Wife and I with two old friends spent 12 nights at SB in Feb 2012, on a Kuoni package. Weather was poor the second week - windy with squalls, though still warm. Unfortunately this ruled out any sailing or swimming activities, even diving was cancelled. Excellent open wifi access helped a bit.
The hotel is old and well-used, though rooms are adequate and bathrooms good, recently refurbished. We had seaview rooms in the main block, with the advantage over the garden rooms (cheaper) that one can open the balcony doors at night to sleep in a sea breeze not aircon. Food is a strong point, alternating buffet style and waiter service at dinner, with good though simple buffet breakfasts and lunches. With snacks and tea served all afternoon, eating is assured.
All inclusive rate covers good cocktails, beer, water, and mixers, but beware the wine offered, which we found execrable. It is locally produced, though Mauritius grows no wine, so a chemical concoction reminiscent of "British Wine" of the '60's. Better altrnatives are available (South African) at around £15 but not on the AI tariff.
Staff are cheerful and willing, though some waiters very young and untrained. There is evident supervision at all meals, with senior staff visiting each table. Front desk staff are also excellent, and all staff are fluent in English and French.
Outside there are plenty of elderly beds and plastic chairs, with matresses and towels supplied from a boat shed. There is a lawn of sparse grass, and a nice beach which is cleaned daily. The lagoon inside a reef with formidable breakers is calm, but with swell and surf on windy days. Wear reef shoes, since there is sharp dead coral below the tide line, nasty for soft western feet. Sadly the snorkelling is locally very poor, with the best site at the Blue Bay Marine Park, an hour's taxi ride away. There is a good small dive centre at Emeraude Hotel, 10 mins taxi ride up the coast, and the main reef is quite close inshore with several nice sites.
Local taxis are plentiful and not too expensive - £15 for 3 hours round the local towns, and £68 for a 4-hour excursion for three round the South. Front desk bookings are cheaper than via the attendant travel agent reps.
Clientle looks predominantly grey (we are all 70's), though there were some young families. Mix mostly British and German, with some French. The atmosphere was gregarious and cheerful. There is entertainment each night, unusually for an hotel of this type, and it varies between interesting local dancing, crooners, and golden oldies dance music. Pity the compere has never learned the use of a microphone and bawls incessantly into it, deafening the audience. This is not just background music during dinner - many performers clearly believe they are the stars of a Wembley Stadium rock concert.
In summary, Silver Beach is not De Luxe, and its 3 star rating is adequate. But it offers excellent value as a cheap entrance to a tropical island, with plentiful food including good salads, some fish, and excellent breakfast omelettes, lunchtime stir-fries, and a fair choice. Recommended, but keep a sense of humour and do not expect 5-star facilities.
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