11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This family run and owned business of self-catering chalets is located right on the beach and must be one of Mahe's hidden gems. From our warm welcome at the airport to our sad farewell we had an awesome time. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. There are no TV's in the rooms and we were able to spend some great quality time together as a family. Loads to do and explore - we hired a car through the Chalets and with some pointers from the owners we got to see some exciting spots well off the "tourist" track. We will definitely be back. This was the ideal holiday for us as a family and we could not find any fault. "
- Travel date: 2nd September 2010
Hell in the seychells
"I booked this for myself and my new wife to go on a honeymoon as I had been to the seychelles twice before and loved it so wanted to take my wife there to share this great get away but what a big mistake. I was last there in 1998 and could not believe how the island had changed it is how well two busy full of rude people where they were before happy I think there seems to be massive resenment towards travellers with money who come and visit the island. The chalets were o.k if very basic not even cushions for the sun loungers and dont take the seat cushions from inside as you get told off by the bosey older lady owner who needs to do some work on her attiude towards her cash paying guests. We booked a 2 week hoilday but only stayed for 1 week as we come home early as we felt very un-safe both on the island and in the resort and I am somebody who travels alot and hated every minute we were on the island its a real shame as this used to be a great place to visit but we would never go back and would advise anybody going to think long and hard before you go I think you would be fine in one of the islands hotels because you are away from the real island which has major problems with drugs/food shortages in the local shops and un-happy local people who seem not to want you there."
- Travel date: 10th January 2009
"Great location, and beautiful chalet. The chalet was enormous - we stayed in one of the ones with 2 bedrooms. All facilities were great and very clean. The family who run the place were very helpful in every way. We had a rucksack stolen from our room (fished), and they were great - very responsive, very supportive and very sensitive -couldn't have done more. The beach is perfect, absolutely picture postcard perfect - white sand, palm trees - incredible - saw a hawksbill turtle on it while having a jog, and the snorkelling was great. When the tide is out, you can walk all the way out to the coral reef - one thing I would recommend is to have some shoes you can wear to walk over the rocks when the tide is out. A small shop and hotel within a couple of minutes walk, but you need a car to go further. Recommended - lovely place."
- Travel date: 1st December 2008
Loved the Chalets
"We got married in Seychelles and we all stayed at Chalets d' Anse Forbans. The holiday and wedding was a dream come true for us all. The owners/family of Chalets d' Anse forbans could not do enough for us and where an absolute dream to deal with. I now understand a car hire has also opened on the premises which is a great advantage for them. Good luck and longing to come visit again soon."
- Travel date: 24th May 2008
"Just returned from the most amazing holiday in the Seychelles. As this was our first time there we were unsure to island hop or just to stay on the main island Mahe. After exploring the island, we decided we could not have selected a better place to stay. The chalets are so well kept and clean and the staff are so friendly. The owners could not do enough for us, a big thank you to Daphne for the lovely flowers that grow in her Mom's garden and to Brigitte and Pierre who were always on hand to explain how to find various attractions etc. They will make all bookings for you or else point you out in the right directions. And of course for the speedy check in! We arrived so early in the morning and did not have to wait till noon for check in time. This was so greatly appreciated after a long haul flight. So pleased we decided to go self catering as this offered us a more flexible plan, thus free to explore the island at our own time. Through a local agent we booked an island hopping excursion and thoughly enjoyed ourselves. It is a long day be warned! This was all arranged for us by the owners who recommened the agent and arranged from the lady to visit us and we then booked everything directly. Another wonderful attraction is having the car hire based at the Chalets. The rates were very competitive and we found that having a car allowed us greater freedom to explore the island. The local busses are very cheap (3 RS a trip) however hang on, this is one nightmare ride! We will be returning to the Chalets as we could not find another place on the mainland as beautifully located and so well maintained. We found the rate reasonable and the service offered excellent. It has a lovely family touch and you feel welcomed."
- Travel date: 14th May 2008
"We had a wonderful time in the Seychelles, first we stayed at La Residence then went to Chalet Forbans where we had been in 2002. Chalet Forbans is a beautiful location but the owners are very bossy. On arrival instead of showing you to your room to relax they take you through a long drawn out booking in procedure where your credit card and signature is taken several times. If you like being in the Headmasters office this is the place for you. Accommodation very good. Don't break anything unless you want to pay for it. Very petty we broke a glass and was billed for it."
- Travel date: 1st April 2008
"Chalets d' Anse Forbans is a beautiful place full of nature with a quite and wonderful beach. The owners of the Chalets are amazing and helful persons all the time in anything you need. This is the perfect place to be relax and happy. In my opinion is perfect for everyone. The kindly staff was coming every morning to clean the Chalet and leave the clean towels. The chalets are in perfect conditions and very well painted and furnished. It's a self-catering hotel, so you may need to go to the restaurants around or also you can cook at Chalets because they are provided of all the cooking utensils. The food is not expensive at all in the public restaurants and the prices are in seychelles rupee. We were spending more or less 18 euros per person in each food (lobster, seafood, fish) which is a very good prices compared with the food in the hotels. You may need to rent a car as well, we rented also from Chalets. They also have a Car rental "Pirates rent a car" and the price was 40 euros per day, wich is a very good price when you compare with the rest of the car rentals in Seychelles. Mahe is a lovely island full of nature and birds everywhere, amazing beaches and the most kindly and friendly people around the world. Always with a beautiful smile in their faces trying to help you. We stayed in Chalets from 28th february 2008 till 06th march 2008 and the weather was amazing in the last 4 days, at the begining was raining very much. We went to Seychelles for our wedding in Cap Lazare and after the wedding the owners of Chalets gave us a beutiful detail for our wedding, they are really friendly and kindly persons. We'll never forget them. We really want to go back soon to Chalets and spend more time there. It's really a PARADISE. Definitively we love it. I recommend Chalets to everyone."
- Travel date: 10th March 2008
"It is truely a magnificent setting. We have young children and there was plenty of grass for them to run around on. It is however a long way from any restaurant or supermarket, so you will need to hire a car. If you have young children the sea may be a bit rough, but there is a swimming pool at the plantation hotel which they allowed us to use. The owners are friendly and are an abundence of knowledge. However, beware of the wicked old mum, she still has her South African hospitality ingrained. Summary - If you are going to want a pool, restaurants and diving then this isn't the place. If your prepared to drive (to the supermarket) and want isolation then this is it."
- Travel date: 16th December 2007
"Always wanted to go to the Seychelles and I wasn't disappointed for one minute. The quiet location the the Sout East coast was perfect. The chalets were better than I thought they would be, cleaned every day and fresh linen every day, more than enough room for 4 adults. The owners would do anything they could for you, they answered all our questions, including history lessons, set us off in the right direction, booked our car etc etc. The staff were wonderful too the Seyshellois people are lovely people. The gardener would crack open the coconuts for so you could drink the milk, what a perfect way to start your day sitting on the beach. We were right on the beach, it was glorious, sitting with your head under the coconut trees. Apparently it is one of the best beaches on the Island for snorkling, it certainly lived up to expectations. The water was so clear and warm it was like stepping into a giant bath. The only trouble with the sea in the Indian Ocean is, it has spoilt me, the Costas can never measure up to that. Having said that we went to a couple of beaches where the hotels were and the sea was quite rough infact, it was dangerous, but that has something to do with the time of year and the trade winds. So all in all we were very lucky. You do need a car to get around if only to get your shopping and going out for a meal. Driving around the Island is a must, it is so beautiful, every turn in the road, you see a little section of deserted beach, I wanted to jump out of the car at every turn. My 2 sons went diving for most of the holidays, the dive centre would pick you up and drop you off at your accomodation. They had a really good experience. I read in a book that self catering is the way to experience the Islands properly and I truly believe that, we met some lovely people. Even the guy who owned the tin shack that was called a shop was a pleasure to meet, I loved going to his "shop" just for the experience. We went by plane to Praslin and La Digue, if your a beach lover don't miss La Digue. All in all a perfect holiday destination for us."
- Travel date: 24th August 2007
Great Family Vacation
"Traveling with two young kids (4 yr old and 18 month old) limited us a bit as some of the nicer hotels didn't allow children or they were too expensive to consider. The Chalets offered a very relaxing holiday and great time for all. We stayed in the two bedroom chalet (there are two available) which was set back from the beach and very private. The chalet itself was well kept and quite a good size for the 4 of us. They nicely provided us with a crib and high chair, and Brigitte was always there to accomodate our many questions or suggest activities to do. The only downside of the chalets was the lack of AC in the family area. The weather there is quite hot and very humid so it was a bit toasty eating dinner. Thankfully we did have AC in the bedrooms. It would have been nice too if the chalets had a pool as well as a children's pool. Our youngest wasn't a huge fan of the beach so a baby pool to cool off in would have been nice. We did hire a car which is essential. Relying on the buses would be tough especially traveling with kids. We used City Car who delivered the car to us and picked it up after we left. The beach there is great for kids - not rough at all and nice soft sand. Plus, it was only about 30 steps away from our chalet. The owners of the chalets provided complimentary milk, eggs, bread, water, two sodas, small jelly and tea for our first night, but we hit the grocery store with our cab on the way in from the airport. I would suggest for those traveling with young kids that you bring some of their favorite foods, diapers and swimmy diapers. The little stores in most of the towns don't have the typical foods that little ones like, so we brought packaged oatmeal, snack bars, etc. They don't have fresh milk there, only long life milk or milk powder, and most of the groceries we needed we had to drive to SupaSave in Victoria. You can get diapers up in Victoria but it is about a 30 min drive up there from the chalets and if you don't have a car the first day you might be out of luck. I would also recommend bringing your own bug repellent as it isn't easy to find there. Most places did take rupees, and we were able to charge as well. We did come with a lot of US dollars which we changed into rupees with various people at a much higher rate than given by the banks. The chalets can arrange to have a personal chef cook you a traditional creole dinner which we did - excellent meal and very reasonable price wise. If you want a fun, relaxing, and less expensive visit to the Seychelles, I would definitely recommend going the self-catering route, and the Chalets de Anse Forbans is a good choice."
- Travel date: 19th April 2007
"Just spent 2 weeks mainly in Mahe, 3 days on La Digue. Stayed at Chalets Anse Forbans in the SE of Mahe. accomodation fine, on beach with good snorkelling 2-3hrs either side if high tide. Not good for Eating, nearest restaurant about 4 miles, Chez Bastiste ot Plantation club. Being there over holiday period meant that there was not much selection in shops. Had to hire car. Everywhere took Euros and pounds. On La Digue stayed at Domaine de la orangerie. excellent small hotel. Lovely accomaodation and breakfast on verandah."
- Travel date: 12th January 2006
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