Surrounded by the wonders of the crystal blue ocean and quietly nestled amidst swaying palm trees and birds of paradise, Le Chateau de Feuilles offers spectacular panoramic ocean views from all the rooms and the property.
Châteaux de Feuilles is more like the sprawling home of a good friend than a hotel thanks to its low-key, elegant ambiance, highly personal service and doe-eyed Italian mastiff, Buba. The main house, open-air restaurant, small pool, spa and secluded suites are set in a gorgeous garden studded with granite boulders and brimming with oleanders, frangipani trees and trails of tissue-like bougainvillea. Inside, French style meets safari chic with exposed, rustic stone walls, driftwood fixtures and furniture and Latanier palm thatched roofs. Its effortlessly comfortable and doesn’t try to compete with the views, which are visible from everywhere and truly take your breath away. Unlike most Seychellois resorts, Châteaux de Feuilles has forsaken the beach for the granite summit of Pointe Cabris at the easternmost end of Praslin. Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago and is the location of the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO Heritage site where the coco de mer grows. Flights serve Praslin several times a day and take just 20 minutes from Mahé. Otherwise, guests can take a helicopter straight to the hotel.
Amentities & Facilities
In keeping with the rest of the property, the double room, three junior suites, three deluxe suites and Royal Villa are furnished in a deliberately natural and relaxed style with enormous king-sized beds, ivory floor tiles, sisal rugs and natural linen drapes and sheets. Outside, wooden decks make the best of the views and are angled so you can enjoy both the sunrise and sunset. The most popular rooms are the deluxe ocean suites, which have the best elevation, a comfortable living room and an office area with a 20-inch iMac computer.
Rather than the usual buffet, breakfast is à la carte offering a selection of fruit from the orchard, eggs from the hotel hens, banana cake, brioche and pancakes. A proper lunch is also served between noon and 2.30pm in the open-sided restaurant beside the pool, or guests can order salads, fish burgers and samosas poolside. Dinner is a more gourmet affair, a four- or five-course meal served by candlelight, including highlights such as giraffe crab or whole grilled lobsters which are accompanied by some very fine imported wines.