12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Guest House Villa Paul & Virginie
"A nice 12 rooms unit at attractive rates with an outside pool and garden dining seating. Imagine paying 40 euros for two perons daily with breakfast included!!!I recommend it..."
- Travel date: 7th February 2009
10 out of 10 for paradise
"We went to Mauritius on 29th October 2008 for 2 weeks holiday staying at Paul & Virginie Hotel in Grand Gaube. We had a lovely sight seeing tour in the hour drive to the hotel which is in the north. The hotel is fantastic, only 3* but we felt like king and queen with the service provided. Our room was lovely, all have sea views. I have mobility problems but was able to get around the hotel with ease and onto the beach too. Watersports were good, and I noticed the staff were always watching you when you went out - pedloe,kayake etc and came out if they thought you were in trouble - excellent. For the more adventurous you could go diving. Saw a turtle in the glass bottom boat which was included in the price. The staff made us feel very humble as they did everything for you, with hugh smiles and were very warm. A special mention for our roomboy kiren who decorated our room so many times!! We added our wedding package late in the booking, and for 625 pound you couldn't ask for anything more, it was perfect in every way. Get a bus into Port Luis which stops right outside the hotel, takes about one and half hours, costs about 50p each and you see the real Mauritius. When you get there do go to the Central market great atmosphere. I don't recommend the loos at the bus station - a hole in the floor!!!! Also visit the botanical gardens, you can get there on the same bus, really cheap and beautiful, but try and buy a guide book at the entrance. Not to miss is the dolphins, we hired a private speedboat which was 380 pounds which was very expensive but worth every penny - saw about 30 dolphins, crew cooked us lunch on an isolated island, then went snorkelling on the reef. Split between four of us so 95 each. Back to the hotel, evening entertainment was excellent, service at the bar was a bit slow but staff were lovely. Food was superb with lots of variety. Fish lovers will love the beach restaurant - second to none. Couple of negatives - spa treatments were really expensive. There is a tip box in reception but the staff dont get the money so if you want to give a tip to an individual I would suggest you wait until the end of your holiday and give it to the individual staff member. Also if you fly with BA you should book your seats online the day before flying, we didnt and there were no decent seats left when we got to Heathrow. 12 hour flight with no legroom was no joke! We can't wait to go back again, cant afford next year but will save for the year after. If you want to go to paradise and be pampered from sunrise to sunset I highly recommend Paul & Virginie hotel. Some guests staying were attending a wedding at the nearby 5* Legends hotel, and when they returned they said our hotel was much friendlier and not so much "in your face". Debbie and Brad, Bristol"
- Travel date: 1st December 2008
A relaxing time at Paul et Virginie
"Paul et Virginie was ideal for the relaxing type of break we wanted.The hotel was clean and quiet and as others have commented,the staff of the hotel were willing to accommodate any reasonable requests made regarding food and service . We found the "all inclusive" option good value as we knew we would be mainly based around the hotel.The beach area is about 100 metres long and there were also sufficient sunbeds around the beautifully kept gardens and pools which prevented outbreaks of early morning territory wars found in many hotels. We had been to Mauritius previously and seen many of the sites of tourist interest so we did not mind that the hotel was situated a little distance away from "the action". We did spend some time in Grand Baie but preferred the slower pace of life in the fishing village of Grand Gaube .Taxis were relatively inexpensive and plentiful but also there were buses leaving from just outside the hotel every 15 minutes or so to Port Louis which were very cheap.The nearby town of Goodlands has an interesting market and some small shops which have a somewhat eclectic range of items such as motorbikes, mens suits , alcohol & garden furniture on display in the windows. Our fellow guests at the Paul et Virginie represented a mix of nationalities (e.g. German, French, Mauritian, Australian, South African ) which made our stay more interesting. The entertainment in hotels is often something we can take or leave but I can honestly say we enjoyed every evening in the bar and on the dance floor with a wide variety of different "turns" from Jazz combos through to Sega dancers. Paul et Virginie represents excellent value for money and with 80 rooms is a hotel which is not too large and impersonal."
- Travel date: 10th April 2006
Paul & Virginie
"Whilst wholeheartedly agreeing with many previous reviews as to the pleasant sea-facing rooms,the friendliness of the staff always willing to please and the variety of menus, there are some downsides. One is it's situation just to the south east of the most northerly tip of the island at Cap Malheureux. As such the sea has some strong currents and is not the acquarmarine blue that one expects in a south sea tropical island.Other reviewers have mentioned the beach is small and stony underfoot (forewarned I took beach shoes), the hotel having been built on a rather small rocky site. Be also forewarned that the hotel is isolated, there is nothing of interest in the village of Grand Gaube apart from one restaurant and a couple of cheap boutiques. So unless you take organised trips you have to take a taxi to go anywhere or do anything else. Although Grand Baie is only some 12 km away a standard return taxi fare costs the equivalent of 25 euros (although some negotiation possible). The beach restaurant La Trinquette provides a pleasant if rather expensive alternative dinner option to the main restaurant(little credit is given on the meal already paid for). Only open at weekends for lunch if you are not on full board. Let me end on a high note. While we were there earlier this month the island was struck by a cyclone which resulted in the open air bar becoming awash and having to have dinner served in our room one evening. They are used to cyclones and tropical storms and coped magnificently in reassuring guests with regular news bulletins as to the progresss of events."
- Travel date: 24th March 2006
Incredible Paul et Virginie
"Mauritius was a new destination for us but we have visited Seychelles, East and South Africa as well as lived in West Africa for three years. Of all these places and other hotels round the world where we have stayed, Paul et Virginie gets top marks. The hotel is set right on the sea-shore with ocean views from all rooms. Normally we do not prefer ground-floor rooms but here they were ideal for taking the shade on the patio when the sun was at its strongest. Pick-up at the airport was pre-organized and worked without problem. Arrival at the hotel where we were greeted with cold face cloths to freshen up after our flight was very welcome! Check-in went quickly and we were shown to our room - baggage arrived shortly after. The room was excellent with choice of when fresh towels were needed. Beach towels are provided so you do not need to bring your own. In-room safe was very useful for valuables. The room had air-condition and a ceiling fan - take your pick. Lighting could have been better in the bathroom especially for the ladies who need that extra for their make-up. The food and beverages were extremely good with varied menus throughout our two-week stay. I have difficulty with spices and herbs and had a "sour" stomach for a few nights which disturbed my sleep. No fault of the food, just my own digestion problem. This was quickly resolved by the dining-room staff by pre-ordering plain grilled chicken or fish which was prepared perfectly. No more disturbed nights. Water-sports were available free of charge and many guests took advantage of these. We were more cautious due to the very strong sun. There is a small shop on the premises providing British, French and German newspapers and magazines as well as necessary toiletries plus clothes and souvenirs. Entertainment was provided every evening but did not disturb those who needed an early night. A small beach was satisfying for those who wished to sit close to the sea and take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean. The beach was kept very clean each day. The big, big recommendation for this hotel is the staff. They are fantastic. The hotel is big enough to give the service one needs but is also small enough to give the service one does not expect. The extra touch where one becomes known and is greeted each day by name. Exceptional! Tony from Sweden"
- Travel date: 15th March 2006
"Have just returned from two weeks at the fantastic Paul et Virginie. Had read all the reviews before we went and had to add mine. The people couldn't be finer - they're polite. friendly and remember who you are. Rooms are clean, well appointed and views are great. Restaurants are well serviced, food is very good and the menu wasn't repeated once over the fortnight. Bar was comfy and service excellent. Evening entertainment was very good - and that's from someone who really doesn't like entertainment! Grounds are beautifully maintained and small sandy beach is kept clean. Swimming pools are great - one very pretty and one with fantastic views. (Yes, it would be good to have a deeper one, but that's not a vital ingredient in Paradise!) Not sure if I've left anything out, but I hope not. The place is superb. Went with Mercury Direct - very good value, but local rep not to be recommended, but then who needs a rep when the staff members are so good. If you're hesitating, hesitate no more - BOOK IT & ENJOY your hols."
- Travel date: 25th January 2006
beautifull hotel in lovely setting
"Just returned. As other reviews hotel lives up to its reputation. Staff very helpful and eager to please. We found the food a bit repetative except on certain days when you could choose from the whole menue, although food much better than we have had elswhere. Cocktails great and also the beer. Agree the sea is not great for swimming but lazing by the pool is justgreat. Be aware don`t be allocated a room in block six as this is the remotest block. We spent first night in third floor of block six bu requested a room change and were given a superior ground floor room overlooking the pool at no extra charge, so it does pay to ask. Over all a great holiday and very good value."
- Travel date: 19th December 2005
Under rated hotel
"The hotel is under rated the rooms are large very clean and all have a fantasic views over the indian ocean. the food is first class and the two weeks we were there the menu was never repeated and the views from the dining rooms were beautiful.the evening entertament was varied and first class. best to go all inclusive as you will find the food and drinks a tad expensive as you would expect from a hotel. there is no local bars etc in the area so you must make use of the all inclusive. which is not a problem. the nearest town is 15 minutes from the hotel.you will find the beach is small but clean and there is plenty of water sports which are free.talking of water the hotel do a trip on a catamaran.we found a much better trip in a traditional wooden sailing boat run by sailesh an his father capt dave you will find them on the beach front a lot cheaper then the hotel you will love it we did and was so good we went on the trip twice must not forget steve he will keep you singing all the way thank you sailish. i could go on and on. try it for yourself.and dont forget check out the island the people are amazing enjoy"
- Travel date: 28th November 2005
Do as much or as little as you want
"We have just returned from a ten night stay at Paul et Virginie and we would highly recommend it. The staff were excellent; very friendly and you do not have to lift a finger. We stayed here on all inclusive and I would definitely advise this, it is worth it just for afternoon tea with banana & honey pancakes. Both the restaurants were excellent (but a bit limited with choice), the second being more intimate and romantic. Our room was very nice; we had one on the ground floor, which was good as we could sit outside on the patio/garden area and enjoy the last of the sun. The beach isnât great; it is very small but you can sit around the pool and enjoy the lovely views. If you want to see some good beaches there are plenty of day trip you can do; we did a catamaran trip to a lovely beach area. There is also a brand new Spa adjoining the hotel, there is a wide choice of different treatments you can have."
- Travel date: 29th September 2005
Fantastic Paul and Virginie
"We have just returned from a fortnight at the Paul and Virginie Hotel which was absolutely fabulous. Although not a 5 star establishment, you could not want for anything more. There was a daily programme of organised events from 10am till 10pm, but you did not have to join in if you didn't want to. The food was top notch, breakfast buffet, lunch from a small menu and a choice in the evening. We were there for a fortnight and no entertainment was repeated and only one evening meal. Mauritius itself has little in the way of tourist attractions - the last remaining perfumery was an open sided tin hut with a couple of boilers and an old man chopping the flowers! We hired a car from the hotel reception not the tour guide as it was cheaper and went out most days.Don't let the tour guide badger you in to booking anything as soon as you get there. It takes ages to get anywhere especially if you have to drive through Port Louis, the capital. The Black River Gorge was worth visiting, but Chamarel was a disappointment. We also went to L'aventure du Sucre which is a museum and that was great comparing it with the real factory at Medine worth going to to see the guide and his mega phone but check days/times. All in all a lovely place to go if you want a beach holiday but no need to pay extortionate prices of the larger hotels!"
- Travel date: 26th September 2005
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE
"we stayed from the 19-26th july, what an experience from the moment we got of our bus to be greeted by guest relations, we sat down and were given welcome drinks and a lovely refreshing towel, the hotel and facilities were then explained to us whilst taking us to our lovely room, very clean and spacious! We also were all inclusive and the restuarant and bar were fantastic,food was great and the friendly service was exceptional! the 2 pools were lovely - though cold so we didnt use them! the beach area was ok but very small! the only dissapointing thing was there was no spa or gym room - it is currnetly getting renovated and we were told within 1 month it would be completed! we organised a couple of dives - which are not in the all inclusive! we made use of all the water activities and had a brillant time! alls i can say is - we spent the first week at Paul n Virgine then went to the west coast and stayed at Hilton for a week which is 5*, well we enjoyed ourselfs so much more at the paul n virginie the service and the fact that they remembered your name was just amazing! the beaches on the westcoast are 100% better, but if you want a relaxing,friendly hotel we reccomend you give Paul n Virgine a go! and the prices are a fraction as what they are at the hilton! ohh we only had 2 days of yucky weather at paul n virgine! oh and one more thing - the cocktails, oh my goodness i was in heaven, there were so many to choose from! all inclusive rate is very good value!"
- Travel date: 11th August 2005
This place was beyond our expectations
"we spent 10 days at the paul et virginie hotel with our two teenage children. I was more impressed than I can say at the standard of care we received whilst we were there. The hotel was immaculate, the food was fantastic and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday to anyone. Mauritius itself was an absolute delight and the people were so friendly and welcoming."
- Travel date: 17th July 2005
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