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“Great view from the terrace” 4 of 5 stars
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Romance Bungalows
Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Beau Vallon
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great view from the terrace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

You will love it if you have your expectations set correctly - this place is a guesthouse which means simple furniture, almost unusable kitchen a la 1970, very basic standard bathroom etc.  No infinity pool here :) but offering great location for beach, diving, car rental, dining and indeed with lovely staff, it is incredible value for money at some 110 eur per night. The rooms face a rain-forest covered mountain ridge ending by the beach and spending the mornings on our large terrace with awkward furniture and cheap coffee, looking out over this paradise, made out to be some of the most pleasant memories from our two week-3 hotel tour on Seychelles. 

Room Tip: They have one big family room which we got, the terrace is like 40sqm - huge!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I spent one week at Romance Bungalows with my family (both adults and children). We rented four rooms and it was really fantastic. The rooms where spacious, clean, very different and had both nice verandas and balconies. A perfect kitchenette, good shower (in one room a double one!) and nice chairs to sit in outside. Lots of trees with red och pink flowers, birds in red and orange and a view both of the ocean (between the trees) and of the mountain.
We loved when the nice lady came in the morning with the tray with breakfast and we choose between good omelettes or scrambled eggs. Nice coffee, toast and fresh fruit.
A couple of good restaurants where in walking distance. We like both the Boathouse with their buffet and La Plage.
The Beau Vallon beach was nice, not to many people and a bit away the children could swim without fear for big waves.
In the reception they were very helpful and kind. We really recommend Romance Bungalows.

Room Tip: The rooms high up had the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We stayed at Romance bungalows for a week and have just returned. We are a family of 4 with a small baby. Before we left for the Seychelles we contacted Simone and Brian to ask for certain things we would need, for example a baby travel cot and a car seat for a hotel trandfer. They could not have been more helpful. A car seat was provided both to and from the airport. They provided us with one of the larger rooms so we had plenty of space. The accommodation is basic but has all we needed and was very clean, ideal for a family looking for sensibly priced accommodation in the Seychelles. The staff were AMAZING, like a family. They made the effort to get to know us and help in everyway possible. They knew all the best places to go and had all the information we required, even the best Pharmacy to use when I was covered in mozzie bites! It was our daughter's birthday while we were there and they even surprised her with a cake and a sing song from all the staff! Beau Valon beach was a 2 min walk from the bungalows making it super easy to come home quickly if the baby needed a rest. There really are not enough stars to rate the service here. We will be very regular visitors to Romance Bungalows where Simone, Brian and all the staff make a trip to the Seychelles extra special! :) x

Room Tip: We stayed in Flamboyant, stunning large terrace, excellent for those with kids who want some outside...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed 9 nights at the Romance Bungalows.
The managers of the resort very very friendly and organised a bbq for us after we went fishing.
The experience proved very successful, since the fish was deliciously cooked together with local food.
We were so happy with the dinner that we engaged Jenna, the lady who prepared the bbq, for the successive 3 nights. We tried different local dishes and got very good value for money.

Room Tip: It is best to get a bungalow on the upper side next to the kitchen.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Romance Bungalows is a good option if you're on a budget in Seychelles. For approx. 100€ / night you get a spacious and clean but fairly basic room, and for a few extra euros you also get a simple breakfast included. The only negative about the room is that the bed was a bit too hard for our liking.

The location is good as it's right next to the Beau Vallon beach. The beach is nothing compared to the most beautiful ones in Seychelles but still quite lovely.

There are a couple of surprisingly good restaurants nearby. Would like to recommend La Plage that's directly on the beach, and La Perle Noire which is a short walk off the beach (ask the hotel for directions). Also the pizzeria across the street (Baobab) serves decent pizzas but their service is awfully slow so be prepared for a LONG wait if you go there.

The staff at Romance Bungalows were super friendly and all smiles. However, the reception hours are limited which was rather annoying a couple of times when we needed a bit of advice and found the reception closed.

If you're heading to Seychelles I wouldn't recommend making Mahe and Romance Bungalows your only destination. There is so much to see and experience on the smaller islands, and so many world-class resorts! So my advice is to book a few days at Romance and then venture further into the Seychellois paradise. At least for us that was the perfect choice.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BDGertrude, Manager at Romance Bungalows, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
We would like to thank epic_fin for this nice review and for recommending our small establishment to others.

However there's just one thing we would like to make very clear. Our office hours is from 07h00 till 18h00 Monday to Friday and from 08h00 till 14h00 on weekends to assist guests with general information, advice, recommendations and also to help guests organize their different activities and other bookings. Furthermore, during weekends, there's a grounds-maid available at the property until 18h00 to assist guests. Furthermore, the Managers apartment is right next door to the office and thus, as the Manager, I am available 24/7. Furthermore, if the office is closed, there's a doorphone (Buzzer) on the right-hand side of the office which is very visible which guests can use to speak through to me in case they need assistance. And if in case I have to go out, then a note will be displayed on the office window to advise guests when I will be next available.

Personally to epic_fin, I would like express my sincere apology in relation to our office being closed a couple of times, but around June and July this year I was struck with illness and had to go back and forth to the hospital all the time. All my staff at the hotel was very concerned for my state which probably explains why our reception was closed quite a lot during this period. I am happy to say that now all is well and I am in perfect health.

BDGertrude
Manager
Romance Bungalows
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Ottawa, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed 6 nights in the Lys room and it was perfect! Room is spacious, clean and private. Breakfast is pretty basic (small plate of fruit, one egg, a couple of toast and coffe) but definitely saves time in the morning as it is brought up to your room and avoids going to the restaurant. Very convenient to have a kitchenette with fridge also for snacks and water. Could be better stocked with more dishes, coffee maker etc. but I assume you could ask if you need anything.
Location is amazing - right across the street from beach, restaurants and dive shop.
Brian and Simone are super friendly and helpful.
Highly recommend this place!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Just across the street from a great local beach, we had a wonderful stay here. Our room was basically a one bedroom suite. Bes was comfortable (if a little hard) and everything was very clean. Loved having a kitchenette. Fresh breakfast was served each morning on our balcony and when we had an early morning departure they even stocked the fridge the night before with breakfast. Little things like that are greatly appreciated.

Shame there is no restaurant on premises and the front desk hours were quite short on weekends.

But this is undeniably great value in Seychelles.

Room Tip: The big family suite has an enormous terrace with a great sea view
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Romance Bungalows Hotel Mahe Island
Romance Bungalows Hotel
Romance Hotel Mahe Island
Romance Bungalows Seychelles/Mahe Island - Beau Vallon
Address: Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Beau Vallon
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Beau Vallon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romance Bungalows is a small hotel situated in the northern region of Mahé, set in lush greeneries and beautiful gardens with mountain and part sea views.It is centrally located at the famous Beau Vallon beach with nice snorkeling areas, shops, diving, fishing and water-sports centres, bus stops and several restaurants and the possibilities of using the big hotels facilities. Victoria, the Capital is 10 minutes by car and the airport 20 minutes ... more   less 
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