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Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Beau Vallon
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Location does the trick”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

We visited the Seychelles for a 3 day break and we chose Coral Strand based on price. I can honestly say that after doing a lot of research and visiting some other hotels in the Seychelles, this hotel offers the best price and best location.
If you are not aware, Seychelles is pretty expensive, you would think that visiting local restaurants would be cheaper because locals visit them as well and they are not actually wealthy, that would be cheap. That is not the case. You will still pay Capri prices in a hut island environment.
So taking this into consideration Coral Strand's prices are actually decent.
The place is magical, just 10 steps. literally, from the pool area will take you to the most beautiful beach on the island. I think the second one would be the one in front of Constance Ephelia, but still beau vallon is definitely the best.
Some mixed feelings about the staff. Concierge, a Chinese gentleman, was no help at all, no rude or anything just did not really care to issue us with some information when we visited to ask him about some beaches and shop timings. Definitely not guest oriented. This been said, I noticed he did not act the same with another couple over breakfast, where he and 2 more of his colleagues were talking to them and booking tours. I guess hospitality goes hand in hand with how much money you are going to spend, or you are going to make.
Same feeling from the service staff, indifferent is the best word to describe their attitude.
On the contrary, back of the house staff were very friendly, engineering, housekeeping were always greeting us and asking if there is anything we need.
We had an Ocean view room, which should better be called pool view. Although the last room in the corridor, the room faces the pool rather than the ocean, and in front of us we had the roof from the pool bar area obscuring the view. If the window/ balcony was on the side where they had the TV, they would have one of the best views in the world. Badly designed.
I gave this hotel a 3* rating based on location, price and overall experience in Seychelles.
If I would have to rate it based on other properties that I have visited most likely it would get a 2*.
If you are planning to visit Seychelles and do not want to save money for a year, unless you have no issue, I suggest you stay here.
If not, you have so many other options that you can have the same or even more, food, beaches, friendly people, a lot cheaper. Philippines, Italy, Greece, Spain....

Room Tip: Rooms away from the pool bar, as Karaoke nights are a bit loud.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

After 14 days sailing round the wonderful islands of Seychelles, my husband and I treated ourselves to a 3 night stay at the Coral Strand Hotel, Beau Vallon before the long journey back to Scotland. We were delighted by the warm welcome we received on our arrival and this warmth continued throughout our stay. We booked a seaview room and we were not disappointed; the beautiful white sands and glorious crashing waves of the Indian Ocean lying only 50 yards from the room, the pool and the Ocean Terrace Bar. I doubt we could have found a better hotel in such a prime position anywhere in the world. Most evenings we were graced by the most glorious sunsets accommpanied by amazing fruit bats flying high above the Takamaka trees which were a fabulous sight. Breakfast was fresh fruits, fresh bread and a hot buffet and served in the main colourful dining room which overlooked the sea. Lunch and dinner could also be taken here or out at the Ocean Terrace Bar, or The Mahek Indian Restaurant. All meals we ate at the hotel were excellent and thoroughly enjoyed. The hotel also boasts a lovely garden with three giant tortoises which you can feed and touch, very apt for here.
All in all an excellent hotel, very clean, well maintained and in a prime position with staff and management that made our stay perfect. Thanks to Mervin Appadu for his time and assistance, to Jean with her everlasting smile and to John for his chats about India, our other love.

Room Tip: Pay a little bit extra and ask for a seaview. We were on the fourth floor which had the most amazing...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying here on numerous occasions while working in the Seychelles. I especially loved waking up in the mornings and enjoying the wonderful breakfast buffet while gazing over the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. The staff was always very friendly and the rooms were clean.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Al Muharraq, Bahrain
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

It was really good experience staying in this hotel which is best location and pleasant service. I really appreciate the staff hospitality especially the guest relation Faouzi who was very helpful and caring and I felt comfortable dealing with him. I would like thank the management of coral strand for the excellent service and I hope next time to spend my vacation at same hotel with internet speed improvement.

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Sakher Al-Khatib

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I stayed there last month and I would recommend. As many said, it takes longer than you expect to check-in and it is a little noisy at night near the poll bar. However, it has a very good location, staff is very cordial and very competitive prices, especially in a country known for its high hotel prices.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in an ocean view room on the 4th floor. Okay views, however quite noisy as close to the pool bar, especially at night. Rooms clean & reasonable size. Overall service (maid, reception, restaurant) only average though. Staff has no passion. Food selection for breakfast & dinner poor, can recommend to book on BB basis only.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hotel is great in great location, on the beatiful beach with white sand. Food is various, you have it all. We had an ocean view room and enjoyed beautiful sunsets. Room are renewed and have lot of space. Staff is friendly and always at your service. Worth every peny.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles
Address: Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Beau Vallon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Beau Vallon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel stands out with a completely new hotel concept for the Seychelles: Premium comfort at an affordable price. The island's best value-for-money is located at the absolutely best area directly on the most attractive strip of beach in the famous Beau Vallon Bay on the largest of Seychelles' islands, Mahé. Hardly any other hotel has such a beach and ocean view. The 4 star plus hotel has 161 modern and attractively equipped rooms. There are 140 standard rooms, 4 junior suites, 21 deluxe rooms. The original Coral Strand opened in 1972 as one of the first hotels on the Seychelles. The name Coral Strand has always attracted guests with its breath-taking ocean views and fantastic location directly on the white sand beach. The last 40 years have seen a steady stream of return guests. The hotel bar with its live music has established itself as a legendary meeting point for tourists and locals. The original hotel was completely reconstructed and renovated with new design, equipment and contemporary comfort. The service offer was also completely reorganized. With the new name Coral Strand Smart Choice, the hotel now wants to offer the best value-for-money hotel in the Seychelles. ... more   less 
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