the ideal spot for relaxing before and after your treatment.

Signature treatment: The Lotus Journey

Spa Director Nik Pappas



Curieuse Seafood Restaurant: A breezy, island-chic venue offering the best seafood prepared with light, modern cooking techniques.

Manager Domenico Iannone


Losean Restaurant: Fusing Mediterranean and Indian Ocean cuisine, Losean beckons with an open kitchen, fresh, homemade delights and themed buffets three times a week.

Takamaka Terrace Lounge: With dramatic sea vistas and a trendy, soothing ambience, Takamaka is the perfect rooftop hot spot for cocktails, cognacs, cigars and more.

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