Formerly part of a vanilla farm, the Chateau St Cloud is a colonial estate set at the foot of a mountain amid tropical gardens populated by giant tortoises, within two kilometres of the Anse Source d'Argent beach. The 17 guestrooms extend to balconies and feature white decor with blue fabrics and pine furnishings. Modern amenities include wireless Internet connections, televisions, telephones, coffee and tea makers, minibars and safes. <BR> After breakfast, guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel's outdoor pool, or relax on the terrace with a drink from the adjacent bar area. The hotel's relaxed restaurant, surrounded by a tropical garden, offers a wide range of Creole dishes from a set menu and hosts a thrice weekly buffet accompanied by live music. The hotel is able to organise a range of excursions on and around the island, including big game fishing and diving trips. Practical amenities include room service and a safe deposit box at the front desk. The Grand Anse, the most photographed beach in the world, and the plantation house of L'Union Estate are both 1.5 kilometres from the hotel. The island of Praslin, home of the rare Black Parrot, is 6.5 kilometres away, and can be reached by boat in 30 minutes. Seychelles Mahe Airport is 43 kilometres away, with an approximate travel time of 150 minutes.