Had a really relaxing holiday. It is ideal place to do absolutely nothing. The food was excellent and the staff were always very polite and attentive. We arrived early morning and were given the use of a changing room but our room was ready within the hour anyway. The room was very nice and we had a pleasant view.
There have been some reviews which mention the noise from the road at the back of the hotel i.e. dogs barking and the locals making some noise. We did experience the dogs barking on the first couple of nights but it was not a really a serious problem.
At one end of the hotel (the left side looking at the front of the hotel) and only on some evenings a few of the locals used the steps going down to the beach to gather together and make music (not radios). Our room was very close to this area. We heard a drum and something similar to a trombone and some singing. This only added to our enjoyment as we could see them enjoying themselves. The police station is only 50 metres away and maybe this is the reason the music stopped at about midnight.
Trips - quite expensive e.g. A submarine trip cost about £88 per person for 45 - 50 minutes and we went down to a depth of 35 metres. Saw a sunken ship an old anchor and some coral. The visibility was not all that good. A certificate and photo can be bought for about £10.
To tell the truth this particular trip wasn't really worth it but it's ticked off the bucket list.
We did two other trips which were very interesting i.e. to the north and then the central and southern parts of the island taking in Port Louis and several other places.
Outside the hotel you can catch a bus to Goodlands a colourful town 15 minutes away. It has a local market on Tuesdays and Fridays. The bus conductor kindly pointed us in the right direction. It was less than 100 metres away from the bus depot. On other days it's worth getting off the bus in the middle of Goodlands just to have a look around. Keep your eyes peeled for the Hindu (?) temple.
One dissapointing aspect of our holiday was the beach which was rather small. We never had any problems getting sun beds though. The sea is tidal and is quite shallow. We are avid snorkellers and to get to the coral reef you have to go out to it in a glass bottom boat and then can only snorkel from it if the conditions are OK.
We did go out once and saw a turtle under the boat but could not snorkel because the conditions were not quite right. on a further two occasions we tried to book a place on the boat but it was full so in the end we didn't bother. The coral reef is too far out to swim to and there are many local boats using the area between the beach and the reef.
We went for a few walks outside the hotel (during the daytime) and always felt safe. The local were always polite and we were never approached by anyone trying to sell something.
Prices in the hotel shop are expensive e.g. A hardcover book about Mauritius was on sale for abot £16 and I got it at home for £6.
If you are into T shirts, beach towels etc get them at the market in Goodlands or on a day trip. You will be able to haggle them down quite a bit.
Overall we had a nice time and found Mauritius interesting and would recommend this hotel if you want a relaxing holiday.
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