My wife and I had booked our honeymoon to the seychelles after hearing lots of good things about the islands.
We had in mind a luxury holiday, where we could relax by pool/beach, and have a good evening in the bar at night.
We got to the hotel about 0830hrs. Our room wasnt ready, but we didnt have to wait long for the cleaning staff to have it ready. We were shown where the beach and pool was by the reception staff. What concerned me was the fact we were recommended to travel to another beach used by another beach resort as the beach at le Meridien wasnt that good.
The beach itself is ok. There was a red flag constantly flying as the waves and undercurrent made it tricky just walking in the shallow parts. Not ideal for non or weak swimmers. We found that for a 25p bus ride, you can go to Port launay and use the beach there, where the sand is perfect and waters calm and still. ( This was the one recommended by Meridien staff )
The room was clean and kept nice. The cleaning staff come everyday and are helpful if anything is needed.
As it was our first day there, we had some wine with our lunch. What we didnt expect was the $44 bill that would come. ( that was just 4 glasses ) We were full board so luckily didnt have to pay for the food as well, as that appeared very expensive as well.
The food throughout our stay was very good. The lunch service was excellent. However, there was often more staff than guests, as not all were full board. The evening buffet service was again very good and we had no complaints about food.
The one thing this hotel lacks, is atmosphere. The bar of an evening was only really used for the free wifi connection. The bar prices are so high, I would say near criminal. So often, many guests would come down for dinner, check the internet, then go off to their rooms. If you like to have a drink on your holidays, read on........
The only beer available at the hotel is the locally brewed beer. Normally this would be a cheaper, but just as good option. They only have bottles, which are 280ml. This is roughly half a pint. We worked out that the half pint of beer would cost you £5.60
If you wanted to have cocktails it was nearly £20 for two. All alcohol used is mainly local stuff. One night, we watched the barman serve the local vodka, and then charge for the exported vodka, which was of course dearer. This happened to us as well. and if you ask for the local vodka in the restaurant, dont be suprised to see the export vodka on the bill ( you didnt see them pour it, so they wont do anything about it )
Everything is priced up in seychelle rupees. DONT, Do not use US dollars in this hotel, as the exchange rate differs on which staff serve you. For example, if something cost 60 ruppes, it would be charged as $6. Using current exchange rates, it would normally be around 4 and a half dollars.
The local shop must make a fortune from guests at this hotel. Quite often we would bump into other guests getting their supplies. How can the management of the hotel find this acceptable?? You can buy a bottle of vodka, 4 beers and juices ( The same stuff as in the hotel ) for less than two drinks in the hotel bar??
All in all a nice hotel which was let down by its lack of atmosphere.
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Dear Russell M,
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Thank you for choosing our beautiful resort for your honeymoon destination in paradise.
I am disappointed to read that your expectations were not fully fulfilled during your journey with us and with to invite you to further discuss with a member of our team on firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon.
Le Meridien Barbarons
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