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Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Grand Gaube
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 January 2012

We chose this hotel, after a lot of researching, because it was small, had some good reviews and combined with flights from the UK, via South Africa, it was a very reasonable price. The staff were so welcoming and always helpful and polite. The reception greets you with a wonderful aroma from the spa, open to the sea breezes and smiling faces. Our room was on the 3rd floor which was a good idea as you got the lovely sea views . A standard room, it had been recently refurbished and was comfortable and quite stylish, nice balcony with lots of birdlife to wake you and entertain you. Good size bathroom with good shower, separate loo and 2 basins. The food was interesting, varied and true to Mauritian style was Indian based but light and not spicey. Quite healthy with lots of fish, rice, salads and fruit. Eggs cooked any which way for breakfast. We didn't think an extra £35 or more was worth the seafood or lobster dinner or champagne for a lot of money. It's definitely worth going all inclusive, especially if you like wine with your meal - wine started from £30 per bottle for some very ordinary South African wine! The spa is good, really nice staff, knowledgeable, kind and professional and not overpriced. The beach is small and the sea often was shallow but at no time did we feel croweded or couldn't find a bed to lie on. The gardens are nicely landscaped and well maintained but the 2 swimming pools look nice but are quite shallow. It is definitely worth hiring a car for a day or 2 to see more of the island. The super Botanical Gardens are not far away and can be reached by local bus as can Grand Baie. The bus is an interesting experience. Early October is still their winter and for sunbathing and swimming we found it a bit chilly, ranged from 22 to 25 degrees in the day. For a first visit to Mauritius we were very happy with the P & V and would highly recommend it for a 3*+ hotel.

Room Tip: Standard or Superior rooms on 2nd or 3rd floor to enjoy the sea views.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

This was our 3rd visit to the island but first visit to Paul &Virginie Hotel.  This is hotel is beautifully located in a small bay on the north coast of the island.  The hotel has a small private beach which is well maintained offering access to water sports, kayak, sailing boat, pedalo etc.  the rooms are all spacious with large balcony/terrace, the bathrooms have lovely modern fittings and are also an excellent size.

The hotel has two pools and plenty of sitting areas both around the pools and in the grounds of the hotel.  The staff are wonderful and attentive, more than happy to engage in conversation if invited and always helpful.  This hotel has recently had a manager change and he is gradually making some changes all of  which will enhance this lovely hotel.

The hotel is in the village of Grande Gaube and offers you a view of local 
Life within walking distance however a 30 minute taxi drive will take you to the larger town of Grande Baie if you want to see more shops, etc

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank Bramwells
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

We went to Paul and Viginnie for our honeymoon at the end of September for 14 nights. We had heard this was the best time of year to visit Mauritius and in all honesty while the weather was sometimes wonderful it was not great every day. Unfortunately the location of the hotel was not fantastic for numerous reasons. As the hotel is on the North East point of the Island it is very windy, making the hotel complex a lot cooler than you would expect. They have a wonderful infinity pool but it is more for show than for use as the area it is located is in a particularly windy part of the complex and it was just too cold to get in. In our 14 night stay we only saw 3 couples brave it on separate occasions. Also the transfer to the Hotel is very long, the hotel literature states it takes an hour and a half but you could add another hour onto that easily, especially with the traffic driving through Port Louis. After travelling for almost 24 hours this last stretch is painful … The area of Grand Gaube is not fantastic either and the hotel is amidst a residential area with little to do around the hotel. We hired a car so we could explore the island and this really made our trip. From all the areas we visited we wish we had booked a hotel at Flic en Flac, it was beautiful there. Obviously none of the above is the hotels fault, it is just the location but something to bear in mind when booking.

Our initial impression of the hotel on arrival was good. We were greeted with a refreshing drink, neck and head massage and provided with information about the hotel. The reception area is beautiful. We booked half board but decided to upgrade to AI through the hotel when we arrived as this was cheaper than doing this through our travel agent. We did this for about £45 per person per day. We were AI for the first 4 days and the last 4 days, the rest of the time we were just half board. This worked out very well for us as in the middle days when we had the hire car so we didn’t need to be all inclusive as were rarely at the hotel. Note that not everything is included in the AI package, there are a lot of supplements to pay. A down side top the hotel is that you do feel as though you are constantly being encouraged to spend money beyond the AI package, be that on day trips, in the restaurant, on drinks or the spa.

The food was very good for a four star hotel although half way through the stay the procedure changed. When we arrived lunch was served at the beach restaurant and you could choose from a menu what you would like, including burger and chips or salads. It was really lovely and to a very high standard. Your evening meal was a four course menu and you just chose your main and it was all table service. Again lovely, you felt like you were eating at a romantic restaurant every night. However half way through our stay this changed and lunch began to be served as a buffet in the main restaurant and evening buffets became more frequent, which really was not as nice and you we were pretty sick of buffet by the end. Breakfast was always buffet and very very enjoyable, with eggs cooked fresh to order. Although with the food came the birds and while pretty to look at they were real pests, more than once I saw them perched on the bread board picking away. Needless to say the bread was not cleared after they were shooed so some poor person is likely to have proceeded to eat that bread. The Beach restaurant in the evening was a real treat and definitely worth one visit at least, although expect expensive wine and a hefty supplement to pay.

As a honeymoon couple we were hopeful for a room upgrade as when we booked with Thomsons and the honeymoon package included a room upgrade (subject to availability). We expressed our disappointment when shown to our standard room and were told by guest relations that the matter would be looked into. While waiting for an answer about a room upgrade we enquired as to what the current status was and we were told that as we had switched to AI (i.e spending more) it may now be possible as better package so.. ‘we will see’. We were shocked at this as how much money we were spending should not have had a bearing on if a honeymoon couple got an upgrade, which was in the package from the start. It was either available or not!! This highlighted the hotels emphasis on spend spend spend and this did get irritating by the end. We were advised after a couple of days that it would not be possible as there was ‘no availability’. We disbelieved this as the hotel was not at full capacity, especially during the first week of our stay. However saying this to the hotels credit our standard room was very pleasant and to a good standard for a 3 star hotel, it was clean with a nice bathroom area and good shower. All rooms have sea views, which was lovely. As a honeymoon couple we were treated to a free candle lit meal at the beach restaurant by the sea and that was very good. We didn’t get a fruit basket or champagne but about a week into our stay 2 warm fruit skewers appeared in our room, which was amusing more than anything.

Some of the staff at the hotel did go above and beyond to make your stay very special, they were very friendly and helpful with outstanding customer service. Others it has to be said left a lot to be desired. There were times when we felt ignored and felt as though your age and board status may have had something to do with that.

We often felt invisible when stood at the bar waiting to be served and on one occasion in the restaurant we were totally forgotten about. One couple had three courses in the time it took for us to have one. This sadly happened all too frequently and some of the bar staff in particular were just plain rude in their manner. One night I was drinking out of a certain type of glass and mid drink the barman asked me for my glass. I wondered what on earth he was doing, he then tipped my remaining drink into a different shaped glass and said he needed mine as he had had an order for four margaritas and he did not have enough glasses of a certain shape for all four drinks so took mine. These were margaritas that you had to pay for (even on AI package). So my drink and my custom was less important obviously !!

Avoid the very expensive day trip to the island with Blue Marlin. It is a rickety old boat, cheap odd bits of scooba gear, warm cocktail and not the idyllic Island you would expect. BBQ was lovely though. If you want to see Mauritius get a hire car and a map and enjoy.

All in all would we go back to a Veranda hotel? yes absolutely. Would we go to the Paul and Viginnie? Unfortunately no we would not and that was mainly because of the location. As for a honeymoon hotel, while there was a romantic air to the complex and we had an amazing time we did feel the hotel could have done more to add that special touch to our stay, as after all you only get one honeymoon.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank HappyGoLucky023
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

At check in we were greeted by Jenny, who is both friendly and competent. It was very late and she did a great job of making the check in painless and quick.

We stayed in a comfort room, which was clean and comfortable...if you are not claustrophobic. We didn't mind and all worked out.

The hotel location is great with a private beach and I didn't experience the local some people mention trying to sell gold necklaces, except bosco and his friend. They seem to have an arrangement with the hotel. We also did the island cruise with them and it was great, but there are other operators using the same island so make sure you haggle a good price.

Biggest disappointment was the food. It was horrible! I was so sick of the bland food we ate out every other night at some local places. Not sure who they are catering for, but it's definitely not your average traveller. Everyone we came across complained! The hotel also charges exorbitant prices for drinks if you are not on AI. At least triple the price of the local shops less than 20m away. If u intend lounging around at the hotel I def advise all
inclusive option. It's 2000 rupees pppd. When you realize a cocktail (which is nout good) costs 300 each you won't think this is pricey. They also charge extra for water, tea and coffee! The shop around the corner stocks almost everything though. In addition there is a little eatery called diSAB....food is delicious although the place looks offbeat.

Overall we had a good stay. It could have been great if the food was more local flavor than no flavor. If you are still deciding and wanna be close to nightlife I'll suggest the sister hotel in grand Baie. Taking a cab at night costs 1300 a return, so staying close is cost saving.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

We visited the hotel in April for our Honeymoon...We were promised a honeymoon package with some goodies but the hotel staff did not provide that...The food was repetitive and boring with no choice...The hotel is very far from the city center and also the rooms weren't that great.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Naba21
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

My wife and I returned from a two week stay at the hotel. The hotel is approximately 90 minutes from the airport, and on the north-north-east side of the island. When we arrived, we were greeted on reception with a lemongrass juice (which is very nice) and a neck massage. After that, we were escorted to our room (402). The hotel itself is really lovely and our superior room overlooked the private beach and the sea.

We booked an all-inclusive package which I thoroughly recommend. The reason for that was because the people I spoke to at the hotel who weren't on an AI package ended up spending loads of food and drink. Also, there didn't seem to be that much to do in Grand Gaube - we spent most of our time in the hotel complex. A selection of drinks available on the AI package were pretty good - all soft drinks, tea, coffee, wine and selected beer, spirits and cocktails. The lunch menu was either a three course meal, or a buffet. Evening meal consisted of a four course. We found the food quality to be good, but would have liked a little bit more variety after two weeks.

The pool and beach area were really nice. I would have preferred the pool to be a bit bigger and deeper, but there is a seas next door for that! We spent a lot of time on the small private beach. The only issue with this was the guy that kept on coming up to us everyday and try to sell us necklaces. This got annoying pretty quick and we expected more from the hotel since the beach was part of the hotel.

The evening entertainment was pretty good and consisted mainly of different live bands every night.

The room was very good. They were clean, quite spacious and air conditioned.

When we were there, there was also a "buy one get one free" offer at the spa. My wife and I booked a massage, which we recommend.

I recommend the hotel for those looking for a quiet, romantic holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Steven W
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Just returned from a week's stay at the Veranda Paul & Virginie, Grand Gaube. On first impressions, the hotel scored well as we were welcomed by guest relations whom we always found to be very curtious and helpful. We had booked on an "All Inclusive" package which meant that all meals and drinks had been included in the price.

The rooms (we stayed in 521) are very basic and not the most comfortable, however we did find them adequate and the view from our room made up for the lack of some of the usual comfort features you expect in a hotel. Please ensure that you take your own soaps and shampoo as this IS NOT provided(?). During our stay we also found Housekeeping to be haphazard as on one day they simply failed to clean our room and on another day they did not replenish the toilet paper, despite being asked to do so, TWICE! The telephone in our room also did not work resulting in frequent walks to reception to sort out enquiries.

Despite being on an All Inclusive Package, we soon realised that not all items are included and in fact the majority of what is served on the Bar Menu is in fact not included. This is extremely frustrating and generates the feeling that one is being ripped off. In addition, not all items availiable in your mini-bar in the room are included either, so be carefull of what you consume.

One dissapointment was the view from the main restaurant which is spoilt by the amount of litter lying around on the rocks in the area in front of the restaurant. This are is part of the view and hotel management should make the effort to keep the are clean.

The food at the hotel is good, however the lack of selection results in one quickly getting bored with what is on offer. In the 7 days we stayed there, the breakfast menu stayed exactlty the same! We found or dinners and luches to be better, but it depended on what was on offer. Dessert portions are hopelessly too small. Again, not all items are included and you will be required to pay in if you wish to enjoy any of the seafood evenings. The service from the staff in the restaurant was always very good and the staff in general, very friendly. Language could sometimes be an issue as the staff are not fully conversant in English, but they try.

The bar service in the main bar was not very good and I often found the barmen on duty to be rude and dismissive.

The beach at the hotel is small and can get crowded. The service from the staff at the Boathouse is excellent and we always found them willing to assist. The bar and restuarant situated at the beach are excellent and we often found ourselves eating there (and paying!) to get away from the usual food at the main restaurant. The view from the restuarant cannot be beaten.

A word of warning... DO NOT BOOK a day trip with the guy from "Blue Marlin" who bases himself at the Boathouse. We booked and felt very conned when our day trip out turned out to be a load of rubbish trying to snorkel with broken equipment etc etc etc. Our trip for the day cost us Rs3800 for what was essentially a bad experience.

In closing, this is a good little hotel that has some shortcommings. What this place needs is a new GM with an eye for detail to shake things up a bit. This hotel has so much potential, but the overall experience is spoilt by small issues that should not have happened.

Room Tip: - 521 has the best view
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Phillip M
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Additional Information about Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa

Address: Royal Rd, Coastal Road, Grand Gaube, Mauritius
Region: Mauritius > Riviere du Rempart District > Grand Gaube
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Grand Gaube
Price Range: £101 - £250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the picturesque village of Grand Gaube, Veranda Paul et Virginie is the new intimate and tranquil 4-star address for couples in Mauritius, designed to encourage total escapism. Tandem ride in the village, duo massage on the water, all-day breakfast in room, surprise apéro and private dinner under the stars, exclusive cruise on our catamaran, every moment is crafted for the most unforgettable memories. Sea views from all rooms, endless panoramas to the faraway islands and turquoise lagoon, fresh and light contemporary decor blending to authentic mauritian architectural features such as stones, wood and thatched roofs, punctuated with sepia illustration of famous couple Paul et Virginie… discover the perfect cocoon to host an idyllic holiday, just for two. The new infinity pool, back-dropped by the vivid turquoise blue lagoon invites guests to experience the simplest pleasures of life, like being together whilst soaking up the sun and the island light. ... more   less 
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