The garden backs onto the main road to Pereybere so from early in the day to late at night the sound of traffic can be heard from the bedroom, living area and garden. The villa is less than 10 metres from a building site, which has allegedly been quiet for two years. That was not the case when we visited. The owner offered a token refund for the inconvenience but never honoured it, despite stating that he would never have let the villa had he known the building works been active. We found out that the owner had checked whether we were fabricating regarding the building works, which was insulting.
The villa is in need of a good clean and also requires fresh paint: patches on the wall had been repainted lazily to cover marks. The kitchenware had not been properly cleaned since the last use, for example, mugs still had coffee stains on them. The (freezing cold) pool also needed a good clean and fresh water (despite having a filter) and the garden needed maintenance. The bed linen (pillows, duvet and blankets) were soiled and in desperate need of replacing. Ants were in abundance on the decking and cockroaches in the kitchen drawers. The sofa bed in the living room is not fit for use as it is well worn and situated in a room where two of the walls are metal shutters. The villa also seemed to be used as storage for a broken washing machine and large baby equipment, which was not requested (the cleaner brought more equipment during our stay).
The public beach is just about in walking distance but along a busy, main road with no pavement or lighting at night. A local restauranteur commented that he was surprised we had walked and warned us of walking along the road at night. There are much nicer areas with far superior beaches than Grand Baie and Pereybere.
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