We (european family with 2 kids) could enjoy another two-weeks stay at the Drake Seaside Apartment after we have been there already in 2015.
It was again a very pleasent stay for us.
The apartment is clean, comfortable and well equipped. The view from the balcony is amazing and we loved it to have breakfast there.
Beau Vallon is just around the corner with the related infrastructure, for those who need it (restaurants, trip agencies etc.).
We had a rental car and thus all destinations on Mahe Island could be reached within one hour maximum.
The owners Danielle & Spencer were again very friendly and supported us, where needed.
We really can recommend that apartment!
The apartment is in Bel Ombre with beautiful views of the sea from the large balcony. There are 2 bedrooms but the apartment can be rented using just one bedroom. The apartment is almost on the beach but the beach here is very rocky so bring suitable shoes that you can both swim and walk in if swim from here. The snorkelling off this beach is good. When the tide is out it is possible to walk along the sand to the main beach in Beau Vallon. The Drake is well placed and an easy walk to Beau Vallon by road when the tide is in. There is a bus stop very close for the less energetic. In the opposite direction it is possible to walk or take the bus to the Danzil- Anse Majeure walk. A small shop is just outside the gates and a larger shop just a minute away making self catering easy. The apartment is extremely well equipped to a high standard and all needs are catered for including a washing machine. Danielle , the owner, was very helpful from first contact and throughout our stay. She even let us use a day room with shower on our departure day as a late check out was not possible. A welcome pack was also provided. We had a lovely stay in this spacious apartment and would definitely right recommend to all.
As accurately described by other reviewers this one/two bedroom self catering seaside apartment is fabulous.
Firstly it is GREAT value for money, beautifully situated on the coast with wonderful sea views from the private balcony. Very comfortable, clean, quality accommodation in an authentic Seychelles home with the added safety and security of being in a private apartment which sits over the owners' family accommodation. The entry is shared with the family but this is not a problem, the family are delightful, genuine and very welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble. Car parking space available.
We enjoyed local shopping, preparing our own breakfast of fresh local fruits, eggs etc in our own time, after our early morning swim in the sea. Food is expensive, I took teabags, coffee, marmalade, biscuits, crisps. Bought gin at Dubai airport.
Some days we simply went next door to the Fishermans Cove hotel, paid 300 rupees each (about £16) for the privilege, got 150 rupees off our bar bill, swam in the pool, relaxed on sunbeds with parasols, served with drinks, ate a delicious lunch, used the Spa etc - it was great! Same available at the nearby H Resort hotel.
We hired a car from Eden Car Hire and they were wonderful, delivered to the apartment and picked up after we dropped off at the airport. The island is well worth exploring, it is very beautiful, the granite rock is spectacular and the whole island is rich and green - like the Garden of Eden said early explorer Major General Charles George Gordon Khartoum.
Look out for sea urchins in rocky areas, wear quality rock shoes at all times, the areas in front of the hotels are usually clear. The only mosquitoes we encounted were at Intendance Bay on the South Weat coast, worth a visit for the big waves, strong swimmers only!
A bus ride is 5 rupees per journey, can be white knuckle but are pretty reliable and go everywhere.
We loved the Paris restaurantat at the Fishermans Cove hotel for a special meal, The Station on Bel Air Road for lunch, The Boatyard at Beau Vallon for casual dining.
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, we married on the Seychelles, we were not disappointed.
We have just returned from an amazing two week stay at the Drake Seaside Apartment. I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough. Danielle & Spencer are the consumate hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them. They went out of their way to ensure our stay was comfortable. It certainly felt like a home from home due to their attention. We were lucky enough to be invited to dinner & were served a delicious chicken curry & fish dishes. It was the best food we had throughout our stay. If you are invited, do not turn it down!
The apartment itself is clean, roomy, and air conditioned throughout. There is cable TV with limited channels, a DVD player & free wifi. The kitchen is finished to a high standard with a fridge freezer, gas hob, electric oven & microwave. There is a small washroom with a good quality washing machine. There is a large balcony with a table & chairs & sun loungers, offering amazing views of Beau Vallon beach. You can while away the hours there & watch the fruit bats every evening before sunset. The apartment is cleaned every other day & is spotless.
The location is perfect, the beach is mere footsteps away at low tide. The snorkelling is very good & there were dive boats operating just off the reef - it is perfectly possible to swim out to the same location, without having to pay! If you are snorkelling, make sure you swim past the reef, there are many more fish to see.
There is a shop at the end of the drive, which is great for drinks & snacks - the banana bread is highly recommended, but you need to get their early (before 10am) before it sells out. There is a bigger shop which is better stocked about 5 minutes walk away.
Beau Vallon is about a 15 minute walk along the beach, where you will find a number of restaurants & the market on Wednesdays. It is the only beach on the island where water sports are available. There is a bus stop outside the apartment if you don't have a car.
If you have a car then Port Launay beach is great for kids. A day trip to the capital Victoria is also a must. There is a good market in town & it has the only hypermarket on the island.
I cannot thank Danielle & Spencer enough for our perfect holiday & we will return.
The Drake Seaside is the perfect place for a Seychelles vacation. Situated directly across the street from La Roches church in Bel Ombre on Mahe, it is easy to get to from Victoria, buy bus or taxi. A mini mart is steps away, while a larger grocery store is about a 5 minute walk. The restaurants of Beau Vallon are a 15 minute walk down the beach. The apartment itself is clean, roomy, and air conditioned. Danielle is the consummate hostess, always willing to provide tips and suggestions. I highly recommend.