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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Anse la Blague, Praslin Island

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Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A lot of limitations worth mentioning”
Reviewed January 15, 2017 for a stay in December 2016
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Our experience with this house is worth mentioning and may help you in your decision process. We wish we had read such reviews, either at homeaway, tripadvisor, or booking, before we booked our stay there for 7 nights.

1) location: while you can swim and snorkel next to the house, the currents can be strong. Be prepared for the jellyfish stings as well.

2) location and driving: the road leading to the house and the private driveway is poorly lit. So it's difficult to leave the house after dark. If you'd like to have a drink at sunset in a bar followed by dinner, the best option is to book a taxi with Ryan, who is very easy to communicate and reliable.

3) bugs: while it's expected to see bugs and insects in tropical places, we believe the owner can improve the situation.

On most nights we ate in because of poor road conditions. Following the owner's instructions, we turned on some lights but not excessively, both inside and outside of the house. But Claudette didn't mention that the ventilation part of the door frames (above the doors) does not have nets. Thus bugs can come in through these areas. It's true that air conditioning would have been the most effective way to keep mosquitoes at bay, she also didn't mention the main house does not have air conditioning except in the two bedrooms (about 13-15 square meter each).

To give an example about the bug situation, we found flies (black fungus gnats) dropping into our wine glasses during meal time.

Since these flies die off the same day, their dead bodies would form a layer of dust on the dining table, the kitchen floor, the living room table and floor, bathroom sinks, and the terrace table. The cleaning staff is only there from 9am or sometimes 13h. So it's quite usual for us to spend an hour mopping the tables and the floors every morning even though the cleaning charges were supposed to be included.

We stayed in other places in the Seychelles after leaving this house. My review of the bug issue is based on a comparison of this house with others. Do check out the Villas de jardin on the mainland. It's a well designed collection of villas, all rooms air conditioned, with a manager who is easy to communicate to. It's not next to a beach but with a horizon pool where you can cool off. No jellyfish and strong currents. It's also approximately hundred euros cheaper (per day rate).

To summarize, while we thank the owner for providing this house to travelers, we believe requiring us to stay there for a minimum of 6 days is not reasonable. Also the per day rate is too high considering the mentioned limitations. (3150 euros per 7 days). The extra bed on the attic is not usable due to the hot air temperature, and the bug situation. The furniture of the house is outdated.

We recommend you to stay there with caution and careful consideration of the tradeoffs (view and quietness vs. value and convenience).

-------- related to communication with Claudette -------------

Claudette, i think you will try to attack my character in your reply. I know how much you hate poor reviews. But i am doing this because of my consideration for other travelers, especially working mothers who value their time and effort. I found you a nice and eager-to-help person, especially before coming to Praslin. But you have a way of making our interaction deteriorate after something goes wrong. Travelers don't seek to make bad reviews. We seek satisfying experiences. When something goes wrong, we need your help even more to solve our problems.

Regarding the incidence you may comment on, I didn't shut you out because i wanted to annoy you. I needed to meditate because the first morning's bug situation was simply overwhelming. Your husband's visit wasn't helpful. He basically told me to deal with it. This is the tropics. After he left, i asked my husband to take the children out so that i can meditate. I am really sorry for that.

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Management Response
Jan 17, 2017
I had expected a review such as this from these clients, whilst not surprised I am very disappointed. We are delighted to have so very many great reviews and obviously any negative one hurts.

For about two weeks the Seychelles Islands, experienced an extraordinary increase in numbers of a particular type of harmless gnat. It was an irritation for locals, tourists, hotels, restaurants and guesthouses. There was even a government advice document quickly circulated to all islands and establishments. The gnats were gone from the islands a day or so after the client left and haven't returned, hence her not having any experience of them on Mahe after transferring. As a staff team we tried our very best to cope with an unusual situation, our cleaner Debra works five half days a week and did all she could, when she wasn't around I made myself available as did my husband and Eribert our handyman/gardener. Unfortunately whatever we did didn't seem to be enough and communication wasn't helped by the client at times choosing not to answer the telephone or come to the door, especially when she was going to meditate. Although we are a self catering guesthouse I do like to help our clients to get the best out of their stay. For these clients we included free transfers, booked car hire, negotiated on scuba diving packages and even sourced and delivered fresh fish. Unfortunately, however, when someone becomes determined to find fault it seems there is little you can do. For the record ... If jellyfish and currents were an issue they would surely have been mentioned in previous reviews, we will, however, check and see if we should add to the lighting on the driveway.

I believe that any reasonable price comparison should compare like with like. Comparing a hotel type grouping of small buildings inland, which have shared facilities, with the sole occupancy of a beachfront property worth millions is hardly relevant.

In five years we have never had a review quite like this and we hope never to receive another. I would advise potential future guests to read the 33 other online reviews, look at the photographs and come to your own conclusions.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bryn A
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful private house in paradise”
Reviewed November 14, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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Maison Vue des Iles is a beautiful, secluded private house at the quiet end of Praslin Island. It was a real taste of paradise.

The drive from the airport is a bit of an adventure; not for the faint-hearted! The closer you get the more winding the road becomes but it is an incredible drive through the jungle. When you arrive you emerge on the coast overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean. The house is located at the end of its own access road, so is truly private. At night the only noise is the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks below. This was true bliss.

The house itself has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, with extra sleeping room upstairs. It has a huge sundeck overlooking the sea and a large living area. There is also a fully equipped kitchen. We loved dining out on the balcony overlooking the sea. We saw giant manta rays and dolphins passing by while we were there.

You can drive from the house down to the other end of Praslin to visit a restaurant or to do activities like scuba diving or paddleboarding. The island has some incredible beaches; it is a true island paradise and well worth exploring.

If you want to get away from the large resort type holiday and do your own thing, this is a good place to stay.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
Nov 14, 2016
Thank you for your lovely, kind comments. I am delighted we met your expectations. My husband Jos and I have been walking the old hill trails, which are being rediscovered by interested locals. If you return you really might want to explore these, the walk may not be easy, but the views make the effort very worthwhile.
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Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2018 for a stay in March 2018
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Villecresnes, France
1 review
Reviewed March 5, 2018 for a stay in February 2018
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Your age range 50-64
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Thomas G
Saint-Denis, Réunion
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jan 22, 2017
It is very heart warming to hear what a wonderful time you had and that Maison vue des Iles was all you expected. As well as the beaches we really enjoy the old walking trails being opened up once more around the island. You are never out of mobile phone range and so feel safe to enjoy the exercise and the views across the island-dotted ocean.

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