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Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa

On the north east coast of Mauritius lies a small and intimate all-inclusive adult only hotel containing 81 sea facing rooms, all of which have been recently refurbished with pale wood furnishings and neutral fabrics which ensures a tranquil ambience for the visitor. Rooms consist of 12 classic/ comfort, 57 superior and 12 privilege. We stayed in a privilege room.

The hotel is proud of its link to Paul et Virginie, one of the most famous couples in French literature, and this romantic link is felt throughout the resort.

I found the two restaurants and the two bars to be very friendly and of good quality with the staff knowing our names almost as soon as we settled in. The main restaurant, the Isle de France, alternates its dining options between themed evenings and buffet.

Le Saint Géran, the à la carte restaurant near the beach, serves delicious lunch that is included with the all-inclusive package. For the evenings it can be booked at a supplement. I would recommend staying in a privilege room as this gives quite a few extras, including some of the dishes in the restaurant.

The hotel has two large pools, one of which is an infinity pool, and a beautiful beach overlooking a calm bay. With the backdrop of charming thatched buildings, it really is a beautiful place to stay.

There is waiter service around the pools and on the beach. I loved the fresh coconut by day – the water was so refreshing and sweet. Of course, by the time the sun was starting to set, I was enjoying a signature cocktail or three.

There is a good selection of water sport equipment and I even had my first attempt at paddle boarding.

The hotel has its own catamaran and this is available for cruises around the islets as well as fishing from a traditional boat known as a piroque.

The Seven Colours Wellness Spa offers a variety of treatments for those that wish to be pampered.

Whilst I was staying at the hotel and enjoying the beach, a seaplane landed and came right up to where I was sitting and a passenger disembarked.

I took the opportunity to ask for a flight and within minutes was airborne for an unforgettable experience over the lagoon. Anywhere else this might have felt strange but at Paul et Virginie it seemed to evoke that romantic spontaneous feeling of fun and even though the plane was not owned by the hotel it seemed perfectly natural that it was on their beach.

Paul et Virginie created that laid back friendly atmosphere that I so much enjoyed and shall definitely return.

Added values for privilege guests

  • A la carte dinner at Le Saint Géran restaurant without supplement (on selected items) excluding seafood

  • One full day catamaran cruise (once per stay) including open bar and lunch on board (departure from hotel jetty, weather permitting). Minimum 7 nights stay required. The cruise is neither transferable nor payable in case guest decides to cancel or if hotel cancelling due to bad weather

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