English is not my first language. So I beg your pardon for any grammar mistakes. I've spent 12 days at the Sands Resort to shorten our cold swiss winter quite a bit. My room number was 323 and it has been located on the third floor, left tract from entry (I highly recommend this tract, as their garden is bigger and more confortable as it contains some sunbeds, cause you'll find that the beach could be too hot for longer readings). Unfortunately you won't see anything of the seaside on the third floor, as you'll see right in the treetops of the palms, which provide cool shadow for the sunbeds underneath. I didn't care much, as I didn't spent much time on my room, but if that's important for you or catch a raining season, you'll probably want to make sure, your room is at the second floor max or the resort needs to plant some higher palms.
The guests of this resort are mostly couples, so travelling as a single, you might get some compassionate glances at the dinner. But you probably have to stand that, spending your time in any resort on this island, cause it surely isn't the most sought after (precise: cheapest / double room rates) destination for singles. The reason I've choosen the Sands is it's size and intimacy and I surely get that. I literally hate those huge tourism complexes with their mass processing like Sofitel, Sugar Beach and the like, where sunbed lies alongside sundbed. You won't even be distrubed by tourists walking along the beach, cause it's located at the end of the beach and the beach takes a corner before it leads into the Sands. I should know, as I read the second half of "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" from David Hume the time I have been there and the first half of a book on Game Theory.
The breakfast is healthy and you definitely should try "les gauffres" (waffles!). I became addicted to them. Catch your fruits before the tourists plundered them, after 9 they will be gone. The friendlyness of the woman and sir who make them is owerhelming. Totally loved the morning service people (Nicole, V.[I and Indian names...] and their team).
The evening dinner is on buffet (starters, dinner, dessert - and if can't find something to eat here, you probably won't find anywhere and should go to the moon). On other resorts people complain that they only get Fish and Rice or Rice and Fish: Not at the Sands. Each evening is a theme night and if you really won't try anything new, you always can get Pasta. I had the impression the service guys serve you better if you tip them. As I didn't, I have been served better at the start. This wasn't the case with the most lovely concierge-girls of the Tamarind restaurant. Especially the little indian looking girl made my hearth shine and I already miss her deeply. Unfortunetly she never asked, if I want to marry her.
I went to the organized dolphin tour twice (700 MRP), snorkelled twice (included and highly recommandable) and tried out scuba diving (2400 MRP), which they provide together with other resorts (in my case it was at the Pirogue and I highly recommend it, if you're sporty). Also the guys at the Boathouse rock (Aslam?, Kevin, Brandon, etc.). The same goes for two fitness guys.
Things that could be improved:
- The two Internetstations the resort provides aren't up to date and were half of the time not working (They should be replaced).
- Water costs extra (which isn't usual on island resorts)
- I burned myself right at the beginning cause my suncream I had with me was only rated 30. Maybe the resort could provide some small samples of higher rates for newcomers. At the third day I discovered 50 in the boutique, but it already was too late and I had to spend the second day in my room. (Game theory says that the amount spent by a tourist on a sunny day is higher than the cost of his suncream :-) ).
- This one isn't completely in the power of the resort, but if you walk to Tamarin you'll find huge littering on the adjoining beachpart and forrest next to the resort. There isn't established any normative conduct to not litter in Mauritius yet. It's a pity to see that the Mauritius governement (with tourism as one of their major industries) obvisiously fails to introduce an incentive system and therefore doesn't offer refundable deposit on plastic bottles. It would be in their interest as it makes your hearth cry to see.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sands Suites Resort & Spa is a 4 star deluxe all Suite hotel situated in Wolmar, on the west coast of Mauritius. With its 92 spacious suites, 3 restaurants, spa, entertainment facilities, fine sandy beach, crystal clear lagoon and unrivalled view across the Bay of Tamarin and Le Morne, this resort is the ideal hideaway for those looking for serenity, comfort and personalised service in an elegant setting and typical Mauritian architecture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sands Hotel Flic En Flac
- Sands Hotel Flic En Flac
- Sands Resort Mauritius
- Sands Suites Resort & Spa Mauritius/Flic En Flac