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!
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- Also Known As:
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