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‘My Favourite Hotel’ review – Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

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Today’s ‘My Favourite Hotel’ is Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa on LaDigue, Seychelles.

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Today’s hotel is a resort and spa in the Seychelles.  Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa is reader Will’s favourite hotel and here is his review.  Click on the images to enlarge.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa is located on the stunning island of La Digue in the Seychelles. It is the premier hotel on the island and offers two restaurants, a bar, spa, pool and spectacular rooms with views stretching out over the Indian ocean.

La Digue has a helipad if you want to make a statement entrance, but for everyone else the journey to the island starts by flying into Mahe International airport.  This is followed by a transfer to the port and then an hour-long catamaran ride. Make sure you have your sea legs as it can be rough.

More than just a desert island, like some resorts you find in the Maldives for example, La Digue is sizeable enough to offer vegetation covered peaks of over 300m, a rich Creole culture, varied wildlife and some of the most stunning beaches anywhere in the world.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa overview

As with the vast majority of visitors, I disembarked the ferry, waited for my bag and then met a waiting hotel representative at the port. There are no motorised vehicles allowed on the island so the short transfer was made by golf buggy. The resort offers 63 rooms across 5 room types, so facilities are never crowded.

The resort stretches from the sea front to the top of a rising hill, with rooms scattered along its slopes. The higher the room category you choose, the higher up the hill you will be. On call golf buggies make the journey whenever you request them.

The pool, restaurants and bar are all located ocean side and have a westerly aspect to ensure the optimum sunset cocktail view! A small private beach is located to the side of the property but not used much as the world famous Anse Source d’Argent beach is just a 10 minute bike ride away.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Our room at Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie

After check in formalities were completed, alongside a refreshing mocktail and a cooling towel, I was driven to Villa 219, categorised as a ‘Ville de Charme’ room type, which is the resort’s mid range offering.

A small path led down to two large wooden doors and a thatched porch with another set of doors that took you inside the villa.

The room itself consisted of a very large combined bedroom and living room with a wooden balcony running along the length of it.

A half inside half outside bathroom sat at the end of the building and had two sinks, a deep tub and a shower (the toilet was inside).

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Other room amenities included plush bedding with mosquito net (I didn’t use this during my stay and didn’t notice any bites), a mini bar, bottled water, fruit basket and oil burner. The 70 square metre room’s highlight was the wrap around balcony, complete with two sun loungers.

At this height on the hill, the room was located within the jungle foliage. It was possible to spot birds and bright green geckos with the shimmering Indian ocean down below.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Facilities

The main draw for visitors are the islands fabulous beaches.  For days when you don’t want powdery soft white sand in between your toes, the resort’s pool is large enough to swim lengths and the ‘Alambic Bar’, located to the side serves a range of snacks, cocktails, and beers. The local Seybrew beer or Takamaka rum are a top pick for refreshing in between dips.

The bar also served sun downers and after dinner drinks on the discreet terrace located above the lapping waves.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

When booking, you can choose from Room Only, B&B, Half or Full Board.  I was initially wary of anything other than B&B as I didn’t want to be tied to one place for my meals, but in the end opted for half board. The choice of restaurants on the island is somewhat limited, so if you didn’t eat at the resort you’d probably end up at another hotel’s restaurant.

I needn’t have worried.  Whilst you are able to choose between an a la carte restaurant or a buffet (think Dubai / Singapore 5* hotel buffet style) I actually ended up in the buffet restaurant every night of my trip.  There was a revolving theme each night, such as Asian, creole, seafood etc. The service and quality of food on offer was extremely high and you cannot find anything better on La Digue.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Water was included in half board but alcoholic drinks were not.

The onsite ‘Eden Rock Spa & Wellness centre’ offered a range of massage and beauty treatments using organic and natural products from Seychellois brands. I didn’t visit during my trip, but the spa’s location on the hill looked very tranquil.

The hotel also offered bicycle and snorkel equipment rental and could organise a range of excursions such as scuba diving and catamaran rental.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Conclusion

A resort that can offer the range of facilities and services that Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie does, on such a remote island is impressive.  The choice of food and drinks was huge and everything I wanted was always available. The staff were welcoming and friendly without exception, available when you needed them with time for a conversation if you wanted.

The hotel is run independent of any chain, so you wont be able to use points here.  Bookings can be made on the hotels own website or via any of the usual booking sites.

As always, shop around for the best price and package that suits you. Prices change quite dramatically depending on when you visit, what board basis you choose and your room type.  The middle room type I stayed in was around £480 per night, half board, for 2 people.

If you’re in the market for a ‘post corona’ beach holiday with more to do than just a beach, you should seriously consider the beautiful island of La Digue.

The Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa website is here if you want to find out more.

British Airways flies to the Seychelles so it is a potential Avios redemption, with Club World seats costing 125,000 Avios return off-peak and 150,000 Avios return peak.  Current availability in Club World is currently very tight although there is some in June and August.

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Comments (19)

  • Si says:

    I second the above. Spent a week here but flew via Doha (BA to Doha, Qatar to Mahe all with Avios).

    Excellent hotel but mainy La Digue – the island itself – was unbeatable. By far the best island retreat I’ve been too. Enough beach, sea and marine life to know you’re somewhere special, but also plenty of habitat and wildlife on land to make it extremely interesting. This is still the only place I’ve seen giant tortoises in the wild – and with such abundance 🙂

    The island is only about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide and basically has one road/path running along it. You can get easily to everywhere on rented bikes (cheapest through the hotel). It also makes one of the best and most scenic morning running routes I’ve ever had (if that way inclined) before getting back to hotel and absolutely smashing the breakfast!

  • Gavin says:

    I’ve been to La Digue twice for a 4 night stay each time. It’s an amazing place and definitely worth a visit, my favourite part of Seychelles. However, although I’m sure it’s very nice, the above hotel is super expensive. We stayed at a lovely B&B run by a local family (different one each stay) for around £60/night including good breakfast. The island is very small – we were about a 5 minute bike ride from the above hotel, and often cycled past it. It’s true that restaurants are limited, but most B&Bs will make you a cheap home cooked creole dinner if you want, and there are a handful of restaurants. One of the best was a casual vegetable curry takeaway type place for about £3 per generous portion! Le Nautique is another good one for something a bit more expensive.

    • Kilburnflyer says:

      Can I ask what the names of the B&Bs you stayed at were called?

      • Gavin says:

        Pension Hibiscus & Bernique Guesthouse. There are many many B&Bs to choose from, at various price points.

  • meta says:

    Slight correction. You can also come to La Digue by ferry from Praslin (20 minutes ride). Many people spend a few days on Praslin before going to La Digue. You can fly to Praslin from Mahé Airport which is a better option when seas are rough, usually July/August.

    • Lady London says:

      I have a feeling Praslin has a lot of cheapish flights from France, a lot of French charter flight operators and package operators used to do it if you wanted to save money ex-EU.

      • Cat says:

        I’ve only ever seen Air Seychelles twin props that connect with their codeshare partners (notably Air France and Etihad), that may not have always been the case.

  • Christian says:

    Yea. hmm. I stayed here.
    Full of honeymooning couples on their “holiday of a lifetime” not talking to anyone else.
    When they did venture out it was only to do instagram selfies by the pool.
    Outside of the hotel, catering options on the island were all way overpriced and terrible, terribly slow. (Even the pizzaria).
    Wouldn’t stay again.

    • Cat says:

      Oh dear, did you not discover Snack Bellevue and the takeaways?

      • Christian says:

        I did, but didn’t come all that way for takeaways. The hotel and the people were too up themselves. I enjoyed the other Seychelles islands and hotels I stayed at more.

        • Cat says:

          Yes, but it is one of the best ways to try authentic Creole food, in a business run by a local. Some of the food I had in less salubrious venues was incredible.

  • Cat says:

    One or two minor corrections and additions:
    – there are motorised vehicles on the islands, not many, but there are cars and vans, and have been for years!
    – the sea isn’t too bad most of the time, it’s usually only in August that the crossings are dreadful. Most locals avoid the boat from Mahe to Praslin at least, choosing to fly instead, then take the ferry to La Digue for the last 15 minutes from Praslin
    – there are quite a few amazing restaurants on the island – my favourites were Snack Bellevue, at nearly the highest point on the island (the vue is, indeed, belle, and shouldn’t be missed), for the delicious unlimited Creole food and the incredible sunset views across to Praslin, and Rey & Josh
    – B&Bs can be found in a wide variety of price brackets, and if you get lucky, you get a local who can cook (on my last trip, I found a place for $40 a night, and I ate there most nights, only leaving for Snack Bellevue, because it was so good!)
    – If you stay at Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie, you are about as far away from the best beaches as you can get Anse Source d”Argent, Anse Cocos, Anse Marron, Anse Pierrot, Petite Anse and Grand Anse are all at the other end of the island – if you want the luxury of a big hotel and don’t mind paying far more than you would otherwise, this is the hotel to go for, but there are very nice B&Bs and lovely lovely restaurants that are far closer to the stunning beaches

  • Speedbird676 says:

    La Digue is stunning!

    I know Seychelles is seen as a luxury destination and it’s tempting to stick to the hotel for food, but I’d urge anybody visiting to get out and try the local food.

    Some of the places may look like rundown shacks but you’ll find some really delicious food and genuinely be helping local people.

  • David S says:

    We will be staying here later this year (hopefully!!!)
    Planning to hire a bike and wander around to see the best beaches and planning to grab some lunch in local places.
    Thanks for the review.

  • bsuije says:

    Oh man… I could cope with the Paris review yesterday, but this has really got me itching to get away!!