We were warned about the rowdy skipper, and the receptionist! We were destined to cerf islands for a get away weekend ("honeymoon"). Note that we are locals (seychellois citizens). The skipper politely greeted us at the Eden jetty on Mahe. Our impression was "it's not as bad as what the others say". After a 10 mins ride to Cerf Islands, we were greeted by "THE RECEPTIONIST" on arrival. Upon reaching the reception she told us to take a sit outside, and then turned to be Italian couple who was also on the boat with us, to take a sit inside. I was in awe....thinking why us outside and the tourist inside. What she should have said is "kindly take a sit, inside or outside". At least we would have had a choice.
Nonetheless we didn't make such an issue about that, but kept on smiling! We were then shown to our room, which was the adjacent wall to the reception. I stopped....looked at the receptionist and said "but we had booked for a chalets". "Oh! You did? let me check" she replied. She came back and said, "well we have a problem with the chalets as the Wash Basin is non functional". From this, I paused, thought, and waited for her to come up with a compromise....nothing came out of her mouth! We then had to settle for what we were offered.
She now showed the room to us, and explained about breakfast and dinner. Then she showed us the Air Condition, which was like a piece for the museum of technology through time. She then mumbled and said, "I don't know why this AC is like that, but I think it works"....which she expertedly turned it on and off (was a definite sign of actual surrounding habitat, but pretending she didn't know).
So, came the evening, my wife and I had dinner at the restaurant. Food was like something which had already been cooked, but reheated and garnished to make it look "simply stunning"...not so I'm afraid!!!
The room....well! The TV first of all had three channels, so don't bother flicking further. My wife, so wanted to have a bath, and i had to be inventive here. I pulled out one of my boxers, and plugged the waste hole to be able to fill the bath.....why you may ask, well the bath plug was nowhere to be found. She was amazed, and told me that I'll be forever her Robinson Crusoe. Came the time to sleep, I turned on the timeless piece "The AC". That thing was like a generator running with no grease, and heard every single parts moving inside. Kept me up all night, and i had to know reach out and turn the damn thing off.
Part of your stay at any establishment, should be an enjoyable sleep. The pillows did not help I'm afraid. It was like logs well cover with head sheets. Out of the four pillows, only one was above par, which i gladly gave to my wife to sleep on.
Came the morning I told my wife if she wanted a coffee, she could have one. I then smelled something funny, and reached out for the kettle....and it was indeed the kettle. Smelled of cockroaches! Almost made me throw up.
The thing is, "L'habitation" is a fairly nice place, but having to experience all of what I mentioned is just not worth going through. First, the owners should be welcoming, and at least say hi to their guests. This would have made you feel relaxed and at home. Instead, there were a lot of long faces, and not even a "Good Morning, nor a Good Evening". The only person that said hi were the two Sri Lankans working there.
We, unfortunately cut our "honeymoon" short, and left the next day. The skipper, was by far the better person that we met on Cerf Islands.
My conclusion "Never Again". Choose any other but not this one.
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