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Where to Stay on Mahé Island: 12 Best Hotels & Top Areas

Where to Stay on Mahé Island: 12 Best Hotels & Top Areas

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

From luxury hotels with infinity pools on Eden Island to self-catering villas on Beau Vallon, here’s where to stay on Mahé Island.

I think most would agree that a trip to the Seychelles is incomplete without at least spending a few nights on the main and largest island: Mahé.

From white sand beaches with tropical, turquoise water and beautiful granitic rock formations, to amazing hiking trails and adventure opportunities with spectacular jungle views, there are many great places to stay on Mahe Island.

My top hotel picks are Ja Enchanted for its luxurious villas and VallonEnd Beachfront Villa as a more affordable self-catering option.

Infographic map showing the best areas for hotels in mahe in the seychelles
Map showing the different areas to stay on Mahe Island

The Best Areas to Stay on Mahe Island

Since Mahe is the largest island and where you'll land at the Seychelles International Airport, understanding the benefits and offerings in each region will help you better plan where to stay.

Below are my recommendations for the best areas and neighborhoods:

  • Victoria & Eden Island: The vibrant capital city, Victoria, paired with the exclusive Eden Island, offers a mix of luxury resorts and self-catering apartments, ideal for travelers who appreciate convenience and upscale hotels close to cultural sites and marinas.
  • Beau Vallon: Known for its beautiful sandy beach and lively atmosphere, Beau Vallon is perfect if you love water sports and want easy access to beachfront hotels and family-friendly guesthouses.
  • West Coast: Picture stunning sunsets and a quieter vibe, the West Coast is great for peace and relaxation in boutique hotels or beachside villas.
  • Takamaka: Characterized by its rustic charm and lush surroundings, Takamaka is great for adventurers and nature lovers, with accommodations ranging from cozy chalets to luxurious beachfront villas.
  • Sainte Anne Marine Park: A unique place to stay for eco-tourists and honeymooners, this protected area features exclusive resorts on private islands and is great for snorkeling.

Below I'll break down the areas more, but skip to the best 5 luxury resorts, 4 mid-range beach hotels, and 3 self-catering or guest house options below. My selections are based on my personal experience staying at the hotels, as well as hours of comparative research.

Victoria & Eden Island

Victoria, located on the east coast of Mahe, is the capital city of the Seychelles. However, don't let that dissuade you. This is a quaint little city and is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and has a few popular hotels.

Staying in Victoria is a great option, especially for travelers visiting Mahe on a business trip. Attractions and public areas like the Sir Selweyn-Clarke Market, Hindu Temple, and the Victoria Clock Tower also make this area a great option for travelers looking to explore local Seychellois culture. Furthermore, you'll find a great network of public buses running to most highlights and attractions on the island from Victoria.

Eden Island is located just a short drive south of Victoria and is a luxury, man-made island complete with a high-end yacht harbor, shopping complex, and a selection of luxury resorts and hotels.

Eden island in mahe
Victoria & Eden Island

Beau Vallon

Beau Vallon, located on Mahe's north coast, is commonly mentioned as the best place to stay on Mahe island.

This popular beach destination features several beachside hotels, resorts, and even self-catering guest houses. There are also many excellent restaurants and bars with live music at Beau Vallon Bay. This makes it a romantic place to stay for honeymooners and couples.

The main beach here is stunning. A long stretch of palm tree-lined white sand dropping into deep, turquoise waters makes it one of the best beaches on the island.

Beau vallon beach, mahe, seychelles
Beau Vallon Beach

West Coast

The west coast of Mahe is a much less visited part of the island. But, in my opinion, it's one of the best areas to base yourself in, especially if you love beaches and adventures like hiking.

The west coast has some of Mahe's best beaches, including Grand Anse, Anse Takamaka, Port Glaud Beach, and Petite Anse. There are also great hikes and waterfalls nearby.

If you're looking for accommodation on Mahe's West Coast, I'd recommend Port Glaud, Petite Anse, and Port Launay.

Port glaud and l'islette, mahe island, the seychelles
Mahe West Coast

Takamaka

Takamaka is a village district located on the exclusive south end of Mahé. This is a much quieter area than Victoria and Beau Vallon Bay, which will attract those looking for a tropical island getaway.

There are a few select hotels, luxury resorts, chalets and wellness centers, yoga, and spa retreats located in Takamaka. This region appeals more to couples and those looking to really unwind.

Anse takamaka beach on mahe
Takamaka Beach

Sainte Anne Marine Park

Sainte Anne Marine Park is the final region I recommend staying on Mahe. The biggest draw to staying here is the amazing snorkeling and the opportunity to stay on a private island.

The marine park is made up of six islands, but you can only book accommodation on two. The best private island experience is at the amazing JA Enchanted Resort on Round Island (Ronde). This is easily one of the best honeymoon resorts on Mahe Island!

Alternatively, if you just want to visit, you can book a day-trip excursion to Sainte Anne Marine Park from Victoria.

Moyenne island, sainte anne marine national park, mahe, seychelles
Saint Anne Marine Park

Best Luxury Hotels on Mahe Island

Whether you're searching for the perfect 5-star honeymoon escape or ultimate luxury family getaways the below options will have you covered.

As you'd expect, many of these excellent Mahe hotel options include a hot tub, private infinity pools, free parking, and of course, world-class room service.

OptionAreaPrice
Pool view overlooking beach at four seasons resort on mahe island in the seychellesFour Seasons ResortWest Coast$$$$
Anantara maia seychelles villas mahe island seychellesAnantara Maia VillasAnse Boileau$$$$
Ja enchanted resort, private island accommodation on mahe islandJA Enchanted Island ResortSainte Anne Marine Park$$$
Hilton seychelles northolme resort & spa mahe island seychellesHilton Northolme ResortBeau Vallon$$
Constance ephelia ocean view on mahe island seychellesConstance EpheliaPort Launay$$

1. Four Seasons Resort - 5-star choice!

  • Area: West Coast
  • Best for: Couples or families wanting quiet luxury on a beautiful private beach

Known for its high-end luxury services the Four Seasons Seychelles is a 5-star choice at its finest!

This hotel offers several world-class, elegant restaurants on site so you can indulge whilst taking in the incredible views. If you have the budget to bring your family there is a kids program to give you time to relax with your spouse whilst the kids have fun.

It is located on the hillside overlooking the secluded Petite Anse on Mahe's west coast. This region is known for its laidback atmosphere amazing turquoise water beaches and spectacular granite rock formations.

2. Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas - Best Private Villa

  • Area: Sainte Anne Marine Park
  • Best for: Couples or families wanting to immerse themselves in 5-star luxury

One of the best, 5-star luxury resorts on Mahe is found on Anse Louis Beach in Sainte Anne Marine Park. Anantara Maia is one of the Seychelles' premiere luxury island resorts and features a gourmet restaurant, wellness center, and mini spa.

The private suites at this resort have to be seen to be believed. Although pricey, this is one of the top-reviewed 5-star beach resorts on the island and is loved by honeymooners and couples seeking ultimate perfection.

The unique location also makes it one of the best places to stay on the island for activities and adventures. Picture yourself paddle boarding, kayaking, or snorkeling right on the doorstep of the National Marine Park!

3. Ja Enchanted Island Resort

  • Area: Sainte Anne Marine Park
  • Best for: Those wanting a honeymoon getaway

Looking for the ultimate Indian Ocean getaway? JA Enchanted Island Resort is an impeccably beautiful resort located on a tiny private island on the footstep of St Anne Marine Park.

Round Island (Ronde Island) is a picturesque, green island surrounded by turquoise water and coral reefs. It's one of the smallest private islands you can stay at in Mahe!

The French colonial-style villas have a private infinity pool, a terrace with panoramic views, and a private walkway to the beach. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon getaway, this is your best bet. The price is slightly more affordable than Anantara Maia, making it my personal recommendation for a private island stay on Mahe.

These choices reflect the best options for high-end to low budgets. When choosing, I consider guest reviews, location, facilities, extra inclusions, and price.

4. Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort

  • Area: Beau Vallon
  • Best for: Couples wanting a private villa with an outdoor pool in a 5-star resort

By now, you'll already know that Beau Vallon Bay is one of the best resort areas on the island. If you're going to pick a luxury resort in this beautiful cove, make it the Hilton Northholme Resort.

Hilton is a brand that is synonymous worldwide with luxury and excellent service. And, this luxury villa-style hotel is no exception to that rule. Couples in the reviews love the 5-star service and the romantic, candlelit dinners.

This Mahe beach hotel is situated overlooking the Indian Ocean on an elevated position above beautiful granite rock formations. These are some truly spectacular views!

The free breakfast is one of the best on the island and guests can choose to have a buffet at the 5-star restaurant dining area or in their room.

5. Constance Ephelia

  • Area: Port Launay
  • Best for: Couples wanting to have a secluded 5-star getaway surrounded by nature and white sandy beaches

Next up on this shortlist of the best luxury resorts on Mahe is the Constance Ephelia.

Nestled amongst the hills and beaches of Port Launay on the West Coast, this amazing 5-star luxury resort features private plunge pools overlooking the Indian Ocean, amazing tropical gardens, and plenty of facilities and activities.

This area without the crowds is much quieter than Beau Vallon Bay but has equally beautiful beaches. Apart from soaking up the Seychelles sun, there are plenty of activities to choose from, including tennis, squash, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking– all from the resort!

Tip: If you're looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure check out SMAC Adventures - zip lining with 8 lines to enjoy through the pristine jungle of Mahe!

Top Mid-Range Beach Hotels In Mahe

If your budget falls in the mid-range category, here are the best picks. I've purposely chosen these four as they are Mahe beach resorts on the water since that's what the Seychelles is all about!

OptionAreaPrice
Berjaya beau vallon bay resort and casino, seychellesBerjaya Beau Vallon BayBeau Vallon$$
Bliss boutique hotel seychellesBliss Boutique HotelGlacis Beach$$
Coral strand smart choice mahe island seychellesCoral StrandBeau Vallon Bay$$
Eden bleu hotel on maheBonus: Eden BleuEden Island$$$

1. Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort

  • Area: Beau Vallon
  • Best for: Families or couples wanting the choice of exploring gorgeous beaches & hanging by the pool.

For a mid-range beach hotel on Mahe, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay offers some of the best value!

This beautiful, beachfront resort and casino combo offers elegantly furnished rooms with all the facilities you could ever want. Here, you’ll find a large pool, three restaurants, a pizzeria, a fitness center, amazing tropical gardens, a PADI scuba diving center, and a tennis court.

The location is great as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria with plenty of beautiful beaches and restaurants around.

2. Bliss Boutique Hotel Seychelles

  • Area: Glacis Beach
  • Best for: Couples wanting a romantic relaxing experience overlooking the Indian Ocean

For a private beach resort experience, take a look at Bliss Boutique Hotel.

This amazing beach hotel is tucked away in Mahe's northern corner in the village of Glacis. This is a quiet region with amazing beaches perfect for snorkeling or lazing on the white sand underneath a coconut palm tree. You won't find big crowds up here. Instead, you'll often have the beach all to yourself!

Bliss Boutique is a luxury hotel that doesn't break the bank. Guests can experience spa treatments on the sundeck or at the spa. There's also an incredible natural rock pool that you can swim in. This resort is renowned for amazing sunsets, which you can watch every night from your balcony.

3. Coral Strand Smart Choice

  • Area: Beau Vallon Bay
  • Best for: Couples wanting a romantic activity-filled getaway

Coral Strand Smart Choice really is a smart choice if you want an amazing beachside luxury hotel without breaking the bank.

Located in Beau Vallon Bay, this is a great option for where to stay on Mahe for families as you'll get access to loads of activities including jet skis, volleyball, parasailing, and more!

Guests have the option of choosing mountain views or ocean views, but it's the layout that really earned this hotel a spot on this Mahe accommodation shortlist. The swimming pool is literally right on the edge of the white sand beach and is surrounded by tropical palms.

Bonus: Eden Bleu Hotel on Eden Island

  • Area: Eden Island
  • Best for: Business travelers

Okay, Eden Bleu isn't exactly a Mahe beach hotel, but it does sit adjacent and overlooking the incredible Eden Island luxury yacht marina.

For business travelers, or guests wanting a luxury hotel close to Victoria and the excellent facilities on Eden Island, you'll want to consider this gem. The restaurant at Eden Bleu serves one of the best breakfasts and set-menu dinners at any hotel I've stayed at on Mahe.

The luxurious rooms are also beautifully designed, with a unique glass centerpiece shower layout. Rooms also feature a balcony which is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the marina.

Eden island marina in the seychelles
Eden island luxury yacht marina

Amazing Self Catering & Guest Houses In Mahe

I found that one of the biggest costs involved with staying on Mahe Island is purchasing meals. If you don't book a half-board or full-board accommodation package, you'll be left paying high prices for every meal!

That's why, one of the best options for budget travel in the Seychelles is to book self-catering accommodation. This means you get access to a kitchen and facilities to prepare your own, fresh island meals. While there aren't many cheap hotels on Mahe, choosing self-catering will save you money!

OptionAreaPrice
Vallonend beachfront villa mahe island seychellesVallonEnd Beachfront VillaBel Ombre$$
Ocean views from the balcony at east horizon self cateringEast Horizon Self CateringTakamaka$
Precious residence c self catering mahe island seychellesPrecious ResidenceGrand Anse$

1. VallonEnd Beachfront Villa

  • Area: Bel Ombre
  • Best for: Couples wanting a self-catering experience overlooking the ocean at an exceptional price.

If you thought beachside luxury in a great location just wasn't possible on a budget in Mahe, think again. VallonEnd Beachfront Villa is an exception villa with everything you'd ever want in a self-catering pick.

You'll get a 4-star luxury villa experience complete with a kitchen, lounge room, open plan living, balcony, TV, fridge, bathroom, desks, and wifi at an affordable price.

This is my recommendation for the best couples villa on Mahe. You'll find it located at Bel Ombre, just a short walk from Beau Vallon Beach.

2. East Horizon Self Catering Seychelles

  • Area: Takamaka
  • Best for: Couples or singles wanting a private self-catering experience overlooking incredible mountains

Jungle surrounds, a private pool balcony with beautiful views, your own fully equipped kitchen, and a quiet, private location? That's exactly what you'll discover at East Horizon Self Catering Seychelles.

You might not have heard of Au Cap, but that's exactly why those wanting a private escape come here. This self-catering option is located in the jungle, just 15 15-minute walk to the main road. Nearby, you'll also find the famous Seychelles Golf Club and the must-visit historic Takamaka Bay Rum Distillery.

3. Precious Residence

  • Area: West Coast (Grand Anse)
  • Best for: Families or those wanting to explore the beautiful island of Mahe without breaking the bank

An excellent family-run self-catering accommodation on Mahe is the Precious Residence.

Precious Residence is an apartment with excellent reviews (9.2/10), offering budget apartments equipped with free WiFi, air conditioning, and a kitchenette on Grand Anse (West Coast).

For a budget pick, this apartment certainly doesn't feel like it. Grand Anse is also an excellent location close to fun natural attractions like the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool, and the Sauzier Waterfall.

My Hotel Selection Process

  • Accommodation Criteria: When selecting accommodations on Mahe Island I prioritized reviews, price, location, and my personal experience. Each of the hotels offers a high standard with guaranteed value for money.
  • My Experience: During my visit to Mahe Island with the Seychelles Tourism Board I stayed in many of the selected accommodation options listed above.
  • Top Reviews: All listed hotels show high ratings on booking platforms like Booking.com. I regularly update these recommendations to ensure accuracy and the best deals.
  • Local Insights: I've stayed at numerous hotels and resorts from this list. I've also engaged with and taken on feedback from other travelers whom I met on my travels and recommend accommodations based on their cost, price, and location.

Read more about how I review & select hotels & accommodations.

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FAQ About staying on Mahe Island

What is the best area to stay in Mahe?

Beau Vallon is the ideal area to stay. It offers a variety of accommodations, from luxury resorts to mid-range hotels. It is known for its beautiful nearby beaches, lively atmosphere, and location near various dining and activity options.

What is the best way to get around Mahe?

Renting a car is the most convenient way to explore Mahe. Public buses are also available and cover most tourist destinations at a very affordable price. However, they might not be as frequent. A rental car is great for those traveling in groups or families.

When is the best time to visit Mahe?

The best times to visit Mahe are April-May and October-November for mild weather and fewer tourists. December-March sees warmer weather with occasional showers and lower accommodation rates.

What should I pack for a trip to Mahe?

Pack light, breathable clothing suitable for a tropical climate, swimwear, reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and comfortable walking shoes. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Where to Go After Mahé

I hope this accommodation guide to Mahe Island in the Seychelles has helped you plan your next holiday! Since the Mahe International Airport is the only one of its kind in the Seychelles, it makes sense to visit Mahe first!

However, the planning doesn't end there. If you're coming to the Seychelles, you're going to want to check out some of the other amazing islands nearby like Praslin and La Digue.

Check out some of my other detailed guides to these islands below. I've spent a great deal of time documenting and photographing my adventures in this amazing country and I guarantee you'll find something you didn't know existed!

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