A well-known travel company offered a new year's package to Mauritius. Having taken a package with the company before and loving it (see my review on Pearle Beach), I expected this to be another value-for-money package, but obviously factored in a higher cost than previously because it was now high season.
My first disappointment was realising Aanari is across the road from the beach, when the advert had said "just steps away from the beach" - therefore it was not a resort where the hotel had designated beach loungers for guests...
That was minor compared to other problems we experienced. We got written confirmation from the travel agent that the hotel would provide vegetarian food for my boyfriend but this was not the case, and in fact the food generally was inedible - the fruit and yoghurt at breakfast were hot and soggy, the salads at night were watery and limp and there were cockroaches and flies in the restuarant - needless to say we both got food poisoning on separate occasions during our week stay.
The hotel was not well-run either - the duvet was too short (my feet stuck out and I am not that tall), the bath was tiny and reception couldn't swap our dirty beach towels for fresh ones for three days in a row!
Therefore, I will say that I still love Mauritius, and the day trips are great, but make sure you get all the facts from your travel agent before booking the hotel - there are many details that they omit unless you expressly ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aanari Hotel & Spa is located on the west coast of the island, 50 km, (45 mins car drive), from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, and 35 km, (30 mins car drive), from Port Louis, the Capital City. It is strategically located in the heart of Flic En Flac within walking distance of tourist attractions and services. Aanari awaits you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aanari Hotel Flic En Flac
- Aanari Hotel And Spa
- Aanari Hotel & Spa Mauritius/Flic En Flac