To give some perspective to this, we normally stay in smaller guesthouses or little boutique hotels and this was the top end of what we usually pay. Obviously the setting and views are wonderful, and the staff were all incredibly helpful and charming. However, given the price we paid I did have some slightly negative comments. We had room number one, and the views from the balcony were partially blocked by all the trees - views from other rooms would be much better. The design of the room is slightly bizarre as the bathroom is up on decking in one part of the main room, separated by curtains, and it is easy to bang your ankle on the corner of the decking as you walk across the room. Ouch. They give you unnecessary freebies like silly hats and dried flowers, but have a list of prices for all the accessories with the name of the hotel on, as if they expect everyone to walk off with them. The shower gel was really runny (and was on offer at a massive 24 euros!) so we actually went out and bought soap! We had dinner the first night, and the chef made us a very nice vegetarian meal. However the cocktails were a massive 12 euros and we could not taste any alcohol in them! We didn't dare look at the wine menu! My main gripe is that they charged so much for extras - the laundry prices were ridiculously high, the mini bar was too expensive. We didn't have breakfast, because they charge 20 euros and I could not imagine what I could possibly eat that would justify 20 euros!!!! There are supermarkets in town - we bought our own food and ate it on our balcony!!! There is a kettle for coffee in the room. The setting for dinner is lovely, round the swimming pool, though they start laying the tables for dinner at around 5pm which is very uncomfortable if you want a swim. We booked dinner again on the last night, but felt the chef had run out of ideas for vegetarian options and it was not nearly as good as on the first night. So the pluses are the great location, the great views (but not from room 1), the great sunsets and the lovely staff. The negatives are that it honestly felt like they were trying to make money out of you with all the extras, and the cocktails are a real rip off. The only way we got a decent drink from the bar was to order gin without ice, and with the tonic separately. That way we managed to get a normal bar sized drink. It could be a wonderful place, but it felt like they were trying too hard to justify the price, and haven't got the hang of the understated, laid back charm we have found in other places. Out of interest, we went on from here and stayed at a wonderful place in Rodrigues, which was a similar price and got everything right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is a cosy and peaceful Creole mansion, over the Indian Ocean’s immensity and under its refreshing “Alizés”, entirely organised for rest, serenity and pleasure of the five senses.It is also a modern art gallery, presenting abstract painting, sculptures and potteries from local and European artists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Margouillat Saint Leu