Although each one of the islands in the Seychelles archipelago has its charm and spectacular nature, Praslin Island may be the most striking of all. Famous for its tranquil atmosphere, fabulous unspoilt beaches and rare vegetation, as well as its rich history as a port for Arab merchants. Situated on the western coast of Praslin is Constance Lemuria, nestled in the secluded lagoon of Anse Kerlan and surrounded by the world’s finest beaches.
Arriving at Praslin is an adventure in itself; the most popular way to get to it is the fast ferry from Mahé, which takes one hour to reach the island. Another option is a scenic 10-minute flight from Mahé to Praslin airport by Air Seychelles, which enjoys fantastic views of both islands. For those looking for an exclusive experience, the luxury private boat transfer could be the best option.
Couples and Families
Praslin’s wild and romantic nature caters to all types of travellers, whether a couple is looking to enjoy their honeymoon or celebrate their love or even a family looking to indulge in serene nature and spend quality time together.
Spanning over 100 hectares of land, Constance Lemuria is the largest resort on the island and ranked as the best honeymoon resort in Seychelles. Offering guests a large expanse of land to explore, encompassing three beaches, pockets of coastal forest, lush waterways, and an 18-hole golf course. The stylish hotel has been mainly crafted from natural materials, such as wood, stone, thatch and pink granite, giving an almost rustic appearance from the outside, with lavishly furnished interiors meeting the five-star standard. Upon arrival, each guest is provided with their own ‘passport’ that includes a list of local plants, fruits and animals they can encounter around the resort, a thoughtful and unique way to educate guests about the beautiful nature the Seychelles exhibits.
Fortunately, Praslin is not a crowded island that has helped retain its unique charm, so every peace and nature lover will surely want to come to this beautiful oasis. The beautiful landscapes are endless, ranging from beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters to dense forests filled with palm trees, Takamaka freshwater waterfalls, and much more.
Guests staying at Constance Lemuria can enjoy discovering Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Home to remnants of the original palm jungles of Seychelles and has often been described as a “Garden of Eden” thanks to its secluded and mystical nature. Vallée de Mai is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was placed under the protection of the Seychelles Government as far back as 1966 due to its uniqueness. The Coco de Mer is the largest seed in the world and only grows naturally on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. The oldest specimen of the tree is around 300 years old and 27 m high, with a perfectly straight trunk and large, fan-shaped leaves. The Coco de Mer is a precious seed, and the price for one source ranges between €200 and €600.
October and February mark the start of endangered hawksbill and green turtles’ return season. The untouched beaches around Constance Lemuria are ideal for female turtles to lay their eggs. Each female turtle can lay up to a thousand eggs a season, returning to the beach to lay as many as five times and laying up to 200 eggs at a time.
The turtle Manager at Constance Lemuria, Robert Matombe, conducts daily beach patrols watching for turtles’ tracks and nests in the sand and relocating the eggs when the location is not safe enough. This program started in 2015 under Dr Jeanne Mortimer’s guidance, famously known as “Madame Torti” in Seychelles. Guests can join in on these morning patrols and make a fantastic contribution to preserving the glorious environment. Under the supervision of the Turtle Manager, guests at Constance Lémuria can have the unique experience of watching the females come up on the beach to lay and later see the baby turtles move down to the sea.