We stayed at Ocean Villas 10 - 17 August 2013. One could really write two reviews for this hotel as their is a very distinctive split between the old and new sections. The new part of the hotel is a little further up the beach and is not only more private but also has new, contemporary rooms and better views and pools. (Rooms 301 to 314). The rooms and gardens in the old part of the hotel appear to be quite run down and personally I wouldn't stay in that section. Staff on the whole were great (even though this has been mentioned as a negative in several reviews). The exception to this is the slightly abrasive elderly couple who seem to manage (possibly own) the hotel. We had breakfast every day which was nice although very repetitive over a week. (The breakfast chefs are particularly warm and friendly though and do their best to make sure you get what you want.) The water sports were a disaster as the boat was broken and no alternative arrangement had been made. They are also very badly equipped (kayaks with broken paddles etc.) This is definitely not the place to stay if you want to play on the bay. You should also know that the hotel is quite far from Grand Baie town. You can walk (we did the first day) but there are no pavements and hectic traffic so it is quite nerve-wracking, much better to take the super-cheap and very reliable local bus which stops right outside the hotel. (Don't bother with taxis as they cost a fortune.) You can also take the bus to the shopping centres or the nearby villages. I'm not sure if we would stay here again but apart from the water sports I thought it was fair value and quite convenient. NB If you are going to Mauritius in winter, definitely stay on the other side of the bay as the prevailing winds hit the Ocean Villas beach head on.
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Villas Hotel Grand Baie
- Ocean Hotel Grand Baie
- Ocean Villas Mauritius/Grand Baie