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“Style and comfort, with a view” 5 of 5 stars
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Port Glaud, Mahe Island, Seychelles   |  
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Doha, Qatar
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Style and comfort, with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Villa Vanilla is a small and stylish hotel, with views of the Seychelles sea, mountains, and forests. Actually, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful trees and it is enjoyable to be in the spacious balconies amidst so much green. The downside is that Villa Vanilla is located high on the hills close to Port Glaud in a very steep road. Having a rental car is highly advisable, unless you are very keen on walking. A rental car is a good idea in Mahe anyway to visit the many sensational beaches the island has.

The rooms are well-appointed, with spacious bathrooms, and large balconies. The pool is good but deep - parents should keep supervise their kids in the pool. There is no shallow pool for children.

The staff is very responsive to requests and gave useful hints on where to go and what to do. The breakfasr and buffet diner are excellent. The chef does a great job in balancing local and international dishes, all of them delicious.

I highly recommend Villa Vanilla (and a rental car to get there).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Istanbul, Turkey
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Villa Vanilla is a small and charming hotel nestled in the green hills that border the island's national park. An 800-meter, very steep road (great cardio!) takes you down to the shore, from where you can walk to a beach on either side within maximum 15-20 mins. It is great to hear birdsong all around you, no matter what time of the day. Each of the rooms has a large balcony from which you can admire the jungle hills around you and do bird watching while sipping a cold beer.

The staff here are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the surroundings and island attractions. Margaret does a great job managing the whole show, and the chef, Damien churns out one wonderful dish after another, day-in day-out. In fact, my wife and I both felt the food was probably THE highlight of this hotel. Whether it is Creole dishes such as octopus curry, or classics like pork ribs (his signature dish), you won't be disappointed!

The only disappointing thing was the frequent problems with running water, especially the shower. They always seem to have pump failure or some other glitch that prevents water from running at good pressure, or sometimes running at all. I hope they fix this issue soon, because it is a shame considering how pleasant the hotel is otherwise. Oh, and don't forget to bring a book because there does not seem to be any satellite TV hook-up.

Overall it was a pleasant stay and if they fix their water problem it might just be a perfect 5/5!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Moscow, Russia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

This is an incredibly charming place; huge rooms with enormous terraces overlooking mountains, lush tropical greenery and clouds floating by, decent-sized pool, very friendly staff, great chef catering simple but delicious food. It is very quiet. VERY QUIET - so make sure this is what you're looking for :) + rent a car - going to the beach by foot will take at least 40 min one way, but with your own car you can explore the island.

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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

My husband and I are pleased we booked in Villa Vanilla. The service was very personalized. Margaret is such a gem and had been very helpful. The chef was excellent with his creations during dinner as we booked a half board.

For a blow by blow detail of my review complete with pictures, please visit the link:
http://designgourmande.blogspot.com/2012/07/villa-vanilla.html

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Vanilla

Address: Port Glaud, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Port Glaud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Port Glaud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Villa Vanilla Seychelles/Mahe Island - Port Glaud

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