Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie: The Lowdown

 

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If you hate the idea of coming to the Seychelles and only seeing the inside of a resort, then Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie is the perfect option. While this is easily the most luxurious hotel on La Digue, it’s full of character and very much part of the community, with bicycles whizzing past reception and cheerful Seychellois staff.

Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie  really like?

Your arrival at Domaine de L’Orangeraie will give you a good flavour for your stay. You land at La Digue’s bustling little dock where your bags will be offloaded alongside the islanders’ shopping. From here either walk, or take a short golf cart ride through the village to the lodge. On one side of the track is the pool, bar, and the two restaurants- one serving buffet style food and one a la carte restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner only. We’d definitely recommend pre-booking if you want to eat here- please just let us know and we will put in the request for you. The menu includes a lot of fresh fish and tropical fruit- your reviewer was delighted!

On the other side of the road is a cluster of villas housing the guest rooms.  There are 63 in total, all air-conditioned and decorated in a modern, natural style. Most guests stay in the Garden Villas- with light and bright décor, pebbled shower rooms and an outside seating area to snooze in. The new Garden Suite Residences have a second room, used either as a lounge or a children’s room, and up on the hillside are the Villas de Charme, which are a little larger and have gorgeous partially open-air bathrooms. These are a bit of a hike to get to, so normally there’s a golf cart available to take you to and from the main areas. The Elegance Villas de Charme are larger still and have their own jacuzzi pool, and there’s also a vast 3-bedroomed Presidential Villa. Heading right up into the boulders at the top of the hill is the spa, where several of the massage rooms have views to die for.

What can I do at Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie  ?

Have massage. Fall asleep. Repeat. No, seriously…. If you can tear yourself away, the beach in front of the lodge is pretty enough, but it would be fair to say that this does not really compare to many of the other gorgeous beaches in the Seychelles. However, this really isn’t what you come to La Digue for. Our guests normally head to another island for the standard tropical beach experience, and then come here for something different. There’s some great hiking around the island, and borrowing one of the hotel bikes is a fantastic way to explore La Digue, though be warned- you may encounter a hill or five.

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