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“Promising, but some drawbacks” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean View Guest House

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Ocean View Guest House
Bel Ombre Road, Bel Ombre, Mahe Island, Seychelles   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Bel Ombre
Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Promising, but some drawbacks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stayed here for 6 nights on Honeymoon. Cecile is a lovely owner, but sadly we didn't see her very much as she has other guesthouses; it would have been nicer to be welcomed by the owner immediately otherwise you feel a bit lost. The area is also a little quiet and a bit shabby, not what we were expecting. Apparently Beau Vallon/Bel Ombre is the place to be on Mahe but we found it shabby and a little rough. You are also cut off from the rest of the island, you have to go over the hill to Victoria every day before you can access the rest of Mahe. The rooms were very nice and clean at Ocean View, and our balcony view was excellent. We spent every night with a glass of Takamaka Bay rum watching the sun set over Silhouette Island. Although the room was big, the fixtures weren't great. The shower has periods where it doesn't go hot (water pressure issue they said), the bathroom tap was broken (but they fixed it the day we noticed) and the aircon seemed to only have on or off, the temp didn't change. There is a second bedroom with a fridge and kettle, but not really enough of a kitchen to truly cook for yourself. We actually ended up eating and renting a car at the Villa Dani up the hill. Overall, could be a lovely place, and Cecile would be lovely owner, if it wasn't let down by a few annoyances.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I found this place with the help of reviews through sites search. Everyone was saying that Cecile, who takes care of the guest house, is a nice person. I guess it was the main reason, why we chose that place. And i saw the pictures, the pictures turned out exactly the same in the reality. The house has really nice style, really clean, island spirit. And Cecile helps us to find the best solution with the rooms. Paule who works with another lady in this house are really welcoming and friendly hostesses. I thank them one thousand times. The view is true - blue ocean!!! from all the angles, so don't worry if you will get even ground floor room. If you don't have the ability to drive the car as us, buses are the best budgetary choice. They will take you at every point of the island, and where there are no roads, there are your feet, just take the water and sunblock. There are a lot of beautiful beaches and places around the island, take the opportunity to visit them all. And people, the best what has island. It seems they don't have much, but they appreciate what they have. I visited around 20 countries and people from Seychelles are the top of my the most friendly nation, even children are so smiley. You will not regret if you will choose this "view"! ;))) good luck and nice staying

Room Tip: Cecile, who is taking care of the guest house, is a really helpful person. She will try for sure to...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This B&B is just the perfect place on the Island. The staff is very welcoming and willing to tell you everything about their Island. The price is very reasonable and the rooms are very clean.
The breakfast is simple but with fresh products: Eggs, fruits, coffee or tea, pancakes. You can order dinner in the morning. The dinner is very nice and very big portions for only 15 euros.
It is better, to rent a ca to get from the ocean view guest house to the beautiful white beaches everywhere on the island. The popular Beau Vallon Beach is only some minutes away.
We had a lovely stay at the ocean view guest house. Thank you.

Room Tip: With ocean view on the first floor!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Erlangen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The rooms are clean and are equipped with an A/C, the staff is friendly. The hotel is next to the sea side (you have to cross a road to get to the beach).

They serve coffee, tea, juice, fruits, eggs and homemade marmalade in the morning.

The bus stop to get around the island is located about 10 meters away from the hotel.
There's a scubar center about 50 meters away where we booked a trip for diving ( a good choice, too).
You'll find enough reasonable restaurants nearby.

Room Tip: Try to get the room facing the beach - then you can get your breakfast on the porch.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Kiev, Ukraine
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

We have found this place unexpectedly very nice - big spacious rooms(you get 2 bedroom apartment basically) for 3 persons. You have your very own safebox, locks on every door inside, a big TV(but with just 2 local channels - but who needs it at all ?:)), spacious bathroom, a balcony with 2 chairs, a big king size bed and of course a great view at the ocean.
However, this place is not so easy to find so you should clarify it's exact location with the owners or personnel.
People serving you are very friendly and kind - they are there to help you with any problem which may arise. Special thanks goes to Paul - the best host that we've ever seen so far.
They have a parking lot for 3-4 cars.
The only cons are the nearby road and birds(or bats) which are always there not to let you sleep deeply :) - but you can get rid of those noises by just closing the balcony's door ;)
Airconditioner is present.
Room cleaning takes place every day.
You have an option to have a great BBq in the evening with 4 different types of ocean fish(3 pieces of each) for 2 persons(17 Euros per person). The guy who makes the BBq is fantastic - meat is juicy and well fried.
So i can definitely recommend this place to guests with car - since the location itself is far not the most convinient.
As for the WiFi Internet - you can just go to Choice Villa - same owners and catch there free Meridien(Fishermen's Cove - if im not mistaken) WiFi network - the speed is great, signal is stable.
Hope the above info helps ;)

Room Tip: I think 2nd floor is the best choice(great view) - but its 10 euros more expensive.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

We booked this vacation rental relatively late with not too many options left. However, Cecile the owner was very helpful and proposed the best available solution to us. This included the possibility to change our apartment from the ground floor to the first floor after the second night.
We arrived early morning from the airport so we were immediately offered with breakfast and our apartment was prepared soon. For budgetary reason we decided to take one apartment only despite our concern that the small bedroom may be too small for our two teenage daughters. But the room did serve the purpose and together with the large bedroom we had no shortage of living space. The rooms were simply but adequately furnished, beds were comfortable and the rooms and bathroom were always clean.
Breakfast was served in the first floor dining room and was a good start for the day with coffee or tea, fresh juice, fresh local fruits, locally made jams with toast and eggs of your choice. There is a large fridge with freezer and coffee making facility in the small bedroom but there is no self cooking facility so you have to dine out.
As we were promised we moved into one of the first floor apartments from the third night onwards. To be accurate, we didn't have to do anything - we left our ground floor apartment in the morning and returned to the first floor one in the evening - all our belongings were shifted by the staff. Here Ocean View really stands for its name; you have almost 180 degrees view on the Bel Ombre Bay.
Ocean View is located just 20 minutes walk from the popular Beau Vallon. However, a car rental is a must if you want to explore as much as possible of Mahe. Walking or driving to the other direction and parking your car at the La Scala Restaurant will offer you a stunning trekking path which takes you to Anse Major, a beautiful beach with full privacy. The trail which has medium difficulty, takes you through the granite cliffs over the aquamarine waters and you need about an hour and a half to reach Anse Major. Take plenty of water with you but even if don't, you will find fresh spring water on your way. If you are too lazy to take the return path you will find a speed boat with driver or at least his mobile number at Anse Major who can drop you back to Bel Ombre in 15 minutes for EUR 10 per person.
Last but not least the friendliness and helpfulness of all staff members shall be mentioned who contributed to our memorable stay.

Room Tip: For clear ocean view take one of the upper floor apartments. However, if you dont like steps, stay o...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampere, Finland
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

We arrived by taxi from the Jetty arranged by the guesthouse owner. We got a lovely room on the top floor with two bedrooms, bathroom and a balcony. There was a tv, a safety locker and a fridge in the room. The breakfast was excellent with coffee, toast, home made jam, fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice and eggs of your choice; scrambled, fried, omelett etc. We were able to get a late check-out as well, which was really great since our flight back home was departing late in the evening. The transfer to the airport from the guesthouse was arranged by the guesthouse owner as well, upon request.
The guesthouse is situated about 1,5 km walk from the Beau Vallon beach, so you can manage without a car if you don't mind the walk. There is a bus stop just down the street as well if you prefer the bus. There aren't that many restaurants around the guesthouse, and the ones that are within walking distance are very popular so you might have to make reservations in advance to get a table in the evening.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: Bel Ombre Road, Bel Ombre, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Bel Ombre
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Bel Ombre
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean View Guest House is situated a short walk from the quiet and beautiful Marie Laure Beach and some 5 minutes drive from the famous Beau Vallon Beach. It consists of 4 beautifully decorated units each comprising a large air conditioned bedrooms, en-suite bathroom and changing room. The rooms are furnished with locally made and is equipped with television and refrigerator, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast usually includes a selection of locally made jams and juices. ... more   less 
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Ocean View Guest House Seychelles/Mahe Island

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