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“A gem of a find”
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Mon Choix Ecolodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Port Louis B&B and Inns
Wemyss Bay
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“A gem of a find”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

I stayed with a colleague for a week while on business. The location was quiet and away from the tourist areas. Stunning views from the patio of the surrounding mountains and vista down to the sea. Great to laze and watch the colourful birds. Our hosts Jean-Michel and Joan did everything they could to make us feel welcome and to provide us with information and support relating to our business ventures and leisure time. The breakfasts were superb, freshly baked bread and croissants, cooked breakfast to order, fresh fruit and yoghurt. We truly felt we were staying with friends rather than in a guest house. If you want the town and night life, then you are about 20 minutes taxi away. If you want to stay somewhere different, away from the madding crowds this is truly a gem of a find.

Room Tip: Ask for the 1st floor ecolodge room with the large balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

Mon Choix is the perfect place to base yourself while in Port Louis. Joan and Jean Michel are the perfect hosts - welcoming, informative and extremely helpful with organising everything from bits of ironing to a taxi. While the magical setting of their well-kept home - with the breathtaking views down the Vallee des Pretres and the surrounding hills and the continuous birdsong - certainly helps, it is their eye for detail, be it in how the delicious breakfast is laid out or the two frangipani flowers are placed on the bed, that makes Mon Choix special. We spent two nights there after four nights at a faceless hotel in Balaclava. Booking Mon Choix is hassle free, the internet works, the rooms are spacious and comfortable, the two dogs are lovely, the food is excellent (both breakfast and dinner) - pity we had to actually work during the day and leave after two days. Thank you Joan and Jean Michel.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I was in Mauritius for five nights while having different business meetings and interviews in Port Louis. The logical choice would have been to stay in the city centre. However, the reviews I saw were not very promising. For that reason, I decided to stay somewhere else - Mon Choix, in the hills surrounding the town. And what a great decision this was. After two weeks in the road for business, Mon Choix was the perfect place to relax after and before a long day of work. The best time of the day was when I returned, around 5pm, and I sat in the terrace, overlooking the wonderful views of Port Louis. The place is heaven, and Jean Michelle and Joan are the perfect hosts. The room is big, espacious and with all the confort that I needed. The wifi conection is very good. Breakfast is excellent. But, as I said, the best thing is the relaxing atmosphere that you will enjoy.

Mon Choix is 10 minutes away from the city centre, and Jean Michelle and Joan will give you all the help to arrange taxies and all that you may need. One thing that I also valued a lot is the independence that you have. In some B&B you may feel like part of your duty is entertaining the host. Well, that's not the host, and Jean Michelle and Joan were extremely respectful of my privacy. On the down side, you have to organize your dinners, as there are no restaurants nearby. That's probably the only but I can mention. But one thing is for certain - if I ever return to Mauritius for business, Mon Choix will be the place where I will stay again.

One more thing - there is no TV in the rooms. But you know what? I didn't miss it. Not at all. So, if you are the kind of traveller that cannot live without turning on the TV as soon as you wake up, then Mon Choix is definitely not for you. If, on the contrary, you rather enjoy your breakfast with a esplendid view in the middle of nature and a relaxing atmosphere, don't think twice and go to Mon Choix

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

I stayed here for a week in June as I was here on businesses. I found the hosts extremely welcoming - cooking a meal on the first night, arranging taxis, providing all sorts of information. The breakfast, overlooking Port Louise and the sea, was a highlight of the day. If you are there on business and do not want to get lost in a tedious chain hotel, and fancy seeing the real mauritius up close but in great comfort - this is the place!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

My sister and I were spending two months travelling around Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, and wanted somewhere in Mauritius to wind down before going home. Mon Choix was absolutely perfect. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the breakfasts and dinners were excellent. Joan is a wonderful hostess and had us feeling totally at home immediately on arrival. The ecolodge is located in a scenic valley outside of Port Louis, and although there is a bus service on the main road you really need transport to explore the island. Joan and Jean-Michel organised a taxi driver for us, and that worked out very well. We elected to have dinner prepared for us, but the rooms are equipped with amenities such as microwave and fridge should you prefer to self-cater, and each room has a private terrace where you could dine.

We had only booked two nights as a stop-over, and were sorry to leave. I would recommend Mon Choix to anyone planning a stay in Mauritius.

Room Tip: The upstairs room at the front of the house, with two terraces, is stunning.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Modimolle (Nylstroom), South Africa
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

What a wonderful experience to find a gem like this! Hidden way up in the mysterious mountains surrounding Port Louis, it has magnificent views looking out over the valley and down to the sea. It's just a short car ride from the city centre and not much further to the fantastic tropical beaches for which Mauritius is so famous. Ideally located to enjoy all the spoilt that Mauritius has to offer. The hospitality offer by your Hostess Joan de Senneville is nothing short of excellent. Enjoy.....

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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devon
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74 reviews
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

We spent 10 days staying at Mon Choix as a convenient base for exploring the island and going diving and we would have loved to stay longer. The location is perfect, up in the hills away from the bustle of Port Louis but with a little car, we easily found our way around. Joan is a wonderful hostess, Jean-Michel gave us excellent ideas of places to visit and we felt as if we were staying with friends. Nowhere else came up to this standard and we really miss the breakfasts.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mon Choix Ecolodge

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
Hotel Style:
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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