We visited Le Paradis for the 4th time in August 2012, after a 3 day asfari at Pumba Game Reserve(see review separately). We arrived late (around 9.30 pm) and we were immediately shown to the restaurant to get some food before they shut whilst the check in staff looked after the room formalities which was well received.
Having previously stayed in a beach front room, this time we upgraded to 2 x beachfront Junior suites. The rooms were huge and very nicely fitted, having recently been refurbished. The interconnection between the 2 rooms was very good, effectively they acted as totally indpendent room, but as they shared a main door we could leave each room unlocked. Excellent with teenage children. I had when making the booking asked for roomns close to the pool and Restaurants, as some of the Junior suites are a little walk away. In hindsigt this was a mistake, as the music from the bar went on until midnight most evening, and we could hear it extremely loudly in the rooms (rooms 200 & 201)! they should consider better soundproofing or turning it down after say 11.
The location of this hotel is its best feature, I challenge anyone to find a better location for a hotel than this. Stunningly crystal clear water and lovely golden sandy beach all protected by the reef about 1/2 mile off shore, and the sun setting in front of the hotel every evening. It doesnt get much better than that!
The facilities and activities at the hotel are very good, a championship 18 hole golf course set out on the penisula is certainly a challenge, beach volley ball, football, Kayaks, sailing and water skiing to name but a few. There are also a number of local traders offering inflatable rides, water skiing and fishing trips. Having used their services on many occassions over the 4 visits, they are excellent. Do haggle their price though! Johnnie in Oyster King offers the best fishing trips, just outside the reef for Barracuda and needle fish, we caught 2 Barracuda and 4 needle fish and a Captain fish in 2 trips, just fantsatic.
The food in the hotel was very good, you can choose between restaurants at either Le Paradis or its sister hotel along the beach the Dinarobin. The only problem with being half board is that you get a set 2 choices at each retaurant or have to pay fuill al la carte prices (they used to give an allowance) that said we ate at le Palme (italian - lovely) and the French restaurant (Dinarobin over 12's only) this was the best service and food by a country mile. They now offer a full board plus option whereby you get Lunch (2 courses) and some drinks with meals for about £25 a night each. On the basis that lunches were between £12 and £15 each, the package worked out very good value. Be warned though there are only 2 restaurants you can get lunch at on the full board plus basis, one at each hotel. Having been 3 times previously, I would say that the service has slipped a little, and is not as good as it used to be, although still very acceptable, if sometimes a little slow.
Those of you worried about the weather, this part of Mauritius certainly gets the best of the winter weather, over the 10 days we were here, we had 1 1/2 bad days, overcast, cloudy and chilly, and 8 1/2 days of sunshine in the mid to late 20's. be aware it cools off in the evenings and a jumper is a good idea.
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