This was my first trip to Mauritius and I was so glad we chose to stay at the Hibiscus Beach Resort & Spa. The size of the hotel is perfect - not too big and impersonal - but just right so that you feel home from the beginning since friendly staff knows you from day one. The rooms are perfect size with very big, comfortable beds and all required amenities including fridge and air con. All rooms have a balcony or a small terrace which is perfect for a sundowner or a bottle of wine after dinner. We were lucky to have some friendly neighbors who came to join us for some drinks at night and the next day we could organise a deep sea fishing tour with them.
This hotel has been built in the early/mid 90ies by a well connected family in Mauritius so by that time the owners were in the lucky position to choose the best possible place for it. It has been built on a small secluded part between two white sand beaches on the characteristic black Mauritius vulcano stone and the whole development is overgrown with mature palm trees by now. A true gemstone - so it feels like a well established and tranquil place but with all livelihood and party just a couple of minutes away in Grand Baie (bars, restaurants, discos). The Hotel also has its own jetty so the on location 5* Padi Dive Operators can take you out to the house reef with their diving boat. At the time we were at Hibiscus a group of professional technical divers were on location and testing dive computers for two weeks - they certainly know where to dive...
Truly friendly and family feel. The whole team at Hibiscus were most helpful in all aspects, i.e. organizing a boat outing for us, deep sea fishing tour, a visit to the local rum distillery or simply some good advice on the best clubs or ice cream in the area (ask for the gelato place nearby!).
The breakfast comes with limited choice but there is a chef serving eggs at your request and the yoghurt and fresh fruit are great. Buffet style dinner is not everyones' taste but you can order a la carte if you like. The local preparation of food is spicy and all the meals we had were good quality. Our highlight was clearly when we brought back a yellow fin tuna from our fishing trip and the chef agreed to prepare it for us. We had a fantastic ceviche style starter and grilled tuna steaks with baked potatoes as main. The wine list is not too comprehensive but we paired this with a Boschendal Le Bouquet, followed by a very solid Sancerre.
Would I stay here again?
Yes, absolutely. I always prefer a smaller place with maybe a little less luxury than a faceless 5* development. It was nice to get in touch with locals in and around the hotel so easily which was due to Hibiscus' unique location, much better situated than many of the larger scale and modern hotels in the South the island. If you want a true blend of Mauritius style I recommend this place.
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- Also Known As:
- Hibiscus Beach Hotel Grand Baie
- Hibiscus Beach Resort And Spa
- Hibiscus Beach Resort & Spa Mauritius/Grand Baie