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Pingouinvillas
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

I have stayed twice in this place because I found it from far the best value place on the island. The building is set in a calm street (except for 2 crazy barking dogs from the neighbour) very close to the see and with beautiful views from the top on the hills and sea. The apartments have lovely terraces (with small garden at the bottom) and the interior is new, clean, well furnished (even with children beds) and most of all Healthy! I visited thousands of places some cheaper and some more expensive, even top end hotel have a problem with humidity, old carpets and wet bathrooms and as this gives me allergies, I found pingouinvilla to be best maintained place with excellent finitions and with all the necessities provided (sufficient kitchen material, iron and the like so that you don't have to ask each time). It has a functional internet as well and on top of it you can ask excellent and good value at home massages by Prema 9708546. Blue Bay is a quiet location with marine park and close to the airport so I recommend to stay here even if for one night.

Room Tip: standards in this place are very high, all the apartments are good. If you have children you may want the ground floor that have a small garden.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank nadiaz_11
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Once again we had a great holiday at Pingouinvillas (our second year in a row).

Sarif and his family did everything possible for us and for that we thank him.

The apartment was spacious, clean, close to good restaurants and 5 minutes from good beaches. Great value fro money.

SUGGESTION:
If Pingouinvillas had a pool (even a very small splash pool) it would be paradise. Until then is it just excellent.

TIPS:
There are some great, secluded beaches (further up towards Shandrani side) and near Point D’Esny (there are two public access alleys, look for them on the way to Mahebourg – there is no shade though so take beach umbrellas).

Ask Yanoom (cleaning lady) to cook you a meal – excellent and good value.

There is a doctor at the end of the road (Dr Pacso) and a good clinic at Curepipe (Fortis Clinique Darne)

The little red fodey bird (we call him the Red Baron after Manfred von Richthofen from World War One) chases every bird other than his immediate family. He is great fun to watch and he will eat out of your hand. Please give him less “junk food” (bread) and more health food (millet and wild bird seed, which you can buy at London Way).

If you are on the ground floor take sensible measures for security (don’t sleep with your doors or windows open).

The taxi fare to Mahebourg should not cost more than 100 rupees, irrespective of the number of passengers. While it might sound like a good idea to make contact with a good taxi driver and use him for the duration of your stay, this is not a good idea because for some inexplicable reason once they have established a relationship with you they start to put the fares up. Use a variety of taxi drivers to avoid this situation.

Hire bicycles from Sarif – easy to get around and you see so much more than you would in a car or taxi.

Use Le Beau Vallon (sp?) for their swimming pool – have a meal then relax by the pool they don’t mind at all.

Chicken Briani take-aways on the left hand side just as you come into Mahebourg (just before filling station).

Go to Des Copains restaurant in Mahebourg for chips or noodles and a beer (one street up from the market).

Nice Chinese restaurant 2 streets up (bright lights at night, can’t remember the name).

There is a guy in the food market who sells South African quality fruit and vegetables (northern end of the market in the food section).

Try and get into Charka’s restaurant at Le Preskill (speak to Manager about a day pass) – excellent steaks.

The Bamboo Restaurant (on the road to Mahebourg) makes very nice pizzas.

Use “One Love” boats for excursions (in lagoon next to Preskill).

It is cheaper to hire a car for the day than to take a taxi if you are going North – it’s easy to find things, you won’t get lost don’t worry.

Snorkelling – the coral in the blue bay lagoon itself is dead – for excellent snorkelling go out opposite Blue Bay Lagoon Hotel and further east towards Point D’Esny – you can go right out to the end of the reef if you want into the surf – but watch out when you cross the speed boat lanes – go at 05h00 in the morning and get back by 08h30 and in the evenings go out at 17h00 and get back before dark – although night snorkelling also excellent, take a good torch.

First thing you should buy when you get to Pingouinvillas is a couple of sharp knives, a cutting board and some “pads” for the mosquito machine.

Find out the departures and arrivals at the airport and when there are a bunch of them together, take a couple of drinks and go hang out at the end of the runway – spectacular stuff, even more so when they are taking off northwards (over land).

The butcher next to London Way sells meat of South African quality – don’t buy meat at London Way.

The main Mahebourg market is on Mondays near the football stadium.

All local landline calls are free – in emergency ask Sarif if you can use the phone in the reception area.

James and Jenny Drew

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank James D
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

GOOD:
· The flat was clean, spacious, with hot shower, washing machine, refrigerator, microwave, gas oven, kitchen, free wifi(speed is changing, some drop-outs between 5min and 4 hours), no AC, fan, no mosquito-screens, TV(~10 channels) in a quiet area(NOT the dogs, planes). Short distance to the airport.
· Scooters and cars for rent.
· We have made a good deal, so some deficiencies were overall compensated.
NEUTRAL:
· The transport was done by Mr. Sarif.
· Cleaning is every 3-5 days.
· There is one long term resident living in nr. 6, funny man.
BAD:
· The bed in the bedroom is really small. Make sure ,you come with a loved and slim one...
· The blue bay beach(mostly locals) is small, almost clean, some waste on the beach. The corals (to the right hand side) are almost dead. Some fish.
The pointe d’esny beach(mostly foreigner) is a bit longer and cleaner. No corals.
Mostly its impossible to swim free without fears, as there are many boats passing by(some in a distance of a few meters to the shore!). Beware of stronger currents, when going too far.
· There are only sufficient supermarkets in town, like Londonway, Kingsavers. A bus or taxi-trip is necessary.
· The starting planes can be heard very well. The only good thing is, there are not plenty. The last starts before midnight.
· Almost every house in the village has a minimum of 1 dog, some roaming, but I didn’t see aggressive ones! But they like to bark anytime and nobody stops them...
CONCLUSIONS:
· In total, a good place for staying in relation to the price. Coming back? MAURITIUS: YES; PINGOUIN: YES.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank coralkong502
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

We just came back to uk after spending 11 nights at Pingouinvillas. The accommodation, the facilities, the owners and the whole experience was excellent. Mr Sharif and Salim gave us excellent service and realy made us very welcome. We chose to move into the very top appartment as it was extremely breezy and had a vast varanda at front from there you could almost see 280 degree of sea around you plus airport and mountains and sugar cane fields view nearby.. Every facility was provided in the apartment, even a washing machine. Also the car was rented to us on very reasonable price and navigation unit was also provided. As a whole this was an excellent accommodation giving an excellent value for money.The sea at Blue Bay beach was very clear and it was more like a big swimming pool as the waves were very very gentle. I will reccommend this to all my friends whenever they vist Mauritius. Mr sharif, thanks very much for giving us lovely holidays.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Nash S
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday. Accommodation was lovely and very friendly and clean.Owner is friendly and willing.Ideal place for people who are looking for a peaceful holiday with beautiful beaches. Good place for the surrounding travel and tours. Service is perfect. I recommend to everyone. I was very happy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Pavla D
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