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....
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coral Strand
- Coral Strand Beau Vallon
- Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles Mahe Island - Beau Vallon