My partner and I have recently returned from a two week holiday at the Silver Beach, our fourth stay at this lovely, unpretentious hotel. We first visited in October 2010 and loved it so much, that we have been back every October since! Along with comments from other reviewers, that in itself should say enough, but as I have never reviewed this hotel, I feel I should share and explain my enthusiasm for it, especially in this year after the hotel has undergone renovations.
Previously, other reviewers have commented on the rather tired decor of the place and how it would benefit from being updated and I have had to agree but I am pleased to report that the work undertaken earlier this year has made a tremendous difference, giving the hotel a bit of a much-needed 'facelift'. Much painting, decorating and tiling have taken place throughout the public areas and there are two new outdoor seating areas, one smoking, the other non-smoking, offering more flexibility to guests for relaxing outdoors.
What hasn't changed, however, is the excellent service from the staff, whom I cannot praise highly enough. As others have said, they go out of their way to ensure you have a perfect stay and not as a few have claimed, for tips, but because it is the Mauritian way. Everywhere you go, the Mauritian people are unfailingly helpful, friendly and welcoming. Also, food and drink are excellent and would grace a 5 star establishment and the all-inclusive package is brilliant value. This is a 3 star hotel because it lacks the facilities of grander hotels but if you want to pay about 3 or 4 times as much for a butler, toiletries, slippers and bathrobe, etc, then go ahead......
Again, others have advised about trips, etc, so I won't repeat all that, it's up to you what you want to do. If you like snorkelling, it is better in front of the adjacent hotel and even better further along again, from the beaches at Palmar, approx 15-20 mins stroll along the sand, 5 mins quicker along the road. Both are wonderful walks, the first for the sea views and the other for the flowers and gardens along the route. Go to the end of the park past the toilets to find the beach with the two bushes which has excellent snorkelling straight ahead, like swimming in an aquarium! Buyer beware, however, about parasailing as, fab though it is, you only get 3 minutes in the air for your 1500 rupees! Do go to Flacq on the public bus. It costs pennies and is great fun. For other, longer journeys, negotiate with taxi drivers yourself and always haggle with beach sellers and in the shops for souvenirs. You won't need to bargain at the market as prices as so cheap but you can always try. I hate haggling but the Mauritians expect it!
October is the transition month to the summer so is hotting up nicely, but not too much. This year, we enjoyed sun and clear blue skies every day with temperatures averaging 27/28 degrees. The East coast is windier than the West but to be honest, the sea breezes here are welcome.
Thank you to all the staff for another wonderful, memorable holiday. See you next year!
We like the sea views from the 4th floor.
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