Hotel Le Jardin Maoré Hotel 3 star
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Place de N Gouya, Chirongui 97620, Mayotte ? Kani Kéli, Mayotte -
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The Jardin Maoré is the island's top hotel and owes its reputation to N'Gouja beach and its crystal-clear waters which are home to dozens, even hundreds of sea turtles. Having said that, the hotel's clientele is also attracted by its high-quality cuisine and accommodation, making it suitable for everyone, from families to couples and groups of friends of all ages! There is one drawback, though, in that the location is a fair way from the capital and is overrun with visitors on weekends.

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

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Jardin Maoré stands at the southern end of Grande Terre, close to the village of Kani-Kéli, and its peaceful surroundings really do make you feel you've arrived at the end of the Earth, during the week at least. On weekends, though, it's a different story, as hordes of cars invade via the only (and therefore absolutely chaotic) access road into the area, with crowds of tourists swamping the beach. Having said that, the beach itself stretches so far that you can still enjoy a degree of tranquillity far removed from the frenzied hustle and bustle of some Mediterranean seaside resorts! The Jardin Maoré is one of the two hotels furthest from Mamoudzou, which is over an hour's drive away, but it is well worth making the effort. Once there, you will also be able to access many of the tourist attractions in the south of the island, such as Mount Choungi and N'Gouja beach.

    Accommodation 7.00 /10

    The hotel has 18 bungalows, each of which can accommodate 2 to 6 people and falls into one of two categories. The standard rooms are a little rustic and have a covered veranda, a double bed with a mosquito net, air-conditioning, a safe (free of charge) and a bathroom with a shower, whilst the superior rooms, with their coconut, bamboo and stone decor, combine comfort and authenticity in African-style surroundings. The latter were renovated in 2002 and also come complete with a split air-conditioning system, a refrigerator and a bathroom with two washbasins, a large shower, a separate toilet, a hair-dyer and hospitality products. Don't bother looking for a telephone or television, though, as the management has specifically chosen not to have these installed in the bungalows, though this could well change over time... Some of the family bungalows also have an additional bedroom and/or an extra level to accommodate children or friends.

    Overview 7.80 /10

    The style of this hotel complex is light years away from that of more recent concrete hotel blocks, and it has fortunately managed to preserve its more natural appearance. Its bungalows and communal areas, which are housed in fares, were built using natural materials and are spread through 44 acres of exotic gardens, with earth and sand pathways criss-crossing the grounds. The reception and the small shop are housed in a hut at the entrance to the hotel. There are no other facilities worth mentioning, particularly as the main highlight of the complex is its massive natural 'swimming pool'.

    Food and drink 8.15 /10

    The bar-restaurant opens onto the beach, with all the tables arranged facing the sea and some even set out on the sand itself! It would be a real pity to let the view distract you from what's on your plate, though. Some of the specialities offered here are truly delightful, such as the Banana Flower Cannelloni, which is served exclusively at the Jardin Maoré. Outside of the mealtimes (7:30am-10:00am, 12:00pm-2:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm), guests can grab a quick bite to eat from the snack menu, which includes sandwiches, salads, chips, etc.

    Beach 8.05 /10

    The well-known and celebrated N'Gouja beach is the hotel's biggest asset, attracting hordes of tourists and locals, particularly on weekends. Not only is the setting outstanding, but this endless stretch of sand is also home to nesting sea turtles throughout the year, something you really shouldn't miss if you are here for a few days or more. The hotel also has its own water sports centre offering its lucky guests the chance to enjoy activities such as kayaking and snorkelling at no additional cost, creating the ideal opportunity to swim with the turtles! Other activities such as boat trips, diving, etc. are available for a supplement.

    To know

    The site was once a fishing camp and later became a popular destination for holidaying dignitaries, who arrived here by sea. A rather worn road now provides access to the area but boat transfers can also be arranged on request. Organised entertainment at the hotel consists of live music on Friday evenings and traditional dancing on Saturdays, whilst nature-lovers will be pleased to see the makis and fruit bats (both of which are native to the island) coming and going about the place, and may also get to see the turtles nesting every night, tides permitting.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Internet access
    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, kayak

    advantage

    • The beach.
    • The fauna and flora.
    • The superior bungalows.
    • The restaurant menu.

    disadvantages

    • The prices.
    • Very busy on weekends.
    • The car park.
    • The access road.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Marie Laure S. Marie Laure S.  
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      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-12-02 Affaire - 3 à 5 nuitées (Pavillon/Paillote/Maison)

        Très beau séjour le contexte n'était pas adapté au séjour il vaut mieux y aller en famille pour des vacances. C'est un beau dépaysement. Lors de mon séjour il n'y avait plus le ponton.

      • Advantages

        Les makis, les tortues, la plongée sous marine.

      • Disavantages

        Les prix sont un peu exorbitant pour une famille au revenu modeste. Les logements sont un peu ancien.

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      • Overall Score 5.43/10
    • Christine S. Christine S.  
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      • Package deals in mai 2012 Posted on 2014-05-09 En couple - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        un peu surfait et trop cher dans le rapport qualité prix

      • Advantages

        la plage et ses tortues

      • Disavantages

        loin de tout donc "condamné" à la restauration sur place dont le rapport qualité prix n'est pas justifié

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      • Overall Score 5.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in mars 2014 Posted on 2014-05-05 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Très bel emplacement. Quand on arrive on est ravi. Belle plage, tortues, maki... Après on se dit que pour le prix, il n'y pas vraiment de service. Chambre tout juste correct, moisissures dans la douche, moustiquaire trouée. Personnel tout juste aimable. On a l'impression de déranger. . Faut y aller pour du farniente et snorkling... mais par contre évitez de manger là tous les jours car c'est très cher !

      • Advantages

        accès plage, tortues...

      • Disavantages

        cher pour la qualité de la chambre.

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      • Overall Score 6.60/10
    • Joelle V. Joelle V.  
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      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2013-09-09 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Pavillon/Paillote/Maison)

        C'est le plus bel hôtel de Mayotte avec ses bungalows en front de mer. sur l?île au lagon, l?île aux parfums...Séjour inoubliable garantie

      • Advantages

        Bungalows spacieux, climatisé,très calme,personnel adorable.Pour la plongée tout sur place. N'Gouja est la plus belle plage de l'île, magnifiques fonds sous marins au pieds de votre bungalow pour nager avec les tortues et poissons multicolores

      • Disavantages

        restauration moyenne suivant les jours, un peu loin de la ville pour ceux qui recherchent de l'animation le soir le prix assez élevé mais comme de partout sur Mayotte

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juillet 2011 Posted on 2013-07-05 Seul - 2 nuitées (Pavillon/Paillote/Maison)

        En plein coeur de l Océan indien, Mayotte! Tout récent département français, cette petite ile de l archipel des Comores propose des logements allant de l hotelerie de luxe aux nuits dépaysantes chez l habitant. Les Jardins Maorés sont un excellent compromis. Constitué de petits bungalows-pieds-dans-l'eau, ce complexe au sud de l'ile,propose une vue inégalable, une restauration locale mais adaptée, une vraie proximité à l océan et à ses découvertes...

      • Advantages

        La vue, le coté "proche de la nature" (lémuriens et tortues en liberté)les activités proposées (plongée, bateau, excursions), le confort (par rapport à l hebergement tres peu développé sur Mayotte)

      • Disavantages

        Un peu isolé (tout au Sud de l ile). Bon rapport qualité prixmais reste plus cher que sur le reste de l ile.

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      • Overall Score 7.00/10