Our stay at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort exceeded all our expectations. We really felt like in a paradise from the first day until the last moment.
As we booked the stay individually, the hotel offered us the airport transfer. Cold water and fresh cold towels were nice refreshment immediately after getting into the car. Within 30 minutes we arrived to the Resort. We were very warmly welcomed at the reception and the check in process was accomplished in an efficient and very welcoming way. Afterwards one receptionist walked us though the resort and introduced all facilities. Then he escorted us to the room where he offered the orientation in the room. Immediately the luggage was delivered. After 10 hours flight - a bit tired - we were just very positively pleased how things were arranged smoothly and friendly.
The room was amazing! We had a room with a great sea view directly from the bed! The first night we almost overslept the breakfast which was served until 11 am:-) Afterwards we just opened the curtains at night and every morning when we woke up the first thing what we saw was the beautiful scenery of the sea and surrounding nature.
The rooms were spacious, well maintained and kept very clean. The beds are incredible, equipped with very good mattresses and excellent linen. There is an additional big sofa and balcony or terrace, depending if you are located on the ground or the first floor. Our maid, Cecille, did a perfect job. The room was made up very efficiently and sometimes coming back already after a short time to the room we were just wondering how she managed to do so. On the second day we realised that the door closer is not adjusted properly and the door sometimes did not close automatically. We informed the reception and it was fixed immediately.
We enjoyed our time at the beach. The guys in the beach centre were very friendly and helpful, chatted with guests and always ready to give helpful advice or tips. They offered kayaks, snorkels and other sporting equipment. We recommend to bring with you water shoes (some are available in the beach centre) as the corals were everywhere and can be sharp.
The staff at the hotel was very nice and they really cared that guests were feeling well and left with nice memories. Lady in Red was not only available at the reception but she also walked around the pool and beach and talked to guests how they were, if there was something she could do for them or just explained about the local life and what was worth to see and visit around.
The hotel works closely with the Leo Diving Centre. We had few dives with them and definitely can recommend them. Everything was well organised: pick up, diving equipment, boat transfer, and all charged to our room account - no need to care about money for each and every dive. We heard that the Diving Centre would be shortly placed directly in the resort which would make the diving experience for Kempinski guests even more comfortable. Our last dive was organised directly from the resort - we were picked up by the boat at the hotel beach and after 5 minutes trip we just jumped under the water and for 50 minutes experienced another world.
We also recommend a nature walk with Achille around the resort up to the rock opposite the hotel. At the top of the mountain you have an incredible view and you can take amazing pictures.
Regarding the food and service we can´t say anything negative. Even though it must be really difficult to get all the ingredients to this remote island, we never experienced any negative answer when we asked for something special out of the menu card. Everything was possible and just so tasteful and delicious. Starting with the breakfast and amazing omelettes station where you can order out of the egg card whatever you like, through the beach bar grill station which offered during the lunch time a wide selection of meat or fish accomplished by fresh or grilled vegetables and other side dishes to the nice offer during the dinner. You can either opt for a thematic buffet style (curry night on Friday and local Creolean night on Sunday were our favourite ones) or you select the L´Indochine - an a la carte restaurant where you can go through an amazing journey along the India-Asia-China coast and compose the dishes from different regions and just taste the flavour - you will fall in love. Chef Christian made a very interesting presentation with explanation of the specific regions. Govind did also an excellent job. We were just wondering to see him still there - in the morning during breakfast, in the evening during dinner - still smiling and welcoming all the guests and handling his team in the restaurant in a very efficient way.
We usually finished the day in the Lobby Bar where Nishantha was taking care of us so nicely and we were really very pleased to spend the rest of the day there.
For an outside the hotel experience we recommend to visit the Maria Rock Cafe where you can grill the food on the hot stone directly at the table. A visit of the house of Maria´s spouse Antonio makes it so special and if you have the possibility for this excursion a lot of fun is guaranteed. All in one - a very nice local experience.
The island is beautiful. The beaches are great and everything around is so colourful and green. We were very positively surprised that the island was not overloaded with hotels and resorts. We really had the feeling to be at the very unique place of the world with all the beauties of nature. Kempinski just made our wish come true - we arrived home fully relaxed with pleasant memories and nice suntan. And at the end a special big thanks from us goes to Mr. Gaetano.
- 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