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Beach Cottages
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Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Yes !! have we been looking for accommodation like this. Perfectly positioned at the end of the Beau Vallon beach in front of one of the best snorkeling sites on the island. Run by Cyril and Katrina this has to be one of the best value for money destinations we have stayed at in the Seychelles. The cleaning service was exceptional, very good night security and the two dinners Katrina cooked for us were sublime. Thanks guys we felt like we were at home and cannot wait for our next trip over.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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New Haw, Surrey, UK
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Brilliantly located small, very friendly and welcoming family run business. We were there in October 2013 and loved it so much we went back June 2014. The cottages are located in a lovely little cove overlooking a small sandy beach with far reaching sea views. At high tide there is excellent snorkelling right in front of the cottages. A 5-10 minute walk away is Beau Vallon Bay, which has one of the best beaches on the island - it is a couple miles of beautiful sandy beach that gently slopes into the sea, perfect for families with younger kids.

The cottages themselves are very clean and basic but have everything you would need for a self catering holiday, plus a TV, Wi-Fi internet and ceiling fans (Air Con is available for a small extra charge but we didn’t need it). There is also a veranda to sit in and admire the view over breakfast, or in the evening admiring the sunset over a drink or two (Duty Free as you arrive in the Seychelles is very good value). There are a couple of little shops very close by and a couple of larger supermarkets and selection of restaurants in Beau Vallon. For the more adventurous there is even a secret little beach, Anse Major, that is a true jewel about a 45 minute trek away (though it took us about an hour and 15 minutes with our young kids). We hired a car on both trips, arranged by the lovely owners, Cyril and Katrina, to explore the island and visit some of the other beautiful beaches on offer and to visit Victoria, the quaint capital. There is also a regular bus service that stops literally outside the cottages, so you don’t have to hire a car to visit some of the closer attractions.

If you’re looking to go a bit further afield and visit some of the other islands such as Praslin, La Digue or Bird Island then Cyril and Katrina can also sort this out for you. We did all three of these over the course of our trips there and had an amazing time – they really are not to be missed if you can help it.

All in all, Beach Cottages is a wonderful place to stay – either as your main holiday location or as a base for island hopping. The service is excellent, the owners and their team of staff offer a very friendly and yet unintrusive service. They are very accommodating and more than happy to offer tips and guidance as to what to do on the island, including maps with their recommendations marked on them, and they will happily arrange excursions further afield should you require it. Construction work on the new rooms started during our last week, however it is screened off with minimal noise during the day until around 5pm. It didn't, however, spoil our holiday as we were out exploring the islands most days.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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CyrilM261063, Owner at Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Thank you for your kind words knowing that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. Happy to learn that the construction work adjacent to the cottages did not cause any disturbance. All our clients agree that the sound of the waves are louder than any noise coming from the construction site. We look forward to welcoming you again hopefully in the near future.
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Beautifully located family run business with superb customer service and great home cooking. Food made with love at reasonable prices.
Pleasant little beach, apartment situated on top of the rocky pleasant beach cove with beautiful sea views and clean apartment with kitchenette. 3 minute walk to the long sandy beach, bus stop located outside beach cottages with access to Victoria(capital).
Cyril with his family offer laid back and easy going customer service. They were extremely helpful and approachable, from maids to security guards all willing to talk and share great local knowledge about the island with you.
Beach cottages provide a wide range of local dishes with fresh local ingredients, portion and prices were great. The quality of the dishes were made with real pride something of the rarity you find on the island.
Great experience and fabulous holiday.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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CyrilM261063, Owner at Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Being a small family run establishment we are in a better position to provide a more personal service to all our valuable clients. We have the time to share with our guests our knowledge of these beautiful islands as well as offering a wide range of local dishes at an affordable price.
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Houston
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Cyril, Katrina and Jocelyn are great hosts. The room was spotless and tastefully furnished. The wifi was pretty consistent. The cottages are close enough to Beau Vallon beach to walk when you want but the distance is enough to be a good walk. Dinner at the restaurants is a bit pricey but ingredients for lunch is easy to find. Jocelyn served breakfast on the veranda and even introduced us to breadfruit. Very tasty! Snorkelling off the local small beach is a bit shallow until you get further out but as you exit the small bay you can get to some depth (about 10-15ft). If I had stayed longer I would have rented a car to see more of Mahe even though the bus stop is just on the road. I used the B&B option as a warm up for a diving cruise and it all worked perfectly!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

This lovely family run cottage sits right in front of a small private beach at the far end of beautiful Beau Vallon Beach.
There are 4 cottages facing the sea and some other rooms in another house in the middle of the garden (but they don't fae the sea).
Our cottage had a big bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and terrasse. The facilities were clean albeit not super modern. The room has a fan but if you wish to use AC, there are some additional expenses. Room service was done everyday.

We really enjoyed our stay here, we ordered home made cooked meals for dinner and we were served right on the terrasse. Needless to say that it was very tasty!!!! The prices are reasonable and you can get your own private dinner for cheaper than a restaurant.
Breakfast however is not served.
There are 2 small supermarkets within walking distance where you can get basic groceries.

The owners of the Beach Cottages were very helpful, she and her husband recommended a lot of nice places to visit, they gave us a ride into town and also helped us arrange accomodation on some of the other islands.

One tip: at high tide from the private beach you can snorkel on the reef. By far the best reef accessible from a beach in Seychelles. You wouldn't expect to see much underwater life just right in front of your place !!!
You can also use the kayaks but beware they are super super heavy to carry back up from the private beach. They are a lot of fun though!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lamu Island, Kenya
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

Just a few days ago I stayed there for 6 nights. Katrina & Cyril are very helpful, the apartment is nice with fridge, hot shower (you need warm water because water comes from the mountains). To the start of Beau Vallon Beach it's around 5 minutes walking (don't forget a torch when you have dinner at restaurants at the beach or at local places). The location is ok but sometimes I would have preferred it to be right on the beach (eg enjoying the beach, going back to the guesthouse for a shower and then going out again) but I really enjoyed the place and I will definitely come back again. From the balcony of the yellow cottage you have a nice view to Beau Vallon Bay. Thank you again for a great stay. And if you ever come to Kenya, please check out Lamu!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Tartu, Estonia
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2013

We stayed in Beach cottages for 4 nights in Bed and Breakfast option. It's really beautiful place, clean rooms and nice bathroom with hot water. The view from our room is exactly towards Beau Vallon beach... there is also small beach 15 meters from cottage, but we prefered to walk 10 minutes to the main beach.
There was complimentary water and juice in fridge when we arrived and free wireless. The owners are very friendly, gave as a free map with suggestions where to go and were helpful in everything. Breakfast is excellent - coffee or tea, juice, eggs as you like, bread (+ jam, butter) and 3 different sorts of fresh fruits. We really did enjoy.
Bus stop is just behind the front gate, closest small shop is 1 minute away, bigger one 5 minutes (in Bel Ombre). To the restaraunt area in Beau Vallon it's about 20 minutes walk (possible to go from beach and from road).

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Beach Cottages
Address: Belombre Road, Bel Ombre, Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Region: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Bel Ombre
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Bel Ombre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beach Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring a private and secluded beach with snorkeling opportunities, Beach Cottages offers self-catering accommodation with a terrace. The accommodation is a 5 minutes' walk away from Beau Vallon Beach. The spacious apartments are equipped with a ceiling fan, cable TV and a safety deposit box. Each apartment has a kitchen with gas cooker, microwave and fridge. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and towels. Air conditioning is available within the units. At Beach Cottages you will find a garden and barbecue facilities. Victoria is a 10-minute drive away and the Seychelles Airport can be reached within 20 minutes by car. ... more   less 
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