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Hotel Colibri Guesthouse Hotel 2 star
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The Colibri is a seafront haven of peace and quiet, a stone's throw from Sainte-Anne jetty on Praslin, where boats from Mahé dock. It is a charming and unpretentious little family-run guesthouse perfect for a simple holiday spent in sublime natural surroundings. The hotel is good value for money and ideally located to explore Praslin, which must be as close to the Garden of Eden as you can get.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 6.5 /10

    In the south-east of Praslin, near Baie Sainte Anne and the jetty from which boats take passengers to and from Mahé and La Digue. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport, which is approximately 7 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The adequately equipped and spacious bedrooms (323 sq ft) are housed in charming bungalows designed by a Swiss architect, which explains why they look rather like mountain chalets. Fitted with parquet flooring and painted white, the bedrooms include a television with two channels, air conditioning available for a fee (in 6 rooms only), two fans set on a chest of drawers, a large, free electronic code safe, a fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities and a telephone (no direct line). Each room has a double bed with a mosquito net and a single bed, as well as two armchairs and a bedside cabinet made of a polished takamaka (a valuable and very hard wood) which gives the place a touch of charm! Indeed, all the furniture is made of wood, including a desk and another beautiful takamaka table shaped like a polished tree trunk. The decoration is lovely, with ropes on the ceiling and a wicker bedside lamp. From your wooden terrace, there is a nice view of the islands of Ile Ronde, Petite Soeur, Grande Soeur and Marianne, so it's a pity it also takes in the grey corrugated roofs of the two rooms below. The beautiful exposed-stone bathrooms have pretty pink granite tropical showers, a toilet, a hair dryer and two bars of soap. There are two family duplexes with a lounge, an upstairs bedroom for parents and bunk beds downstairs for children. These two rooms have palm-leaf roofing, which is much nicer than the corrugated iron overhead in the other bungalows!

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The Colibri Guesthouse consists of 11 bungalows nestled in a charming little tropical garden full of flowers. The little guesthouse was built in 1992 and renovated in 2008, when the restaurant was given a bit of a facelift. A swimming pool was planned in the neighbouring Chalets Côté Mer for 2009. There is a small gym, which is better than nothing if you are devoted to your exercise regime but no match for the large, ultramodern complexes in some hotels

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    When we visited in 2009, guests of the Colibri Guesthouse ate at the restaurant of Chalets Côté Mer. It overlooks the sea and serves Creole meat and fish dishes as a buffet prepared by the French chef René. Breakfast, served from 7:30am to 9:30am, is a feast of fresh tropical fruits and juices, toast, eggs, croissants and buns. Dinner is served from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. There is no restaurant service at lunchtime. The restaurant has a solarium terrace for up to 40 guests.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    There is no real beach at the Colibri Guesthouse, but when the tide is out, it is possible to go snorkelling and marvel at the underwater flora and fauna. The islands of La Digue, Ile Ronde, Petite Soeur and Grande Soeur can be seen from the hotel. If you prefer sunbathing on a deckchair, you are better off catching a bus to Côte d'Or, in the north-east of the island, where there is a large, beautiful beach of fine white sand, lined with takamaka trees. The water is particularly clear there. The islands of Curieuse, Saint-Pierre and Chauve-Souris can also be seen. Côte d'Or beach is quite busy because of the long line of hotels on that section of coast, but it is not half as busy as some of the beaches on Ibiza! From May to September, trade winds blowing from the south-east bring seaweed to the shore.

    To know

    The Colibri Guesthouse stands next to the Chalets Côté Mer, which belong to the same owner. There are plans to possibly merge the two in the future, but they may as well already be the same hotel, as guests of the Colibri Guesthouse can use Chalets Côté Mer's bar and restaurant facilities, and the Chalets' reception acts for both addresses. If you take your computer, you can make use of the free WiFi internet access in the reception hall. Otherwise, you can ask to use the reception's computer for free. A little pathway leads to the bus stop at Sainte-Anne jetty, where you will also find shops and two supermarkets. The Cat Coco, which connects Praslin to Mahé, sails from near the hotel.

    Accommodation advice

    There are two family rooms with bunk beds for children downstairs, and a bedroom for parents upstairs. They enjoy the best view of the sea.

    Equipment

    • Internet access

    advantage

    • Reasonable size.
    • Access to the restaurant and bar next door in Chalets Côté Mer.
    • Good value.

    disadvantages

    • Limited facilities and amenities.
    • No pool.
    • No direct beach access.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Cantelaube M. Cantelaube M.  
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      • Package deals in novembre 2013 Posted on 2013-11-28 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Tout près du port, après une côte raide se trouve le Colibri et Villas de mer. Il domine la baie et le logement vous laisse une vue imprenable directement sur la mer. Dans un jardin très bien entretenu vous trouverez plusieurs bungalows enfouis dans la verdure. Le personnel est accueillant et saura vous faire partager les bonnes adresses et lieux à visiter. Le prix de la journée reste élevé malgré tout. Vous pourrez disposer d'une piscine à débordement ou faire du MTP au bord de l?h

      • Advantages

        Situation unique tout près du port menant à la Digue ou à Mahé.

      • Disavantages

        Petit déjeuner et prix.

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
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