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Tropical Attitude
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   La Pelouse, Trou d'eau Douce, Mauritius   |  
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“Mixed review”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

A regular guest reported that this hotel changed ownership in October 2011 and accordingly, in my opinion, you should ignore any reviews made before this date.

We chose this hotel as we wanted a total rest where we did not have to think about anything at all for a fortnight. In this respect the hotel definitely delivered.

This hotel has many guests who have been there many times before.

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Fantastic location near the beach - almost idyllic location ideal for swimming and snorkelling although beware that there is no longer any beach outside the hotel. You need to wear something on your feet as the coral is very sharp. You need to tip-toe around a bit in the shallow water if you want to swim directly in front of the hotel. However there is a lovely public beach about 100yards walk from the hotel which we found to be almost deserted whenever we visited.

Drinks were nice with table service pretty much anywhere. Local lager is passable although served in too small glasses, white wine tastes a little like perry. Gin and Tonic was served quite weak for my taste. They have a lovely blue cocktail which was very tasty. A word of warning though: they have a gala night where you can do a wine tasting - we ended up paying over 15GBP each for 3 small glasses (no refills) of different South African wines so dont go near that as the same wine is only 300rupees (8GBP) per bottle in the supermarket. So its beyond hotel surcharging which I accept - its a total rip-off and you feel as though you have been ripped off. If you take a bottle of wine back to the hotel they will charge you about 10GBP corkage. We also found that some "preferential" guests were receiving "under the counter" drinks and measures, and drinks not on the "all inclusive" price list.

Service was generally reasonable, sometimes very good. It appears to be significantly better if you are German though. We seemed to always be served after the Germans. Some of the staff were very personable, especially those who might go unnoticed like security. Dont listen to all this 5 star service in a 3 star hotel bull though - we've stayed in some of the top 10 hotels in the world and believe me it's not 5 star service. But staff are generally prompt and helpful.

Gardens were manicured within an inch of their lives - they were simply lovely.

Rooms were very clean although our air-conditioner didnt cool much (I dont like aircon much so it was fine for us). And I dont mind geckos in my room, but you might.

Hotel taxis are "relatively" good value. We were charged ~50GBP to a taxi to Port Louis for the day - the taxi driver was excellent incidentally - couldnt recommend him highly enough if only I knew his name. This was about half what our tour operator wanted for the same trip.

Free wifi (which is not advertised) around the bar and pool area. This was good enough to stream BBC Radio at some-times, but bandwidth seemed to degrade quickly when others were using it. We saw several guests using skype successfully with it including video.


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Rodent problem - each night at about 8pm there is a guaranteed floor show provided by the local mice (I hope they were mice) who run around the bar. One night the mice were in the dining room and a waiter flattened a mouse that was making a break for it with a brush and there was a short screaming sound of being crushed as the mouse became significantly thinner and output its insides on the dining room floor. We saw mice running from the dining every night we were there, through the dining room and into the kitchens, right through the bar area and around the swimming pool, but none in our room. We noticed that there were fewer mice at the end of our stay and the man from "Hardy Henry" their extermination company was more prevalent. There are mouse catching devices all through the bar, the dining room and around the hotel in general.

Food - we both lost weight while we were there. I don't like sausage being cut up and used as a meat, but it appeared like this almost every other day on the menu. Also, far too much oil in the food to the extent that I had cholesterol spots appearing on my skin before the end of my holiday. However, they have fantastic white tuna which they prepared well (with the exception of Italian night when it was destroyed by some shocking white sauce). Generally they do buffet nights about 3 nights out of 4 and the buffet-food is tepid at best - meat or fish is hard to find sloshing around in buckets of watery sauce. However their a la carte food is much better (just not often enough), sometimes excellent. They seem to be used to people complaining about the food. Breakfasts are not too bad with lovely croissants, pain-au-chocolats and crepes. Lunch is definitely the best meal of the day with some of the mail courses being really really tasty.

Too much towel placement in the morning by the German guests. By 7.15am on many mornings almost all sun-loungers on the grass area were "bagged" by towels. This seemed to be largely being done by the German guests. Sometimes we noticed that the same guests would not then appear to use the lounger at all, or until late afternoon.

I like cycling. One reason we chose the hotel was that all the information we saw indicated that the hotel offered free bicyles. When we arrived we were told they were ~3GBP per hour for hire. These should be free still.

On our last day we left just before 6pm. We did not arrive until 3pm on our first day but were still told our all inclusive package ended at 12pm on the last day so if you want lunch or any service at all you have to either pay for it or extend your all-inclusive (which is ~20GBP each). Alternatively you can pay for items but this was way more expensive than paying the extra all-inclusive cost. I will be contacting my travel-agent to complain about this extra hidden cost.

They seem to suffer overbookings and asked us after the first week if we would like to move to their sister hotel (which we did not). There was no pressure to move though. You might even see this as a positive if you fancied a change. We knew of guests who decided to take advantage of the move as there were too few Brits there and too many Germans in their opinion.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

What can I say, I specifically went there to eat and my 11 years old son wanted to see some Saga dancing ( Well me too okay ).
They served Boring, Tastless, Bland food. I was told that it was Saga Night so everything would be authentic Mauritius style stuff. HA!! Booo
Not even close, what a disapointment. We paid way too much for that night

The Saga dancers where very good though, Man they could swing and shake those hips :-)
They even invited us to join them in dancing with free lessons to those brave enough to try it.
BUT it was just 2 dance demonstrations and then the the tourist sales stuff was flogged to us.

I really enjoyed the dancers more at the Pereybere Place I stayed at last time, I am going there the next time I am in Mauritius and I want to see some swinging hips.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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midlands uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

I have been to this hotel twice now and I am going again for a third time in May 2012 for my honeymoon with my new wife, It is that great a place.

This hotel is very clean and the staff bend over backwards to help you. The food is good and there is plenty of it. I would say not to waste any food as it is not a rich country. Take a walk into the local village and you will see what I mean.

You can haggle but I would not bother as it is a poor country. Take the local bus to Flack, the cost is very small.

The last two times I went to this resort was with my friend and he agrees with me, that the hotel is very relaxing and the staff is great and friendly.
A lot of the staff was there the year before and some of them remembered me. Plenty of entertainment, just one warning, expect to get rather tired if they get you up for the Mauritian dance, both time I got up and both times I was exhausted, however it is great fun.
They have some mini sails which are great fun. The beach in front of the hotel is not the best as the sea is washing it away. You will need something on your feet because of the coral and sea urchins.
The hotel is looking into improving the beach.
Snorkelling is great in front of the hotel, I was lucky enough to see a Turtle while swimming/snorkelling. There is a great beach nearby, any problems you have with the beach in front of the hotel is resolved with a short walk.
Take the local free boat the nearby island, it is really good place to go.
After you go back to your room go back outside, get the sun bed out and watch the stars, you will see plenty of shooting stars my friend and I spent hours watching the night sky.
I am really forward to going back.

Room Tip: The rooms are all facing the sea and there are only around 50 or 60 rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Gwent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for New Year. With a little bit more effort on the basics this could be a little gem.
Rooms: Typically colourful with plenty of Wardrobe and Drawer space. Large room with large comfy bed. TV very annoying as the picture kept breaking up. Mini bar good. Bathroom very good with lovely hot shower-beware it could be very hot until mixed with the cold. Lovely private balcony with good quality wood patio furniture. Good number of British 3 pin plugs available in room and nice lot of lamps...Good, quiet Air Con, which you'll need at that time of year....The view from 507 was beautiful and only feet from the sea. Was told by manager of impending revamp. On size alone,with a good quality re furb these rooms would be fantastic.
Beach: For want of a better word...mmmm. Non existent really. Very rocky with many a sea urchin lurking below the water line. The advice to wear sea shoes is worth listening to! There is a small area to the left in front of the Private houses that had some sand allowing you to get into the sea. Didn't snorkel off this particular bay but just around the corner there is a fantastic area on the beach in front of Le Bouganville Hotel. All the beaches are public so no fear of trespassing! Go either way on the beach and you'll walk to some lovely areas,where you can get into the sea and with excellent snorkelling.Use the free Pedalos and if you give it a bit of a go, take yourselves out towards the crashing waves where the actual reef is....fantastic. The little boat house was really good for organising anything like this....
Staff: Very helpful and freindly. Within the constraints of what seems to be Hotel policy they will help where ever they can. Things are very inconsistent here,whether it's food, drink or treatment of guests. I never drink White wine and after reading a previous review asked if the white wine in my minibar could be changed to Red. No it couldn't....but after 2 mins at the hotel bar along came the waiter and said he'd sorted it..and from then on we had Red???
Then when All Inc guests arrived back minutes too late (from a trip) to have lunch and asked could they have sandwiches..Yes they could, but they'd have to pay the going rate! I couldn't make out whether the much better treatment of the French contingent was due to the Language and or historical link but it certainly happened for what ever reason. One day after breakfast a notice was put up saying lunch would end at 2pm instead of the usual 2:30pm. A Scottish couple returning from a trip came into the restaurant at 2:04pm. They were totally ignored by all the staff. After a while, whether through annoyance or embarrassment they got up and left. We then watched a large party of French who had been around the pool area, where they'd been all morning, come in at 2:30pm...no problem..all were waited on, even by the Restaurant manager! And this was the trend I'm afraid all our stay.It didn't bother us as I'm not shy in speaking up for myself!
Pool: Quite small but very well kept with lovely cane/wooden furniture. Good free Wi fi around the pool area. Was always very hot though as they had put up a glass partition across the open area on to the lawned front. There weren't many beds but we much preferred to use the loungers out on the grass for the breeze. And there were a good number of these. We never failed to get 2 right outside our room which was nice when you wanted to pop back and get a cold water or Beer! The trouble with the pool was the children...There is nothing else around the hotel for them to do and they obviously congregate here with family. It's just too small an area to cope. I was fed up of having pool water splashed in my drinks or the pages of my book spoiled where they were jumping in all the time and what was a lovely looking pool was completely vandalised by the time we had left. In front of families with no control, a game developed to see how many of the tiny pretty pool tiles they could pick off...they were collecting buckets full....and the Manager knew what was happening and no one told them to stop. Pure Vandalism!
Food:The main bone of contention.There was never enough of anything put out..When a hotel is full (68 rooms) you do not put a pasta size bowl of just lettuce out to accompany a meal. Everything was so sparce. It felt as though the hotel didn't have enough or didn't want to give it. I asked more than once for some Tomato and Onion to go with the lettuce and within minutes a beautiful fresh plate would arrive. Janet ,Breakfast egg chef, as we fondly called her cooked all types of eggs fresh, along with pancakes. Small bowls of cereal, yoghurt etc were there and if you asked for bacon it was brought to your table...Why not just put it out in the first place? Some of the food was delicious but don't expect any spicy food that reflects the Island. The curries even, are quite mild even though the waiter says they are hot. I think if they paid more attention to the quantity and selection of food it would really make a vast difference to the feel of the place. Tea and coffee were provided by the bar. I did miss having tea/coffee maker in my room but hey it's only 3* So take a tip and do as the French did.....ask for a tray and take it to your room if you want to.The free trips to Ils eau Cerfs were really good value when other people were paying about £40 from other hotels...Lovely island but would only need one visit I think unless you have children where there are so many safe bathing areas around the lagoon.
Entertainment: the usual 'National Dance' etc which we enjoyed...there were also a few nights where we had some good singers who perform around the pool area. So no noise if you were in your room
So to sum up. Good value 3* that could be much more with just a little more effort on the basics. If you're on a budget and want to travel somewhere so exotic I would say go for it. I would love to see it made Adult only...not Anti children but the place is too small to cater for them.Take a little travel kettle with you and supplies and it's lovely to sit on the Balcony with a cuppa first thing in the morning! One word of WARNING : this hotel had issues with over bookings. (as previous reviews have pointed out).We were approached towards the end of our stay and asked would we like to stay at some of the other hotels in the ''Attitude'' chain. We were ''assured'' that the standard of accomodation,food,everything really, would be on par with Le Tropical. As part of the deal we asked could we keep our All inc and room until the time we left(late evening) and agreed to try 2 hotels. The Emaurade was fantastic...much better food wise and room standard.The only thing I think that keeps this 3* is the fact that the beach is across a small road. Read my review on this. The other hotel just along from Le Tropical is The Bouganville. It should be bulldozed to the ground. I will also review this. To say that we were told lies is a bit strong...but we certainly weren't told the truth...So really check it out before you decide whether to take up an offer like this!

Room Tip: If no disablilty go for 1st floor room-views are fantastic. Take a travel kettle and supplies.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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england
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

well i think we must have been at a different hotel we saw glowing reviews before we left of this place we were so looking forward to it the staff are so miserable its not a joke except for cutee in the restaurant they were just so sour faced the food was dreadful for all inclusive i think we lost weight the choice was awful sausages if you could call them that from breakfast were put in the stews in the evening we lived on the 2 scoops of ice cream that you had to request for dessert they put out odd looking pieces of cake or biscuits one evening a bowl of jelly it was shocking the alcohol was watered down as you expect in thses places but the alcohol was non existent now they have bait traps down but we saw mice regularly the chef in the restaurant thought they were funny ! rooms were clean but need of a refurb we were told they were getting a mini refurb at some point also do not touch SUMMERTIMES use the hotel taxi it is much cheaper the weather was perfect thank goodness and the sea views amazing be aware there are sea snakes

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

We have just got back from 11 days at this hotel , myself, my wife and 13 year old son.
The hotel was a geat place to stay ,we had one of only 2 family rooms which meant there were not an awful lot of children there, but there were families from Mauritius and Reunion which is always a good sign and our son paled up with a few of those during the holiday.
The staff were very good from the first welcome drink to the end of the holiday when they suppied us with a packed breakfast because we had an early start. They would usually have a laugh and a joke with you and were very attentive especially in the restaurant.
The food was very good if not exceptional as was the fabric of the hotel (ants in the bathroom) but we didn't go there to admire the architecture and none of it spoilt the holiday in any way, the location could not be better on the lagoon looking across to the Isle Aux Cerf which we visited a couple of times on the free hotel boat and was a very pleasant spot to spend a few hours sunbathing and swimming. One good thing was that the boat times were arranged so that you could go across (about 20mins) at 09.30 and come back at 13.00 for lunch in the Hotel.
The hotel boat house provide free Kayaks, pedaloes, windsurfers and laser dinghys, I celebrated my 60th whilst there by taking one of the lasers out for an hour or two which given the warm water and steady breeze in the lagoon was a joy and a great way to spend
a birthday.
We also booked a speedboat trip (4000 RPS for 1 hour) from the boathouse which went out to the reef and took us all around the lagoon including David Beckhams house which is in a very beautiful spot.
We also hired a taxi (3000RPS) for all day through the hotel for a tour of the south of the island The tea plantation was good, the waterfalls were a waste of time because there had been no rain for a while, the Hindu temple was interesting, the coloured earths were unusual but our son was fascinated by the giant (very old) tortoises there.
Ther were lots of other attractions on the Island but it was so good just to chill out around the hotel that they will have wait until next time.
A couple of points, take shoes for the sea because there are some sea urchins atttached to rocks although the locals don't seem to bother about it.
Be careful with the sun at first it is VERY strong.
We didn't find any clothes bargains there although this should have been cheap and the taxi drivers take you to a designer outlet just up the road which was not cheap at all £40.00 for a TShirt after discount. We are sure that the shopping would be good there if you find the right places.
Although the island was a British Colony until 1968 it seems very french everywhere which seems to be the 2nd language that the locals speak.
Air Mauritius were very good, newish plane and complimentary bar and good food through the flight which at 12 hours helps.
Summing up: What a geat holiday, possibly the best overall experience we have ever had, cannot wait to go back again- a big thankyou to Best at Travel, Mauritours and of course all the hotel staff who made it what it was.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

I've gone there one week and it was fantastic. A perfect tropical and bright room overlooking the sea , a garden, a nautical center, a perfect beach , the village at walking distance and the staff bilingual English/French is extremely nice and helpful.A pure pleasure for an extremely reasonnable price and you get comfort and much more character than in an international resort that could be anywhere in the world. I asked to be picked up at the airport at 4 am, after a 15 hours flight and it was perfect. I had a fresh juice when I arrived and my room was ready !

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Pelouse, Trou d'eau Douce, Mauritius
Location: Mauritius > Flacq District > Trou d'eau Douce
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Trou d'eau Douce
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tropical Attitude 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical Attitude with its gentle way of life is a 3 star sup "Adult Only" hotel, recently renovated and smartened up, built in the middle of a garden planted with coconut trees and right on the lagoon.The hotel faces Trou d'Eau Douce, a genuine fishermen's village and its lagoon, situated on the east coast, and offers direct and free access to paradisiacal Ile aux Cerfs island.The genuineness of the hotel relies on its Creole architecture and its contemporary tropical decoration. The new luminous colours of the 60 rooms contribute to their relaxed atmosphere.This friendly and comfortable hotel is a witness of the traditional way of life of the island, an ideal place to relax either as a family or as a couple.Time here, seems to have come to a standstill, only interrupted by outings in the lagoon and siestas under the coconut trees. The simplicity and kindness of its Family Members* contribute widely to that dolce vita experience... ... more   less 
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