While the beach at Grand Baie is nice enough, the presence of so many fishing boats in the bay means that it is not ideal for swimming.Therefore, you’ll probably want to visit one of the beaches in the neighbouring villages. To the west, you will find Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches a short bus ride away, and to the east you will find the excellent...more
Grand Baie is not particularly renowned for its beach, with many visitors there instead heading to one of the nearby beaches at Pereybere, Mont Choisy or Trou aux Biches for a swim.The beach itself is nice enough – a lovely stretch of golden sand and warm, clean turquoise waters, backed by an area of tall Casuarina trees. Its main downfall is that...more
Grand Baie has plenty of local tour operators which provide excursions around the island and to the close islands.I will put here some examples of tours they make:NORTHVIEW TOURS- Ile aux Cerfs (daily)Departure around 8.30 by van (an hour or twos drive). To Ile aux Cerfs by motor boat. Visite of the Grand-River-South-East waterfall by speed boat...more
I have travelled to Mauritius few times now, and my last visit, learned of a new Lebanese restaurant opening by the name of Palmyra. I believe it is the first Lebanese restaurant in this paradise island. Belly Dancing every Friday & Saturday. Generous portions, excellent quality, service and good value for money. Family & Kids Friendly. Budget...more
After a really bad experience with a place called " La Jonque " we decided to sit in this place -and it was like a blessing - the ppl here were warm and courteus - we told em that we had to go fast cuz we had to catch the Blue safari - and they actually srever us in a record time - i've never been served pizza's so fast - Ever !!! And the Garlic...more
this restaurant is french but mainly seafood. we had dinner there once then brought back friends who had just arrived in mauritius. both times were incredible.first we were taken aback as we walked in as we did not suspect the setup in this amazing garden. the mauritian people in general r very friendly and welcoming and the service usually good...more
Thanks to the prominence of Chinese cuisine in Mauritius, you’ll find that Grand Baie (and other towns and villages on the island) are well-endowed with Chinese restaurants.In fact, Grand Baie has three large Chinese eating establishments located practically side by side on Royal Road, opposite the town beach and the Indian food stalls.One of these...more
La Jonque is a large restaurant in the heart of Grand Baie, located on Royal Road, opposite the beach and beside the main bus stop for express buses to Port Louis. I ate there one evening during my stay in Mauritius in February 2008.The restaurant has a large and airy dining room, it is open-fronted with no glass in the windows and it contains...more
Palm Beach Café is a friendly and laid back café located next to the public beach at Pereybere, just a couple of kilometres north of Grand Baie. I stopped off there for refreshments one afternoon during a visit to Mauritius in February 2008.There are a few tables inside the café, but I preferred to sit outdoors in the pleasant seating area, beneath...more
I visited Cafe Muller for a mid-morning breakfast during my stay in Mauritius in February 2008.This German café, (although, other than its name there was little to identify it as being German), is located on Royal Road in Grand Baie, a 10-15 minute walk west of Sunset Boulevard and the centre of the resort.The best thing about Café Muller is its...more
Lotus on the Square is a lovely shaded café on Royal Road between Grand Baie and Pereybere. It is located about half way between the centre of Grand Baie and the public beach at Pereybere so if, like I did, you choose to walk from Grand Baie to Pereybere beach then this is the ideal stop off point for refreshments.I stopped off at Lotus on the...more
Crok Chaud is a small patisserie and café in the resort of Grand Baie. It is located on Royal Road, the main seafront street of Grand Baie, about 10 minutes walk uphill from Sunset Boulevard.I ate breakfast at this friendly little pastry shop one morning during a visit to Mauritius in February 2008.Crok Chaud offers a handful of metal tables on an...more
B52 Cocktail Bar is a large bar located on the corner of Royal Road and La Salette Road, close to the Sunset Boulevard shopping area in the heart of the popular resort of Grand Baie.
It offers dozens of tables (covered by a roof, but open to the outside on all sides), a pool table, background music and an extensive drinks menu featuring beers, spirits and plenty of cocktails.
With its prime location and laid back nature, it looks like the kind of place that would be packed to the rafters in the evenings, and in many holiday resorts in the world it perhaps would be. However, nightlife in Mauritius (even in Grand Baie, supposedly the “liveliest” place on the island) seemed to be fairly low key during my visit in February 2008. Thus, B52 always looked empty when I passed during the day and was generally less than half full by night.
I dropped by early one evening for a cold Phoenix beer, and paid 150 Rupees (approx. 2.80 GBP) for a large, 500ml glass. Considering that a beer in a restaurant or café generally cost between 50 and 65 Rupees, it was perhaps the high prices that were keeping the crowds away at the time of my visit!
A large bar, with expensive beers, lots of cocktails and a pool table!
The buses that connect the villages and towns on Mauritius’ northern coast are operated by Triolet Bus Services (TBS).Buses operating on the route between Cap Malheureux and Port Louis stop every few hundred metres, including stops in Pereybere, Grand Baie, Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches.I caught a Port Louis-bound bus between Grand Baie and the...more
Triolet Bus Services (TBS) operates buses in the northern region of Mauritius, connecting the northern coastal towns and villages with the capital, Port Louis.Express buses leave for Port Louis approximately every 30 minutes during the day from Royal Road in Grand Baie. Non-express buses, operating between Cap Malheureaux and Port Louis, stop every...more
Mauritius’ Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located in the south east of the island, close to the village of Plaisance and the town of Mahebourg.If you are staying in one of the northern beach resorts (for example, Grand Baie, Pereybere, Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches), then you will face a journey of close to one hour by taxi...more
This shop is the best one in Grand Baie in terms of the sortiment of T-shirts. Not maybe hundreds of them but really plenty. Mauritius Brand marks like Bilbao, Baobab and Pardon !The shop has three floors full of clothes. They even sell fake Lewis-jeans and Boss shirts for men. T-shirts...shirts, jeans, bikinis, clothes for children and shorts. I...more
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I never thought of the small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius as having much of a brewing tradition, so I was surprised to find that the island produces a number of very good beers.
A bottle of beer (or less common, a draught beer) in a café or restaurant generally costs (as at February 2008) between 50 and 65 Rupees (approx. 1 GBP). However, in a waterfront bar at the Caudan Waterfront complex in Port Louis I paid 115 Rupees for a draught Phoenix beer and, rather inexplicably, 150 Rupees for a beer at the B52 Cocktail Bar in Grand Baie.
330ml bottles cost just 20 Rupees (approx. 0.40 GBP) from the Super U hypermarket in Grand Baie.
The main local beers that I tried during my visit to Mauritius were:
Phoenix - http://www.phoenixbeveragesgroup.com
Carrying the slogan “The Famous Beer of Mauritius Since 1963”, Phoenix boasts of being the most popular beer on the island. From my experience, it would be difficult to dispute that claim, as almost all restaurants and bars offer Phoenix beer.
It is a crisp 5% lager, very refreshing when served ice cold on a hot Mauritian afternoon.
Phoenix has won several awards over the years, most recently scooping the “Grand Gold Medal” in the “Monde Selection” at the international beer awards in Brussels in 2007, adding to 3 Gold Medals that it had claimed in previous years. It is apparently held in very high esteem on the international beer stage!
Its logo features a black phoenix on a red and white background, and you will frequently notice this logo on pub umbrellas and signs outside restaurants and cafes.
Phoenix Special Brew - http://www.phoenixbeveragesgroup.com
Also brewed by Phoenix Beverages Limited, the “Special Brew” is a recent addition, having been brewed only since 2005.
At 6.5% it is stronger than the original Phoenix and is less commonly available in restaurants and bars.
The labels on the Special Brew bottles are a darker red than those on the Phoenix bottles, and feature a black phoenix on a golden yellow background.
Blue Marlin - http://www.phoenixbeveragesgroup.com
Another beer brewed by Phoenix Beverages Limited, Blue Marlin dates back to 1990 and is classified as a strong 6% beer.
Like Phoenix, Blue Marlin has won international accolades in beer competitions, including the “Gold Medal Monde Selection” in 1992.
Not as widespread as Phoenix, but available in many restaurants and bars and you’ll see its logo (the silver and blue head of a marlin fish) on umbrellas outside some cafes.
Brewed by Universal Breweries Limited, at Nouvelle France in the centre of the island, Black Eagle bottles proudly bear the tag “100% Mauritian Beer”.
Black Eagle is the main competitor of the above Phoenix Beverages-brewed beers and, while not as commonplace as Phoenix, I found it in most restaurants and cafes. I would say that it is probably more widely available than Blue Marlin.
I enjoyed a few bottles of Black Eagle during various meals on the island. Those bottles were the standard 5% lager, not too dissimilar to Phoenix in my opinion. I also enjoyed a bottle of the rarer, 7% “Black Eagle Xtra” from the supermarket – needless to say, this was a darker and stronger beer and not nearly as refreshing as the lighter lagers.
Not surprisingly, the beer’s logo features a large black and gold eagle.
As well as the domestic beers, you can enjoy a range of imported bottled beers. However, I would strongly recommend drinking the internationally acclaimed Mauritian beers during your stay!
Just a quick word of warning when eating out in Mauritius:In most mid-range to upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars you will find that the prices quoted on the menus do not include the 15% VAT charge. This fact will almost always be stated on the menu if it is the case, so keep an eye out for it.Sometimes, it will not be so clear. You may see a...more
Luggage and bags:
Cooling Bags, Cooling blocs
Basic essentials, but again not easy to get hold of over there. They are well worth the extra luggage when they keep that midday rum and coke nice and chilled when the temperature is bursting 30c
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Upset Stomach pills because all them cocktails at Banana Beach Club do start to take their toll! Not to mention the legendary Noodle Man who trades opposite the petrol station....that spicy noodle fest is divine (best in the world infact!) but in the morning you can wake up with a few side affects of the hottest chilli this side of Mexico....
Photo Equipment: Batteries...they arent very reliable in Mauritius and also cost the earth because they are imported. Best stocking up at home and bringing a decent supply.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Some smart evening wear is essential, but forget about the suit and long trousers! Long shorts seem to be the key to enjoying the warm nights. Remember, the temperature rarely falls below 20c even after dark.
Miscellaneous: You must try the rotti from the lady who trades on the road leading to Super U. Absoloute bargain at just 5p each, and her fillings are amazing!!!
General weather forecast for June was 24-28C when I booked my Club Med Air-resort package but forecast day before my departure was more like 22C for the whole week! And rain and strong winds and rough seas for the first 3 days! I discovered the effect of the new moon which, I was advised, generates strong winds! So no glass bottom boat the first...more