We visited this hotel for a few nights for a long weekend getaway.
The hotel was recently renovated in 2013, and besides some apparent major changes to the overall decor themes and design, as well as construction of new leisure areas and complete renovation of all rooms and public spaces and restaurants, the hotels also became 'couples/adults only' and introduced a 'dine around' concept for all guests.
With regards to the public and leisure areas, and the overall decor, we found it absolutely fantastic, a very appropriate mix of modern and chic colonial design and furniture, with natural wood finishes, with splashes of turquoise and white, to match the sea and the sand. We instantly felt that we were in a 5 star luxury resort whether in our rooms, or any of the restaurants and fitness areas, and all decor and furniture was in perfect condition, and everywhere was spotless.
This being a boutique hotel, in addition to being couples/adults only, the atmosphere overall was very tranquil, no hustle and bustle of larger properties, and the service from the staff was incredible, as they were able to fully dedicate themselves to the requisite limited number of guests due to the limited number of rooms.
This is not to say that this is a small property! The mature garden spaces are incredibly beautiful and extensive, with names on all plants, and variety of plants and good maintenance and mature growth of each variety making the gardens worthy of botanical garden status!
The social public spaces are also huge given the small number of rooms, providing multiple spaces for guests to relax and lounge in the sun by the 2 pools, one being an infinity pool perched on a rocky hill on the small peninsular located between the sea and the private cove of the hotel, with an AMAZING view of the northern offshore island, lagoon, and coral reef breakers; this pool is also adjacent to the hotels waters edge restaurant, boat house, and many of the wooden and thatch 'beach huts' that are scatted along the waters edge, where you can relax in the shade, or lounge in the sun, with the occasional dips into the lagoon surrounding this small peninsula that is completely exclusive to the hotel.
There are additionally 'chaise longue' and umbrellas along the beach of the private cove, and throughout the garden space between all the rooms and cove beach, as all rooms open up onto the private cove, and there is the lovely background noise of the waterfall feature that cascades from the top of the hill on the peninsula into the cove, both decorative and functional apparently, ensuring regular movement of water in the cove, in additional to the rise and fall of the water levels with the tide.
With regards to the restaurants, the hotel has a 'dine around' concept, where you can eat your dinners or lunches at any of the 4 restaurants the hotel has, for no additional cost regardless of what restaurant is chosen, although booking is required for 2 of the restaurants open only in the evenings, the seafood restaurant with tables in dedicated huts perched on pillars over the cove, and the Asian fusion restaurant, overlooking the main pool and adjacent to the main restaurant.
I would advise for dinner the first night the main restaurant, as this is usually a la carte, with different themed a la carte menus each night depending on the culinary team and what fresh produce is available to them. The other restaurants that require booking can be discovered over the coming nights, and I would advise to try and see what the 'a la carte' options for the main restaurant will be for the coming nights, before committing yourself to either of the specialty restaurants.
For lunch, you have the choice of the main restaurant, or the waters edge restaurant on the peninsula. We went mostly to the waters edge restaurant, whose menu changes each day, and the food and service was fantastic, as in the evenings, and the proximity of this restaurant to the sea, infinity pool, and our usual lounging haunts in the huts on the waters edge definitely helped make this our no. 1 daytime dining choice!
As you can see from the long review, I absolutely loved the place, but to try remain as impartial as possible, a few things to take note of if you are considering the Paradise Cove for your next holiday.
If you want to come with the kids, not possible, couples/adults only.
If you are looking for some nightlife or nighttime social activity, the hotel has live music every night, and a beautiful bar and pool table/bar games area, but it is no nightclub/disco, much more chilled out vibe. You need to get a taxi to Grand Bay (15min by car) on the weekend or Wed nights for some dancing and party atmosphere.
Water sports activities are not available all day, as there is limited staff at boat house, so if you love sailing, or water-skiing, you will need to schedule your days around when those are available.
I hope you enjoyed the review, and definitely consider Paradise Cove for your next romantic or relaxing getaway, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- you&me moments in Mauritius... Situated on the north coast of Mauritius, at Anse la Raie, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel is the ideal address for a relaxed holiday in very private and intimate surroundings. It is an adult exclusive hotel (from 18 years old onwards) thus guaranteeing a peaceful and tranquil holiday. Paradise Cove, a 67 room boutique hotel, nestled in a beautiful tropical garden, combines harmoniously the Mauritian traditional architecture and contemporary exotic decoration. The refined atmosphere is conveyed by the open spaces bathed in sunlight. The hotel allows each one to enjoy peacefully the beauty and character of the spot, to combine exotic activities and pleasures of this day and age. Those fond of intimate havens will choose the cove and its numerous love nests to share moments together. At the tip, the peninsula with its new infinity pool overlooking the turquoise lagoon offers a spectacular view on the northern islands; its Peninsula restaurant and bar is a real invitation to those looking for a vibrant and trendy atmosphere by the sea. Numerous nautical and land activities are available. There are four restaurants, offering a variety of tastes in paradisiacal and very intimate set ups, for a unique ‘Dine Around’ experience. At sunset, live acoustic music and piano-bar are an absolute guarantee of a nice evening within a convivial atmosphere. All of this together with its attentive and smiling staff, its personalized service, its Club Lounge and Spa, Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel is the place where you&me can choose to discover the hotel and its surroundings, to hide away, to meet others or to do as much or as little as ‘we’ wish… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Cove Hotel Anse La Raie
- Paradise Cove Mauritius
- Hotel Paradise Cove
- Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel Mauritius/Anse La Raie