Praslin, the second to largest island in the Seychelles, is an ideal base for guests to explore the archipelago. Praslin provides easy access to the surrounding islands, great accommodation and a smaller population than Mahe.

The island is also home to some of the world’s most exquisite beaches (Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette) as well as the Vallee de Mai World Heritage Site – a prehistoric forest brought to life by giant ferns and the fascinating Coco de Mer palm. The endemic flora and fauna on Praslin makes it appealing to nature lovers.

Praslin is 15 minutes by air from Mahe, or an hour by boat. The ferry can be rough between May and September so it is not ideal for those who get sea-sick, but it is a great way to get a taste of local life. Once on Praslin you can easily spent days exploring the smaller islands of La Digue, Chauve Souris, Curieuse, St Pierre, Cousine, Coco and Sister Islands.

For guests staying on Praslin we recommend Raffles, Constance Lemuria, Coco de Mer and the Black Parrot Suites, and La Reserve.

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