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An intimate retreat on the Indian Ocean
Mango House is located in the bay of Anse Aux Poules Bleue. Here in the southwestern corner of Mahé, you can feel right at home and enjoy a luxurious holiday. The fine boutique resort has a lot of character, exceptional and authentic service, and supports local artisans and suppliers. In addition, it offers tranquillity with magnificent views, and boasts a unique design in Seychelles chic style, featuring many local artworks, a private beach, three pools, irresistible food in three restaurants, and the best cocktails in two bars.
The former family home of Milanese fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri was taken over by the Hilton Group and transformed into a fine boutique resort with only 41 rooms. It opened in 2020 and is now part of LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s indie luxury brand. The house still retains the affectionate nickname created by the famous photographer 50 years ago.
Mango House is not only popular among guests, but also among islanders. And when you enter the chic lobby, you will know why. The stylish beach house design and the inviting, open view of the sea convey a great island feeling and you will feel relaxed immediately.
The colourful art of Seychellois artist Alyssa Adams can be found in many places, and in several rooms of Mango House. The tropically bright kimonos in the bathroom, the chic beach bags, the face masks, and also the painting in the lobby convey a unique charm.
“PEACE & SERENITY” AT THE POOL
At the main pool, you can relax, enjoy snacks and drinks, and take in the magnificent ocean view.
The beach is not very large, but simply beautiful! And you can snorkel directly from here or simply enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.
ROOMS, SUITES & BEACHFRONT VILLAS
Mango House has 11 types of rooms, suites, two-storey villas, and beachfront residences with private pools – perfect for couples, families or even groups. All rooms and suites offer modern luxury with a fresh sea breeze, a touch of local art and they all have balconies or terraces that offer fantastic views of the bay.
For families, the Bay House with three bedrooms and a pool or the Ocean House also with three bedrooms with a pool is perfect.
Neutral colours with tasteful furniture, cosy rattan, warm wood tones, and colourful beach-style accents with pretty wall art were combined in the Ocean House suites with living and sleeping areas.
Through the floor-to-ceiling windows, you have a magnificent view of the tropical garden and the bay.
And the extremely chic four-poster bed also offers a fantastic sea view.
The bathrooms are incredibly spacious and offer everything you need. And the “After Sun” bath experience was wonderfully nurturing and most welcome.
The suites also include butler service. The lovely Jemmy was our contact for all matters.
BAY HOUSE VILLAS
These rooms offer a splendid view and a chic pool, with refreshing cocktails from the “SOLEY” bar right outside the door.
In the Cliff House with a private pool, you can live somewhat secluded and majestically on a granite rock with a magnificent view.
FOR THE PALATE
The Muse restaurant serves a wonderful á la carte breakfast in the morning and the finest Italian cuisine is served for lunch and dinner in a brasserie-style ambiance.
The breakfast at Muse is not only brilliant because of its wonderful sea view, but also because the service is fantastic. You can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the food. The lovely staff constantly bring delicious treats to your table. You can pick and choose whatever you feel like eating. In addition, freshly prepared à la carte breakfast dishes are also available.
This breakfast experience is truly special and the most unique for us so far!
The Italian cuisine at Muse is a tribute to the former owner and is also very popular with guests from outside.
Authentic Creole delicacies with exotic spices are served in a wonderfully romantic atmosphere at this small seaside restaurant.
Japanese-inspired dishes such as Wagyu beef Sukiyaki and the Azido menu with Nigiri, Sashimi and Moriawase are served with a unique view of the ocean.
At Kokoye, the Indian-Seychellois cocktail bar with the largest gin collection in the Seychelles, upscale cocktails (such as the gin tea martini and the delicious five-spice rum sour) are served in a unique tropical atmosphere. The stylish bar, palm wallpaper, and decor are reminiscent of a time gone by.
Named after the daily journey of the sun, this bar offers refreshments right by the pool.
FOR BODY & MIND
The Anpe Spa (Anpe = “peace” in Creole) offers individual treatments using products that harness the healing power of local plants and natural resources.
The treatment suites offer a unique view of the Indian Ocean, and the massages provide a wonderful relaxation experience. Simply delightful!
We love to get to know the local cuisine better when on holiday by taking a cooking class. Here at Mango House, we prepared Creole octopus curry. Divine! And of course, the best part is, that you can eat the dish after cooking it. So delicious!
- Boiled octopus (cut in small pieces)
- Chopped onions
- Ginger garlic paste
- Curry leaves
- Curry powder
- Lemon juice
- Egg plant (cut in small pieces and fried)
- Thick coconut milk
- Salt / pepper to taste and fresh chili for desired heat
- Sauce onion, garlic, ginger paste, curry leaves in a pot then add curry powder and turmeric and cook until the spices are caramelized. Add the fried egg plant, thyme and the octopus with a little bit of water. Cook for about 4 to 8 min. Then add the thick coconut milk with salt and pepper and chili for taste and cook for another 5 min.
- Add lemon juice and fresh chili, coriander leaves to finish
- Serve with a bowl of hot rice and relish of your choice
The beautiful bay can be explored while snorkelling or with canoes and kayaks.
The LXR resorts also strive for sustainability. For example, the drinking water is delivered in refillable glass bottles, and the organic and plant-based bath products come from the local skincare brand Belliche, and the floral hand-painted ceramics from Seyramics on Mahé. There is an organic garden and a recycling program that includes turning coffee capsules into fragrances, among other things. All coffee varieties are fair trade, and 90% of the rum (such as the popular Takamaka) and gin are locally sourced.
We thought the Mango House was brilliant! The relaxed atmosphere, the stylish design, the diverse cuisine, the super-friendly staff, and chic rooms and suites make for a wonderful seaside getaway. You can really tell that the staff are only happy when the guests are happy. Above all, the attentive and personal service makes the stay here very special. Our absolute highlight was the staff and the à la carte breakfast – one of the best breakfast experiences we have had so far. Highly recommended!
Rooms: 41 rooms
Air Temperature: 24 – 30 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 27 degrees Celsius
Best travel time: Year-round, May/April and October/November are the most windy and warmest (good for diving and snorkelling), December to February is the wettest period (but usually only brief, warm showers). It rains more often on Mahé due to the mountains, while on La Digue it’s very rare. From May to September, there are monsoon winds (great for windsurfing).
Flight duration: Non-stop from Germany to Mahé takes around 10 hours, while with a layover in Abu Dhabi from Zurich, it takes around 14 hours.
Transfer: 30 minutes from the international airport and 60 minutes from Victoria.
Time difference: Central European Time (CET) + 3 hours, in summer CET + 2 hours.
Price: Starting from 660 EUR per night for 2 people including breakfast.
Activities: Relaxation, cooking classes, water sports, snorkelling tours, diving expeditions, excursions, forest walks.
Special features: Beautifully designed rooms with sea views, amazing breakfast, attentive staff, and a very relaxing atmosphere.
Perfect for: Couples, families, foodies, nature lovers, those seeking peace and quiet, and romantic souls.
Mango House Seychellen, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Anse Aux Poules Bleues, Baie Lazare
T +248 4 397 000
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Please note: Our stay was sponsored by Mango House. Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in the article are unbiased.