Clef des Iles is right on the beach at Beau Vallon.
Clef des Iles: Our full report
Clef des Iles is a relaxed self-catering property situated right on the beach of the lovely Beau Vallon Bay, in the north of Mahé Island.
This property features four two bedroom duplex flats built in one single block on the sand - each duplex is spacious ranging from 105-125 square metres and has lovely views over the bay and Silhouette and North Island beyond.
Decorated predominantly in neutral tones, on the ground floor of each duplex there is a breakfast bar and kitchenette equipped with fridge/freezer, microwave, gas hob, kettle, toaster and utensils. The kitchen is open-plan to a sitting and dining area, which faces the beach. The whole wall of the dining area opens up and allows lovely views onto the beach and also the breeze to circulate (although note that people wandering past can peer in!). The dining room has a large table and six chairs and the sitting area contains a simple wall-hung bench, coffee table and chest. WiFi access is available if you take your own laptop and each duplex has its own television (local channels only) and DVD player.
Up the wooden stairs you will find two good-sized bedrooms, which are decorated in neutral tones and have wicker and wooden furniture. The floors are also wooden and the windows are shuttered. The bathrooms are fairly stylish and modern, with mosaic tiling in the showers and basins sat on wooden worktops with mirrors over them. Each duplex also has its own upstairs balcony.
Although the flats do not have air-conditioning, they do have fans and their design makes the most of the sea breeze.
The owners Stephane and Marquis are very welcoming and provide a starter package of food when you arrive - usually including bread, milk, eggs, bacon and juice. They are always on hand to help organise diving and other excursions and also to advise on the local restaurants. There is a dive centre and a pizzeria right next door to Clef des Iles, and there are several other restaurants within walking distance. There is good snorkelling from this beach and the swimming is safe. Although Beau Vallon is relatively busy by Seychellois standards, you will still be able to find a nice spot for yourself as the beach stretches on for about 2km. The palm and takamaka trees provide welcome shade in the heat of the day.
Our viewOverall we think that Clef des Iles offers good value in a beautiful beachside setting. Simply decorated, it's well placed for wandering to a few local restaurants and basic shops, and you can't beat the location if lazing on the beach is your main priority! For the more active, plenty of excursions can be arranged from your doorstep.
Ideal length of stay: We could happily spend a week or more here.
Directions: Clef des Iles is about a 25-30 minute drive from Mahé Airport. It is about 15 minutes to Victoria.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Room Only
Food quality: Clef des Iles is a self-catering property, although a simple breakfast pack is provided for you on arrival. There are several restaurants within walking distance, including a pizza restaurant next door.
Family holidays: The simple, self-catering two-bedroom flats at Clef are great-value. Kids can enjoy fairly safe swimming from the beautiful beach during your Seychelles family beach holidays here. However, note that the beach is very busy and adjacent to a road.See more ideas for Family holidays in Seychelles
Beach holidays: Clef des Iles is situated right on the lovely Beau Vallon Beach, a wide bay in north-west Mahé. Though popular for beach holidays, it is still relatively quiet by European standards. In the right season (Aug-Oct), you can book a trip to snorkel with whale sharks.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Seychelles
Attitude towards children: Clef des Iles is a family-friendly property.
Property’s age restrictions: None.
Special activities & services: Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Equipment: Cots can be provided.
Generally recommended for children: Families are welcome here although note that children will require constant supervision as the property is right by the sea.
Notes: Children will require constant supervision as the property is right by the sea, and next to a busy road.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is cellphone reception and WiFi is usually available if you have your own laptop.
TV & radio: There are televisions in all the rooms, with local channels only.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: The apartments have a flushing toilet and shower.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest hospital is in Victoria, about 15 minutes away. There is also a day clinic very nearby in Beau Vallon.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Fire safety: Each room is equipped with a smoke alarm. There are fire extinguishers in the common areas.
Laundry facilities: A limited laundry service is available at Clef des Iles, for an extra cost. Weather permitting, it will usually be returned within 36hours.
Accepted payment on location: Clef des Iles accepts payment by Visa or MasterCard credit card, as well as cash payments in Seychellois Rupees or Euro.