This is one of these reviews I hesitate writing for the risk of the place being booked out when we want to come back in the future, but on the other hand I also want to share the experience :)
Bungalow Vanille manages the rental of several bungalows around Black River, and we stayed at the Bungalow called Badamier. Booking was extremely simple, with all emails answered within 15 minutes. It was extremely spacious, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, for the same price as a normal little hotel room. It had a fantastic veranda, covered in colourful plants, and it felt like a very private little tropical garden. We always had our breakfast out there and these beautiful red birds would come and visit.
The family who manages this bungalow and the villa next door was living downstairs. They were so friendly and helpful, explaining what buses to take where, and inviting us for cold local beers on their veranda when we came back hot and sweaty from the beach. The man of the family one day climbed up their coconut tree and cut a couple of coconuts open for us to drink the fresh juice. They would not even consider charging anything, we felt like part of the family.
The madame of the house was cleaning every second day. I am somewhat picky when it comes to cleaning, but this was excellent - absolutely spotless! She also picked up our dirty laundry, washed it and hanged it on our balcony free of charge.
Location is good, close to the beach, restaurants and supermarket. For dinners I warmly recommend the small Italian restaurant Il Duca, which had outstanding food, service and value. Owner and chef, Jessica, has newly came over from Italy and is charming as well as an excellent and creative chef with new menu every night on the blackboard. You will find it in the red, low, squarish houses. Skip the tourist traps Gio (next to Il Duca) but do visit the old classic La Bonne Chute (close to Caltex) for good quality food and good value.
I would go back to this place anytime, and recommend it to all my friends and family (unless they hated meeting local people and couldn't stand making their own breakfast)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bungalow Vanille residence offer tropical tranquility at affordable prices in one of the most attractive parts of the island. All accommodations are located in the Black River district and within walking distance from La Preneuse Beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bungalow Vanille Mauritius/Riviere Noire