We spent 5 nights in the Maradiva for our honeymoon, and it has been a wonderful experience in every aspect!
There is nothing to complain about the villa. Even though we have already seen dozens of photos of it and know what to expect, we were still amazed by the quality of the villa when we actually saw it. A large outdoor terrace; a plunge pool overseeing the garden with a sun bed big enough for 2 people, already wrapped in towels; free wifi; a big walk-in closet; a nice bath tub with bath salt provided; and even an outdoor shower for you to have a relaxing shower under the sun.
Breakfast is excellent!! It has a wide selection to choose from, from cold cuts, cereals, bread, jam, to omelets, egg benedict and florentine. We especially like the bread basket with danish pastries and the fruit platter (prepared when order so you don't have to worry about the flies) is a very nice touch as well.
There are 2 restaurants - Cilantro (Indian and Japanese Teppanyaki) and Coast 2 Coast (International).
The Indian food offered by Cilantro is delicious. Although if you are not a big fan of spicy food (like me), you will have less dishes to choose from as around 50% of the dishes on the menu is hot. But overall I think it is worth going as the food is nice. We are on half-board and there is a wide selection to choose from without having to pay a supplement.
The Teppanyaki, also offered by Cilantro is average, though by saying average it is more on the menu-selection-side rather than the food-quality-side. The setting of the Teppanyaki is quite nice, but the selection of the menu is quite restrictive. We ended up choosing one dish with a supplement of around MUR600+, not an unreasonable amount but we would prefer not to spend the extra bit. If you want to dine here bear in mind that you will need to make a booking beforehand, and there are only 2 booking slots, 19:00 and 21:00.
Coast 2 Coast is our favourite restaurant. It has a very comprehensive menu, and all the food we have had have been excellent. A lot to choose from if you want to avoid the half-board supplement as well. We especially love the lamb chops and the mixed grill! If you go for lunch or are not on half board, pizza would be a value for money choice. It costs you MUR400 (EUR10) for a whole pizza while the meat-dishes are like MUR2000+ (and even a non-alcoholic cocktail costs you MUR350).
Drinks are on the expensive side. As mentioned, non-alcoholic cocktails are MUR350 and alcoholic ones are MUR450. The local beer Phoenix is worth trying though which is priced at MUR190. Although if you go to the local supermarket SPAR which is 5-10 mins ride away, you can get it at MUR25.
Gym, tennis court, table tennis, bikes, spa and swimming pool.
Gym is well equipped and maintained. Rarely saw anybody using the tennis court and table tennis, the equipments are quite new and well-maintained. Quite a number of bikes including adult's and kid's size can be borrowed. Christian at the gym is a very nice guy, he will even prepare drinks for you after you have worked out!
For the spa, we have a complimentary 30 mins back massage as we are on our honeymoon, we were given the option to pay for an additional 30 mins massage (MUR2,800) to get an one-hour full body massage.
After checking in with the reception we were led to a changing room. I found that the locker I was assigned to have no slippers, no bath robe, no towels and no disposal underwear for me to change into. I went out again to tell the reception about the situation, but no one has followed up after that. I ended up getting the things from another unused locker (which I believe was what happened to my locker).
There is a sauna room, steam room and a warmed swimming pool for spa guests to use. The steam room is way too hot to stay for even a few minutes (it is at 55 degrees celsius). The sauna is maintained at a much better temperature, although there is no water bucket around for us to add water. We didn't try the swimming pool but it is a very decent pool from the look of it.
After we have changed, we were asked to wait at the swimming pool area. This is indeed quite weird in the way that we were in our bathrobes, and some workmen (around 4 guys) were wondering around in the pool area. Apparently they are not therapist of the spa and they are just checking/fixing the lights or something. I would prefer the area to be more private, or at least we should be told that somebody is working within the area.
But after we were led to the therapy room, everything went uphill. The room is very spacious with a lovely garden, not that we will go out but is a very pleasant view. The massage is really good, and after an hour of massage, we were also given 30 mins to have a bubble bath. The bath tub is large enough for 2 people, prepared at a nice temperature, with loads of bubbles and some rose petals. A very relaxing 1.5 hours, especially after we did a 3-hour hike in the early morning on the same day~
The infinity pool is at a decent size and offers a brilliant view of the beach. Not many people used it since everyone has their own plunge pool in the villa. The pool will be warmed during the winter season.
The service is excellent, the staff is very welcoming, polite, attentive and helpful. There are several occasions I want to highlight:
* Afternoon snacks including 3 different kinds of refreshments will be brought to the villa everyday at around 17:00! A very nice touch especially after an afternoon of water sports you will surely treasure some snacks!
* On one day we went for an early hike, and needed to depart the hotel at 06:15. When we told them our situation the staff very kindly reminded us that we can have continental breakfast at our villa at 06:00. It's very nice to be able to have a cup of coffee, fruits and bread instead of going to the hike with an empty stomach.
* The coast 2 coast restaurant offers mainly outdoor dining area so unavoidably there will be flies around. When the staff saw us waving and wanting to keep the flies away, they bring us candles which is supposed to keep away the flies and it really worked!
* Our flight is set to depart at 21:50, and the hotel allows us to keep our villa until our departure time which is really nice!! This means that we can enjoy the hotel for the whole daytime! And from the comments made by other reviewers, there is usually no problem in keeping the villa until departure so this is a norm for them instead of only happening in some rare occasions!
The BEACH/BOAT HOUSE:
The beach is nice and clean, and within a short distance to the villas. There are plenty of sun beds and I have never had problem finding one.
It is not too suitable for swimming due to the dead corals and speedboats around (which actually applies to the whole Flic En Flac). But the scenery is nice enough to just sit there and relax and do some sun bathing. Swimming can be done in the villa or in the swimming pools of the hotel.
Boat house is great and offers a lot of complimentary water sports. We went snorkeling and the guys at the boat house are nice enough to take our camera with him when he dived into the deeper ocean to take some photos of the corals for us. They are very patient if you want to learn some wind surfing/other water sports as well.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
November 8, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
Report response as inappropriate
Greetings from Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa!
To hear of your experience while staying with us is a pleasure as your suggestions in every area are very important in allowing us to improve our service and exceed your expectations for future visits.
I am delighted to know that your stay was a wonderful experience and were pleased with the various aspects and amenities of our resort including the décor of the villas, restaurants, recreation activities and the service. We have taken note of the areas that you felt were below your expectations and have adjusted accordingly.
On behalf of the entire team, I wish to thank you for choosing Maradiva Mauritius for your Honeymoon.
I look forward to welcoming you back to Maradiva for your next holiday.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.