Between century-old giant tortoises, the rare and endangered black parrot, waterfalls, mountain trails through canopied palm forests, and of course, beaches world renown for their uniqueness and beauty, Praslin is an island that must be seen to be believed…..and at the heart of it all, along the magnificent strip of white sand known as Cote D’or on the northern coast, lies the Acajou Beach Resort, where the owners invite you to experience every aspect of Praslin with an abundance of local hospitality and authentic charm.
The Acajou Beach Resort is a Seychellois-owned business that was formed in 1996 by experienced travel professionals who have been involved in the country’s tourism industry from its very beginnings. Now more than 20 years later, the resort remains just as committed to offering a uniquely authentic experience for its guests, while operating in a sustainable way that safeguards the environment and at the same time promotes and protects Seychelles’ Creole culture and values. The owners believe the Seychelles, its islands and its people, are a collective treasure to be shared with the world and take pride in their efforts toward embodying that treasure through the resort.
Acajou Beach Resort is nestled just outside the main strand of the Cote D’Or village, offering close proximity to shops, souvenir boutiques, restaurants, dive centres and excursion operators, a bank and an ATM , but with enough distance from the goings-on to allow total peace and tranquillity at the resort and along its beachfront.
In fact, if all you really want to do is soak up the sun and enjoy calm, crystal-clear waters, you may not have much motivation to go anywhere: Cote D’or beach is merely seconds away from your room at the Acajou Beach Resort. Praslin’s best year-round beach for swimming is ideal for families, Cote D’or offers gentle waves lapping at the shore, fine white-powder sand and the panoramic beauty of the surrounding islands and marine park.
Nonetheless, the central location of Cote D’or is ideal for exploring the rest of Praslin, with its rural coastal road lazily winding its way toward the world-famous beach of Anse Lazio in one direction, while the villages of Baie Ste Anne, Grand Anse, and of course, the Vallée de Mai, await in the other.
Acajou Beach Resort offers the following rooms:
- Standard Rooms: There are 14 standard rooms located on the ground floor of the two central residence blocks, each with a private veranda immersed in the tropical garden. Room amenities are a queen-size bed/flat screen television (local TV and a selection of international cable channels)/writing desk/complimentary internet/IDD telephone/veranda with loungers/complimentary tea & coffee making facilities/room service/hairdryer/mini-bar/mini-safe.
- Superior Rooms: Located on the upper floor the 16 superior rooms share the same cosy earth-tones but offer more space and additionally partial views out to see and the garden from the private balcony. The room amenities are the same as the standard room other than having a king-size bed.
- Family Rooms: The 2 new family rooms each with an additional bedroom can suit a variety of different family units, ideal for those seeking suitable group accommodation for up to 4 people, without having to book multiple separate rooms.
- Deluxe Rooms: The 14 deluxe rooms combine size and space with a refreshing ocean motif to match their beachfront location. Spacious veranda’s offer views across Core D’Or and the Curieuse Marine National Park. Guests can take in the entire panorama of Praslin’s northern coast including the islets of Chauve Souris and St Pierre, as well as the Curieuse Marine National Park. The rooms have the same amenities as the standard rooms but feature a king size bed.
- Self-Catering Apartments: The 6 apartments provide a home-away-from-home in both one and two-bedroom configurations, each with kitchen facilities and separate bedroom(s) and lounge. The apartments are located near the entrance of the hotel with convenient road access and proximity to the nearby shops in Cote D’Or village. Guests residing in the apartments may take advantage of all hotel facilities and discounted rates for bed-and-breakfast or half-board meal plans at the main restaurant.
The hotel offers the following restaurants and bars:
- Acajou’s Starfish Bar & Restaurant is the spot-on Praslin’s Cote D’Or beach for casual, affordable dining in an exclusive atmosphere and is open daily for both in-house residents and outsiders alike. The menu at Starfish combines a delightful selection of international bistro classics, including snacks, salads and sandwiches, as well as traditional Creole specialities of fresh grilled fish and a variety of curries, among them the renowned signature dish of octopus curry with coconut milk. Join at the bar to cool off from the island heat, with always-cold soft drinks and beers, or refreshing cocktails made with fresh fruit picked on-site at the hotel.
- Just like the veranda of a traditional plantation house, Les Boucaniers offers an intimate dining atmosphere immersed in Creole flair and rustic beauty. With its concept of French-style cooking using ingredients and flavours of the Indian Ocean rim, Les Boucaniers echoes the islands’ history as a crossroads for explorers, pirates and traders from a variety of cultures, each imparting their own influence on the islands. Les Boucaniers is housed in the resort’s main concourse, serving a full American buffet breakfast every morning, and dinner service every evening.
- Whether for afternoon tea or an evening aperitif, Chapo! Bar & Lounge serves up intimate island ambience for travellers from around the world to share company, conversation…and occasionally their hats. Adjacent to the reception in the main concourse, Chapo! Bar & Lounge is open all day, and often serves as the evening meeting spot to unwind with an aperitif before dinner. The bar was well known for the Creole-style hats that adorned the wall above the bar, and that tradition continues today, with hats from around the world on display. The venue also hosts live music several times a week.
With one of the best beaches in Seychelles as the front yard, an amazing infinity pool and on-site massage suite, you may find little motivation to leave the hotel grounds.
- Beachside & Poolside: Soak in the stunning beachfront location in total comfort: sun loungers and umbrellas are reserved for guests on the pool deck and on the beach itself, with towel service provided as well. Whether you’re taking a dip or a bit of sun, ask the bar staff to whip up a refreshing cocktail to be served poolside, or at your spot in the sand.
- Massage & Gym: The fully air-conditioned gym offers cardio and multi-exercise weight-training equipment. For those guests in need of a little restoration, treatments can be booked with a qualified therapist in the relaxing massage room.
- Souvenir Boutique: Choose from a selection of unique gifts and souvenirs as well as functional items like hats, shirts and sunscreen. Show off your eco-credentials by purchasing one of our Acajou-branded goods, for which a portion of the proceeds will go toward Acajou’s environmental activities.
- Live Entertainment: Enjoy the sounds of local artists and entertainers several times a week during dinner at the main restaurant.
NOTE ON SUSTAINABILITY: The original Acajou Hotel first opened in 1996, its name derived from the French word for “mahogany,” in a nod to the natural timber-themed design of its construction, with wood that was specifically cultivated in an ecologically friendly manner. In keeping with this commitment to the environment, the hotel’s 2016 refurbishment has been carefully planned so as to take advantage of modern technology and dramatically reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint. The installation of a new photovoltaic solar panel system will see the vast majority of the resort’s lighting and air-conditioning needs powered completely by the sun, in what has been a major long-term investment for a locally owned hotel. A new waste management system and sewage treatment plant has also been installed to limit the impact of waste that the hotel generates for its operation. Along these lines, the hotel has also embarked on a composting project that will aid in the landscaping of the hotel and its own subsistence produce, for the vegetables, fruits and spices that are grown on site.