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Shipwrecked on La Digue

Posted by Abbey on Oct 1, 2016


This was our first trip to the stunning, beautiful and true island paradise that is La Digue - booked as the second part of a three stop island hopping adventure holiday by our tour operators Seyexclusive.

We arrived on La Digue via a boat from Praslin and a buggy met us to drive the short ride to the hotel, Le Domaine de l'Orangeraie - who's layout is positioned on the beach and also across in a triangle shape - making for a resort feel with views out to the sea and beautiful canopy covered beds on the beach front.

The first detail you notice is the carefully considered decor - which twins contemporary tones and art with a shipwrecked vibe.

From the main entrance you head over to the pool, bar and dining space which is incredibly eye catching with a large infinity pool with swim up bar, the seating areas with soft furnishings straight out of a Loaf brochure, two restaurants - with one offering a buffet selection and one offering a set menu and also a pool bar restaurant and main bar where the bar tender is so attentive and remembers what you drink and your room from the moment you arrive.

The view from breakfast - taken in the same restaurant as the buffet dinner - affords beautiful views of the bay and breakfast is super tasty and varied with continental, fruit and cooked options as well as a variety of specials. The sunsets magnificently over Praslin which you can enjoy with one of the gorgeous speciality cocktails.

And then the Rooms - well they are incredibly special and very unique - reached by buggy down rope lined steps into your very own space that has a luxe tree house feel - (we stayed in 218) via your own little court yard step into a room with gorgeous high vaulted ceilings featuring hanging hurricane lanterns and large canvas art - the sense created is a mix of Moroccan earthiness and Ibiza glam. The linens are all crisp white with the hotel branding embroidered onto the cases and sheets - giving an almost regal edge to the earthy- glam combination - only added to with the beautiful white mosquito net - which we used every night.

Outside you have a sun terrace with beds and a table and chairs for sundowners.

There is also a fridge that is I stocked so you can head down to the local grocery store (5 minutes on bike) and fill the fridge with local delicacies.

The jewel in the crown of the rooms is the totally outdoor washroom bath and shower space which gives an almost jungle vibe to your stay - the entire experience leaves you feeling very at one with nature - I was showering one evening with a beautiful fruit bat circling overhead - lit only by the moon and stars - it really was incredible.
Also the toiletries are bespoke to the hotel, locally made and beyond refreshing.

We hired bikes for the day using the hotel cycle hire (5euros for the day) and cycled out to Source D'argent which was incredibly beautiful. The hotel made us a Creole picnic for the trip which was just wonderful. The cycle
ride is lovely and flat all the way through the village to the plantation and beach.

I paid a visit to the Spa - Eden Rock for some waxing which was fabulous and a really great price.

We also used the laundry service which was brilliant and speedy.

As a side note the staff are very keen to please and really friendly and the buggy service is efficient and the drivers are super friendly.

A wonderful stay and we look forward to returning - thank you Domaine and Seyexclusive! We will return!

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