Stayed in room 204 overlooking the sea between Jan 21st-Feb 2nd to celebrate my 50th birthday with my boyfriend,I was made a fuss of,from the table decorations on the reserved table for dinner,sang happy birthday to me twice & a cake brought it,though BF had to pay £25 for flowers in our room.
Liked the omlettes cooked to order & crispy bacon,took our own teabags,but tried their tea & it was ok.Usually waited until 230pm to have ham & cheese toasties or the odd burger,we found dinner ok,liked the set menu as I tried things I probably wouldn`t have tried if I only had a buffet option.Water,soft drinks(in fridge) & beverages replenished daily as part of A.I.Mixed the Rose wine with lemonade to make it drinkable.
Rooms cleaned to a good standard,don`t shut the patio door fully if you`re on the balcony,it locks & you can`t get back in(Thanks to the couple below us who rang reception to rescue us)A/Con worked well.
Virtually all the staff are male & the majority were polite,helpful & seemed to enjoy chatting with the guests.
We booked a taxi via reception,nice driver called `Maan`he took us on a 9hr tour of the Island which covered most of the East,South & West places to visit including Walking with Lions at Casala,black river gourge,waterfalls,7 colours,hindu statues/place of worship, he was knowledgable & would stop at various beauty spots & offer to take photos of you.This trip was far cheaper than the Virgin South Tour & you could stay as long/short as you wished when not in a group.
Booked taxi to take us to do the `Bubble Walk`(walking on the sea bed)saw coral & beautiful fish wearing an old fashioned helmet & airline.Enjoyed this,but not long enough,15mins approx on the sea bed,rest of the time the staff getting you to pose for photos so they can sell the CD to you as soon as you surface.It was very much like a production line,literally all holding onto each other in one line,a complaint to reception on our return was dealt with immediantly,500 Rupees returned & an offer of another seabed walk for free,which we declined.Still cheaper than Virgin.
Always got a sun lounger on the beach from 11a.m onwards,beach hawkers enjoyed a friendly chat & a repetitive "No Thanks" eventually sent them elsewhere.The best place to snorkel off the beach is to the left,where one or two small boats are usually anchored.Reef shoes are a must,we bought ours beforehand,but they can be bought from a local shop or ordered from the licenced lady beach hawker.My BF had his taken from the beach & they weren`t handed in.Suncream is very expensive at the local shops as well as the hotel,so take plenty with you.
Flora,fauna,birdlife beautiful.We had rain showers which were refreshing & it soon got out hot & sunny again,few days of cloud & wind,was told it was due to the Cyclone near Madacascar.We arrived home with fantastic tans.
This hotel was a lot smaller than we usually stay in,but I preferred it,everyone has more time to attend to you.Whatever we asked for,we got,whether it was extra pillows or coat hangers.Would`ve been nice to have had shower gel,shampoo & conditioner in the shower for A.I.
I got bitten many times when we walked from the hotel to the village & at night,so I`s suggest wearing insect repellent,but I was ok on the beach.Our room did have a lot of tiny ants crawling everywhere,they liked dirty coffee/tea cups & glasses left on the unit so we rinsed them out.
I didn`t see any teenagers & only two toddlers on our last day or many young couples,mainly mature couples/groups of retired folks,which the entertainment is certainly geared towards.
All in all,a very quiet location,relaxing holiday & far better than I thought it was going to be.
BTW,perfume is cheaper to buy at the Mauritius airport than if you fly via Dubai,but Cigarettes are a lot cheaper in Dubai than Mauritius.
Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
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