My wife and I have just come back from 7 nights at the Kempinski Resort. We we were well overdue of a real break which was which we were able to do in the Keminski. Our flight on the wonderful new Air Seychelles Boing777 arrived at 05:40am and we reached the hotel at 08:00am but the Reception staff kindly let us use the excellent Spa shower facilities at 10:00am when they opened as the room only comes available at 14:00. We were really appreciative of this as the over night flights left us a tired and sticky still dressed coming from a much cooler climate. The Middle East airlines also all arrived after 07:00am so with the long wait till we could get a room the shower was really appreciated.
The arrival was well orchestrated by efficient and well trained staff. As we also like to get to meet locals and sample local cuisine in local restaurants we did not take the half board option. This proved to be wise as food and beverages generally in the Seychelles are very expensive in comparison to South African restaurants. The average price was the same as we experienced in Switzerland or Norway which is about 4 or 5 times what we would pay for comparison food and ambiance in Cape Town. When we did use the hotel restaurants for lunch or dinner on a number of occasions, we enjoyed our food and were very happy with the quality, ambiance and service by well trained waiters in the Kempinski. Breakfast was a treat with an extensive buffet. Sitting on the patio enjoying a good read and a lazy start to the day was wonderful. Room service was also efficient and tasty. The a la carte is very good. The waiters were confident in their product and obviously again, well trained and chatty. I would suggest that for some not wanting to pay quite as much for food that you hire a car, go on excursions and visit the local restaurants and enjoy the local people and good food at about half the price.
The rooms were excellent, thoughtfully equipped, spacious and well serviced by friendly and efficient staff. We took an upgrade to a beach view room so it was a short stroll across the lawns to the beach. This is worth it as the lagoon view rooms seemed a bit far off. We were spoilt by chalets right in the beach at Labriz in the previous visit to the Seychelles.
In spite of local laws opening all beaches to all people, local private owners dont like you walking on the beach in front of their residence and security guards posted there actively 'encourage' you to turn around cutting short the walk along the beautiful beach that Kempinski is on. The staff assured us they had complained to the local tourist authorities.
Hiring a car in Seychelles has some interesting challenges if you regularly hire and know what is the norm. The process is less than transparent and the consequence of a damaged or stolen vehicle onerous. There are numerous suppliers so to be fair all I am siting is Comet organized by Creole and suggest you shop around. Sixt is the resident car hire and might offer a better option. Comet car Hire and Creole Travel Service found it very difficult to supply proper information on what was on offer and the terms of hire. When I received the terms and conditions after booking and paying, there were extra charges for licensing @ Euros10 per day. The Hire Agreement included a clause of Rupee50,000 for the theft of the vehicle if parked in a public place, a Euro2000 excess, extended hire charges for as long as the vehicle was in repair charged to the hirer and recovery for any devaluation of the vehicle due to accident damage. These are all impossible to quantify and the hirer is open to abuse unless they are prepared to fly back and contest in a local court! Bottom line in the agreement: it seems like they do not insure their vehicles and you will be charged for any loss or damage. Suggest you look at additional cover through your credit or preferred travel insurance. The rates are also roughly a B class vehicle at a J class price. The vehicle was new cleaned and well maintained. You can cover the whole island in 3 days and visit absolutely stunning beaches. This is worth while and we thoroughly enjoyed this very beautiful island in spite of the dodgy car hire agreement.
We have no hesitation to recommend the Kempinski Resort and well done to staff and management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the famous Baie Lazare, in the exclusive south-end of Mahé Island, Kempinski Seychelles Resort offers guests round-the-clock expertise, dedication and unmatched Creole hospitality in dazzling surroundings of untouched, natural beauty. This beachfront paradise, nestled in a secluded bay at the foothills of a magnificent mountain range, offers a private haven for romantics at heart, an activity-packed family getaway or the perfect destination for corporate gatherings and events. Just 30 minutes from the Seychelles International Airport, the resort is ideally situated for day trips and excursions, yet offers much in the way of exclusivity and privacy for those looking to get off the tourist track. From small, home comforts to spacious luxury and bespoke banqueting and wedding packages, the Kempinski Seychelles Resort is an ideal location for those seeking a world-class island getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Seychelles Resort Mahe Island