When my husband and I arrived, we were very sick with food poisoning from the night before in Cape Town. We were weak, dehydrated, but somehow managed to make the flight. We hoped that the arrangements to greet us had not been forgotten, but after a very difficult week in Cape Town -- with awful service--we were not expecting much.
From the beginning, La Maison D'ete exceeded all expectations. They were there to greet us, and the taxi driver was excellent. When we arrived--though late--we were greeted by kind and extremely competent staff, who whisked away our luggage before we could even think about it. I mentioned we were still quite ill, and asked if it was possible for us to get some white rice and water -- our first attempt at food in over 24-hours. They happily arranged for it to be delivered to our room -- and we sat and ate our few bites, and felt hopeful that we could recover.
The next day was spent convalescing. The setting is gorgeous -- the room perfect. The bed was strewn with beautiful flowers when we arrived -- reminding us of our honeymoon in Moorea 10 years prior. Our bed faced the ocean, and each room is arranged such that you have a full private view. We rested on the small beach in front...on the covered large seats by the beach, the smaller ones on the beach, the pool, and on our room's patio. We can tell you all were comfortable with spectacular views!
It was funny in that the staff seemed to monitor our recovery somewhat, in that they looked a bit concern when we didn't eat much at first, and then a bit happier as more and more of our food disappeared! Their kindness was wonderful, making us feel like we were staying at someone's home. The breakfast was great, with Patrick and the others remembering our preferences. When we awoke too early for full breakfast one morning before diving, (not being aware it didn't start for another 30-minutes), Patrick was still happy to bring me a cappuccino. So as not to impose, I did not ask for more -- and in fact, told him not to worry at all. Nonetheless, he brought out fruit salad, a crepe, and bread for me and my husband -- telling us that no one should spend a day diving without sufficient breakfast! The next morning was also to be an early departure for a day of sailing. The staff-- aware of this--brought a basket to our room with bread, yogurt, fruit and coffee for the next morning. Much appreciated!
The dinners were also excellent -- both in regards to the conversation with the staff -- who were always friendly and interesting to talk to -- but also in regards to the quality of the international cuisine. I must say the local recipes were my favorite, but all were good.
The owners were fabulous hosts, taking the time to help us make sense of maps and giving us the best route to go. The suggestions were on-target to what we were looking for, and all arrangements were made seamlessly. We also enjoyed getting massages from the onsite spa.
Part of the fun of La Maison D'ete is that they are fully outfitted for enjoying the water right there. There is snorkeling gear with good snorkeling on-site (better to the left side, as you face the ocean), and kayaks. They also have bicycles, as well.
If you are looking for night clubs, loud drinking parties, and tons of tourist shops, this is not the place for you. But if you want a slice of paradise, which makes you feel that you are a welcome guest to their home, then there is nothing better. If I return to Mauritius (long way from Vancouver, but you never know....(!), then I would certainly come back to La Maison D'ete.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This discreet address along the wild coast, North-East of Mauritius, is a well kept secret only spread by word-of mouth among insiders.1 unspoilt beach, 14 rooms, 2 swimming pools, 1 restaurant, 1 lounge bar, 1 little spa...In praise of simplicity, is not true luxury ? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison D'Ete Hotel Mauritius/Poste Lafayette