Where to Stay on Praslin, Seychelles: 13 Best Hotels & Resorts for All BudgetsOur personal recommendations for the best areas and places to stay
Praslin strikes the perfect balance
Most visitors to Seychelles set foot on Praslin at some point – and for good reason!
The tropical island offers the beauty and tranquility of the much smaller La Digue without the relative “bustle” of Mahé – all while striking a perfect balance between long stretches of stunning (undeveloped!) beaches and luxury of the highest order.
You can definitely visit Praslin while staying on a budget, but it’s not for nothing that Praslin is known as Seychelles’ best honeymoon island. The options for romantic accommodation are simply unmatched.
So: kick back and enjoy life at its finest on Praslin’s powdery white sands, surrounded by that crystal-clear water and the island’s biodiverse, lush interior. Oh, how we dream ourselves back.
In this travel guide to where to stay on Praslin, we’ll provide information on which area of the island 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 that give you great value for your money.
Where to stay on Praslin:
- Budget: Exotic Guest House – Location right next to Anse Volbert with a spectacular view (and kitchen).
- Value for money: Acajou Beach Resort – Best all-around resort on Praslin.
- Luxury: Le Château de feuilles – Exclusive boho vibes and very private.
- Ultra luxury: Six Senses Zil Pasyon – One of the world’s best (and most expensive) resorts.
Table of contents
Praslin map and geography
Praslin is the second-largest island in Seychelles at 38.5 km² (compared to Mahe’s 157 km² and La Digue at just 10 km²).
The main road of Praslin runs along the perimeter of the island. Only the stretch between Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio in the north is without a road. A “shortcut” goes across the island, right next to the Vallée de Mai.
Around 7,500 people live on Praslin. Its highest point is 367 metres above sea level.
Where should you stay on Praslin?
You can’t really drive for more than an hour on Praslin, so no matter where exactly you’re located on the island, it’s pretty easy to go everywhere.
But which area of Praslin is the best? Well, the three main areas people stay on Praslin are:
- Grand Anse: Where the airport is located to the northwest.
- Baie Ste Anne: Praslin’s ferry harbour to the south.
- Anse Volbert (Cote D’Or), a popular place to stay for tourists on the island’s eastern coast.
Staying on Anse Volbert (Cote D’Or)
Anse Volbert (Cote D’Or) is where most people stay on Praslin. Here you’ll be able to step directly out onto a long, wide and white sandy beach with shallow waters perfect for swimming and families with children.
Being so long, the beach doesn’t get crowded and you’ll easily be able to find your own spot in the soft sand.
The best hotels and resorts on Anse Volbert (Cote D’Or):
- Acajou Beach Resort – Where we first stayed on Praslin. The island’s best all-around resort.
- Les Lauriers Eco Hotel – Luxury at a fraction of the cost of some of the island’s more expensive options.
- Exotic Guest House – Best budget stay on Anse Volbert.
Secluded hotels and resorts on Praslin
If you want to stay at a more secluded location for your honeymoon or romantic trip, consider accommodation at either Praslin’s northern or southern end.
You could even stay at your own private island!
The best private hotels and resorts on Praslin:
- Constance Lemuria – Direct access to the gorgeous Anse Georgette and two private beaches.
- Le Château de feuilles – Exclusive boho villas at Praslin’s southern tip.
- Black Parrot Suites – The adults only luxury version of Coco de Mer Hotel.
- Chauve Souris Relais – Stay on a private island!
- Six Senses Zil Pasyon – Located on nearby Felicite Island, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is one of the best (and most expensive) resorts in the world.
The best hotels on Praslin
Some of the most luxurious hotels in Seychelles are located on Praslin, so you can definitely splurge here if you’re looking for that romantic holiday of a lifetime.
Budget options are also available, and we’ve tried our best to give you recommendations all over the board here.
Best value for money hotels on Praslin
- Acajou Beach Resort – Where we stayed on Anse Volbert.
- Coco de Mer Hotel – Very private (and popular!). The second resort we stayed at on Praslin.
- Black Parrot Suites – The more luxurious version of Coco de Mer Hotel.
- Chauve Souris Relais – Stay on a private island.
- Le Chevalier Bay Guesthouse – Unique location on the epic Anse Lazio.
- Les Lauriers Eco Hotel – Luxury at a fraction of the cost of some of the island’s more expensive options.
Acajou Beach Resort
Acajou Beach Resort is located smack middle on the stunning Anse Volbert beach.
While this part of Praslin is one of the few that have been just minimally commercially developed, it still feels very wild around these parts.
Hotels are few and far between on Anse Volbert, and most of the time all you can see is palm trees and that mesmerizing ocean.
The hotel itself is lovely. The rooms of Acajou Beach Resort are spacious and include all of the amenities you might need, there’s a pool, a gym and everyone working here is just super friendly.
Both breakfast and dinner are served buffet style in the restaurant and the quality of the food is high. Dinner changes theme nightly.
Because we eat a vegan diet we ended up talking a lot with the head chef who helped prepare some special meals for us. Top class service!
Coco de Mer Hotel
Coco de Mer Hotel is located on Praslin’s kind-of remote southern end. This makes it the perfect hideaway for couples looking for some privacy.
As the hotel is located facing west, there’s good potential here for some jaw-dropping sunsets.
There are two pools at Coco de Mer – one of which is overwater on the “ship” in front of the hotel.
It’s also possible to swim from the private beach (which is quite tide dependent). Snorkelling is supposedly amazing.
The vibe at Coco de Mer is formal and professional yet elegantly relaxed. All of the rooms are stylishly decorated and include free wifi, A/C, European electrical plugs and all those other things that are nice to have.
Both breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant as buffets with quality ingredients. Make sure to come early if you want a table overlooking the water!
Coco de Mer is all in all simply a great place to stay on Praslin. It’s also (justifiably) very popular, so this is one of those places you probably have to book far in advance.
Black Parrot Suites
Black Parrot Suites is the extra luxury version of Coco de Mer.
Located just steps away from each other (and run by the same people), it’s still two different accommodations – the main difference being the fact that Black Parrot Suites is adults only.
The amazing pool here is only for the guests of Black Parrot Suites, and from the looks of it, this is the perfect place to stay if you basically just want to circle between your room and the pool.
Black Parrot Suites is located on the top of a natural granite hill and has also managed to incorporate the stones into its architecture in a very impressive way.
The views from up here are naturally spectacular.
Chauve Souris Relais
Who wouldn’t want to stay on their own private island?!
On the way to Curieuse Island, we sailed past Chauve Souris Relais and couldn’t stop talking about how cool it must be to stay out here.
It doesn’t even look as expensive as we would have thought.
Le Chevalier Bay Guesthouse
Le Chevalier Bay Guesthouse is located uniquely located on Anse Lazio – the beach often touted as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Rooms aren’t huge here and you do pay for the privilege of the location – but if Anse Lazio is one of the top reasons you wish to visit Praslin, it just might be worth it.
Les Lauriers Eco Hotel
We love the natural materials and attention to detail that has gone into building Les Lauriers Eco Hotel.
You essentially get what looks like a luxury hotel for a fraction of the cost. It’s still not cheap, but Les Lauriers Eco Hotel is a great option for a romantic hotel on Praslin.
Just like Acajou, Les Lauriers is located with direct access to the long, amazing beach Anse Volbert.
Best 5-star luxury resorts on Praslin
Not only is Praslin home to some of the world’s finest beaches, but the Seychellois island is also home to some of the finest luxury resorts.
- Constance Lemuria – Huge golf course, two private beaches and direct access to Anse Georgette (our favourite beach on Praslin).
- Raffles Seychelles – Great value luxury villas.
- Le Château de feuilles – A resort you won’t want to leave.
- Six Senses Zil Pasyon – Located on nearby Felicite Island, this is one of the world’s best (and most expensive) resorts.
You have to actually go through Constance Lemuria to get to the exquisite beach Anse Georgette, so we can only imagine how luxurious it must feel to be able to just walk down there from your room.
There’s a huge golf course here and apart from direct access to Anse Georgette, the resort also provides access to two additional private beaches that look nothing short of stunning.
Raffles is located with a direct view over to Curieuse Island – and Anse Lazio is not far away, either.
As far as we could tell, the villas here are some of the largest for their price on Praslin.
Le Château de feuilles
The design, style and architecture of Le Château de feuilles is somewhat different from what we’ve otherwise seen at luxury hotels in Seychelles.
It’s more of a boho vibe, yet still very much exclusive-looking. There are also just 10 rooms.
Though close to Baie Ste Anne, the resort’s location is very private – but why ever leave when you’ve got that view?
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Even though not technically located on Praslin, it would be a shame not to mention Six Senses Zil Pasyon.
The resort (which is located on nearby Felicite Island) 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.
Best budget hotels on Praslin
Thankfully, staying on Praslin doesn’t have to break the budget as there are quite a few budget accommodation options on the island. Here are some of the best ones.
- Exotic Guest House – Fantastic views over the bay of Anse Volbert.
- Hotel Plein Soleil – Value for money with a pool.
- La Residence D’Almee Guesthouse – Comfortable stay near the port.
Exotic Guest House
Exotic Guest House is located right next to Anse Volbert.
For the price, you not only get a spectacular view over the bay but also access to a (simple) kitchen where you can save additionally on cooking some meals at home.
Hotel Plein Soleil
The rooms at Hotel Plein Soleil aren’t huge, but you get direct access to a pool for a price that’s hard to beat.
The rooms look modern and include A/C, free wifi and a private bathroom.
La Residence D’Almee Guesthouse
If you want to stay comfortably and rather cheaply near the port, La Residence D’Almee Guesthouse is a solid bet.
The rooms look clean and also include a fridge, kettle and microwave.
The 11 best things to do on Praslin
There are so many amazing things to do on Praslin!
For all of the best beaches and activities on the island, check out our full travel guide: Praslin Island Travel Guide: 11 Best Beaches & Things To Do.
How to get around Praslin
Rent a car
One of the best ways to see Praslin is surely to rent a car.
We only rented a car ourselves on Mahé but can definitely attest to the flexibility it provided there. Being able to stop anywhere for a quick photo or swim is just the best.
Driving around Praslin ourselves would have been amazing.
The fleet of rental cars on Praslin is quite limited, so reserving your car in advance is a really good idea.
Be aware that they drive on the left in Seychelles. Many rental cars are automatic.
A popular way to get around Praslin is by private transport.
The cars and minivans (which are essentially taxis) are run independently and as far as we could tell, the prices were all set.
We used Golden Transportation run by Mike and Jeannie and can easily recommend them. You can contact them by WhatsApp on +248 2 619 441.
Busses run on Praslin.
There are three routes that basically cover all of the island’s roads.
You can’t go directly to Anse Georgette or Anse Lazio but you can get pretty close.
Big suitcases are usually not allowed on busses.
Walking around Praslin is doable but if you’re going far we won’t recommend it.
Unfortunately, the main road doesn’t have a sidewalk most of the time so safety-wise it’s not great.
Renting a bike to go around the island also didn’t seem like a realistic option.
To get around Praslin, renting a car, taking a taxi or taking the bus are generally your best options.
How to get to Praslin
Most people arrive on Praslin from Mahé by ferry. Crossing takes about one hour.
The ferry drops you off at Baie Sainte Anne in the southeast of Praslin. This is also from where you can take the ferry to La Digue.
We took the ferry from Praslin to Mahé, and let’s just say that it wasn’t exactly pleasant…
Even though the weather was extra wild that day, we have heard that the sea is generally rough even on clearer days.
It’s important to say that we always felt safe. We just also felt very sick from the rollercoaster ride.
The ferry is both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than flying with Air Seychelles between Mahé and Praslin, but if you’re prone to sea sickness and have the funds, we could definitely see the argument for the plane winning out.
Flight time between Mahé and Praslin is just around 15 minutes, and on the way, you’ll get scenic views of both islands including some of the smaller islands in-between.
The planes are very small (with room for just about a dozen people) – so that’s also an experience by itself.
When to visit Praslin
The weather on Praslin is very similar to the weather on Mahé and La Digue.
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.
Praslin very rarely gets hit by tropical storms because of its lucky location.
Tips for visiting Praslin
- 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 Praslin).
- Downloading or carrying an offline map is a good idea, especially when hiking.
- 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 – including Coco de Mer Hotel (adlink).
- 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 (also on Praslin) 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.
- 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.
What to bring to Praslin
- Travel insurance (adlink). Never travel without it!
- A good camera – here’s a guide to the gear we use.
- Sunscreen (adlink).
- Hiking shoes.
- 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
We hope this travel guide to Praslin has been useful. Thanks for getting all the way to the end!
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 Praslin Island in Seychelles?
If you’ve been to Praslin (or any other place in Seychelles) it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments.
If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything. We’re glad to offer tips and share our experiences.