Seychelles Lémuria Resort delivers stunning features, golf
By Ian Lenton,
Historically renowned for its pirates and merchants and named after a French minister of finance, the multicultural Seychelles is carving a niche in the golfing world. Positioned 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, Praslin is one of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles Nation.
At the Lémuria Resort, guests can enjoy unlimited free golf at the 18-hole championship course. This shortish track was designed by architect Rodney Wright — the man also responsible for the famous Mauna Lani Course in Hawaii — and covers only 6,077 yards and set amongst tropical jungle, which ages more than 8,000 years old with plant life that is unique to the island.
The first 12 holes border the two stunning coves with many palm trees allowing light to trickle through. The fairways are open with just a few hazards thrown in to add to the interest.
From the 13th hole onwards, things start to liven up. Winding its way up and down step thickly forested hills with breathtaking views of the surrounding tropical ocean, you eventually reach the signature 15th hole.
Here, one is provided with more stunning beach views, but also a difficult par 3 with a 55-yard drop in elevation into the valley below. This hole is an easy 9-iron or wedge, but requires a deft touch and total accuracy to avoid trouble.
If you have found the going a bit too tough, the resort also runs a golf academy to help you refine some of your game.
The French history of the island lends itself to the resort with food utilizing many local produce but with a refined French taste. Restaurants include poolside to beach bar and grille to the Legend Restaurant, which provides candlelight dinners overlooking the tropical gardens.
Accommodation ranges between standard rooms and luxury villas, all hidden within the forest yet positioned within only 20 yards of the world-renowned Seychelles beach. The sands are white powder, but without the touristy deck chairs and umbrellas, keeping the atmosphere unspoiled.
Rates vary according to the time of year with the Junior Suite starting at $415 and Senior Suite $850 per night. A Pool Villa (four persons) will set you back $3,250 while the luxurious Presidential Villa (six persons) is $11,500 per night.
If golf is not enough, the resort also offers many activities for the energetic. Snorkeling, sailing, tennis, kayaking and fitness club are all available inclusive, while scuba diving, deep sea fishing and cruises can be organized.
Families are encouraged with the "Turtle Club" taking care of children ages 4-12 years until 9 p.m. each day. They can enjoy many sporting activities, video games and even outings to various attractions on the island.
Opened late in 1999, the designers of this resort tried to keep with the tropical feel of the area and blend in with nature. Guests can not only enjoy their golf, but relax afterwards by being surrounded by nature.
Since its inception, The Lémuria Resort has been dedicated to the Green Globe program and has been awarded Laureate of the Green Globe. This rigorous charter regulates environmental issues with prerequisites such as conservation of nature and wild life, protection of water resources, quality of the air, fight against noise pollution, cleanliness and reduced energy consumption.
While focusing on nature and its conservation, The Lémuria Resort not only provides a special holiday golfing experience, but seems to offer the whole natural getaway package.
If you go
The Lémuria Resort
September 7, 2006
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management. The information in this story was accurate at the time of publication. All contact information, directions and prices should be confirmed directly with the golf course or resort before making reservations and/or travel plans.