Steps down from Anse Soleil Beachcomber lead straight to a beautiful cove.
Anse Soleil Beachcomber: Our full report
In southwest Mahé, Anse Soleil Beachcomber is located at the foot of a steep, winding road, flanked on either side by massive bamboo clumps and exotic palms. A laid-back hideaway with a picture-perfect crescent of sandy beach, it's perennially popular for its casual atmosphere, simple accommodation and scenic location. The universally positive comments in the visitors' book speak volumes.
Entering through the arched entrance clad in fishing baskets and draped nets, the seafaring theme continues with driftwood mirrors, aquatic turquoise walls and a colourful reef fish mural in the welcoming reception. From the comfort of the tie-dye seating area or the adjoining upper-level restaurant, the sparkling sea is tantalisingly close.
There are 14 rooms with varying facilities - 5 Standard, 5 Superior and 4 Premier – but all have sea views and individual terraces. The Standard and Superior Rooms are built right above the smooth granite glacis (large granite boulders) that dot the coastline, only metres from the water, whilst the newly-added Premier Rooms sit a little further back to allow them more space. All of the rooms are en-suite and well-equipped with tropical island essentials: ceiling fan, air- conditioning, electronic safe and mini-fridge.
The Standard Rooms are unsurprisingly the smallest of the three room categories, though they remain perfectly comfortable, and with the beach and ocean's crashing waves a mere stone's throw from the small private terrace, their location is excellent. These rooms are lacking the bath and TV found in the more expensive room categories, but have similar furnishings to the superior rooms: solid timber beds, cool tiled floors, white walls and colourful soft furnishings.
The Superior Rooms are set into the rounded glacis to the left of the reception, with balconies virtually cantilevered over the lapping water and views back to the golden curve of Anse Soleil beach. Inside, the rooms are spacious, airy and immaculately clean, though as is often the case in Mahé's small hotels, the fabrics are a touch dated in style. The walls are white and the floors similarly tiled, the furniture is fashioned from chunky polished timber and there is a large en-suite bathroom at the rear, with a corner bath and separate shower (the shell mobile and wooden fish reminding you of your proximity to the sea). On a practical note, these rooms have low balcony edges and we do not therefore recommend them for families with young or 'adventurous' children.
Opened in 2007, the four Premier Rooms are raised up in the gardens behind the main building and are very different in design and style. Inside these neat semi-detached houses, island-style chintz gives way to thoroughly contemporary fixtures and fittings in these enormous, linear rooms. Through the concertina terrace doors, sand-coloured concrete floors, heavy dark wood furniture (kingsize bed, dressing table, day-bed and expansive dressing table) and modern audio-visual equipment beckon, whilst at the back of the room a stunning walk-in glass and turquoise tiled shower comes complete with twin shower roses and a seat for total indulgence. The wide terraces are surrounded by tropical planting and offer views over the roof tops to the sea. For us, these rooms are a cut above the others available here.
Away from the sunshine and seashore, Anse Soleil Beachcomber has a relaxed Creole restaurant, which offers basic but filling dishes. Open-sided and raised up above reception, its taverna air and friendly staff give it a welcoming feel. Independent of the hotel, a short wander across the beach brings you to the Anse Soleil Beachcomber Café which serves up delicious fresh seafood – it's great reputation is justified.
For some gentle distraction, there are a number of small artists studios located within a short drive of Anse Soleil (ask for directions to see Michael Adams, Pineapple Studios or Tom Bowers) and some pleasant gardens to explore at Le Jardin du Roi in the mountains. Organised activities are fairly limited but diving, fishing and boat excursions can be arranged.
Ideal length of stay: 3 nights or more
Directions: Driving to Anse Soleil Beachcomber from the airport is straightforward and island maps are easily available, free of charge, from car hire companies (Air Seychelles usually provide a handy, compact map to arriving international passengers too). There are several trans-island roads which cross from the east to west coast and offer a pleasant glimpse of the lush, hilly interior. Once on the west coast, head towards Anse Soleil beach on the southwest of the island and following the colourful, painted sign off the main coast road down towards the bay.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Anse Soleil Beachcomber offers both bed and breakfast and half-board accommodation. The intimate restaurant is casual and welcoming with neat gingham tablecloths, simple place settings and Creole cuisine served daily.
Continental and simple cooked breakfast options are available in the restaurant, accompanied with fresh tropical juices and tea/coffee.
A snack menu is available at lunchtime featuring toasted sandwiches, omelettes and salads. There is also a selection of more substantial daily specials of curries and fish dishes.
From garlic crab with rice to baked fish in banana leaves; spaghetti Bolognese to macaroni cheese, there is certainly a varied choice of international and Seychellois food available on the dinner menu. Vegetarians and children are also well catered for with stir fries and veggie curries to chicken goujons and hamburgers available. When we ate here we found the food to be on the stodgy side – don't come here expecting haute cuisine, rather simple and filling food. Beer, house wine and a small number of spirits are sold alongside soft drinks to accompany these meals.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Beach holidays: Anse Soleil Beachcomber's greatest attraction is its location on an idyllic secluded, sandy cove. Fringed with tropical palms and planting, lapped by crystal clear sea and at the end of a peninsula, boasting some stunning rounded granite glacis (large boulders), the beach here is really very beautiful. The water is warm enough for swimming year round, shallow enough at its edge for children, and clear enough to offer some good snorkelling along the coastline.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Anse Soleil Beachcomber, though care must be taken due to its proximity to rocks and the sea.
Generally recommended for children: Children will enjoy the soft sand, relatively calm seas of the cove and resident giant tortoises, as well as the fun, colourful interiors of the main building. Parents will likely also enjoy the casual atmosphere and provision of children's meals to fussy eaters. It is important to recognise that this hotel is right on the shoreline though, and without barriers to the boulders and sea. Children will need to be made aware of the potential dangers and carefully watched by their parents, especially young children and toddlers.
Notes: Some rooms have balconies cantilevered over the sea; we do not recommend these for families.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is mobile reception and guests may use the office phone during opening hours.
TV & radio: There are small televisions in the Superior and Premier Rooms.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: The nearest hospital is in Victoria, Mahé's capital, about a 45 minute drive from Anse Soleil Beachcomber.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge