Got back last week after spending a week here with the wife and two kids (9 and 10). We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Weather- It was winter in Mauritius but some days topped out at around 28 degrees with not a cloud in the sky, others were sunny in the morning but overcast later. When it`s sunny at sunset you get an excellent photo opportunity as the coast faces west- in fact if you walk along the beach from Le Victoria many, many people are taking pictures of the sunset.
Food- Well, after two weeks in Mauritius what I had thought to be a developing six -pack has well and truly disappeared. I must say I was partial to the Phoenix beer (MRU600 for a big `un in the hotel, MRU60 or less in a shop down the road...) but the food was the real star.
The breakfasts were sumptuous feasts and I was a great fan of the smoked marlin, which appeared regularly.
Dinner was either a buffet or a la carte from one of selection of restaurants. Shells for seafood was our first choice (after trying the buffet on the first night- Mauritian speciality night so we had to try it). Shells was good but there were a few stray dogs on the beach that could have been shoo`d away a bit more. Didn`t bother us but one of the Italian couples eating on the beach (at the table under a canopy) got a bit annoyed and had to move. Cumin was Indian food. V tasty but we didn`t go back as the kids don`t really like spicy food. La Faya was our favourite. Jimmy was an excellent Maitre d` and where do I start with the food? It`s meant to be Med with a tropical twist I think- . One night there was pepper encrusted yellowfin tuna, another night I had what was essentially a crystal ball with a fish concoction inside- v tasty. The kids liked it here too and as the restaurant was out of the way (right near the Nirvana area) the atmosphere was a bit less frenetic.
One our lot went to the Penguin club, really enjoyed it and had her face painted after breakfast everyday too. The other thrived on the watersports and we had plenty of goes at waterskiing, kayaking etc.
We also took a couple of dolphin seeing trips from the private company within the hotel. The first was quite pricy but was for a whole day. I`m not sure they made much money though as we had to take a speedboat right down to the south (le Morne) to see the grey mammals. It was worth it though- NB trip also involved sightseeing at Crystal Rock, lunch and overtaking all of the Catamaran day-trippers at high speed on the way back. Bumpy though.
In fact, we liked the dolphins so much we went back to swim with them the following day- however this time they were only 2km (5 mins) from the hotel, beyond the reef.
The service in the hotel was excellent and I would like to thank them for letting me keep my bags in the hotel after checkout so that I could catch a late taxi to the airport. We spent the day on the beach.
The gym-needs updating.
Free Wifi- in the lobby- v handy.
Room was clean and large- big plasma TV came in v handy for the Olympics.
I would say that the swimming in Mauritius is unsafe if you go out of the designated swimming zones. The same applies here, except the lagoon is v narrow outside Le Meridien so there is not much room for the many speedboats, pedalos and kayaks that use the water alongside swimmers and snorkelers. Someone will probably get hurt sooner or later and the boats really should be outside the reef even if this affects them commercially. The same proximity would not be allowed countries like Italy and Spain.
I also noted that the hotel produced a daily update of what was going on at the hotel. While I applaud the use of recycling old paper to print this on, they should probably avoid doing so on the back of a print off of who was staying where and how much they paid. This even included some of the people who have since reviewed the hotel on Tripadvisor below me. I also saw that some people were given a VIP code- maybe they`re SPG gold members? Still, it was reassuring to see that I had not overpaid and that ba.com had charged a fair price.
Overall, the atmosphere was a bit less cosy than the smaller hotel we stayed in in the previous week but the many facilities made up for this. The staff are all friendly and it was a lovely visit.
NB do not miss the botanical gardens as they are only 15 mins away in the car- some amazing palms, ferns and trees there.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Ile Maurice Hotel Pointe Aux Piments
- Meridien Ile Maurice
- Le Meridien Mauritius
- Le Meridien Pointe Aux Piments
- Le Meridien Ile Maurice Mauritius
- Pointe Aux Piments Le Meridien
- Ile Le Maurice Meridien