We visited in December which is the rainy season but because you are essentially on the equator the rain doesn't last for long and it is always steamy.
The hotel is in the location of Beau Vallon - the busiest tourist spot on Mahe with a host of beech bars and restaurants to try.
Coral Strand is comfortable and clean and is located on a postcard-white stretch of coral beach with turquoise seas.
We loved every minute. Breakfast is great value and well presented. We didn't have the evening buffet but preferred to try local restaurants however we did eat the pool bar a number of times which is a real gem.
For those gentlemen who appreciate a good pint my husband almost had a heart-attack when he got his first beer at the pool bar. The glass consisted of 3/4 beer with the remainder being a frothing head. Just insist that they pour to the pint level when you order your next beer.
On Wednesday the locals head down to the market on the promenade on the road beside the hotel and this is great for trying out local food and eating on the beach!
The beach at Coral Strand is lovely, we walked all the way to both ends, great views and really peaceful and relaxing. You can also walk to a couple of local supermarkets if you need to top up on supplies which is a bonus.
We had a bit of an issue with one member of staff when it came to organising excursions. He clearly had his preferred suppliers and activities and would not assist us with some of our ideas. He said organising a boat trip for snorkelling wasn't an option at this time of year however we managed to organise this ourselves and had an absolutely amazing day.
(You can walk to Teds boat tours on the beach and they take you out for a day on the boat.)
We also walked to the Boat House for drinks and got a taxi to La Scala Restaurant for dinner which was amazing and we would highly recommend.
Getting a taxi to Victoria is also easy and worth a visit, but don't expect the capital city to keep you occupied all day as it is really small!
There are also a couple of restaurants outside the hotel entrance which looked nice however we ran out of time to try everything. Finally hiring a car is a must we drove around the island and got to explore loads of lovely beaches. A wonderful holiday, Seychelles is a pricey island and for those seeking value with the beauty included then the Coral Strand and Beau Vallon is a must.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel stands out with a completely new hotel concept for the Seychelles: Premium comfort at an affordable price. The island's best value-for-money is located at the absolutely best area directly on the most attractive strip of beach in the famous Beau Vallon Bay on the largest of Seychelles' islands, Mahé. Hardly any other hotel has such a beach and ocean view. The 4 star plus hotel has 161 modern and attractively equipped rooms. There are 140 standard rooms, 4 junior suites, 21 deluxe rooms. The original Coral Strand opened in 1972 as one of the first hotels on the Seychelles. The name Coral Strand has always attracted guests with its breath-taking ocean views and fantastic location directly on the white sand beach. The last 40 years have seen a steady stream of return guests. The hotel bar with its live music has established itself as a legendary meeting point for tourists and locals. The original hotel was completely reconstructed and renovated with new design, equipment and contemporary comfort. The service offer was also completely reorganized. With the new name Coral Strand Smart Choice, the hotel now wants to offer the best value-for-money hotel in the Seychelles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coral Strand
- Coral Strand Beau Vallon
- Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles Beau Vallon, Mahe Island