We stayed in Mason Vue des Iles for 5 nights and it was great. The location is very peaceful and quiet, a great place to revitalise from your stressful job and the view is truly stunning.
The villa contains everything you need.
Claudette, the manager, is the most hospitable woman I have ever met. I really love Praslin and can not wait to come back! Definitely stay here again
Our experience with this house is worth mentioning and may help you in your decision process. We wish we had read such reviews, either at homeaway, tripadvisor, or booking, before we booked our stay there for 7 nights.
1) location: while you can swim and snorkel next to the house, the currents can be strong. Be prepared for the jellyfish stings as well.
2) location and driving: the road leading to the house and the private driveway is poorly lit. So it's difficult to leave the house after dark. If you'd like to have a drink at sunset in a bar followed by dinner, the best option is to book a taxi with Ryan, who is very easy to communicate and reliable.
3) bugs: while it's expected to see bugs and insects in tropical places, we believe the owner can improve the situation.
On most nights we ate in because of poor road conditions. Following the owner's instructions, we turned on some lights but not excessively, both inside and outside of the house. But Claudette didn't mention that the ventilation part of the door frames (above the doors) does not have nets. Thus bugs can come in through these areas. It's true that air conditioning would have been the most effective way to keep mosquitoes at bay, she also didn't mention the main house does not have air conditioning except in the two bedrooms (about 13-15 square meter each).
To give an example about the bug situation, we found flies (black fungus gnats) dropping into our wine glasses during meal time.
Since these flies die off the same day, their dead bodies would form a layer of dust on the dining table, the kitchen floor, the living room table and floor, bathroom sinks, and the terrace table. The cleaning staff is only there from 9am or sometimes 13h. So it's quite usual for us to spend an hour mopping the tables and the floors every morning even though the cleaning charges were supposed to be included.
We stayed in other places in the Seychelles after leaving this house. My review of the bug issue is based on a comparison of this house with others. Do check out the Villas de jardin on the mainland. It's a well designed collection of villas, all rooms air conditioned, with a manager who is easy to communicate to. It's not next to a beach but with a horizon pool where you can cool off. No jellyfish and strong currents. It's also approximately hundred euros cheaper (per day rate).
To summarize, while we thank the owner for providing this house to travelers, we believe requiring us to stay there for a minimum of 6 days is not reasonable. Also the per day rate is too high considering the mentioned limitations. (3150 euros per 7 days). The extra bed on the attic is not usable due to the hot air temperature, and the bug situation. The furniture of the house is outdated.
We recommend you to stay there with caution and careful consideration of the tradeoffs (view and quietness vs. value and convenience).
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Claudette, i think you will try to attack my character in your reply. I know how much you hate poor reviews. But i am doing this because of my consideration for other travelers, especially working mothers who value their time and effort. I found you a nice and eager-to-help person, especially before coming to Praslin. But you have a way of making our interaction deteriorate after something goes wrong. Travelers don't seek to make bad reviews. We seek satisfying experiences. When something goes wrong, we need your help even more to solve our problems.
Regarding the incidence you may comment on, I didn't shut you out because i wanted to annoy you. I needed to meditate because the first morning's bug situation was simply overwhelming. Your husband's visit wasn't helpful. He basically told me to deal with it. This is the tropics. After he left, i asked my husband to take the children out so that i can meditate. I am really sorry for that.
Maison Vue des Iles is a beautiful, secluded private house at the quiet end of Praslin Island. It was a real taste of paradise.
The drive from the airport is a bit of an adventure; not for the faint-hearted! The closer you get the more winding the road becomes but it is an incredible drive through the jungle. When you arrive you emerge on the coast overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean. The house is located at the end of its own access road, so is truly private. At night the only noise is the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks below. This was true bliss.
The house itself has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, with extra sleeping room upstairs. It has a huge sundeck overlooking the sea and a large living area. There is also a fully equipped kitchen. We loved dining out on the balcony overlooking the sea. We saw giant manta rays and dolphins passing by while we were there.
You can drive from the house down to the other end of Praslin to visit a restaurant or to do activities like scuba diving or paddleboarding. The island has some incredible beaches; it is a true island paradise and well worth exploring.
If you want to get away from the large resort type holiday and do your own thing, this is a good place to stay.