Seychelles Hotels and Accommodation
(Seychelles, SC, Africa)
More and more accommodation is being made available in the Seychelles, offering visitors a bountiful choice of places to stay. As well as established hotels, guest houses, self-catering apartments, luxury villas and island resort lodges, there are now plenty of new or renovated establishments that are fairly recent additions to the holiday scene in the Seychelles.
The Seychelles is not seen as a low budget holiday destination. Hotel rates are generally high, especially if a hotel is able to offer particular exclusivity on a private island resort. However, it is possible to plan ahead and benefit from more reasonably priced lodging. Some visitors, for example, opt to stay in guest house or family hotel accommodation on one of the larger islands such as Mahé, heading off to smaller, more expensive islands on day trips.
Where to Stay
When it comes to accommodation, size is relative in the Seychelles. Most hotels are actually quite small. Indeed, those with more than 25 or 30 rooms are considered to be on the larger side.
The only hotels that have more than 200 rooms can be found on Mahé and these are few and far between. However, even some of the smaller hotels boast swimming pools and air conditioning. In Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, all of its accommodation options can be found outside of the town centre. Elsewhere on the island of Mahé, there are plenty of resort hotels, as well as guest houses and self-catering villas.
To the west of Victoria and still in northern Mahé, holiday makers frequently choose to base themselves in Beau Vallon or Bel Ombre, where a decent selection of hotels reside. On the eastern coast of Mahé, consider staying at Anse aux Pins, Anse Forbans, Anse Royale, Le Cap or Pointe au Sel. Western Mahé is known for its holiday apartments and swanky upmarket hotels, a number of which overlook the beaches of Anse Intendance, Anse Louis, Petite Anse and Port Launay.
Many Seychelles island resorts combine luxury accommodation with ecology and conservation. Fregate Island was amongst the first in the Seychelles to provide luxury wilderness lodging.
Guests stay in the 18th-century Plantation House or one of the island's villas, set amidst the dense forests. Cousine Island (next to Cousin Island), one of the smaller granite islands, has just four exclusive villas and offers guests the chance to take a nature ramble with the island's resident ecologists.
On the island of Praslin, accommodation is expensive and villas at a premium, with the best offerings being situated around Anse Volbert, Grande Anse and Baie Sainte Anne. La Digue Island hotels tend to be a little more reasonably priced and easy to come by, with half-board guest houses providing the best value.
The Seychelles doesn't come with a great deal of hotels or similar accommodation for those on a strict budget. However, it is possible to spend less staying there if you opt for self-catering or guest house options. Inclusive package tours generally have some sort of saving compared to booking accommodation independently.
Finally, it's worth noting that guest houses in the Seychelles offer a much more relaxed pace of life and can prove to be an appealing alternative to resort hotels, although they usually don't have much in the way of frills. Expect ceiling fans rather than air conditioning, for example.