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Sunset Beach Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Glacis
Reviewed April 24, 2009

This hotel is situated in a beautiful location with rooms pointing towards the ocean. It is true that the outside walls need a bit of refreshment, but the rooms were well kept, spacious and had a beautiful view. It is also conveniantly close to Victoria and the Beau Vallon Beach, where the restaurants and shops are. We just had one dinner in the hotel that seemed to be overpriced for what it was, but the lunches were ok.
We had not booked that hotel, but discovered it while trying to escape from our really bad first accommodation and the cost/benefit ratio seemed to us excellent compared to other much pricier options like the Fisherman's Cove for example. In general the Seychelles are overpriced. True - the beaches are lovely, but we have already seen lots of nice beaches elsewhere for half the price and there is absolutely nothing else there to recommend, apart maybe the friendliness of the people.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 8, 2009

My husband and I spent 10 amazing days at this hotel, the staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Ali, Florence, Kevin and the manager Peggy, they made our honeymoon something we will always remember. The food was very nice, I am vegetarian and they made me special meals every day. We stayed in a few rooms, when we arrived we had an ocean view, which was very nice and comfortable with a lovely 4 poster bed, the bathroom was very clean and spacious. There was a special deal to stay at their sister hotel on a different island for a few days free of charge, there we were put in the best room in the hotel had flowers, wine and a special candlelit dinner. If you get the chance you should definately go. When we returned to the Sunset Beach, we had a room on the beach, which was lovely, again a 4 poster bed the room was very comfortable and clean. We loved every minute of our time at the Sunset beach especially sitting at the bar throwing bread into the sea feeding the fish.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2008

First impressions on arrival from the UK could not have been better, a lovely welcome by the reception staff with fresh juice and flowers. The location is picture-postcard perfect, with the stunning turquoise sea and beautiful private beach. My wife's eyes filled up just looking at it!

Our room (sea-view) and location above and overlooking the beach, was lovely, although a bit too small for the large queen size four poster. The bathroom was well appointed and clean, however water shortages during our stay meant that showering during the day was a bit hit and miss,although early mornings was fine. The air-con worked satisfactorily, but was noisy so we turned it off during the night and put it back on all through the day. Our outside light didn't work and it took the hotel a couple of days to replace the bulb.

The public areas were all good, clean and spacious.

However our first impression was quickly overshadowed by the endemic poor service and a total "can't be bothered" attitude from most of the staff. They were mostly surly, very incommunicative especially when there was a problem, and have absolutely no idea about good customer service or hospitality. The only person excepted from this is Andrew the bartender who really did a great job. I was actually on business and had to leave my wife at the hotel for four days, during which time none of the staff made any effort to talk to her or make her feel welcome in any way. Unfortunately we found this attitude to be the norm throughout the whole island, and we had a particularly night-MARE-ish experience at a nearby restaurant in Beau Vallon bay. I advise you all to stay well clear of the "Al Mare" (pronounced "Mary") restaurant (see our seperate review).

We were B&B only, so apart from the continental buffet breakfast, didn't eat at the hotel restaurant, but a couple we made friends with did but wished they hadn't. They told us the food was very poor (I have to say we enjoyed the eggs at breakfast!). One day I picked up a couple of slices of bread to toast and put them on my plate, I was about to put them in the toaster and found loads of tiny ants crawling over the bread. I told one of the staff who didnt seem at all interested, although I didnt stay around to find out if she disposed of the bread or not.

Watch out for being ripped off by the taxi drivers. We were told it would cost 5 euro to get to Beau Vallon, however on the first night we were charged double that.

The law now means you have to pay for goods and services in shops restaurants and petrol stations either by credit card or in hard currency (USD, GBP or Euro), supposedly to eradicate the black-market. However it seems to me to be a licence for the shops to rip you off at any opportunity by claiming they do not have credit card facilities (one guy told me that even though the card reader was right by his hand). Therefore you have to pay in cash, and as they charge you in Rupees, they offer you a very poor exchange rate for Euros. Then you get change paid in Rupees which you can't (legally) spend anywhere!

All in all, not a good trip. The Seychellois people do not seem at all interested in making money by providing great service or by making the most of their most precious asset, the stunning scenery!

We would definately NOT go back there, unless the whole island were intensively trained in hospitality by the Thai people we met at Tubkaak in Krabi.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

Have just returned from a week at Sunset Beach Hotel. The welcome was lovely - with a garland of Frangipani flowers and a fruit juice cocktail.
The staff were very friendly, helpful and extremely courteous at all times.
I had an ocean view room which was spacious, clean and airy.
I am a 60+ lady travelling alone and was perfectly at home here. The food was excellent and very varied and the bands (usually every other evening) were great and not too loud.
The beach was never overcrowded and the views across to Silhouette Island quite breathtaking. I was not brave enough to swim in the ocean, but swam daily in the lovely swimming pool which on most days I had to myself!
I took a taxi to Victoria a couple of days and visited the market and St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral on Sunday where I attended the morning service.
On my walk about in Victoria, I never once felt threatened - the people are so friendly and helpful.
My holiday was arranged through ' Just Seychelles' and Masons Travel and I would recommend this Hotel to anyone wishing for a taste of paradise.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled solo
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7  Thank mrsmyoung
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Reviewed March 26, 2008

First I should declare an interest; this is our eighth stay at the Sunset Beach in twelve years. In our search for sun and sea our trips have included the Caribbean, Mauritius and Cape Verde but we keep returning to the Seychelles. The scenery is wonderful and the people are so genuinely friendly.

The downside is the ten hour flight from London to Mahe. However, non-stop Air Seychelles Pearl Class eases the pain. Comfortable flight, although seats are not lay flat, with excellent attentive service. A new business class lounge has recently opened at Mahe airport which is a fantastic improvement over the previous one which was reminiscent of a large cupboard. In fact Mahe could easily become my favourite airport.

Our holiday was arranged by Seychelles Travel in the UK and everything worked perfectly. We particularly liked the air conditioned private transfer from the airport to the hotel provided by Masons Travel that included cold towels and cold bottled water.

The Sunset Beach is a small privately run hotel with just 29 rooms. The main part of the hotel is situated on a rocky promontory alongside a private sandy beach. We prefer a beach room so that we only have about 30 paces separating us from the lovely warm Indian Ocean. The swimming is excellent and is one reason why we keep returning to the hotel. However, on occasions the sea can be rough and unsuitable for timid swimmers. Plenty of fish and a friendly turtle can be seen a short distance from the beach. The beach rooms are not large but adequate with large bathroom, air conditioning, TV, bar, coffee making etc. They are kept in good order by a friendly maid service.

Our accommodation was bed and breakfast but on most nights we also took our evening meal in the hotel. The food was good with plenty of choice and the service excellent although wine tended to be expensive. There are plenty of restaurants a short taxi ride away in nearby Beau Vallon or Bel Ombre. We particularly liked the Italian food at La Scala though we were a little disappointed to have people smoking at the tables.

During our many holidays in the Seychelles we have visited a number of the other islands all of which have their own particular charms and are well worth the visit. However, this time we tended to just relax on the beach, reading large numbers of books. A visit to the capital Victoria was a pleasure as we were never accosted by anyone trying to persuade us to buy something.

In conclusion if you are looking for a beach holiday with excellent swimming and a hotel with good food and service then the Sunset Beach will not disappoint and if it won’t break the bank, travel Air Seychelles Pearl Class.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2008

We stayed at this resort for a week following a perfect week at Labriz on Silhouette Island. I admit that going from the luxury of Labriz to any hotel was going to be tough to follow but we were very disappointed on arrival at Sunset Beach. We had no major problems but to say it is first class is not a fair description, this hotel is average at best, and as frequent travellers we count ourselves fair judges. The hotel is very tired and dated. Furniture is old fashioned and often marked or torn. There are stains and damp on walls in bedrooms, a terrible smell in bathroom and problems with keys to the door and air conditioning. These problems were also encountered by all other guests. The swimming pool was so dirty and dated we did not go in it once. Our Kuoni Rep. has also filed a complaint with hotel as they also consider the hotel in need of complete renovation. Plus sides are that staff are friendly enough and there is a beach at hotel with some good snorkelling, although beach is by no means as good as most on Seychelles. You are also well placed to explore Mahe and can do excursions easily from hotel.If you are booked to go, the Hilton next door offers a great bar/restaurants/spa treatments you can use!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2007

Arrived at Sunset Beach Hotel and immediately welcomed with a Smile, a Garland of Orchids and a refreshing Cocktail - what a wonderful start to a special holiday !!

Our room looked out onto the turquoise Ocean - Junior Suite highly recommended. Make sure you keep the Air Con on all of the time as the mozzies are a bit vicous, but that's nature !

Service was excellent, food fresh and varied. There were other restaurants a taxi ride away but we stayed at the hotel on Half Board.

Lovely beach just a minute's stroll from the room. Good snorkelling and a resident Sea Turtle.

Very highly recommended, hotel truly deserves it's World Travel Award for Best Boutique Hotel in Seychelles 2007.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Glacis, Mahe Island 22440, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Glacis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Glacis
Price Range: $206 - $471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunset Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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