“Welcome home”, is the motto of Mango House and after spending a couple days at this incredible resort, it does become crystal clear like the surrounding Indian Ocean, that this certainly can be your home away from home while the most friendly, warm and chatty staff makes you feel like you are back with your family.
This is a new property, having opened in 2021 so the fresh lush grounds and the sounds of the waves makes you feel escapism from the moment you enter the grounds.
Carved into a hillside on Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, Mango House seeks not to impose itself on the landscape so much as bend it to its comforting will. Nestled deep in the south of Mahé, a 40-minute drive from Seychelles International Airport, Mango House was originally built as a family dwelling by celebrated Italian fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri who fell in love with the island and made this his home for many years.
The heart of Mango House is the stunning “Main House” which is all open plan and offers floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the infinity pool, which is one of the hotels three pools and then onto the bay. On the ground floor is also the Muse, the breakfast area which turns into a Fine dining Italian concept in the evening. On the upper level you will find the luxurious spa, a well-equipped gym and Kokoye, the Indo-Seychellois bar inspired by the Spice Route.
Forty-one guest rooms, suites and villas offer uninterrupted views of the bay and are split between three areas into the Cliff House, Bay House and Beach Houses.
We stayed in a stunning suite at the highest point of the property in the Cliff House. They have two large bathrooms and a large balcony from the bedroom to the living room. The Family connecting rooms in the Bay House are very spacious with a large terrace or balcony and opens up directly onto the swimming pool. For larger families book the 3 bedroom villa with pool which is located next to the Main House.
Each room category offers floor-to-ceiling windows with a pearly white, beige and blue colour scheme subtly emulating the natural beauty of the island.
The beach houses are standard rooms next to the main house and restaurant area that open up on to a garden and the beach.
The Main House offers a large infinity pool. The Cliff House is elevated and nestled in the cliffs. The pool is smaller and private which is great for those who don't want to be disturbed except for when the waiter brings your cocktail. Bay House has a large family pool with a bar and water sport facilities.
Having experienced the food at Mango House it is obvious why the entire island is talking and visiting the five dining outlets as its no less of a culinary treat. For a boutique property the F&B outlets are actually something you will find in a major city.
Breakfast at Muse is a homestyle affair with platters of fruit and cold cuts served as you wait for your al la carte order.
By night Muse is transformed into a fine dining Italian. Headed by Michelin star, Neapolitan Chef Carmine Faravolo, Mediterranean meets Creole in the sharing plates of carpaccio, pasta, and grills. Unmissable is the chef’s Napoli-style pizza and his tiramisu. The dishes were not only mouth watering but left you feeling satisfied and not bloated.
Moutya, ran by equally brilliant Chef Ralph Ernesta offers authentic Creole cuisine. Dishes are cooked on sustainable coconut shell charcoal and served on the waters edge.
Thirty-two years in Japan have made Chef Alejandro Moranda at Azido (‘Azi’ meaning taste and flavour, and ‘do’ meaning every time), a legendary expert on contemporary Japanese culinary art. Indulgent sushi platters teeming with seafood from local coves are enjoyed alongside a breathtaking view of the circuitous coastline.
For a laid-back lunch by the pool, head to Soley, the vibrant poolside bar where delectable bento boxes can be customized with everything from sliders to sushi.
Unique Family Travels Verdict
For a boutique property that's recently opened Mango House is the talk of the island. The comfortable rooms, picturesque views and amazingly friendly staff make this a “Must Stay” destination.
For first timers visiting Seychelles, Mango House is a no-brainer as it gives you everything the island has to offer in a nutshell. For Seychelles old timers, Mango House will make you fall in love with this place all over again.
Rent a car and experience what Mahe has to offer with many amazing hiking trails. All the beaches in the Seychelles are public so tour the island and make sure you visit one of the most beautiful soft sand beaches - Petite Anse.
Take a trip to Cap Lazare, a nature reserve home to tortoises, untamed beaches and drinking and dining experiences, or spend an afternoon touring and tasting at Takamaka Distillery, built on the site of a former plantation with historic ruins and fascinating endemic species
PCR Tests can be taken at Centre Clinic, Eden Island and are Euro 75
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Watch video of the island here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2tL0nypoQE