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Lovely Lemuria is one of the finest resort hotels on Praslin, and to add to this, it backs on to one of the island’s best beaches and has a fabulous 18 hole championship golf course.
What’s Constance Lemuria really like?
With 105 suites and villas, we’d hardly describe Lemuria as small, but as it’s set in such vast grounds (101 hectares- large enough to use a golf cart to get from one end to another) and is so sensitively designed around the rocks and tropical plants, you never really get a sense of being overcrowded.
Stretched behind the soft sand of Anse Kerlan beach, a long, thatched row of double storey buildings house the junior and senior suites which have either a balcony or a terrace (senior suites also have a separate sitting dining area). Higher rooms have better views through the palm trees to the sea, lower rooms mean you can get onto the sand in extra-quick time. This is a cracking beach for walking on, and the corner near the Senior Suites is nice for a dip, but it’s fairly corally here, so Petite Anse Kerlan is a better bet for swimming. In all rooms you’ll get air-conditioning, satellite TV and patchy (but improving) wi-fi access. At the far end of Anse Kerlan, there are also a few 2 and 3-bedroomed villas which are great options for families travelling together.
Lemuria has several bars and 4 restaurants- the main buffet where you’ll eat breakfast daily (look out for beautiful, brightly coloured birds swooping by), a restaurant on Petite Anse Kerlan, a bar and grill overlooking the beach and a fine-dining seafood restaurant. Take a tip from us: these do get booked up, so please ask us if you would like us to make advance reservations for you. Also, dress for evening meals is smart casual, so gents need to deploy a pair of long trousers. As you can’t swim from all of the beaches all of the time there’s also a large multi-level pool, as well as a gym, and a blissfully relaxing spa.
What can I do at Constance Lemuria?
No review of Lemuria would be complete without mentioning the golf- the 18 hole championship course is the only one in the Seychelles and has some utterly beautiful spots. There are also three glorious, virtually private beaches: Anse Kerlan where turtles nest between September and March, over the hill near the golf course is jaw-droppingly stunning Anse Georgette- worth every step of the walk to get there- and last but not least, Petite Anse Kerlan which is smaller, but better for swimming. Lemuria will do its best to stop you leaving with tennis courts, mountain bikes, kayaks, windsurfs, sailing dinghies and pedalos, and for an extra fee there’s also diving (be warned- there has been a fair bit of coral bleaching, but fish life is excellent) and deep-sea fishing. However, if you can, we’d really recommend dragging yourself away at some point to explore a little more- take a day trip to sweet little La Digue or head out to explore the Vallée de Mai.
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