Set between the lush forested hills of Praslin and the shores of the Indian Ocean Coco de Mer and the Black Parrot Suites are an ideal choice for people who love nature, and don’t want the starchy formality of the top end luxury resorts.
What’re Coco de Mer and the Black Parrot Suites really like?
Coco de Mer (and the neighboring Black Parrot Suites) are perched up above several small pretty beaches. On the Coco de Mer side of the hotel rooms are simple but comfortable, with a choice between Superior Rooms on the ocean front and Standard Rooms set back in the gardens, but still looking towards the sea. They’re all in little stone tin-roofed blocks with a small deck in front, and French doors opening into the room. Décor is traditional, tropical style, with light wood, wicker furniture, and cheerful blues and beige furnishings. There’s a corner bath in the bedroom and a separate shower and loo in the bathroom.
Surprisingly, for such a romantic feeling hotel, this also works very well for families and the superior rooms do have an option for inter-connecting rooms. There are two lovely pools to splash in during the natural seaweed season (roughly May-October) as well as a toddler pool.
For people who prefer a more adult atmosphere, there is also an annexe of 12 Junior Suites (the Black Parrot Suites) which are larger and have a small sitting area within the rooms. These are limited to travellers over the age of 14 and there’s a private bar in this wing as well as a third swimming pool for Black Parrot guests only.
Meals are comfortable, Creole style cooking combining European style food with fresh tropical ingredients. Given the remoteness of where you are, please make sure to let us know if you have any dietary requirements in advance as the villages on Praslin do not have many alternatives! We should also stress that your gloriously remote location does mean that wifi can be a bit intermittent at times!
What can I do at Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites?
No review of Lemuria would be complete without mentioning the golf- the 18 hole championship As well as the beaches at the hotel, Coco de Mer runs trips several times a week to Anse Lazio beach, and the hotel also has bikes which guests can hire to explore the area. You can also rent snorkelling equipment, and there’s a gym and lovely nature trail for hikers. Lastly, for total relaxation, there is a small spa. Aside from this, visiting La Digue is an easy day trip (and well worth a visit if you’re aren’t staying there already) and the Vallée de Mai makes for a lovely morning’s walk.
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