As we very rarely do resort holidays, we wouldn't claim to be experts on resort hotels. However, I would struggle to imagine how a resort hotel aimed primarily at families could be any better than Le Victoria.
Located at Pointe aux Pimientes, on the north west corner of Mauritius, with swaying palm trees, white beach and turquoise water protected by a fringing reef over which the setting sun sinks slowly, it is pretty well a caricature of an island paradise. The hotel is part of the Beachcomber group, which is known for its high standards, and it certainly lived up to its reputation.
To contain costs, we opted for a family room, which came with two kingsize beds. Our travel agent told us that Le Victoria has some of the most generously proportioned hotel rooms on the island, and there was certainly plenty of room for us all (although it probably wouldn't suit you if you were parents looking for some more romantic seclusion).
The facilities are amazing: from the airy design of the public areas to the infinity swimming pool, the attention to detail is terrific. For those looking to atone for overindulgence in the restaurants, there is a small gym and scheduled activities throught the day. We were more interested in the (free) non-motorised water sports, and spent a lot of time snorkelling and sea kayaking in the protected water that's sheltered by the reef.
Because the water is so calm, it's a great place to snorkel if you're a beginner, and our kids got the hang of it in minutes. However, you should be aware that (as with most places on Mauritius), the coral is highly degraded due to human impacts and climate change. That being said, we did see a surprising variety and number of fish, even in the very shallow water adjacent to the beach. Because of hygiene concerns, we prefer to bring our own snorkels and masks (which are very affordable in large supermarkets or sports stores, if a little bulky to transport), but most resorts should lend/rent these to you.
The beach is clean, but the coral sand - derived from the reef that's only metres away - is very coarse, and you'd be well advised to come with beach/reef shoes or even humble Crocs. This is even more advisable once you venture into the water, where there are many very spiky sea urchins.
The major drawcard for families is the way that the resort keeps kids entertained. There is a kids' club (the Bob Marlin) which organises excellent activities, and kids can either stay there from morning to night, or join in just with the activities that appeal to them. If you want to explore the island but the kids aren't keen on missing out on the fun in the resort, they can stay behind at the kids club provided that you inform the staff in advance, sign the necessary indemnity forms and provide cell phone contact details.
Lastly, the food is excellent, varied and plentiful. The main restaurant has a huge range of offerings to suit almost every taste: as the majority of tourists come from South Africa, India and France, it's well used to dealing with a diversity of tastes and dietary preferences, with heaps of options for vegetarians. Each evening has a specific theme, but even if you're not excited by the 'theme du jour', there's enough on offer to ensure that there's ample choice even for picky eaters or those visiting with small kids. If I were to be ultra critical, I would perhaps mention that I was a trifle disappointed that prawns didn't feature on the buffet during the week, but that is really a minor point.
There are also two smaller en site restaurants (one Italian and one specialising in seafood), where you can either order a la carte or select from a limited menu if you're on an all inclusive package - we didn't try them, but friends we made there were particularly enthusiastic about the the Italian restaurant.
We visited in June (the Mauritian winter) on an excellent value all inclusive package. The all inclusive option (which includes all drinks and lunches) really is worth it unless you plan to be extremely abstemious, as even non alcoholic drinks are a little pricey. The 'all inclusive' option is is a standard arrangement for Indian Ocean island resorts, but bear in mind that it has to be purchased in advance, and you can't change your mind and add this on once you've arrived. The truly 'all inclusive nature' of the package was underlined by the fact that at the end of a seven night stay, the only extra item charged to our room was the cost of a local phone call!
Such are the facilities and activities offered in the report that people looking for rest and relaxation could happily spend a week or more confined to its grounds and feel no real sense of loss. However, if you'd like to do some exploring, you can either catch a taxi from the taxi rank just outside the hotel gate (if you order it from reception, it will cost considerably more) or walk to the end of the road, from where a bus operates to Grand Baie. Alternatively, hire a small car for a day or two - a small car is actually preferable for Mauritius narrow roads - and we got an excellent deal from Honey Car Rentals, who delivered to and from the hotel.
The only downside of this hotel is that it isn't all that well signposted (especially if you've been caught up in Port Louis' abysmal traffic and find yourself arriving after dark). So, if you hire a car for the day (which I would highly recommend), then take note of the landmarks and signposting on the last couple of kilometres from the main road to the hotel.
I guess you could say that we liked it!
A great place to relax with some of the best beaches on the island combined with its own sizable tropical grounds.
Best visited between November to April for the higher temperatures.
the location is good for the short ride down to Port Louis
The Tropics at its Best
This is a small hotel in a lovely secluded position on the beach some 45 km. from the airport.On the beachside of the hotel there is a large well kept grass area with sun loungers and sunshades with a small swimming pool.From here you are only a few steps into the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean,which is great for snorkelling.The rooms,which are set in tropical gardens are spacious and have a sea or garden view.They come with air conditioner,telephone,minibar,safe,TV and hair dryer.Entertainment is available in the hotel every night except Sunday.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a secluded position,away from the stresses of modern life then this is a good choice.
Situated about 500 metres from the beachfront, the villa is in a residential area away from noise and traffic. The villa has 4 flats to let for up to 6 people per flat. Each flat has 3 bedrooms a walkthrough kitchen/salon and at least one terrace facing the small garden where the small swimming pool is placed. We were lucky in having the flat on the top floor, which has the same layout as the others but has 4(four) terraces, allowing a decent breeze in to cool things down. Each of the three bedrooms has A.C. plus a ventilo. The master bedroom has its own toilet/bath while the other two have to share. Each flat has its own washing machine and of course fridge, television, microwave and everything you need for cooking and eating.
There is parking space also for four vehicles.
I negociated the flat for 28 days to 1050€ divided by 3 couples, so costing 12.5€ per couple per day. A lot cheaper than a hotel!!!
The owner lives close to Paris, France and is reachable by e-mail.
There is a small pool on the ground level that is cleaned every day and constantly filtered by the owners father that lives in a fifth flat thus assuring a certain security to renters.
Bois d’oiseaux is a timeshare resort that I booked through Flexiclub. The unit that we occupied had tow bedrooms each with own bathroom. Main bedroom had a little balcony overlooking the pool and the sea. Downstairs was open plan fully equipped kitchen, dining room & lounge with little “stoep” where you could sit and enjoy sundowners or breakfast. Unfortunately there were only two English channels on TV, but fortunately you will not be home enough to have to watch TV.
The bus stop is within walking distance and there is a little convenience store about 300 meters from the complex.
I just came back from Mauritius 2 weeks ago. I went alone and stayed a week at Club Med La Pointe Aux Cannoniers at Grand Baie and had a ball! So, did a British couple I met, who were on the same return transportation to MRU for our departure from Mauritius, who said they will recommend it to all of their family in the UK!
FYI you are never alone at Club Med! The current GO team is great and you will have friendly company at the bar, in the restaurant etc, exactly what a GM from Belgium found out after feeling apprehensive about coming to Club Med alone for the first time in 30 years! ;-)
For a cheap tour, take the boat ride to the other club med village at Albion (you will see Port Louis en route), where you will be personally welcomed and shown around the village/given infor for it, and can spend a day at that village at no extra charge!
And don't worry about there being couples only - FYI both are family clubs, so you'll find singles (I was not the only one at La Pointe! There was e.g. a Swiss lady, staying for two weeks), couples, families but you won't find kids in your way - they are looked after separately by the GOs!
And it's an all inclusive, hassle-free vacation, including pick up from/to the airport, but they don't stinge on quality, even when the number of GM's dropped to 120 when I was there (this is low season but Dec will be high season, so I suspect it will be at least twice the fun!) ;-)
Le Planatation resort is situated far away from Airport,drive hours more than one hour.The resort is in mamny acres land with natural plants,tress,palmtrees,swiming pool,buffet restaurant with music dance events,Bar.and private beach near hotel with many good sea activity as swiming,para sailing,speed boating etc.safe and protected by coat gurads.
natural atmosphrere.good and plaenty of food dishesh buffet and lots of fun there
the staff are very nice Mr Pier ( I dont rememmber exact spelling of his Name,but handsome young and new desk person).also other staff man and woman are nice helping.I dont know name of one lady staff who was good in duty butlitlebit insulting or ignoring attitude or towards guest .I think the welcome staff also to be nice in talking to guest.
all other facilitiues are best.big rooms.all eminituies are there.It is nearer to some attractions like submarined ride etc.
really worth staying .
All good eminitiues in rooms.and swiming pool,private baech,sea activities,boat rise,para sailing.and dance,music,bar,restaurant were very nice
with 2 apartments - 2 bed rooms from 50 - 55 Euro
with 1 apartment - 3 bed rooms from 90 - 95 Euro
terrace and pool
350 m from the beach
This hotel is very close to the airport and if you do not like planes, you may be bothered by the noise. The planes take off/land few times per day and as you can see the end of the runway from the beach, you may not like it. I love watching planes, so this did not bother us at all. However it may become a problem in the future as we were told that the airport is expanding to allow many more flights.
This is the best all inclusive that we have ever had. Everything was included (apart from some special wines and other things, which we did not think of using anyway). You can have champagne for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you wish. There is water skiing, glass bottom boat trips, golf, diving.... you will not get bored. We borrowed bikes one day which was nice.
The rooms are good size but if you are quieter people (as we are) try to get a room from 150 upwards. We had a room in block 2 (rooms 21-28), it is immediately behind the hut which sells boat trips, and the boys there like to have their music on in the morning. There is beautiful beach between blocks 17-18, it is small with only maybe 12 sun loungers and the snorkelling was very good. When we got there around 9AM we always managed to find place there.
The food was amazing. One of the best we have ever tasted and the dessert station - you have to see it to believe it :o)
Our favourite restaurant was Le Boucanier – the gourmet / fish restaurant, it is set menu of 4 courses. The food was beautifully presented, the portions were spot on and the service was very professional. The Italian restaurant was our second best. Le Sirius food was OK, hubby had the beef, which he enjoyed, but my pasta was horrible. I seriously could not eat it – and I am not fussy person. The sauce was supposed to be cream but it was very bitter and not enjoyable. We were looking forward the Thai restaurant but the 10 course set menu has some very spicy dishes and the portions are very big for such a large menu. We did not even managed to have half of the main courses (4) and we left without having any dessert. For the rest of our holiday we eat in the Buffet restaurant. What can I say? It was fantastic! Great choice of food, their bread is to die for and the choice of sweets was unbelievable. The bars were great. No restriction on labelled spirits and a good choice of cocktails.
Service was hit and miss. It purely depended on who served you.
It is in an isolated location so anywhere you want to go, you have to take a taxi or hire a car. The ‘lagoon’ is very good for snorkelling. I am not a good swimmer but as the water is not very deep, I was snorkelling for hours.
All in all we had a good time in Shandrani. We went for a taxi ride around the south of Mauritius. We visited waterfalls and coloured sands. It was enjoyable day out to see something else apart from the hotel grounds.
all inclusive package
This hotel was the first of our two Maurtius hotels for our honey moon. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Great hotel, excellent facilities, superb services, very good choices of restaurants and bars. A definite recommendation for honey mooners and family holidays.
Pool, Restaurants, Service
Constance Le Prince Maurice is a 5 star luxury hotel set in 60 hectares of gardens, beach and mangrove reserve. It is 45 km from the airport and 35 km from Port Louis.
It is named after Prince Maurice of Orange and of Nassau who pioneered the discovery of spices and particularly nutmeg – which is the hotel's logo.
The room itself was lovely – very spacious and beautifully furnished with a huge comfy bed and everything you would expect from this standard of hotel, including an apple mac with internet connection and a wide screen TV/monitor.
The bathroom was really good with a separate big walk in shower, 2 basins and a very big, deep bath as well as plenty of mirrors and lots of storage space.
I particularly liked the way the hotel is very open. All the restaurants and public areas have open sides to let the breeze through so no need for the awful A.C.
Sports Facilities include gym, tennis and golf and there is also a Spa.
Free Watersports include water skiing, windsurfing pedalos and snorkelling.
The hotel boat leaves at 2pm every day for a snorkelling trip to the reef, which is about 10 to 15 minutes away. They provide snorkels, masks, fins, towels and water. We went most days as we really enjoyed it. The same boat goes out for a glass bottom boat trip every morning.
Kayaks can be taken out from the hotel, either into the sea or the permitted area of the mangroves.
The beach is good – not the best I have been to but very nice, and of course swept and cleaned every morning. The swimming area is roped so boats cannot enter but can be a bit too shallow at low tide. Sunbeds are on the beach, with thatched shades and water is complimentary on the beach. They also bring round fruit and cold flannels for refreshment frequently throughout the day. The pool area is not as good as the beach. The pool itself is fine but we found the service not so good at the pool and there are not enough sunbeds.
There are boutiques, a library and business centre and the concierges can organise trips and taxis but we did not find them very informative about trips so we organised our own.
There are 2 restaurants which I will cover in separate tips – Le Barachois and L’Archipel and 2 hotel bars as well as a fitness bar. We mostly used the lounge bar for pre-dinner drinks which was very nice and comfortable with good service and a good, if expensive, cocktail menu.
There are just two negatives to bear in mind. As this is a luxury meals are very expensive. We were on half board so filled up at breakfast and didn’t bother with lunch. However on the last day we needed lunch before we went to the airport. Two main courses and 2 beers came to over £70! The hotel is very isolated in its own grounds so if you want to explore or eat out you have to book a taxi or a trip which can work out expensive.
Our room was on stilts with a balcony overlooking the fish reserve, accessed by a wooden walkway through the mangrove trees. We fed the fish in the lagoon from our balcony each day.
The location too was lovely. You approach down a very long driveway with palm trees and agricultural land on each side of the drive. The pool and restaurant face the beach and the sea. To the right is the main beach leading around the small headland and the reef. To the left is the mangrove reserve, my favourite bit! This area had wooden walkways over the mangroves leading to Le Barachois restaurant and to the rooms over the reserve. La Barachois has to be one of the best locations I have ever eaten in. Here we would see many beautiful birds and watch all the fish in the water below while dining.
I wanted to stay in a boutique hotel for a change and after some searching around, found the Paradise Cove hotel website. I liked their website and decided to try it.
Firstly, the website does not reveal a lot of information about the hotel. I thought it was of a lower standard than other regular 5 star hotels (since Paradise Cove is a 5 star hotel too, albeit a boutique one), but it is actually an excellent hotel. It's more suited to couples, I feel, because the oriental themed setting it relies on makes it a more intimate kind of place but I guess some families may prefer something more standard. Just keep in mind that if you're traveling with kids, Paradise Cove may not be the best choice.
However, if you are going on honeymoon or going on a romantic holiday, Paradise Cove is ideal. The rooms are extremely cozy, the hotel has 3 restaurants which serve multicultural food, and the hotel is located near the coast with a short walk to its own private beach. There are other facilities such as sports, etc...but I personally did not care for these. The hotel has a great pool though, but between the pool and the Mauritius beach, I know where my choice list.
The hotel is fairly cheap compared to other big name hotels and it's thus a great alternative for those traveling on a budget. It is also believe to be among the finest spas in Mauritius, but I did not try it out. You get a free 30 minute session with your booking (I'm not sure if this was a special offer or something they do all the time) but I did not try it out.
Book your stay here with caution. We stayed here 4 April to 10 April 2010 and are lukewarm to this property. Location is good on the beach. Facility is worn however well maintained in compared to other facilities. Hidden charges, food service, and the restaurants are very well below par.
This hotel is set up for what we call the bus trade. That is tour groups and people who book all inclusive meal plans. That means the food is uninspired and expensive. Expect to pay for everything not in the contract; water in the room, water at the pool, etc.
There are the free activities as advertised, water skiing, sailing etc. Equipment is limited, aged, and low end. Expect long lines for everything, including paid activities.
The 110 Restaurant is the main dining room, no reservation needed. Food mediocre at best. As with "all inclusive" the food is bulk, mostly cold and heavy with inexpensive fillers and salt. The salt is used to increase ones beverage consumption. Expect 330RP for a medium bottle of water, 550Rp for a beer, dont even think of a mixed drink.
Lacroque/Cummin Expensive bar food during the day, decent Indian Buffet at night. Reservations needed. Estimate 1300Rp per person before beverages. Beverages same price as 110.
Shells, it is on the beach. Daytime lunch buffet 600RP with beverages prices higher than 110 & Cummin. Evening should be ala Carte however most nights it has been set Menus. Cost 1100 m- 1300 Rp per person before beverages.
Pool Bar, no food expensive beer and bad cocktails only
La Faya, best restaurant on property. Expensive and few small menus.
The hotel has no beach, pool, bar food service. They expect you to be on a meal plan, or pay through the nose for bad food at la Faya.
No where to buy small snacks on premise. One must walk off premise, or cab it into Grand Baie. this is the best solution.
We have found in our stay it is better to pay the cab 1300Rp (return), go into Grand Baie and eat dinner. Even with tip, beverages, taxi we come out for three people 1500 to 1600 per person to the good. We also have found the meals to be better.
We have stayed at many luxury resort over the years. This is the biggest disappointment. We have stayed at other Le Meridians; Split, Delhi, France x 4, Berlin, etc. Even the ones in North Africa do not abuse their customers this bad.
The beach is lovely. Yes there are stone shoals appearing, it happens in this part of the world on volcanic isles. Expect it and you will not be dissappointed
We've visited Mauritius month ago, in February. The first stay was in the hotel or Bed and Breakfast- La Mariposa. Very nice, good location, small hotel, just right on the beach. The room we've got was the facing the sea, with a small balcony where you can see and enjoy the sunset or just relaxing view of the sea. The room is spacious, with king size bed, kitchenette and bathroom. Everything is well equipped. They have green garden, small swimming pool - for chilling out, sunbeds, technically everything what you need for the relaxing holiday.
The hotel provides you with the humble breakfast, but it was not a problem for us. The downside of the hotel ,I would say, was lack of a restaurant. So every evening you have to walk for dinner (which usually we like to do) - there are bunch of restaurants which lie in a distance from 10 - to 20 min. walk, and was not a big choice of them. Of course you can choose to prepare the food by yourself, but the supermarket in 20 min walk as well, unless you have a car, it is not a big fun to carry bags under the sun. There is a woman who kindly offers to cook the dinner for you - but this was a disaster. The food was pretty dull and we talked to other guests - they were not amused as well.
The best thing about this hotel that it stands very close to the spot where usually people from the whole Mauritius are coming to see dolphins. Even just taking a kayak from the hotel you can reach the spot (we were told) where dolphins are playing. Please do not miss it! Because we did - we thought that we could see them later on, when we move to other side of the island, I mistakenly thought that they(dolphins) are everywhere, but unfortunately all organized trips are coming to this location. So... next time for me...
The Hilton Mauritius Resort is a beautiful resort complex located on the western coast of Mauritius just south of Flic-en-Flac. The resort, which is right on the beach, is spread out over a number of buildings, with extensive grounds. The rooms are very nice and sizeable, with modern bathrooms and comfortable beds. The grounds were beautiful, and the sandy beach was very nice. Because of the resort's size, it will take you as much as 10 minutes to walk to the lobby and the restaurants from your room.
The Lobby and common areas were beautiful and well maintained. Our daughter liked the pool, although it was not heated and therefore had chilly water in July. There are a number of restaurants. The main dining area has a nightly buffet. There is also a Thai restaurant and an Italian restaurant, which both have a la carte menus. The dinner buffet was good, as was the breakfast. Our main complaint was the cost of food and drinks, which was HIGH! It made Manhattan look cheap!
The staff was very friendly, especially if you could speak some French. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. We had gotten a good price, which offset the pain of the dining costs. However, the hotel definitely tries to get you money from you while you are there. Aside from food and drink costs, our other complaint was that they wanted $30 dollars per day for WiFi access. That is the highest price that we have EVER SEEN! And, it is completely ridiculous for a luxury hotel, when most 3* hotels offer free WiFi these days.
The food, drink, and Wifi costs were ridiculous. Away from that, we did enjoy the hotel. It is a beatiful property, and really made you feel like you were away from it all on vacation.
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