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Carana Hilltop Villa
Ranked #3 of 49 Mahe Island B&B and Inns
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“Great island hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

we spent a couple of nights with Eileen & Mike and they were so warm and welcoming . The rooms were of a comfortable size , clean and had all the amenities you would be looking for. There is a great outside area with ample room for evening dinners. We had two home cooked barbeque meals that were great . Mike and Eileen treat their clients like family and go out of their way to make you feel right at home.

Definately staying here on our next visit, very friendly and happy environment

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

We were in few hotels in Seychelles and I can say that I have great pleasure to admit that this one was very comfortable. We visited Carana on June 2013. The owners were so nice-I wrote to Eileen so many mails before our trip. She was patient and she gave me answers for my each question. Her husband was very funny. Place is beautiful, service (lovely lady who prepares our breakfast) excellent and last but not least-very nice rooms. We had one of the biggest-type superior. And one more thing swimming pool with crocodile ;)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dagmara_PL
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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

It is a reasonable priced accommodation a bit far from town, though. In fact it is a house with several bedrooms. What I like the most was the breakfast on the terrace and the hospitality of the owner. She welcomed us with nice fresh fruits from the garden. One of the things that needs to be looked after is the pool, since the two days we stayed there it had lots of leaves, so we couldn't use it.
We had dinner there and food was delicious. It was actually proper creole food, difficult to find in other restaurant in the island, since most of the food is international.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Norrköping
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

This was my sixth stay in the Seychelles. One part of the Seychelles that I have never explore earlier was the north of Mahe. For this purpose I choose Carana Hilltop Villa. My choose turn out to be a little jewel. When we arrive after a long flight Eileen and Mike welcome us with a cold drink. This was a start of a marvellous vacation. The Carana Hilltop Villa is embedded in green lush of palms and other endemic threes. In front of the villa you can spend lacy days around the pool. The food which served at the villa is tasty and exotic. I and my family give the best recommendations for Carana Hilltop Villa.

Jörgen and family

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

Carana Hilltop is a great home base for us in Seychelles.Michael and Eileen organized a fantastic fishing trip for us on the first day. We were also directed to further activities and destinations at Mahe and other outlying islands and had a great and exciting experience. We feel like home as we were pampered with good food in the evening so we may relax and rejuvenate. Eileen goes her way out to remove the spikes and help bandage my foot after I accidentally step on an sea urchin while snokelling. We stayed 5 nights in a room with ocean views from the hill. We also love breakfast time in the villa garden with mountain views at the back. The garden has different kinds of trees. At the time we were staying there were big avocados and Michael picked half a dozen of them to add to our already over loading luggage to bring home on the morning we left. Thanks to the hosts who have helped made our trip most enjoyable and memorable.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

We were staying there for one week. It's small hotel (just villa) placed in northern part of Mahe. Hotel located on top of hill (about 10 mins walking from local beach).

Very quiet place and friendly atmosphere, swimming pool, heartly owners, white sand beach with marvellous ocean just on foot of hill, continental breakfast just under the palms and dinner of your wish. What else one need to be happy?

Owners are really heartfull, Mike retired aussie and Eileen his wife. They're ready to assist you on any of your wishes. E.g. they helped us to rent car for reasonable price and ocean fishing as well. Eileen was so good to cook local or international dishes each evening.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kampala, Uganda
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

We visited Carana Hilltop Villa on 17th June 2012 for our honeymoon. We were happily greeted by Eileen at the gate and offered a glass of juice. Our superior room was fantastic, and had the ocean view. We loved the fresh flowers arrangements on the bed and in the bathroom(thanks to Murielle). Retiring to the smell of fresh flowers after day swim in the ocean, was simply heavenly.
Our stay at the villa was to say the least home away from home. Right from the onset we struck a good rapport with owners and from then on we felt like we were visiting friends and not guests in a hotel. While Eileen kept us well fed(we thoroughly enjoyed her culinary skills, the red snapper, the bread fruit and the vegetable rice was awesome), Mike made sure we well well entertained. A few nights, Mike organised a barbecue and enjoyed some sumptious pork and chicken roast. Being our first time in Seychelles, we had only booked to stay in Mahe islands, but thankfully Mike advised us to visit the other 2 islands of Praslin and La Digue. Not only did he allow us to interrupt our stay at Carana in between the days that we had booked, he also drove us to immigration to extend our visa and to KQ to change our flights. We stayed for an extra day at the Carana Villa. In the meantime despite a confusion with our booking details of HB vs BB, the management was patient until the issue was resolved. Not a single day did they indicate anxiety.
While away at Praslin, we so missed the personalised and friendly service at Carana we called Eileen just to let her know how much we missed her cooking, the homemade icecream as well as the herbal tea.

We totally enjoyed the hotels ambience, a dip in the swimming pool early in the morning was cooling and totally refreshing. We plan to visit again during our anniversary with our best couple!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charleskiragu
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Additional Information about Carana Hilltop Villa

Property: Carana Hilltop Villa
Address: Carana Machabee, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Mahe Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Mahe Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Carana Hilltop Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carana Hilltop Villa echoes the very soul of the Seychelles Islands and their timeless promise of the ultimate, tropical shangrila and enviable, tranquil island lifestyle. The villa is framed by lush, multi-coloured tropical flowers in the front garden and by fruit trees facing the outside dining area where our guests may enjoy meals in the total serenity of a unique setting, serenaded by birdsong and by the restful gurgle of our fishpond's waterfall. ... more   less 
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