We went to The Sugar Beach for 10 nights from the 3rd November. We booked through Mauritius Holidays Direct who were extremely helpful and knowledgable about the island. We flew directly with Air Mauritius. Unfortunately we had a 2 hour delay leaving Heathrow due to an aircraft change in Mauritius. The flight was comfortable with similar legroom to BA and good food by airline standards.Night flight there and day flight back. The day flight was great because it was very clear and we flew over Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. We were in a standard room which was lovely with a balcony looking over the quiet pool and beyond to the sea. It was quiet, clean, very comfortable bed and big TV. The sheets and towels were changed daily and they were good quality. The only problem we had was with the shower which went from hot to cold and sometimes no hot water possibly because it was a busy time. We paid for internet access in our room but more often than not it didn't work. We did report this and were told we would be refunded but on check out this did not happen and it was too early in the morning to do anything about it. The grounds were immaculate with people working all the time. The lawns were beautifully tended. The coconuts were removed to avoid accidents. There was no debris. The flowers were very colourful. The tennis courts were in good condition and shared with La Pirogue hotel next door. The beach was pretty but the sea is very shallow out to the reef. There is no sailing allowed when the tide is out as rocks are too near the surface. The sailing boats are Funboats and small lasers (no Hobies) and they do not have stand up paddleboards which would be perfect in this location. There are bits of reef on the beach and in the water but we did not feel the need for water shoes. We walked the length of the beach where the hotels are and were very happy that we chose Sugar beach as the grounds are more special and the beach was the best bit of that part of the coast. The main pool was a lovely design but for me the quiet pool was one of the lovliest pools I have been in.The rep we had was not very informative only seeming to want to sell very expensive daytrips. We went by bus to Flic en Flac which was really cheap and the buses are regular. There is a well stocked supermarket and some touristy shops but it is not very big, the restaurants didn't have much custom. We took a taxi into Port Louis where the taxi driver waited for us to take us back, personally I wouldn't waste holiday time on Port Louis as it is nothing special. the market was good for fruit and veg. We hired a car and managed to see a lot of the east and some of the south of the island, unfortunately visibility was not good enough to explore the interior where the waterfalls are. Sadly we did not have great weather. In 10 days we had 4 beautiful days. It was always warm/hot but we needed another layer in the evenings. There were dark stormy clouds and intermittent rain. The hotel provided umbrellas. I think we were unlucky as there were people who return every year at the same time and they had never had more than a couple of bad days.There were weddings every day near the quiet pool. Now on to the food. Breakfast was great for choice. Lots of fresh fruit, bacon eggs etc, waffles and pancakes, cold meats and cheeses, juices but best of all were the croissants, pastries, baguettes, pain au chocolate, brioche, muffins and toast. The only downside of breakfast was the bacon was cold as were the beans and poached eggs were always hard and left to stand too long. Dinner in the main restaurant was full of selection and different themes each night. The starters were fantastic but the main courses let them down. The meat was tough, they ran out of steaks and some of the dishes were cold. But they made up for it with the puddings especially the Creme Brulee. We booked half board and expected to have a choice of restaurants within our deal. If we had eaten at Tides the allowance for half board would only have covered the cost of a starter. The Italian was similar. For All Inclusive guests they could choose dishes marked with an asterisk at these restaurants which was slightly better. Basically Half Board means one restaurant unless you want an expensive bill. As for drinks, the prices were unbelievable. The water was 8 times more expensive than the supermarket which I did bring to the attention of the Management. We did get 1 litre of water delivered to our room each evening. A coke which was mainly ice worked out at about £3.50. It did seem that other hotels charged the same sort of prices. All in all we had a lovely holiday despite the weather but it is a very long way to go from the UK when you can have a similar holiday nearer.
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Beach Hotel Flic En Flac
- Sugar Beach Mauritius
- Hotel Sugar Beach
- Sugar Beach Resort Mauritius/Flic En Flac