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“Great value, great accommodation at Monalysa Villas.” 5 of 5 stars
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Monalysa Grand Bay Holidays Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   La Salette Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius   |  
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“Great value, great accommodation at Monalysa Villas.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We stayed for 5 days at the Monalysa Grand Baie villas hosted by Eric and his team at Monalysa Tours. As we had a rental car for the duration of our stay in Mauritius we drove from SSR International airport to the Monalysa location in Grand Baie directly and it took us approximately an hour without traffic to arrive within a 5 block radius, then another 15 minutes to find the actual villas. It isn’t difficult to locate at all as it’s VERY centrally located in Grand Baie, but we did not have GPS and were using analogue maps then resorting to asking around to find the actual location.

Upon arrival we were met by the friendly Eric who explained the off street parking procedures and took us to our villa.

First thing to explain is that Monalysa offers differing levels of accommodation – they have newly refurbished bungalows and smaller villas all on the same basic property. We stayed in the smaller and more basic villas.

The villas are completely self-contained and include a full kitchen (with a fridge/freezer, cooktop, microwave, sink, pots and pans), mod cons such as air conditioning and cable TV (although English channels were limited) and a bathroom (with a good sized shower and reliable hot water). Wi-Fi is free and included however reception was not at all reliable in our room which required us to sit just outside our room door on an outdoor setting. An additional repeater would be a good addition to improve Wi-Fi in our villa and the adjoining ones.

I would not say that the villa was luxurious in any way however the facilities are complete, clean and fully functional. The room was cleaned and made every day. The best features of the Monalysa villas however is the location and the service provided by Eric and his excellent staff.
Within a 2 minute walking distance is a large shopping mall with what quickly became our favourite supermarket chain – Super U. The Super U has everything one requires to cook delicious meals at home and is in every way equivalent to supermarkets worldwide. It also has a full bakery which bakes constantly throughout the day so one will never be left short on any baked goods. Also attached is a convenient and affordable café which serves cheap quick food. Aside from the supermarket there is also a plethora of restaurants, shopping and the beach all less than a 5 minute walk away.

Finally Monalysa also operates a full service travel agency on site which we used to organise trips to Ile Aux Cerfs and a dolphin tour. We found these tours to be great value as compared to other offerings from other agents and were run professionally. Cheap quality car hire was also offered but we did not utilise this facility.

To conclude we really enjoyed our stay at the Monalysa villas owing to its location, great value for money and the friendly and obliging Eric who was a most gracious host and accommodated even our most unorthodox requests. If you bear in mind the villas are not luxury accommodations but more value orientated, you can enjoy the savings and spend them on quality tours and activities that you might not have otherwise budgeted for!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

First the good things: Excellent location with Super U (one of the best supermarkets in the world!) close by. Beach within walking distance. Bus stops close. Good facilities if you like self-catering. Our room had a double bed, tv (with only BBC world in english!), fan, air-conditioner, dining table, balcony and was very clean and neat. Also bathroom with shower and kitchen that had a fridge with freezer, microwave, kettle, one plate gas cooker, mini-roaster. Staff friendly and helpful.
On the down side: This is not a bungalow but a studio apartment, but we were happy with it. Small irritating things: No salt & pepper shaker (because "the mauritians don't use it"? No ice trays, no chopping board. Main road very noisy but we could close the windows and block-out the sounds.
Will recommend this place if you want to mingle with the locals on a limited budget - better than resort living in my opinion;)

Room Tip: Get a room on the street side if you want to watch life going by!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gibraltar
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Good quality basic accommodation. Lots of security cameras and an alarm system linked to a security company. Good low cost local restaurants. Short walk to beach or supermarket. Apartment owners do tours and taxi service also very good value. A good alternative to being in a gated hotel.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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MOW
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Much has been said in praise of the place.
Yes, it is great - location, quality and pricewise.
Three things I didn't like though: lack of balcony in our room, too noisy A/C and occasionally unstable hot water supply.
But all the rest is fine! Clean room, towels, sheets, tableware, etc.
A huge super market with a great choice of cheese, warm fresh baguets every morning, meat cuts, frozen foods, wines, etc Very central location in Grand Bay with nice bars & restaurants around, a bus stop to the capital and a small beach nearby. (But you have to walk along the coast for about 15 minutes to a main public beach).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

If you planning to visit Mauritius Monalysa is THE BEST choise. I were there in April 2013. Very very friendly and helpful staff, very clean room, good location - 3min to go bus Bus stop, taxi stand, 1min Super market and good value for money. You can rent a car from them (very good price). Apartmants has got free parking. IF I EVER COME BACK TO MAURITIUS MONALYSA WILL BE MY CHOISE AGAIN!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ibiza, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stay here for 3 weeks and spent a lovely time. Eric and marylin were fantastic, always available and give good advices. It is very clean and safe. There is free wifi, it is very central in gran baie and the beanch is 200 meter far. The best choice in grand baie!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

This were my 2nd time(jan 2013) staying at these lovely ,clean apartments in Grand Baie.
Very close to the beach-3MINUTES WALK . I have stayed in the new Monalysa St Honoare apartments in jan 2013 ....Brand new building with a lovely private swimming pool behind high security walls .

The service of the owners is the best and the tours are well organised ,pickup at the office next to the apartments .
Airport pickup in a lovely aircon shuttle .

Super service always !

Thanks again .

Room Tip: Ask for an apartment in the new building ....away from the busy mainroad and a lovely swimmingpool.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Salette Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius
Location: Mauritius > Riviere du Rempart District > Grand Baie
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Grand Baie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Monalysa Grand Bay Holidays Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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