We had this place recommended by friends and had already booked it based on the reviews on here. They are absolutely true, I find it difficult to find a single fault with this place.
We spent a relaxing trip here for 1 week initially and came back for the final week of the holiday, delighted that they had space.
The pools are marvellous and never crowded as the sets of villas each have pools. The rooms are really well designed, with comfortable bedroom / sitting room / kitchenette areas and a separate dressing room / bathroom. They are small yet feel perfectly spacious for 2 people and manage to create distinct zones for living. Each villa also has excellent secluded and private outdoor patio space where one can dine or just relax. It is particularly nice to sit there on an evening with a drink from the well stocked bar.
One of the lovely things about this place is that you can, if you like be self sufficient. As this was a 3 week holiday, eating out every night would have been tiresome but the kitchenettes were sufficiently well appointed to allow preparation of lunches / simple dinners. The only downside is that there is no close place to buy food. There is a brilliant local market in Flacq and a modern supermarket next to it however (short bus ride from outside Maison d'Ete).
The beach is not a strong point at Maison d'Ete, it is more a wild windy unspoilt beach than a manicured white sand one, but one could still easily lay a towel and relax. The snorkelling immediately outside the hotel is excellent though as there is a small living reef.
Whilst the East coast is quiet and less developed, it is still easy to get around Mauritius either by rental car, taxi or the totally brilliant public bus service (changing in Flacq to go anywhere).
Maison d'Eté also has good facilities to entertain. Well stocked library, Free wifi and computers, mountain bikes, kayaks and snorkelling equipment. All included in the price too…
The onsite restaurant is so good it is a destination restaurant for Mauritians and other tourists staying elsewhere. There is a wide range of international food, usually a recipe for disaster but it is all brilliantly executed from the pizzas to the fine fish dishes. The waiting staff are incredibly polite and well trained and learned your habits and preferences quickly.
Whilst we stayed for the 2nd week a new owner, a Parisian lady took over and I met her and had a chat to her, she was very charming and interested to hear our experiences. I told her to change nothing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This discreet address along the wild coast, North-East of Mauritius, is a well kept secret only spread by word-of mouth among insiders.1 unspoilt beach, 14 rooms, 2 swimming pools, 1 restaurant, 1 lounge bar, 1 little spa...In praise of simplicity, is not true luxury ? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison D'Ete Hotel Mauritius/Poste Lafayette