Reading through the other recent reviews there’s many great positive comments, all of which are absolutely spot-on. The staff are definitely the stars of the show. In their easy-going friendly Mauritian way they are genuinely concerned that all is good for their guests in every single respect.
There are some older reviews which voice reservations about the choice/quality of the food. I can only comment that I was certainly very well satisfied and found the spreads great with plenty of options, fresh and well presented. This is a small hotel (its great attraction in my book) and therefore there must be limitations on scope. However with fresh salad/cold pasta/rice bar, soup of the day, choice of 5-6 main dishes and similar choice for deserts, special dinners, themed evenings etc., I would rate that as pretty damned good. (Be afraid, be very afraid of the innocuous looking bowl of green chilli sauce – it’ll blow you socks off!). If you expect 3* Michelin and/or a US diner-style 24/7 trough-fest I would say ‘get real’.
Watered down drinks? I think not. Having had some considerable experience in this particular field I can assure our readers that this is not the case and I perhaps took a less than direct route back to our room on more than one occasion.
Many people mention individual members of staff and that may seem unfair because there is a veritable army beavering away in the background who shouldn’t be overlooked. However….Christophe, Hugo; you were both great and Benedicte, the wonderful Benedicte, who can sort anything and everything.
Enough about the hotel, read others’ comments about the rooms, fabulous views, the great *free* daily boat trips to the idyllic Isle de Cerfs (the no.1 attraction in Mauritius) etc. etc.
Out & about
Walk down short drive (where there’s always taxis available if you need), turn left and it’s a ten minute walk until you get to the outskirts of Trou d’eau Douce – a fascinating picturesque, friendly, colourful little town with supermarkets, shops, quaint restaurants and bars interspersed with ramshackle residential areas. This is certainly a genuine Mauritian village and definitely not ‘Touristville’ (though you can purchase your obligatory Dodo carving / soft toy / beachbag / keyring / playing cards, if you so desire). The sole ATM is a further 10 minutes into the village, on the roundabout.
Back to the hotel driveway and at the end there is a bus-stop with busses to Flaque – the local ‘big town’. Busses pass by every half hour(ish). No-one appears to know whether they are on the hour, on the quarter or whenever. Just every half an hour(ish). Only a few pennies to get to Flaque (20 minutes) but well worth the experience of the market (Wednesdays & Sundays). The market is right outside the central bus-station, absolutely huge and caters mainly for the local population with loads of fresh food, clothing, textiles, hardware (and more bloody dodos). The clientele is 99% local and you don’t get hassled at all.
We (twice) did the catamaran cruise which was great value through the tour company (£24/head). Consists of a couple of hours of leisure on Isle de Cerfs, up the coast & transfer to a small boat for the waterfall (& fruit bats, macaque monkeys), out to the reef & anchor for an inclusive onboard BBQ & snorkelling (equip provided), before heading for home. Copious amounts of drink (alcoholic & otherwise) available free throughout.
Also did a very full day tour of the south of Mauritius and saw a great many fabulous sights. This trip a group of us did off our own back for very little money. Ask me if you want more details.
Apologies for the ramble but I could go on for hours. All in all, could not fault the hotel in any respect. Made many great friends and had memorable times which will stay with us for years.
Would I go back? No. Regretfully, there are too many other places in the world to see (without dodos).
Would I recommend it? Yes, absolutely, without any hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropical Attitude with its gentle way of life is a 3 star sup "Adult Only" hotel, recently renovated and smartened up, built in the middle of a garden planted with coconut trees and right on the lagoon. The hotel faces Trou d'Eau Douce, a genuine fishermen's village and its lagoon, situated on the east coast, and offers direct and free access to paradisiacal Ile aux Cerfs Island. The genuineness of the hotel relies on its Creole architecture and its contemporary tropical decoration. The new luminous colours of the 60 rooms contribute to their relaxed atmosphere. This friendly and comfortable hotel is a witness of the traditional way of life of the island, an ideal place to relax either as a family or as a couple. Time here seems to have come to a standstill, only interrupted by outings in the lagoon and siestas under the coconut trees. The simplicity and kindness of its Family Members* contribute widely to that dolce vita experience... ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Holiday Gems, Ebookers, Southall Travel, Priceline, Ctrip TA, Booking.com, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Tropical Attitude reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Le Tropical
- Tropical Attitude Mauritius/Trou D'eau Douce