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“An affordable place at a perfect beach - full credit to the owners!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chalets d'Anse Forbans
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Anse Forbans | P.O. Box 3030, Anse Royale, Anse Forbans, Mahe Island, Seychelles   |  
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“An affordable place at a perfect beach - full credit to the owners!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I visited the Chalets d'Anse Forbans in March and knew I wanted to come back and stay.
One night was clearly not enough this time, so another return is already being schemed up.
12 cottages guarantee peace and quiet, no crowds and the 'noise' one hears are from birds
or the surf crashing on the beach ...
An airconditioned bedroom, a fan in the sitting / dining and a kitchenette, fully equipped, provide the 'indoor' experience, clean, functional and what more does one really need when coming to the Seychelles to enjoy the sunshine, the beaches and the crystal clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Much of the day is spent outdoors anyway, sunbeds and beach towels are available and the office arranges for car hire, guided tours, fishing trips and more.
A bus stop, per trip costing an incredible 5 Rupees only, is outside the compound and Brigitte even has made arrangements for her clients to be picked up by a nearby supermarket, to do the daily shopping there and then brought back, as a service to guests. Then one can prepare a meal, or else ask for cook to be provided at a cost, who will even go and buy fresh fish and other ingredients, before preparing a genuine, tasty and filling Seychellois meal.
There are of course take away options available, a 'box' at most costing 50 Rupees and with a selection of different dishes, including salads, fish, curry, beef and chicken often enough to feed two. In fact, we worked it out with Brigitte that for breakfast, take away lunch and dinner and some samosas or cup cakes for tea, plus water or soft drinks, the daily food bill will be not more than 150 Rupees. Easting out is also an option, the excellent Takamaka Restaurant not too far away, but Brigitte is ever ready to provide a range of other options, from reasonably priced Seychellois eateries to medium and high priced restaurants frequented by foreign tourists.
This all in combination with a stay at Chalets d'Anse Forbans makes a holiday in the Seychelles quite affordable and the location at a truly excellent beach will make for a holiday of a life time without a life time mortgage in the tow.
Comes highly recommended, for the warmth of the entire staff, the helpful hints and suggestions from Brigitte and her family and the fact that one can come close up with the Seychellois people.

Room Tip: The cottages come either sea front or garden view ... both have their charm and they are all equippe...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Dear Safariafficionado
Thank you for review of our Chalets. We are always so delighted when clients enjoy their stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back very SOON.
Kind Regards,
Daphne
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The chalets anse forbans must have one of the best locations on the island less than 50metres from the beach, all the of which face the sea, the chalets are well maintained,a well equipped kitchen , useable dining area, large bedroom with comfortable beds with adequate storage space,the shower is as good as can be expected given the problems with the water supply.best of all is the sea facing veranda which we spent quite a lot of time chilling out.The owners run a well oiled business everything in its place(if only every where we have stayed was as well run) we had a few family problems which they sorted out effortlessly.
The only problem we had to deal with was the local roads as a car is essential for this locatian, the roads are bendy in the extreme and require great care.we hired a car from the chalets which was fine, beware of the local buses! Best supermarket is Kumar & Kumar on the road to Victoria, nearest supermarket is a km away turning left out of the chalets (very steep drop into the car park) .early morning you can buy fresh fish on the roadside to Victoria from the locals which they will dress for you, also pick fresh fruit up off the roadside stalls when you can.

Room Tip: They are all good rooms
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Dear Christineanne1

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our family run Chalets. We are delighted to see you enjoyed your stay with us and the service we delivered. We hope you enjoyed your family celebrations in the Seychelles and do hope to welcome you back to us one day soon.

Kind Regards,
Daphne
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Glossop, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

very quite ,if 6 people on whole beach it was busy, chalet very clean cleaned daily . arrived at chalet there was tea coffee sugar and milk also a loaf of bread some butter and a coconut in the fridge, family run very helpful. only down fall if you have a late flight back you will need to book extra tme in chalet because nowhere to wait after 4pm weekday 12 noon weekends. car rental available on site advise you have a car to get to bigger shops as only a small shop and one hotel in walking distance. gaint tortose in the grounds they love being feed friut. fruitbats visit the tree in the evenings.a holiday that will never be forgotten its a great place

Room Tip: chalet 3 or 4 view of sea
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, June 12, 2012
Dear Kim
Thank you for taking the time to review Chalets d' Anse Forbans. We enjoyed hosting you at the Chalets and are very pleased to see your holiday is a memorable one. Hope you will visit us again soon.
Kind Regards,
Daphne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I looked for beach chalets with two bedrooms for our trip to Seychelles and stayed in 5 different places. Proximity of a good beach was a priority as well as not having to cook dinner ourselves.

Chalet Anse Forbans is probably the friendliest place I ever stayed. The lady manager is extremely helpful. I cannot imagine any question that she couldn't have answered or at least found out.The place was run extremely professionally. Everything seemed to be thought of.

The location is excellent on the beach. The water at the beach is unbeliably clear. No big waves here and I enjoyed swimming there. Some tiny fish may come to "taste" you, no harm done, but a surprise.

The appartments are good, clean and well kept. Water and some basic items are waiting for you in the fridge.

According to the hotel description we expected two separate bathrooms in the 2-bedroom villa. It is actually one bathroom, there is a shower in the middle and small toilets on both sides of the shower area (walls don't go all the way up to the ceiling so the two toilets are in the same space).

One great thing is that there is air-con in the bedrooms (not so everywhere we stayed).

There is a very simple store close by. For a better grocery store you need a car (or a longer walk). There is a fruit stand on the road to Anse Intendance (turning left before the better supermarket). No restaurants close by (except Hotel Allamanda which is probably quite expensive for dining, considering the price I paid for a small amount of fruit I bought for breakfast before we found the fruit stand). For meals we drove to Surfers Beach restaurant, okay, but slow, and to Kaz Kreole. After the very good local style dinners we had had on the other islands we were not impressed as the food didn't seem very creole style.

The 2-bedroom chalets are behind the 1-bedroom chalets (not right on the beach that is) but close. Beach towels are provided.

They offer reasonably priced rental cars and bring it to the airport where you also leave it. I wouldn't stay there without a car.

I would stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, June 4, 2012
Dear Kauris

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Chalets d' Anse Forbans. We pride ourselves on our professional service and very happy to see your comments.

We certainly enjoyed hosting you and your friend and we would be most happy to host you both once again. The next time you will need to stay longer so we can give you further suggestions of other places of interest to visit and restaurants to sample with more Creole Cusine especially in the South of the Island.

Kind Regards,
Daphne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Having visited Chalets d'Anse Forbans a few years ago, and having visted Seychelles over many years this is still our favourite location. Why?...the south of Mahe is in my opinon the most unspoilt part of the island, with one of the best beaches a short drive away...Anse Intendance (originally purchased I believe by Peter Sellars and George Harrison, and one year the film Tarzan was shot there with Bo Derek and Richard Harris, together with "Clyde" the famous Orang Utang) although it has lost its original charm and is gradually being swamped by larger hotel complexes...albeit in keeping with the surroundings. As south Mahe is relatively flat with less rainfall than the generally cloudy "mountainous" north (where most hotels are found) however, there are times, during the two 2 rainy seasons, where it can get seriously wet whevever you are on the island. Hire a car and follow the sun, it usually works. Another obvious tip, buying crates of Seybrew from a local roadside shop is worth it if you are on a budget, as the cost of eating out and drinks, as other reviewers have noticed, is not so reasonable anymore. Other common sense advice, be careful with your valuables and don't take expensive watches or jewelry to completely isolated beaches, we have met many people over the years who have been mugged during the day, and thinking it would never happen to us, well on one visit it did, once on the beach (Anse Intendance - and while we were out, at our bungalow, where they took everything. Hopefully this will never happen to you but if it should, you will a Police "incident report", to claim on your insurance when you get back home. Have fun!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Dear David

Thank you for your review of the Seychelles and for noting that Chalets d' Anse Forbans is your favourite location on the island. We agree with you on this issue however, we tend to be a little bias in this regard for obvious reasons.

Your review is generally of the Seychelles and covers some practical tips for visitors & tourists. Unfortunately your review seems to suggest that you were robbed of all your possessions whilst staying at the chalets. This statement came as quite a shock to us as we have no recollection of this most unfortunate incident. We subsequently checked all our records and can verify that this incident did not occur at the Chalets. We can only assume that this unfortunate incident happened to you during one of your many visits to the Seychelles (not at Chalets d’Anse Forbans) and you were merely bringing the issue of security to the attention of future visitors to our beautiful Seychelles islands?

For the benefit of our future guests we strongly encourage all our clients to be vigilant when it comes to looking after their belongings on the island and also whilst staying at the chalets. We take the safety of our clients and of their belongings very seriously and as such the Chalets have CCTV installations and a night watchman patrolling the premises for your peace of mind. We also have in rooms safes for the guests personal use.

David, we do look forward to welcoming you again to our Chalets and trust that you do not mind us clarifying your statement should there be any misinterpretation by any of our prospective clients/guests.

Kind Regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Chalets d'Anse Forbans is a family run enterprise and this adds to the feel of the place. Brigete and her team, made every effort to accommodate our requests and travelling questions. The chalets is ideally situated, only a few meters from the blue sea. Beautiful long beach and amazing snorkelling opportunities. You need a car, because the shops and other attractions are a distance away. The car can also be rented from the Chalets. It is a quiet break away, thus not ideal for the party crowd. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Dear Jenjitru
Thank you for selecting to stay with us and your time to write the wonderful review. We are so pleased you and your friends enjoyed your time and certainly hope to welcome you all back one day soon.
Kind Regards,
Daphne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012 via mobile

What a brilliant place. Very helpful and friendly owner (Brigete). Pleasant chalets in the secluded south of Mahe. Lovely peaceful beach to yourself with fringing reef for great snorkelling and a safe swim for our 20 month old son. Good value for Seychelles (which is a pricey place). You do need a car for at least some of the time for food shopping/ exploring/ eating out. Not for those looking for a hotel setup or a lively place. Great for those seeking peaceful paradise! Great for youngsters (big safe garden off road to run in). I would definitely return here. Ignore negative reports of narrow beach (not true) low water pressure (not true) and crime (just use common sense). Thanks for a great holiday Brigete an crew!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Forbans, Owner at Chalets d'Anse Forbans, responded to this review, April 7, 2012
Dear TimUpNorth
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our family run self catering chalets. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you plus new baby to our chalets one day soon.
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Daphne
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Address: Anse Forbans | P.O. Box 3030, Anse Royale, Anse Forbans, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Anse Forbans
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Anse Forbans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chalets d'Anse Forbans 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chalets d'Anse Forbans - the ideal Seychelles Holiday Self catering Accommodation located on the beach of Anse Forbans in the South of the main island Mahe. They offer modern and comfortable beach cottages/bungalow at reasonable prices. Whatever your needs the staff are always willing to accommodate you. They offer daily maid service to clean your chalets,Free Starter pack on arrival, all linen, beach towels and snorkelling equipment as well as FREE WIFI at reception area. An excellent choice for Self catering accommodation in the Seychelles just steps from the beach. Your Seychelles beach home away from home. A well established Seychellois family run business. ... more   less 
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