UPDATED 10 May 2011
Part 1 – Southern Mahe
The Seychelles are a very convenient 4 hour direct flight away from Dubai so make for a perfect short break destination. We’ve just returned from our third trip to the Seychelles from Dubai (this time was a 4 night Easter break with teenage kids)
Mahe the main island is tropical, lush and green with a variety of exotic flowers, plants and trees. The beaches really are stunning but in my view the best ones are on the Southern part of Mahe (about 25 minutes from the airport)
If you can afford it there is only one place I would recommend you stay at in Southern Mahe and that is the luxurious 5 star Four Seasons Hotel. You may never want to leave and perhaps could be forgiven for not exploring other islands if you stayed here.
A cheaper alternative if you want to be in the same area is Le Meridien Barbarons, but while the location of this hotel and it’s setting are both ideal, it’s rooms and general upkeep really need upgrading, but if you don’t spend too much time in your rooms, rent a car and go exploring, this hotel is fine.
A fabulous place to eat lunch is the Anse Soleil Café in Anse Soleil, very close to the Four Seasons Hotel, Batista Villas has a similar arrangement and we did both in one long morning of swimming.
If you want to eat dinner out of your hotel then I suggest either Chez Plume, elegant but not too expensive or the very good Kas Creole in Anse Royale, a longer drive away but worth it. The Anchor Café is nearer and I’ve been told by a local friend it has great fish and chips.
Eating and Drinking out is not cheap in the Seychelles and be warned it isn’t a place for serious foodies or a clubbing destination either.
Next week’s post explores the nearby islands of Silhouette (Hilton Labriz Resort) and Praslin, famous for it’s Coco De Mer plantation.
A welcome and constructive response from the Manager of Le Meridien Barbarons who read the post.
Greetings from sunny Seychelles, I have reviewed the web site and your reviews and I would like to thank you for pointing out some of the challenges with the products physical conditions , please rest assured that we are working to better enhance the product and experience and we have projects in our pipeline to address these issues , please make sure that next time you visit the Seychelles you will find major improvements
Again thank you for your valuable feedback and support
* Please note that the Telephone numbers in Seychelles will be changing to seven digits as of 04th of May 2011. Kindly note our new Telephone numbers below.
Complex Director of Sales & Marketing
LE MERIDIEN FISHERMAN’S COVE / LE MERIDIEN BARBARONS
T +248 4677 308 / 4673322 M +248 719754 F +248 4620 901
LE MERIDIEN SEYCHELLES
PO BOX 35, BEL OMBRE, VICTORIA, MAHE, SEYCHELLES S 4° 36’ E 55° 25’