This hotel was only a year old when we visited in Sep 2013. Built with a modern chic contemporary feel, you have to be amazed at its innovation. It also provides water skiing, kayaking and some basic beach activities for free. The room we had was spacious, fun (yes, fun) and serviced twice a day. If I'm not wrong, this is a 4-star hotel but if you have a 5-star budget, try it out.
We have just spent a wonderful 14 days at Zilwa and it really exceeded our expectations. We travelled with 2 children (7 and 3) and there were lots to keep them entertained during the day and evening. The staff were amazing - yes they are laid back and service isn't snappy and spot on all the time, but they are the most friendly and engaging of any hotel staff we have ever seen and that made it all the more special. They are not scripted, trained to within an inch of their lives and the same as everywhere else - they are genuinely interested, involved and considerate people who want you to enjoy Zilwa and Mauritius. So many of these large hotels will have me saying 'to be honest, you could be anywhere in the world' as they are all set up around the same model. Zilwa is a breath of fresh air and you really know you are in Mauritius! The resort is spread out and adds to the relaxed feel - you never feel cramped in around a pool and fighting for a lounger at 6am! Special mentions to Curly, Angelito and Sunil who were just outstanding and work really hard to make sure you are part of the Zilwa family during your stay - but there are also so many more we could mention. One gripe would be the sofa bed in the family room - a bit too basic, but then every night we passed out exhausted so we didn't lose any sleep! I can't recommend this place enough and would love to go back again!
We wanted a week of complete relaxation and that's exactly what we got at Le Recif. Our room was on the first floor above the swimming pool and we were a bit concerned that there might be a lot of noise. There was none. Our room was very nice and well maintained by the staff. We used to get a beer at the small local supermarket to drink on the balcony after a day sunbathing and swimming. It was a good way to try out local beers. For everything else we used the hotel bar. The bar and restaurant were good. The food was varied, very tasty and plentiful. We ate one night at the upstairs restaurant and enjoyed that very much. The wine in the restaurant was fairly average and as we'd just come from South Africa, it also seemed very expensive - but no more so than in Britain. The watersports were great fun and the boys at the boat house were very helpful and supportive (for first time water skiers!). The staff of the hotel were wonderful. Everyone from the manager who met us on arrival to the guard at the gate, was friendly and helpful. This hotel was a great find and gave us exactly the holiday we wanted.
This was one of the most wonderful places we have stayed. Everything was perfect and I could not fault a single thing. The location is amazing, the room we had (basic deluxe room) was perfect, on the beach with a wonderful view. The hotel had everything we wanted and what really made it was the service. All staff were helpful and friendly and did it because they wanted to and not just because they were paid to, albeit this seems to be a general trend throughout Mauritius but most evident at Le Touessrok.
We have just returned from a 10 day stay at Paradise Cove and it was fantastic. If you're looking for laid back, unpretentious chic then it's the spot for you. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, the food was very good, and nicely varied with balanced, not huge portions. We normally steer clear of organised trips, but the day on the catamaran was well worth it (although watch out as the rum punches get more potent as the day wears on!). The spa was also very good (although not as cheap as other places we've stayed in that part of the world - c £55 for a 50 min massage).
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