Individually furnished and decorated, lovely house in a huge, beautiful garden set in a quiet corner of Poudre d'Or, a fisherman's village. Enjoy the huge terrace, pick a coconut or a banana directly from the tree. The owners do everything to make feel comfortable and at home. We fully recommend a dinner cooked by Marlène (the mother) or a boat trip with Patrick (the brother and owner of "Le Grand Bleu Tour"). Also try his lobsters! We very much enjoyed our stay and appreciated the very well prepared information given in written by Magna. Thks to the whole family!
I stayed at the villa in March 2018 for 2 weeks. It is a most magical place, and one of the most romantic and relaxing places I have ever stayed. The village is set between the ever-present sugar cane fields that cover the Island and a rocky coastline with a small inlet. A beautiful church spire, marks the location on the road into town. A sleepy hamlet with a couple of small convenience shops, very friendly families, and an active fishing community. There is a wonderful park in the town with a long sea promenade that is busy with old and young alike as the day draws to an end. The perfect place for an evening stroll.
The bungalow is a real treasure. It is very comfortable surrounded by a large private garden covered with flowers, bushes and a few banana trees. Plenty of bird life and a few small gecko’s. The house is well equipped with fast internet, cable TV and a very usable kitchen. The open plan and large windows bring the outside in. In March it was about 31C and rained often (short warm rain showers), so the AC was a real blessing. I visited with my wife and mother and sister. We brought an Amazon fire stick to watch Netflix as the local cable was mostly in French. Most days we ended up cooking up something and sitting around chatting into the wee hours.
At the end of the garden, there is a gate that leads down a few steps to a mystical stream flowing slowly through overgrown wooded banks. The pristine water is teaming with life and adds such a wonderful touch to the garden. My wife performed a Gunga Pooja on the river bank, to bless the home and bring happiness to our visit. It certainly came to pass for us.
Its probably worth renting a car if you stay here, as there is so much to do. The bus service is also pretty good, and the bus stops close to the house. We had Magna arrange a local car company to drop off a small Honda at the house, and arrange a taxi transfer. It was nice not to have to drive as soon as we landed, and just ride the taxi. The car rental company is out of Goodlands, the nearby town. They stopped by and arranged everything, including the taxi transfer. The rate was less than other car companies I checked.
Goodlands is the local town with a pretty good supermarket, gas station, KFC and a covered market 2 days a week. It’s a fun place to explore on market day. A bigger town, Flac is south about 30 min and this has a very big market on different days, as well as a very large supermarket Super U with lots of local and imported products. Port Louis is also about 30 minutes away, and it is worth a visit to get the feel of colonial Mauritius, with some lovely old buildings, daily market, shopping etc.
As far as beaches go, Mauritius is a volcanic Island, surrounded by a reef. The reef is a distance from the shore in most places, and the water inside the reef is shallow and warm. It never gets much deeper than about 4’, and has no measurable waves, making it very safe and perfect for swimming. The result is that the beaches tend to be fairly narrow and the sand is shared with mangrove trees and grasses close to the water. There are no crashing waves, and as such its not all that important to have a hotel on the beach. Some of the coastal regions have volcanic rock which makes them painful to walk on without sandals. In the distance the waves can be seen crashing on the reef. Some places the reef comes close to the shore, making for a more impressive coast, but not much fun for swimming. The sea inside the reef is warm and very clean. It is full of small fish, and sea life (birds, crabs etc)
There is just the sea walk in Poudre D’or, and the small harbor. A nice place to stroll, with a couple of local restaurants, that cater to local folks. Our favorite beach was Bras D’Eau public beach, about 15 minutes south of the villa, just past Post Lafayette. It has beautiful sand, quiet except weekends, shady spots, and glorious warm swimming. If you prefer a more touristy beach, Grand Baie and Trou-aux-Biches are within a 20 minute drive, and have the more crowded feel, with chairs for rent, beach restaurants etc. The beach is the same, but there are more activities.
The botanical gardens are pretty close to the villa, on the road to Port Louis. The gardens are perfect for a rainy day. The gardens take a couple of hours to stroll through, and have some amazing flowers and trees. Another good excursion is to take the boat (Marie’s Brother Patrick operates it) We packed a light lunch and had a picnic, instead of the very filling grill Patrick offered. The Island is small and has a few beaches, similar to the main island. Boats tend to arrive throughout the day. The second part of the trip was through a mangrove forest, and was very interesting. Other places we enjoyed was the very impressive Hindu center in Grand Bassin and the drive through the Black River Gorges National Park.
We did not eat out a lot, and did more picnics on day trips, or just hit KFC in Goodlands, and made a salad at home. The Seabell Restaurant we did visit, and it was very good and very reasonable. Its next to our favorite beach near Poste Lafayette. We kept a lot of places to visit and things to do for our next visit. Language is mostly Creole which is a type of French. English and Hindi are also spoken, and its possible to get by very easily, as the local people are very accommodating, and always want to help.
Mauritius is a really magical place, and a really perfect spot to escape the bustle of the modern world, especially if ou have a family, and want to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer at its best.
This is a fabulous rental and we had a great time here with our family when we stayed for 4 months. The house and garden are beautifully maintained and Magna and her mother are hospitable and generous. We were made to feel at home from the moment we got there. The location in Poudre d'Or is wonderful. It is far enough way from the tourist areas to feel like you are living in the real Mauritius, but also a short drive away from the beautiful beaches of the east and north. I highly recommend this place.
We loved our stay at Villa Citronnier.
Magna has always responded quickly and thoroughly to any enquiry, volunteered plenty of information and help, arranging transfers and car hire on our behalf. I am sorry not to have met her as she seems a very warm and friendly person, as were her mother and brother.
The villa is spacious and well fitted out. We cooked several meals and also barbecued on the charcoal Weber. In January, we would have struggled to sleep at night without air conditioning in the bedroom, which was quiet and did not disturb. The large sliding patio windows on two sides of the lounge make it a light, open space and provide a welcome cooling draught. However, we mainly lived outside on the fabulous patio, sitting out well after dark. At breakfast, I would put out my mango stone, to be pecked clean by the red-whiskered bulbul (condé), and the red fody (cardinal) would come for crumbs of bread. In the evening, the geckos gathered to hunt moths attracted by the wall lights, and we were really pleased to see the brightly patterned green gecko amongst them. The garden has many fruit trees and flowering shrubs - a perfect place to relax.
Poudre d'Or itself is a charming village. Although not a beach for swimming, it has a well maintained area by the sea, with shaded seating and good paths. The shops are basic, but it was not a problem to drive into Grand Baie for a greater choice of food. Marlene cooked us a couple of very tasty marlin curries, and we thoroughly recommend the boat trip with Patrick.
We would not hesitate to recommend this villa. Many thanks to Magna and family.
This is a perfect place in a little village of Mauritius which is located away from the popular places.
The house has a lot of space (three bedrooms, two of them with air condition) and a huge garden. It is surrounded by a huge garden which makes this place very private.