We have just returned from our first visit to Mauritius. We had booked 2 weeks at Mon Choisy Beach Resort, as we like the extra space of self-catering accommodation, the fact that one can cook a meal, should you be so inclined, and also that this would allow us to stay for a longer period as it was more cost-effective than staying at a hotel.
We booked the accommodation through Booking.com after reading many of the reviews for the resort. We decided to pay the little bit extra to have a sea-facing unit, which is an absolute must! it is not always clear to see from photographs on the Internet what a resort really looks like, so I will try to explain a bit. MCBR is built on a long, narrow piece of land right on the beach. It consists of 5 separate buildings, one behind the other, blocks A to E, with block A being the units that are sea-facing, and block E being close to the road and entrance. Every block consists of 3 units on floor level, 3 units on first level, and 1 unit on the top level. In other words, each block consists of 7 units, meaning that only the 7 units in block A are sea-facing. All the other units would only be garden-facing (very small side gardens). On the only vacant site next to MCBR, a building is being erected which looks like it could be rather big, which will take away any side sea-view any of the back units may have had.
In front of block A, there is a lovely pool with a number of deck chairs to enjoy. There is a magnificent view from the front of the resort looking out over the sea, with wonderful sunsets. People often enjoyed this.
MCBR has a front gate which you can use to take long walks on the beach to e.g. Trou aux Biches or Mont Choisy Beach. Both lovely beaches to swim at. We enjoyed a late afternoon walk every day, coming back for a dip in the pool, before enjoying the sunsets. All the units have a little balcony, so it was nice to sit there with something to drink.
Our unit was on the bottom level, which we enjoyed as it was so easy to walk to the pool, etc., but you do have a bit of a privacy problem, so perhaps the next level would be better, but then you would have to deal with stairs all the time. Personal choice I guess.
Our unit was lovely and clean. It was smaller than I had expected though, with the only cupboard for all the clothing, being the one in the kitchen area, which can be seen on the Internet. There is hardly any space to put any foodstuffs in the kitchen, and we had to use the area under the sink, which normally has a bit of a smell, to store some items. The fridge is minute, with a very small freezer section, but at least we had a fridge. Our air conditioner was working, but after an hour or so, it started dripping water all over on the floor. The Manager, Sadec, came to have a look, and asked if it could be seen to on the Monday (we arrived on Sat.), and we had no problem with that. They supplied towels to put on the floor in the meantime for the dripping. The two-plate stove was not working, and a working unit was put cross-ways on top of it, as it was apparently a slightly different size, and the cupboard top would have to be cut bigger to fit it in. This made the working area, already very small, very difficult to handle. As we were in the unit for 2 weeks, I believe this could have been corrected during that time.
The kitchen has the basic equipment, a bit on the minimal side, but quite sufficient. MCBR could really invest in a decent knife though, such as a breadknife. There are 3 very small knives with which to cut items such as fruit and veg, etc., and it is quite a battle! The towels are also no longer soft and white, and should really be replaced. White towels which have turned grey are not attractive. The bed is wonderful, but also the white linen is starting to turn greyish. Although the room looked lovely and clean, we often had a smell of something like urine, which I could not explain. It did not come from the bathroom area. The bed looked brand new, so I am not sure if the smell came from the duvet or pillows, or was it just a dampness from the sea? I just used air freshener to try to block it.
The beaches in the area are very close, and many are wonderful for swimming. I could just never find a place to go snorkeling from the beach, as most beaches have a bathing section with ropes around (to keep bathers safe from all the passing boats), so one could not safely go snorkeling past these ropes. We took a short drive towards Grand Baie area, and found La Cuvette beach. It was wonderful for a swim, and we made this our regular beach. We also took a glass bottomed boat from here to the reef for some snorkeling.
Sadec and his staff members are really very helpful and friendly, and on a few occasions Isabella made lovely towel displays on our bed while we were at the beach. The gardens and building are kept in a spotless condition, everything in its place. The guardsmen at the gate are also extremely helpful and friendly.
All in all, we had a really lovely time at MCBR. GBTT (Grand Bay Travel and Tours) have an office next door, and can book many trips you may want to take for you. There are many service providers in the area, which could do the same.
There are just so many restaurants in the area that you could pick and choose where and what to eat. We drove up to Grand Baie area (very close), and had an excellent time at the Patch and Parrot Restaurant and Sports Bar. Live music on Fridays, very casual, excellent food.
Make sure you block a sea-facing unit in Block A.
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