When visiting the Seychelles, I was lucky enough to stay at the stunning Eden Bleu Resort, situated on the east coast of the island, Mahé. Eden Bleu sits on a man-made private island and is surrounded by a marina with multi-million pound yachts in every direction and a few minutes from the airport, and a quick 10-minute drive from the capital, Victoria.
Despite its sprawling grounds, the resort manages to remain fairly boutique in feel, designed to look like a plantation house that feels more in-keeping with the local surroundings.
The typical guest to Eden Bleu is surprisingly corporate, as the resort caters to a large number of visiting professionals either attending conferences or escaping for the weekend from South Africa and Mauritius. There are, of course, plenty of loved-up couples (a few of which were gay), and there is a distinctive absence of families (and therefore hardly any children!!!).
Staff and facilities
As expected the staff are amazing, with buckets of local charm and advice for those looking to see the surrounding sights. There’s a 24-hour front desk, a concierge, and Wi-Fi throughout, however I would advise downloading a load of Netflix shows before you leave home as internet speeds across the island are notoriously slow and prone to stopping entirely if/when it rains.
Unlike typical tropical resorts, Eden Bleu is not beach-based, forcing you to venture off the resort grounds in order to find some sand to sunbathe on (a definite plus in my book as I don’t really like to sit still on a trip). The resort runs complimentary shuttles throughout the day to locations such as Beau Vallon and Anse Royale beaches, as well as arranging sightseeing trips or a shuttle to the ferry so that you can visit some of the other islands.
Food & drink
A classic buffet breakfast is on-hand for all guests in the Marlin Bleu Restaurant which overlooks the pool deck and offers veranda seating so that you never need miss a drop of sunshine while you’re there. There are plenty of local favourites and plenty of dishes that marry Creole and modern styles.
A small note would be the limited vegetarian selection which, while delicious, can get quite repetitive if you’re dining there nightly. I’m pescatarian so eventually tried the red snapper, the national favourite, and it was frickin delicious!
Seven nightly prices on a bed & breakfast basis in the Presidential Suite from £3975 per person based on 2 people sharing, and a Luxury Marina View Room for £1915 per person for two people sharing at the Eden Bleu Hotel. A nightly rate on a bed & breakfast basis in a six bedroom villa cost from £1100 for 12 people per night
Tel: +0800 408 8042
Seychelles Tourist Office – UK & Ireland
132 Buckingham Palace Road, Ground floor
London SW1W 9SA
t: + 44 (0) 207 730 0700
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