This was my 4th trip to Mauritius but my husbands first. We were so happy at the resort, we didn't feel the need to go and explore the island.
We did however find most guests at this resort never really left the resort much other that to take an expensive taxi trip or do an excursion.
On our last day, it rained and was a bit overcast, we decided to take the local bus in to Port Louis. The bus stop was a 2 minute walk from the resort and took us right in to Port Louis. 28 ruppees each way p.p instead of about 1800 rupees return. I always feel that when staying in a country, one should try an experience a bit of how the locals live. My husband wanted to eat at a local restaurant, but having all inclusive with such delicious food at Club med, I didn't see the point.
I consider myself a bit of a foodie and knowing that it was buffet style, I was a bit wary, but OMG! Lobsters, oysters, mussels, foi gras, salmon tatar, sushi, sashimi. I even ate sushimi blue marlin that that they had caught the day before. The poor animal was on display weighing 350 kilos and was only as we were leaving I realised that I had just eaten the meat of this magnificant animal. I ate mostly fish and loved the Asian food. I found the meat dishes a bit heavy for such hot weather but all was absolutely delicious!
IF there is anything you need or have forgotten, there is a lovely supermarket just accross the bridge. There is also a little tourist shop which stocks tshirts, serongs, fake sunnies, magnets etc, so actually no need to venture in to Port louis if you are only shopping for souveniers. The owner speaks English well and is very friendly, no haggling and no harrassment. Even the beach hawkers were very sweet and walked away as soon as you told them you were not interested.
We didn't take part in many of the activities and found the music from the pool each day at the same time a little annoying, but realised on the last day that this is wher they teach you the crazy signs and all the dances they do in the night club.
We took the boat to Le Cannonier the one day and realised as parents that this resort if far better if you have children, as the kids club is bigger and the beach is bigger and far more water sports, but I think for us, leaving the kids behind, having a second honeymoon and both being food lovers. De Albion was overall the better choice.
We didn't get to know the G.O's so well but the names to mention are Sasha (durban girl behind the bar) Peter, the Chinese PR, Rashid, Jessie, Chanel, Vichy (the restaurant manager) Alex and Melanie at beach club as the only activities we did were snorkling, kayaks, and a bit of pool volley ball.
I bet I have run out of characters, but I could carry on for another 200 words!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The west coast of Mauritius is a unique setting, between majestic mountains and a shore that's washed by crystal waters and protected by a coral reef. These natural surroundings are home to Albion, our new Club Med Village devoted to Epicurean delights. The 21-hectare park is planted with rare trees, and opens onto a bay lined by a white sand beach. Lovers will adore the generous spaces and the sunsets, as well as the chance to try all the sports and keep fit to their heart's content. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med La Plantation d`Albion Hotel Albion
- Club Med Albion
- Albion Club Med
- Club Med La Plantation D'Albion Mauritius