A while back, we decided to change scenery and go for a small escapade to the north of the island.
We made the most of a long week-end, due to a public holiday, and spent three days at the Coin de Mire hotel.
The drive from the west to the north, crossing Port-Louis in the late-afternoon, was very long and a test to my usual calm nature… After about two hours (I think there had been an accident earlier in addition to the usual end of day traffic) we finally made it to the hotel and were able to check in and start to relax.
My first impression of the hotel was that it was a bit ‘cramped’ with lots of rooms in quite a small area, but after a few hours I realized that it had been designed very nicely so that you didn’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of clients.
Our room was very comfortable, we were close to the restaurant and pool area which didn’t bother us in the least. The kids club was also nearby and that was a feature that my son liked quite a lot!
We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel. I just love having a breakfast at hotels, especially when it’s an open buffet (which it was) where you can choose what you feel like eating.
There were buffets for diner every night. The first night there was an Italian buffet, the second an Indian buffet and for the third one, there was a very nice Mauritian buffet.
The evenings are very lively and the entertainment very enjoyable. I did try one or two nice and colorful cocktails.
The hotel is not straight on the beach, but there is only the road to cross to get to it, next to the Bain Boeuf public beach.
The first thing that you see when you cross that road is the beautiful island of Gunner’s Quoin (Coin de Mire in french).
As you go down the steps leading to the beach, you will see the “boat house”, which is actually not a structure but the person responsible and some canoes and pedalos alongside the beach. There are also some chairs under straw umbrellas where you can relax.
At low tide, you will also find a bit of sand if you want to relax on the beach, but at high tide the water gets right up to the edge, so there isn’t much beach left in front of the hotel.
However, a little walk to the right will bring you to a larger piece of sand where you can also settle down, although you won’t find any shade there should you be wary of the sun.
The sea is not the nicest to swim in, I must say. The sand is a bit muddy, which in turn makes the water kind of milky and there are lots of boats around. For a quick dip to refresh oneself, it does the trick but for a longer, more relaxing swim there are nicer beaches along the coast that might be better suited.
During our stay, we did take a pedalo to have a bit of fun in the little bay. We also went in the glass bottom boat to (try) to see some of the marine life of the area.
We also went for a little walk towards Pereybere along the sea. The walk was very pleasant. There might have been a little tidal wave not long before as there was a lot of algae around, sometimes making the air a bit smelly but it wasn’t too uncomfortable.
The algae did bring lots of sea birds that we enjoyed watching.
We enjoyed our little walk very much as the scenery was very pleasant and there was a nice breeze so that it wasn’t too hot on that day.
We took advantage of our stay in the north to go visit the aquarium in Pointe aux Piments, we spent some time at Super U and even did a little round of bumper cars, as well as driving a bit through the area.
Those three days went by very quickly and already it was time to go back home and prepare for the week ahead. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we come back to that part of the island again!
Address: Royal Road, Bain Boeuf
Tel: 204 9900
Prices (at time of visit – November 2012): We were 2 adults and 1 child and we paid about Rs 7000 per night (meals, drinks and snacks included). Prices do vary in relation to the time of the year, I highly suggest you request your own quotation here before budgeting for your stay.
How about you? Have you been to the north of the island before? Where did you stay? What do you enjoy the most in the area? Share with us in the comments below.