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Hotel 20 Degres Sud Hotel 4 star
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Coastal Road Pointe Malartic Mauritius, Grand Baie, Mauritius Grand Baie, Mauritius -
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Open since November 2005, the 20°Sud is a small, charming boutique hotel which is difficult not to like. You will be welcomed by the owners themselves, who are as charming as the place. A staff of seventy people are responsible for thirty or so rooms and they will bend over backwards to ensure that you have a fantastic holiday.

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

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    Location 6.91 /10

    The hotel is located on Pointe Malartic and distances here are not measured in miles but rather in journey time. Grand Baie is hardly a fifteen minute drive away, whereas you should allow around an hour to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 20°Sud has 34 rooms, including six suites (two 'Lagon' (or 'Lagoon') suites and four "Australes" (or 'Southern') suites), all of which are grouped together in small colonial-inspired units. Cleverly arranged, they blend in perfectly with the surrounding vegetation, although some of the rooms are somewhat out of touch with the rest of the hotel. The establishment is stylishly decorated, nothing is flashy or over-the-top. You will, however, find lots of antiques and furniture exclusively from the Flamant Home Interiors brand. Each room has a different layout, but all are done out in the same style and the spaciousness of the rooms means that even the standard feels like a superior, with the all-white furniture making for elegant surroundings. Rooms on the ground-floor have a patio whereas those higher up enjoy balconies. Eleven rooms have an outdoor shower but they are not always very private, such as the one in room 14, which is located at the patio entrance of the room. The one in room 17, however, is sheltered from prying eyes. As far as amenities are concerned, the rooms have a television (flat-screen or plasma with 17 channels) and DVD player (films available from the bar), a small safe deposit box, air-conditioning, a mini-bar with tea and coffee-making facilities (free of charge) and a direct international telephone line. Every evening you'll find a little something on your pillow to ensure that you have sweet dreams. Bathrooms have a shower and an old-fashioned bathtub, as well as two magnificent exposed basins, a hair-dryer, bathrobes, a magnifying mirror and hospitality products.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Hidden behind a carriage entrance in a former coconut plantation, the 20°Sud seems to be a hidden secret. The reception, located to the left of the entrance, doubles as a comfortable lounge, with two armchairs outside dominated by a large bouquet of flowers. A computer offering unlimited Internet access is located just opposite, hidden behind a tree branch. Free Wi-Fi access is also available throughout the hotel. You couldn't possibly get lost as everything is in the same place! The slate swimming pool is located at the heart of the hotel's communal areas, forming an 'L' between the bar and the restaurant. There are a few deckchairs dotted around the pool and although there are no parasols here, you will find some shade under the coconut trees. The whole area is enclosed by large picture windows to shelter it from the wind.
    The hotel also boasts a small spa for massage, with three massage rooms, including one for couples. If possible, choose the one on the 1st floor which offers beautiful views out over the sea, even though the staircase leading up to it isn't the most convenient. The Mauritian massage, which is performed with coconut oil, is the most popular massage offered here. The prices are reasonable too: half an hour will set you back around 695 rupees (around ?15) and an hour around 1,295 rupees (around ?28.50).

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    A large library with a tropical fish tank is the foyer of the main restaurant which, located just opposite the swimming pool and the bar, offers diners the opportunity to take their meals outside near the pool, or inside overlooking the sea. Breakfast is served as a buffet with a choice between warm dishes, cold dishes and Viennese pastries, among other things. At lunchtime and in the evening, meals are served à la carte. '4 o'clock Tea & Coffee' is served between 4:00pm and 5:00pm, offering a selection of homemade pastries of the day. In the evening, the Mauritian chef serves up a set menu including both local and, primarily, international dishes. However, the vast majority of these incur a supplement (between ?7 and ?8. A great deal of effort goes into the presentation of the dishes served, which offer a plethora of wonderful flavours. The decor here is much the same as that of the rest of the hotel, namely elegant and stylish. Guests can also enjoy a pre-dinner drink and supper with different live music every evening. It is also possible to dine onboard the MS Lady Lisbeth, the oldest motor-boat on the island (dating back to 1929), which can accommodate up to eight people every evening for a gourmet meal.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    The 20°Sud benefits from an idyllic location next to the beach which is a little on the small side but does, nevertheless, have a few deckchairs. There are only three straw parasols available but a few trees also provide some shade. The solarium area overlooks the sea, and those who feel like taking a dip can do so gradually on the right-hand side of the beach. The sand is fine, but there are some rocks in the shallow water and you might want to keep your sandals on so as not to hurt your feet on the uneven ground. A little further along you will find a pontoon with two loungers for sunbathing, making this a nice peaceful spot for a quick siesta.

    To know

    The 20°Sud is more recommended for couples, given the layout of the facilities. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed at the hotel.
    For those who would like to get acquainted with the local sea-life, the hotel organises free diving and snorkelling excursions every morning from 10:00am to 11:00am. The hotel also provides a free boat shuttle service to Grand Baie four times a day between 9:30am and 4:30pm in its old motor-pirogue.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, hammam, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, horse riding, golf, jet ski, sailing, kayak

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The bedrooms
    • The friendly atmosphere

    disadvantages

    • No room service
    • The small beach
    • The supplements payable in the restaurant

    Traveller Reviews

    4
    • Overall Score nc/10
      • Package deals in décembre 2013 Posted on 2015-02-10 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Tout simplement un cadre idyllique ! C'est un hôtel parfait pour un séjour en amoureux. Tout y est fait pour se détendre, l'ambiance est zen, le cadre intimiste. La décoration est sobre mais très judicieuse. Le personnel est aux petits soins et d'une gentillesse exemplaire. La patronne est assez proche des clients et à toujours un petit mot pour chacun. L'accès direct à la plage est un régal.

      • Advantages

        Le cadre et la décoration

      • Disavantages

        je cherche encore....

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      • Overall Score 9.25/10
    • Guilhem P. Guilhem P.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2013-12-11 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel hors norme, fois passé le porche, vous comprendrez vite que vous ne vous êtes pas trompé dans votre choix ; aucune comparaison avec les énormes complexes hôteliers de l'île. La décoration est réalisée avec goût et raffinement, comme indiqué dans la plupart des commentaires. Notre chambre était parfaite, la vue sur la baie et la petite plage est des plus agréable, un plus pour un voyage romantique.

      • Advantages

        Site exceptionnel. On regrette de quitter si vite une tel établissement. Vraiment rien à redire tant au niveau des prestations que de la présence discrète mais si chaleureuse du personnel.

      • Disavantages

        la plage La boutique de l'hotel n'est pas très fournie

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
      • Package deals in décembre 2011 Posted on 2013-11-27 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel paradisiaque que nous avons découvert lors de notre lune de miel. Cadre idyllique et intime. Personnel aux petits soins. La porte d'entrée invite déjà à découvrir l'intérieur !

      • Advantages

        Hôtel "à taille humaine"?

      • Disavantages

        Honnetement aucun, cela frole la perfection

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    • Isabelle P. Isabelle P.  
      19 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2011 Posted on 2011-11-19 Entre amis - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        boutique hotel à taille humaine. accueil personnalisé

      • Advantages

        Chambre superbes Calme absolu Personnel aux petits soins A deux pas des boutiques

      • Disavantages

        Pas de plage carte postale

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      • Overall Score 7.29/10
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