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The Banyan Tree Hotel, The Seychelles
The location and reasons to visit:
The Seychelles is a fairly small island located in the Indian Ocean. White sandy
beaches, year-round temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees, sun, sun, sun and some torrential
rain at times. Well worth a visit to stay in one of the hotel complexes. There is
crime there and it’s worthwhile to make sure that hotel rooms and villas are fully
locked up at night.
Review of the Banyan Tree Hotel, The Seychelles:
This hotel had probably the nicest people working there of any hotel I’ve ever visited.
Really nice genuine people, every one of them. The food in the Au Jardin D’Epices
restaurant was either excellent of average, depending on the dish. The Red Snapper
fish dish was truly wonderful - to die for.
Unfortunately, also to almost die for, but in a different way, was the slippery floor
in the shower room, in the villa. A marble floor, when wet, is really not a good
idea in a shower room.
Then there is the music. The piped music is fantastic - well chosen, not intrusive
and has a good, local flavour. But, the live music is a different matter. A pair
of ‘wandering minstrels’, complete with guitars and a mouth-organ, went from table
to table, annoying each person in turn, singing songs what did not in any way ‘fit’
with the environment. I had to tip them US$20 to go away and annoy someone else.
That confused them!!! Then there was the jazz nights, with excessively loud renditions
of Mack the Knife, Blue Moon and all the usual ancient stuff. Why oh why do drummers
in jazz bands think it is essential to play their drum solos at eardrum-piercing
Private pool, seating area, with the villa to the left
Another view of the villa private pool
The main pool at the Banyan Tree Hotel
A crowded beach.
The beach in front of the hotel, early morning
The villa, in a walled garden with pool and grounds
The bedroom in the villa
The welcome message left on the bed for my arrival