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Le Cardinal Exclusive Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Royal Road, Trou aux Biches, Mauritius   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 hotels in Trou aux Biches
Zagreb, Croatia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Perfect honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Le cardinal from 26/02 - 06/03. Our room was beautiful, spacious, clean, overlooking ocean and garden. The staff was great. Everyone was very friendly, polite and helpful. Food at the restaurant was delicious. A beach in front of the hotel is small, but nice, not many people there so you can relax and enjoy the sun :) We were lucky and had only one rainy day.
We would definitely recommend Le Cardinal and would love to come again!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

This is an intimate hotel in that it only has 14 rooms. The decor is contemporary zen, very stylish. The location is wonderful, the swimming off the hotel great. Superb that included is skiing and the use of the glass bottomed boat x2 per day to go snorkelling. For a better snorkelling experience, as the guys at the Boat House to organise a boat to take you outside the reef. The fish variety is much more than inside the reef - a great experience. Drinks/water are incredibly pricey. 15 minutes walk away is Chez Popo Supermarche and you can buy water for a fraction of the price. Cocktails/beer etc is half the price at Le Casuarina, behind Le Cardinal and owned by the same owner. However, Le Casuarina is not nearly in the same category as Le Cardinal. I can highly recommend this hotel, we had a wonderful time.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

My fiance and I stayed for two weeks at Le Cardinal. This is a small hotel with only 13 rooms and a maximum of about 30 guests. It has an 'exclusive' feel, and lots of staff.
We had a beautiful room- all rooms apparently have a sea view. You could sit in the circular bath sipping cocktails and watch the sun go down- very decadent.
Service was very attentive- rooms made up twice per day, and lovely little touches of amuse bouche being delivered to your room each afternoon. Also felt very safe with a security guard front and back 24/7.
We had been a little wary regarding the negative reports of building sites etc- but we were here in Sept/October 2010 and the only building work was much further down the beach where the Trois Aux Biches hotel is being re-built. It did not interfere with us or our enjoyment.
The hotel is well placed on the coast road about 10 minutes drive from Grand Baie- we had a car so could go there very easily and sample the many restaurants. If you were on foot, there are a few restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk, as well as a few touristy shops and couple of small supermarkets.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, which I think is not encouraged, as they have a highly rated chef. We only ate in the restaurant once and the food was fine, and service very attentive. We like to try a variety of food styles, especially local cuisine hence the desire to stay bed and breakfast.
The beach is nice- very quite, and the water lovely. The largest beach on the Island is Trois aux Biches, and the long stretch of sand is literally next to the hotel. The actual hotel beach is relatively small, but that really didn't matter as the long beach was a 30 second walk away.
Free water skiing every day, free pedalos, free flat bottomed boat all helped in the overall feel of attentive service.
My only negative points relate to the way things are done in Mauritius generally- there is a real sense of hierarchy and this got in the way of simple things- For example at breakfast, you could not ask the chef who was standing there doing nothing, for a fried egg- you had to ask the waiter who would then ask the chef- if the waiter was busy you would have to wait- frustrating and un-necessary.- A minor gripe also was the noise from the extractor fan in the kitchen was quite loud, and at breakfast, again un-necessary.

These were minor gripes, and did not interfere with us having a lovely stay. I have put up a few photos from our trip- hope you like.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

We spent a night at this hotel for Valentine week-end. The room was spacious and very nice & luxurious and food excellent. However for a 5 star resort, we were disappointed with the swimming pool which had insects floating and did not appear clean. Also, the hotel did not have basic facilities for kids such as a high chair (may be because the hotel was newly opened). The beach is just ok (i.e we could have got better value for money elsewhere) and the garden is definitely not as nice as it is described in its brochure. The staff were very friendly and helpful and made our stay a pleasant one.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Le Cardinal Exclusive Resort

Address: Royal Road, Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
Location: Mauritius > Pamplemousses District > Trou aux Biches
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 hotels in Trou aux Biches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Cardinal Exclusive Resort 5*
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Also Known As:
Le Cardinal Exclusive Hotel Trou Aux Biches
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