Who said a trip to the Seychelles has to be an expensive affair? You can have a lot of fun in the land of 115 islands without spending as much as you might initially think. The trick lies in choosing the right hotel since accommodation facilities account for the biggest expenses for all visitors unwinding in the Seychelles. Here, we explore five of the best Seychelles hotels for visitors on a budget.
Once you’ve found your accommodation, remember nature is free and memories are priceless!
1. Panorama Guest House, Mahe
The Panorama Guest House overlooks the Beau Vallon beach, the most famous beach in the whole of Seychelles. It is a mere 5 km away from Victoria City, Seychelles’ capital city, and less than 30 steps to the edge of the Indian Ocean. The spectacular location is the reason why this hotel is famous among tourists and comes at an affordable price point. You can spend your days here in the turquoise waters of the ocean, sunbathing on the beach, or exploring the rest of the Seychelles.
This hotel is small enough to offer the kind of intimacy that couples or families want. It is set on a mountain backdrop and is a convenient place to use as a base while in the Seychelles because you can access restaurants, shopping centres, and attraction sites easily. It is a family-run hotel; so the hospitality and atmosphere is friendly and inviting.
Each of the guest house’s 10 standard guest rooms has either a double or twin bed, an ensuite bathroom that is fitted with a shower, telephone, and a safe among other basic amenities. There are Double Standard rooms that house up to four people, which are ideal for families or friends visiting as a group. If traveling with a child, you have the option to choose a room with an extra bed.
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Small as it is, the hotel is packed with plenty of amenities for your enjoyment. There is a restaurant and bar on site, a TV lounge, internet café, and laundry services. It is located close to public transport, and that makes it easy for you to hop to the next island for a daytime adventure.
This locally owned hotel is located 15 minutes away (when you stroll) from Anse Volbert Beach and Cote D'Or Beach. Its setting features a thoroughly maintained garden that creates a calming environment for guests. The Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is only 5.5 km from the hotel while Praslin Island’s main airport is 25 minutes away by car. Therefore, it is strategically positioned for guests who want to spend their vacations exploring other parts of Seychelles as well.
Acajou Beach Resort first opened its doors for guests in 1996. Since then, it has grown to become one of the most adored hotels thanks to its affordability. Its laid back atmosphere makes it a great place to top up your tan in the tropical sun or enjoy the blue waters of the ocean. Alternatively, you can spend your time on site and take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor pool and a fitness centre. There are three restaurants on the property together with a bar that serves a variety of drinks. Designated smoking zones within the facility are a welcomed escape for smokers and non-smokers alike, who can simply avoid these areas.
All 52 rooms of the resort are furnished with balconies and other luxuries like coffee/tea makers. For a more enjoyable stay, the rooms are enhanced with private safes, hair dryers, free toiletries, and rainfall showerheads. An infant bed is available upon request and will be delivered for free. Actually, the hotel policy allows up to 2 children aged 2 years and below free stay. This makes it an ideal resort for family vacations with young children.
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If you are not busy sunbathing in the white sand, you can enjoy your time at the Acajou Beach Resort in the outdoor pool, restaurants, bars, or explore the facility’s library, gift shops, or garden.
Location: La Digue
La Digue is famous for being home to highly rated hotels, and Hotel Chateau St Cloud is no exception. Tucked at the foot of Eagle’s Nest Mountain, the hotel is just a 15-minute stroll away from Anse Reunion Beach and 2 km from the Inter Island Ferry, making it a great central point to place your bags during your stay in the Seychelles. The location is perfect for some relaxation and features a rustic and tranquil colonial estate, tropical plants and exotic flowers.
Hotel Chateau St Cloud draws its name from a small French town and its history from back when Napoleon was still ruler. That is why it has a colonial-style structure that has been renovated to suit modern day accommodation facilities. Many tourists love this hotel because it’s a great spot from which you can access the island’s stunning granite formations or view a coco de mer tree – one of the few still remaining. If you stroll around, it won’t take long before you cross paths with a tortoise going about its daily life. Cool down at the hotel bar that overlooks the terrace and swimming pool or indulge in mouth-watering Creole cuisine at the restaurant or the ever popular buffet.
Every room in the hotel comes with a TV, seating area, tea/coffee maker, and minibar. Ensuite bathrooms are sufficiently large and are equipped with showers and some with baths. The Deluxe rooms overlook the gardens and are great for romantic getaways. Alternatively, 15 Superior Rooms are perched high up by treetops for more privacy, or the Standard rooms are equipped with pretty much everything that you need to have a comfortable stay.
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Despite being a budget hotel, Hotel Chateau St Cloud doesn’t skimp on activities or amenities. The buffet restaurant is a great place to fill up before exploring the rest of the Seychelles. If you prefer to stay at the hotel, you can enjoy a few drinks at the bar, swim in the pool, or head over to the hotel’s library. If you fancy outdoor activities, you will be excited to know that fishing and snorkelling are very popular in and around this hotel.
If you are in the Seychelles, you should certainly consider spending a few days and nights at the Berjaya Praslin Resort, if not for anything else but its amazing location. Cote D'Or Esplanade is a heavenly hideaway that is surrounded by tropical beauty and amazing natural landscapes. Its underwater exploits are even better as it is filled with plenty of marine life. If you stay at this resort, you get to enjoy all the amazing things it has to offer on a budget.
An excellent location is not all that Berjaya Praslin Resort has to offer. The rustic hotel has a classic Seychelles luxury setting, complete with a white sand stretch of beach, shady palms, and lagoon views – all in one affordable package. It has well laid out cottages and gardens for a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. The location is not far from public transport so if you wish to hop to another island for some daytime fun you can do so with ease. While it might not have the best structures or amenities, this hotel more than compensates for anything it may lack with its outstanding customer service. It offers guests currency exchange and babysitting services on request.
The beautifully designed rooms come in standard, deluxe, deluxe sea view, and junior suite options, with the latter being the largest of them all. Each one is coloured warmly to echo the island’s charm and attractiveness. For even more comfort, the hotel has a beachside restaurant that is easily accessible from any room.
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If you enjoy staying in one place, you can unwind in the outdoor pool, play table tennis or try your hand at one of the many board games on offer. Otherwise, you can take a stroll to the resort’s beach area to catch the breeze or get a touch of colour. The Anse Albert Village is within walking distance and makes for a great site for learning more about the history of the Praslin Island.
Location: Anse Reunion, La Digue Island
Situated conveniently in Anse Reunion, Casa De Leela is surrounded by wildlife and the quiet gardens of La Digue Island. The nearest beach is only a few minutes away, by foot or better, by bike. The hotel is particularly perfect for tourists who want to discover the Seychelles because it is located a walking distance from La Digue Boatyard.
With bungalows, and one and two bedroom apartments, this 8-room hotel is great for romantic exploits as well as family vacations. It has an informal and relaxed setting that is ideal for tourists looking for peace and simplicity. The beautifully constructed buildings are surrounded by stunning tropical gardens that make the hotel blend in seamlessly with the lush tropical surrounding. The common areas of the hotel have plenty of windows that offer scenic views.
Each of Casa De Leela’s eight rooms is spacious, clean and furnished with verandas and fully functional kitchens. The beds in the bungalows are king size and hold walk-in closets. There are also private terraces dedicated for visitors who want to spend some lazy afternoons in the sun but not far from the comforts of their room. All the apartments have fantastic wooden fittings that match well with their interior designs.
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Casa De Leela has so much to offer its visitors, ranging from candlelit Creole dinners, to continental breakfasts, bike rides, and an outdoor swimming pool. The facility has comfortable sunbeds that are surrounded by a well-maintained garden for your relaxing pleasure.