This review is long overdue. My wife and I made our first trip to the Seychelles in November 2014; first on Praslin for diving and 8 days on Mahe at Hillcrest Villas. There is always some risk of disappointment when booking a rental home on-line but not this time. The house surpassed our expectations. It is halfway up the mountain on the north side of Mahe, so a car is essential.
The booking arrangements were handled by Anne, the owner, who was prompt and accommodating. This is a large home and the idea of prorating the cost based on the number of occupants is wise.
We were greeted on arrival by Liza, the local manager who showed us the house and dealt with formalities. During the week she and her associate Moreen came to the house early and by the time we arose the place was spotless. Very quickly these two women became our friends. They were a font of knowledge about places to see and things to do on Mahe. One day Liza showed us how to gather, husk and grate coconuts. Then she and Moreen spent the afternoon teaching my wife to cook local dishes.
Another mention should be given to Dave, the night watchman. He patrolled the grounds from dark to dawn. On our last day at the villa the 3 of them stayed until we left for the airport at 21:00.
This was a truly memorable holiday.
John and Louise Murphy - Wilmington, Delaware, USA
In Oct. 2014 we spent 14 days at Hillcrest villas and loved it so much, that we will return to this paradise-like spot again in the near future. We: An, Ulf, Mino, Inez and Emilia-Maria from Germany were welcomed in the most warmest way by the staff who continued to make our daily life easy and comfortable all throughout our stay. Their recommendations about where to go and what to do were most helpful and though touring a lot across this wonderful island and discovering other islands, we enjoyed the most staying at the villa and having a beautiful time; we were utterly charmed by the generosity of all of it.
The Buhlemann family - Germany
Nous sommes venus en famille au mois de mai 2014 pour 15 jours, et nous avons passés des vacances merveilleuses et noubliables !!!
Liza et Maureen sont des femmes charmantes, souriantes, accueillantes et discrètes.
La villa est magnifique et époustouflante !!! tous le confort est là, et la propreté est irréprochable grâce à Liza et Maureen !
Toutes les photos du site sont conformes à la réalité !!! Nous étions 10 personnes de 3 générations différentes (6 adultes et 4 enfants) et tous les 10 rêvons de revenir dans cette magnifique villa qui pour nous est semblable au paradis !!!
Claire Gueunet - Rhône-Alpes, France
Nice villa combining hi-tech design with a shade of colonial style. Energy saving technologies with use of solar energy are widely applied.The pool promotes a relax in evening and night time that is very important. Pleasant garden with night illumination with coconut palm trees and mango. At villa the good site on the hill in 2-3 minutes of a driving from Beau Vallon by car, nearby is the Rani supermarket that is very convenient. The owner of Anne very much cares of comfort of guests and if necessary can provide booking as restaurant for a dinner, and other entertainments. I recommend strongly to use the help of Anne when booking car for hire as it is very interesting to do a bit of traveling on different sights and island beaches. Also, the manager of villa Lisa is always ready to give help and information for the organization of various entertainments and so forth. 2 restaurants on Beau Vallon - Boat House and La Plage. Also the La Scala restaurant but this restaurant is on considerable removal. I recommend to visit the market in Victoria (works inthe mornings, except Sunday) and to buy fresh fish or seafood as on villa there is excellent barbeque stove and all necessary equipment and it is possible to enjoy an evening dinner on villa. Also, I recommend to visit Intendance and Grande Anse beaches (from June to August are closed for bathing because of a strong current and waves. Also water falls (near Port Glaud) and a botanical garden are obligatory to visit - it is very nice. On villa there is a night watchman (suddenly any questions) and safety system as the owner (Anne) very much cares of comfort and safety of guests,including the smallest (special being closed protections that the child didn't fall on a ladder for example are equipped). In general very beautiful nature of the island promotes relax, it is possible to do a bit of traveling on Praslin and La Digue islands - in my opinion better on excursion as Cat Coco ferries have schedule inconvenient for travel. I hope that my response helped with information on villa, as for thinking personally, I will recommend by all means to the friends at visit for Seychelles to stop on a visit at Anne (owner) in Hillcrest villa, as this best combination of reasonable price and quality. I very grateful to Anne & Lisa and also Moreen for care and organization my trip!
Светлана Цымбаревич - Russia
What an amazing experience we had at Hillcrest Villas! The room was cozy, the staff top notch, the location amazing, the facilities spot on and Liza's pancakes were the best we've had in a looonnngg time! (wink emoticon) You guys made our return home after 7 years such a special one, and we enjoyed every moment. Definitely recommended! Looking forward to 2018!
EH Accouche - Australia
Thank you for a wonderful holiday in Hillcrest Villas, for a great experience, new knowledge about the country and its people, exotic tastes and smells, for all the help and mediations. A special thanks to you: Lisa, Moreen and Dave. You made our days so special. It remains in our memories, especially when our houses in Germany smell of curry, fish, chutney and a coconut cake (we love them)! Many, many thanks.
All the best for you!!
Steffen Borgwald - Germany
Seychelles... Wow! What an amazing place. From the beautiful mountains overlooking pristine oceans and islands, to the never ending supply of breadfruit and coconuts. I can see why Mahe was named after its abundance! I really can’t thank you enough for having me and taking time to show me around and try the local foods... which I will miss! You’ve truly been so generous and this is a holiday I’ll never forget. I’ve made a new family here and have loved every minute! Thank you so much for everything... you have such a beautiful home!
Angie Nathan – Australia
It gives me great pleasure to write these few notes after my recent visit to the recently opened Hillcrest Villas located at the Sorrento Estate, on Mahe Island, Seychelles.
I was quite impressed with what I saw and based on my observations, I can confirm that the location of the villa is perfect, set in a tranquil environment, serene and peaceful, yet very close to the northern coastline of Mahe with its superb beaches close by.
The main villa itself is very comfortable and spacious, with lovely furniture and all amenities needed to cater for a lovely holiday in Seychelles. The garden is beautiful with an abundant array of exotic Flora and Fauna, not forgetting the lovely fruit trees and inviting swimming pool nearby.
Hillcrest Villas is the perfect welcoming, fulfilling and exotic Seychelles accommodation needed for a truly unique Seychelles holiday experience, and it comes highly recommended.
David Germain - Cape Holiday Services - Cape Town, South Africa
As a family we were privileged to stay for 3 weeks holiday in the “Hillcrest Villas”. The house is amazing... the location is stunning... it is a huge home, fabulous bedroom & living rooms, a large kitchen & a great swimming pool. The home is situated on the side of hill on the Northern part of the Island of Mahe. The beaches are right at your door step... and there are small supermarkets near the home with some very nice restaurant for those who don’t like cooking. You can buy fresh fish at the beach from fisherman. 15minutes from the capital.
We would give this holiday accommodation a 5 start recommendation... you will love this large stunning home & gorgeous location.
We are sure you will enjoy your stay here... we certainly did as a family with 3 children in August, 2012.
Ian & Jane McCormack - London, United Kingdom
My wife and I with our children, ages 20, 19 and 14 at the time stayed at Hillcrest Villas, The Seychelles. The location was fantastic and the views, sensational. We witnessed the best sunsets ever.
The house was well appointed, unique with its massive internal rock architecture and polished concrete floors. The outdoor alfresco was a delightful area to dine with outstanding views. Complete with gymnasium and pool, the property is extremely private and secure.
We had a fantastic time and recommend this property for a wonderful Seychelles stay.Ross and Lorraine Sta. Maria - Impressions Pty Ltd Architects and Designers - Australia
Hillcrest Villas, nestling on a tropical hill on mainland Mahe, is one of my favorite places on earth! A special haven ofpeace and tranquility. Glorious sweeping views with amazing sunsets are served as you sip sundowners overlooking the pool and the bay beyond.
The decor is beautiful with many special pieces of furniture and object de art collected around the world. Architecturally inspiring, the villa is literally built ‘on the rock’ with a huge granite boulder rising in the very heart of it. Cool and refreshing air-conditioned rooms are so inviting after spending the day soaking up the sun on nearby beaches, or exploring the islands. Alfresco dining after preparing a mouthwatering Creole curry in the designer kitchen, is a pleasure worth waiting for.
This was truly a dream holiday experience with so many great memories made here.
Cas Weber - Cape Town, South Africa
It was a real blessing for us to stay at Hillcrest Villas. We really felt somuch at home there and it was a sanctuary for us at the end of each busy day. Lisa & Dean (the staff) made us feel very welcomed and well looked after. We hope others will be blessed just as we were. Many thanks!
Erin & Group - South Africa
Nous avons été ravis de notre séjour à Mahe. Le personnel, spécialement Liza, est très gentile et serviable. Nous garderons un excellent souvenir de cette semaine passée à Hillcrest. En espérant revenir un jour.
Guillotin Pflanz – France
We were a family travelling with children. The Villa is perfect. What you see in the pictures is what you get. The Villa is amazing and beautiful. The design is worth to see :) The owners of this villa are just very nice and friendly. They helped us in every way they could. The location is also very good. You need a car to stay there but to see the Seychelles you need definitely a car anyway. Thank you for the owners for such a pleasant stay!
Indrek Nurk – Estonia
If you're looking for a place to call home in the Seychelles, look no further. This home came highly recommended by friends who had been and as soon as we arrived there we immediately understood why. What a hidden gem! House and location must be the BEST in that part of the island. Everything exceeded our expectations and we're somewhat reluctantly submitting this review because in a sense we almost want to keep it to ourselves :))) The owners have recently done some new and very tasteful renovation. Great job guys! It's an enormous house and so ideal for families or a large group. Extremely safe for children. Quiet and isolated from neighbours yet so close to everything. The Beau Vallon beach and restaurants were only about 5 minutes drive away. And with 2 amazing housekeepers (Liza and Moreen) and a night watchman (Dave) to look after us while we were there (2 weeks), what more could we ask for? The boat excursion & beach barbecue that was booked for us with Pat and Fatima was the best we did on the island. An absolute must for when we return. We loved the fruits from the garden. The avocados and bananas were the best. So organic and fresh! Thank you Anne for arranging our stay. You and your staff are first class and very professional! We can't wait to return next year with our the whole family this time.
Anna Brighton – Australia
Our stay at Hillcrest Villas was beyond our expectations. The beautiful property itself is simply wonderful - we could not believe that we had the whole place to ourselves. The management & staff are also all fantastic and they really made our perfect holiday in Paradise. What a trip! We definitely recommend Hillcrest to all our friends and family.
Paula Crick – Belgium
I cannot say enough about Hillcrest Villas!!! You have a fantastic home and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. And then there is Liza... and Nick. THEY MADE OUR LITTLE VACAY EVEN BETTER!!! Liza is the best possible person you could have to manage your house and interact with the guests. So kind, so informative, so... well, she is just a wonderful person!!! And so loving towards our Maya Papaya, I really cannot say enough about her. She truly did make our experience that much more wonderful. And if Nick had had a passport we would have left in the middle of the night with him tucked into our suitcase. We enjoyed him so much that we "stole" him one day and took him out and about with us. Little Maya is still talking about him. Your house in fantastic and was honestly one of the best houses we have rented. The beds were comfy and kitchen well stocked! The living room and game room were nice but we spent most of our time in the kitchen and on the veranda. And the pool. The linens were clean and towels were plenty. And Thieffy is a pleasure!!! He was always friendly and when it came to coconuts, well, he is quite entertaining. He even made me three coconut shell bowls to take home. I will have them forever! We have already started talking about our next visit and the first part of our planning will be to make sure that Hillcrest Villas is available as we could not imagine staying anywhere else. And I have shared the link with two of my friends already. It is a fantastic house for a fantastic getaway. We cannot wait to return and see our sweet friend Liza. *:) happy and a huge thank you for all of your correspondences and info before we headed that way. You were so helpful and informative and it helped with my planning and packing. Thank you thank you thank you again and again.
Cynthia, Peter, Maya Robb - Doha
The holiday was very very good, your staff is excellent. It was a wonderful holiday. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. The Seychelles are a special country. But above all, the hospitality has touched us, the kindness of the people who met us everywhere. Hillcrest Villas were an excellent holiday destination for us. The house, the garden, the pool for the children, all great. In particular, we want to thank Liza, Moreen and Dave. We learned so much about the country and the people of you, great. Nowhere else happens to us in this special type. Through you we know the plants of the garden, you allowed us to taste the fruits, we know how many things you use from the coconut palm (not only for the food, also for sweeping, make fire, for soaps and oils or decorations....) For our trips, you've had the right advice. We had a great boat tour with Pat and Fatima.... And Dave you informed our football guys - game results in the morning.That was great. Better we might not want that. Liza and Moreen - we have to try out your kitchen tips in Germany.Thank you for the recipes. We have grated the coconut in Germany.The fingers have been a little bit bloody. But no matter, with fresh coconut the cake is excellent. We especially like to think on this wonderful days and hope also to see you again.
Wiebke and family - Germany
We spent 10 wonderful days in Hillcrest Villas on Mahe Island. The villa is situated nearly on the top of the hill and from every window you can see only green tropical trees and behind the trees, you can overlook the blue Indian Ocean. Although there are another villas nearby, you do not see them and you think that you are alone in a deep tropical forest. There is the big terrace that is connected with the kitchen and with the spacious living room. I liked even the raining days, when I opened two sides of the living room into the terrace and was relaxing there looking on the rain and feeling like being outside.
The villa is not on the beach but the surroundings are so charming, that you will not pity this fact. And the true is that you will hardly find any villa on Mahe directly on the beach. You need a car and you can reach the Beau Vallon beach in 5 minutes.
There is a very nice swimming pool, where we were spending o lot of time, even at night.
Great thing is, that you feel very safe in the villa. All the time, there was somebody from the staff - Liza and her assistant Moreen and during the night, there was a night guard.
They are here, but they don ́t disturb you and are very friendly and all the time willing to help you.
The villa was very clean and I liked the wooden floor and all the design. Inside the villa, there is a big stone or the rock - a typical one, that you can find everywhere on Mahe. But this one is partof the villa from the living room up to the second floor.
The only bad thing about the villa was, that we stayed so short time and even during days we travelled o lot around the island and so we didn't spend even one whole day there. I could imagine to stay only there and around the pool area and just relax. But you are on one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen and you have to travel. So if you want a real paradise without crowds, in comfort of 5 star hotel and have a real tropical nature around - it ́s just the villa for you. I definitely want to come back to Mahe and I know that I will definitely stay again in Hillcrest Villas.Martina Haaseova and friends – Prague - Czech Republic
We spent more than 2 wonderful weeks in Sept/Oct 2014 at Hillcrest Villas - Mahe.
The estate offers a very large amount of space, especially for us two persons and is in perfect condition.Rooms and pool were very clean, housekeeping was perfect.
Hillcrest Villas is situated in an enchanting spacious garden with a lot of palms and other plants, the location is quiet and has a marvellous view.
Mrs Lisa and her co-workers supplied really good work all the time and were very friendly to us.
They even baked excellent cookies for us at departure
So everything was perfect for us and we think about coming again this year, date still to be determined.Birgit and Fritz Witzlinger - Bavaria – Germany
We have had a fantastic stay and the service is excellent. All the staff are amazing and a special mention goes to Liza who checked on us every morning without fail. Thank you so much ! We will miss you heaps. God bless. We will be back!!
Zeal Maphosa – Australia
Thank you! What an amazing place. Superb staff and service. The cosiness of the place makes it one to remember. Will be spreading the word! Thank you again!!
Mike and Esta – Perth, Australia
We were very impressed by the special architecture of your villa.
We felt very well by the hospitality at your Hillcrest Villas. Everything went for us very well as a result of the excellent looking after us by Liza and Thieffy.
Thank you for allowing us to leave the house later and the welcome champagne.
Liza's explanations about your country, the people and lifestyle habits were very helpful. Liza cooked a farewell dinner. It tasted like cooked by star chef in a star restaurant.
We are very glad that we got to know Liza, her children and Thieffy. We have told our family about our great holiday in your country and your beautiful accommodation at Hillcrest Villas.
Many Thanks!!! We certainly come back again. We wish good luck and agood business for the future.
Jens and Ines – Dresden, Germany
Lovely stay in beautiful surroundings. Baby Eire settled in very quickly and loved the pool. Liza and Moreen looked after us extremely well. We enjoyed looking at the bats in the evening with Dave, the security guard. We are sorry to leave but hope to return another time. Thank you!
Laura Butter – London, United Kingdom
Nous voici revenu de notre merveilleux voyage aux Seychelles. Votre maison est fabuleuse! Nous avons adoré notre séjour à Hillcrest Villas.
Lisa et Maureen sont merveilleuses. Les enfants les ont adoré etnous aussi! Un grand merci pour tout ce que vous avez organisé pour nous, c'était parfait.On espère pouvoir revenir bientôt aux Seychelles, c'est tellement beau là-bas. J'espère que vous allez bien et votre famille aussi. Bien cordialement,
Joanne & famille Kobel – France