Turtle bay's best hotel
The Maritim Hotel, Mauritius is a luxurious resort hotel of the highest international standard in a remarkable setting. On arrival, one of the first things you will experience is the breathtaking view overlooking the enchanting 'Turtle Bay'. The hotel's perfect blend of tropical and colonial architecture provides an elegant background for a sophisticated and yet totally relaxing vacation. This hotel has a 9-hole Par 29 golf course. There is no green fee for the residents. It has a gym, 3 floodlit tennis courts, water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat trips...
Better than perfect
I got married on the 13th july at the maritim and it was better than perfect. The wedding team went out of their way to accomodate all our requests, however small or large. The day was magical. The beach restaurant was excellent as was the beach service which included cold towels and drinks at your lounger. I would definately recommend a trip to the Mon desir restaurant, the food was undescribably fantastic but if you stick to the belle vue, that too was great. I can't praise the staff enough, they were all so helpful, they made you feel like royalty. We stayed in a comfort room which was cleaned thoroughly every day and the evening entertainment was always varied. we can't wait to return for an anniversary!
Just returned from two weeks holiday in the Maritim Hotel in Mauritius. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left our every need was catered for. All of the staff at the hotel were truly some of the nicest people I have ever met. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Hotel very very clean. Choice and quality of food very very good. Lots of water sports and activities to do if you are feeling energetic or a glorous pool to lounge by if you are feeling lazy where the staff will bring you cold flannels and cocktails to cool you down while you lie on the most comfortable sun beds I have ever had. The hotel has its own fleet of taxi drivers, we found it was just as cheap to hire a taxi driver for the day as it was to hire a car. Boutiques in the hotel good value for money with some good designer items at very reasonable prices. We wouldn't hesitate going back to the Maritim.
Beautiful Hotel (though could be anywhere)
Visited here for a friends wedding so it wasn't my choice but i was very happy with the hotel overall. As i said it could be anywhere - the grounds, pool, bar, etc. are all superb but you could find similar style hotels in the carribbean, europe, etc. That said Mauritius is quite a flat island given over mainly to plantation so there isn't as much natural beauty and scenery as other islands in the indian ocean.
The pool area was lovely but unfortunately it's one of those hotels you'll find towels are out at the crack of dawn! We had to go get our towels and loungers before breakfast every morning which is a bit irritating but if you can't beat them, join them i guess.
Food was fantastic throughout the week, particularly the Indian Buffet night when the restaurant was decorated with saris, etc. It was probably a little too good as we were on an all-inclusive package and went home twice the size! If you can't manage a full lunch you can just have a snack at the poolside Quarterdeck Bar (samosas, toasties, etc) and that was enough for me.
There's something to do all day, everyday if that's your thing. We did little more than relax by the pool most days but did go on the sunset bike ride which was fun (and probably helped burn off a few of those extra calories). If you have children the kids club is superb - our friends children went water skiing, pony trekking and had a daytrip to the zoo.
The only thing that let this hotel down was the housekeeping. The glass shelves above the minibar were thick in dust, we were rarely given enough towels and there was no turn down service. Our friends rooms were better cared for so maybe we just had bad luck and got the lazy maid!
a bit too much
the beach was very stoney and narrow it is also protected by a beautiful coral reef,though beautiful it is not ideal for swimming as you have to be aware most of the rocks come up to the shore.the rooms are small for a five star hotel and have even smaller bathrooms. food was lovely,but often served on the cooler side of warm. it can also get a bit too much 4 courses each night. evening entertainment consisted of romantic after dinner music which became very repetative night after night, the hotel shop did a roaring trade in packs of cards whilst we were there. for those seeking slightly more entertainment would reccomend the banana bar in grand baie for a fantastic evening with more life. you can arrange taxi from the hotel.
Every thing about this hotel is excellent!
Gounds, Food & Drink, Rooms, Pools, Private Beach... etc.... Pure Luxury!
If you are honeymooners, go for the free Room Upgrade rather than the free extra nights.
I have travelled the world & stayed in many hotels (5* & 1*), B&B’s, youth hostels & camp grounds. Here are my views on the Maritim.
My husband & I got married here August 2003. The wedding was wonderful, a truly memorable day. The wedding co-ordinators were so very helpful. The normal place to have the wedding ceremony was on the beach or in the gardens, but I asked if it would be possible to get married on the golf course (there is a small stream with a bridge & some lovely gardens & it is also very, very quiet). This was no problem at all (in fact the golf course manager was one of our witnesses).
The food was fabulous in ALL three restaurants. Some comments about the buffet I think are unfair in my opinion. You don't have to eat all courses - I seldom did & I think the quality of the food is of a high standard & authentic.
The spa area was great, I went nearly every day of our two week stay & on only one occasion, had to share the sauna & steam room with others.
Comments about the sharp areas of sand somewhat bemuse me, as beaches are natural, sand being formed of coral etc. Do people expect the beaches to be combed for sharp bits? Wear reef shoes, as advised at the hotel - it's not a problem.
Room service was 2nd to none & all staff were friendly, discreet & courteous, just what one would expect in such a hotel.
The comfort rooms are more than adequate with a beautifully large bed. My room was spotless & cleaned everyday (most times to suit my convenience).
Day trips are so very cheap by taxi - go to the other side of the island & look around. Take a trip to Port Louis market. Go to the sacred water. Don't just sit on a sunbed for your whole holiday - you'll be missing out.
Phoenix beer – haven’t found another beer that comes close.
Loved the Maritim
We have recently returned from a wonderful 2 weeks at the Maritim.
We have 2 children aged 14 and 8, and despite the hotel being 70% honeymoon couples, we did not feel out of place. The kids club is well run with lots of interesting activities e.g. trips to local zoo.
The water sports team are patient and attentive (if I can water-ski, anyone can!).
Food quality excellent all round - really special in a la carte restaurants. We particularly liked the beach restaurant at night with candles on the sand and musicians to serenade you. They will present you with a customised menu, if you tell them you are celebrating a special anniversary.
Spa treaments not cheap, but wonderful. Extensive grounds to wander around and no need to be bored with activities such as horseriding, tennis and canoeing permanantly on offer.
I would describe this hotel as the best quality all-rounder hotel on Mauritius. We visted the Oberoi one nght for a meal which we found to have absolutely no atomosphere at all. Re: earlier reviews, yes the pool is freezing and house wine is not great, but they are the only negatives. The beach was not as good as ones we have experienced in Barbados and Antigua, but it was perfectly acceptable. Other features at the hotel e.g wonderful gardens, more than made up for this. As you would expect from a hotel of this quality there are showers around the beach and pool, and fresh beach towels for guests each day. Sunloungers were the most comfortable we have experienced and range of english tv channels in the room. If you go in July/August, take a wrap/jumper for the evening.
My wife and I stayed at the Maritim from 5th - 23rd August this year. After a long flight and 1 hour minibus transfer to the hotel, we arrived at the beautiful Maritim Hotel. On arrival at 08:30hrs, we were greeted at the hotel entrance by the CSM with two ice cold fruit cocktails and the view of the Indian Ocean from the open air reception was stunning. We pre-booked a deluxe room which was scattered with flower petals on arrival along with a full basket of fruit. We had a ground floor room which opened on to our own terraced area with beautiful manicured and only 20 yards from the beach. Our room was very nice although we felt the bathroom was on the small side. I believe the bathrooms in the Prestige room are much bigger. The standard and quality of the food was outstanding and the service impeccable. The hotel staff will do anything to help you. They even carry your food back to your dining table!! The hotel pool was really nice but freezing. We stayed on the beach most days and the service from the beach staff was unbelievable. You get drinks and cold towels brought to your sunbeds throughout the day. Overall I would rate the Maritim hotel superb and would recommend any persons wanting to go to give it a try....it was so special. The only negative points I would say is watch the early morning brigade putting towels on the sunbeds at the pool..so ridiculous. If you would like to know any further info regarding the Maritim, please emailme.
We stayed at the Maritim from 7-22 August 2005 for our honeymoon and were not dissapointed. The main problem we encountered was Air Mauritius, on departure from Heathrow we sat on the plane on the terminal for 2 hours, then finally took off, but 15 minutes before landing the captain announced "A few cases had been left in Heathrow!" Turned out it was 200! The airline compensated us £30 each and they turned up the next evening, there was nothing we could do, so didn't get stressed. The staff were great, but the aircraft was slightly worn, they could do with an update.
Anyway, the hotel. It's about an hours transfer, you wonder where the hell your going, then it appears out of nowhere, hidden behind guarded gates. It's set in plush gardens and on arrival you get fruit juice cocktails. There's normally welcome drinks in the evening aswell, watch you don't get too drunk, it's very easy.
The rooms are adequate, but they are clean and always tidy, they come with satellite TV and a safe which is free. The bathroom is an average size, but clean. We stayed in a comfort suite, it comes with a Queen size bed, which was massive. The views from the balcony are beautiful, they all seems to over look the gardens and the sea.
The beach was nice, it wasn't quite what I expected, it was quite corally, but we never once got cut or grazed. The sea is cool at this time of year, but is a relief from the sun, it's so powerful, nothing like the med! The snorkelling is worth doing, there are some beautiful fish, although watch the sea erchins. There is a restaurant on the beach called Belle Vue, which is great for lunch on the beach, you just crawl off your sun bed and into the restaurant/bar. There's also service for drinks to your sunbed. It's also worth paying and having dinner there one night, we sat on the beach and were serenaded by singers, the food is very good.
The evening restaurant was very good, usually 5 nights of the week it's a buffet (chinese,indian,italian,spanish,creole,BBQ) then the other two is a set menu, but you get a choice of 2 or three meals. I was never hungry, I usually gorged myself so much I never wanted and cocktails at the bar. You do have to sign for eveything, apart from breakfast, but it was never a problem for us, although from reading other reports about this hotel others have had problems. Aparently August is one of the quietest times for them, we were told it gets busy from around October as that is the start of their Summer, which they say is very hot. The other problems I read were flies! There were a few, but nothing as bad as they've mentioned. I could imagine that as it gets hotter and humid there may be more, plus mosquitos, I got bitten on the last night, which was humid as we had a thunder storm.
The service was top class, we have never been on an expensive holiday and we found them fantastic. They will do anything for you, it was a shame when we saw people who were obviously used to expensive holidays ordering around the staff like they were worthless, as they work so hard. We frequently got told off for pouring our own wine and even dragging a sunbed a few feet, they really believe you are there to relax and should do nothing.
If you do get a bit bored of the hotel there are a few trips, a sugar factory and botanic gardens about 20 minutes away. Another trip we went on was down in the south of the island for the day. The trips were alright, nothing wonderful to us, but it was good to get out and about and at least go home and say we saw some of the island. There are loads of boat trips and we were told il Aux Cerfs (island on east coast) was a must, but we never made, apparently that really is amazing.
The weather in August was pleasant, about 25 most of the time, I got a very good tan. We had a few grey days with some rain and then it seemed to clear up for 3-4days, although it was never clear like the weather in the med. The clouds were a releif from the sun though! Don't take beach towel, they are provided everyday for you.
If you have any questions send me an email.
We are honeymooning at the Beau rivage in October this year and need to know what sort of clothing we should take? Obviously the day time is bikini/swim shorts and shorts/tshirts for sightseeing trips but what does everyone wear on an evening? Are Jeans allowed for men and is a jacket necessary or will trousers and shirt be ok? Do ladies wear cocktail dresses or will I be ok in trousers/skirts and strappy tops?
RE: Dress Code
usually they say "smart dress code" for dinners, which means that you can wear anything, as long as it looks smart :)
I wore jeans with smartish tops...and things like that. Guys can wear jeans with shirts...no problem.
Hope that helps
RE: RE: Dress Code
Thanks for that - did you stay at the Beau Rivage? H2B is pleased cos he wanted to wear jeans in evening
RE: RE: Dress Code
No, we stayed at The Maritim hotel. Mauritius is GORGEOUS!!!! a lot to do in the hotel we've stayed...didn't go out at all :)
My hubby and I wore jeans no problem...you are on vacation anyway and want to relax ;)
RE: Dress Code
We are also going on honeymoon at the Beau Rivage in October this year and I wanted to know what the dress code is! It explains on their website that its smart casual but no jeans or shorts but I'm happy now that people have said that you can wear smart jeans and a dress shirt. Does anyone know if you can you get away with wearing 'smart' trainers? I know I'm pushing it but hey... I want to be comfortable! Might see you at the Beau Rivage!
Craig n Rachel
RE: RE: Dress Code
hehe I wore my "smart" runners like Puma trainers when couldn't get bother to dress up :D.....There is no "face control" there hehe so you can get away with wearing anything....they just don't people to turn up in bikinis ;)
Have fun....Mauritius is a gorgeous place!