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Best Pizza in Mauritius
Absolutely great and grazy host Michel Soobhany makes the best pizza on island, nice continental-style rooms with AC and bathroom. Rate 2003 for double room was 45€/night with breakfast. Unique place to stay. Not seaview but beach is only 100m away. - Great frontyard pizzeria
- Speaking and whistling parrot
- Very friendly service
Romantic but affordable
2 weeks in a 1st flor room overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean.
Room and service very good food not quite as good as the service, but it was in the more expensive island restaurant which was al la carte and not included in the price. Fabulous location for the beach situated on the North East corner of the island.
Hotel Paul et Virginie
The hotel Paul et Virginie 3 * superior is situated on the north coast of the island, close to the village of Grand Gaube in beach side. Beautiful recent hotel with a lot of charm.
The More :
- On the coast the more sheltered of the island.
- New hotel, the feet in water.
81 air-conditioned rooms of which 18 rooms Comfort (30m²), 51 rooms Standard (38m²) of which communicating 4 pairs of rooms standard (in rez of garden or in floor) and 12 Superior rooms with tub and shower (42m²). They are equipped with telephone, safe, mini-bar, television, bathroom (shower or tub). Occupation adults / children in the rooms :
Room comfort : 2 adults + 1 baby.
Room standard : 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults.
Superior room : 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults.
Restaurants, bars, boutique, mini-club for the children of 4 at 12 years.
Sports and leisures :
- Free : 2 swimming pools, boat in depth of glass, illuminated tennis land, beach - volleyball, kayak, paddle boat, sailboard, kayaks, petanque, billiards.
- Paying : waterski.
Orchestra and dance several times per week, evening sega, dances folk.
Situated on the far north eastern corner of the island this hotel is in a stunning location, with superb views towards the northern isles of Ile Plate and Gabriel. The hotel is a small 3* mainly geared towards couples with few children. It is situated in a remote village, Grand Gaube, which is very tiny with a couple of shops and little else. The bus stops outside the hotel and you can be in Grand Baie withing 40 minutes though. Goodlands, the nearest town is a bit closer but frankly not very tourist orientated, though worth a visit for the market.
The rooms are all sea facing with large rooms and balconies, and superior rooms have separate bath, shower and loo. There is a mini bar and safe. Turndown service. Two restaurants, one being the main one and the other which juts out into the sea and is more upmarket and mainly seafood and expensive. We were lucky and got a personal invite at no extra cost. There is no gym, but there is a spa. Beach very small with limited sunloungers, but good diving centre and watersports. Tennis courts across the road. Ample parking facilities.
A very relaxing hotel. It can get windy here in winter (May to September) as its right on the tip of the east coast. Superb views.
Blue Penny Museum
The Blue Penny Museum is an excellent museum. Some of the things it covers are nautical charts and equipment used on the route from India to Mauritius. All sorts of documents showcasing various colonial rulers from settlers, military and more. Old paintings, maps and engravings showing the creation of Port Louis. All the information of Paul et Virginie you will need to know. The famous Mauritian 'Post Office' one penny and two penny and so much more. It is opened 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
A place to relax and unwind
Spent 10 nights at Paul & Virginie from 14 to 24 May - like other reviews we found the hotel very good with friendly staff. We had no complaints at all and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a quiet and relaxing holiday - the hotel is not really suited for children. The trip run by Sailesh and his crew was very good and I would urge everybody to experience it - especially the "jungle juice". It is also worth booking a taxi to take you around the island as there are many places to visit. The markets at Port Louis and at Goodlands were an experience!
Location and "beach" was dissapointing
We stayed at Paul & Virginie as part of our honeymoon. Our idea of a tropical island vacation was a sizable, inviting beach, soft sand, emerald water, spending the days dipping in and out of the water, taking long walks, or even walking on the beach on clear evenings. As Paul & Virginie was marketed to us as ideal for honeymooners, quiet and peaceful, in a fishing village, we thought it would fit nicely, but we were in for a surprise. Our package promise "welcoming drink on arrival" was really only a glass of dilluted citrus juice in a plastic cup. Our package included a "comfort" room, which turned out to be the name given to a smaller budget alternative to a "standard" room. It was very small, but I suppose the view was nice. The restaurant was OK, and the staff were friendly, but the whole package just did not even come close to our (not too unrealistic) dreams. The "beach" is small, and the water is ridicilously shallow, walking deeper means negotiating a bottom strewn with sea cucumbers, rocks and sea grass, and the colour of the water is not that light blue that one sees on travel brochures. Furthermore, the water was also more choppy than was the case with other hotels we saw. Strolling along the rocky coast adjacent to the hotel is impossible, and the town Grand Gaube, while safe to walk in, offers nothing of interest. The swimmig pools weren't too inviting either. The one is out of the main area surrounded by lawn, and the other one is right under the bar, where we were the only ones swimming as if for entertainment to all the guests in the bar. The only other alternative was expensive excursions to sugar estates, factories, parks, markets and other small islands. Organising day trips is big business here. However, day long trips far from our lodging was not our idea of a relaxing, one-stop holiday resort. Ironically, it was to be one of these excursions that would save our holiday. On an excursion to Grand Bay, we saw another hotel in the same group, also with a small beach, but at least swimmable, with attractive surroundings, and with an attractive swimming pool. We immediatly requested a transfer, which was granted, so our holiday could start. I can imagine if merely looking at the ocean, sunbathing (mostly done on the lawn rather than the beach), drinking cocktails, and the odd excursion is fine with you, you might enjoy Paul & Virginie. But if your expectations entail passing the days on the beach, in and out of the emerald clear water, going on strolls or the occasional watersport activity, I would not recommend this hotel.
Paul & Virginie is published in most brochures as 3 star hotel. This hotel is small but personable with an outstanding customer service and in our opinion should be a 4 star hotel! We stayed at the hotel for 14 nights on a half board basis in May and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The rooms are spacious and clean. Although we only had a shower in our room this caused us no difficulty. The sheets were changed daily and fresh towels are supplied as and when required. The food at the hotel is varied and will cater for all dietary requirements. Throughout our stay there was no necessity to eat the same dish twice. The food was fresh and very tasty, although slightly expensive at the beach fromt restaurant. As for the cocktails...what can we say they are fab and must be tested. The hotel grounds are well presented and tidy.
The staff are very accomodating and their attention to detail and friendly approach made our stay very special. The pools although shallow are refereshing and set in pleasant surroundings. As for the beach, yes this is small (as stated in many previous reviews) but adeqautely equipped for the size of the hotel and in all is an attractive cove. The evening entertainment is enjoyable and the daily activity programme well organised for those who are more energetic. We would recommend that you also visit the hotel spa. The treatments are bliss and the staff very professional. We explored the island by taxi which is a far cheaper alternative than the organised excursions and enables you to explore the local culture at your own pace. We would definately recommend you visit Port Louis & Grand Baie which hosts some fab places to eat.
During are stay we also enjoyed the watersports offered by the hotel on a daily basis, including kayaking and waters skiing. The most memorable part of our holiday was our trip on the hotel Catamaran. This trip is very underrated.....Big John will capt your trip and ensure you have memorable trip. We stopped to snorkel at 4 different spots, whilst enjoying magnificient food and drink. The entire Catamaran crew create a delightful atmosphere and ensure this is a trip you will never forget. You can take in the most magnificient views and enjoy an amazing bbq. No doubt when you venture on to the beach 'Saleish' will try to convince you his day trip aboard catchme is heavenly. His comments about the hotel catermaran may deter you but don't fall for the hard sell! The Catchme has limited space on board to move around, does not travel as far, or offer the same snorkelling opportunities as the hotel Catamaran.
Speak to the guys at the boat house to book one of the most memorable trips of your life time. We certainly would like to thank Big John and his crew for their hospitality, we enjoyed the catamaran so much that we booked twice, it is a magical experience!!
what a disappointment
June 10th 2006
Arrived back from hotel Paul & Virginie 8th June after spending 10 nights on the island.
Having been on other all inclusive packages where the wrist band system was utilized we found the system used at this hotel an irritation.
On arrival we were greeted by a memeber of staff who presntly took her time in booking us into the hotel. She then proceeded to take us to our room, or though we thought. she gave us a full tour of the hotel and its facilities with every disregard to the fact that we had spent 14 hours travelling. this we feel should be omitted from the welcome initiation.
The standard room with seaview baLcony was spacious and comfortaklbe including hairdryer, shaver point + various other electriacal points and mosquito plugs changed daily for your convenience, T.V. and mini bar included but any snacks would have to be paid for. One huge problem the lighting in the room is very dim. Ceiling fan and air con' excellent.
We had to sign for EVERYTHING and confirmed that we were all inclusive. Generally the service was good but, there were times when we were invisible to some members of staff and this proved frustrating. On one occasion the hotel had travel reps' visiting and the focus was placed on them instead of resident guests, the reps were given a selection of cakes and fancies with afternoon tea a feature not accorded to others. It was also a regular practice to take the initial order for drinks and a meal which were served after finishing the meal , we were never asked whether we required more drinks or food the plates were taken away, and the bill was left for signing almost as an unspoken suggestion that you had had your meal, and leave the restaurant. Drinks in the bar were an effort as they were often only two members of staff on duty and as the hotel got busier of an evening waiting time was in excess of 10 minutes. The alcoholic content of some drinks left a lot to be desired, them stating that there were a different type to what were advertised as 'cocktail of the day'.
The explanation of supplements leaves a lot to be desired. Our undestanding of a supplement is an additional cost. We were asked one evening if we would like to take a evening meal of Seafood Platter at La Trinquette (a beach restaurant on site) there was no suggestion of extra payment so we booked the table. It was not until later that another guest suggested we check our bill, on doing so we found that the meal had vbeen charged to the tune of £80 and that included the discount of the supplement scheme.
WE challenged the manager regarding this and a compromise was reached given that we had not asked about extra charges. We feel that the supplement situation could have been better explained thus avoiding this confusion.
Trips:- Undersea Walk at Trou aux Biche - well organised, safe and quite an experience, don't forget the underwater camera!
Botancial Gradens half day - whilst the guide was very pleasant and extremely knowledgable there was no chance to wander aimlessly and enjoy the gardens. Ther was obviously a timetable which was going to be adhered to. The half day included a trip to the Duty Free House which housed jewellery and Kashmir carpets, lovely place but the hard sell tactics were very off putting.
Best trip off the hotel beach - CATCH ME - sailing with Sailesh. SEE SEPARATE SUBMISSION.
PAUL ET VIRGINIE, GRAND GAUBE, MAURITIUS
DATE JUNE O8,2006
TIM AND MERCY
We just came back from our ten days holiday and all I can say is "PERFECT". We dont have any complaint from food,staff, service and the place- my GOSH it's a real paradise. First, the place is so peaceful, so relaxing,it's a true escapade. The staff are so friendly and efficient from our room boy tynan up to cook- which unfortunately i didnt get the name-but who made sure that i've got special meal because i dont eat onion and of course the people who brought us to the islands-jay-R, clevers, west and michael. We had such a great time, singing in the boat, having a real live entertainment while having our sumptous barbecues of fresh seafood. We could never ever forget our wonderful moments in Mauritius. We will definitely comeback and will still choose Paul et viginie. To all the staff- Thank you so much n see you soon.......
Hotel Paul et Virginie
Le Trinquette Seafood Restaurant Paul et Virginie
Sunrise Grand Gaube Mauritius
Sunrise Grand Gaube Mauritius
Staying at Legends Grand Gaube what is close by?
We are staying at Legends for two weeks at the start of September this year for our Honeymoon. I just wondered if there is anything in the local area that you can walk to, i.e. Restaurants, Bars etc? What is in Grand Gaube itself, I understand it is a little Fishing Village is there a lot to see? How far is it by foot to get there?
RE: Staying at Legends Grand Gaube what is close by?
in Grand Gaube is nothing special, some small shops, bus to go to Grand Baie - Port Louis or other direction : Goodlands, market tuesday and friday
for some suggestions, take a look to my website, please
kind regards anne
RE: RE: Staying at Legends Grand Gaube what is close by?
Thanks for your response, that is what I thought! I have had a look at your website, you lucky thing travelling to Mauritius so much!!
In your opinion which is the best Public Beach closest to Legends as I have heard that the beach is not so good on the complex? How do you know where the public beaches are, are they well marked or is it obvious where they start and end?
If we go to a public beach will we get any problems with people trying to sell us things and begging etc?
RE: RE: Staying at Legends Grand Gaube what is close by?
you will be satisfied with the beach to Les Legends.
Next great beach: Mont Choisy, you can go there by bus,
no problem with the beach sellers, if you say thank you no, they will go.
kind regards annerose
Re: Staying at Legends Grand Gaube what is close by?
hello, am ritesh from mauritius island .i was looking around the web when i went through this site and saw your request.
well i think i can help you in many ways . please do drop me a mail and i'll help you out . firstname.lastname@example.org. meanwhile we can be efriends.????
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honeymoon in early June2005
We are planning to honeymoon in Mauritius in the second week of June 2005.
Need ur advice regarding the hotels,location etc with respect to the climate thats gonna be in June.
i guess 3 stars would be fine as i dont have that big a budget.
looking forward for some help!
RE: honeymoon in early June2005
Three stars hotels: Casuarina, Veranda (3+), Paul et Virginie and Coco beach those are some that come to my mind. I would recommend hotels near Grand Baie.
Does anyone know any website or information if the Tsunami hit also Mauritius?
I checked the newpapers of Mauritius. The only thing I could find was that at Grand-Gaube the beach restaurant of l'hôtel Paul et Virginie, La Trinquette was submerged partly. As far as I can see fishermen and tourists were warned in time.
Re: Re: Tsunami?
Thank you for checking!
The Tsunami did hit Mauritius in the North and East coast but with no major damages or human losses.
Things are back to normal
Re: Re: Tsunami?
Merci beaucoup! I am reliefed to hear that.
A relative of mine typed the following e mail a couple of days ago:
Here in Mauritius we must consider ourselves very lucky as the police and coast guard warned people off the sea and the beaches after that news reached us about the floodinds all along the coast in Rodrigues ( an island of Mauritius with about 30000 inhabitants).
On the north coast of Mauritius, grand Baie to Cap Malheureux people who were having lunch at different restaurants by the sea suddenly found themselves up to their chest in water and those who had ordered fish culd see it in the proper environment, nothing more drastic, in Reunion Island some damage to fishing boats but the Seychelles have been badly hit, low lying topography, damage to infrastructure , the president has asked for international aid. Agalega , St Brandon, the Chagos and our outer islands suffered no loss either material or human life.
I hope this helps.
Re: Re: Tsunami?
Thank you, Keith, for your wonderful, and hopeful, information about Mauritius. We have friends vacationing there SOMEwhere and had no news of their safety or the impact that the tsunami may have had on the island. What a relief....and what a miracle.
log on to www.channelnewsasia.com for more info about the disaster areas