A 1970's 3star hotel offering excellent service, good food and entertainment.
We had a ground floor, beachfront room in the Garden Court, which was perfectly located for us. Our room was large with all the usual amenities (air-con, ceiling fan, TV, phones etc) The bathroom was large with a shower over the bath and two handbasins. The only minor point was the tiling and general decoration of the room was dated and a bit tired. Had the handbasins been painted at some point?? - in need of upgrading. I suspect it was the original bathroom from the 1970's. There was a wide set of french doors leading out onto a covered terrace with a pair of sunbeds, a table and two chairs. The locks on the door were a bit basic but there was a security guard close by 24/7. In front of the terrace was a grass garden area leading to steps down to the white sand beach. It was lovely to lie in the sun on the grass area, or on our terrace and be able to walk down for a swim without having to secure our room, find a sunbed and carry towels etc with us. There was a shower on the beach and a footwash so no worries about salty towels. The gardens around abounded with lots of brightly coloured birds.
Out of the 'back door' was a covered walkway that ultimately lead to reception and the restaurant/bar area through a lush garden of mango trees, a pond full of koi carp and lush large leaved climbers and bushes. Every night after dark, the frog chorus started and was deafening when walking back to your room, however when you closed your door it cut out the noise efectively so no problem with sleeping.
The bar restaurant area was parly in the open around the pool so choice of table for evening dinner depended on wether a shower of rain was forecast. (often happens during cyclone season) Food was varied and was a usual buffet with meat frying stations as recipes needed. The bar staff were very friendly and very helpful giving advice re cocktails etc. Bear in mind there were no 'cheap' drinks here, a carafe of wine or bottles of the local 'Pheonix' beer were probably the best value.
A big plus for this hotel was the free watersports. There was free water skiing, with lessons if needed, free glass bottom boat, free snorkelling trips out to the reef plus pedaloes, kayaks and sailing dinghies. The staff at the boathouse were very helpful, partiularly, Fazal (not sure if this name is correct) who fixed my own broken snorkel for me.
Grand Baie takes about 20mins to walk from the hotel along a main road with few lengths of footpath so care needed when walking. Grand Baie was brash and busy and inundated with taxis. I held very little appeal for us since the hotel had everything we wanted.
A gala dinner on New Years Eve was very good with a magician, two bands, fire eaters on the beach followed by a spectacular fireworks display to follow.
We enjoyed our holiday very much due in no small part to the attentiveness and friendliness of all the staff including the managers and Mr Tony Duval personally.
We had room 510 but any room on the end of the garden court would be best
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Thank you so much for choosing Merville Beach to spend the end of year festive seasons for which we are glad to hear were greatly appreciated.
Your observation about the general decoration of the room has been analysed and will be taken into consideration on our next refurbishment program.
The boathouse team is very touched, particularly Faizal, by your encouraging comments and expressed their gratitude.
I personally do appreciate your patronage and in our endeavor to continuously Help People Celebrate Life, do rest assured of our hospitality at all times.
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