Chez Batista is very beautiful place to stay! Staff is friendly, helpful and very social. It is located right next to the beach of Anse Takamaka. Breakfast was great, who wouldn't love to eat breakfast when you have straight view to the ocean? Food was as great as the view.
The place has also an interesting history. Owner of the place is a man called Batista, our friend. In the 80's he used to make food there illegaly because he had not legal permissions for restaraunt there. My father and his Seychellois wife got the permissions straight from the President of Seychelles to Batista. That's how Chez Batista was made!
Only minus are the prices, they're kind of high.
What makes Chez Batista an unique place is definitely the views! Outstanding. The location couldn't be more perfect. They also have some big turtles there!
For the 2 nights we were in Praslin, we enjoyed great accommodation at a great price. the beach was beautiful and the distance from our room to the beach was comfortable. They had some repairs going on a few rooms from ours and so the noise did bother us a bit. We spent time on the beach and bar so the little time in the room would have been great with less maintenance.
Do not get me wrong, just about any hotel/ resort on the Island is going to be expensive. They thrive on tourism and to be honest they offer what not many other places in Africa offer.
The room came with a full continental breakfast, on our second morning we has a buffet breakfast with so many choices. Coming from Europe or the Americas, I would suggest you limit your expectations of a big or buffet breakfast. While I found it satisfactory, I overheard some other visitors complain about what was available.
All in all we had a great time and would go back to the Berjaya again.
We stayed in a self catering villa as it was during the peak season and all the hotel prices were quite expensive. Since we also wanted a quiet place with a more family-oriented atmosphere, we chose La Villa (on recommendation of an acquaintance).
First, let me state that La Villa is a self catering accommodation and is quite small but nevertheless cozy. As such, don't expect it to be on par with a big name hotel or you will be severely disappointed. If, however, luxury is not mandatory for you and you are equally at ease staying in a place that looks more like your home, La Villa is a great choice, and a very cheap one too!
They do have several kinds of rooms (couple, family, etc...) but I don't think there's much difference in the quality of these rooms. Amenities are kept to a minimum too although you do have Internet access at the reception, a car park, a laundry service, and a handful of other facilities.
Although La Villa is meant to be a self catering accommodation, they do have a bed and breakfast service too. You can choose which you want when you book your room, but you can also order your breakfast whenever you want. It is located a few minutes from the beach, but that's not a huge problem. The walk is amidst a splendid view and, this being Seychelles, you won't even notice the short trip to the beach every day.
I would strongly recommend La Villa but only if you keep the following in mind:
- you don't need a 5 star hotel that's unnecessarily expensive
- you don't need a buckload of amenities you will never use anyway
- you don't mind booking smaller rooms
And keep in mind that this small hotel is extremely cheap. If you are traveling on a budget and are not averse to a self catering villa, this is probably the best hotel you could use.
Great views on the lagoon (for the sea view bungalow) and cheap.
The Berjaya sits right in the middle of one of Mahe's best beaches, Beau Vallon. In terms of restaurants, nightlife, things to do at the beach, it would be hard to beat. This is not a 5 star hotel though. I would say maybe 3 out of 5. It's one of the oldest on the beach, rooms are standard, food is acceptable. If you are looking for a hotel on a great beach and still be close to some great restaurants such as Boathouse, The black pearl, the Meridian hotel, al Mare then this is a good choice. There are many tourists, however, it is never crowded on this beach. There are three restaurants, a pizzaria, chinese cuisine and hotel buffet dinner. The hotel buffet will cost 480 rupees, the chinese and pizzaria will cost from 85SR to 400SR. The standard rooms have a small refrigerator, TV with 12 channels, wireless internet only for 100SR/ hour or 500SR/ day. No microwave. There is a gym, but it is not very well kept and half of the equipment is missing or not working.
The grounds are well kept, beautiful plants. There is a pen with the seychelle Tortoises. A nice pool. There is a dive shop on site that is incredible. Highly recommend them, very professional. Great snorkelling in front of the Meridian next door to the left. Don't miss the "ghost dance" once a week in the lobby.
pelasant place for relaxing sunbathing sea-activities on a small island near to victoria / mahe
beautiful surroundings, very nice clean, large rooms with seaview
good food, but not huge choice on buffet
The stay in the seychelles has been one of the best relaxing holidays specially when we had a very good cheap place to stay. The nature was incredible we had our own beach and everything was walking distance. The blue sea was always the view where ever u turned!
the guesthouse is a selfcatering but meals could always be ordered in advance from the staff. Our guesthouse was right infront of the beach and i know seycehlles is not a crowded place like in some other destinations but we had the whole beach to ourselves!
Everythign was provided for us like clean towels, the whole kitchen was fully equiped with kettle, toaster, fridge, cooking stove and pots, all the kitchen utensils anyone would every need so we had fun preparing our own food at times specially when we wanted to cut down cost on eating out.
There is airconditional and ceiling fans too!! The place was soo good that we could not believe our ears when we heard the price!!
One of the best thing was that the owners were the most friendliest people too!
I have definitely recommended his place to my friends and families already!!
This place was so peaceful and we loved hearing the coconut trees in the breeze and the birds chirping in the mornings, lovely surrounding nature.
We loved the cleanliness and comfort of our place and felt really relaxed there and if we always needed anything the owners would be right next door!
Our place would be right infront of the beach and we never had to go very far to reach shops,buses, taxis or the most beautiful beach in the world- anse Lazio since the place was right before it.
Instead of taxis ( which they had a lot around anse possession) we took buses at times since the bus stop was closeby.
We think this place is excellent for singles, couples or families, as they had 2 huge double beds in our bedroom !!
The hotel is situated on the northwest part of Mahe, on the beach baie lazare. The location is great, the beach is beautiful and somewhat secluded, no matter how many people stay in the hotel it seems empty. The staff was helpful, the rooms spacious and clean although they are in need of renovation ( you may spot mould in the bathroom ). There is not a main building for the rooms, instead there are several small complexes of rooms ( ground and first floor). It's best to stay on the 1st floor because you have a better view of the sea and more privacy when you use the balcony, however one has to take into account the stairs. Definitely avoid the rooms near the small pond ( lots of mosquitoes and not enough view and noise from the bar).
I was disappointed by the pool, it smelled of chlorine and there were loose or missing tiles.
As far as breakfast is concerned there was quantity but lack of quality. In general terms the entire hotel needs renovation however this fact does not cause serious problems to your stay it is mostly a matter of aesthetics.
Be careful of swimming during the afternoon hours, the tide is rising and the drafts are intense.
This location is one of the most beautiful and characteristic of the island. Great bakery just outside the hotel. Car rental agency opposite the hotel ( don't be shy to bargain the price ).
Another good choice we made!This resort is located 30mins from the airport,at the south east coast of Mahé,a very picturesque place.The chalets are simple yet very clean.And they have aircons. The beach is just few steps away,in the evening you'll find sea turtles nestling by the shore and the resort's garden.The resort provides 1 bottle of water,juice,1L milk,toastbread,butter and eggs as complimentary on your arrival.Shops are quite far,so you need to hire a car or get the bus to the nearest village or direct to Victoria.The barbeque grill is complimentary but you need to pay for the charcoal which is only 15 SCR.
We enjoyed our stay here,very peaceful!Very authentic and secluded!There's no aircon,that's the major problem.But we are told that they will build this year including telephone in each chalet, a restaurant and a pool.You might be very far from the shops,but hire a car,even just for a day and get all the things you need.Or walk to the nearest village, Cote d' Or,takes about 20-30 minutes walk to get there and you'll find plenty shops.The resort also provides barbeque grill but I just wish it's complimentary,but no,we had to pay 10 Euro for the rent.So if you don't have much luggage,maybe you can bring your own portable grill;).
Le Petit Village is a complex of wooden flats built in Bel Ombre, just a few minutes drive west of Beau Vallon, in the north side of Mahé. The capital Victoria is around 20 minutes away by bus or car. Bus services are frequent until 8 pm.
Right from the moment we were welcomed by the delightful Ann, we felt at home in Le Petit Village. The staff is polite, helpful and completely unintrusive. As a plus, management did not charge us any penalty when we were forced to a last-minute rebooking due to our airline messing up our booking.
The price was in line with the Seychelles offering. We made use of the special offer (7 nights for the price of 6), which almost made the whole thing a deal.
The location is absolutely excellent, overlooking one of the least crowded and best kept beaches in the whole island, and not far from a number of good restaurants. Hiking possibilities are good, with the Bel Air beach a two-hour tredge away.
The flats and the beach-side garden are well kept, and the kitchen equipment is plentiful for a holiday home. The beach is good for snorkelling (and interestingly full of crabs!), with the coral reef just a few strokes away. The view of the island of Silhouette at the horizon is particularly charming at sunset.
Family run Guesthouse with friendly talkative owner.
Placed in a nice garden not far from some Restaurants and stores.
On some days of the weeks some kind of a foodmarket is beeing held in the evenings on the mainroad in front of the Guesthouse going down to the beach. Locals cook food mainly barbecued seafood or sausages, sell their fruits and desserts, and make music.
The most lively experience we had on the Seychelles!
Family run Guesthouse with Restaurant (prebook your meals)
Bungalows are clean and you can rent bikes in the Guesthouse.
Dinners are tasty!
Be careful of falling fruits in the garden :-)
My husband and I stayed at the Fisherman's Cove Hotel in February 2007 and had a fantastic time. The staff is wonderful at all levels -- many remembered our names even though we only stayed 3 nights. We really felt like everyone went out of their way to accommodate us. The front desk staff and the pool/recreation staff are especially helpful and friendly.
The beach was not in the best condition during our stay. Staff told us that during the summer time (including February), the sea is a little rougher on the west side of the island. We were told that in April and May, the beach is beautiful. It wasn't a big concern for us -- we simply walked 100 yards down the beach to swim where it was less rocky.
If you stay at the hotel on a Wednesday (in the afternoon) or the last Saturday of the month (starting at 6 PM), you can easily walk down Beau Vallon beach to the craft and food market set up just off the beach. Local food and crafts, t-shirts, etc. are sold at a reasonable price and it's great people watching. Bring some cold beer with you and walk around listening to the music and get to know the locals!
Overall, it was a fantastic experience!
Close proximity to local market and restaurants
My husband and I stayed two short nights at the Northolme in February 2007. Our experience was absolutely amazing. We thought the staff was fantastic and the rooms were incredibly roomy, with large decks overlooking Silhouette Island. The beach at the hotel is fairly small and rocky but the views more than make up for the lack of beach.
There is a small shop within walking distance (turn left out of the hotel drive) and the Boat House and Baobob Pizza are also a nice walk from the hotel.
This hotel has fabulous and large, private rooms in a villa setting. Some villas are single-level with one room per villa while others are two-story with a villa on each story. Both are very private and quiet with some of the largest hotel rooms I have seen, including suites at some of the chain hotels.
When figuring out the details for our accommodations in the Seychelles, I grew frustrated by high prices for hotels that weren't worth the price. I certainly expected to pay a bundle for a room in a country nearly 1,000 miles of the coast of any continent; however, I knew I could find a deal somewhere if I just put my mind to it.
Finally, I managed to book rooms for my husband and me at two of the nicer hotels for about half-price. We stayed at both the Hilton Northolme and Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove. Both hotels run about $600-700 U.S. per night.
To get the best deal at Le Meridien, open up a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card with American Express (U.S. and Canada residents only). You'll get a coupon that allows you to book a room at Starwood hotels for 1/2 price. The half-price is off the rack rate but it will still save you a least $200/night for your room. I think we ended up paying about $280/night for our 3-night stay at the hotel. You can stay up to five nights at a time with this offer.
To get the best deal at the Hilton Northolme, you'll really need to plan ahead. Rooms at the resort can be booked with 40,000 Hilton HHonors points. If you're not a Hilton HHonors member, you can sign up online and purchase 40,000 points per year outright. The points will cost you $.01 each. If you and a spouse both get HHonors accounts, you can each book a night with points and you'll end up paying $400 U.S. per night. Since we traveled in February, I bought points in December one year and again in January, one month later but in the new calendar year.
Of course, these prices are still high but compared to $275/night at the Coral Strand, we thought we got some pretty good deals.
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