South Point Chalets is situated in the southwest of Mahe Island.
South Point Chalets: Our full report
Along a narrow windy road, just off the main coastal highway in the southwest of Mahé, South Point Chalets is one of only two non-beachfront properties that we feature on the island. This area is the verdant Takamaka Valley.
Having negotiated the short but very steep climb up the drive, you'll find this a thoroughly laid-back, pleasant place with extremely obliging staff and a good standard of accommodation for this price bracket.
There are six self-catering chalets of varying size: three double rooms, two larger apartments without a balcony and a five-person family villa. All of the chalets have been recently refurbished with contemporary far-eastern furniture, cheerful fabrics and functional mod-cons. Beside this, all rooms have air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans, and the slightly raised elevation helps to cool the evening air.
The extremely spacious family villa consists of two double rooms and a single, all thoughtfully decorated with tasteful Balinese timber furniture and vibrant IKEA fabrics. There is a very nice kitchen and an open-plan lounge and dining area at the heart of the villa. The lounge area has soft-cushioned sofas with a TV and DVD player (films available on request) for your use. An electronic safe is also provided for valuables. Through the terrace doors, a small private garden extends the eating area with a large dining table and a partial view across to the surrounding hillside. Here, stylish grey vinyl sun loungers also offer sun-worshippers a private spot to top up their tan.
Regardless of the size of room in which you stay, the beds here are comfortable, the kitchens well-equipped, the en-suite bathrooms sparkle and the welcome and island advice is genuine and personal. The management couple, George and Agnes, are keen to encourage a casual home-from-home vibe and appear to go out of their way to help guests plan their stay. Things are certainly simple here – it is not a luxury retreat with extravagant facilities – but equally the entry-level pricing makes many happy to accept the lack of sea view.
Slightly disappointingly, views from a couple of the verandas and pool are marred by a couple of low slung electricity cables feeding the hotel and neighbouring houses. This is a minor distraction to many and otherwise it is really quite an attractive, although not marine, outlook.
Due to the interior location of South Point Chalets, we feel car hire is essential for a stay here. We can arrange this in advance (recommended) though it is equally possible to do so on arrival (approx €40/day). South Point Chalets is about five minute by car or 15 minute on foot to Takamaka beach, the nearest sandy cove, though there are plenty of coastal spots to choose form in the area. Equally, George can recommend some hikes in the interior or point the aquatically inclined towards the nearest dive centre. Complimentary beach towels and snorkelling kit can be borrowed from reception for day trips, as can a small selection of books and board games.
For days when chilling 'at home' is all you fancy, South Point Chalets has a small swimming pool (8am-6pm) and good selection of cold drinks that can be enjoyed under the shade on the grey decking. It is very peaceful with an array of twittering birds around, so reading and card games are perfect pursuits. Breakfast is also served here and should it be requested, Creole dining in the evenings (see Food & Drink section).
Ideal length of stay: 3 nights
Directions: Driving to South Point Chalets from the airport (18km) is straightforward and island maps are easily available, free of charge, from car hire companies or from Air Seychelles on arrival. Once on the west coast, head towards Anse Takamaka on the southwest of the island. There is a small timber sign off the main coast road showing South Point Chalets and La Reduit Creole Restaurant. Take this small track for 5 mins, passing the restaurant on your right, and then take the very steep drive up towards the chalets.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Room Only
Food quality: South Point Chalets is self-catering and the rooms all have well-equipped kitchens with cookers, fridges and a good selection of crockery, cutlery and catering utensils.
However, bed & breakfast packages are available for those who prefer to start the day in a more relaxed manner. Hotel breakfasts are served under the shade of the poolside pavilion and feature full grain bread, ham, Salami and other sausage, cheese, tropical fruit, toast and eggs on request.
In the evening, meals can also be ordered from local restaurants, notably neighbouring La Reduit, and delivered to South Point Chalets. For a real treat, manager Agnes can often be persuaded to prepare tasty Creole dinners too. The meals prepared by the management here are very good and range from pork tenderloin to spicy chicken curry. Unlike many of the Creole food prepared on the island, the team here is dedicated to using only prime, boneless cuts of meat.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Attitude towards children: The relaxed atmosphere at South Point Chalets and availability of a family villa means that children are always welcome. However, parental care must be taken due to its hillside location, central car park and swimming pool.
Property’s age restrictions: None.
Special activities & services: There are no special kids clubs or activities at South Point Chalets but babysitting can be arranged for a small additional cost.
Equipment: There is no facility for providing baby cots.
Generally recommended for children: There is plenty of space in the apartments for families with young children and the attitude of the staff is very home-from-home relaxed. This, combined with the small swimming pool and relatively low cost, make South Point Chalets a reasonable option for price-conscious groups. However, it is important to note that there is not a great deal of garden space for boisterous children to run around and equally this property is not on the beach and so trips to the seaside and beyond will require a short car journey.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: Manager George has a mobile telephone and pre-paid phone card which he is happy to lend to guests at South Point Chalets for use during their stay. For those travelling with a laptop, there is a wireless hot spot under the shady poolside pavilion area.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest hospital is in Victoria, Mahe's capital, about a 45 minute drive from South Point Chalets. An ambulance can be arranged for emergencies.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge
Accepted payment on location: South Point Chalets accept Visa, Mastercard and cash.