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“A Great Value Place with Beautiful Views - Loved It!!”
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Choice Villa
Reviewed November 6, 2011

We have just arrived back (5/11/11) from a 10 night stay at Choice Villa and can't praise the place enough!!

From the very beginning, the staff have been excellent. Prior to arrival, the owner, Cecile, was very helpful with our online enquiries and bookings, making arrangements for our airport pick up and advising on car hire. We had an early morning arrival and a late evening departure, but this was no problem to Choice Villa - our room was available immediately and on payment of E25, we had the use of another room right up to the last minute - can't fault service like that!!
We were greeted on arrival by Winnie and Manita, who kept our apartment clean over our stay and sorted out any minor issues we had (1 broken toilet handle which was fixed within a few hours of it happening and the odd extra loo roll or towel needed on occassion - no real dramas there!!). They also provided breakfast for those who had opted for the B&B option. They left the property about 2pm every day (no reception facilities for a couple of hours) and then, in the evening, we were joined by a Night Patrolman who stayed from 6pm to 6am to ward off any opportunist theives (unforetuately this is on the up in Seychelles). If you didn't want to cater for yourselves or want to take the short drive (or long walk) to Beau Vallon, Minta and her lovely assisant provided the tastiest and best value evening meals in the Seychelles right on your patio!!! This is my 5th visit to the Seychelles and I've eaten at many restaurants but I cannot rate these meals enough!!! At E12 per person - there was 3 courses of fresh, tasty and plentiful creole food (dessert tended to be fruit or ice-cream) that were served with a smile. Minta took lots of consideration for dietry needs (my husband is diabetic and she took this into account) and each time when we prebooked our next meal (we ate there 4 times), she consulted us on our likes etc. Hats off to you Minta - you and your food are excellent!!!!

On viewing Choice Villa's website prior to arrival, I requested a stay in the front corner apartment (Frangpani - I think it was called). On arrival, this was the only one with sunbeds and had a dining table and 2 chairs outside for alfresco meals. It was larger than we expected comprising of 3 large rooms branching off a large hall area. The kitchen/diner/lounge area was very spacious and supplied a full sized cooker, microwave, fridgefreezer, dining table with 6 chairs, 3 piece suite, TV and internet connection (25 rupees per day), wall mounted fan and a small bed suitable for a 3rd person. The nice sized bedroom had 2 comfortable single beds (pushed together for a large king sized bed), chair, large wardrobe/cupboard unit, air con unit, baby cot and key locked safe. (Aircon and Safe were included in the price of the room). The bathroom branched off from the bedroom and was, again, another good sized room with sink, toilet, clothes airer and bath with over bath shower (plenty of hot water). The only weird thing in all the rooms were the locations of light switches - none were by the doors - the main kitchen and lounge switches were located mid room behind a bookcase, the bedroom switch mid wall towards the window and the bathroom light outside the bathroom door in the bedroom - confusing at 1st but we soon got used to it! The kitchen equipment was basic with only 2 knives, forks, dishes and mugs and odd numbers of glasses, plates etc and no measuring jugs etc, but we made do just fine. It was 3 pin plugs in the room that suited us for our chargers etc.

Due to the elevated position of Choice Villa (very steep but short walk up to it with car parking for 4/5 cars), the view over Beau Vallon Bay was spectacular. The beautiful Beau Vallon beach is a 5/10 minute walk towards Beau Vallon (beach access is between the sewage station (don't be alarmed) and bus stop) and the quieter Marie Laurie beach is a 5/10 minute walk in the opposite direction (access across the road from Bel Ombre Holiday Apartments and just before Beach house). There are 2 shops about 50m either side of Choice Villa (on the way to beaches) where you can get milk, water, bread etc. The bus stop to Victoria is located just outside Choice Villa (no 22 bus cost of 5 Rupees per person each way) which is ideal if you stay for a short time, otherwise, hiring a car is a good idea, especially if you want to explore Mahe or have meals out at restaurants.

We are great lovers of the Seychelles and must say, at E75 per room per night, Choice Villa provides fantastic value and a clean place to stay on Mahe. Fair enough, it isn't directly on the beach but it's not too long a walk to get to the nearest beaches and location wise, other than a lack of restaurants in the immediate vacinity, it is in a great position for views, shops and getting around.

We will definitely come back one day and many thanks to all at Choice Villa for a wonderful stay!!

Room Tip: Frangipani Room (on the corner) is lovely for 2/3 people and very bright.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

close to beauvallon beach, a magnificent view, a perfect service in appartment so large you can organize a party for many people, the perfect cooking of Minta (offering for 12 euro a fish dinner better that in many seychelles restaurant), they help you to solve every problem
the have also ocean view apartment, very beatiful, but there is non dinner on request, but they are close to a nice restaurant

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank carlo-onofri
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We have stayed in Choice Villa last Sept. 2011 for 4 days 3 nights . We were originally booked in Beach House but was advised that due to the problem in the booking we were placed in Choice Villa. It was kinda disappointing that we were not able to stay near the beach but we don't want to ruin our vacation just because of this.
When we arrived there was nobody there in the reception so we had to borrow a phone from a local to call the owner (our roaming phone was not working!). They have sent one nice lady to open the villa for us. The villa is well kept, clean , too spacious for a couple ( better off if you are on a group or family). I have nothing bad to say against the villa as everything is clean and in the night there is a guard to look after the guests. The lady, Minta also cooks food for only 12 Euros / person and her cooking is very good! You have to try this as it will not only save you money but also gives you a taste of creole food in Seychelles.
Beau Vallon beach is not too far but you may spend around 15-20-minutes walking just to go to the beach .

I would definitely recommend Choice Villa based on the price, cleanliness and value for money ( but not for location!) especially if you are staying in a group or family and it's better if you have car rental as you can go around Mahe ( just like what we did!) .

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

We stayed 4 nights in Choice villa in September 2011. We were looking for a budget accommodation in Mahe and we had a challenge of not having a credit card too. Fortunately, Cecile (The owner of the villa) agreed to confirm the booking without any advance payment. We wanted a quiet, clean and safe place to stay, of course, not far from the beach. We also requested an airport pick up. When we arrived, we found the driver waiting for us. We are dropped at the Villa and the manager was waiting for us although it was weekend. We checked-in immediately and found the room very comfortable and well maintained. We were excited to see the view of the beach from the balcony of the Villa. The room was air-conditioned and spacious, the kitchen was neat and clean and well equipped, and the bathroom had hot shower and plenty of water. There was also a safe box inside the room. The breakfast was good for two people. The great Beau Vallon beach is only few minutes’ walk from the Villa. We were impressed with the hospitality of the owner who dropped us to the airport on the day of our departure. We highly recommend Choice Villa as the place of first choice to stay in Mahe for the people who are on budget holidays and also like quiet environment to relax

----Kibria and Ronaliza

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

The owners of this guesthouse do not live on the premises nor close to it. There is often no one at reception, which means there is no one around to look after the place. When I arrived, they had left the keys on a hook near my door. I was staying only one night, and during that night I was robbed. Someone came into my room while I was sleeping and took all of my valuables, including my phone, laptop, camera and cash. The "security guard" claims to have been in the booth directly across from my apartment, and says he didn't see anything. Either he was also involved, or he was not there/asleep (more likely). This was a really disturbing experience. Choice Villa is not a place you can feel taken care of or safe. Definitely would not recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 21, 2011

Choice villa is joined with Ocean view guest rooms, on arrival in Mahe we stayed one night in ocean view, the building is new, the rooms large and clean equiped with air con, there is a guard at nigth, we travelled as two girls so this was a plus for us. We had to leave early morning to catch our boat the guard made us breakfast at 6 am, so sweet.
On our return to Mahe we stayed at choice villa, the appartments are a bit dated but clean and functional and definitively value for money, how said seychelles are expensives!! at 75 euros a night this was very good value and Cecile the owner is a delight to deal with.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

We made reservations based on the reviews we could find on the internet. It is always a gamble since you do not know what you have booked. We had the right corner apartment of choice villa in Bel Ombre. The apartment is very spacious. Big bedroom, big bathroom and big dining room. The apartment was cleaned every day except Sunday. The owner, Cecile, was very friendly and very helpful. The fact that we could also have diner there (12 euro p/p) was great. We informed the cleaning lady in the morning and in the evening Minta cooks a nice local dish.

Distance to the beach is about a 5 minute walk. We took the shortcut through the Meridian resort. Very very nice beach! Bus stops in front of choice villa that takes you to the capital Victoria. I would however advise to rent a car. 1 minor thing is that the internet was prepaid based on time which lasts only 48 hours. Since we needed internet frequently that was vey expensive for us. We had choosen Choice Villa because of the internet connection so that was a bit of a dissapointment. However we never expected to have such a great time with such nice people. We really enjoyed our time at Choice Villa. We felt very welcome. I would go back any time!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dutch_girl070
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Additional Information about Choice Villa

Address: Bel Ombre | Mahe, Bel Ombre, Mahe Island 00000, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Bel Ombre
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Bel Ombre
Price Range: $92 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Choice Villa is made up of 3 comfortably furnished self-catering apartments. Most of the furniture has been produced from Seychelles timber adding a local ambiance to your stay. Each apartment has a large double bedroom with bathroom and toilet ensuite, kitchen and dining/sitting room. All have ceiling fans and the bedrooms are air-conditioned. The verandah at the front of the Villa provides a relaxing and cool area where guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner. We are situated a leisurely 10 to 15 minute walk from the beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Choice Villa Hotel Bel Ombre
Choice Villa Seychelles/Mahe Island

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