We stayed here for 2 weeks and I would happily of stayed for longer. We had a lovely room with a beautiful view of the lagoon and gardens (224) which if we went again I would ask for, it was cleaned daily with towel changes by lovely friendly staff.
Check in was quick and easy, grounds are clean and well looked after, beautiful in fact, but the biggest appeal to this place are the staff, they are so attentive they really do make you feel spoiled. We had read on TA before going that the chef will make you different food from the buffet and he did, with great enthusiasm. We love curry's, which were available at every meal, but after talking to him he made us several different kinds along with samosas etc, even making us some traditional Mauritiun food, which was delicious, we can't thank him and the staff at the restaurant and the bar enough for treating us all so well, they are a credit to the hotel. I have read some reviews complaining about the food and lack of vegetarian meals, that's all I can say is they must of stayed somewhere other than us, there is a huge choice of vegetarian food, it's the first time I have tried vegetarian curry's and they were lovely. One point I would change though is the toaster at breakfast, too small and too slow, by the time your bread was toasted it was like a brick!
Once we got used to the Muaritian way of life, ask for 2 things, you might get 3, ask for something and you might get it now or In 10 minutes, we relaxed and became completely chilled out.
This place is quite small which leads to quite an intimate and friendly atmosphere, leading to many conversations and shared drinks with other guests, which was lovely, a special hi to LIz, Mat, Alli and Chris, it was lovely to meet you, amongst others.
People talk about the lagoon being too shallow, but it is tidal and at certain times of the day it is very deep. We went on a few trips and saw a lot of the island, it is a very green and pretty country, but also a very poor country, I could talk a lot about this island, but you need to discover it for yourselves, you will enjoy it. We hired a car for a few days, but in hindsight we should of just hired a car and driver, especially during the 2 days we had wall to wall rain and wind, moving just a few miles west you notice a difference.
The only thing I would of changed about this hotel is to have more plugs and at least one by a mirror and the pool towels, which for the most part are small and threadbare, I'm glad we took some with us.
All in all we had a lovely stay, in a beautiful place, with fabulous people looking after us, and if we ever returned to Mauritius we would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the gentle shores of the Indian Ocean, Jalsa Beach Hotel & Spa overlooks a turquoise lagoon with stunning mountain scenery. Found along the North East coast of the tropical island of Mauritius, at Poste Lafayette, Jalsa Beach Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jalsa Beach Hotel And Spa Mauritius/Poste Lafayette