9-18 and Polarizer: pics from Mauritius, Indian Ocean

Started Oct 25, 2011 | Discussions thread
Stefandreas
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Re: Ultramarine is nice
In reply to amalric, Oct 25, 2011

Hi,

generally speaking you find the most expensive hotels in the world, at 1000 a night, with helicopters fllighing around, but I would hate to go there ! Mauritius public beaches are nicely maintained and you get a much better impression of the lovely people. But besides the South coast with deadly currents, there are not much really "wild" spots left, just some laid-back places which are not overrun.

We had four very charming family hotels with up to 10 people capacity maximum and they were all stunning. Picture 1 for example ist just in front of our appartment at Poste Lafayette. For a family of four we paid between 120 and 180 Euro a night, for all four people, including breakfast. These are low-season prices, around christmas you pay at least 50 % more. Rental cars (40-50 Euro a day), taxi (same) and food are much cheaper than lets say Italy, Spain or US. If you go out eating in a moderately looking but tasty beachfront restaurant you pay around 5-6 Euro per person. If you eat fried rice and fried noodles at the mobile beach vendors stalls you pay around 2-3 Euro.

So in total, no, if you don't spend your money on speedboat or catamaran rent and like small, cosy family run hotels, and if you don't need lobster for lunch but like local indian or chinese food, its actually quite cheap !

Here are the hotels I can only recommend:

Northeast, windy but my all time favourite hotel worldwide: http://www.lamaisondete.com/

Southwest, with clean, simple rooms for a real bargain, at 2 (!) meters distance from the sea, with the most breathtaking view of all the island : http://www.lamariposa.mu/

Mountains, huge farm with own wilderness, spectacular lodging, hiking and riding, just paradise: http://www.lavieillecheminee.com/pages_en/index_en.html

But the best is Blue Bay, South east. Go to Chantauvent guesthouse, at two minutes from the most spectacular corals of the whole island: http://www.chantauvent.com/

Don't be afraid: all names are frendch, but everybody speaks good English.

We will be back there next year !

Stefan

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