Take a 45 minute boat trip or 10 minute flight from Mahe Island and you will arrive at the magnificent and remote Praslin Island. There, hidden away amongst the islands lush greenery is the Indian Ocean Lodge, a tranquil and authentic Creole hotel renowned for its faultless customer service and surprisingly reasonable rates. The unique positioning between the green scenery inland and the turquoise vistas of Grand Andea Beach makes the Indian Ocean Lodge a secluded slice of paradise from every angle.
Grand Anse is just on the outskirts of the tiny village by the same name and is one of the longest beaches on the island, with shallow flats that extend far out to the reef, and water barely lapping along the shore. This makes it ideal for family activities or simply strolling up and down the coastline. The hotel is just a 5-minute drive from the Praslin airport, 15 minutes from the Baie Ste Anne Jetty, about 20 minutes from Cote D’Or beach (a hotspot for diving and island excursions), and 35 minutes away from the world famous beach of Anse Lazio.
Designed to relax and embrace it’s guests the Lodge and its 32 rooms offers all the creature comforts of home with added opulent luxurious touches. The interiors have been designed to uniquely identify with Praslin in every way, with pastel and earth tones, along with fixtures and made out of traditional materials like palm leaves and coconut husks and shells. The white-washed furniture, built by local carpenters, lends a soothing, rustic finish to the room.
All rooms have been conveniently designed to easily convert into ideal accommodation for families. Standard rooms are equipped with king-size beds, but two adjacent built-in couches are easily converted into twin beds, allowing a family of 4 to be comfortably accommodated. Each room is also inter-connected to its adjacent room, which offers plenty of space for families of even up to 8 individuals.
The spacious bathrooms were created with guests’ day schedules in mind. The double shower means you can freshen up and get rid of the sand you have accumulated from the beach without waiting around for your partner, and clothes-lines ensure those wet bathing suits dry out in good time.
Guests are spoilt for choice at the hotel’s Blue Marlin Bar & Restaurant, which presents the very finest and freshest of local seafood, all prepared with flare and flavour to satisfy the most discerning of foodies. The restaurant offers two distinct areas for you to dine – inside the main building, or out on the covered veranda. Breakfasts are served from 7:30 to 10:00AM, and dinner from 19:30PM, with an a la carte pool bar and bistro open throughout the day.
The pool bar offers a selection of bistro favourites, such as homemade burgers, sandwiches, pastas and fresh fish selections, all available from our a la carte menu. The bar is also open through the evening for you to enjoy any number of cocktails creations and drink specials.
For those who want to explore all that Praslin Island offers, a free shuttle bus is provided by the hotel to transport guests through the majesty of the island, arriving at the exquisite beach of Anse Volbert. The Indian Ocean Lodge can cater for every aspect of a dream wedding in paradise, promising a uniquely romantic experience for couples. The exquisite gazebo by the beach, or the beach itself, are ideal venues for exchanging or renewing vows. Special honeymoon packages are also available together with a range of different add-ons to make your paradise getaway even more memorable.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.indianoceanlodge.com