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Clairebearuk
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Review of Ocean Beauty
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 Jan 2009
My best friend was getting married in Mauritius in November 08 and their wedding party was staying in a 5* all inclusive hotel in the south of the island. This was beyond our price range and I stumbled across Ocean Beauty through Trip Advisor and it definitely offers you an alternative to the big hotels. As we were in the standard room (Tek Tek opposite the reception on the ground floor) we were not able to have the package (dinner/massage etc) which was a real shame (we did try to get it but to no avail) but I felt that our room was great value and felt boutique chic. The beds were massive, we had white fluffy towels and bose system in the bathroom playing zen like music.

We organised the airport transfer through the hotels and our taxi man was fantastic. He gave us lots of info and tips on Mauritius and he also got us a bottle of water as we didn’t have any change. When we got to Ocean Beauty we settled in the open foyer and were given a fruit platter, drinks and hot towels. We used their shower room and then had to wait until the afternoon to check in which was annoying but we knew this was the case prior to arrival. So we strolled into Grand Bay which was not a wise idea as the roads aren’t that good. The bus was so cheap and we ended up using that instead. Grand Bay had plenty of restaurants and a couple of bars which sufficed if you were after a chilled holiday.

The hotel was lovely. Our room had petals dotted all over and it felt very romantic. The shower/big bath was fantastic, the storage was great and the safe was def good to have. The walls were a little thin but I tend to sleep with ear plugs so wasn’t bothered - really depend on the type of neighbours you have :-) The fridge was useful to store our water which was replaced on a daily basis (as well as we bought lots from the supermarket over the road). We learnt from others that the shop opposite the hotel has everything - on first view it didn’t look this way but apparently they keep everything out back so just ask.

The breakfast was very exciting as you can just order as much as you like from the menu. Sometimes they didn’t get the order quite right but it didn’t really matter. The eggs were good, the pancakes were delicious and the fruit we stored in the fridge for lunch. We had breakfast on the beach once which was stunning but usually had it on our patio. We overslept one morning and called them around 11.30 and they still brought us breakfast.

The grounds are well maintained and the pool area was beautiful and clean. Towards the end of our stay we did struggle to get a sun lounger so we popped down to the beach and laid on the hard sand until loungers became available. The pool was lovely and the underwater music was very novel. The view was stunning and the sea was fantastic. We went snorkeling as part of our hotel package and saw lots of fish and my boyfriend went water skiing (all for free). From the pool area you can walk down to the sea, there is still sand and a mini beach to use. You can see the local Pereybere beach from the pool area and you could see all the locals enjoying the beach, esp at the weekend when it got v. crowded.

Don’t book anything through the hotel, even if it seems easy, as we went to my friends wedding in the south and they quoted us a cab around £50 one way. We booked a taxi from the street the night before for £33! Also the tours are cheaper (and found everywhere) in Grand Bay and Pereybere. We took a tour to Ile aux Cerfs, which was a nice day and great value considering it included transfer and lunch.

The hotel’s small size provided a real intimate setting and the staff were helpful albeit on occasions illusive. The people staying at the resort at the time were really friendly and we tended to find out about good restaurants and activities through each other (opposed to the staff). We all benefited from the trial free bar and enjoyed a few rums and vodkas during our stay. The security guards were always on patrol (even though it didn’t feel unsafe outside the resort).

I think if you want pure luxury and just to laze around all the time then 5* all inclusive may be up your alley but for me and my boyfriend (28) Oceans Beauty was perfect. It offered great value yet a contemporary boutique style hotel and a wonderful place to relax as well as a base to explore from.
Date of stay: November 2008
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2009

First of all we booked through a travel agent and were told it was a minimum 10 night stay. We stayed 8 of those 10 we paid for. So, if some one gives you that line, call the hotel direct to book.
Mauritius is VERY, VERY hot in December, January. The pool was bathtub temperature and no relief from the heat. The room air conditioners are inadequate to cool the room during the high humidity and high tempurature days. The lighting in the rooms is very poor. Our friends room was a closet and our room small. Our bathroom was very nice and large, but hot.
There is no place on premise to buy a beer, cold or warm. They do offer wine, but you must first buy a card, which when I was there was not an option because they couldn't set up the card. There is no night manager on premise only a guard who is very limited as to what he can do.
Breakfast was overrated. There was alot of food but tasteless. DO NOT get the eggs benedict, yuk! The cheese omlets had about a teaspoon of grated cheese. Fruit plate was the best. How can you screw that up? The only place to eat your breakfast or dinner at the hotel is on the sand, ocean side of the pool or your patio/balcony. The birds attack you or mosquitos,
The location of the hotel is near the public beach and although the beach is beautiful in front of the hotel, the small space is most assuredly taken up by stragglers from the overrun of the public beach.
The good part was a friendly staff, champagne by the pool, ocean front, beautiful grounds, small intimate and clean, unlike the rest of the island.
I suppose you could call it romantic if you already have stars in your eyes. I thought the entire island was boring and dirty. Nice people though.

Date of stay: December 2008
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

Ocean Beauty is a small boutique hotel in the little village of Pereybere about 3 min drive from Grand Baie. The staff were excellent (particularly Prakash and the receptionist with glasses). We stayed in the Nautilus suite - one of the junior suites. It was simply stunning with direct view out over the pool onto the ocean (and the sunset). It even had a second small bedroom and jacuzzi bath. Some of the room finishes could have been better, but overall it's an incredible upmarket B&B.

Our 'Love at first sight' package included a beautiful 5-course sunset dinner and plenty of freebies: speedboat trip at sunset (we saw dolphins, totally unforgettable), snorkelling, speedboat transfer to grand baie, massages and large ring ride across the bay. They would cost a fortune separately and it was great just having reception confirm them all without having to haggle

Some tips:
-there isn't much nightlife life in Mauritius. Grand Baie next door has some bars and restaurants and Pereybere has some small restaurants but is very quiet on the whole. The Thai restaurant opposite is great and very cheap and Don Camillo and the chinese (in front almost of Ocean Villas - sister hotel), both in Grand Baie, are brilliant. Banana bar in grand baie is good and open late. avoid the argentine grill bar nearby
-Location: my girlfriend and I searched for hours on the web for the right hotel, price and location. Ocean Beauty is great for a base and near enough to some great beaches (though better are to be found in Asia). Stay in the north if you can as the weather is worse in many of the other parts of the island. Having seen even the 5-star hotels elsewhere on the island we wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else
-Places to visit: Ile aux Cerfs is incredible, Le Morne is stunning, La Cuvette (beach next to Royal Palm hotel on way out of Grand Baie is a hidden gem. The capital is not worth it
-try not to get stung by the Euro charged by the hotel room rate. For Brits, it hurts..
-buy a snorkel (and rubber shoes for the coral) set from hypermarket in Grand Baie so you don't get ripped off locally. We swam several times in the sea outside the hotel and ended up with a giant turtle. Twice.
-The weather was good for nearly two weeks solidly, then for 48 hours poured at the end. Literally. It took the shine off an otherwise beautiful holiday
-For all that it is, the dream of Mauritius maybe doesn't live up to the hype. We went to Thailand the year before and the people were incredible, beaches (but not the murky sea), food and weather better, not to mention incredible value-for-money

Date of stay: October 2008
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Reviewed 10 October 2008

Ocean Beauty is a small hotel located in Pereybere which is about 5 -10 mins drive from Grand Baie. The property itself is really small...but well set out to try to get the most from the limited space!!

We had a deluxe room with an ocean view.....really beautiful view out over the pool to the ocean. The staff were very helpful and friendly, however there seemed to be quite a few occasions when we couldn't seem to find anyone in reception when we needed to ask a question about something which we found a bit frustrating!!

It would probably be helpful on checking in to be told information such as reception opening hours (on Sundays they only stay open til 4, 4:30pm) and an information booklet in the room with suggestions for activities such as boat trips, horseriding, water skiing etc would be really helpful as theres not much info at all in reception (and the reception people weren't around to ask!!).

Other things to be aware of is that there are limited restaurants in Pereybere itself and the walk into Grand Baie is a bit far and can be dangerous due to the crazy drivers and bits where there is no shoulder to get off onto when a car passes. Also very dark at night....we tried!!

The hotel also didn't seem to have any free water sports which was a shame....just a couple of kayaks and some snorkelling equipment would really enhance the stay i think, seeing as many other hotels offered this and that you are out of town.

The rooms were nice and spacious and very well set out. The rain shower was great...and we loved the kitch swimming pool which played music underwater!! very funny!! there was also a switch which played relaxing music in your room which was nice too.

The best thing about this accommodation was definately the breakfasts...you could order as much you liked off the menu and then it was served either on your balcony or on the beach...the staff member who served the breakfast was really really good...very friendly and also tried to serve the food quickly.

Date of stay: October 2008
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Reviewed 25 September 2008

Ocean Beauty is everything its website promises and a little bit more. The rooms are luxurious, the staff helpful and the location perfect. Pereybere is a lovely seaside village with some great places to eat out. Don't come here if you want to be in the hub of activity or for an exciting night-life, but if you're looking to relax and get away from it all, this place is paradise.

We arrived at the airport in early in morning - thinking we might save a few pennies we thought we'd get the local bus instead of a taxi. In the end heat, exhaustion and better judgement caused us to bargain with a taxi driver and he took us straight to the hotel for 1300 MUR. Later in a hol we used the local buses which was a fantastic but very slow experience.... it was definitely a great decision to get a taxi to the hotel which turned out to be over an hours drive.

We were lucky enough to be allowed straight into our room which was great even though check-in was much later in the day.

The rooms are spacious enough with a luxurious bathroom. The pool and sun loungers are great. And the room service breakfast a feast every morning. A couple of nights we bought food to eat back at the tables in the resort by the beach - the best position for an evening meal in the whole of Mauritius...!

The service is really good and we were often brought snacks and cocktails "on-the-house" when we were lazing by the pool. The beaches on northern Mauritius are ok but not wide and the sand is a little course. The snorkelling off Pereybere is ok, quite a few fish and the coral is suprisingly good, but the visibility wasn't great.

Having taken a cycle ride around the coast and also walking through Pereybere and Grand Baie I believe that Ocean Beauty must be the best resort in its price range. Its location is unsurpassed and it's great because there are only 9 rooms so it's never overcrowed or noisy.

September was also a great time to visit as it's shoulder season and so not very busy at all (only 3 couples staying at Ocean Beauty) and the weather is still hot enough for sun-bathing (but not so hot you cook...!).

All in all an absolutely fantastic holiday, couldn't ask for any more for a honeymoon.... other than a few more weeks...

Date of stay: September 2008
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Reviewed 27 July 2008

We stayed at Ocean Beauty for 13 nights in July and thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the hotel. I wasn't as blown away by it when we first arrived as I had hoped, probably because I had read too many great reviews and nothing was a surprise! But I was won over as our stay went on by the relaxing surroundings and particularly by the consistency of the good service and attention to detail.

We arrived early in the morning and, as expected, couldn't check in immediately (early checkin would have cost a full night's rate, which I think is a shame considering the hotel was nowhere near full, but of course the management is entitled to enforce this - it would just be great service not to). We were shown a shower room where we could change and our luggage was stored for us while we relaxed by the pool until we could check in.

We had a Garden Suite (called Anemone) and it was beautiful. The view was only over reception and the fish pond, and judging by the size of the terrace it was narrower than most of the other suites, but it did have a kitchenette, which was an unexpected bonus and very handy. The room was large and comfortable and the bathroom enormous with a lovely big bath that I could even share with my 6'5" boyfriend. It was great to come in from swimming in the late afternoon and warm up in the bath with a drink.

Breakfast was fantastic, as has been reported many times. Every afternoon that we were by the pool we were brought some sort of snack, and on a number of evenings champagne and snacks were delivered to our room, and they were delicious. I really enjoyed the food served at our "romantic dinner" although there was far far too much of it - and we are not light eaters. We didn't appreciate being serenaded as we ate, but we're unusual - I'm sure most people would find it very romantic.
What I really loved was that the service was consistently fantastic. Because it's a small hotel, we saw the same staff members all the time, and also probably because it's small, the room was always serviced at the same time in the morning unless we were in the way, in which case it was done as soon as we left. All members of staff were friendly without being at all intrusive, leaving us to enjoy each other's company.

We had stayed in Pereybere before and really like the village and the beach. We went into Grand Baie for dinner twice but otherwise ate locally and found the food cheap and good. The location of the hotel right on a (small) beach is very nice, with lovely views from the pool area. The snorkelling right in front of the hotel was great and the water, even in winter, was warm enough, although the pool was freezing.

We were there to relax and spend most of our time lying by the pool reading books or in the sea snorkelling. We did do the excursion package offered by the hotel and found the trips to be of high quality with a great driver.

By the way, we had perfect weather for all except about one day and one morning when there was some drizzle. We swam on these days anyway. Otherwise sunny and temperatures in the low 20s - but felt warmer - every day. Plenty warm enough for swimming and sunbathing and sometimes hot enough to jump into the very cold pool.

Overall we were very impressed with the hotel and would happily go back, although next time I think we would shell out for a suite with an ocean view. If you like small hotels and peace and quiet as we do, I would highly recommend this hotel to you.

Date of stay: July 2008
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