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Absolutely amazing, very very pleasant staff, superb grounds, superb 5* food, quiet (we went off season), coupled with perfect weather! We enjoyed 3 spa treatments (pricey but worth it) and spent a perfect week on the island. Too bad it was so short. Stands out from other hotels for its colonial style architecture, with furniture antiquities brought from Asia. The first impression is the Ylang-Ylang scent which greets everyone who walks into the open-air lobby.
Stay at The Residence. I stay...
Stay at The Residence. I stay in this spa hotel with my ex-girlfriend. We had a wonderful time, especially my ex-girlfriend. She spent almost everyday at in-house spa, called The Sanctuary. She told me that the massages are very relaxing and the aromatherapy facial is very good.
Driving to the Hotel was the trickiest part of our stay. Direction to most of the major hotels of the East coast were well indicated except for The Residence. We finally got there more by guessing as we were not carrying a map in the car. As soon as you enter the lobby/reception you can have a view on the ocean and the pool giving guests an "avant-gout" of what their stay will be, specially if they check-in during the day under the bright Mauritian sunlight.
There are two restaurants and a bar. The main restaurant is near the lobby and is where the breakfast is served. The Plantation restaurant is five minutes walk from the lobby and is smaller in size.
It is a pity that for a beach Hotel not all the rooms have view on the sea. The rooms are built in a u shape facing the sea and obviously only a few room have a direct view on the sea but from the balcony everyone can enjoy the seaview. Nice clean sandy beach.
Large pool with various small pools for children.
Mauritius' Best Hotel
A colonial style. Private Butler Service is excellent. But the key is too bulky. Nice private beach with kayaking, deep sea fishing and scuba diving lessons. But a day stay there can fetch you at least 3 days in a motel near the public beach. Comparable view minus the excellent services. For returns, I will choose the latter. Nice 1-km private beach with white soft sand. Excellent restaurants with wide range of cuisines. Breathtaking views especially nice in the mornings. Private butler service.
FEELING AT HOME, SWEET HOME
We were so very fortunate to be put up for a few days by the Ambassador of India and his wife - the wonderful Mr. & Mrs. Haer, at India House - the official residence of the Indian ambassador to Mauritius. They were warmth and hospitality personified, regaling us with their stories. India House itself is one of the most beautiful buildings on the island, a French Colonial masterpiece in white stone, set amidst lush, sprawling gardens. An unforgettable stay.
Whenever my family goes to Mauritius we try to rent out a beachside house.
It works out a lot cheaper than the ubudance of island resorts. You are close vacinity of the beach and have the independance of a self contained residence.
Usually with these houses there are maids who come and do your washing ,etc. these are ususally wonderful people , please go out of your way to treat them with the utmost respect and dignity.
I remeber once when i was very young, one of the maids gave us a collection of beautiful shells because she was so gratefull to be treated by a"fellow mauritians" with such kindness.
LUXURY ON LAKE TANGANYIKA - BURUNDI
The Ubuntu Residence is a bit more apartment than hotel. They offer good sized living quarters and the larger units offer 2 stories with a balcony and a car garage. It’s definitely family oriented here and they have some commanding views of Lake Tanganyika. They have a large terrace featuring the (locally) famous Kiboko Grill and bar. It is renowned for serving the best pizza in Bujumbura. It also hosts high profile events so you may see the odd politician or other celebrities. They also have a swimming pool and plenty of tables to sit and enjoy a meal or drink outdoors. This is popular with ex-pats and stays full, so advance reservations are highly recommended. They also have 2 resident Grey-crowned Cranes who may join you for dinner!
Self Catering Mauritius, a great way to explore!!
These self catering apartments are located in the North-West of the island in Mont Choisi, close to Grand Baie. The apartments are simply furnished but well equipped with a full american kitchen and two bedrooms. We spent 2 weeks in the apartment and for they certainly served the purpose for us. I would certainly recommend these apartments, for the budget conscious person, who is not looking for great luxury or facilities like a swimming pool on site (the beach is 5 minutes walk) The apartment we stayed in is spacious (2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) and has a fully equipped kitchen, with hob, fridge freezer, micro wave and washing machine. It also has (very important in my eyes) a safe, in which we could place our valuables (tickets, passports and credit cards etc.) and an alarm system. There is a television with 2 Mauritian Channels (MBC1 and MBC2 and a third channel, which has different broadcasters at various times of the day. Channel 5 (french) BBC World (English) and CNN.
IT'S COOL IN BURUNDI
The Saga is an interesting hotel. It’s also right in the centre of everything. Most of this somewhat boutique hotel is open to the sky and it creates a very nice atmosphere in the bar/restaurant area. They seem to have different classes of rooms and I was duly shown 8A which I took just because of the great look of the room. It had a very large bed, chairs, rugs, air-conditioning, a massive fan, TV, wardrobe and a lot of tables. It was very large and looked great. After I checked in I discovered the long bathroom which was absolutely basic. The toilet had no seat, the shower tray needed to be replaced and it was bare. Having said that it was functional, gave me place to wash and hand clothes to dry and the shower gave me endless hot water at a good pressure.
The second night I was there loud music pumped from the restaurant right into my room which concerned me, but at 9pm it was promptly shut off. The hotel is lovely and quiet at night, they have a well reviewed restaurant and bar and the staff are helpful.
They are located right across the street from the Yahoo! Bus location, 1 block from the Post Office, main market, grocery stores, 2 blocks from immigration and a cheap taxi moto ride from the beach.
In a word – perfect. For what you get, where you get it and what you pay you just can’t beat this place.
By the way the TV’s in Burundi only get 1 channel.
REMINDER: You need mosquito repellent at night in the restaurant/bar as it is open air effectively.
* Central location
* Good restaurant/bar
* Big rooms with a/c and fan
basic rooms,a common kitchen with all facilities is available , there is a porch where take a talk with fellows traveller.the owner is very kind
Residence sandy Beach
Two bedroom apartment, Residence Bosejour
Jane, do you take this man...?
We have just booked a weeks holiday at the end of May, staying in The Residence Hotel. Has anybody stayed here? Please let us know what you thought, and any ideas of what to do whilst we are there for a week.
RE: The Residence
yes do a visit to ile aux cerfs. there is a visit that includes a BBq and visit to waterfall, I enjoy that, also a catamaran trip to ile gabriel with BBQ on boat and snorkel.thats a nice trip to do,booking from hotel is more expensive check my page for info..ok
Best hotel for couples
We are visiting Mauritius soon and want to book a hotel which will be relatively (if not exclusively) child-free, eg some like Couples or Sandals in the Carribean. Are there such hotels in Mauritius? If so, which is best?
Re: Best hotel for couples
I don't remember places that specifically 'sold themselves' as child-free but we stayed 10 days in Mauritius for part of our honeymoon at La Residence in the West and the Royal Palm in Grand Baie and did not see any children at either. This was in July and outside of the UK school holidays however.
Mauritius is very much a honeymoon destination so you should be ok but probably worth asking the hotel outright.
Out of the hotels we stayed, I would say La Residence was slightly better and also cheaper.
Re: Re: Best hotel for couples
thanks; we'll check out both
cape garden hotel, mauritius (near Pereybere, on Bain Boeuf road)
Has anyone ever stayed at the Cape Garden hotel about 5 mins from Pereybere in Mauritius? Or its affilliate New Paradizo residence in Pereybere? If so, what were your impressions? We are not looking for a 4-5 star hotel, more like a 3 star, villa, or self-catering. Merci!