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“We really enjoyed staying in this beautiful guesthouse!”
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Omusee Guesthouse
Ranked #15 of 15 Anse Volbert B&B and Inns
Aarhus, Denmark
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“We really enjoyed staying in this beautiful guesthouse!”
Reviewed 16 July 2011

We really enjoyed our stay in Omusee guesthouse. Our room was beautiful and clean, with nice wooden furniture and a comfortable bed. Water was running all day and night (which is not usual in other hostels and guesthouses in Seychelles) and we could also use an outdoor shower when we came from the beach. We were really enjoying the food - exotic fruit for breakfast (together with bread, eggs etc.) and delicious fish (with rice, meat and vegetables) for dinner. The guesthouse is in a very beautiful setting in the museum garden, with many interesting plants, tropical trees and even animals. It was very nice to sit there every evening and enjoy a cup of delicious tea made from citronella that was grown in the garden. Steve, the owner of the guesthouse, was very friendly and very helpful in organizing our trips - he helped us with bus trips and also recommended us a very nice trip to Curieuse island that we really enjoyed - we were only four people on this trip on a small boat, we had a lot of time to walk on the island, got a delicious barbecue and then went snorkelling from the boat - this was much better than going on a similar trip with big travel agencies together with a lot of other people. Steve and Jeannine were very friendly, always smiling and helpful. Steve gave us a great tour of the museum, he explained us a lot about the history of Seychelles and about the plants he grows in the garden - in the end of the tour we even tried to play some traditional musical instruments. The guesthouse is very close to Anse Volbert - a beautiful beach that is very good for swimming, it is also very close to a bus stop and to a food-store and ATM.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

We were here end of March.Everything happened as we agreed before our arriving.
Rooms are clean and comfortable, it was everyday cleaned. But the very best is the very kind hospitality of the owners Steve an Jeanine. They fulfill all of our requests. If we asked them, they gave us clear answers and they organised us everthing.
We had there our "2nd Wedding" with my wife, and everthing were organised perfect by Steve and Jeanine . We received also smalll present from them ! They showed us how can work a little family-business whitout any greed ! They dont want from us extra moneys, even not for some organising ! During our stay there, there was a delegation from Seychelles Ministry and Sey- TV also to make a document film, how should go a family business.
This place is really beautiful ! I think it was a very good decision o choose Omusee Guesthouse. Of course if somebody need a luxury staying with lot of servant, must go to a 5* Hotel....
It is not accidental, that 99% of reviews gave them very good rating !

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

I would recommend to look for another guest house. I have tried quite a few on the Seychelles and this was the worst. I booked Omusée guesthouse because of its positive reviews at tripadvisor.... Unfortunately one can´t rely on those reviews, as I learned there. The Omusee owner, Steve, indicated, that “other” guesthouses would write most of their reviews by themselves or by their representing travel agencies in different languages. I am pretty sure now, that´s how Omusée got those all those good critics...
My experience at Omusee guesthouse: Upon arrival, the owner will offer a cup of tea, but he will join you and try to sell a snorkeling trip run by a friend of his - even trying to scare you by telling stories about other tour operators who will rip you off or run away with your money...
Also: Omusee is too expensive for what you are getting. The property is not very pretty, close to the main road and it has a trashy backyard. It´s very loud (you get woken up every morning by the loud talking of the owner, his little daughter and the kitchen noises), the beds are incredibly hard (a hurting back guaranteed), they offer a „pick up service“, which actually means you will be picked up from the ferry, but not returned.... The owner, Steve, is constantly talking (preferably advertising himself and dissing other places), which becomes quite annoying after a while. Credit cards are not accepted, guests are expected to in Euros. Paying in Rupees will lead to a bad exchange rate. Beach towels will be provided, as everywhere, but they were very smelly. Not only mine, also those of other guests. Internet: there is no WiFi, guests are forced to use the owner´s computer which occupied by the owners themselves for most of the time. Plus they´ll charge for it.
The rooms are okay but not cleaned very well, e.g. the sand was not removed from the floor, which led to a sandy bed. Another disturbing thing: Steve will present his „special room“ which he designed by himself. It has mirrors at the bed „so you can see the action“ and the bathroom is right in the room, no wall but a loose bamboo-fence „so you can peek through and see the wife taking shower or going to toilet“. Quite abhorrent.

Because the food at Omusee was highly recommended by my travel agency I booked half board. A mistake: The food is okay, but 15 Euros are a rip off, regarding the amount of food and prices elsewhere. Booking half board is not necessary, the owners will cook for you anyway. They even kind of expect guests to have their expensive dinner, and reacted unfriendly when other guests told them they were going to eat somewhere else. Water is not included in the 15 Euro dinner, a full 1 liter bottle will be charged for each meal on your final bill – in Euros of course.

I had checked out the website beforehand and was quite curious about the „Praslin museum“, which is rather disappointing if not even shocking: They keep two very large turtles (almost 40 years old) in a very small cage (approx. 2,5 diameter), we even witnessed these poor creatures trying to escape their prison by breaking the fence. They also keep about 7 large bats in another very small cage (about 2 diameter), exposed to the light and viewers 24 hours a day, not being able to fly or hide. In my opinion they are torturing the animals by keeping them in such cruel conditions. The rest of the „museum“ consists mainly of Photos in the wall... not worth a visit. They will give you a tour done by the gardener, which – of course - ends in the shop where you can leave more money....
There are better places for less money on Praslin!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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We were here in March 2011. House is really near the gorgeous Cote d'Or beach, rooms are clean and very stylish and there is the owner Steve everytime you need help or some advice. Also - he is the best cook on Praslin ! I have no negative to say, so we highly recommend this house for your best stay in Praslin !!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Omusee Guesthouse
Address: Cote d'Or | Praslin Museum, Anse Volbert, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Praslin Island > Anse Volbert
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Anse Volbert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Omusee Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Omusee guesthouse or you can also call it Praslin Museum, is an eco guesthouse where you can experience the real traditions of the Seychelles. If you are looking for tranquility, there is no better, safer place to stay. Located close to the beautiful Cote d'Or beach and the world-famous Anse Lazio beach, there is hardly any better way of spending your holidays. ... more   less 
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