Hotel review: Eden Bleu

Paradise and luxury combine at Eden Bleu on the exclusive Eden Island, in the Seychelles.

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Accommodation

Choose from a stay in one of 74 luxurious bedrooms, 12 suites or the Presidential Suite, all of which overlook either the beautiful yachts in the international Marina, granite mountains, or Eden island.

My group stayed in one of the nearby private villas. Each of the six bedrooms came with an en-suite shower and bath, and mine had a massive walk-in wardrobe, which made me wish I’d brought an extra suitcase.

A spacious balcony gave me beautiful views across the ocean, with our own private infinity pool below, while a large kitchen and living room area downstairs made me feel like I was relaxing in my own home (be it a very large and tastefully-decorated home!)

If you get tired of all that peace and privacy, it’s easy enough to get back to the main complex- just jump into one of your own golf buggies and quickly whizz along the roads that wind back to the hotel.

Meetings space

Roll up to see what the hotel claims is the biggest screen in Africa at 5.7m x 2.8m. But there’s so much more to the hotel’s meeting spaces than the high-tech facilities. 

The Ballroom seats 250 delegates for banqueting, with 50-inch digital signage and a ‘smart’ podium, while the Executive Boardroom includes an 84-inch interactive smartboard and can accommodate between six and 14 people. An on-site dedicated IT manager is at hand to ensure all the event’s digital needs are met.

Food and beverage

On my first day, I dined at Marlin Bleu, the hotel’s restaurant which opens out onto the pool and marina. I enjoyed a rich octopus curry (being an island, there is plenty of fresh, delicious seafood on offer), but in addition to local dishes, guests can also tuck into home comforts including fried chicken or a burger and chips.

Lunch or dinner can also be enjoyed out on the poolside terrace. If you’ve tried your hand at game fishing, a creole BBQ can be cooked up as you enjoy the sunset over the pool and tuck into a selection of meats including your catch of the day.

If you fancy stretching your legs, the boardwalk that runs from outside the hotel to nearby Eden Plaza also offers Bourgeois Bar and there are a selection of other food and beverage outlets all in walking distance.

Location

Both the hotel and villas are situated on the exclusive Eden Island, a lush green man-made paradise off the coast of Mahe. Only 10 minutes from Seychelles International Airport and 5km from the heart of the Seychelles, the capital of Victoria.

From April, BA will fly directly to the islands, so no need to connect in Dubai, making this burgeoning MICE destination easily accessible for event planners seeking an idyllic retreat in the centre of the globe.

 

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