The Sakouli opened in June 2002, making it the newest hotel in the south of the island. It is very popular with visitors from mainland France as well as the locals, and also plays host to a great many political figures visiting Mayotte. When you see the decor, the infinity pool and the restaurant, you'll realise that this popularity is quite justified. The 30 bungalows which currently make up the complex are comfortable, though not particularly luxurious, and are soon to be over-shadowed by 40 new units, which will make the hotel the largest establishment on the island.
This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.
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The Sakouli is located around 30 minutes south of Mamoudzou, alongside a superb beach covered in baobabs, and offers its guests special access to many tourist attractions and activities, from diving in the lagoon and microlight tours of the island departing from Dapani aerodrome, to hiking on Mount Choungi and tours of the salt ecomuseum, to name but a few. Its ideal location midway between north and south makes it very popular with tourists.
The hotel accommodation consists of 30 comfortable and simply-decorated bungalows, two-thirds of which have a floor area of 431 sq ft and can accommodate up to 4 people. The others have a floor area of 323 sq ft and can therefore only accommodate two people, though a baby's cot can be added to any of the rooms on request. All bungalows have a private wooden terrace offering superb views across the lagoon, a lounge area, minibar, individual air-conditioning, a television broadcasting 9 channels (hidden away in a cupboard), an Internet connection, safe (free of charge) and a bathroom with separate toilet, bathtub, hair-dryer and hospitality products. There are also two bridal suites which come complete with beautiful floral decoration and a mosquito net, whilst other guests will have to make do with powerful mosquito repellent products!
Steps lead down to the pretty wooden, thatch and stone maisonette which houses the reception, a small lounge area and a bar-restaurant. Another set of steps leads down to the star attraction - the terrace, complete with infinity pool, jacuzzi, a dozen deckchairs, a bar and a grilling area, with superb views across to the coral reef and the island of Brandrélé. The bungalows are scattered around the hotel grounds, with a multitude of trees, plants and flowers including jasmine, ylang ylang, silk trees, frangipanis, bougainvilleas and palm trees, and probably just as many makis (a type of lemur native to the island), brightly-coloured birds and fruit bats (a bat native to the island) hidden amid the vegetation!
Food and drink
The restaurant at the Sakouli is suspended between sea and sky, affording it breathtaking views across the lagoon, and it serves a varied selection of dishes prepared by the native Indian Ocean kitchen staff, led by a Madagascan chef. The cuisine combines a hint of influences from mainland France with a pinch of Mayotte tradition, and the results bear such evocative names as 'Shimaore Lagoon Sauerkraut', all washed down with one of the many wines on the very extensive wine list. The management team explains that the dishes are created according to the availability of seasonal produce,and you'll need a wallet as full as the menu itself in order to really make the most of the dishes on offer! Starters will set you back around ?13-19, meat dishes ?21-32, fish dishes ?22-25 and desserts ?9-12.
The beach alone is reason enough to visit the Sakouli, and the earth pathway leading down to it is soon to be paved. Not only does it offer picture postcard surroundings, but the hotel also has its own water sports centre and offers its lucky guests a variety of free water sports activities, such as kayaking and pedalos. Other activities are also available at a supplement, such as walks around the lagoon to see the surrounding sandbanks, humpback whale and dolphin-watching safaris, trips to meet the makis on Mbouzi Island, diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, bivouacking to watch the sea turtles nesting and themed walks.
Good news for parents: the Sakouli does not charge for toddlers under 3 years of age and only charges half the normal rate (based on adult occupancy) for children between 3 and 12 years of age. Good news for businesses: the hotel has an air-conditioned conference and meeting room which can accommodate up to 25 people.
horse riding, kayak, paddle boats
The infinity pool.
The baobab-lined beach.
The water sports activities.
The bridal suites.
The absence of a mosquito net in some rooms.
Very busy on weekends.
The restaurant prices.
Package deals in novembre 2013Posted on 2013-11-25Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Appartement/Chalet)
Nous sommes arrivés au Sakouli avec quelques appréhensions après avoir lu les commentaires des précédents voyageurs.
Nous avions opté pour un bungalow "premium" en demie pension + transfert aéroport hôtel
A l'arrivée à l'aéroport, Rachad nous attendait comme prévu, malgré l'heure de retard que nous avions.
Très sympathique, il nous a pris en charge avec beaucoup d'entrain et de sourires et a eu plaisir à discuter avec nous de son île
A l'arrivée à l'hôtel, le réceptionnis
Vue sur l'ilôt Bandrélé et baobabs sur la plage
Personnel gentil et souriant