Where to Stay on La Digue, Seychelles: 7 Best Hotels & Resorts for All BudgetsOur personal recommendations for the best areas and places to stay
Seychelles doesn’t get better than this
Getting to the small island of La Digue in the Seychelles isn’t easy.
Now, you’ve arrived. And the second you set foot on the legendary beach of Anse Source d’Argent, you’ll know in your heart of hearts that the long journey was absolutely worth it.
Even though La Digue is small, it’s home to quite a few incredible beaches – most of which you’ll be able to enjoy pretty much by yourself.
In this travel guide to where to stay on La Digue, we’ll provide information on how to fit La Digue into your Seychelles itinerary, how many nights you should stay, which area is the best for couples, families and solo-travellers and then give you our personal recommendations for the best romantic hotels, luxury hotels and budget hotels. Let’s go!
Where to stay on La Digue:
- Budget: Villa Des Flots – A great budget option.
- Value for money: Le Repaire Boutique Hotel – Where we stayed on La Digue.
- Luxury: Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa – The best hotel on the island.
- Ultra luxury: Six Senses Zil Pasyon – One of the world’s best (and most expensive) resorts.
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La Digue map and geography
La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles at around 10 km² in size (so very small compared to Mahé’s 157 km² and Praslin’s 38.5 km²).
The length of La Digue is around 5 kilometres and the width is just over 3 kilometres. The highest point of the island is 333 metres above sea level.
There is only one town on the island (known as La Passe), situated on the western side. This is also where all ferries arrive.
How to fit La Digue into your Seychelles itinerary?
While “forever” is perhaps the right answer to the question of how long you should stay on La Digue, we understand that this might not be realistic for most people…
So instead, we’ll say that you should probably spend more time on La Digue than on Praslin or Mahé – at least if you’re looking for completely laid-back island vibes and picture-perfect beaches (as we were).
You basically can’t get to La Digue without first flying to Mahé and then taking a ferry or flight to Praslin (before continuing by boat to la Digue), so that cements Mahé and Praslin firmly in most tourist itineraries.
Just as it should be. Both Mahé and Praslin are amazing in their own right.
But we argue that you shouldn’t make La Digue an afterthought.
Don’t squeeze in La Digue “after” you’ve settled on a few days on Mahé and a few days on Praslin – sometimes meaning that you only get to spend a day or two on La Digue.
Instead, we think it makes sense to see La Digue as the main place to spend your time in Seychelles if you’ve come for the beaches.
How many nights should you stay on La Digue?
How much time to spend on La Digue is, of course, a very personal question that has to take in your needs, wants, budget and most importantly total time in Seychelles.
But we definitely think one day is not enough.
- With one day you can perhaps experience Anse Source d’Argent (and maybe even one other beach if you rush it) – but rushing it on La Digue kind of defeats the point.
- One night/two days on La Digue affords you to see a bit more. Still a little rushed, perhaps, but much better than one day.
- With two nights/three days you’re affording yourself to experience the main parts of the island as well as – crucially – also having enough time to actually relax and ease into the island vibe.
If you have the means and the time for it, staying for more than three days is highly recommended.
Which area of La Digue is the best?
As La Digue is so small, where you stay geographically on the island isn’t super important as you can easily go everywhere with a bike.
But there are small differences.
The main three places to stay on La Digue can broadly be categorized as staying by the town waterfront, on the town backstreets or by the northern beaches.
The best areas to stay on La Digue:
- La Passe: There is only one “town” on La Digue (it’s very small!), and this is where you’ll find almost all the shops, restaurants and hotels.
Staying waterfront here is perfect. While the beaches aren’t the best, you’re situated in the middle of the island and can go everywhere easily. And you have all amenities at your doorstep.
- Staying in the backstreets is the budget option. This is where most of the cheaper guesthouses are found. You’ll be further from the action, but not much more than a few hundred metres.
- Staying near the northern beaches is an interesting option. You’ll be very near some of the loveliest beaches on La Digue, but you’ll also be (relatively) far away from the rest of the island.
We tried staying on both the town waterfront and in the backstreets and liked both options a lot. Next time around, we could easily see ourselves being based by the northern beaches.
Whether you travel as a couple, a family or solo on a budget, all three areas will give you easy access to the rest of the island – especially if you rent a bike.
The best romantic hotels on La Digue
La Digue is one of the most romantic islands in the world for couples, honeymooners and other people simply looking for a beautiful, relaxing stay.
Here are the best romantic places to stay on La Digue:
- Le Repaire Boutique Hotel – A top choice for a romantic hotel on La Digue. Where we stayed.
- Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel La Digue – Rather similar to Le Repaire but with a pool overlooking the ocean.
- Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa – The most luxurious place to stay on La Digue.
- Six Senses Zil Pasyon – One of the world’s best resorts (located very near La Digue on Felicite Island).
Le Repaire Boutique Hotel
We stayed our first two nights on La Digue at Le Repaire and absolutely loved our stay.
The hotel very much has a boutique feel to it. It’s small, cosy and there has been paid a lot of attention to detail in the rooms. The communal spaces also feel super relaxed.
There’s a pool as well as direct beach access to one of the best beaches on the western side of La Digue.
The beaches here aren’t as postcard pretty as their counterparts on the rest of the island, but the beach right in front of Le Repaire is great for relaxing in the sun and cooling off in the water.
Quality pizza is hard to come by in the tropics in general, but somehow Le Repaire manages to bake outstanding pies in their Italian restaurant.
Breakfast is served as a buffet and here again, the food quality is satisfyingly high. Our experience as vegans was great.
It’s possible to rent bicycles directly from Le Repaire.
All in all, there’s no way around the fact that Le Repaire Boutique Hotel is a top choice for a romantic stay on La Digue.
Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel La Digue
Le Nautique is located right next to Le Repaire and seems rather similar in several aspects.
Here the pool overlooks the ocean, and while there’s not much of a beach in front of the hotel (depending on the tide), the beautiful waters are still very swimmable.
The rooms look wonderful and the restaurant comes recommended.
We have no reason not to think staying here would be an incredible experience.
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa
While there are technically no 5-star resorts on La Digue, Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa probably comes the closest.
It’s expensive, naturally, but for all those Seychellois rupees you do get a lot of value.
The pool area is spacious, and so is the beach here (which is very unique for staying in the town).
The location of the hotel kind of marks the end point of the town, which is in many ways the perfect place to be. This way, you’re still close to the ferry, restaurants etc., but you’re also just a quick walk away from Anse Severe – perhaps the best all-around (family-friendly) beach on La Digue for swimming and relaxing.
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie is a beautiful place to stay. A romantic holiday is almost guaranteed here.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Six Senses Zil Pasyon is not located on La Digue, but rather a stone’s throw away at Felicite Island.
If you’re looking for a true 5-star (or 6-star? 7-star??) experience in Seychelles, this is it.
The resort is considered one of the best in the world (and also one of the most expensive).
Staying here for just one night costs more than most people make in a month – or even a year.
But if you have that kind of money to spend, this is where you would want to do so.
The best budget hotels on La Digue
Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank to stay on La Digue.
While it’s not cheap cheap, there are a few places on the island that cater to the budget traveller.
Best of all: All of the stunning beaches are public, so you won’t miss the very best of what La Digue has to offer!
Here are the best budget places to stay on La Digue:
- Hotel L’Ocean – Comfortable rooms with nice amenities right by the lovely northern beaches.
- Villa Des Flots – One of La Digue’s more secluded locations.
- Zanboza Guesthouse – Easy access to all of La Digue’s beaches on a budget.
Situated at La Digue’s northernmost tip, a long family-friendly beach is just metres away from Hotel L’Ocean – and so is the super small but very photogenic Anse Patates.
The rooms look comfortable, and like all the other hotels recommended here, there’s both free wifi, A/C and a private bathroom.
Villa Des Flots
With a secluded location in La Digue’s northeast right next to the beach, staying at Villa Des Flots is quite different from staying in one of the hotels in town – even though it’s just 2.5 kilometres away.
Up here, the tempo is as slow and relaxed as it gets.
The beaches are wild, untamed and stunning.
And if you just want to get away from it all and listen to the sounds of the ocean, this is the perfect place.
Located on the way to the island’s wild eastern coast just after the town, Zanboza Guesthouse is worth taking a look at if you want a no-frills stay close to nature.
Staying here means it’s easy to get to both sides of the island.
As the hotel is located on top of a (relatively small) hill, it’s perhaps not ideal if you easily feel out of breath. The upside is that the views are great.
The 15 best things to do on La Digue
For being such a small island, La Digue sure packs a punch when it comes to (gorgeous!) activities.
For all of the best beaches and activities on the island, check out our full travel guide: La Digue Island Travel Guide: 15 Best Beaches & Things To Do.
How to get around La Digue
La Digue is so small that you can basically walk everywhere in less than an hour, but renting a bike is recommended if you’d like to see more of the island and/or want to get around quicker.
Cars are very few and far between, but many hotels and guesthouses offer pick-ups and drop-offs to and from the ferry.
How to get to La Digue
The main way to get to La Digue is by ferry from Praslin.
The crossing takes just about 15 minutes and is usually not too rough.
If you’re prone to getting seasick, it’s rather the ride between Mahé and Praslin you should be nervous about!
When to visit La Digue
The weather on La Digue is very similar to the weather on Mahé and Praslin.
Seychelles is a year-round destination, but there are some seasonal weather variabilities which might be worth knowing about it.
The sun almost always shines and the temperatures consistently hover between 24°C and the low 30s (it very rarely gets hotter than 32°C).
The best time to visit is generally considered spring or autumn when tourism is at its lowest and the weather is at its best.
High season is the summer months of July and August and over Christmas and New Year in December and January. Autumn is also a popular time to visit.
The warmest months are February, March, April and May.
The sea breeze is at its strongest between May and October, which isn’t ideal for snorkelling or diving. The best visibility is found during April, May, October and November.
It rains all year (it’s the tropics, after all), but often just in short bursts. The average humidity is 80%.
The south-east-trade wind picks up between May and September, while the north-west trade wind blows between December and February. In-between there’s almost no wind.
La Digue very rarely gets hit by tropical storms because of its lucky location.
The ocean temperature stays at around 26°C year-round.
Tips for visiting La Digue
- There is free wifi in many hotels, but it’s usually not as fast as using 4G.
- We can easily recommend buying a sim card with data for internet access. We bought ours from Airtel. They have shops all over the country (including on La Digue).
- Downloading or carrying an offline map is a good idea.
- The standard electric plugs in Seychelles are type G (like in the UK). Many hotels have adapters, and some even have standard European plugs (type C) and/or USB chargers installed.
- Checking the tides is crucial for visiting many beaches and natural pools at their optimal times.
- The tap water is drinkable (on both Mahé, Praslin and La Digue as far as we could tell) but doesn’t taste good. Consider bringing a water filter or buying water in 5-litre containers to save money and plastic. A few hotels offer free water refills.
- Bring euros or dollars to easily exchange for Seychelles rupees once you’re in the country. There are many banks where you can exchange money (even on La Digue) but they might be closed at weekends, so check the opening hours.
- Credit cards are widely accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants but some smaller businesses prefer cash – like for takeaway shops or bicycle rentals.
- Bring a flashlight or at least a phone with a flashlight. If you come back from a hike late or leave the beach after sunset, it can come in handy as there aren’t street lights everywhere. La Digue is especially dark after sunset.
What to bring to La Digue
- Travel insurance (adlink). Never travel without it!
- A good camera – here’s a guide to the gear we use.
- Sunscreen (adlink).
- Swimwear and a towel.
- Water and snacks.
Minimise your impact
To minimise your impact during your visit, follow these guidelines:
- Bring your own drinking water in a refillable bottle.
- Avoid single-use plastics, including straws.
- Dispose of waste properly. While putting your trash in a nearby trashcan is convenient, wrappers and other small items are prone to get taken by the wind and end up in the ocean.
- Check your sunscreen before going in the water. Many brands contain oxybenzone and other chemicals that are harmful to the ocean.
- Take only photos, leave only footprints. Let everything stay in its natural place.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
- Respect wildlife.
Thanks for reading
Thanks for reading our travel guide to where to stay on La Digue in Seychelles. We hope it has been useful!
Make sure to also check out our ultimate travel guide to Seychelles with the best things to do, where to go and itinerary ideas.
What do you think about the small island of La Digue in Seychelles?
If you’ve been to La Digue it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments. Where did you stay?
If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything. We’re happy to help.