Le Meridien Ile Maurice
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It is always a sad time at the end of a cruise, when we say goodbye to all the people we have befriended and to all the staff who have looked after us so well especially Max the Macedonian sommelier who took particularly good care of us!
The ship was docked at Post Louis on the isle of Mauritius. First views were of a luscious green island …
... Rangers or Black Hawk Down, during which they were surrounded by and fought thousands of heavily armed militia.
We crossed into the Indian Ocean and over the equator at almost the same time, then flew between the beautiful Seychelles Islands and Madagascar as we approached Mauritius.
About 04:00 the lights came up, two hours or so before our landing, so we could have a light breakfast and wake up before arrival. It was still dark when we touched down. ...
... is a small island because it only covers about 2 046 square kilometres. Apparently Mauritius was made by a volcanic eruption. This created a 671 metre high plateau. Mauritius is a great place to visit. It gives in depth, a glimpse of what the world would be if there were no racism. It gives a wonderful sense of happiness towards others. Above all it shows through it's food, languages, festivals and religions that we can all UNITE AS ...
... dinner at the seafood restaurant tonight so we got ready and went starlight out. It's the most gorgeous setting in a wooden hut on stools in the sea. Was pretty breezy due to cyclone imelda, but we were protected in the hut. Saw little crabs and a jelly fish so felt very within nature. The food was lovely and Glyn had lobster so coped with a seafood restaurant. Had a very romantic evening, but had an early ish night as I had a headache- I'm blaming the ...
I slept in yesterday and truly enjoyed it. I had some time in the morning to slow down, read and think. At my late breakfast I noticed out the window that the market was a food market, so I took a minute to walk down and admire the play of color in the fruit and vegetables and the varieties of people, dress and activities. Mauritians are usually relaxed and friendly. When people saw me with a camera, rather than turning away or exhibiting anger, or ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Meridien Ile Maurice Pointe Aux Piments
A large resort hotel set on the beach with balconied large rooms overlooking the nice gardens and sea. It offers all inclusive which is well worth it. Breakfast is a huge comprehensive buffet. For lunch there is a choice of a buffet in Shells on the beach or poolside burger & chips. We preferred the waiter service at La Faya at the far end of the resort- good food. In the evening the choice was the large buffet upstairs, which changed every night, or the Indian buffet. We liked the waiter service at Shells. January is very hot & humid all day & night. Water sports are included .
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Ile Maurice Pointe Aux Piments
The meredien is a great hotel in a very nice location. The weather in the northwest part of the island (where this hotel was based) was extremely nice in their winter as apposed to the rest of the island. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable - all sea facing and with a balcony. The food was good - esp the breakfast and lunch, but the dinner was variable.
Lots of things to do. The beach was nice, but slightly rocky- you can still make sandcastles! Gardens were well maintained.
We went as acouple at the end of june - at that time the hotel was say 50-60% full and the majority of people were couples - which we felt was the right amount of the people. However the in the begenning of july - there were significant more people then - esp families with kids ( holidays started) and we felt that there were too many people then.
The kids seem to enjoy themselves however.
We really enjoyed the place - and I will certainly recommend to couples - but they will enjoy it more in the less busier periods.
Lots of watersports, kids have fun
Our family of four, with two kids (5 and 4) stayed for 6 nights earlier this month and we all had a very good time.
All the rooms are sea-facing, and the rooms spacious and well-maintained.
We found the hotel clean, the staff friendly and courteous (although the staff at the water sports facilities could have been more enthusiastic and proactive in their instructions for wind surfing, sailing and water skiing), and there were quite a few activities to keep all of us busy.
We were on half-board, and unlike many hotels that restrict you to meals at only one restaurant, Le Meridien allowed us to dine at any of their three restaurants that were open for dinner, which was quite nice. The breakfast buffet at 180-degrees was average, but we enjoyed the finer dining at La Faya and the more casual seafood experience at Shells.
Our kids spent a fair amount of time at the kids "Penguin Club". The daily evening entertainment at the Bay View bar was also fun for them.
I enjoyed all the water sports, many of which were complimentary - water skiing, wind surfing, snorkelling (you need to get out of the reef to see anything living), and sailing. Would agree with other reviewers that you need to have rubber shoes in order to enter the water, as the dead corals and stones do cut and bruise. They also have a well-equipped spa and fitness center.
We took the bus in to town (Grand Bay) as recommended by another TripAdvisor member, but the service was erratic and nobody really knew when the next bus would come/go.
Hotel with a lot of potential
As a longterm business traveler I was accustomed to quite a couple of Le Meridien hotels worldwide and always appreciated the attention to detail and quality. Therefore I booked a my honeymoon stay at this hotel and stood in a double bedroom with my wife. Overall my high expectations on some points were exceeded but on quite a lot of other points not fullfilled. I guess a lot of this has to do with the underdeveloped infrastructure on this island, including access to qualified staff and experienced hoteliers.
The welcome was warm, but inspite of our honeymoon stay and clear preference of a high floor, we were only offered a twin bed room in the ground floor. We also received a complementary candlelight dinner voucher, which we could only enjoy as a regular dinner, since the restaurant suddenly forgot about the booking.
-the interior designs in rooms and major facilities all look great
-nicely arranged gardens
-kitchen/food is generally impressive
-extensive wellness offerings
-free activities such as water skiing (the bad side of this is that everyone is trying to learn it there and you may wait 30min to take one round)
-large number of service staff
-the beach is crap and when I tried surfing the first day and fell into the water I severely scratched my legs on zillions of corals, other parts are also rocky; swimming shoes are highly recommended but you won't make it far anyway; further more you get approached every 5min by locals trying to sell you stuff
-staff is often unreliable or unskilled: rooms often cleaned as late as 2pm, wake up calls never received, the bar man knows only his 2 favorite drinks, the bar/club plays classic music during a football game and you still pay a dollar for a game of pool..
-many hidden costs: so hotel is charging $4.80/min for an international call even if you hit a voicebox, dinner buffet is mediocre, hotel is surely participating on the taxis waiting in front to charge you about 5x their usual daily income for a ride
-plenty of aggressive birds at buffet area make you want to order breakfast to the room
Relaxing, Family Holiday
Before my family and I travelled to this hotel, I was quite concerned after reading some of the previous reviews however this meant that we were plesantly surprised by the excellent quality of accommodation and helpful, sincere service that we received. Upon arrival, we were sat down in the reception area, given a refreshing cocktail whilst our paperwork and room details were explained. This was a stress-free, relaxed start to our holiday and a very plesant change from queuing at reception after a long trip in some 5 * hotels that we have previously been to. This excellent, thoughtful start to our holiday was followed through for the two weeks we were there:
The beach was great and uncrowded, snorkling was fun in the shallow lagoon in front of the hotel however we had to beware of the lion fish quite close to the shore. We used the hotel's fabulous dive centre - I completed my PADI Open Water with the help of their exceptionally calm, friendly staff. All the great dive sites are only 20 mins away by boat!
All the hotel's staff were polite and attentive, our room was consistently clean and promptly attended to. Even though we were content with our room, on the 4th day of our stay, we had an opportunity to ugrade to a suite - which was not only huge but rather luxurious! I don't want to dwell on how lovely our new accommodation was as I don't feel it is relevant to the reasons why I'd like to recommend this hotel to you (however if you get the opportunity...)!
The food in each of the three restaurants was delicious, of a high standard and very well presented. I would have liked to have seen more choice at the 180 restaurant as our holiday progressed - the food was lovely but it needed more variation. Children's meals were available but do children always want pizza, pasta or chips? It would have been great to also see a selection of simply prepared, good quality meat and vegetables available to the children in the restaurants.
A few stray dogs and cats were around and however adorable they look (and they are adorable), it is unwise to get too close. I am the owner of 3 dogs and at the beginning of my holiday, I felt rather sad to see stray animals and wanted to rescue them all!! However, as my holiday progressed, I realised that they were probably quite content with their lives although it would be good to know though that these animals were being cared for. I hope steps will be taken to ensure they are wormed, innoculated and spayed - obviously this would good for the animals and reassuring for the tourists.
This was our first visit to the island and we had a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing holiday - I'd recommend this hotel to you especially if you are travelling with a family!
We've just returned from 10 days at Le Meridien and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
No sign of the mosquitos or flys previously mentioned.
The rooms are large and well laid out, but the bathrooms are a little 'tired'.
We had no problem with room service and found our room was serviced thoroughly everyday.
Service was generally good, with plenty of staff around to help.
The food in the restuarants was of good quality, particularly the La Faya restuarant, which served top quality food and has a terrace overlooking the sea. The service at La Faya wasa exceptional, as was the presentation of food.
The 180 Buffet Rest was reasonable and offered a wide range of choice, but would have benifited from rotation of the menu for anybody staying more than a week. We tended to only eat breakfast there. Some concern about the local birdlife hopping around the buffet service area at times.
The Shells Rest on the beachfront offered a reasonable choice of menu, but suffered from the cats and dogs hanging around the tables .
The range of beach activities was good with free snorkeling twice a day, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing all free. Instruction was good although you had to be careful to avoid the Reef skirting the lagoon.
The beach staff were friendly and enthusiatic and I would recomend getting involved with the ' beach volleyball gang' led by Raja.
The beach itself was uncrowded and well served by sun loungers and shelters.
The grounds were well maintained and no doubt will look colourful once they have developed.
The swimming pool was clean and well maintained.
Entertainment in the bars is OK, if a little gauche, particularly the 'ethnic' shows.
I would recomend at least trying the local bus service once into Port Louis , its at least a 20th the cost of a taxi, and you at least see something of the real Mauritius. You can easily get to Pamplemoouse Gardens by bus.
From talking to other guests you can easily rack up quite a bill using the taxis as the Hotel is rather out of the way.
The local shop Maxi about 200m from the Hotel sells water and beer / drinks at at least a 5th less than the hotel and is recomended.
The Hotel is great for couples and young families, but rather limited for teenagers.
We had decidedthat this trip was going to be beach based, and therefore were'nt disappointed, but if your looking for nitelife perhaps you might look towards the Gran Bay area.
Le Meridien is a great choice of Hotel for the price.
Very child friendly
Very Friendly and professional Staff
Plenty of Water Sport Activity
Wonderful pool and bars
Catering was not the best, both the food and presentation has much room for improvement. Management are aware and are working to improve it.
Nice place but too many mosquitoes and flies !
The hotel has an impressive lobby.
Rooms look good and are rather large. Bathrooms are well equipped but you have run every day after the chamber maid who does not refill with soap or shampoo...
Rooms are a bit noisy (we had an child running upstairs every morning and we could clearly hear him...)
We found a lot of mosquitoes in our room upon arrival and were given insect spray... It took us a few hours to get rid of all of them!!!
Both restaurants are good. Buffet breakfast is very nice too.
We did not eat at the evening buffet, so I can't comment on this.
The beach is OK, so is the swimming-pool.
Good dive club on site.
The hotel used to belong to the Radisson chain before. It had just turned Meridien when we stayed there, so it was not yet up to the level.
Hotel: Not too bad / Beach: Brilliant!
The hotel is Ok, but if you're looking for something special pay a little extra and stay at one of the others....
Upon arrival, we was offered the chance to upgarde to a honeymoon suite (bigger room, double balcony, plasma screen tv) which we accepted. Although, there was nothing terribly wrong with the room, if it were infact my honeymoon, i would be thoroughly disappointed: it wasn't anything special.
Food: There are 3 restaurants within the hotel: 180 (buffet), Shells and La Feya. I cannot comment on La Feya as we could not get booked in. Shells was very nice. 180 was awful!! At breakfast there were flies everywhere and not all food was covered. There were also sparrows on all the tables, which at first I thought was sweet... until I pulled my chair in and put my hand in bird poo...!!!
The up side of the hotel, is the beach.... it's lovely! Very spacious, soft sand and clear blue water. The sports guys on the beach made the holiday one of the best we've had... they were very helpful, always offering to help book tours etc and entertaining us whenever they could...For this reason alone we would re-visit the hotel, but try to have lower expectations for the rooms and food.
"GREAT EXPERIENCE & FAIR LOCATION"
Just returned from another glorious visit to Mauritius.
This was our third visit (first on west coast) previous hotels being Le Toussroc + Beau Rivage.
Le Meridien is not a deluxe hotel but a good first class establishment which offers exceptional value for money (being Scottish this is important!!)
The hotel is large (200 rooms) and very similar layout to Beau Rivage with accomodation on 3 levels either side of central pool reception areas.
Bedroom is a good size 50m2, dark woods help feeling of coolness. Great living area with comfy sofa and armchairs complimented by tasteful lamps tables and fabrics.
Bathroom has wonderful shower (romantically sized!!) but lacks his 'n' hers sinks. Good postion for hairdryer mirrors and lighting for make up.
The room is kept clean and tidy by very attentive staff 2x daily managing to arrange my wifes beach wraps into interesting shapes on the bed as well as feeding bedtime chocolates to our travelling stuffed toys! Usuall towel swans and flower petals abound to great effect.
Being ground floor we had wonderful access to pool bar and beach (something we paid a lot extra for at Beau Rivage.
Reception area was very open but dramatic use of wood and tasteful furnishings made it relaxing area to listen to the pianist while sipping pre dinner cocktails.
There are 3 restaurants:
180 buffet breakfast dinner, good selection of international dishes with some of the best desserts I have tasted. We only dined here twice as we prefer table service and removes temptation to gorge ones self!!
Shells alacarte lunch dinner. beach front location superb lunctime views and cooling night time breeze - perfect. Lunches varied from snack/barbecue to full menu (steak/lobster) with only small supplement payable (£12) for lobster when all inclusive. Also discovered after 3 days all inclussive wines were also free by the bottle ( chradonnay chenin blanc, cabernet, pinotage, rose and sparkling).
Dinner menu didnt vary here, but had large selection for all tastes - from tandori to steaks and lobster (again £12 suplement well worth it)
Le Feya alacarte dinner, far end of property beautiful internal furnishings with theatre style kitchen, walk in wine cellar and romatic patio dining.
Good set menu free for HB or ALL INCLUSSIVE but also magnificent menu for supplement. Top class ingredients (finest fillet I have tasted) and beutiful presentaion. After chatting to chef he produced lobster thermidor to my wifes exacting standards and another night a magnificant chateau briand carved at table. Again house wines were available by the bottle free to All inc.
Room service extensive 24hour menu on which we dined by candelite on our patio again free to all inclusive as was minibar.
SPA treatments were varied and extensive a wonderful treat after a hard days sunbathing. Recommend his'nhers coconut ritual with exfoliting coconut rub and carrot treatment with aroma therapy foot soak/massage finished with steam shower for 2 - romantic.
Location - theonly point I could agree with previous
contibuter is there is some coral at waters edge but there is avast area of soft sand with fixed thatched shades and wooden padded sunloungers. With sandals you could walk several miles in both directions. A big advantage is the sunset something you miss with east coast hotels. Hotel is very handy for Grand Baie + Port Louis for all designer shirts etc from factory. The set rate for a days taxi is less than £40.
Overall this was a wonderful holiday and represents incredible value for money all inclusive (much cheaper than any of our SANDALS stays and vastly better food/service). DONT GO HB as the small supplement for all inc would be spent on snack lunch and a drink!!!
Bad experience & problem with location
Stayed at this hotel last year - (my second vist to Mauritius).
In fairness to the hotel, it was going through a change in management at the time, from Radisson to Le Meridien. I did speak to the new manager and he seemed spot on & I am sure he will get the standards of the hotel up. However, my problems with this hotel extend beyond this issue:
The beach was poor (by Mauritian standards and other places we have visited in the Indian Ocean). It was small & uninteresting. Thus, the sunbeds were quite close together. More importantly, there is no house reef - all coral is completely dead - thus, there is no snorkelling, which for me is a big problem. However, the dives sites that I visited were good. I was a little irritated by jet ski's and some idiot in a speed boat bombing up & down in front of the beach, which spoilt the relaxing ambiance.
Also, point au piments is not the most beautiful part of Mauritius. It is not awful, but definately not as scenically beautiful as the south of the island, e.g. Le Morne (where we stayed previously).
The food was OK but nothing special - but this may have changed. The hotel itself was OK - rooms were furnished to a good standard, if lacking certain finishing touches - this may have changed. Although all rooms had a sea view - this was further back than I would have liked and as I have said, the beach was nothing to look at. I suppose your view will depend on your standards and expectations.
The pool area was nothing special. I thought the lobby was quite good, although my wife disagreed and thought it was very poor (she has better taste than I have).
I would recommend hiring a taxi for the day (only about £60) & get them to give you a tour around the south of the island. You will get to see Grand Basin, the Black River gorge, le chamourelle waterfall (I might have spelt that wrong!).
Overall, there is nothing to commend this hotel. Even if they sorted out the food, tarted up the rooms - it would still be in a less scenically interesting area, the beach would still be small and the reef would still be dead! Personally, I think Mauritius is the most fabulous island, but this hotel is just not great.
I would definately recommend all-inclusive, as Mauritius is particularly expensive.
I should add we went in February & did experience a cyclone it only lasted a day or two - but it made a right mess (everything seems to shut down as they batten up the hatches!). This is a risk at this time of year. Previously visited in September - weather was not boiling hot (mid 70's), but I prefer this & no rain + hot enough to stay out all day.