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“Great view and a warm welcome”
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Mango Lodge
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Anse Volbert
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We spent three nights at Mango Lodge having chosen it because of the reported views and the fact it wasn't an impersonal hotel. The chalet was spacious and the view is fantastic. It was clean but not spotless and I agree with other comments about some of the equipment and furniture being a bit tired or old. The kitchen is basic and equipment basic but we were supplied with washing up liquid and tea towel, salt and pepper etc and we had maid service everyday. The bed was comfortable and we were provided with soap and shampoo. The bedlinen was good, bath towels were bit old and small but beach towels were large and thick. Our bathroom was large but the shower door didn't close and nor did the window. Our bedside light did not work and ceiling lights were not well positioned for reading in bed as the roof is sloping. Ceiling fan worked well and noiselessly, and being high up you do gain the breeze: however, the presence of mosquitoes and other biting insects meant we couldn't sleep with the windows/doors open (even though some mossie coils had been provided it wasn't enough protection) but because they are slatted it let in just enough air. We had no bother with noise from the village - yes, the occasional dog barking but you get that everywhere.

The balcony is quite large and has only a small table and two chairs (both wobbly, one broken). There didn't seem to be anywhere on the site where you could sit out in the sun as it's mostly designed to provide shade and shelter. You can enjoy the view but the balcony/terrace isn't designed for lounging about on. In the evening we couldn't eat out there on two evenings because of the numbers of tiny flies attracted by the light.

Zita cooked for us prawn curry our first evening delivering everything hot and ready. We didn't see a 'menu' as such so aren't sure whether this is the new service that other reviewers are referring to - ultra convenient but one course of prawns, rice, salad and chutney cost 50 euros so was also relatively expensive. Breakfast was relaxed and the fruit was excellent.

Beach beds were great and the boys will look after your cold beers and packed lunch in a fridge as well as keeping an eye on your bags when you go for a swim. Not a great snorkel spot.

We were assured that security at Mango Lodge was good and we could leave things in our room locked in suitcases - which we did. There did seem to be plenty of staff around most of the time.

We didn't see Lesley while we were there and didn't experience any of the fetching and carrying up and down the hill that others mention - so we decided to hire a car (arranged by Marcus and at 40 euros a day turned out to be more expensive than other options in the village). Having the car meant it was easier to explore around the island and try out other beaches - which is a must as the Cote D'Or one isn't the best.

There was lots I would like to have known in advance so I will share these tips now. Self catering - local shops have basics but there is very little fresh food available locally apart from fish and some fruit. Having the car meant we could look further afield and we did find supplies from other supermarkets and shops, including some nice wines and proper bread.

You can buy cold beers from the supermarket near the beach. Same shop has a reasonable selection of wine.

The beach has lots of seaweed and isn't great for swimming because the seaweed is floating around and it is also not very deep. There were loads of sand flies so if you are attractive to biting insects you need to wear loads of repellent as well as sun lotion. Other beaches in Praslin have less sea weed so also fewer flies.

Local restaurants - near the beach - not impressive. We tried one but both menus and food very unimaginative and relatively expensive. Not sure who they are catering for.

Local smoked fish is excellent - do try it every which way.

Wi-fi - Mango Lodge does not have guest wi-fi and as with many other places on the islands they sell Cable and Wireless Prepaid Broadband vouchers. Except that they didn't have any available so we had to hunt around on the other side of the island to buy these. We did have access at Mango Lodge (from the balcony) but no where else in the Seychelles so be warned that the ISurf cards don't work everywhere - even if they tell you they do. There is an Internet Cafe near the supermarket but their wi-fi wasn't working.

In terms of value apart from the view, Mango Lodge didn't compare well with other places we stayed in Mahe or on La Digue. It was actually the most expensive guest house on this trip. But the view is what you are paying for and that is special.

Room Tip: Chalets are very spacious
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

After a long day's flight we arrived at Mango Lodge at 10pm and were greeted by the owner who also offered to carry our bags down to our room for us... which was a plus since we were extremely exhausted! To make things better she had a cold glass of fresh fruit juice waiting for us in our room... which is exactly hat we needed to cool us down as it tends to be quite warm at night!

We knew the view from our room would be stunning since the chalets are gracefully pitched on the side of a small hill over looking Cote D'Or... however, we did not expect such an amazing view when we first walked out onto our balcony for the first time. It's the type of view you could look at for hours and not get bored.

Breakfast is rather simple (which we liked) yet delicious... it consisted of toast and jam, a wide variety of fresh fruits from the island, coconut cake, yogurt, coffee and fruit juice! It's rather nice to change from our typical bacon and egg breakfast to a more relaxed island-styled breakfast.

The rooms are simple but very comfortable! We slept with our balcony doors open on most nights to really take advantage of the fresh ocean air! There is no air-con in the room, which we initially thought would be a bit of a problem given the night time temperatures. However, it turned out to be A-OK! With the fan on the room was actually quite cool! Leaving the balcony doors open made things even better.

Service was spot on for the entire week we stayed at Mango Lodge. Marcus, the general manager, was extremely helpful at all times and also helped us plan our stay on Mahe, which turned out to be a great experience.

The owners were always available when needed which is a plus! They also run a boat charter company from Cote D'Or which offer great excursions to the neighbouring islands!

All in all, Mango Lodge treated us very well! We would definitely stay there again!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Liran B
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Mango Lodge had a spectacular view, but was EXTREMELY hot with NO AIR CONDITIONING in the room. There is a ceiling fan that does nothing but blow the hot air around. The doors and windows have no insulation (the window in the bathroom had slats open completely to the outside), so the place was very noisy. All night long, while you laid awake with no A/C, you could hear dogs barking and people talking.

After the first night, I asked for a standing fan (and was looked at with shock, saying that no one had ever asked for one before) and that helped some. It never gets below about 23 degrees C (75 F) in the Seychelles at night, so clearly the room is going to be 30+ degrees (85+) from being heated up all day.

The bathroom was absolutely disgusting (see attached photos). The shower was moldy, the toilet was gross, and the shelving unit was rusting. The floors and kitchen of the unit were in decent condition, but when we arrived, there were HUGE blatant stains all over the sheets. I cannot imagine how any place like this could be rated more than 1 Star.

Overall, the location is good, the sunbeds at the beach are a plus, and the chalets are quaint looking at first, but I would never stay here again.

Room Tip: Don't stay here unless they make some serious changes.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed an amazing night in Mango Lodge on Praslin last week. The accommodation is in separate chalets clinging to the side of the hill overlooking the bay at Cote D'Or, so each has an unhindered view of the bay. The sunrising above the horizon was breathtaking. The previous night we'd spent at Raffles, which similarly is in separate villas overlooking a bay further up the coast. A beautiful view too but not a patch on the one from Mango Lodge and several times the price!! Lesley's welcome is very warm and the breakfast provided variety and sustained us ready for the 3 flights home to UK! Thank you to Lesley, her family and all the staff.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

Praslin was the first island we visited. We stayed at Mango Lodge for 6 nights in March – what a perfect way to start our time in the Seychelles! We did a lot of research trying to choose where to stay, and, having seen some of the places we nearly chose, it is clear that we stayed in the BEST resort and BEST accommodation by far.
Cote D’or is a good base to explore the Island, and there are a couple of good supermarkets in the village. The Sagittarius Boat company on the beach offer boat excursions and also’taxi boats’ (as well as the free sunbeds for Mango Lodge residents!). We recommend the taxiboat to Anse Georgette for 30Euros each - you can choose your drop off/collection time and arrive direct on the beach . The only other method is to access via the other side of the island (go by bus or car) but you still have to book a time to visit the beach through the Lemuria Hotel. We also went on the half day excursion to Coco and Felicite which was well worth it.

As for Mango Lodge, we LOVED it and were sad to leave. Our chalet was very comfortable, and the view from our balcony was just breathtaking. It was amazing to wake up to this or enjoy looking at the stars before going to bed. Lesley was extremely welcoming and a great person to get to know. She was helpful with taking us to the Supermarket for supplies and was just starting a new service of offering ‘take away collection’ for people who fancy a night in without cooking – the menu had a good choice.

Some people may be concerned about the ‘hill’ but we didn’t have a problem with this – the road is smooth and it took about 10 mins to walk down easily. To come back up, it does take some effort but if you’re happy to have a bit of exercise at the end of the day, you’ll be fine! Anyhow, Lesley and the staff at Mango Lodge are helpful and can pop down and collect you from the bottom when you’re ready to go back. If we did go down in the evening, the restaurants took us back up for free so you don’t even notice! What’s important is that the accommodation you reach is well worth it –the tropical surroundings and the view are much nicer than being at the bottom in amongst the roads and houses.

Thank you Lesley for a wonderful stay and all the special thoughts on my birthday… and to Zita for the wonderful bouquet of flowers! We hope to see you all soon! xxx

Room Tip: Choose a Chalet - we were in No.12 on the end which was nice but all the Chalet's were lovely an...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights and had a great time. The apartment/hut is large, tastefully furnished and the real gem is the large veranda with a jaw dropping view. We ate breakfast and dinner every night and caught the early morning rays all on the balcony, and never got tired of the scene of blue waters, green forests and small rocky islands that you gaze on from up on high.
Contrary to many of the other reviewers here, we did not have a rental car and while we are capable of climbing the hill road, we never fancied it and never had to. Lesley the owner and Marcus the receptionist were only too happy to drop us off at the bottom of the hill and pick us up either at arranged times or if we called them. They would also drop us at local places if asked. Also, we dived with Octopus Diver (recommended - see separate review) and they too arranged pickups direct from the lodge and returns. Considering there is a local bus stop right at the bottom that goes via Valee de Mai, you may not need the car everyone tells you to get so perhaps don't pre book that and see when you get here.
Ok there were a few things that could have been done better and I'll mention them for clarity and honesty BUT while most of them could have been solved with some better systems, it may be to the detriment of the lodge to become as system heavy as other hotels and guest houses because they will lose the flexibility and personal touch that we rate as more important. Niggles - a couple of times messages we left with one staff member did not get passed to the person who needed to know. Nothing major and nothing that wasn't solved with another call or chat. More than one of the lights in the property wasn't working (got repaired when asked) and the toilet flusher was semi broken (didn't get repaired). There is no in room safety deposit box but one is advertised in reception. We left some of our valuables but they just ended up being stored on the side in the owners apartment rather than in a secure location. Nothing went missing, but it didn't feel 'safe', but then again there are a lot of dogs there....oh and the lodge TV is about 10 inches but you will never need to turn it on with that view.
But as I alluded, the benefits far outweigh these minor things and the things that for me make Mango Lodge worthy of 5 stars basically boil down to the feeling that you get, from Lesley in particular, that you are valued, welcome and basically human, something that can be missing from hotels. You are welcome inside her apartment, you meet her children and animals, we were afforded a complimentary late checkout without even asking due to our last day itinerary and the lodge bookings, we were driven up and down the hill as we wanted, we were allowed to use the charcoal BBQ in the lodge and watersports equipment at the beach free of charge, the housekeeper sees which sheets, cushions and pillows you are actually using and stores the others rather than replacing them all every day ( and she washes up your dishes) and the staff will call anyone or organise anything you want and don't ask for anything in return.
So, to sum up, friendly people, awe inspiring view and comfortable, reasonably priced accommodation in paradise. If you want precision you may end up looking at a chain hotel like Berjaya but you will be losing out. 5 stars all the way....

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed in one of the wooden chalets and absolutely enjoyed our time there. The room was simple but spacious, with an attached bathroom and a small kitchenette. The view from our balcony was the best we had on the whole island. Breakfast was really nice, with fresh fruits, coffee and toast. As the lodge is located on the top of a hill, I would recommend renting a car - the hike up is really tiring. However, Lesley the owner was so nice to give us a lift whenever she was available. Also some restaurants offer a free shuttle service back to the lodge after dinner. We really liked the place not only for its stunning view, but also the great hospitality we experienced.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Cote d'Or, Anse Volbert, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Anse Volbert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Anse Volbert
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Anse Volbert
Price Range: £74 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mango Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mango Lodge offers you a tranquil stay amongst tropical gardens. Our famous wooden chalets offer complete privacy with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding islands. We look forward to welcoming you at our lodge. ... more   less 
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