If you're planning on visiting the Seychelles on a shoestring budget, better be sure it's a high-quality shoestring. The Seychelles are an expensive place to visit. First, the airfare per person can be anywhere from 1000 to 2000 Euros alone, although, today, with the advent of discount fares, it may well be possible to find a a fare for much less, whether on a 747 jumbo jet from London or on a smaller plane flown by a regional airline out of Asia or Africa.
Also, you should realize that the Seychelles International Airport on Mahé is not the only gateway to these islands. The Mahé Quay and harbour in the town of Port Victoria is yet another way to arrive via whatever seafaring vehicle you care to use to cross the Indian Ocean.
Seychellese Hospitality and Tourism Association
Typically, accommodations in the Seychelles can range anywhere from 2000 to 6000 Euros per couple for three days; luxury rates for private villas on isolated islands start at 12000 Euros and can go higher. An excellent resource for those trying for cheaper ways to stay in the Seychelles is the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA), a group that was founded several years ago to help visitors find rooms with rates a bit friendlier to the tourist's wallet. Guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts throughout the Seychelles have been working with SHTA to set lower rates for reasonable accommodations in the Seychelles for those who wish to visit, but who aren't millionaires.
Budget Rooms and Accommodations
The least expensive hotel on the Seychelles is the Les Lauriers Petit Hotel on the island of Praslin. Rates at this guesthouse start at 62 Euros per night per person; all-inclusive packages that include airfare, seven nights lodging, breakfasts and inter-island travel are available starting at around 1600 Euros per person, minimum two persons per package. If you stay at this hotel, be sure to try the dining room's Creole cuisine. Spend your days fishing and snorkeling or just relax in the hotel's lush gardens. A villa upgrade is also available.
On the east coast of Mahé you'll find the Chalets D’Anse Forbans, a property situated on the grounds of a former plantation and family-run for decades. The fourteen chalets has access to a quiet beach. The well-equipped chalets start at around 75-80 Euros per night per person, double occupancy.
On the southern coast of Mahé is the Anse Soleil Beachcomber, a casual beach hotel with fourteen veranda rooms adjacent to the ocean beach. The rates are for double occupancy and start around 85-90 Euros per night per person, with breakfast included.
Inland, up the Takama Valley on the island Mahé and less than five minutes drive from the beach, the six units of the South Point Chalets cluster around a small swimming pool and a shaded outdoor breakfast pavilion. Double occupancy rates start at around 70 Euros per night per person.
Chalets on Bird Island
If you're willing to pay a bit more for accommodations, there's the twenty-four chalets of the Bird Island Lodge on Bird Island, a private island not open to the public. Rates start at 160 Euros per night per person and include all meals. Birdwatching is the thing to do here; dining is excellent in the restaurant without walls that faces the sea.
Apartments For Rent
The next step up is to the small apartments that start at around 280-300 Euros per night per person, double occupancy. One example is the Clefs des Iles on the island of Mahé; it has four well-decorated two-bedroom flats in the Beau Vallon beach area, close by to diving and other water-sports facilities.
The Seychelles Tourism Academy
Lastly, there's the Helvetia Hotel at La Misere high in the hills of the island of Mahé, a training hotel run by the Seychelles Tourism Academy since the 1970s on the site of a former US Tracking Station that had been built in the 1960s. The sixteen 2-star rooms there are in what used to be the Officer's Quarters.
Unfortunately, the latest news is that this facility has been closed since January 2010 for renovation and reconstruction. When the hotel does re-open with fifty more brand-new rooms sometime in 2012, it will be well worth checking out. The views are fantastic, but it is a ten minute drive to the beach and, compared to the rest of the Seychelles, it can get downright chilly with overnight lows of 20°C (68°F), if you want to call that chilly. Because the facility is considered a training hotel, rates have always been quite low, although it's not clear what the rates will be for the brand-new rooms.