It was wonderful in 2010 but visiting for a second time in 2011 gives you a clear view on the improvements that have been made by this very receptive and responsive management team. The arrival of an experienced International Chef has dramatically improved the quality and variety of the food from good to excellent.
Having listened to what entertainment their guests would like, manager Richard satisfied all tastes with a well chosen programme which ranged from Sega on the beach and atmospheric reggae (from the talented Jean Luc) to an accordian player for the French guests and nights of peaceful chat over coffee and drinks - all ending at 11.00pm - a time which suited this cinderella who loves a good nights sleep!
The atmosphere is more akin to a family run hotel with staff keen to satisfy your every need - we were remembererd from last year and our table from the previous year was already set up and unofficially christened the Coy/Jackson table. Get to know the staff by name as this personal touch recognises their excellent service.
You need to be "All inclusive" as the hotel has the most wonderful, quiet position with fabulous views over the lagoon and beaches to walk on either side of the hotel's beach. Racehorses train in the lagoon early mornings, cane fires are lit in the evenings and the mountains finish this remarkable backdrop. But there are no local bars or shops close by.
Rooms are generous and well serviced with great beds. Many people liked the ground floor rooms with their terrace leading straight on to the gardens and pool as well as large bathrooms. We loved the third floor rooms (good lift avaialble) with their generous balconies and in our case - Room 319 - a very large terrace in additional to the balcony (not to mention the glass bathroom!). Small quibble - more furniture needed on the terrace to maximise its potential and hooks on the inside of the bathroom door along with a slightly cooler air conditioning system.
The mix of guests this year was slightly different - French tour groups, Indian Honeymoon Couples and English couples travelling independently - but all enjoyed the ambience and facilities provided; lovely pool, free canoes, kayaks and pedaloes along with the on-site spa and gym.
As well as the organised trips, use the local buses for the experience and visit Centre Flaq market on Wednesdays - hire a car and enjoy exploring the Island while driving on the left hand side of the road and loose your shirt at the Saturday horse racing in Port Louis.
Visit this hotel - you will not regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the gentle shores of the Indian Ocean, Jalsa Beach Hotel & Spa overlooks a turquoise lagoon with stunning mountain scenery. Found along the North East coast of the tropical island of Mauritius, at Poste Lafayette, Jalsa Beach Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jalsa Beach Hotel And Spa - Mauritius
- Jalsa Beach Hotel & Spa - Mauritius Poste Lafayette