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“A charming, hospitable location - the perfect antidote to faceless resort hotels”
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Mon Choix Ecolodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Port Louis B&B and Inns
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“A charming, hospitable location - the perfect antidote to faceless resort hotels”
Reviewed 9 May 2011

Having stayed in an admittedly very nice, but standard international beach hotel in Flic en Flac, we were keen to see a different side to the island and this was an ideal choice. The hosts, Jean and John-Michel create a very relaxed and welcoming, homely atmosphere, are knowledgeable on the island and were happy to assist with planning our activities / places to see. The expansive outdoor living area (living/dining room with covered ceiling but open walls) is a beautiful place to sit, read and relax or just admire the amazing scenery with a welcome afternoon pot of tea and biscuits - as this really is a stunning location. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable and we very much felt ourselves to be in a charming family home.

Although only a short drive from Port Louis you do need a car or scooter if you intend to see more of the island. We hired a car and thoroughly enjoyed touring around the beaches - some of the public beaches are idyllic, beautiful, clean and deserted, often prettier than the hotel beaches.

So, if you want something a little more 'personal' and an opportunity to learn more about the island, then I highly recommend Mon Choix.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

I travelled with my boyfriend to Mauritius in February. We are fairly independant travellers and so went with flight only and then toured the island on scooters. Before going I did loads of research on the internet as I wanted to find something super romantic. The Eco Lodge Mon Choix was perfect and lived up to all of my expectations. The setting is stunning with amazing views. Its only 15 mins by road from Port Louis so a good position for exploring the island from but once there you feel away from the rest of the world. The house is beautiful, warm welcoming colours, and fantastic scenery. The rooms are inviting and cosy, elegant and charming. The proprietors, Joan and Jean Michel, are lovely. From the best rum cocktail on arrival, to great advice on where to go, and lots of interesting stories. The first evening we had dinner at the lodge, great food and very romantic. If you want to go out its a short hop into Port Louis. I would recommend the lodge for couples or for independant travellers looking for peace and relaxation. I definatly hope to go back one day.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

Mon Choix is a fantastic location for a relaxing and peaceful holiday in Maurittius, Away from the tourist areas yet only 15 minutes drive from the Port Lous waterfront, it is a good base to explore the island from, being centrally located.
The Hosts - Joan and Jean-Michel - are really helpful with their local knowledge and contacts, and they made me feel like part of the family from day one, yet respected my privacy when I wanted to be alone. I was looking for somewhere away from the typical tourist hotels, and Mon Choix was the perfect choice. A car is essential as it is off the beaten track at the top of a very scenic valley surrounded on three sides by mountains.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 March 2010

On the way to La Reunion, we made last December a stopover in Mauritius. We were looking for a quiet accommodation in the "middle" of the island, a little bit outside the coastal resort and by fluke we found in the net the homepage of Mon Choix and it was just perfect!
Joan and Jean-Michel welcome us with open arms and we feel immediately like at home. They are both very friendly and helpful, giving a lot of interesting information about Mauritius, suggestions for a day trip or a walk with Tasha" and "Coco" in the nature.
Our room was spacious and lovely arranged (like by the way all the house!) with a separate bathroom and an own terrace.
In the morning a copious breakfast was waiting for us and we just enjoyed it with the lovely view to the mountains of the vallée des prêtres and the nice breath of air you have there.
Mon Choix is definitively the best place in Mauritius to relax !

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

We booked Mon Choix through the web after an exhausting search. We felt very soon accommodation wise Mauritius can be challenging and so we digited eco lodges.
In fact we were ready for something out of the conventional touristic circuit and I can tell you that this was just fantastic.
The location is a bit far from the coast if you are willing to see the all island; so for exemple you have the east coast at more than one hour, the south at one hour because of the highway and the first beach on the west side is just at 20 m.
You are basically in the heart of the island. Entering the house is like landing on a soft silky cushion (at least as I can imagine this would be) after a long and tiring trip.
Coco and Shatzu were the first to welcome us. These 2 beautiful dogs for us were part of the package: so polite, so nice...Then we met Joanne, Jean Michel and their sun and all of them were absolutely dedicated to make us feal at home. From the beginning we wanted to learn something of Mauritius through some locals so we were happy to spend some time in nice chatting every morning and every eavening with our landlord but I want to precise that this is not compulsory, when you stay at Mon Choix you also have your privacy and socialize with the owners or the other guests is entirely your choice.
The house is entirely designed and furnished by Joanne and Jean Michel with an impeccable taste that creates everywhere soft and though joyful atmosphere. There is a huge terrace with a breathtaking view and our room was just perfect, with an eclosed bathroom and our own terrace.
I should spend some words on the breakfast: absolutly outstanding, more interesting that so many 5 stars hotels if you look for genuine food, good ambience, stunning view (what do you need more than this to start your day?).
We have chosen to spend 2 dinners with them and I must say that Christophe, their son is a wonderful cook and Joanne set up is, once again, unbeatible.
We spent there 4 nights and afterwords we moved down the coast just because we wanted to have a touch of a beach style of life but I can tell you that in order to find something as charming as Mon Choix, you can only knock at the door of feww 5 stars on the East coast but if it happen that you work on a 5 star all year round...you actually look for something a bit more personal...and by the way, you will not find in Mauritius.
So, if you are willing to rent a car and drive, if you really want to discover the island and it matters a lot staying in a nice and cosy environment where the beauty of the Nature melt with the welcoming atmosphere of the place, Mon Choix is the only place to be at Mauritius.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mon Choix Ecolodge
Address: Chitrakoot, Upper Vallee-des-Pretres, Port Louis, Mauritius (Formerly Mon Choix - La Maison de Vallee des Pretres)
Region: Mauritius > Port Louis District > Port Louis
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Port Louis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mon Choix 1st Mauritius Ecolodge offers spacious & comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms and private patios with panoramic views overlooking the sea in beautiful & peaceful mountainous countryside near Port Louis Business, shopping & leisure Centre and in proximity of the main seaside resorts. ... more   less 
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Mon Choix Ecolodge Mauritius/Port Louis

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