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Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bel Ombre
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 December 2008

We stayed unexpectedly at the Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove at the end of September 2008. We had planned to go to Mauritius for a week long holiday, but due to visa problems at the airport had to change our entire trip in a matter of about 1 hour. As we were planning to stay in Mauritius at another Starwood property using points, we were able to cancel that and rearrange to stay at the Le Meridien in Seychelles. Given that there are only two Starwood properties in Seychelles, Fisherman's Cove is by far the better choice. DO NOT stay at the Le Meridien Barbarons on the other side of the island--we stopped there for lunch one day and were very disappointed--it is very out of date, has horrible service, and the food was terrible.

Fisherman's Cove has one of the best locations on Mahe I believe because it is at the end of one of the few beaches were you can actually swim without being knocked over by huge waves. It is an idyllic location.

The hotel itself is reasonably up to date. The surrounding are quite nice, and the views are unbeatable. The restaurants were not great and were very expensive, but if you do eat at the hotel, the little bar by the pool was the best. Room service was good too. There are many far better restaurants nearby which you should try, such as the pizzeria down the beach where the setting and the food are fantastic.

We were slightly disappointed with the service as it was always very slow. Room service took ages. But the staff was always very friendly. When we checked out, we were charged for somethings we should not have been, but the staff worked quickly to rectify the issues.

During our time in Seychelles we did visit some of the other upscale properties on the island, such as Banyan Tree, Maia and the Hilton. All look just stunning, but are located in areas that either are not on a beach or have very big surf. Fisherman's Cove is the best hotel if you want access to a great swimming beach.

Overall, our experience was positive, but we would only stay here again because the location is so great.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2008

Booked through SPG and was upgraded to a Frangipani Suite. Great room with seaviews, double sink, and bathtub. I didn't particularly like the "open shower concept" as they call it where the shower stall is open without a door since water seemed to get everywhere and it was quite slippery forcing us to clean up with towels after every shower.

The rooms itself were otherwise okay and in good condition, and quite spacious. The room had A/C but some black stuff was occasionally pumped out of the A/C unit onto the bed. We weren't sure what it was but I suspect it was a piece of the filter or something.

The hotel itself doesn't really have a beach directly in front, but a short walk and you had Beau Vallon Beach which was a very average beach by Seychelles standards, but it did have excellent snorkeling.

Breakfast was included with the room and that was great. Lunch and Dinner however were a different story. They were expensive and really not that good. I would absolutely not recommend the dinner buffet, a real waste of money. Instead, grab a taxi for about $5 and a few mins later you'll be outside some great restaurants.

During the day, the pool is average. Once you get tired of hanging out at Beau Vallon beach, I recommend you hire a taxi for about $80 per day and have them take you to the following beaches: Anse Royale, Anse Intendance, Port Launay, and Anse Soleil. We found these to be the best beaches on Mahe, and really enjoyed Anse Royale around this time of year.

All in all this hotel is great, though expensive. I don't recommend eating dinner here though as it was a real letdown.

  • Stayed: November 2008
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1  Thank aquintago
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

After looking at all the options for accommodations on Mahe Island, we selected Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove for our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teen girls). We stayed here for 1 week, and overall, we thought the hotel was pretty good. Probably the best choice (in the general area) for families.

The reception area is quite pretty... a tall ceilinged room with lots of wood and a Polynesian design, and a gorgeous view out to the ocean.

The weather in the Seychelles is generally ideal: for our entire stay we had perfect weather, blue skies and lots of sunshine. In fact, in the middle of the day it was so hot (in August) that we chilled out in our air-conditioned rooms.

The staff and service were very good overall.

We had two rooms right next to each other -- I think they were the "Frangiapani" class. We (adults) liked having our privacy, but having the girls right next door if they needed anything. The rooms were pleasant, with large bathrooms, and the beds were comfortable. Housekeeping was good. The kids liked that the TV played US television shows on several channels.

Food was ok, very expensive for what it is, but ok, nothing terrible.

The hotel has an ok pool (kind of on the small side) and good sea views from the whole property. The beach here is not that great... not awful, just not that great. The hotel does not have any chairs or loungers on the beach proper. There's not a lot of shade on the beach either ... if you walk a ways there are some small trees, but it's nothing fancy. We did not do much snorkeling here, and there were no great reef fish to be seen.

The Seychelles are an expensive destination (in general) -- similar in price points for hotels, food, drinks to Tahiti. And, like Tahiti, the language spoken is French, and you can generally get decent French meals.

There isn't actually that much to do at this hotel... there aren't a lot of excursions, and the snorkeling is non-existent. So be prepared, and bring some good books to read!

We actually came to Mahe Island to swim with the whale sharks. N.B. The whale sharks don't start showing up in droves in the Seychelles until mid-September or so, and we were there until about August 20th, and we missed them the whole week we were there.

Bottom line: If you must travel to the Seychelles with small children, this is a reasonably good choice, but bring lots of money with you!

Tip: There is a weird situation with the currency in the Seychelles and some places there (e.g., hotels! and also National Parks, and boat drivers, and others) will NOT accept the local currency! Apparently there is some problem with the local currency being traded on the black market, and thus the local money is greatly devalued. Certain vendors want ONLY American Dollars, or Euros (and possibly, English Pounds), but they would not accept our Seychellois Francs!! This was beyond maddening, as we were at the end of our trip, and almost entirely out of Dollars and Euros. So be advised: bring plenty of Euros and/or Dollars (no traveller's cheques).

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

Being a British expat and living in Dubai for 12 years I am use to good service. The staff in this Hotel were fantastic, very warm people, always with a smile on their faces, couldn't do enough for you. We stayed in a Frangipani room, with an excellent sea view, very spacious. All the rooms seem to have a sea view. Popped into a Hibiscus room to have a look, lovely rooms also.
Found the restaurants in the hotel expensive, we ate out most nights at various restaurants all within 15mins walk or a few mins in a taxi. Loved the afternoon tea served daily at 3.30pm in the sunset bar. Shortage of sunbeds around the pool, but you do get 2 sunbeds on your patio, which we actually preferred.
All I can say is ENJOY!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank MeganDubai
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Reviewed 16 September 2008

We stayed here for one night in September 08. It was an 'emergency' booking - as we had an unexpected extra day in the Seychelles. The only available room was a suite - which was fantastic (nice terrace, spacious living room area, decent bathroom) albeit rather expensive. The service was consistently excellent. The bar overlooking the ocean is also quite special. However, if I had booked a longer stay there, or one for a special occasion, I would have been profoundly disappointed: 1) Although there are amazing beaches in the Seychelles, Beau Vallon is certainly not one of them, this is compounded by the fact that the hotel has no private beach area. 2) There are two restaurants, as we only stayed 1 night we had dinner in the buffet restaurant - which is poor (even by buffet standards) and overpriced; it is possible to eat in a top class restaurant for half the price up the road. Breakfast, however, was good. 3) The pool is 'nice' but no more - rather small and few sun loungers.
For a short stay, before going onto other islands, the hotel is OK - but I saw a couple on their honeymoon at the hotel and felt disappointed on their behalf.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AnotherEpicurean
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Reviewed 12 September 2008

We went to this hotel in March with for two weeks and we were extremely disappointed.

First we had to wait for one hour for our rooms to be ready. We arrived around 1.30 pm and have two small kids under two - no sympathy for that. We waited in the reception area which was far too hot. When we finally got our rooms we discovered that they did not connect as requested at the time of our booking. It took another hour and lots of complaints with the manager (who is playing the super helfpul guy to finally just give you what you booked) we settled in our rooms.

Then the beach which is NOT part of the resort is full of stones and there is absolutely no shade... no need to say that our kids hated it. The only good thing is that the snorkling is really good, you can see almost all the usuall tropical fish and the same old turtle which is always around.

The hotel does not have any diving facilities and don't bother trying to book with them, they will take you to the other side of the island to a pretty dim diving club which is about 20 mn away IN A CAR.... we found out that two other hotels of the same beach had a diving club and it was accessible and ok (although the material was very poor) but you had to walk for about 20 mn to get there. Fortunately it is a really nice walk.

The pool is nice but quite small. At peak time it is overcrowed and difficult to get a lounger.

Finally it is massively overpriced. The buffet (very average food not more) and the service are just ok. I would not say it is a five star resort... however, the renovated rooms are very nice, spacious, comfortable and most of them have a great sea view, but that's about it!

Oh and if you're thinking about going there in March, think about it twice as we had five days of non stop rain... the rest of the time it was far too hot (31 degrees and very humid) and there were little showers pretty much every day... And don't forget to bring some insect repellent as we were bitten to death by the mosquitoes on day one...

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank Herodote
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Reviewed 7 August 2008

We stayed at the Fisherman's Cove from 12th-26th July and from our arrival to departure the staff we friendly, courteous and always had a smile for you. Nothing was too much trouble. We have travelled to many exoctic places and have stayed at 4/5 star hotels each time but Fisherman;s Cove was by far the best hotel we have stayed in. We did get a room upgrade but looking at the other rooms when walking about they all looked of good standard and every room seemed to have an ocean view. Prior to leaving I did read some bad reviews of the hotel and was a bit worried of what to expect. Unless there are some rooms tucked away from view I cannot understand some of the reviews we read. Yes there are too few loungers by the pool area and perhaps the the hotel chain should purchase some spare ones for when the hotel is full. Having said that every room has its own balcony with sun loungers and umbrella, we did take advantage of this during our last 4 days and sunbathed on our balcony and read our books instead of going down to the pool. There is no private beach but it was not a problem going down to the beach - we did in fact walk along the beach every morning after breakfast for about an 1hr, we saw the local school children have a day on the beach this was a lovely sight seeing the children running in the sea, and generally being children something we miss in the UK. Also saw the local fishermen bringing in their catch.

Overall I would recommend this hotel for couples who want a nice relaxing break - you will be pampered by the staff they do not let you lift a finger.

Very good restaurants outside the hotel, as we were bed and breakfast we took the opportunity to try some of the local reastaurants, La Scala, Le Coursier and Maria Antionnette - Creole food very nice. Not to be missed is the Pizza place at the end of the beach.

Stayed: July 2008
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Address: PO Box 35, Bel Ombre, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Bel Ombre
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bel Ombre
Price Range: £244 - £462 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove 5*
Number of rooms: 68
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