The beach of Anse Soliel on Mahe, Seychelles is one of the best on the island and one of the best on the Seychelles. The Beachcomber is a small privately owned hotel right on the beach. With only about 16 rooms all of which have beach views it is intimate a friendly. The owner, Mrs Alison Albert has resisted massive pressure from the Four Seasons Hotel next door to sell out and long may she continue. It is not luxurious but has air conditioned rooms, a large bathroom with tub, shower toilet etc. It also has a fridge and safe and plenty of storage space.
The food is creole and good. Table D'Hote is limited in options but there is plenty of it whereas the A La Carte offers more choice. It is not Gourmet food but it is very traditional island style.
The restaurant is open on three sides so that you can enjoy the sound of the sea as you eat. The bar does not operate as a proper bar but you can get a reasonable choice of drinks pre dinner and wine with the meal. The wine options are very simple i.e. red, white or rose or bubbly of you prefer.
What is special is its location. Our favourite room is a pathway across from the beach. You can sit on your porch and watch the sun the sand and the sea in pure peace.
The staff are friendly and Monique manages the day to day operation with care.
To get there simply fly into the main airport on Mahe and ask the taxi to take you to the Beachcomber (pronounced Beach comBer!!) It is a bout a 35 minute drive away on the western side of the island. The sunsets therefore are stunning. The rates are modest with discounts for returning guests, with our five night stay costing us about £750 including all food and drinks.
There is no swimming pool (who needs a swimming pool when the beach is 100m away) but the beach is excellent for swimming and safe. You can snorkel right off the beach with coral beds only metres away from the swimming area. The fish on the coral are generally larger than we find on most coral beds.
The hotel location is excellent for visiting the other beautiful beaches on the Western side of the island and the hotel have their own car rental fleet at modest costs.
Of course if you prefer maximum luxury you can always stay at the Four Season's next door at £2500 per night but you'll miss the magic of this little bit of paradise.