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“Good base for a week-long stay!”
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Pingouinvillas
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We just got back from a week-long stay in Pingouinvillas @ Blue Bay. It was a great experience from start to finish. Sarif was extremely helpful from day one, with the enquiries I made before booking, and all the way up to our date of travel.
We were picked up at the airport, and then Sarif helped us with our currency exchange, grocery shopping, and buying a local sim.
The apartment has everything you need for a week-long stay - the rooms are large, well-lit, and very comfortable. The kitchen is fully-equipped, and well-maintained. Our favourite area was the patio leading out from the drawing room, where we enjoyed our morning coffee while listening to birdsong... lovely! Free wi-fi is icing on the cake!

The only downside is that it is far from the nearest supermarket (not walkable distance, but needn't be a problem if you plan your shopping well), and if you have planned most of your activities in the North of the island (which we hadn't), then you have to spend an hour and a half getting there!

Tip: Certainly get him to book a cab for you wherever you need to go - very comfortable vehicle and competitive rates!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Ruma_Niranjan
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

The BEST place we ever stayed in !!!
We lived in the 125 m apartment. It was amazing, really spacious, cozy and up-to-date. There was everything you need (& free wi-fi!). Two of three sleeping rooms had their own balconies and also there was one large balcony in the living room, covered with palm leaves, sooo nice!! There was bathroom with the toilet and separate toilet, which was very convenient. Rooms were absolutely the same as on the official web-site.

Mr. Sarif Ramjan and other people working there are very-very-very friendly and open to all your requests!!

The beach is just 5 minutes walk. Sea there is of such an unbelievable colour! You can walk along the beach to the north to get to the ones that are not accessible from the road ('cause of the private cottages). Also in 10-15 minutes of walk from the apartment there is a thin road leading to the Pointe d'Esny, very beautiful and isolated beach. In Pingouinvillas they can tell you how it's better to find it.

We highly recommmend !!
Anna St.,
Russia.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Anna S
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

We stayed a night at the villas and our villa was very nice. We were picked up at the airport and the service was excellent.

We also rented a car! Great airport drop off service. The car was in good condition and way cheaper than the big agencies.

So, the tip is - if you end up staying at one of the big, expensive resorts, grab a car from these guys and it will save you.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
5  Thank RTWTripping
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

We were picked up from the airport as promised and taken to our apartment, the 125m2 apartment (#5). Thankfully Kenny kindly took my heavy bag up the stairs for me.

The apartment has all you need to be comfortable. Though only two of us (my husband and I) were staying here, we opted for the large spacious apartment as we were staying for three weeks and wanted the space.

Three bedrooms - two with queen bed, wardrobes and balconies and one with two single beds, wardrobes and windows.

Bathroom consisted of a shower, basin, cupboards, toilet and washing machine. A second toilet next door to the bathroom also.

Kitchen with cupboards, crockery, cutlery pots and pans. Refrigerator and freezer, kettle, coffee maker (we did not use this) and microwave. Stove with electric plate and oven and three gas hubs also (which we thought didn't work, but in fact there was no gas and this was rectified immediately when we eventually mentioned it).

Lounge room with couch and chairs was comfortable, however we spent every morning and every evening that we were at home out on the balcony. The balcony has a table and 4 chairs and catches the sea breezes as well as giving glimpses into the lives of the neighbours.

These apartments are perfect for the couple or family who are mobile enough to walk to the nearby bus station or who have rented a car. Pingouinvillas have cars for hire at reasonable rates, just ask Sarif!

Blue Bay is within walking distance and here you will find the Bougainvillea restaurant which offers a large range of foods from Mauritian cuisine through to pizzas, pastas, etc.

Our second day (as we arrived late in the evening) we were taken to London Way for groceries. This is a handy place to shop and can be reached easily by bus later on however we discovered a King Savers not far away which offered a larger range of foods, etc.

Others in the apartments were for the most part quiet and friendly. "Bonjour" and "hello" whenever we walked through the front gate. Only one group got rowdy at night with a party which eventuated into a brawl. This was not repeated.

The quiet street was lovely. There was a wedding down the road in our second week staying here and there was music and festivities, but it was not of any bother at all.

Our highlight was the little orange Mauritian Fody bird who visited us every morning and we fed him/her wholemeal bread crumbs. Eventually he ate from my husband's hand. This was a wonderful experience.

Overall we were really pleased with our choice to stay with Pingouinvillas and will stay there again when we are able to visit Mauritius next.

Room Tip: 125m2 apartment suits a family or people wanting lots of space. Go for the studio apartment with...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Erica101010
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Pingouinvillas provided an excellent base for exploring the south-east of Mauritius. Mr Ramjan was exceptionally friendly and helpful, picking us up from the airport, showing us the local area (including the best beaches) and taking us to the supermarket for supplies. He also rented us a decent car at a good price.
The apartment was adequate as a base, with all we needed for the little time we actually spent at the apartment such as cooking facilities, washing machine, safe etc.Our apartment had a very large roof terrace wih views over the other houses all the way to the reef.
When we returned to Pingouinvillas prior to our departure flight Mr Ramjan was very accommodating, allowing flexibility of checkout as able and driving us back to the airport.
The apartment is obviously not the most luxurious on the island and could be described as basic but it was just what we required and was good value and hospitality was excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Stephen M
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

A very kind man who goes by the name Sarif greets you upon arrival and looks after you during your stay. The place itself if located 7 minutes walk from Blue Bay beach in a quiet residential area. The apartment was very large and spacious and came with everything you could require for your stay. The one negative element was that the cleanliness was not up to scratch. The floors needed a good clean, the kettle was black inside, the tablecloths and sofa cushions needed a wash. Ironically, there is a washing machine and a mop & bucket in the flat. Apart from the hygiene issue this place would be a perfect place to stay in Blue Bay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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5  Thank SallyOday
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Pingouinvillas is a charming complex within easy walking distance of the public beaches at Blue Bay. The apartment was spacious, well maintained, well equipped and comfortable. The proprietor was very helpful with airport transfers and visits to the shops but otherwise did not intrude.
The apartment is ideal for families not wanting the hustle and expense of hotels. Make sure you have the right adaptors. No ACs could make it very hot in summer.

Room Tip: All the rooms face onto a quiet street. Ground floor might be preferable for those not wanting stair...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank JAY611
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Additional Information about Pingouinvillas

Address: 94A, Rue des Daurades, Blue-Bay,Mauritius, Blue Bay, Mauritius 00000
Location: Mauritius > Grand Port District > Blue Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Blue Bay
Price Range: $48 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pingouinvillas 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Pingouinvillas located in the residential tourist area in Blue-Bay, the South-East of Mauritius Island. It is set-up in a small tropical garden full of exotic flowers under the shade of coconut trees encircled by cool verandahs bordered by fanciful balustrades. Pingouinvillas enjoys an exceptional peace where only the chirping of birds disturbs the calmness in the morning and the area is harmonious with its tropical flora and fauna.Blue-Bay is 5 kilometres away from Mahebourg: a historical village and one of the main fishing sites on the Island. Pingouinvillas is within 200 metres (3 minutes walk) from the Blue-Bay beach which is the most popular seaside resort in the South of Mauritius with its fine white sand and its peaceful turquoise lagoon surrounded by coral reefs. Pingouinvillas is accessible within 8 minutes drive from the SSR International Airport. ... more   less 
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