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Clef des Iles
Ranked #19 of 35 Hotels in Mahe Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Wonderful place -- we only stayed one night, but the decor is great and the beach is right outside your door....overall, it had everything we wanted in a self-catering apartment. We were greeted with fruit juice and fresh fruit on check in, and the staff was very friendly but unobtrusive. Beau Vallon beach isn't secluded or tranquil, but there are some great tide pools that form on the north side and it's great for walking and people-watching. There's also a fantastic pizza place a few doors down called Baobab. Overall, the only disappointing thing for us was that we didn't have more time -- this place is great for couples or families.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

The outside of Clef Des Iles is deceptive as you just step in off the main road but once inside it is like you have awoken in another world.We booked the Duplex with two bedrooms as there were 5 of us and they did not even charge for the fifth person.We opted not to get the breakfast each morning but were presented 5 glasses of fresh juice and a pletter of fresh fruit every morning by the wonderful staff.The beach is on your doorstep as you open your back gates to step onto a lovely strech of beach perfect fpr swimming and the sunsets are unbelievable with Silhouette island facing you.It is easy to see in the sunset why it got it's name.
Two bedrooms upstairs opening onto a balcony overlooking the sea.Fine kitchen area with all you need and a well stocked fridge when you arrive for no extra cost.Also on out last day our flight was not till 8.30pm and we were allowed stay for no extra charge till we got a taxi to the airport at 5.30pm.Everything in Beau Vallon is close by with the great market on the Wednesday evening and the bus to Victoria is just across the road.Yes it might be a little bit more expensive than other places but the ease of just walking into the sea from your back door so makes up for it and makes it well worth it.Cleaning was daily and excellent as was everything the staff did.I would highly recommend this to anyone

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

What a great place. Very well set up. Sitting right on the beach. Each night we sat with a drink watching the perfect sunsets. Wonderful staff and owners who really care about their guests, flowers on the bed, offers of advice and bookings, platters of fruit each morning and even laundered our clothes! Beau Vallon was the best beach on Mahe and often sheltered by the easterly winds. Great snorkelling on the northern point of the beach and we saw lots of colourful marine life.
A couple of small points .. It would have been good to have hot water in the kitchen sink and bathroom basin, but it wasn't a big deal. Sounds of the waves was a high point for us townies, but it might too much for some.
We all loved it.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
2  Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

we visited this hotel for valentines day. i can say its was the most relaxing holidays i ever had in my life. this hotel have only 4 rooms. and all rooms are 2 levels. u feel like u live in ur own villa. u have kitchen. and we even had 2 bedrooms! for valentine day they decorate our bed so nice with flowers.the fact that hotel have kitchen is very good for us. coz i actually dont like to go out for eat, its make this holidays make me feel very comfortable like in my own home.we visited pizzeia 1minute away , once its very busy place but food was tasty. 5minutes away u can find minimarket where u can buy even things to cook spagetti balagnese. lots of fruits near the villa u can buy. the bed was very comfortable. no insects was worry me at all.at once i sawa big rat in the house, but stuff get rid of her very fast same day, so its didnt bother me. coz i understand in such buildings little animals always trying to come.the hotel was clean.they change towels everyday.i wish price was cheaper so we would come there and stay for 1month.the sea was just 1 second away, i always was able to hear waves near my door.we hire a car at once to explore the island and its was amazing. we went for one day in four season hotel. and when we back we realize how good is our hotel:)) coz not busy and quiet. when u will come u will feel urself like at home. if u are looking for quiet holidays, without other peoples botherig u, if u want total relax and your own beach, then u should come in this hotel for sure. but if u are used to live in lux then u need different. i will be back in this hotel for sure for more

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank lexa l
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

My family stayed here for three nights, May 30-June 2, 2013. Beau Vallon is a stunning beach, and Clef des Iles offered us the perfect set up to enjoy our (too) short stay. The property is literally on the white sandy beach, just steps from the water. Full kitchen, bathroom, and living room on first floor, with two bedrooms upstairs; even has a loft/sitting area with large tv and dvd player above the master bedroom. Our family of five (three young boys) was very comfortable. Marquis, the owner/manager, was a terrific hostess and made us feel very welcome. We would strongly recommend Clef des Iles to anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday, with or without children. Quiet, peaceful location, but still with plenty of restaurants nearby and a very good pizzeria connected to the property. Water is beautiful, and the scenery never gets old. We were very happy we stayed here rather than at one of the nearby hotel resorts. This location is unbeatable and the duplexes are beautifully decorated. We loved our first visit to the Seychelles and can't wait to go back someday. We would definitely stay at Clef des Iles again and have already recommended it to friends.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank ecamjones
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

My new wife and I spent 3 nights here during our honeymoon and we highly recommend this place if you want a chilled out break that has paradise at the door. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, and stepping right from the apartment into the gorgeous soft sand of a magnificent beach is one of life's great pleasures.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TJHookerUK
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We stayed here for a week and loved every minute of it.
It is located on a beautiful stretch of public beach. We didn't mind that but you do have people who go right by the front deck looking in at you as you eat your meals.If this would bother you , there is a breakfast bar to eat at but the main table area is readily on view of people walking by. At time people would also decide that right out your front door is a good place to set up the beach camp as well.
Well stocked kitchen for basic cooking, there are small grocery stores near by as well as fruit and vegtable sellers who are steps away. Make sure you go up the main road to Yvons bakery, very good.
Location is close to resturants a dive centre and only 10-15 minutes from the city.
These units are spacious, clean and well serivced. Free wi-fi and added bonus.
My only negatives were the ants everywhere, in the kitchen in particular. My husband spent time everyday playing ant hunter tracking their entry and using the bug spray provided to try and eliminate them. A few placed ants traps would be nice.
There is also no comfortabe place to sit on the main floor. If you want to sit and read in an evening or when it is raining, the lounge/couch in living room is wooden with no real cushion.
If you like the beach, this is the place, waves are a fun size but not too rough.
If you don't like the waves there is lots of room to go in for a dip before the waves, it is fairly shallow as well.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank timmytichi
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Address: Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Mahe Island
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Ranked #19 of 35 Hotels in Mahe Island
Price Range: £233 - £302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Clef des Iles 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clef des Iles is composed of 4 duplexes located literally on the beach. Each duplex (around 120 m2 each) has two large attic bedrooms facing the majestuous Silhouette and North Island. The kitchen is fully equipped and internet is freely available through a wireless system. This ideal “on the beach home” is surrounded by charming restaurants and offers easy access to water sport facilities. The discrete Clef des Iles team takes care of daily cleaning. ... more   less 
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