10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Ok, nothing special, but overpriced
"My husband and I stayed at Fisherman's Cove at the end of October 2006. Overall: an average resort. The room was OK, nothing special. We booked the Frangipani room, however the view we had was not so great (room no. 120). About the shower I agree with other travellers (!?!). The staff at the resort were nice and friendly, however sometimes it took forever to get something. For example, when we checked in they told us that our room was not ready yet, which was fine with us, as we arrived at 10 a.m. and it is normal that rooms are not ready yet in the morning. We had breakfast and the reception staff told us that we could freshen up in the spa and that they would deliver our luggage to the spa. After one hour, our bags were still not at the spa and we went to get them ourselves. One would expect better service. Beakfast was always great. We did not have lunch and diner at the hotel. Instead we went to a restaurant in Victoria (near the bell tower, located on the second floor) and to a restaurant near the hotel called the Boathouse. Both were very good and good prices as well. Do not drink at the hotel as it is very expensive (beer will cost you 6% EUR). Go to the store nearby and get your drinks there. The beach near the hotel is ok, but nothing special. Many other beaches on the insland (South and East part) are a lot nicer."
- Travel date: 5th November 2006
"The Le Meridien Fishermanâs Cove was overpriced in every sense â we had a cheese and ham toastie and two beers each for lunch which came to Â£34. The evening meal was a buffet for which we were charged Â£80, for the quality of food on offer this was extortionate! The Hibiscus Room we stayed in was average The room was okay but it cost more than the villa we stayed in at Cerf Island Resort per night and was in no way comparable. We had problems with the bath emptying & the shower tray which took staff a little while to respond to. We found the hotel to be too commercialised, none of the personal touches found at our earlier resort, Cerf Island. I certainly wouldnât recommend this hotel to anyone in future."
- Travel date: 19th October 2006
"Very welcoming hotel and people. Food:- in the a lacarte restaurant superb A++ but the food in the buffet is an experience you will not forget no matter how much you try this was below average for a 4 star / 5 star hotel. Service:- was very good and problems we encounted were delt with fast and effectivley. Rooms:- Our first room (136) was a standard one which had a fantastic view. We then were upgraded and to be honest the room was bigger and you had a private sundeck but the view was not as good as our original one. Fanastic Holiday would return one day."
- Travel date: 13th October 2006
"My Wife and I stayed at Le Meridien in August this year after a week at Le Royal Meridien in Dubai to celebrate our 25th wedding aniversary. To be honest you should not compare the two resorts as they are completely different experiences. I have also posted a review on the other hotel so will just focus on this one here. The Island:- Lovely place, if you like wildlife there are some fantastic birds, sea life and spiders (Yes, black and white and very large). The Island is very Green and not over populated. Victoria is nice with an interesting little, basic museum telling the history of Mahe. The Hotel situation:- very pretty, on one side of a bay, just how you would imagine, White sand, Blue sea and Palms The Rooms:- we were upgraded on arrival, the room was nice with a sea view. The shower is a bit mad-cap being in the middle of the room but lets face it you wouldn't want it in your own house having to keep it clean and dry, but you are on holiday and the room service do that for you! The Service and Islanders. Very nice people, always asking if you were OK and if you are enjoying their island. The Manager at the hotel went out of her way to make you feel at home and a special mention for Garry the restaurant Supervisor and Samantha with a lovely smile. Food. To be honest the only area where we where a little dissapointed. We ate in the Buffet every night which worked out at around Â£80 per couple, very expensive and not what I would expect from a 4 star hotel. I would have expected waiter service. If you like fish then there was plenty on the menu, if you don't then some nights you were a little stuffed. Sometimes the food was luke warm. I like my food fresh and hot. Overall. We liked it, it was very relaxing clean and a safe place to visit. I would suggest that anyone who says the service was pants must go around with a miserable face on all the time!! Go....enjoy it."
- Travel date: 5th September 2006
"Well, everyone has different individual experiences and, after what seemed to be a fairly average set of opinions prior to our visit in early August, pleased to say that our own stay was very positive and enjoyable. Frangipani room was very clean and spacious, well looked after by friendly staff at various times of the day and a good source of entertainment experimenting with the various lighting combinations possible from the myriad of switches around the room! Open plan shower never a problem and 'dramatic floods' easily avoided with a bit of care and use of the bath mats readily available. Air con adequate, didn't freeze the room (if that's what you're after) but kept it very comfortable. Only minor criticism of room would be that the wall with the adjoining room was 'sonically thin' on occasions! Plenty of variety at breakfast which should see you through the day quite easily, although the choice of fresh fruit could be considered a bit limited. Evening buffet in Le Cardinal fine, used twice, choice and quality excellent. Used Le Bourgeois once, fairly limited menu - yes, expensive - yes, food quality and service - absolutely fine. Free afternoon tea and cakes at the Sunset Bar from 3-30 always went down well. People may say that there are only 2 restaurants (bar also did afternoon snack meals) but remember, in overall terms, this is still a fairly small hotel and there would simply not be the demand to have any more. For choice, a wander up Beau Vallon beach for 10-15 minutes reaps rewards with a large number of options. We used the Mahek indian restaurant at the Coral Strand hotel (very popular, book a day in advance at least) and the Baobab pizzeria just off the beach a bit further on (not as cheap as you might think but large, good quality pizza. Best to get a seat by 7 pm (or go much later) to avoid both a queue and 45 minute wait - small oven, big demand!) Back at the hotel, pool is smallish yes but we never found it crowded and, if sunlounger availability is a concern, unless poolside location and territorial towel dances are an absolutely must for you, why not use the very comfortable ones on your own private balcony in front of the room? Size of spa is also in scale with the hotel but both my wife and I enjoyed some very pleasant and expertly applied treatments there in an extremely relaxing atmosphere. Buses are a hoot and worth the experience (3 SCR each way into Victoria, every 30 mins). Car hire worth while for a bit of exploring, even for just a couple of days. We used Thrifty which has fully comp insurance with no excess (except for lost keys and tyre damage). Others companies can have 'full' insurance with 1500 Euro excess - not exactly worthwhile! (oh yes, they do like Euros here - lots!) Finally, expectation management. The Seychelles is a wonderful place - expensive because of its location and need for imports but it is not a rich country so don't arrive here expecting Dubai standards of opulance everywhere. The Fisherman's Cove can be very comfortable and enjoyable with plenty of smiles from most of the staff. We were quite happy."
- Travel date: 20th August 2006
Satisfied but not impressed
"My husband and I went to Dubai and Seychelles for our honeymoon this July. We were in Seychelles from July 23-29. We spent the first three nights in Seychelles at Fisherman's Cove and the last three nights at Sainte Anne Resort and Spa. Overall we were satisfied with our stay at Fisherman's Cove. The room was clean and the staff was very friendly. There were only two things I didn't like: 1. the open shower room - water splashed all over the place everytime someone took a shower. They should really add a glass door to it. 2. "Borgeois" restaurant (not the one that serves breakfast) - You won't be seated if you don't have a reservation, even if there is no one dining in the restaurant. I dont know why that is, but perhaps they prepare their food according to the number of reservation. ONE LITTLE TIP if you want to save money on dinner but don't want to leave the hotel, ORDER ROOM SERVICE. The food is good and it's much cheaper than Borgeois or the main restaurant where they serve buffet style."
- Travel date: 16th August 2006
Go to the Northolme instead
"We spent the second half of our honeymoon at Fishermans Cove, and although our room was fab (Hibiscus) everything else was rather disappointing. I agree with others reviews of the open rain drop shower - a novelty that you think seems cool, until you slip on the wet floor and crack you head. The champagne promised on arrival had to be asked for - twice. Pool area was small, and you basically overheard everyone else's wedding stories. Beach immediataly in front of the hotel is ok, but we found ourselves going back to the secluded beach at Sunset Beach Hotel. The food wasn't up to much either. The buffet was ok, but the a la carte restaurant was awful and v overpriced. I've had better ravioli out of a tin, there was no atmosphere to the place, and the water feature thang outside just sounded like someones stomach gurgling - all through dinner! We went to explore the Northolme hotel which had ony just opened - now that place really is amazing. Go there instead. Maybe it was because it had only just opened and so all the staff were falling over themselves to help, but the food was divine, we went back there night after night, and the Spa - wow. I so like to be pampered - we had the honeymoon package of an hours massage and then sat drinking complimentary bollinger looking out to sea. So good we did it all again the following day. For the amount of cash you're likely to spend on a trip to the Seychelles you really do want it to be out of this world, so I'd probably give Fishermans a miss."
- Travel date: 15th July 2006
"it was the second week of our honyemoon - 9 nights in paradise - but paradise just didn'[t live up to expectations! The room was fine ( Hibiscus ) but would have been distincitly average without "open " bathroom and the novelty of the shower drenching half the room wore off after a couple of nights. Food service exceptionally slow in all the restaurants but in particular the pool bar. Maid service inclement and un-predictable Concierge service a littel shaky to say the least! pool way too small and far too few sun loungers - the best being reserved by 6am most days(!) and then you were left to find a dodgy plastic one and drag it off to a privat espot away from the beach shower or noisy decked walkways! Pool equipment also in short supply - you could boroow snorkells but only if you were one of about 12 to get to the pool guy first! In-clement weather didn't so much to lighten the mood - but after falling into the seychelles relaxed style and not bothering to whinge about the maids stamping and shouting outside the room from 7am most mornings the straw that broke the camels back was when we were treated to the dulcit sounds of a pressure washer early (7.30 ish) one morning - right outside the door - doing the v v important job of hosing the path - hmmmm and after 6 days torrential rain?????!!!! overall the hotel was clean and the staff friendly - the views to die for and the potential to have the best hotel in the world immense - unfortunately meridien havent donenso and a mediocre disappointing expensive hotel awaits! If you can try "jims" taxi to explore a bit! - and sample the local pizzeria where you sit on the sand to sample properly baked pizzas - casual and lovely and refreshingly affordable after the prices at le cove! could do better i'm afraid!"
- Travel date: 12th July 2006
"We spent the second week of our honeymoon here and it was amazing. Gorgeous location, fab rooms (trendy create-your-own-living-space concept), views to die for and staff that fall over themselves to help you. We 100% recommend anyone visit it - regardless of the steep price, it's well worth it. Only slight downside was the main buffet dinner, we felt it was a cheap and lazy way to serve dinner and not in keeping with the finesse and style of the rest of this amazing hotel."
- Travel date: 8th July 2006
Welcome to paradise...?
"Meridien's Fisherman's Cove does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a nice 70-room hotel on a tropical island with nice furnishings in typical French colonial style. We were careful when booking the room - we went for a Frangipani at â¬560 a night BB - so as not to get one of the non-refurbished rooms. No complaints on the room or room service - all 5 star quality. Biggest issue at the hotel is that it lacks 5 star touches - service is good but in Seychellois style, a little too relaxed at times. Bar bills were frequently incorrect, and buffet was massively over-priced if you have the misfortune of not being half-board, breakfast is reasonable but very small choice of fresh fruit + diluted orange juice (you know, you had it in your head that there would be lots of tropical fruits and freshly squeezed juices being a tropical island and all that...), Borgeois restaurant is good and not badly priced with exception of desserts (â¬15 each). In summary, not exceptional, but to be honest the island and its lack of good restaurants (or any shops - there's no chemist even in the main town!) + relative difficulty in getting around (taxi only at night) leaves you spending lots of time at the hotel, spending loads of money (think normal and multiply by 3) and unless you are Tom Hank's castaway fan, you begin to feel like you just what to get away after 2 days! Definitely the place to go if you want to cut yourself off from humanity."
- Travel date: 4th July 2006
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