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“Excellent accommodation with a private beach”
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Ocean Villas
Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in Grand Baie
Pretoria, South Africa
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“Excellent accommodation with a private beach”
Reviewed 27 September 2011

We found Ocean Villas after an extensive online search and booked via their website on a bed and breakfast basis. We paid 653 Euros for 9 night's accommodation, including airport transfers, which was amazing value. Please note that this is a low season rate, and only available when booking directly on their website. We did not expect a lot at that price, but when we arrived, we were blown away!

Doo, the man meeting us at the airport for the transfer, was very friendly and told us about the different parts of Mauritius as we drove through them. Upon arrival as Ocean Villas, we were given a welcome drink (which was welcome indeed) and the check in proceeded smoothly. We were shown around by Jean Paul - the resort consists of a few basic rooms in the main building, and a number of larger villas that provide some self-catering facilities. Most of these are facing a nice pool and the bar and restaurant area. There is another part of the resort where some newly renovated rooms are situated with their own pool area. However, we were staying at the bungalow on the beach call Nid d'Amour - our room was perfect! We had an amazing view of the bay. The beach was only 10m from our doorstep and we had our own private patio where we would sit in the evenings with a cocktail in hand and enjoy the sound of the sea. The room is air conditioned and has a lovely king sized bed. There is also a good sized bar fridge, a kettle and a microwave, so one can do some basic self-catering and keep the beers cold!

The breakfast at the resort was good, consisting of fresh juices, yoghurt, French bread, pastries, fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausages. We ate dinner at the hotel on one occasion - we found it quite expensive as we were not on full board. The meal was ok, but we would recommend that you skip the resort dinners and head into Grand Baie itself for dinner - there are some excellent places to eat. Or, failing that, head to Super U and pick up a French loaf, some of the excellent (and well-priced) cheeses and some smoked marlin, and have a picnic on the beach under the moonlight.

There is a private beach at Ocean Villas with coconut trees, very comfortable lounge chairs and thatch umbrellas. The sea in Grand Baie is very calm and shallow which made it nice for swimming. We spent a lot of time on the beach and found it very convenient to be in close proximity to our room and the hotel facilities. Guests are also invited to go on free trips in a glass-bottomed boat which includes snorkelling at the reef in the bay.

Ocean Villas is located on the western side of Grand Baie, close to Pointe aux Cannoniers. There is a bus stop about 50m from the hotel entrance, and we took the bus almost daily. It is a wonderfully cheap way to get around. Opposite the hotel are two restaurants - La Langouste Grisee, for fine dining, and La Casetta, for pizzas and pastas. There are also a number of other restaurants within walking distance (1-2 km). We felt very safe in the area and walked around often in the evenings.

We were sad when it came time to leave Ocean Villas and definitely recommend this resort for its excellent value, great location and lovely beach.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

We were persuaded to book 2 nights here at the airport. From the brochure it looked lovely, but of course the price reflected the room which was above the reception front door, on the busy road (either room number 1 or 5). The traffic was very noisy and to top it all there were birds or rats scratching on top of the roof the entire night. I barely slept an hour the whole night. The room was very small and there was no mattress protector, which is unbelievable for a hotel. Imagine all those sweaty nights spent on a mattress which is only covered by an old threadbare sheet. The sheet and pillow covers may have been clean, but they were smelly. We were moved to a quieter room above the reception area, away from the road, which was much better, but still no mattress protector. The breakfast was okay, a bit tatty and disappointing. I'd rather go back to Ti Fleur, which isn't on the beach (just across the road), but is very clean and cheaper. Otherwise, Le Beach Club is so much better, especially if you get a room on the beach. Idyllic swimming.

I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2011

We stayed at Ocean Villas for 9 nights. The rooms are really nice and have aircon - which was necessary as it gets so hot and humid on Mauritius. It is definitely a good value for the money. The food in the restaurant was rather average - but the service friendly. There is a small private beach to the hotel - but it is really small and as it is in the bay of Grand Baie the water is quiet like in a lake and there is no open sea with waves. I would nevertheless stay there again - you are very central and can go everywhere from the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

We booked the place after googling online and I must admit despite our reservations, it quite exceeded our expectations.

Great location. Cozy accommodation. Warm and very helpful front-desk staff. Great food. Amazing outdoor activities. Romantic beach. Nice theme evenings.

Could not have asked for anything more.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

First i would like to thanks the guest relations manager mister Ashil who has help me a lot concerning my trips to quad biking, casela, water park,very attentive.Very professional staff. I enjoyed my stay wonderful staff at the reception. Very attentive, very helpful. i stayed in room 313 pool view room very nice. Balinaise massage was vey nice. Two nice girls.
I would like to recommend all of you ocean beach hotel and spa very good place to relax and nice place also.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

We had a lovely stay at Ocean Villas. The staff were wonderful, especially the waiters in the restaurant. The room was perfect for us with two bedrooms and two balconys.
I must say we loved everything about this hotel. The beach was beautiful and the whole family could swim for hours there.
We were on half-board and the food was good. However after two weeks you are a bit tired of these buffets.
The location is also perfect for us, a bit outside Grand Bay. It was easy to take the bus to the centre.
Mauritius is a wonderful island. It´s very clean and well organized and the people are so nice. We will certainly come back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

We used to stay at Ocean Villas while the family was expatriated there in the villas. Been there in early February this year. We booked online for a family suite on their website, no fuss.

Pleasant improvements at the reception area, newly refurbished rooms, called the contemporary rooms. They now have a new wing of the hotel for couples with two new pools reserved for the new wing.

The same staff were there, Dev at the bar, the housekeepers, the gardeners. Same good food although the menu was limited.

The recent post mentioned some negative points, one about the security guard taking him out of breakfast. That made me laugh, knowing the owners and most of the staff. I bet he must have done something stupid for security to be called!

Front office could be better organised with activities planning and sightseeing information.

Excellent value for money, the friendly staff, good service and reliable wi-fi made my staff comfortable. Keep on improving Ocean Villas and don't increase the rates!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Ocean Villas

Property: Ocean Villas
Address: Royal Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius
Region: Mauritius > Riviere du Rempart District > Grand Baie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Grand Baie
#12 Spa Hotel in Grand Baie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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