On the north coast of Mauritius, Grand Baie bustles with activity in the humid heat of the coast, breaking the peaceful monotony of insular life. It seems like the far distant past when villagers here would unload cargo on the beach. What was once a simple hamlet is now a modern center with high fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars and nightclubs and has become the most frequented destination on the island, grouping together 70 percent of the island’s tourists. The down side to this rapid growth of tourist activity is the fact that Grand Baie no longer reveals the traditions and customs of Mauritius, although a few vendors selling the traditional Dholl Purri, a flat bread filled with crushed peas and cooked in a frying pan, as well as some small restaurants once frequented by local fishermen have survived and remained faithful to original spirit of the village. Although the city overlooks the water of the bay of the same name, the coast has been progressively taken over by real estate promoters and has lost its past splendor, making beaches here a rarity. Visitors therefore, have to leave the center of Grand Baie and head for the Gunners’ Coin region in order to take advantage of the peaceful beaches of Trou aux Biches and Mont Choisy.
To the northwest of Mauritius, Gunners’ Coin Island dominates the water of the Grand Baie lagoon, far from the constant hustle and bustle of its neighbor. Quiet and remote, the island contains a pearl of elegance and refinement, jealously hidden by lush vegetation in the heart of a former coconut grove. Far from curious eyes, behind an imposing oak wood entrance, the 20° Sud hotel is limited to a small number of privileged guests in its 34 rooms and suites, assuring them of total intimacy.
The elegant and filtered atmosphere is halfway between old colonial charm and modern comfort, combining discreet luxury with a rustic feel and decorated with creations from the celebrated Flamant Home Interiors house. The goal of blending minimalist luxury with confidentiality was daring but brilliantly carried out, to the point that it’s hard to tell if one is dealing with a chambre d’hôte or a charm oriented hotel.
In the evening, the restaurant accompanies meals with the sound of soft, jazzy music, producing the ideal atmosphere for a romantic dinner.
The site of 20° Sud, formerly the Colonial Coconut, inspired British writer John Michelet in the writing of his celebrated best selling thriller, “Coconut.”
Five stars / Luxury / Colonial charm / Elegance / Refinement / Intimacy / Retreat / Relaxation / Romance / Three restaurants, including one insular and one on-boat restaurant / Spa / Two saltwater outdoor pools / Boat trips
Open all year
28 rooms and 6 suites
Double occupancy from 288 euros
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (MRU) - Port Louis
Route côtièrePointe Malartic
Approximately 11 hours
+ 4 hours From November to March
+ 2 hours from the end of March to the end of October
Tropical climate in the Southern hemisphere regions, with two inverted seasons in comparison to the Northern hemisphere
Southern region (November to April): hot and humid (22°C at night and 30°C during the day)
Winter (May to October): less hot (17°C at night, and 24°C during the day)
Passport whose validity is superior to at least six months from the date of scheduled departure
A return ticket
Proof of a hotel reservation with the name and address of hotel, and proof of financial subsistence ($100 per day)
Yellow fever vaccination required for visitors over one year of age who have visited a country or an infected zone
The Mauritian rupee (MUR)
English, French, Creole, Bhojpuri
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