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“Outstanding stylish boutique hotel on a fantastic beach”
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Le Sakoa Hotel
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Trou aux Biches
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshire United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outstanding stylish boutique hotel on a fantastic beach”
Reviewed 3 February 2011

This is a very beautiful trendy boutique hotel situated right on the fantastic Trou aux Biches beach. It is beautifully appointed with spacious rooms which are very well furnished and have very good facilities.The food is excellent and the staff superb. It has all you would expect from an upmarket resort hotel without the crowds and we would highly recommend a visit.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

Le Sakoa is by far the nicest place to stay in Trou aux Biches. If you are looking for a small, quiet and intimate hotel on a lovely beach this is for you. Beautiful simply decorated rooms with great bathrooms and even a kitchen. Although not all rooms have a sea view all have balconies and are only a few steps from the beach anyway. The staff were lovely and the setting wonderful. Food was good - we ate here 3 nights - and the chef was able to accommodate my vegetarian requests. We also ate at a couple of local restaurants and the great italian owned pizza place opposite the hotel. The very well stocked supermarket was great for freshly baked bread for lunch and even novels. Free kayaks meant we spent many hours paddling up and down the coast, spotting fish and even had a turtle swimming alongside us one day!
A would definitely recommend Le Sakoa if you want to stay somewhere special. We stayed a week and filled our time quite easily including trips on the local bus to Grand Baie and the botantical gardens.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2010

Staff lied to us! We couldn't read the menu as was in French. Took 2 hours to bring out our meals and delivered a variation to every meal we had ordered! Looked like a pub meal. Not what you'd expect from the photos on their site. Took four days turn around for our laundry, and the bathroom smell of urine... Yuck! Also if you want to eat the same thing for breakfast everyday, eat here! Egg or fruit, that's it.. Very nice surroundings, but the owner is obviously not a managing director because the local staff do not deliver it's rating! Very very disappointing as this was a two week stay for 7 friends before my wedding at le meridien hotel. Other friends stayed at the Veranda which was a 3 star in Grand Baie, group of 30, had much better service! We found ourselves trying to get our money back to stay there instead. Advice.... DO NOT PAY UP FRONT!

Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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llagesse, Directeur général at Le Sakoa Hotel, responded to this review, 22 October 2010
I wish to thanks these people for their stay at the Sakoa and their comments.

Let me now give the facts :

- All our menus are in French and English, I am then very surprised that they couldn't read it. Regarding the time delay on the service for the dinner on Friday, a discount has been given for the 45 minutes they had to wait to get their meal.
- Regarding the picture of a lobster dish on our web site: These clients never ordered a lobster dish. No wonder is does not look like what they ordered during their stay
- Laundry’s : each time laundry service was required by these customers the laundry was delivered on the next day. (round 26 hours)
- Smell in the bathroom: all our rooms are cleaned meticulously every day twice by the maids and checked by the supervisor, I find it astonishing that there was a smell of urine.
- Breakfast: every bay we propose a served breakfast, we take the option not to put a buffet because we prefer to serve our guests at their table. It is a complete continental breakfast. Our breakfast is composed of : 3 types of fruits and yoghurt, 2 types of pastries, breads, homemade jam, eggs in all declinations, pancakes, cereals, cheese, ham, sausages…

These customers were difficult to manage, they burnt a thatch roof umbrella while lightning fireworks in front of the hotel at night, they disturbed many of our guests during night and day by getting drunk and making a lot of noise, in a place where people search for peace. They have been very rude with our staff. We tried many times to talk to them but without any result.

Has you can see on tripadvisor comments, since the re-opening of the Sakoa in September 2009 we did not have any bad comment. We think that the Sakoa was not the good product for 7 young boys to party all night and day, before their friend’s wedding.
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

one of the greatest hotel i have been stayed... lovely beaches and very quite place and very welcoming people working there.. also right place for muslim people since all kind of meats are halal.. you can eat all kinds meats without a doubt ... absulately one of the best place for relaxing vacation.... be there again for sure...

Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 11 December 2008

We were there late Nov-early Dec. First the hotel itself: The best parts were the service. They were extremely helpful and friendly - welcomed us with drinks, answered our questions about excursions, prepared breakfast for us the night before when we would miss breakfast the next day, made dinner reservations for us, etc. The staff was excellent. The grounds are well maintained and the beach is pretty nice. The breakfast is excellent, we did not have dinner there.

The not-so-great parts: There are only 3-4 rooms in the hotel that actually have a beach view, and our room didn't, so it was quite dark in the morning without too many windows. The number of lights and switches was also confusing (the light switch next to the nightstand for some reason turned the lights on/off in the bathroom!). Our first night, we found 3 GIANT cockroaches scampering about our room. My boyfriend killed two of the them, and the staff came in immediately to spray the room, and we didn't see the bugs again, but slept with the lights ON. I also got a BAD case of bedbugs from this hotel. While I didn't actually see the bedbugs on the surface, I had no less than 100 telltale bedbug bites all over my body when waking up in the morning on the last two nights. (Small bites, in rows, mostly in clusters or groups of 3, near veins.)

Don't get me wrong, the room was impeccably clean, lovely, and the shower was awesome. If I'd stay here again/recommend it to someone else, I would say to try to get an ocean view room and check the mattress! It is a great value for Mauritius. Perfect for those who want a nice hotel without the bells and whistles of the big resorts.

The beach itself was full of a lot of boats, unfortunately. We preferred the east coast (Blue Bay area/Ile aux Cerfs) which was less developed and easier to find a private stretch of beach. The weather was nicer on the east coast, too, while we were there. However, this area is quite nice and we particularly enjoyed the public beach at Mon Choisy (2-5 min drive away), and the beach at Pereybere was also lovely but small. There are a lot of great restaurants in the area as well, and we found the food here at least to be superior to Blue Bay!

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  • Disliked — Room location
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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London UK
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2008

We were warmly welcomed with huge smiles from all the staff.
Room: We had room 10, which was large, very clean and had a big balcony with views out over the beautiful blue sea. Each balcony or patio has nice furniture including a lovely Moroccan style lamp with a candle. The well equipped kitchen came in handy for making meals, but with such great food nearby why bother. Being able to make ice cubes was a real treat, particularly when having vanilla rum drinks on our balcony watching the sun go down.

Restaurant and bar: We ate 4 times in the hotel restaurant and loved it every time. You’re asked each morning if you wish to have the set menu (4 courses at 450R) for dinner. This allows the chef to buy the produce through the day, if not you can still pick from the a la carte menu (also cheap and has a good choice.). Overall the food is simple, good quality with very good prices. The local Lobster set menu is a must. The little bar is a real gem and serves some great rums, (£1.50 for a glass of beer and £2.5 for wine).

Hotel grounds: The hotel grounds are perfectly kept. The tropical plants and palm trees really make you feel you’re on holiday in paradise.

Pool: The pool is an ok size and makes a nice treat if you don’t want to tackle the sea and the reef. The pool side chairs are great to just sit back and watch the sunsets.

Beach: Well ! its truly wonderful. It stretches for some distance and the powder white sand is amazing. The only downside is the sand has lots of coral bits in it. The reef is only a short distance from the shore, so it’s easy to snorkel and swim with the fish particularly as the water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. The hotel has more than enough sun lounges and lots of thatched sun umbrellas. The free paddle boats and kayaks are a real treat. Keep in mind though that at least in September the water was very cold, but the local claim it is because it was the winter season.

Local area: There isn’t a great deal of things going on in the area, but there are several small cafes and bars within a few minutes walk and a small supermarket about 50 meters down the road. But if you want to venture out of Trou aux Biches, then a 40pence local bus (every ten minutes) will take you into Grand bay. Where you’ll find a good selection of bars restaurants and local shops. Try “La Terrace” (just before you arrive into the centre) for some great local fish and flavoured rums. The Ginger rum is the best. (30 euros for 2 with drinks and rum.)

Overall this is a great hotel with only 16 rooms and very helpful staff. If you’re looking for good quality accommodation with a real flavour of local life, than this is the place for you. Make sure you check out weather conditions before you go. September is supposed to be the month with zero precipitation but it rained every day while we were there.

  • Liked — kitchen: huge fridge, lovely balcony with sea view and well kept grounds+3pm pancake our.
  • Disliked — nothing.
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2008

Having spent several weeks reviewing hotels/resorts around Mauritius, we chose Le Sakoa. We certainly weren't disappointed. The complex is made up of 14 appartments. We were in room 7 (ground floor) with spacious bedroom, reasonable sized bathroom and smaller kitchen (though we didn't use this for cooking). We stayed here for 11 days.
The appartments are in their own immaculately kept gardens with open access to the beach immediately adjacent to the hotel pool. There is an open plan dining area and bar bordering on the pool, and very friendly staff on hand 24/7 for anything you need. When we arrived in Mauritius, Le Sakoa arranged transport from the airport, and the driver was very pleasant and informative. The drive is about 1 hour via Port Louis.
When we arrived at Le Sakoa, the staff had tropical fruit juice waiting for us and immediately made us feel welcomed and special. The room was more than sufficient with plenty of space. The room had all the necessary usual items and was clean and looked well kept. The shower was excellent and since I was diving every day, and snorkelling in between, this was a perfect location. I would recommend Dive Dreams Diving (about 8 mins walk - (opposite La Caprese) There was a spacious verandah outside where I could leave wet gear to dry, and there was a shower between the beach and the pool for washing wet-suits, etc.
Breakfast was consistently good, with a free choice of cereal, juices, fruit, yoghurt, pastries, bread, a hot platter with mixed beans/pulses and fried potato/onion concoctions and a chef cooking egg dishes to order.
During the day, reasonably priced snacks and drinks were available. In the evening, set menues or a la carte were available - we ate here on six nights and the Friday BBQ was excellent, as was the Indian Curry buffet on the Wednesday. We also found alternatives very close by and would strongly recommend La Caprese restaurant where a wide variety of foods are served at very reasonable prices (about 8 minutes walk). The beach is clean white sand with crystal clear water and shallow (no deeper than 1 metre) all the way to the reef edge which is about 150 m from the beach. The reef is well worth exploring by snorkelling, although some parts are suffering from tourism. Diving beyond the reef is excellent.
Overall, the weather was fine with some very sunny days - good for sunbathing and just chilling out!
On the negative side, we were considering hiring a car or bicycles - we quickly decided against this since the roads and standard of driving generally are poor (bordering on dangerous). Except for the motorway, roads are narrow and pavements are either narrow or non-existant. The busses are basic but frequent and very very cheap. Alternatively, there are an excess of taxis who will offer their services, and through negotiation, a good rate can be agreed. We hired a taxi for half a day on two occasions, and this was just as cheap as hiring a car (without the worry of driving/navigating)! On the second occasion, we toured the North and East coast and were dropped off at the Airport to return home. Though we didn't see the whole of Mauritius, the prevailing wind is from the East in Winter (June/July) and the East coast had rollers crashing on the beaches. During our stay, the North/West coast was flat calm so for diving, this should be a consideration. Lastly, It should be remembered that Mauritius appears to still be developing for tourism. The resort complexes that we saw appeared clean and well kept but outside the perimeters this was not so. We visited Port Louis and apart from the shopping malls and bay area, the city was generally dirty with chaos on the streets and be prepared for constant unsolicited approaches from street sellers. For most inland areas of the island that we saw, in general, towns & village areas resembled shanty towns. That being said, we would still go back since the overall quality of service and value for money were very good.

  • Liked — Quiet, very intimate and small enough to still have the personal touch.
  • Disliked — Neighbouring villa with dogs sometimes barking at night and noisey S.African wedding party next door.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Sakoa Hotel

Property: Le Sakoa Hotel
Address: Coastal Road, Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
Region: Mauritius > Pamplemousses District > Trou aux Biches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Trou aux Biches
#4 Luxury Hotel in Trou aux Biches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Sakoa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate and for the family, THE SAKOA comprises 7 one-storeyed bungalows (each with 2 units). Public spaces are warm and provide a reception, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. The hotel offers direct access to the beach of Trou aux Biches, characterised by its whiteness and offers one of the best baths of the island. ... more   less 
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