La Digue Island Lodge is perfect for families desiring unique, spacious and private accommodations. A-Frame and L’Union Chalets sleep up to four and provide guests with plenty of privacy. The Yellow House sleeps up to nine guests. Families will appreciate the pool, complementary cribs and large rooms. Popular activities include scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding and more. Guests may dine at the onsite restaurants. A buffet breakfast is also available for a per person surcharge.
Our Editor Loves
- Standalone units available for privacy
- Convenient beachfront location
- Easy access to outdoor recreation
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
We would have given LDIL 4-stars, but their dive shop was absolutely the worst. The hotel has a good beach and the seafront villas are simple, but somewhat charming. They really need to update their decor and get rid of the dark paneling, dingy bathrooms and garish lighting. In addition they need to up their food game as the buffet is limited, but edible.
What really negatively impacted our stay was our experience with the dive shop. We have enjoyed dive trips all over the world and Azzura dive shop, which is affiliated with La Digue Island Lodge, is down right dangerous and should be shuttered. First warning sign was that they never asked us for our PADI cards-bad sign. Our one dive trip was filled with harrowing mishaps and we want to warn other divers to avoid this place.
When we arrived the dive master and shop helper shouted at us to 'hurry up and pick out your equipment' and offered no help. We were rushed to pick snorkels, wetsuits and fins from some random crates. I was handed a BCD vest which was way to big, but I was told 'that's what you get." There was no conversation about equipment, no dive plan, no overview about sea conditions or the reef. The staff's attitude was rude and appallingly unprofessional. When we asked about towels-we were told "you should have brought them with you," Um, what?
When the boat didn't anchor we were told about the strong currents and get ready to exit the boat. As the boat captain tried to steady the boat near the reef, the dive master shouted "hurry up and get in" and disappeared overboard. My ill-fitted and oversized BCD didn't close properly and when I was forced to back-entry overboard the air tank slid up and slammed into my skull almost knocking me unconscious. When I explained the situation to dive master, she said "youre fine, Let not hold up the dive".
During the dive, the dive master never stopped to point out any marine life and just lead us around the reef. The second dive was just as disappointing. When we returned to the dive shop, the female dive master disappeared inside after directing us to remove all rented equipment and rinse if off with soap and water. The three of us stood around a tub of water and dish soap rinsing off our gear in silence. The dive master nor anyone from the dive shop asked about my head injury which was now a throbbing lump or talked the dive. It was absolutely the worst experience we have ever had at dive shop.
After a long search and research we have decided to stay at L´Union Chalets of La Digue Island Lodge. After our stay (3 nights) I can only confirm that this is the best place to stay on La Digue. A ca. t EUR 500 per night this is not a budget option, but there is really nothing else on offer on the island that would tick all the boxes and Seychelles is just not a cheap destination.
We were a family of 3 adults and 2 children (1.5 and 9 y.o.). We did not use hotel´s restaurants (I know that they offer breakfast and dinner).
- Great location inside the park, right on the beach, turtles enclosure and other park attractions are all nearby
- Quiet during the day and the night, as it is located away from the road and in a nice coconut tree grove
- The hotel picks up guests from the ferry jetty and brings them back there at the end of the stay. Worked flawlessly for us, without any delays
- Spacious chalets that have most one needs for a short stay, including powerful A/C in the bedrooms and a washing machine
- Dedicated butler living in a house nearby (very nice person), as well as a security guard on duty after it gets dark (not sure there is a need for this, but he was there anyway)
- bicycle rental service at the hotel, they will deliver to (and pick up from) the chalet
- Famous Anse Source D´Argent beach is nearby (easy walking distance or 2 min bicycle ride) and one does not need to pay for the visit as the Chalets are within the park
- Shopping and "downtown" are 7-10 min bicycle ride away
- chalets are rather old - furniture, kitchen equipment and utensils etc. There was no table to dine on the terrace in the evening (we solved that by bringing in the table that is normally located outside, under the trees). Still, chalets were totally adequate, just don´t expect luxury fittings or equipment
- Beach in front of the Chalets.This one actually depends on your expectation. This beach is not really for swimming (excellent for small children, though), as it is shallow even during the high tide and almost dries out when the tide is very low. Still, other beaches on this side of the island are the same (including the famous Anse Source D´Argent), to experience deep water (and big waves) one should head for the SE coast (Grand Anse, Petite Anse, Anse Cocos). We knew that the beach in front of the Chalets is just for the views, so no disappointment there.
To summarize: L´Union Chalets are the best place to stay on La Digue if their prices fit into your budget. We have stayed in a similar setting on Mahe and Praslin as well (i.e. directly on the beach/ocean) and the stay at Chalets has probably been the most memorable because of the surround park and very tranquil atmosphere. Certainly recommended