At the end of the coastal road heading north from Praslin airport lies Constance Lemuria, a luxury hotel with one of the best positions on the island. With 3 fantastic beaches within its grounds – one of which is arguable the most beautiful on Praslin, if not throughout the whole of the Seychelles – it is hard to find a better spot. Add to this delicious food, impeccable service and a personalised approach to making your stay special, and you can see why this resort has been considered one of the best in the Seychelles since it opened fifteen years ago.
For many the beaches, spa and food would be enough to consider a stay at Lemuria, however golfers will appreciate another of the resort’s star attractions: an 18 hole championship golf course with stunning views of the beaches and the island’s jungle interior. Not content with being the only 18 hole golf course in the Seychelles, the Lemuria won the prestigious title of “Indian Ocean’s Leading Golf Resort” for five years running at the World Travel Awards.
The rooms and restaurants at Constance Lemuria are situated directly behind Anse Kerlan, which is divided into two bays. Petite Anse Kerlan is a picture perfect tropical beach – the kind you always dream of when you think of the Seychelles. This small cove is perfect for swimming, with a gentle slope and good snorkelling at the edges of the bay.
Grand Anse Kerlan, which the majority of rooms face, is a longer beach with a wild beauty. The waves here make it unsafe to swim, but the long untouched sweep of sand offers a great place to walk and enjoy nature; if you are lucky you may even see sea turtles laying their eggs at night.
Yet the jewel in the crown is the stunning Anse Georgette. Uniquely among the beaches of the Seychelles there are no rocks or coral in this white sand bay, giving the waters here the most spectacular turquoise blue. The currents here mean swimming is not recommended, but a paddle and a picnic (which Lemuria can provide) is the perfect way to enjoy an hour or two on this beach – and the sunsets here are legendary. An added bonus for guests is that the resort limits the number of outside guests than may visit each day, offering the chance to experience its beauty in peace.
The U Spa by Constance is set away from the main facilities of the resort in a bamboo garden, with water features adding to the tranquil atmosphere. Far smaller than it’s cousin at Ephelia, the U Spa feels very intimate, with little seating areas tucked into quiet corners of the garden.
As well as an extensive range of treatments to relax and rejuvenate, the U Spa also has an aqua and wellbeing area, comprising sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and a chilled plunge pool that comes as a welcome surprise in the tropical heat. Access to these facilities is free to all guests over 16 between 10am and 2pm, but restricted to guests receiving treatments at the spa after this time.
There is a good choice of restaurants at Lemuria, each offering something different for guests. The Beach Bar & Grill has the best situation, built into the rocks that divide the twin bays of Petite and Grand Anse Kerlan. With great views across the smaller cove of Petite Kerlan it’s a fantastic place to have lunch, with water that is so clear you can watch the fish swim in the sea below, while at night you can enjoy the sound of the waves.
Alternatively you may wish to take your lunch on the beach at Takamaka, offering light bites and delicious cocktails from morning to sunset each day.
If you’ve had enough beach for the day you may wish to dine at Seahorse, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, where the chefs cook a fusion of European and local Creole flavours surrounded by a tropical garden.
The Legend restaurant offers an excellent international buffet for breakfast and dinner where the focus is on quality rather than quantity. It has a great position above the treeline, overlooking the resort and allowing you to watch the beautiful birds of the Seychelles hop from tree to tree as you eat your breakfast.
As well as the large Legend bar, where you can enjoy entertainment in the evening alongside your cocktail, cognac or cigar, you can enjoy a drink without leaving the pool at the pool bar. There is also a bar at each of the four restaurants offering cocktails, juices and refreshments.
The Golf Course
The 18 hole championship golf course at Constance Lemuria was designed by Rodney Wright (USA) and signed by Marc-Antoine Farry (France). It is a challenging course, covering 80 hectares with a Par 70 and a total distance of 5580m, but perhaps the most striking draw for serious and casual golfers alike is its stunning setting. Surrounded by lush and rare vegetation, the views from this course are worth the trip alone. Whether it is the view from the 18th hole that takes in the course and the resort’s main beaches, or the unforgettable 15th hole with its view onto Anse Georgette this is a course you’ll always remember. Green fees are complementary for hotel guests.
Activities, Sports & Recreation
Aside from the golf course, one of Lemuria’s most striking features is the three-tiered, cascading infinity pool that has been built into the granite boulders the Seychelles are so famous for. Surrounded by tropical gardens, and with views of the sea from the upper levels it is a great place to relax away from the sea.
The Lemuria also offer excursions by boat, deep sea fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving trips, allowing you to visit the nearby islands such as Bird Island and Curieuse in order to see the marine life as well as the turtles and sea birds on the ground.
If you enjoy watersports, you have a choice of windsurfing, Laser and Hobie Cat sailing, kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling included in your room rate, as well as tennis courts, a fully equipped gym and mountain bikes on land. Yoga sessions and a personal trainer are also available at a charge.
Rooms, Suites & Villas
All the rooms at Lemuria are within a stone’s throw of the sea. Many of the rooms on the first floor will have partial sea views, though as with all Seychelles resorts the treeline is protected to prevent light pollution disturbing the nesting habits of sea turtles.
- 88 Junior Suites (52m2) The 88 junior suites feature a spacious bathroom, seating area and outdoor terrace or balcony with private dining space
- 8 Senior Suites (115m2) The senior suites add a separate living room area and whirlpool bathtub, as well as a double sized terrace or balcony
- 8 Private Pool Villas (725m2 with 2 bedrooms) At the southern end of Grand Anse Kerlan these spaciously designed villas feature bedrooms opening directly onto the gardens and beach just metres away. With 2 en suite bedrooms and an outdoor shower and bath, as well as a living room opening onto an outdoor dining area and a private swimming pool with massage pavilion.