We were booked into this hotel as a group of 48 during May 2014. To be honest I usually prefer staying at 5 star resorts so I wasn't expecting too much from this hotel. I can say that I was honestly surprised from the minute I arrived and we were welcomed by the manager Mr. Ajay and his efficient team. On arrival we received a cold towel and mint ice tea while Mr. Ajay gave us a quick rundown on the Hotel operation and within half an hour we were in our room(which is quite an achievement, considering how many of us arrived at once).
The hotel is small and cozy and even though it was fully booked it never felt crowded.
The Deluxe rooms are a nice size with Moroccan décor. One of my main criteria when judging a hotel is cleanliness and I was very happy on returning every day to a super clean room.
The pool area is lovely and the beach is beautiful with enough loungers. Unfortunately the weather wasn't that good but we still managed to snorkel once during our 5 night stay. The complimentary boat trip at 12:00 every day to a nearby reef allowed us to see quite a few fish. We previously stayed on the West Coast and really found the beach and snorkeling very disappointing. The water on this side is much better although I wish more could be done to preserve the coral and sea life in Mauritius. We were not at any time warned about not stepping on or touching the coral and I think this is very important in order to avoid the destruction of it.
Considering that this is a small boutique hotel I must say that I was quite happy with the breakfast and dinner buffet. We love good pastries so maybe in that department it lacked a bit...the croissants always were a bit over baked and some variety there would have been perfect. The dinner menu changes every day, so we never had the same food at anytime during our stay. I didn't particularly enjoy the Chinese menu and most of the people in our group felt the same , but all the other nights there were a delicious selection to choose from. I didn't eat any of the meat dishes but the fish, especially the grilled tuna and Dorado was great. The drinks are quite expensive if you don't earn euros but I guess that is the same all over Mauritius.
The Spa was also very nice and they are very willing to arrange a package for you...at a bit of a saving. We had 3 treatments each and especially enjoyed the Palmeraie massage. Sara and Pushpa were both very good with between 8 and 9 years experience. Natasha and her team were all friendly and gave us a lovely relaxing time.
Management at the hotel is commendable and definitely an asset to this establishment. Mr. Ajay made us feel like he had known us for years and nothing was an effort for him, from arranging car hire to any queries or information we needed.
We certainly had a 5 star experience where service was concerned and if this resort fits your budget, don't hesitate because you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Description: The play of light on land and sea. A glimpse of the jade and turquoise waters of the lagoon through fine voile curtains. Warm, sun-drenched colours. The beauty and purity of natural materials. La Palmeraie at Palmar on the east coast of the island possesses a unique alchemy from which its relaxing and intimate atmosphere derives. Under the MBH label, La Palmeraie offers true authenticity and conviviality, typical of traditional Mauritian family homes. A different way of discovering all the treasures – the people and the natural beauty – of the pearl of the Indian Ocean.Bars and restaurants:La Varangue:In the cool of the early morning or the peace of evening, around the pool, in a world of shimmering colour, La Varangue invites you to enjoy moments of deliciously Mauritian gourmandise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Palmeraie Belle Mare
- Le Palmeraie
- Hotel La Palmeraie
- La Palmeraie Hotel Mauritius/Belle Mare