My wife and I have recently returned from our Honeymoon at 20 Degres Sud and we had a fabulous time both at this hotel and Mauritius in general.
As many have mentioned previously, the hotel is extremely peaceful and intimate - the overall style and look of the hotel is fantastic and really lives up to the boutique branding. The attention to detail over the styling is incredible and the modern/colonial feel to all aspects of the hotel works extremely well.
The hotel is small, with only approximately 35 rooms and this lends itself to the perfect romantic holiday destination. Despite the hotels size, you certainly do not miss out on any of the facilities you would expect of a larger hotel. There are two reasonably sized pools to choose from, a fantastic bar located at the centre of the hotel complex, a spar offering the usual treatments, boats/ kayaks for water-sport activities and a concierge service that provides trips especially for hotel residents.
Our beach-front bedroom was fairly small in size, especially given the price paid - but was superbly decorated and maintained the modern/colonial feel of the hotel. It was nice to have a view of the sea from our room but I am not sure it was worth the extra expense now that we have visited the hotel. The basic rooms, located at the centre of the hotel overlooking the pool would have been fine,
There is not really a beach to speak of at the hotel, more a very small stretch of rocky sand on which the hotel water-sport boats are positioned, but there is a very nice local beach nearby to which you can cycle using the free to hire hotel bikes if that is what you are looking for.
The staff at the hotel were extremely polite and helpful. Unlike other hotels I have been too they are not 'in your face' offering you drinks etc which allows you to relax in comfort. The 'Boathouse' crew, who run the water-sports and free boat shuttles were also extremely helpful.
The trips offered by the hotel are amazing and we would certainly recommend the Catamaran trip to 'Flat Island'. The concierge, who works for the hotel, was a little hard sell in his approach and seemed to soften only after a few trips were booked.
Evenings at the hotel are fantastic, if you are looking for a romantic intimate experience. The exceptional attention to detail extends into the evenings with ambient candles being lit, coloured lights placed in the pool and exceptionally good local live music. The bar offers happy hour on various nights and there is always a cocktail of the day.
One aspect that does let the hotel down is its evening meals. The other meals at the hotel - breakfast (which is free) and lunch (which is not included) are fantastic and the choice/variety is superb. The evening meals however, do need to be looked at. Having booked 'Half Board' we were expecting that our evening meals would have already been paid for but upon looking at the menu only certain dishes are included whereas others you have to pay an additional supplementary cost. This would be fine if there was enough choice on the menu for included meals to satisfy you whilst on your trip but there were only three starters, for example, that were 'included', now as we were there over two weeks, with no change to the menu, this means you invariably have to choose meals not included and pay the additional cost - unless you do not value variation! The quality of the evening meals was also below the standard you would expect from a hotel of this calibre with over elaborate dishes falling down on both taste and execution, and this was something commented upon by other guests during our stay.The hotel does have theme nights on certain evenings (Indian and Chinese) with food matching the themes and the food during these nights was better than those on the A La Carte menu. If the evening food can be improved the hotel would go from being excellent to perfect in my view.
Overall this is a fantastic hotel for anyone looking for an intimate, romantic holiday. The boutique nature of the hotel really stands out and the attention to detail in terms of look and service is second to none. There is plenty to do at the hotel to keep you occupied and you certainly do not miss out due to the small size of the hotel. The hotel never feels crowded and the most people we saw in the pool at any one time was two - and you can always get a sunbed!! The only area that needs work is the evening meal - both in terms of quality, variety and value!
We would certainly go back to this hotel in the future!
Beachfront Rooms are not really worth the additional cost and charme rooms are fine
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