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Maison Soleil
Ranked #1 of 2 Baie Lazare B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights and loved it. A lovely, small, self catering place, clean, private and comfortable, with a beautiful garden. Thank you Andrew, Betty, Christina and Ruby for all your help. You do need a car here to do anything. Lots of small stores for food shopping, although we didn't cook at all while there. Had breakfast and some lunches and ate out for dinners. Do experience Maria's Rock Cafe and the Four Seasons (just down the hill). And explore the beaches up the coast.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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seygee, Owner at Maison Soleil, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thanks so much for your kind comments. We are all happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope that you will have time to visit us again one day.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Maison Soleil is an absolute gem of a guesthouse! It's located in one of the nicest parts of Mahe with some amazing beaches nearby. We stayed in the Vanilla apartment, which was beautiful and of very high quality - the decor and decorative touches were amazing. It's quite rare to find guesthouses that get so many things right, but not only was Maison Soleil visually stunning, it was also really functional too - there was clearly a lot of effort and forethought put into making the apartment very funcitonal and easy to live in. The kitchen (not that we did much cooking) was well equipped, and there were a lot of the basics (salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, washing powder - yes, there is a washing machine!) left for our use, as well as the "welcome pack" of tea, coffee, etc.

In terms of organisation, everything was perfect - the booking process was easy (and deposits can be paid using PayPal), the transfer from the airport was spot-on, and the car hire that was arranged was great - we hired a few vehicles in the Seychelles and this was definitely the best and cheapest of them.

Added to all this, the whole kit and caboodle is run by an ex-pat British artist called Andrew, who came to the Seychelles decades ago, and is a wonderful host, as well as being a veritable goldmine of information, observation and comment on the whole Seychelles experience.

All in all, Maison Soleil was definitely the best place we stayed in during our Seychelles honeymoon, and one of the best places we've stayed ever! Highly, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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seygee, Owner at Maison Soleil, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2012

Dear Lanniely,
Thank you from my staff and myself for your wonderful comments above. On a laid back tropical island like ours it is not easy to get everything right and working at the same time, so its always nice when someone notices then takes the trouble to write a review about us. So once again thanks and please come back soon! We do offer discounts for returning guests....
Kind regards, Andrew

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I wish I had written the review "True Gem With a Host to Match" for everything he said is spot on. My husband and I stayed in the Cinnamon Suite and were absolutely charmed by our accommodations including the open air kitchen, artful decor and sense of cozy privacy. The property felt very secure within the recently built wall and decorative gate. Our travel experience was enriched tenfold via our conversations with Andrew given all that he shared about the history of Mahe and his time spent there, his art, LIFE..Do rent a car- Do go to Petite Anse..the most beautiful beach, a dream destination. Do enjoy Sunday brunch at Jardin de Roi. We visited Victoria, Beau Vallon etc and we feel the BEST of Mahe is had right here- the best beaches,one for every time of day or mood are here and Maison Soleil is the epicenter. Highly recommend it for travelers who want a simple authentic experience, who like to self cater @ a reasonable cost in a sublime setting.Rick and Marilyn, Jackson WY USA

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

If you want to travel to paradise, staying in relatively bargain-priced, designer surroundings, within 2 minutes of some of the best beaches on Earth, hosted by the most pleasant and knowledgeable proprietor you could ever imagine, then book this place.

Andrew Gee, is a fountain of enthusiasm, wit, stories and vast experience worldwide and within the Seychelles community. I have met many people, but have rarely enjoyed the company of one so much.

In a charming spot, at Anse Soleil,Mahe, this small, self-catering place, hosts Andrews' impressive art gallery, next to your rooms.
Anse Soleil Beach and Petit Anse Beach (go via Four Seasons...you are welcome), are a short walk. These places are world class.

However, Andrew, a very ex-pat, can tell you all you need to know about the whole country.
Believe me, he has a good story for any occassion.

He'll pick you up from the airport for free(Four Seasons charge their people £250 for the same return trip of 20 minutes!). The rooms are literally designer chic, as Andrew is a professional designer, as well as a hotel owner.

Local shops are priced as the UK, as are local restaurants. If you're splashing out, then ask Andrew where to go.

Like I said, a true gem.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

Maison Soleil is set atop a hill and away from noise. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable with beautiful terraces looking over trees and endless wildlife.

Andrew the owner is a charming, laid back and helpful chap, always willing to help or advise. He collected us from the airport and during the trip across the island, entertained and educated us on the local environment. He also took us to a shop to buy essentials (water, some food etc) as good shops are hard to come by in Seychelles.

This is such a pretty self catering place only a 10 or 15 minute walk from a couple of pretty beaches. It is all downhill to the beaches and definitely worth it but after the long walk back up to MS, there is no better place to relax.

If ever you need convincing that Seychelles is paradise, visit Andrew and Maison Soleil.

Also look out for Andrew's beautiful artwork.

Room Tip: Ruby (online booking through Seychelles website) is very helpful and great for advice.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

Maison soleil was the perfect holiday getaway at a very reasonable cost. Clean & tastefully decorated accomodation that provided all our requirements and more as a base to explore this beautiful island. We stayed in the delightful Vanilla suite and particular features were the well appointed balcony from which we were able to observe birds, bats & tropical greenery, plus 2 showers- one open air which we found is the perfect 'man shower'!
Andrew Gee was a great host & nothing is too much trouble. His excellent local knowledge & helpfulness meant that we wasted no time locating all the many places of interest for example the wonderful Jardin de Roi restuarant which we never would have found but is a 'must'. Armed with Andrews trusty coolbox we were able to enjoy many beach adventures (Andrew arranged car rental for us) returning at the end of the day to yet more clean sheets, freshly picked flowers & fruit & a few beers on the balcony or picnic table-what more could we ask! Can't wait for a retuen visit to Maison Soleil. Thank you Andrew

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

We stayed in the Vanilla room and it was lovely. We enjoyed our breakfast on the balcony every morning and our afternoon drinks there as well. The whole feel for life on Mahe Island is very laid back. Nothing happens too fast here. Wonderful place to just get away and relax. The accomodations were exactly what we like in a holiday. A kitchen to make our breakfast and keep snacks in. Restaurands close by to have our dinner at. The beach was just a 5 minute drive down the road or if you don't have a car a nice walk down hill. Andrew was a very interesting person to chat with and a wealth of information. If we get back to the Seychelles in future would not hesitate to stay with Andrew again. Thank you for a wonderful break from real life.

Room Tip: The only reason I have given the sleep quality a 2 star is because the A/C unit was not working prop...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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seygee, Owner at Maison Soleil, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2012

Hi Kym
thanks so much for your great review, and all the kind thing you say about Maison Soleil. I am so pleased that you really enjoyed your stay and that the 'blip' with the aircon didnt spoil the holiday. For sure it took a LOOOONG time to get it fixed! But it is now all ok! Meeting people like yourselves makes all the minor hastles and frustrations of running 'a place ín paradise' worthwhile.......
Island-time ---- tell me about it!!!!
regards
Andrew

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Additional Information about Maison Soleil

Address: Anse Soleil Road, Baie Lazare, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Baie Lazare
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Baie Lazare
Price Range: $109 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maison Soleil offers 3 stylish apartments in a tropical garden setting, with fabulous beaches nearby, Anse Soleil, Petite Anse & Anse Government. It is located in the quieter southern end of Mahe Island. Cinnamon Suite downstairs for couples. Vanilla Suite, upstairs large room with sitting area for 2 or 3 persons. Jasmine Family Suite downstairs with 2 en-suite bedrooms. All have own private veranda, kitchen and air-con. Owned by local artist and designer ANDREW GEE, whose gallery is next door. ... more   less 
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