We were very pleased with this hotel. With the islands being so overwhelmingly beautiful, Coral Strand competes and encompasses the feel of the island without overcompensating or muting it. The atrium, restaurant and pool/lounge area are all built to be able to enjoy the island just as much as the amenities the hotel has to offer. After all, a trip to Seychelles shouldn't be spent cooped up in a room or surrounded by walls blocking the amazing views.
The staff was extremely helpful providing cool cloths upon arrival and setting us up in our room as soon as it was available. Since we arrived quite a few hours early, they were able to stow our bags, let us use the pool and dining facilities.
There is a little flea-market type bazaar that happens every Wednesday night right down the road from Coral Strand where many vendors set up and sell both authentic and commercialized trinkets and souvenirs. One thing I do highly recommend is souvenir shopping whenever the opportunity is there. A lot of businesses (especially the souvenir shop on the Coral Strand property) run on "island-time," so don't put it off until later.
We needed an extra pillow and blanket for our third person in the room even though we had made reservations for three. But as soon as we called the front desk, there was a knock on the door within 30 minutes with the fresh linens- no harm no foul.
The internet is pay by the hour/day but worked pretty well. During our travels around Europe and Africa we have just wanted to be able to get in contact with family, friends and loved ones back home. As military members, we can count these exotic port-visits as "vacation" but it is very important that we are able to "get connected" to our lives back home. The international differences in programming is always a bit hard to work around (for instance, my Apple products wouldn't connect to the internet, but my Toshiba lap top would). Again, probably nothing the hotel could help, but international travelers, just be prepared.
The view from Coral Strand is absolutely breath-taking. White sand, blue water, green island. I never knew sand could be so soft nor water so clear. They did everything to be able to bring the beauty of the island to the hotel, and amplify it.
I highly recommend this hotel for getaways and relaxation!
- 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