Our arrival at Constance Lemuria consisted of a short ride by golf cart through a stretch of rain forest dubbed “Jurassic Park” where we were welcomed by Leonardo, one of the resident giant Aldabra tortoises. As we arrived at the reception area, a ceremonious gong was struck and huge imposing doors opened to reveal stunning vistas of the pool, pristine beach and ocean beyond. I was already enchanted.
Named after a mythical lost continent, the five-star Constance Lemuria has much going in its favour. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, it is the largest resort on the pretty island of Praslin, dominating over 100 hectares of the north-west coast. Surrounded by verdant tropical gardens and some of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles, it overlooks the iridescent waters of the Indian Ocean. It also boasts the only 18-hole championship golf course in Seychelles and is a prime turtle nesting area.
We were welcomed to the entrance lounge where we were checked in by the friendly Sophia as we sipped on refreshing watermelon juice. This was followed by a brief orientation tour of the resort ending at our suite.
The suite was bright, airy and spacious with island style decor. There was a seating area, a working area, and a beverage station with a Nespresso machine. A bottle of sparkling grape juice awaited us along with a basket of fresh fruit, banana bread, and some welcome gifts.
Sliding doors opened onto a balcony with sea views. We loved relaxing on the comfortable daybed to the soothing sound and sight of the sea and would have stayed there all day if there wasn’t so much exploring to be done.
After freshening up, we headed to the golf course to experience some of the most spectacular views in Praslin. The penultimate event of the MCB Tour Championship was recently held there, hosting many international celebrities in addition to the professional golfers. The 15th hole overlooks the gorgeous Anse Georgette beach and the Indian Ocean, and on the 18th hole players are treated to sublime views all the way to Mahe, as they tee off from the top of a hill.
There are 4 restaurants at Constance Lemuria. We enjoyed delicious buffet breakfasts and a Mediterranean themed buffet dinner at Legend Restaurant, along with some of the best restaurant service we’ve ever received. As I walked around the buffet gathering my food, a staff member would miraculously appear at my side and take my dish to the table. When we got to the breakfast buffet a bit late, they extended the closing time just for us. They also went out of their way to make new dishes for us.
One evening, we were hosted for a 5-course dinner at Diva Restaurant - the hotel’s fine dining-restaurant – by Hilda, the guest relations manager. We feasted on deep seawater black cod, confit miso glazed red snapper, yellowfin tuna escabeche and 5-texture chocolate dessert, inter alia. It happened to be my son’s birthday and the staff were already aware of it without me saying anything. Everyone wished him and after dinner they sang for him as they presented him with a birthday cake, ensuring that his birthday was really special.
The Nest restaurant overlooks the Anse Kerlan beaches and we had drinks there while we watched two baby lemon sharks frolicking in the waves below.
The hotel has been internationally recognised for its conservation efforts and even has a turtle manager, Robert Matombe. We did an ecotour with him where we learnt some fascinating facts about the flora and fauna in the region and fed the giant Aldabra tortoises. It was also turtle nesting season and Robert showed us a few nests on the beach. I had no idea that turtle nesting was such an interesting topic!
Birdwatchers will love spotting the numerous bird species here. Apart from the indigenous birds, there is a resident peacock with a wife and chicks.
With so many on-site activities, there’s no need to leave the resort. Embark on a night safari, do a yoga or sushi-making class, or swim in the triple level swimming pool that cascades down to the sea. Other activities include outdoor chess, mountain biking, tennis, hiking, snorkelling and other water sports. Golf newbies can get a complimentary golf lesson. Or one can just relax at the spa and wellness centre.
Young kids will love the kids club which hosts activities for them during busy periods.
Constance Lemuria is the perfect vacation hideaway and a stay there will leave you with memories that will last you a lifetime. It was certainly one of the best resorts we’ve ever stayed in anywhere in the world, and the most difficult part was leaving.
Read about our stay at Constance Ephelia.