1 bedroom apartment with very large terrace just 10 minutes walk from the beach
- English, French, German
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Brilliant place to stay
As I was transitioning to Mauritius, a friend with links to local entrepreneur told me about Deitmar's studio and apartment. Before I saw the place, I was in a rush to find my permanent home but after visiting and seeing how nice it was, I decided to slow my search because I was so comfortable and happy with the spaces.
It's a furnished space, down to the toilet paper, soap, cutlery and stove top. All I needed were my clothes and food. The shops were close enough to walk to and from (max 5 minutes away). Also, the beautiful garden has fruit trees and the sound of birds and the rustling leaves helped me calm down after a long day. I mentioned in passing that I grew up in an area that grew some of the fruits in the garden and the next time my room was cleaned, I found some of the fruit was on my kitchen table.
I couldn't ask for anything better but if I did, I know Deitmar would have done something to make it happen. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
The apartment was wonderful! Close to the centre of Grand Baie and the beach, as well as shops and transport. Clean and neat, with cooking utensils and a large bathroom. Five stars!
An ideal base camp - check in, then explore!
If you're looking comfortable self-catering accommodation in Grand Baie, read on. This an ideal base from which to explore nearby beaches and other attractions. You'll find bright and comfortable rooms, fresh towels, a kitchen with all the basics and a bathroom with shower all surrounded by a beautiful garden.
The garden boasts colourful flower bushes and fruit trees, which attracts a range of chirping birds, bats and geckos. At sunset one evening we had friends over and could prepare a simple meal on the gas stove in the kitchen. We all ate dinner outside and chatted into the warm evening. There is a spacious veranda where we enjoyed relaxed afternoons of holiday reading (and general lounging about).
Three people comfortably stayed in the larger flat for a week and it worked out very well. We had our own holiday apartment, where we could make ourselves at home, connect to the WiFi and research nearby attractions. Dietmar Riegbar also made some great recommendations in terms of restaurants (try La Rougaille Creole) and sightseeing. The neighbouring suite looked perfect for a couple or single person, with a similar set-up and a striking hand-painted cupboard.
The restaurants, shops (including a nearby supermarket stocked with an astounding range of products, including essentials like sunblock, books on Mauritius, bottled water and hats) and toursity boutiques, along with other attractions (including the main beach, perfect for watching the sun set behind boats in the bay) are all just a short walk from the flat.
Getting a bus to the bustling capital Port Louis proved easy and affordable, and taking the bus was its own adventure. On another day we took a catamaran from the nearby seafront to Flat Island and Gunner's Coin (highly recommended) and on the last day we took a short drive to the postcard-perfect sugar estate, Château de Labourdonnais (another must-do, in my opinion).
This accommodation is the opposite of ostentatious island holidaying at an exorbitant hotel room where staff wait on you hand and foot. Rather, it's a home-away-from home where you can relax, holiday undisturbed and explore. Plus, if you really do want to splash out on a massage, spa day or luxury boat trip, you should be able to afford it.
My only recommendations would be: (i) for there to be a French press, machienetta or Moka pot for coffee addicts and (ii) better water pressure in the shower. Other than that, it was fantastic place from which to explore.
When you leave, you may dream you're still there
It is telling that on returning from this home-from-home I dreamt that I was still there, dozing on a sun-lounger, listening to bird-calls and watching palms in the breeze.
The accommodation's stand-out delights are the interior wall-art and the patio areas furnished with sun-loungers, chairs, tables and a quaint wooden bench. With the sky blue and the sun warm, you will be called to spend most of your time in the outdoor spaces, making the other rooms secondary. The surrounding palms, brightly potted flowers, visiting geckos and wonderful bird-life will soon calm you to the island's gentle pulse.
The apartment is conveniently situated near local bus routes, but if you had no desire to catch transport, you could happily enjoy all the entertainments (restaurants, bars, market and shopping options, beaches) within walking distance. The location may also suit visitors with a hired car as there seems to be parking nearby and there is easy access to a petrol garage and the island's arterial roads.
As mentioned in other reviews, the apartment is clean, neat, homey and the kitchen well kitted out. The water is solar-heated (a green plus). On our last day we found a plastic filter for coffee-making. In the interim, discovered that Dodo Coffee at the nearby shopping mall offers an excellent espresso. With reluctance I also mention the lax shower pressure because rumour has it that this is earmarked to be remedied. Coffee, high-pressure hot showers and reliable wifi are clearly the Maslowian needs of contemporary travellers. The wifi connection is, I am pleased to say, marvellous, top-notch.
Aswe did not have time to do a supply shop beforehand, the provision of soap and toilet paper in the bathroom was most welcome. About half-way through the week, our towels and linen were replaced with fresh ones and the apartment left sparkling; a thoughtful touch and a selling-point for anyone who is domestically particular. Another appreciated touch was the electric mosquito deterrent in the bedroom with the aptly named Fumakilla tabs on hand.
Our host, Dietmar, was absolutely obliging with his insider's knowledge on what to do, where to eat, which buses to catch, names of birds and fish etc. His kind hospitality added a personal quality to our visit.
And finally, for diversion, see if you can spot the fake palm (took me three days to twig) and entertain yourself one evening with giant versions of your shadowed silhouette from the front balcony.
An ideally located home away from home
Our home during our stay in Grand Baie was a warm, welcoming space with beautiful finishes and attention to detail. The personalised, homely feel is perfect for those looking for a unique experience as opposed to a standard hotel setup.
In addition, the accommodation is centrally located. We were a five minute walk from a shopping centre and a ten minute walk from Sunset Boulevard. The walk led us past an array of colourful shops on either side of the street as well as the Grand Baie Bazaar. Just off this street are some fantastic restaurants, notably Dalon and La Rougaille Creole, which provide an exceptional culinary experience.
My time in Grand Baie was magical, due in part to where I was fortunate enough to stay. If ever I return to Mauritius, I would make every effort to stay in this accommodation again. What a treat!
Want a central base? Check in, the explore the bay
If you're looking comfortable self-catering accommodation in Grand Baie I would recommend this apartment. It's an ideal base from which to explore nearby beaches. Here, you'll find comfortable rooms, fresh towels, a kitchen with all the essentials and a bathroom with shower, all surrounded by a beautiful garden.
The is a spacious veranda where we enjoyed relaxed afternoons of holiday reading (and general lounging about). The garden boasts colourful flower bushes and fruit trees, which attracts a range of chirping birds. At sunset one evening we had friends over and could prepare a simple meal on the gas stove in the kitchen. We all ate outside and chatted into the warm evening.
Three people comfortably stayed here for a week and it worked out well. The rooms provided an ideal base camp for adventures to the beach and beyond. It was comfortable and neat.
Restaurants, shops (including a nearby supermarket stocked with an astounding range of products, including essentials like sunblock, books on Mauritius, bottled water and hats) with other attractions just a short walk from the flat.
Getting a bus to Port Louis proved easy and affordable. On another day we took a catamaran from the nearby seafront to Flat Island and Gunner's Coin (really a must do) and on the last day we took a short drive to the postcard-perfect Château de Labourdonnais.
It's the antithesis of ostentatious island holidaying at a hotel where staff wait on you hand and foot. It's more of a home-away-from home where you can relax, holiday undisturbed and explore (ask the locals for recommendations on nearby spots). Plus, if you really do want to splash out on a massage, spa day or luxury boat trip, you should be able to afford it.
My only recommendations would be: (i) for there to be a French press, machienetta or Moka pot for caffeine addicts like myself and (ii) better water pressure in the shower. Other than that, it was fantastic and we three had a wonderful holiday.
Your plus points at IUGO!
Beach & sea within 10-15 minutes walking distance. Very beautiful bays consisting of white sand beaches and turquoise blue lagoons!
Central location, the important focal points are within walking distance so no extra costs for transport necessary.
Favorable rental price.
Good location with a feel-good atmosphere. Shortly after arrival, our guests feel comfortable with us and appreciate the good location as you can easily go out at night to eat. b.
Good transport links. The Port Louis Express Bus is within 10mins walking distance.
The bus along the main coastal road also gives you access to other beautiful bays such as Pereybere, Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches.