20 Degrees of Excellence in Mauritius

I have been looking forward to coming to this hotel for a very long time.  I’ve always thought of it as one of the islands best kept secrets.  Situated overlooking stunning Grande Baie;

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If you were driving along this road you may not even see the hotel as it is hidden from view behind very large and impressive wooden doors, however as soon as you step through them you enter a world of elegance and refinement, relaxation, tranquillity and complete bliss.

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This Relais Chateaux property offers both the luxury and excellence of a five-star resort but in a privately run hotel, when you enter the hotel it most of the rooms are situated around the main pool area, with the main building housing the restaurant, bar, lounges and spa – in a way it is slightly reminiscent of a Morroccan Riad.

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This boutique hotel has just 34 rooms suites, some just a few steps from the beach.  All the rooms are air-conditioned and have a beautiful terrace.  All the rooms are decorated tastefully with antiques and are all different; most of them have old fashioned roll top baths to add a little more elegance.  We were lucky enough to see rooms in all of the categories as the new guests were not arriving until later that day and after that the hotel would be full.  The suites have either have an outdoor hot tub or small private swimming pool.  I loved the fact that on every spare spot in the hotel has been used and you can always find yourself a nice quiet spot where you can relax in the serenity of the resort and enjoy a good book with a nice cool drink.

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For a small hotel it offers a great choice of dining, with breakfast served at their leisure, because not everyone wants to get up early when they are on holiday, the hotel within the restaurant offers lunch and dinner, whilst lunch can also be had within the 19th century ruins on Flat Island, just a few tables in a magical setting, where every effort has been made to respect the natural environment, it is reached by the hotels private catamaran Lagoon 440.

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The main restaurant is set within the hotel and overlooks the bay and pool whilst Grosvenor’s whilst the third is on the beautiful old boat renovated by the hotel, the M/S Lady Lisbeth, the oldest motor boat on the island, the boat can take reservations for  8 people for dinner , a perfect opportunity to dine under the stars on a ship from another era, whilst everyday at 4pm afternoon tea and coffee is served with fresh home-made cakes.  The hotel offers daily excursions such as snorkelling trips as well as boat transfers into Grande Baie.

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We had a delicious lunch in the main restaurant overlooking the beach and the bay beyond and like most of my time in Mauritius I took the opportunity to enjoy some of the fresh fish they have on offer.

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Small, charming, sophisticated; three words that definitely sum up this stunning hotel and when you talk to the owners Anne and Michel Bourgeois you can see that they love with this little oasis that they have created and rightly so, it really is a gem, one I had so looked forward to seeing and can honestly say that I was not disappointed!

I travelled to Mauritius with Air Mauritius and Reve Tourism in April 2015

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