We stayed here after a week on safari in Kenya and were a little disappointed. Perhaps it is unfair to compare with the Maldives but it is priced at that level so should really stand up to comparison.
First impressions were good - a short boat trip from Mahe and a welcome from the Manager and a girl called Casey. She took us to our room in a golf buggy and gave a very brief introduction to facilities on the way - she seemed quite keen just to drop us and get away. In fact most of the staff other than waiters were not particularly friendly when you passed them in the resort.
The villa was very nice, large and well equipped but not much of a view other than a few palm trees. The bikes which we hoped to ride around the resort were downright dangerous, one had a front brake lever which was not connected and the other had no side stand. They were also very uncomfortable so we did not bother with them again. It can be quite a walk around the resort but there are golf buggies which you can summon if required.
The view from the pool/restaurant area is rather disappointing as it looks out over the industrial areas of Victoria with its wind turbines which detracts from the tropical island feel.
Food in the Abondance buffet restaurant was generally very good but it was a bit of a struggle
to get booked into the other restaurants - suggest booking them before you arrive to ensure you get a reservation - you can always cancel once you are there.
Robinson is quite nice, rustic and situated on the beach. You cook your food on a hot stone but the table we were given was very dark and it was impossible to see whether it was cooked so we did not eat much rather than get fstomach problems.. The seafood restaurant was nice - also on the beach but there is not a huge choice. Our favourite was Mont Fleurie which was the fine dining option and we went there twice as we do not really want to have buffet twice a day.
The cocktails in the bar were very good but the service could be slow. Lunch options are limited to the buffet again or a light salad/sandwich at the beach bar.
One major gripe was the lack of any decent beer - the local brew is just fizz - surely Carlsberg, Heineken or Bud/Becks is not too much in a 5 star resort
There is a distinct lack of information about trips and excursions but ask at the sports bar
Snorkelling to the left of the jetty is quite good once you get out over the seagrass. We took the snorkel excursion twice and enjoyed it both times, seeing a turtle and a large Eagle Ray. The glass bottom boat trip was a bit of a waste of time- not much to see until you stop and feed the fish.
The visit to Moyenne island is also well worthwhile. Take cash as there is an entrance fee and also a small bar/cafe where you can get refreshments.
The giant tortoises are amazing and the walk around the island very interesting but a little steep at times - best to take water!
There is not a great deal at the airport - no lounges etc and shops which seem to open in rotation!
Overall a nice rest but would not rush back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One island, one resort in Seychelles If you are dreaming of a luxury holiday in the Seychelles, choose the Sainte Anne Island, a Beachcomber hotel set on an exclusive private island. Sainte Anne Island is undeniably one of the finest hotels in the Seychelles and an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners. An optional all-inclusive package offers you carefree holidays from the moment you arrive until the day of departure. Accommodation is in 87 private villas, 29 of which have private pools. All are set on a 220-hectare private island, surrounded by one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean. Sainte Anne Island blends seamlessly with nature. Lazy days can be spent discovering the island's natural delights. On the pristine beaches, strewn with granite rocks, the only footsteps that you will see will be your own... Colourful bougainvilleas, frangipane trees, hibiscuses and palm trees blend in with the original vegetation. Immerse yourself in an island of dreams and sensual pleasures. Superb cuisine is served in the resort's four restaurants*, which include three beach restaurants to add to the enjoyment of your holiday in the Seychelles. Sainte Anne Island has paid a great deal of attention to its leisure facilities. Nestled in an idyllic tropical setting, the Spa by Clarins is a spacious sanctuary for the body and mind. The resort also has a sports & leisure centre. In the crystal-clear waters of the marine park, a colourful kingdom of sea-life is ready to be explored. The underwater kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and slants of light swirls with innumerable fish species while spectacular corals, sea anemones and algae act as a fascinating stage set. Departing from the sports centre, three different treks invite you to discover the many facets of Sainte Anne Island under the guidance of the qualified staff. Another plus is Sainte Anne's location, just 10 minutes away by boat from Mahe, making it a convenient stepping-stone for island hopping in the Seychelles. *The hotel reserves the right to close up to two restaurants throughout the year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sainte Anne Resort And Spa
- Sainte Anne Hotel Sainte Anne Island
- Sainte Anne Island Hotel
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