Sands Resort & Spa
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Perfect place to celebrate our silver wedding!
We have just returned from this wonderful hotel. Most of my comments are positive with just a few minor negatives.
On arrival we were greeted with a refreshing cocktail and allowed to relax as we filled out some hotel paperwork. Even though we arrived early in the morning we were allowed to go straight to our room after a tour or the hotel facilities and begin our holiday. The rooms are excellent, spacious and clean, with a daily maid service and replacement towels twice a day. Beach towels are also provided free of charge.
The staff at the hotel are discreet and extremely helpful and friendly. I have never stayed in a hotel before where the staff bring around wet flannels to cool yourself down when sunbathing and also offer to clean your sunglasses when you are reading!
The staff in the restaurant were also exceptional and our vote for the best waitress has to go to Angelique! Mel, who cooked the breakfast in the morning also was very friendly and makes the best eggs and pancakes.
The beach is beautiful although a little corally near the waters edge and hurts your feet when entering and exiting the Ocean. The watersports are excellent and the staff on the beach are all more than happy to assist in anything they can.
The loungers on the beach and by the pool are very comfortable but be aware that if you want shade on the beach you have to go 'place your towel' quite early in the morning!
The food was also excellent and we had to curtail what we put on our plates on the buffet evenings as we wanted to try everything!!
It is true that the hotel is quite far from any shops but we enjoyed walking along the beach (turn right when you step on the beach) to the nearest shops, buying our drinks, etc. and then getting a taxi back to the hotel which is very cheap. If you walk along the beach and coastal path to the left of the hotel you come to the town of Tamarin which is very under-developed and you can see exactly how the locals live, there are also some quaint little local shops to buy drinks and snacks.
We hired a car while we were there and enjoyed the freedom to tour around the island at our leisure. It cost about £80 for 3 days.
By far our favourite day on the island was the catamaran cruise, the atmosphere on the boat was 'party' from the minute we stepped on board, with free drinks and food all day. We were lucky to see lots of dolphins and swim in the beautiful warm ocean.
Finally, you must catch the bus into Port Louis while you are there, it leaves from the Hilton which is about 10 minutes walk along the road on quite a regular basis. It is about an hours ride and only costs about 50p and you really get to see the local towns and villages as you pass through picking up fares - be aware that they squash you on and be prepared to get friendly with the locals!
Our final day was amazing, we were lucky to see 2 whales that were 'playing' in the bay directly in front of the hotel. All the guests and staff came out to see the 'show'. A pefect end to a perfect holiday!
OK my little quibbles - if you want to use the internet at the hotel it is very overpriced and you would be better going into Flic en Flac and using one of their internet cafes while you are there doing your shopping.
Evening entertainment - if you can call it that is very monotonous, about 3 bands that rotate each evening. Luckily when we were there they finished no later than 11pm so it wasn't really a problem.
Finally be aware that at the moment The Sands Resort is the very last hotel on the road and as has been mentioned in other reviews it is quite a distance to the nearest shop - it took us about 45 minutes to walk there along the road and going along the beach is much better.
Overall the postives far outweigh the negatives and it truly was the holiday of a lifetime.
The Perfect Honeymoon
We have just come back from a perfect 2 week honeymoon at
The Sands Resort. As it was a special occasion we paid more
than we usually do for a holiday, but we weren't disappointed.
The service was fantastic, the staff friendly, the hotel setting stunning, the food was lovely & the entertainment spot on...
I honestly feel like we picked the best hotel on the island.
Bel servizio, ma il mare...
L'albergo è piccolo e accogliente, ideale per chi non ama i posti troppo affollati e caotici.
Ottimo il servizio, la pulizia delle camere, molto spaziose e tutte con vista sul mare e il ristorante ( i camerieri sono un pò troppo solerti...non fatevi portare via il piatto prima di aver finito...)
Aspetto dolente: l'albergo è situato in un punto dove non c'è barriera corallina e sono state messi dei frangiflutti proprio davanti alla spaggia...il mare non è proprio quello che si apprezza quando si va a Mauritius.
Carenti le attività sportive.
Per chi va ad agosto: l'albergo è in una posizione abbastanza ventosa, in serate fredde o giornate senza sole non si riesce a stare in spiaggia.
Stunning hotel, the photographs on its website do not do it enough justice, especially if you arrive as we did when the sun was rising over the moutains, it takes your breath away. As experienced and well travell as we were, we did not expect the marvellous service we recieved there, the staff were very friendly, service fast and efficient, food excellent and varied every night and the rooms spotlessley clean and well serviced twice a day. the evening entertainment must have been put up a notch since previous reviews as although we saw the same acts a couple of times, every evening was different singers or floorshows. Well worth a visit for the quiet beach and great watersports as well. 5 stars.
After reading reviews on this site my girlfriend and I decided that this sounded the right hotel for us; within our budget and we were certainly not disappointed. The whole experience from the minute we arrived was of having found our own little bit of paradise. The hotel itself is in the best position on the Flic en Flac coastline, nicely secluded with its own sheltered bay. There aren't too many rooms so there is a feeling of a small personal hotel and the attentive service adds to this. Whilst it could be true that the food in the evenings does repeat itself, the variety on offer does make it difficult to find fault.
The rooms are very spacey, with a huge bathroom and a great balcony overlooking the sea.
We stayed on a half board basis and whilst it is true that the drinks in the hotel are vastly more expensive than the local supermarket, you are staying in a hotel after all and they are no more expensive than in England.
The included watersports are varied and we tried our hand at waterski-ing which was made great fun by the helpful and friendly staff, with just the correct amount of banter!!
We did some diving and a couple of trips including a day on a cat. We also hired a car for a couple of days which is well worth doing to see more of this beautiful island .
It is certainly a place for a romantic holiday since you can easily keep youself to youself, as did most people and I woudn't advise this as a location for children. We could not recommend the hotel and location enough, for us it was perfection.
Loved the sea,
We spent 10 days at the Sands, Flic Flac and probably will not return there. We stayed on a half board basis and found the food rather repetitive. The beach was excellent but beach loungers were booked quite early in the morning. Drinks and food are grossly overpriced compared to the prices at the local supermarket (which is a good 10 minutes drive by car). If you dont have a car, you are sort of stuffed.. Ditto with the laundry.
My main gripe was about the service. We were a group of 4 travelling with two young children, we had to repeat our requests for special food for the children virtually twice every day and we had very variable service even after that.
the evening 'recreation' (if you can call it that!) was awful on most nights.. Thankfully our rooms were far away from the cacaphony.
Sands resort mauritius absolutely wonderful
We came back from our second visit to Maruitius last month, last time went to Maritim this time to the Sands Resort and it was great. We were not sure what to expect as it is not in British brochures. The rooms were large with a separate dressing area and large bathroom.
It is quite a compact hotel and the walk from rom to beach was a matter of seconds. Very quite hotel to stay, not many children.
Good sheltered area of sea for swimming and lovely clean beach
The staff were incredilbly attentive and food very good and varied.
We hired bikes one day to explore but to get out of the area it is mainly uphill! Hotel is a couple of miles from nearest town
Horse riding can be arranged locally.
Got married here
I just wanted to say that we were married here in Aug 2004 and had the perfect wedding. We were the only couple getting married in the 2 weeks we were there and were therefore given fantastic attention at all times. The staff were very helpful and the food delicious.
It was a perfect hotel for a lovely peaceful wedding and a relaxing honeymoon. We found lots to do around the island and hired a jeep and went over to the east coast armed with a map.
We did have trouble with our wedding planner who informed my mother she could get her a fanastic hand made typical mauritius gift for us. My mother gave her the money and the present never turned up and the lady in question (Maria) has since left. So be careful. We tried not to let this ruin our holiday.
Great hotel shame about the noise
this hotel was every thing we expected for the price and was a great location for our honeymoon the room was a good size with big bathrooms and walk in clothes storage
my only cause for complaints was when the onsite helipad was used to set down guests at 6;30 am!!! as this was only 50 metres from our top floor room and the flight path directly over us we were assured of an early start that day
my only other complaint was that the evening entertainment was of a low quality caberet style which was repeated every night (all the same old songs (my way etc)two bands alternating nights)and at a volume that we could clearly sing a long to in our room till midnight this became a little tedious over our two week stay
this aside our stay was good only let down slightly by the weather in sept (rain and cold wind but i have been spoilt by more tropical climes:))the staff were all obviously trying very hard to please
any one thinking of staying at the sands who is used to strolling out of there hotel at night in search of restaurants shops markets etc should be aware that it is 2 miles to the nearest anything and then not realy worth the trip .most visitors here dont seem to leave there respective hotels (the average guests seemed to be in their 50s spending the kids inheritance )and with this in mind you would think they would invest a little more in the evening entertainment.
and finally we werent told before leaving but the hotel has a policy about dressing for dinner(long trousers no flip flops that kind of thing)
Paradise with excellent service
We stayed at the sands resort in Flic-en-Flac for 2 weeks in May 2005, staying half board. We were looking for a hotel on the west coast (best area for weather and beaches) that didn't haven't many children and where we could enjoy sports and relaxation after a hard year of work. We found it all at this resort.
The staff could not do enough for you. We were made to feel welcome and the staff were very helpful in repsonding to all of our enquires. They were particularly pleasant in the restaurants and bar. Even though no tips are expected.
We were impressed with the rooms. All are sea facing and very spacious. Although the resort did not face directly west, so you couldn't watch the sunset from your balcony. You had to walk up the beach a bit to see the sunset. The bathroom was huge and the walk in wardrobe area was very useful. The TV channels were poor though (BBC world). The rooms were made up everyday with a turndown service at night. Mini bar expensive, but it is ok to use the fridge for you own drinks. We used to walk up to the stores at Wolmar (20 min walk to the nearest shop) to buy water and beers for our fridge. In the hotel draught beer cost £2, 1 litre water £1, pizza £5.
Restaurant alternated between buffet theme nights (excellent) and a la carte (hit and miss). All the food was beatifully presented and you WILL put on weight at the sands. Breakfasts buffet style and all possible types of breakfast were on offer.
Sports activities excellent although under used. We played many a game of tennis in an evening (2 courts), free water sports and the gym was ok.
We had a really great time and can highly recommend the hotel for a relaxing holiday in amazing surroundings. If there is a meeting on, then we would recommend going to the horse racing in Port louis, Excellent atmosphere and great break from the beach.
Taxis are cheap and always wait outside the hotel. Cars can be rented from the hotel. We hired one for three days (£30/day). this was enough time to explore the entire Island. Don't bother going to Rochester Falls. Do go to the black river gorge National Park.
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Enjoy the photos, hopefully we'll be able to get some videos up soon too.
When we get a bit more time we'll write a bit about the things we've done in the month or so we've been away so far. For now, hopefully the photos give some idea as to what we've been up to - sorry about some of the lame photo titles, in order to publish a photo on …
... were serenaded by a 4 piece Indian band with
taking the lead guitar role. We were eventually welcomed into
the dinning hall and a 3-course dinner with obligatory speeches. The
highlight was a 30 minute collage of still photos and video montage
which explained the presence of 3 photographers and 2 video recorders
hovering around all seminars, tea breaks and evenings with flashes, and
LED illuminations of everything going on.
... It has really brought us closer and there has been lots of joy and good laughing, and good interactive discussions on Bible topics and our calling.
We went to Les Mares – a lake providing clear water for many homes on the island – and then had a picnic lunch before entering Black River Gorges Mauritius’ sole national park – a spectacularly wild 13,000 acres expanse of thick forest covering 3.5% of the island’s surface ...
... lunch, and was picked-up around 1:30 PM by Jocelyn and his sweet wife Saloni who was born and grew up in India and emigrated in Mauritius where she met the handsome ex body builder Jocelyn who still looks in a great shape for his age – which I will not reveal to you not to make anybody feel uncomfortable.
After a 20 minute drive, we arrived at a private residence property overlooking the ocean at a distance. It is in ...
... were Finns.
Later, I noticed on the flight map that we made a slight dogleg around Benghazi over which a straight line would have taken us; I suppose the pilots were taking no chances with stray surface to air missiles or anti-aircraft fire. Good for them!
We arrived in Mauritius half an hour early; at 06:30. I was toward the front of the plane so I was able to move quickly to a short immigration line and was through formalities ...