We stayed here 26th May for 11 nights in a Prestige room on the top floor (Rm430). All rooms have some sea view, and ours was wonderful with views of the wedding gazebo, gardens & sea.
The room itself was excellent, with a great feature of sliding bathroom doors so you can have it open-plan, and a walk-in wardrobe to hide the cases.
The AI package includes SOME of the mini-bar, but not the sparkling wine (£30!) nor snacks (oh how that Twix looked tempting), so don’t get caught out. If you want one particular type of item more than another just leave a note and they will do this (we asked for 4x diet Pepsi instead of the orange and regular Pepsi; this was remembered daily). The white wine was vile, and no red wine which is a shame.
Food – there are so many options and choices of packages and restaurants it is no wonder people are confused.
Firstly men need long trousers at night in all restaurants (and closed-toe shoes plus collared shirt/polo at The Chateau) so pack appropriately. We spoke to at least two who had to go out and buy some.
Main buffet (Belle Vue) for all meals and 6 days a week serves a buffet for dinner, 1 evening it has a set-menu served at your table (soup and salad still from buffet). We enjoyed this evening although of course the choices are limited.
La Maree (beach restaurant) – Prestige rooms and suites/villas can eat breakfast here (served rather than buffet). We did this twice but preferred to be able to choose the hot items, and as they bring you juices, jams, breads and you choose a hot item if you want so some items went unused and presume wasted. Lunch – AI can eat here on a ‘set’ menu with choice of starter, main & dessert. Dinner – again AI can book here, and it’s a set-menu although they also do a la carte and a set-price menu so a little confusing. You can also buy the Gourmet Pass and choose items with a chef’s hat off the a la carte. This restaurant also does special nights (steak/lobster night) at an extra cost.
There is also a ‘German’ BBQ just behind La Maree, not marked on the map they give you. Good choice of meat/seafood here, plus some items you can pay for (ribs/steaks).
The Gourmet Pass (GP) – costs 2,950MUR (5,900 per couple=£125 @ the hotel rate of 47MUR to £1GBP) for 3 vouchers, plus you can purchase extras for 1,000 per couple, or you can buy 6 for either 9,500/9,900 (I forget which) – either way if my math is correct you would find it cheaper to buy the pack of 3, then buy 3 extra vouchers total 8,900?
The cost of 6 would therefore be about £35 per meal per couple. If you then use these at the Chateau Môn Desir, this provides fantastic value for money as some of the menu dishes are quite expensive (£30 some main courses). Also it provides you access to your AI drinks so you can choose a bottle of wine from the AI menu at no extra cost (I believe their own wine list is very expensive). We have read reviews of people complaining that they paid £200 a head at the Chateau, and cannot understand why they didn’t just buy the GP? We ate there 3 times and it was fantastic each time; the service, ambiance and food are all First Class.
You can also use the GP at the Chinese (La Banyan) ,the Creole (?) & La Maree but the value is obviously less but still better than what you would pay if choosing from the a la carte menu (the Creole is a set menu with a cost of I think 1,100 so it’s marginally cheaper to use the GP, but still better to save them for the Chateau). At La Maree, La Banyan and The Chateau you choose items with a chef’s hat (90% of the menu). If you choose to go to any restaurant without the GP then there is a contribution towards the bill or a charge for a set-menu.
OK now onto non-food matters;
The beaches are wide with plenty of beds in the sun or shade; there is also the option of the ‘posh’ beach which you get to go on if you are in a suite or if you pay €20 per person per day! We thought this expensive, but I suppose it depends on your POV; you get white towels, sparkling wine, proper glasses, tables and bespoke waiter service, plus lunch at your beds, and it is more centrally located.
On the other beaches you have a blue flag that you place in your parasol to ask for waiter service, and they are very quick to respond with beers, soft drinks, and some snacks (there are small wooden menus dotted about). The staff here are all very friendly and efficient.
There are beach sellers selling jewellery, sarongs, shells etc, and from what we heard their prices were not as cheap as the shops we saw in Port Louis.
Watersports – the hotel provides glass-bottom boat trips, snorkelling trips (with free equipment), and pedalloes/kayaks all part of the AI, plus you can pay for jet-ski’s for example, but we never saw anyone using these as they charge a ridiculous amount (£60 was mentioned; tip for hotel, charge half as much and people may actually use them, false economy charging so much).
Bars/drinks – The main bar is the Quarter Deck (actually there is just this bar and the beach-bar at La Maree, there is no lobby bar). There is a large menu of AI drinks, but in the main it’s not top-shelf brands (Smirnoff Red and Martini are the main well-known brands included). But still the drinks are OK, with plenty of cocktails, and coffees etc on offer. They also have 3 lovely bar-snacks (Banana chips, curried sticks, and nuts). The Quarter deck bar has great views for sunsets, as does the beach bar, and both are highly recommended. The staff are nice here too. Piano music is played and the atmosphere is relaxed.
Staff – perhaps the high point of the hotel. They are all very friendly, and will help you with anything you need. Too many examples to name one person only, but we really liked the young smiley-guy on the main door who drove us in the buggy to the Chateau, he really shows he enjoys his work, and is a great ambassador for the Hotel.
Excursions – The Summertimes rep provided some useful information and showed us the trips they had to offer, but when we spoke with people on the beach we found them to be twice as much as those you could get by approaching one of the beach sellers (e.g. Nicolas ‘Clarke’ roams about the beach two or three times a day when security don’t kick him off!). We paid £47 a head for an east-coast catamaran trip including Isle des Cerfs (7.30am start, 5.30pm back at hotel) with drinks and BBQ lunch provided, and found this to be excellent VFM; the same trip with Summertimes was £87 each. It’s obviously not sanctioned by the hotel, but the trip is exactly the same – everyone we spoke to who had been on one of these trips had no complaints (although don’t let them have you get picked up at the end of the beach, far too much of a hassle).
We also hired a car (off the internet with Maki Cars) and this was cheap at £56 for 2 days (petrol cost us about £20) for a decent car. They can provide a sat-nav for about €3 a day, highly recommended as whilst the roads are good, the free map you can get at reception just doesn’t cut it for driving. We had a couple of ‘moments’ getting lost in Port Louis rush-hour was not much fun at all.
There is plenty to see on this island so you really do need to either go on organised excursions or hire a car and do-it-yourself; the other option is to hire a private taxi driver for the day for about £80 (the hotel will arrange this for you) – we saw several of these ‘trips’ going on and they seemed to be very good at showing people the sights. You can also order a packed lunch from the hotel 24 hours in advance to take with you.
Tip – the coloured sands of Chamarel/Waterfalls (same attraction place) is well worth a visit (strangely odd that there is quite a drive from the entrance but bear with it the road only goes one way); the cost is only about £4 a head and I’d also suggest that the little outside café they have provides some very cheap food and looks new and very clean, and would make a nice lunch/snack opportunity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sparkling sandy beach, tropical gardens and the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean... Live the essence of a great island escape!Immerse yourself in this luxurious five-star beach and spa resort gently nestled within a picturesque private estate along the protected marine park of Turtle Bay.Enjoy a prime location on the sunniest and sheltered Northwest coast of the island between the capital Port - Louis and the lively village of Grand Bay and indulge in the pure nature of the historical estate of 25 hectares awarded 'Most Beautiful Garden of Mauritius'. Be spoilt by world-class accommodation with 215 luxurious rooms and suites as well as an exclusive villa, all sea facing and elegantly designed ...ideal to embrace the tropical ambiance of the island. Savour endless culinary delights during your journey with an exceptional selection of five exquisite restaurants and three bars ranging from 'feet in the sand' beach restaurants to Asian fusion and the exclusive fine dining restaurant 'Chateau Mon Desir'.Pamper yourself in its 'Maritim Tropical Flower Spa', an oasis of wellbeing offering exclusive treatments and stunning facilities to relax and unwind.Those seeking for active holidays will benefit from an infinite range of land and water sports offered such as horse riding, golf, archery, water ski, diving and many more!Whenever you are looking for relaxing or active holidays, this 5-star luxury hotel, part of Maritim Hotels, will offer you an exceptional array of facilities and experiences combined with the highest standards of service delivered with genuine Mauritian hospitality. Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius ...your holidays... beyond paradise ... more less
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