As we entered the hotel, I was in awe at how beautiful the open air reception area was, it was just lovely and the decor was pretty, the photos I had seen before travelling really didn't do it justice at all, it is much more stunning in reality.
CHECK IN - The hotel offered the best service and check-in experience I have ever had. Our bags were taken for us and we were welcomed by the hotel manager. We were then seated and handed a cool towel and a lovely cold juice cocktail which was very refreshing after the long journey.
SERVICE - The staff work so hard at making the hotel perfect for the guests, and they really have done such a wonderful job. I wish I could, but its impossible to name each individual as every single person went out of their way to make our holiday perfect. They are very helpful and professional, but so friendly and chatty as well. I loved that the staff remembered us personally and actually asked questions about places we were due to visit on the island, they even remembered my birthday when I hadn't even told them about it.
The bar staff were very friendly and laid-back...exactly what you need in a bar like this, they make the atmosphere very relaxing.
The general manager, Ravi was very nice and so friendly. I liked that he was around the hotel, talking to guests as alot of management at other hotels are not very hands-on, Ravi is definitely a wonderful manager and puts the needs of the guests first.
All the staff were amazing and totally in touch with the needs of their guests, nothing is too much for them and it really does make the hotel a wonderful place to stay.
ROOM - We booked a Deluxe room, and were given a free upgrade to a Family room without even having to ask them. This was the best room as it was a lot larger than the deluxe rooms and we had separate sofa's and table area which was nice to have the extra space.
I would recommend the family and deluxe rooms, the superior rooms are on the other side of the hotel and I've heard they are not as nice, but I haven't actually seen them myself.
We were escorted to our room, and there was a beautiful "Happy Anniversary" flower display on the bed, and glasses and a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us. The hotel even sent up a bottle of wine randomly during our stay, this was so nice and unexpected as they'd already done so much, but this was such a lovely gesture from the hotel.
Every day, there was a different flower or towel decoration on the bed, this was so beautiful and made the room look very pretty.
LOCATION - Perfect location for couples. The hotel is on the north west of the island which is the best location as the centre is a lot cooler, and the south & east can get quite windy. The hotel is approx 10 min drive to Grand Baie, this is a little town with the beach, and local shops. Nearby is Grand Baie La Croisette which is a shopping mall and complex. This has several supermarkets, lots of shops many of which are well know American and European brands. There is also a cinema which shows movies in English at the 6pm screenings, and there are a lot of fast food restaurants including a nandos and KFC, not ideal for fine dining but nice for a lunch.
Port Louis is approx 30-40 min in a taxi, the taxi drivers have set rates and wait in Port Louis for you so you can leave whenever you're ready. It is well worth a visit and the hotel taxi drivers are great.
A lot of reviews have complained about the taxi drivers, I think this is unfounded and inaccurate as the drivers are based at the hotel (all taxi's in Mauritius have the base stated on the side door), so they are always there for people who need them, but they don't bother people who don't need their services.This was actually a great thing for us as they taxi's were completely safe and they have set rates so they won't charge ridiculous rates.
Our driver took us on a full day tour of the south island, this was amazing as it was a private tour for just my husband and I, so we could choose where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to stay at each place. This was the highlight of our trip so ask the drivers about the south tour.
POOL & BEACH - There are 2 pools, one at the bar area and the other just behind it. It does get busy, but not so busy that you can't find a sun lounger, we had no problem even at peak times. The bar staff regularly come over for you to order food/drinks so you don't even need to get up.
The beach is across the road from the hotel, it is literally 3 seconds away from the entrance, you can see it from the balcony in the room. Some reviews have stated that it's a busy road - I assure you, it's not! It is ridiculous if you think this is a problem, if you can walk across a normal quiet road, you would have no problem crossing here. You get maybe one car every 3 to 5 mins, and the security guard actually walks you across if you need help, but really...look both ways and cross, I don't see what the problem is at all.
It is a small beach, but the water is so clear and lovely. There are a few stray dogs on the beach, but they don't bother people and at no point do the come anywhere near the hotel. The beach at Perybere is larger and prettier, this is a short walk away but we took a taxi as there is no pedestrian walkway on part of the road.
SPA & GYM - Lovely little spa which is well decorated with a wide variety of treatments available. We were given a free massage by the reception at check in, this was such a nice touch as we would have used the spa anyway, but it's nice to have this as complimentary.
As you enter, you're seated and offered a cool drink before being taken into the treatment room. The masseuse was amazing, she was clearly very well trained and it was one of the most relaxing massages I've ever had. I would highly recommend having a treatment here.
The gym is really not great, it is small and has very little equipment, and that which is there is old and in poor condition. It's not a major problem as we decided to go running instead, this was a better idea as the views are unbelievable in the morning.
RESTAURANT - Breakfast is good, there is a selection of fruit, cheese, cold meats, rolls, croissants etc, and the warm food selection of sausages, meats, potatoes, freshly cooked eggs. The eggs were good as they were freshly cooked and made exactly to order. The bread was warm and delicious, and they had freshly made pancakes served with honey, syrup or chocolate.
The evening meals are also buffet style, but are good because there is a different theme each night, this ensured there was a wide variety. The tandoori buffet was particularly nice, and the traditional food was very well cooked and had some delightful flavours.
All food is quickly replenished, and is always hot and fresh, and you would never need to wait for anything.
The hotel surprised us and arranged a complimentary special Anniversary dinner for my husband and I, this was so nice and special, we were given an invite, and seated in a large semi-private section just off the main restaurant. The table was stunningly decorated and we had table service with specific waiters allocated to us. We were served a delicious 5 course meal which was perfectly cooked and so nicely presented, each dish was heart shaped and the entire meal was very romantic. The seafood was so fresh and very well cooked, the hotel really does have wonderful chefs.
BAR - Lovely bar area overlooking the pool, in the evening there is live entertainment which is different each night, this is good for the variety so keeps it interesting. The jazz music was particularly good.
The cocktails are not the best, but nice enough and the surroundings and lovely staff make up for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coin de Mire Attitude is a 3 star hotel where one immediately feels at home…Situated at the northern tip of Mauritius, between the fishermen’s village of Cap Malheureux and the lively village of Grand Bay, across the road from the beach, the 3* hotel faces one of the most stunning views the island offers, the majestic rock Coin de Mire sitting on the horizon…The typical Mauritian architecture and the contemporary decoration contribute to that genuinely tropical holiday atmosphere.Its welcoming team, its beautiful tropical garden, its 102 spacious rooms and its Spa Attitude invite families, couples and individuals to relax in a very cosy atmosphere.For those who are adventurous and curious, Coin de Mire Attitude is the starting point to discover the island and its inhabitants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coin De Mire
- Coin Mire
- Coin De Mire Grand Baie
- Coin De Mire Attitude Mauritius/Grand Baie