We have just returned from the most wonderful family holiday to Mauritius, staying at the Coin de Mire Attitude. Simply put, this hotel exceeded out expectations because of it's staff, it's management and it's setting.
If you want a small, quiet, friendly, attentive and very personal hotel then this is the one to choose.
Location. The location is fantastic and suited our needs perfectly. The site is compact and incredibly well arranged, so you have no lengthy walks to get anywhere and always feel that you are in a secluded corner of lush tropical garden. The beach is perfect and is exactly what you would expect from an indian ocean island. Though small we never once struggled to find a spare lounger. All beaches in Mauritius are public, so this has a real village feel, with local boats moored alongside the hotel boats, people fishing and snorkelling and kids swimming or playing on pedallos. Very calm, peaceful and friendly. The road is not a problem - its an island and its small, so people have to get around somehow! It is a single lane road and the lovely security guys always see you across safely - even if there is no traffic around.
Food. We stayed all inclusive and ate all of our meals apart form a couple of snacks at the hotel. The food was really great, with a buffet style menu each evening that followed a main theme (Mauritian, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Chef and CDM, for example). Our children were able to order chicken or burgers when they wanted, so there was no pressure for them to eat anything they didn't want. The breakfasts were fantastic, with an egg chef always present to make your preference of omelette etc. Fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals, breads, cheese etc.
Rooms. Our room was always spotlessly clean and was modern, open plan and had a nice balcony. We had asked to have a room away from the bar area just in case it was a noisy hotel (which it most definitely isn't) and had 524, which is on the reception side of the hotel. This was great for us and we had 14 lovely nights of undisturbed sleep.
Activities. Jean-Phillipe was there every day to organise activities if people wanted to take part and offered everything from a 30 minute beach walk to Perre-Beyre (definitely do this as it will help you settle in, discover just how beautiful this place is and get oriented), aqua gym, tennis and sega dancing etc. There is a tennis court on site and a small fitness room with cycle trainers, elliptical, dumbbells, static weight machine etc (its basic, but I used it everyday and never had to wait for equipment). Important note for runners. If you need to road-run then turn right out of the hotel and head north. The road is small and quiet going this way as you are heading away from the main tourist villages etc and will be able to run on the road as long as you take care. You'll also see some beautiful parts of the island. A run from the hotel to the other side of Grande Gaube on this road out and back is a half marathon. There is intermittent pavement and the edges of the road often just drop away a few inches. Careful with the traffic as there are few runners around and scooter drivers/local cars might assume you'll hop off the road to let them pass. I did 3 10K and two half marathon training runs on this road and had no problems.
Staff. The people are what made this hotel so special; they were simply great and always, always attentive to your requests, needs and questions. I hate listing names because I just know I am going to miss some people out, but I have to on this occasion because of the very special experience the team made this holiday.
Our Virgin rep (Kurt) told the hotel it was our 20th anniversary this month and they made our chosen day very special. It started at breakfast when we noticed that the flower display prepared each morning on the way to the restaurant had our initials in two hearts, then Koobeer brought my wife a lovely flower arrangement he had made himself from the flowers in the garden. Next we bumped into Sanjay who gave us the most wonderfully personal card, with a lovely message that included our childrens names as well as ours and was beautifully worded. In the afternoon Koobeer brought my wife and my daughter some more flowers as we had a drink by the pool. When we went back to our room in the afternoon it had been beautifully decorated with flowers and towels arrangements (I think Shela did this as she was looking after our room during our stay) - we took loads of photos as the room was amazing, I have included one in our review. Finally, at dinner, we were given a lovely cake at the end of our meal to end what had been a really wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.
Within a few days of being there all of the staff seemed to know where we preferred to sit, what we preferred to drink and what the children wanted etc. So, I must list some names, and please please forgive me if you work at the CDM and don't see your name here (particularly as we didn't get a couple of the names for staff at the evening meals who were just fantastic at sorting out food for the children). Special thanks to (amongst others) Sanjay, Ally, Ashley, Manuella, Giana, Christina, Danny, Shela, Manjoo, Jean-Phillipe and Koobeer. Also to the lovely lady who on the last 3 evening meals made sure that we actually ordered different meals for the children as she could see they wanted them and didn't want us to feel embarrassed for asking - I didn't get your name, but thank you.
We very nearly spent a lot more money to book an 'upmarket, larger' hotel on the island - thank goodness we didn't. This is not a budget or value hotel - it is a lovely, special hotel that happens to cost a lot less than you would expect.
Stay here if you want a quiet, relaxed, personal and memorable holiday. Stay all-inclusive.
Would we book it again? Definitely.
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