Hotel La Baie des Tortues Hotel 2 star
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Boueni 97600, Mayotte Bouéni, Mayotte -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The 5 bungalows of the appropriately-named Baie des Tortues ('Turtle Bay'), built in 1998, are set amid lush gardens hemmed with a beach which is home to thousands of turtle eggs, with two new cottages planned to open in the next few months (no official opening date as yet). Don't be fooled by the idyllic setting though - the accommodation is far from idyllic! The bungalows are decent enough, but rather basic and better suited to a younger and less demanding clientele.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    Nestled amid a tropical garden inhabited by families of makis (small native lemurs) and probably also a number of other equally lovely species, the Baie des Tortues is one of the two hotels furthest from the capital Mamoudzou. It will take you over an hour to reach the hotel by car, but it will be worth it when you get there, and you will also be able to access a large number of the tourist attractions on the south of the island from here, such as Mount Choungi and N'Gouja beach.

    Accommodation 5.90 /10

    It won't take you long to get to know your way around here! Accommodation at the hotel consists of five bungalows available to rent, three of which can accommodate a small family as they have a mezzanine. The two new cottages currently being built are to be made of natural materials, with wood replacing the brick used to build the existing buildings. Neither the inside nor the outside of the maisonettes are particularly luxurious, but their rough diamond appearance only makes them more charming. Besides, their real selling-point is their superb sea view! All rooms have a television (which only broadcasts one channel!), a fan, a separate toilet and a bathroom separated by a small wall, and there is no telephone, refrigerator or safe, although the latter is available at reception. All the bungalows also have a terrace at the water's edge.

    Overview 6.60 /10

    It is difficult to park near the hotel on weekends and bank holidays as even though the area is far from crowded, the 'car park' is tiny. This being the case, guests can leave their vehicles outside the bungalows and take the steps down to the lobby, an open, outward-facing lounge area with sofas and armchairs. The reception itself is located in a small separate office, and it's best to warn them what time you'll be arriving, if possible! You will need to watch your step along the pathway leading to the bungalows too, as the grassy earthen path is not very secure. There are no facilities to speak of at the Baie des Tortues, and organised entertainment is limited to the odd theme night with live music and a canoeing trip now and then.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    There is a small bar-restaurant on the beachfront with ten or so basic wooden tables covered with blue tablecloths, though it is worth remembering that this is closed during Ramadan. The menu here consists of a selection of starters at ?9-?10 (salads, stuffed sambassas, squid, etc.), a wide variety of main courses between ?12 and ?16 (curry, coconut chicken, merguez sausage and chips, fillet of swordfish, etc.) and desserts from ?3-?7 (various fruits, tarts, crepes, ice creams, etc.). If what the management says is true, the cuisine here is prepared using local produce and changes from season to season. A children's menu is also available, with meals starting from ?8, and more traditional dishes can also be served on request.

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    The Baie des Tortues is a small, family hotel run by a Shimaore team and it offers very peaceful surroundings, far from the hustle and bustle of the capital and the island's top beaches, making it the ideal hotel for turtle lovers and any budding Crusoes! Who knows - you might even be lucky enough to catch the turtles laying their eggs on the beach at night! The beach itself is open to everyone, though no facilities such as showers, parasols and loungers are provided. The hotel management does have plans to provide such luxuries for its guests free of charge, though it is not yet known when. There is also a water sports club nearby that offers a variety of activities for an additional fee.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Handicap access
    • Sports equipment

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    advantage

    • The beach
    • The lush vegetation
    • The presence of sea turtles

    disadvantages

    • The accommodation is a little basic
    • No facilities
    • The pathway leading to the bungalows

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      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2013-10-01 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Cet établissement est une ruine !!!! Ils n'ont plus d'eau et n'entretiennent plus le Site. Nous avons déposé plainte pour Abus de confiance contre M. Jocelyn KOUKOUI à la gendarmerie de Mzouazia. NE PAS RESERVER VIA LEUR SITE, ARNAQUE !!! Idem pour le Restaurant De L'Ochocho à Boueni

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