The small island of La Digue in the middle of the Indian Ocean is nothing short of extraordinary. Home to marvelous giant tortoises, colorful coral reefs attracting tropical fish and beaches with a view that will stop you in your tracks, La Digue is rapidly becoming a popular tourist hub for those looking for a deserted island feel. But before you hop on the plane for your tropical retreat, you’ll want to book a fabulous hotel that suits you and the type of adventure you’re looking to have. Here are some of the best hotels on the island where you can find a private slice of paradise.
Have the entire beach to yourself with the backdrop of the grassy mountains at Domaine L’Orangeraie on the northwestern tip of La Digue. There are 63 villas available per night and each room has its own zen-like flair using organic substances like rocks and wood. Step out on your balcony and you’ll find your own, private outdoor hot tub overlooking the stunning view of the ocean or the mountains. An in-house restaurant serves everything from Mediterranean, to Creole, to Asian cuisine so you’ll find plenty of dishes right up your alley as you dine on the edge of the ocean. An infinity pool with its own bar is the focus of its outdoor dining area as well as swaying palm trees, and of course, the Indian Ocean. Looking to unwind after a snorkeling trip? Then you’ll love it at Eden Rock, an on-site spa surrounded by massive granite rocks.
All 31 of the rooms have a unique touch at Patatran Hotel, including a hexagon-shaped ceiling with woodwork and wooden bedposts, giving it a rustic but upscale flair. The hotel is perfectly situated on a beach surrounded by giant rocks and crystal-clear water with a mirage of green forest behind. Although the hotel has a portion of its own beach reserved for the guests, visitors can easily walk (or hike) to the popular Anse beach to mingle with other tourists. As night falls, retreat back to your room and take advantage of the telescope in your room to admire the glittery sky.
For guests looking for a small, intimate getaway from the busy crowd, Le Repaire may be the place for you. With only 18 rooms, the hotel feels like staying in someone’s swanky house rather than a resort. The boutique hotel is surrounded by a garden and inside you’ll find beachy decor and reclaimed wood throughout the facility. The hotel has its own private access to the beach that looks directly at a mountain across the bay and guests can further explore the nearby areas by using one of the hotel’s free kayaks. Guests can also request private drivers to take them to hot spots on the island and act as a tour guide. You wouldn’t expect to find pizza on this island, but the restaurant at Le Repaire serves Italian fare with mouthwatering pies on its menu along with pasta and fresh seafood.
Get your waterfront view in a luxury setting where modern meets coastal at Le Nautique, where rooms are designed to feel light and airy to take in the stunning backdrop of the ocean through the windows. Guests will have three meals at its waterfront dining patio with a panoramic view of mountains and the ocean which they’ll enjoy as they dine on French, Indian and Asian-inspired dishes. A popular activity at the hotel (other than luxuriating at its beach and pool) is cycling, where bikes can easily be rented for you by hotel staff so you can take off and enjoy the surrounding nature.
Cocotier du Rocher
For a private atmosphere, consider Cocotier du Rocher that has only eight rooms available per night and is surrounded by a lush garden. For guests who would rather be smack dab in the middle of the stunning forest, this place is ideal to surround yourself in its natural scenery for hikes (the beach is only a few minutes drive away). Bikes can be rented on the premises and the small group of staff are eager to help you with booking any excursions you wish to go on. Some of its rooms have a built-in kitchen, meaning this is ideal for families who wish to do some cooking before taking their meals out on their own private balcony.
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