The SpaceThe house consists of 2 separate apartments, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. Only the ground floor is available for rent.
The apartment consists of 2 airconditioned bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom with washing machine and living room.
Free wireless internet.
Private parking is available. Guest AccessListing is for ground floor apartment. The apartment has a separate entrance.
Guests also have access to the private garden at the back of the house. Interaction with GuestsLimited interaction, we live in another part of the island. The NeighborhoodGrand Baie is a coastal village in the north of Mauritius. It has lively restaurants, white-sand beaches, a natural harbor, fashion and craft shops. Popular activities include swimming, sailing and windsurfing. Getting AroundThe listing is close to the Graid Baie police station, and about 5-7 mins walk to both Grand Baie beach and SuperU (supermarket). Other Things to NoteTips from Fred & family from Paris
Stay : 3 weeks in July 2015
We were there with 2 kids (3 and 7 yrs old - which drove mainly our touristic “sight seeing”
Lodging @ Vijay’s place
Very practical :
10’ walk to go to Super U (Mall) : going down Vijay’s house street, then shortcut to your right (street going in diagonale) passing by the soccer field, brings you almost in front of Super U
10’ walk to Grand Baie Public beach
Wifi works great (ID Code underneath the router)
It all depends on your tastes of course, but here are our favorites (ranked by order of preference):
Nice walk from Vijay’s place : 25min. along the seafront, passing by all the hotels
small beach - but really nice - with some shades
nice, friendly restaurant, above the beach
even some public toilets
Grand Baie Public Beach
Because : close to Vijay’s place
a small beach (not crowded) with shades
AND because you have the BARAQUE A FRITES small restaurant (see Restaurant section)
you need the car to get there (5 min by car)
but the beach is also nice and small (with shades)
and the restaurant (not the one facing the beach… but to your left (with the sea in your back) is good - good service as well - though prices are more of regular restaurants (ca 300 RS for a meal)
Largest, whitest beach
but no shade and no good restaurants (apart from the food trucks - but low quality)
Trou aux Biches
public beach is small … but no shade
and no restaurant apart from low quality food truck
(ranked by our order of preference)
La Baraque à Frites
Right on the Grand Baie Public Beach : ask for Priscille (the lady owner - she was kind enough to teach us how to cook : sauce beurre d’ail, fried scampi and beignets de poulets)
Very affordable (ca. 120 RS per meal) and it’s very fresh, same quality as in a restaurant. Plus the lady chef is very friendly
and you get to eat either on stool on benches or … on your blanket, right in front of the sea :)
and you get to use the toilets from the restaurant next door - if need be.
Great for a dinner (at night)
Esp. because it’s so close and creole food is very good / reasonnable price
Very good ranking at Trip Advisor (ranking : 5/117)
For those who like indian food : it’s on the left, when facing the Super U
Prices range of a regular restaurant : 300 RS / meal
Small restaurant atop the Cuvette beach : is OK - Limited selection of food, but you have a great view in front of la Cuvette.
Restaurant facing the Grand Baie Public Beach
Very comfortable / nice view
But Prices range of a regular restaurant : 300+ - 600 RS / meal - Restaurant for Tourists
Pamplemousse Garden :
MANDATORY to take a guided tour : they are very good
Casela Zoo Park :
A good 1H by car from Vijay’s house
but it’s worth it with kids - we recommend to take the Drive Thru (to see the Big Cats) - nice birds, tortoises, and other monkeys etc…
Port Louis :
Central market : really nice
Dodo / Natural historical Museum : it’s FREE ! And the children got to see the Dodo ;-)
Waterfront is … so so - very touristy
Trou aux Biches :
Visiting the Hindi Temple is worth the trip (15’ by car) - And pls take a tour - there isn’t any official, but one the men working there will gladly do it for you. And we’ve left some tips (100 RS)
small walk, alongside the beach :
at Police Station going opposite direction from the Public beach
at Canisse restaurant, there is a small path bringing you to the beach.
you have a very short walk (but nice at sunset) up to the church - and you can go back (there you’ll also pass by a Pharmacy - which might be handy)
Trou aux Cerfs :
Next to Cure Pipe : a very nice area with villas and embassies
Nice walk around the cratere : you can go all around it (no car allowed) - you can park yours either side of the cratere.
We found the best view were actually on the “side” and not at *the* sight seeing point, actually.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE - especially if you’re French ;) LOL
Breads that you find in the Super U, would not … really classify as such, in France.
Great news : you have the “P&M” (Pains & Moulin), a true Boulangerie, managed by French people, and serving delicious Baguettes (25 RS only !), croissants, chouquettes etc) Delicious mmmh
Address : Chemin 20 Pieds. Actually, from Vijay’s house, you leave and go to your right in direction of GBBQ. At GBBQ, you turn left (on Chemin 20 pieds) in the direction of Super U) : 500m (on your right) you’ll find the bakery - there’s even a parking lot
3’ by car from Vijay’s house - 15’ walking distance (but that’s worth it)
SUPER U : THE place ;-) Price is good - most mauritians do actually travel to Grand Baie, to come to Super U (!)
In case of Rainy days : the public library (next to the Police Station) of Grand Baie is a good place - also includes some books for the kids.
Renting a car :
1000 RS / Day at most of the tour operators (whereas Europcar would charge for 2500 RS/day) - I know Vijay got it for 800 RS, but he’s not a “Blanche Neige” like me … ;-)
Note : they kind of charge 200 RS extra for automatic cars. and it’s for 2days minimum (same rules apply to all tour operators)
Where to ?
Do NOT go to the one in between Hair Dresser (Coiff’ Emoi) and Coton des Iles : it’s cheap but the owner (Jean) is not professional and not reliable
Instead : we liked MonaLysa : they are Trustworthy.
but you’ll have to drive on the LEFT - which I personally *hated*
on the positive side : gas is cheap : 5 liters is ca 230 RS.
No need to rent a GPS either : (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps and its navigation mode work really well in Mauritius ! (except for the Mauritius Glass Gallery, which we never found :)
Buses (Triolet) : are very handy :
good frequency, although time table is impossible to forecast :-)
cheap : ca 30 RS per person
fast : 35 min to go to Port Louis center for example
Airport City Transfer : between Mauritius Int’l airport and Grand Baie, we used the AirPortCityTransfer and were happy with it.
We were 4 (2 adults + 2 kids) and paid 94 Euros (3800 Rupies) back and forth.
On the way to Grand Baie, we had a “mini bus” and the driver was waiting for us, at the airport with a Sign.
As we paid 4K Rupies and he did not have the change => They indeed gave back to us our 200 Rupies, on the way back to the airport.
As they did not have any available “mini bus” on the was back, they instead had 2 regular cars ready for us. very professional.
If you have some small coins (Rupies) - several of them you can find on the ground, on the beach even ! : for the kids we used them to buy some funny local candies, at several street shops : most of them ranging from 1 to 3 RS, each.