The hotel has recently been refurbished and is in the soft opening stage, which meant that the rooms were significantly less expensive than it will normally be.
The rooms are clean and functional, nothing at all fancy or luxury about them. The bed is huge, it dwarfs the rest of the room, I would have much rather had a slightly smaller bed and more space to move about in the room!
My only complaints regarding the room are that the air conditioning unit leaked at least twice a day (you would be surprised how much water they hold) and that there was no hot water in the bathroom until at least 3pm each day.
The bar and restaurants are ok, the indian is the best of them. The service is very very slow, but that seems to be normal anywhere you go in the Seychelles. The prices are reasonable, but I would say that the menu is very limited so I wouldnt plan to eat in the hotel for your whole break.
The beach at the hotel is stunningly beautiful, think bounty advert! The hotel offers sunloungers on the beach and at the pool.
Unfortunatley for us, the American Navy's 3 day shore leave took place in the middle of our holiday. The hotel completely changed from wonderfully quiet and relaxing to something resembling spring break! The hotel had music blaring from early in the morning until late each night (all the rooms face the bar and the windows are not double glazed), the sun loungers were removed from the pool to make way for table and chairs for people to sit and drink all day. This caused a few issues for the couples and families staying at the hotel, a few people complained but nothing was really done about it.
I would say that I was quite happy to pay the reduced rate that we paid, about £100 per night, but I would not pay the regular rate of £200+. I wouldn't rule out a return trip to the hotel as the location is really good, but there would have to be special rates similar to what we paid available.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coral Strand
- Coral Strand Beau Vallon
- Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles Mahe Island - Beau Vallon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel stands out with a completely new hotel concept for the Seychelles: Premium comfort at an affordable price. The islands’ best value-for-money is located at the absolutely best area directly on the most attractive strip of beach in the famous Beau Vallon Bay on the largest of Seychelles' islands, Mahé. Hardly any other hotel has such a beach and ocean view. The 4 star plus hotel has 161 modern and attractively equipped rooms. There are 140 standard rooms, 4 junior suites, 21 deluxe rooms . The original Coral Strand opened in 1972 as one of the first hotels on the Seychelles. The name Coral Strand has always attracted guests with its breath-taking ocean views and fantastic location directly on the white sand beach. The last 40 years have seen a steady stream of return guests. The hotel bar with its live music has established itself as a legendary meeting point for tourists and locals. The original hotel was completely reconstructed and renovated with new design, equipment and contemporary comfort. The service offer was also completely reorganized. With the new name Coral Strand Smart Choice, the hotel now wants to offer the best value-for-money hotel in the Seychelles. ... more less
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