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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Victoria, Mahe Island

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“Disappointed. Great for couples or families with older children but NOT for families with toddlers!!!”
Reviewed 30 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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After reading all the amazing reviews on here we were so excited about our family holiday to the Stephna Residence. When we arrived in our rental car from the airport we couldn't even get the car up the drive. Now we live in Wales so are use to hills but the hill up to the villa is extremely steep. Not suitable for pushchairs or walking up and down with young children (ours is 16 months). We had to unload our luggage on the road and carry everything up the hill to the villa (we did have help from a very helpful young man). The car then had to be parked across the road. Once at the villa we were very disappointed with all the dangers that it posed to our daughter. I understand that as parents it is our responsibility to watch our daughter at all times but the outside area just wouldn't be somewhere we would have been able to spend anytime as a family relaxing as the decked area outside has no railings to stop little ones from falling down the 20ft drop. The pool area which looks a safe area as it is fenced off with gates has a big hole in the fencing at the end of the pool leading to a 30/40ft drop to the road below. The villa itself has stairs, which we were aware of when booking but we were told that the villa was safe for young children as they had stair gates. There was a stair gate at the top of the stairs but nothing at the bottom stopping them climbing up from the living area.
A holiday is meant to be a time you can relax as a family and we felt that we wouldn't be able to do this with our young daughter at the Stephna Residence with all the above mentioned issues. On booking we were told this villa was family friendly- yes maybe with older children but we feel that it is isn't suitable for families with toddlers. We had to book a hotel and move for our 11 night stay in the Seychelles.

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Management Response
10 Jul 2015
Stephna Residence is located in a tropical garden setting with natural palms and trees, on a hill side overlooking Anse La Mouche Bay. The terrain is a combination of flat land and slopes. Also note most of Mahe is also mountainous with steep and narrow roads. It is important to check your rental vehicle is in good condition, especially the tires. Guests are always advised to rent an automatic car as this makes driving more comfortable and easier to adapt to the roads on the island.
The pool is 1.2 meters deep at one end and 1.6 meters deep at the other end. There is no hole in the balcony surrounding the pool. The pool deck is elevated 10-12 feet above ground at one end. It is always advisable that children are supervised when using the pool.
The BBQ decked area is surrounded with an edge of palm trees and flowers. It is 1-3 feet above ground. The veranda/patio has a full balcony around it, making it an excellent area for younger children. The top of the stairs has a fixed baby gate in place in accordance with Seychelles Licensing Authority and the Seychelles Tourism Board.
Please note the Seychelles is an excellent destination for both couples and families. Children under a certain age will require full supervision where ever you go on the island. Especially when visiting the many beaches and sites we have to offer.
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morrisoc
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An ideal place...”
Reviewed 7 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

The residence was in the perfect location for our 2 weeks stay on Mahe - ideally placed to travel to the many wonderful beaches all around the coast the best of which are in the pocket to the South West of the island and within easy reach from Stephna by car - our favourite Intendance, but Baie Lazare, Anse Royale, Petite Anse (Four Seasons) and Anse Soleil.

The villa was exactly as described - clean and comfortable.

Michel and Remy are perfect host - always helpful and able to give good advice. The Kreole BBQ they prepared for us was very tasty - recommended!

As others have said, hiring a car is a must if you stay here, but I guess this applies to most holiday rentals as it makes it so much easier to get around.

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Liked best: The location was perfect for easy access to the beaches in the area.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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roy-mbole
Mombasa, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Holiday Ever”
Reviewed 21 March 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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person found this review helpful

i would recommend this magical holiday villa for anyone looking to relax and be yourself. had so much fun with my wife. Michael and Remy you two guys are just the best hosts.

The service was awesome and all the recommendations you gave us where true to the word. I have the music blaring in my house all the time and miss the fish (parrot) ,Takama and the cute traffic cops..ha ha ha ha.

wish you all the best and if you are ever in Kenya look me up roymbole@yahoo.com

cheers

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Liked best: The heated pool, the friendly people just great...!!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
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ItalyWith...
Rome, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“it would be hard to beat”
Reviewed 3 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Loved everything - had a great holiday. You definitely need a car for your stay, you will have to visit at least 10 perfect beaches before you can start to decide your favorite. Make sure you get Michael-Ange and Rime to prepare at lease one BBQ for you - the fish they prepared was the best I had ever tasted!!!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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mikimoto1...
Madrid, Spain
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very good villa”
Reviewed 22 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We stayed in StephNa Residence for 4 days in April and everything was perfect. Good Location, sea views on the top of the mountain, very clean, wifi, everything you need! the swimmingpool is also very good and looking to the sea! and the owner is very helpful and makes your stay very easy and confortable. I recomend this rental to everyone. In the area there are also couple of good restaurants and a diving center. Definetly stay here! You will need a car

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: the access ramp is not very good
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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