We were at Casadani for 3 nights and also a few hours in the early morning just after landing in Mahe and on our way to Praslin by Cat Cocos ferry.
We had pre booked with them way back in January 2012 and they were gracious to hold and confirm our booking without any credit card details. Praslin was our first stop in Seychelles and we realized that we would need a breather to freshen up. Lise (the owner – Mr. Dani’s daughter) agreed to send us a pickup and allow us the use of a room and breakfast for 3, short visit in Victoria and drop off to the Cat Cocos Jetty (total time about 3 hours) for a price of EUR 50 which was quite reasonable.
I may mention that there is a time-lag in their response to e-mail, but a phone call will ensure prompt attention !
Mr. Jean Paul was already awaiting us at the airport to receive us. After resting, we boarded the Cat Cocos Ferry to Praslin (EUR 40 per pax). Due to the choppy seas the ride was unnerving and far from comfortable and we decided to cancel our return tickets on the ferry (4 days later) and take the 15 minute air trip from Praslin to Mahe on Air Seychelles the cost of which was EUR 99. However, after reaching Praslin I telephoned the Air Seychelles office there and they agreed to sell me the special ticket (>48 hours advance purchase ticket) for only EUR 50. Cat Cocos was also extremely gracious to refund the entire amount (which was paid in cash) since I had informed them immediately after docking in Praslin.Other tourists may benefit from this special offer from Air Seychelles by enquiring about such tickets.
After reaching Mahe, we were allotted room (villa) 31 which was a spacious 2 bedroom kitchen + living room accommodation fully furnished to self- catering needs. The place was immaculately clean and with all cooking facilities (although we did not use them). Casadani is run by a core team of family members. Mr. Dani (the owner) who not only owns the largest number of fishing boats in Seychelles, is an ex- member of parliament in Seychelles and a self-made, down to earth man who washes his own car, notwithstanding the fact that he leases out at least 40 "near brand new vehicles" for hire.
Casadani is not ON the beach but just about 5 minute walk from a small nearby extension of Beau Vallon beach, but you will certainly need a vehicle to do sightseeing. After seeing the activity on Sunday evening at Beau Vallon, we were really happy to be at Casadani – in a quiet niche !
The breakfast here is basic but the dinner has a varied spread with the special grill section where one can order grilled fish of different types. Lunch is also served on request.
We requested for a snorkeling trip in the morning and a fishing trip in the evening. However, since all the masks were leaking, we could not snorkel at all and Mr. Dani should actively look into this area to provide even greater value to his customers. Mr. Alan – the boatman is an amazing guy with a cool head and a real feel for the boat and the sea. He also took us for a fishing trip in the evening (in a small boat) and we caught 6 fish among the three of us including a medium sized shark all in an hour and by line fishing only.
On returning back to the hotel, they agreed to make the shark curry and it was so delicious that we even had it for lunch the next day. Thank you,Mr. Dani, Lise and Pearl !
In our opinion, one should certainly visit the smaller islands while in Seychelles like Praslin, La Digue – is particularly calm, clean and picturesque. Mahe can be used as a place to relax for 2-3 nights, with a little sightseeing, on the way back home & Casadani is the ideal place just to do that! Moreover duty free prices at Seychelles airport are atleast 20-25 % cheaper than Dubai.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casadani is a small hotel situated in a unique setting at Bel Ombre in the northern part of Mahé Island and within walking distance of fabulous Marie Laure beach. Its terrace offers a spectacular, panoramic view of Silhouette Island, North Island and also legendary Beau Vallon beach which is only 1 minutes drive away. For your evening entertainment there is a casino in the vicinity and also live bands and a discotheque. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- CasaDani Seychelles/Mahe Island