Chalets D'Anse Forbans

Chalets D'Anse Forbans: Our full report

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Excellent (100%) From 1 review
Fine for children.
1 July to 31 May

At the southernmost tip of the east coast road on Mahé Island, just as it turns inland to cross to the west coast, is the entrance to Chalets d'Anse Forbans. Run by a long-established Seychellois family, these well-equipped self-catering chalets have been going for many years and stand beside a lovely, and very quiet, beach.

The chalets themselves are set in a large, flat, grassy garden with plenty of open space between the coconut trees and various other palms – it's perfect for children.

Chalets d'Anse Forbans has 14 chalets neatly arranged in two rows. These comprise:

  • Standard Chalets
    The here are 12 standard chalets, each covering about 52m². All stand right beside the beach and have one bedroom – they're really designed for couples, although a third bed can be added. (Read more about a Standard Chalet here.)
  • Family Chalets
    Chalets d'Anse Forbans has two new, larger chalets, each of which covers about 90m². With two separate bedrooms, these can comfortably accommodate up to 5 people. (Read more about a Family Chalet here.)

Chalets d'Anse Forbans is a small, family-run business and accordingly the office here is not open 24/7. Instead, someone is on-site from 8am-4pm Mon to Fri, and 8am-12pm Sat & Sun. However, the owner and her family live with a couple of minutes walk, so someone is always on hand should an emergency arise, and telephone numbers are issued as a matter of course on arrival.

When open, guests are welcome to use the office's telephone, fax and free WiFi internet connection. They can also borrow snorkelling equipment and access the library. Regardless of the time though, be sure to keep an eye out for the lovely falcons that regularly perch on the building's roof.

Although a reasonable distance from the capital city, Victoria, Chalet d'Anse Forbans does offer a lovely quiet beach and thoroughly relaxed vibe, making a stay here a more classic island experience. We recommend that guests staying here hire a car, both for exploring the island and for gathering necessary supplies.

Our view

With a beachfront location and expanses of lawn between the chalets, this is a quiet spot with space that's great for children. It's also a great base for couples wanting peace and quiet, and is not too out of the way if you want to drive yourselves around and explore.


Location: Mahe Island, Seychelles

Ideal length of stay: 3 nights or more

Directions: Chalets d'Anse Forbans is located in the picturesque South-East of Mahé, 24 km south of the capital Victoria and 14 km from the airport; it's an easy drive here from either.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: The friendly Seychellois owner is Brigitte Laporte, who speaks both English and French fluently. Her family also owns the land to the north of Chalet d'Anse Forbans, where her mother and grandmother still live.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Room Only

Food quality: All of the chalets here are self-catering only and come fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and a reasonable selection of pots, pans and utensils. Brigitte will arrange a small complimentary welcome pack (e.g. milk, juice, butter and bread) to be in the fridge on arrival, whilst some basic supplies can be picked up at the local shop, about 1.5km away.

For those staying more that a couple of days, it is well worth asking Brigitte if she is able to take you to the 'Euro Food Store' for supplies. This shop is primarily designed to cater to the hotels and stocks a terrific range of produce, unavailable elsewhere on the island. Only hoteliers can gain access, so you will need to be accompanied on your visit, but a shopping spree is likely to mean that you eat and drink a far more varied and enjoyable selection of foods during your stay.

Also worth considering, for approximately £10pp, Brigitte can arrange for a local chef to buy and cook a Creole meal in your villa. Comprising fresh fish, salads and spiced rice, this is a relaxing option and a lovely way to taste some Seychellois cuisine.

Alternatively, there are some simple restaurants within 15 minutes drive and a BBQ (small surcharge applies) in the garden for guest use too.

Drinks included: Drinks are not included.

Special interests

Family holidays: Consider Chalets d'Anse Forbans for self-catering family beach holidays in the Seychelles in a relatively safe environment! It has two spacious, inexpensive family chalets, large lawns to run around and a lovely beach next to it.

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Beach holidays: Local legend tells: The sweeping bay of Anse Forbans, the Bay of Pirates, is home to hidden treasures. These days, the swash-buckling plunderers are all gone and the real riches are all natural: the long beach, swaying palms and quiet appeal of this island corner.

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Attitude towards children: Chalet d'Anse Forbans welcomes children of all ages, and the owner has three young children of her own, so is well accustomed to the needs and demands of younger guests.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions on guests.

Special activities & services: Babysitting with local staff can be arranged and must be paid for separately with the individual. (Note these will probably not be qualified child minders; but will be local women who have looked after their own children.)

Equipment: Cots, high chairs and baby baths are available, but these are subject to availability and must be requested prior to arrival.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: There is mobile reception here, and guests are welcome to use the office telephone. The office also offers fax and a free WiFi connection

TV & radio: There are no televisions in the rooms here.


Bringing changes in the Anses Forbans community

Bringing changes in the Anses Forbans communitySituated on a secluded beach in the Island of Mahe, Chalets D’Anse Forbans is operating with the promise of bringing positive changes in the community. The lodge’s participation in the Anses Forbans Community Conservation Programme is perhaps the highlight of its community education efforts.

As part of the programme, the lodge organized the first beach clean-up in the village of Anse Forbans aimed at educating the local community on the importance of litter collection and its proper disposal. Students, volunteers and even parents with babies joined their efforts to make a difference, and managed to collect an assortment of plastic bottles and cans. Other initiatives such as setting up hikes and trails have had the same success. So far thirty native shrubs have been planted by the local children, with another thirty planned, reinforcing the importance of maintaining the ecosystem.

The programme also educates tourists on issues of sustainability. As 2018 brings the creation of the first on-land coral nursery to act as a back-up in case of a major sea warming effect, it creates an educational point of interest for the lodge’s guests. These are welcomed every Tuesday and Wednesday to attend talks on the project.
Consistent efforts to bring a positive change in the Anses Forbans community have been appreciated by guests, with the lodge being awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2018.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: There is a first aid kit on the property. For serious incidents Mahé's Victoria Hospital is approximately 45 minutes' drive from Chalet d'Anse Forbans and offers 24-hour medical care.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Security guards patrol the grounds at night.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located outside villas.


Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge

Money: There are safe deposit boxes in the rooms.

Accepted payment on location: All hotel services must be paid for using cash or credit card.

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