La Reserve, one of the most distinguished and relaxing small hotels on Praslin, with its tropical gardens and a pristine private beach, sets the scene for romance. Its Seychellois decor and accommodation, dotted around the lawns, reflect an attractive old 'colonial' mood in the fourteen attractive bungalows, with king-size four-poster bed, private shower, air-conditioning, coffee maker, ceiling fan, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and terrace. There is also an impressive swimming pool complete with swim-up bar and grill. As the shadows lengthen, sunset cruises or aperitifs at the bar are a perfect start to the evening. Romantic candlelit dinners at the charming Jetty Restaurant, accompanied by soft music, round off your day in style. The cuisine here is recognized as being among the best on the island with Creole, and international dishes on the menu. Guests discover the island's natural delights on a complimentary tour, undertake snorkeling trips to Curieuse and St Pierre Island and excursions to the Vallée de Mai Park, in search of the famous Coco de Mer palm or rare Black Parrots. Scuba diving is available at the nearby PADI dive Centre at Cote d'Or beach, and boat hire, deep-sea fishing and bicycle rental can be arranged locally.