My partner and I (we're a young, late 20's couple) stayed at the highly-rated Bayview Seychelles for 6 nights during August 2012. It looks like a large villa that has been transformed into separate rooms for rent.
The GOOD: Helga, the famous lady that takes care of everyone and that you'll hear people rave about in the other reviews, was great at first. Soft demeanor, helpful; everything that you'd like in a small place like this. We had the suite on the second floor with the large bathroom containing the 2-person bath tub that you'll probably see pictures of. It was very nice and spacious. We liked that it was off the beaten path, with a great view of the bay (no beach), and quietness all around.
The BAD: The road to the villa is a bid inconvenient, 200-300m away from the main road, through a tiny, non-paved road - some people might have a problem with this. You MUST rent a car! The mattress in our bed was the hardest that we'd ever slept on. The balcony was not private as advertised, but shared with other three rooms. The "common area" shared between the three rooms was stuffy and hot and looked dirty; they declined to turn on the AC, so it was impossible to spend any time there. After our first night, the cleaning ladies hung our old towels back for us to use, which we had left on the floor for them to "clearly" change for new ones.
Now here's what made me rate Bayview a "Poor" instead of a "Very Good". Helga helped us by arranging a trip to Praslin, staying one night there, then going to La Digue during the next day, and coming back on the day. It was our fault that we didn't look into this option prior to booking, so we agree to pay for both hotels (Bayview and the other hotel in Praslin) for the same night. She said that our room would be untouched when we came back. We arrived the next night at 8PM and were surprised to hear from the night-watch people that they had switched our rooms!!!! Helga was no where to be found! She had our mobile number and didn't even think to call us! We called her right away and withing 30 minutes she arrived. She claimed that there was a mix-up and there was a last-minute booking, in which she felt to give priority to the NEW guests, go into OUR room, take OUR stuff and put in a STANDARD room, since it was our last night at Bayview. Never in our lives had we felt so betrayed and violated. The new room was small, had an even HARDER, 2-inch mattress, no TV, no balcony, nothing! How she thought that this was acceptable is beyond us. This definitely dampened our stay there, and messed up our last night in Mahe. Thank goodness that we, at least, were able to negotiate for a one-night refund ... she didn't even offer! We had to ask, squeal and wait for 20 minutes while she checked with her husband over the phone!
I would have felt comfortable to recommend this place to friends, but unfortunately, the one person that we felt would not let us down, did... and it the worst way possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a natural environment on the south west coast of Mahe, this private and exclusive villa offers 7 spacious rooms with private terrace with sea view and private swimming pool. Surrounded by pristine waters and white sandy beach, guests are bound to fall in love with the island. Featuring a perfect location for a getaway, and it is definitely a fantastic place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- BayView Seychelles Anse Boileau, Mahe Island