We stayed here for 11 nights for our honeymoon in Sep 2010. Overall we had a great time but the whole experience didn't meet our expectations. On arrival at our beachfront pool villa it was apparent the place is a little old, and the evidence of ageing both outside and inside the villa is obvious. We fancied a drink but the minibar prices were eye-watering (8.50 eur for a 275ml bottle of local lager!). The in room dining menu selection was ok (if not slightly limited) but again the prices were steep. 25 eur for a fairly basic burger and chips and 15 eur for three veg spring rolls is a bit rich in my mind. We ate at the "Jardin D'Epices" on the first night. A fairly bland 2-course dinner for two with the cheapest bottle of Chilean Sauv Blanc on the menu was 80 eur a head (35 eur for a fish curry is wrong, especially when the beach bar down the road does a better one twice the size for a third of the price).
The Thai restaurant Saffron was great, but then we paid 75 eur a head for a BBQ buffet at the Chez Lamar which was average at best. (200 eur all in with wine.. imagine what you can get for that anywhere else!!)
We ventured out to the 4 seasons (be prepared to pay a fortune in taxis - journey prices on average 1 eur per minute travelled) but both restaurants there were amazing and the same price or cheaper.
I guess it depends on what you want out of your trip. If you want to be in a secluded place with your own pool, jacuzzi and a stagger to the beach but you arent fussed about paying through the nose for average food, then stay in the Banyan Tree. If you want somewhere new with amazing food but a bit away from the beach, stay in the Four Seasons.
It wasn't all bad (clearly I am a foodie!). The staff were great, everything was spotlessly clean if not a little weathered, I think the massage was probably the best I have ever had (and good value) and the views were astounding. I would go back but only if they sort the food/pricing situation out. I don't mind paying those prices for food, especially in hotels, but not if the standard is pedestrian.
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Seychelles Hotel Mahe Island
- Banyan Tree Seychelles Mahe Island