Le Meridien Ile Maurice Hotel, Pointe Aux Piments
Reviews - Le Meridien Ile Maurice Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Spain
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 18 - 25
- From: Monaco
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Israel
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Please, pay attention to guestsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Food is great in the 180 ° main dining room. You also have La Faya restaurant which is a little quiet and a great beach restaurant called Shells..Perfect location for our Valentine's Day dinner....Except that this place is invaded with cats fed by customers and staff and despite my requests (I have an allergy to cats) and letter to the General Manager (who did not even reply to me), cats stayed begging for food in this heaven...but I could never go back there.
All in all, we had a good time (hey, that's vacation after all) but will not return to this hotel again. Their sense of hygiena is not compatible with ours.
Watch the bar prices!from A TripAdvisor Member
Having been greeted upon arrival with a cocktail, we were shown to our room by a superb porter. It was so refreshing that unlike America he did not stand with his hand out, waiting for a tip before departing!
The room was standard but felt spacious and had a balcony that looked over the gardens and the beach. As with all hotel rooms these days, it contained: TV, minibar, on-suite, sofa, air con and desk etc. The only problem we had with our room was after 2 days the toilet developed a leak, but having reported it to the front desk, the complete cistern was replaced with 20 minutes!
In respect to the meals, we ate mainly at the buffet restaurant (180 degrees, I think) which served up a good variety of meals over the seven day period. The majority of meals seem to be based around seafood, but it's not suprising when you consider the area. We did eat at the dedicated seafood restaurant on the beach one evening (shells), but you have to book this several days in advance as it gets very busy; the food here again was very good, but beware stray cats that seem to live off of the scraps from peoples plates.
The SPA was gorgeous. We had a complementary "duo" massage thrown in as part of the honeymoon deal, and although 10 minutes shorter than the 30 minutes stated, was lovely and would have been well worth paying for.
The only down side to the whole holiday was the prices for food and drink that was not included in the half board. As neither my wife or I are big drinkers we decided not to take the all inclusive option, and we opted to pay extra for our drinks. This was not a wise move. Two Vodka & lemonades came to just over £12, and two snacks with orange juice at lunchtime came to over £20. If I had known this at the time of booking I would have paid the extra! You can easily make back the £30 a person suppliment!
To summarise though, it was a lovely hotel, the staff were great and are very attentive to detail. The only reason I have not given it five stars is the fact that the bar prices and extra food is so expensive.
Superb servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
ever better Stafffrom Nige460
Best location on whole island for weather.....from Alison61
The catamaran day out which can be booked from the Boat house was one of the best day trips we've ever done on holiday and is thoroughly recommended.
Yes I would go back to Mauritius and still stay on the west coast which definitely has the best weather on the island, although we may try a different hotel for a change next time.
Lots of positives but the birds are a real problemfrom JudithChalmers
The negatives there are birds in the buffet area, they are by no means cute and after a few days we were put off going. There are loads of them and they are so cheeky that they near enough come and purch on your plate. The minute someone leaves their table they are all over it. They are also partial to tucking into the fresh bread in the serving area. The staff seem to be oblivious to it.
There is also construction work being done on a new block,it is not the perfect start to your paradise holiday when you turn the corner to drive up to your hotel to find a building site with lots of noise and dust.
Take lots of money as it is exspensive.
Absolutely gorgeous!from JulieInHvar
As we arrived there tired after a 12-hour flight, we were greeted by a lovely member of staff who invited us to enjoy a cocktail in the lobby bar while she was checking all of our details with us. We had booked a honeymoon suite but were upgraded to a Royal suite for our first night. A wonderful welcoming present!
We loved both the Royal suite and the honeymoon suite. The Royal suite is on two floors and is absolutely huge. The jacuzzi has a view straight on the sea and we would recommend drinking a few cocktails in there! The honeymoon suite had a lovely indoor garden and we were greeted in there by a bubble-filled jacuzzi with scattered fresh flowers, romantic lighting and soft music! Both suites had plasma TVs and big bathrooms. They were extremely clean and every evening, on our pillows, we would find a chocolate and the program of entertainment in the evening + the weather forecast for the following day.
The staff were absolutely charming and we later found out that there are 4 staff per guest, which explained the outstanding level of service we received. Despite not being the only honeymooners staying at the hotel, they made us feel very special. A tip: as French is the spoken language, they do appreciate tourists trying to speak French to them and tend to remember you for that!
As for the food, we liked the three restaurants with a little preference for the 180 degrees and its wonderful buffet. In particular, we liked the large choice of cheese and beautiful cakes every day! The breakfast was absolutely perfect, as you can have a healthy breakfast, or, alternatively, a full English, American, French or even an Indian one!
The weather was nice, although not perfect every day, but it gave us the opportunity to discover the island! We still managed to come back fully tanned while avoiding the heat + insects that strike the island in December-February! Oh, and the good news is that there are no sharks! Or, at least, no aggressive ones - no attacks have been recorded in the past 10 years!
Finally, a few words on the spa: the aromatherapy massage is a must-have!
Overall, Le Meridien is a fabulous hotel and we highly recommend it, particularly for honeymooners who get extras including a lovely, tropical fruit basket, a duo-massage, a sarong for the wife and a polo shirt for the husband and a free candle-lit dinner on the beach!
Paradise honeymoonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Worthy of its 4 star status - travelling with kids - some room for improvementfrom VijayUK
Weather - we must have hit a lucky time since up to the day we arrived it had rained every day for a few weeks. We had mostly sunny days with some cloud cover. Nice and warm (24 deg C) during the day but a bit cool at night - a light sweater or a second layer good enough.
Beach - due to the location on the island, beach has a lot of coral deposit so need to wear beach shoes if venturing into water. Otherwise, it is very clean. Le Meridien in their marketing have air brushed out the coral in their pictures. It's not the best coastline in the world but it's calm (reef protected) even in winter. Water after midday pleasantly warm.
Beach facilities - lots of water sports, some free including glass bottom boat. The latter was a disappointment, really because I've seen better reefs in other locations but an enjoyable boat ride nonetheless.
Pool - not heated so don't expect tropical temperatures in the pool - trust me it was cold so we avoided that after the first day.
Spa - excellent club style facilities and well kept, clean, hygenic locker room and sauna/steam/whirlpool. Massages are great but packages are pricy - costs can be comparable to prices in London.
Rooms - all sea facing. Here's a top tip - if you're looking for a good resort but want a bit of privacy on the beach, choose block E and room 153 or 154. It leads to a small patch of beach away from the main beach, with only 6 deck chairs, fewer coral and it very quiet. We claimed our patch every morning and let the kids run free in the small area. Room cleaned twice a day to satisfaction, although age of interior facilities showing. They do need to upgrade a few things. But, if you're travelling to a tropical beach resort, how much time do you intend to spend in the room anyway!
Restaurants - by far the best restaurant was the 180 where those on a board basis have a buffet breakfast and dinner. Excellent choice of items too numerous to mention. Unfortunately, a lot of the tropical fruits were out of season so not too good a choice but everything else made up for it. Funny enough, for an island catering to mostly French tourists, mayonnaise was not available at breakfast but after the first time request, a freshly prepared pot was put on our table every morning. That's very good attention to detail. Dinner was a different theme every night but with safe options for those not too adventurous. Again, quality preprated buffet, salads and desserts. The only let down was that coffee was not available at the table and was a cost option available in the adjoining bar. That's a bit petty. The previously reported problem with aggressive birds has been addressed by installing nets in the open french door openings. Some birds have smartly discovered how to enter via the open air reception but the nets have definately improved the situation as previously advertised.
The disappointing restaurants were La Faya (a la carte) and La Papaya (pool side).
La Faya - slightly snobby Maitre'd - which I know is very un-Mauritian. Expensive dishes unfortunately over-cooked and in the case of my dessert, burnt.
Unfortunately, because the poolside restaurant prepares some of the food open air, the local flies have swarmed in. This was quite off putting and the hotel needs to address this before it gets out of hand. Some stray dogs but very docile and non-threatening. Food was so-so - but after a bumper breakfast, didn't really fancy much lunch.
Room service - very poor - don't bother. Poor quality food and slow service.
Kids club - well managed and lots of play activities including supervised beach and pool activities. However, I would recommend only children from age 5 attending since they are left to look after themselves to a certain extent but not open to danger I might stress. Gate to enclosure is not manned and older children were free to come and go so potential for gate to remain open allowing younger children to wander off. Again, hotel needs to address that.
Hotel provides a golf cart service to take guests to/from rooms.
Evening entertainment was OK with bands and folk dance acts in a bar next to the pool. Nothing amazing but pleasant.
Staff bent over backwards to make kids as happy as possible, especially at meal times. It is a family friendly resort.
Big, beautiful and enjoyable hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel itself is beautiful, with lots of wooden decoration. It does have a very luxiourious look to it. The main entrance and restaurant has an open space at the front that gives on the sea. It gives you an impression of being on top of things. The style overall is very classy.
Room are nice, again lots of wooden deco and furnitures. Spacious and has a view on the sea. Restaurants have good food. There's a buffet and 2 a la carte restaurants.
A negative point however is the sea; the hotel is placed over a long beach and the sea at that area is full of corals. It is ok to have a shallow swim but you won't be able to go too far. It is not good for you, but most importantly, it is not good for the corals itself as they get damaged with human activities.
I won't be going into the other aspect of the hotel. I will just say that most of them are good or very good.
One last important point to mention is the service. You get very good service and there are plenty of staff. You will always have something to do and there will always be ppl to get you to participate and have fun. It is also good if you want to learn new sports. If you want peace, they will also give you peace. The service staff are professionals and fun people. They are here to have fun and they will make you have fun. They might even do a match making for you if you want and if they are in the mood, but that's a bonus.
Top Local Tips for Pointe Aux Piments
take all inclusive Take all inclusive package! you can drink as much as you want, the price of drinks are expensive!
Sub sea scooters! They have underwater scooters that you can use to drive along the sea bed, looking at the fish and coral. They're great fun, especially is you're not really into diving. There's only one place where you can do it at the moment, so if you ask your rep, or the hotel staff they'll let you know how to book it. It's worth taking some cash with you to buy a disposable underwater camera too.
beach towels get up early to get the best seats on the beach or by the pool
Other names for Le Meridien Ile Maurice Hotel
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- le meridien mauritius
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- Address: Village Hall Lane - Pointe Aux Piments - Mauritius
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