For a hotel still in its soft opening stage we were really impressed with the Kempinski. Set on a gorgeous bay in lush, mature gardens with a backdrop of huge granite boulders. Elegant reception, dining & pool areas & beautifully designed rooms the hotel is extremely good value for anyone wanting the style & luxury of the top hotels like the Four Seasons & Banyan Tree without the hefty price tag.
The staff are all fantastic (Laurelle & Mervyn especially) going the extra distance to remember each guest by name (usually only something you get at the very best hotels). Meals taken in both the all- day dining restaurant & the speciality Indochine were excellent. Yes, the cost of food & drink is very expensive but this is The Seychelles so unless you plan to eat out at one of the small island cafes (difficult to get to unless you have a hire car & taxis are really expensive) then you can expect to pay a lot. Would definitely recommend booking a food & beverage package before leaving home as this can bring the price down considerably.
All the rooms are set in 2 story blocks and are identical inside, only the view determines the different prices. The Hill View & Lagoon View are set on one side of the main reception area near a tropical lake whilst the Beach View & Sea View rooms are on the other side - the Sea View rooms being on the upper floor with fantasric views of the bay. They are spacious & extremely luxurious. Families might be happier on the ground floor which open direclty onto the gardens whilst an upstairs terrace gives more privacy for couples.
It is a very international hotel with guets from all over the world which we really like. When we were there it did feel a little bit like Moscow-On-Sea. The only negatives were the people who get up at the crack of dawn to put their beach towel on the best sun loungers and then return to bed until lunchtime! It is a great hotel for couples but also families. We met families with small children staying at the nearby Banyan Tree who had come to use the beach of the Kempinski as their own beach was too rough. Baie Lazare is gently shelving and you can snorkel in very shallow water right off the beach and snorkels are complimentary.
Would definitely recommend hiring a car as it is great to explore the island independently. There are hire cars permanently at the hotel so it is easy. We didn't explore any further than Mahe as we have previously stayed on the other islands but would recommend Fairyland Beach for excellent snorkling (again right off the beach) and only 15 drive from the hotel and Intendance Bay (near The Banyan
They staff are pulling out all the stops to make the hotel just perfect in time for its official opening on 1st March. Definitely one of the very best hotels on Mahe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the famous Baie Lazare, in the exclusive south-end of Mahé Island, Kempinski Seychelles Resort offers guests round-the-clock expertise, dedication and unmatched Creole hospitality in dazzling surroundings of untouched, natural beauty. This beachfront paradise, nestled in a secluded bay at the foothills of a magnificent mountain range, offers a private haven for romantics at heart, an activity-packed family getaway or the perfect destination for corporate gatherings and events. Just 30 minutes from the Seychelles International Airport, the resort is ideally situated for day trips and excursions, yet offers much in the way of exclusivity and privacy for those looking to get off the tourist track. From small, home comforts to spacious luxury and bespoke banqueting and wedding packages, the Kempinski Seychelles Resort is an ideal location for those seeking a world-class island getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Seychelles Resort Mahe Island