Written on: 18/08/2004 by TimsterC (1 review written)
Honeymoon "upgrades" never seem to be available
For a three week honeymoon, we were spoilt rotten at the Maritim Hotel. The flight was easy and the transfer was as stated, about an hour (ish).
The welcome drinks were very welcome by the time we got there.
The hotel is on the northwest side of the island and it's considerably less likely to rain on this side of the island.
Accommodation is fairly basic all the way up to luxurious. We were not offered the "upgrade" to a superior room, as they were full. But it was stated like that in the brochure, to be fair.
The food was buffet style in the main restaurant and was of a consistently high standard. Even though we were there for 3 weeks, we didn't get the same old thing time and again. A really good variety of dishes. I'm told the fish is very very good. (I don't eat fish)
There are two other restaurants in the hotel, and very posh a'la carte that was fantastic and also a beach-side restaurant that was very scenic and great to get away from the madding crowds. These are not in the all inclusive tariff.
The water sports were very good and mostly free. Sailing, Water skiing, pedaloos and snorkelling gear could all be borrowed from the deck. For first time sailors a free trial lesson was available.
The scuba diving was also excellent (supplementary charges), and the dive guides knew all the best local places. I do have to worry about the amount of handling of the fish life though. There were a could of good wreck dives and loads of reef dives. Not masses of fish, but enough to make you want to explore and find more. Some rare and interesting species could also be found if you looked hard enough.
The room was very clean and we noticed a great start and then a slump in the amount of towels we got. Then it got better again towards the end of the stay. I'm not normally a cynic but this could have been a ploy for a tip. I'd have preferred good service all the time to be honest.
Over all I would recommend this resort to anyone. There are numerous excursions you can get, helicopter ride round the island, taxi round the island for a day, taxi into Port Louis, etc.
We did the Heli ride and the taxi round the island.
Heli trip was worth the money as I have an interest in flying, but also as it showed you all the other hotels from the air. A nice perspective of the island that few would see.
The Taxi round the island for a day was a cheap way of shopping, looking at the sites and going where you wanted too without having to know where you were going. We visited the Severn Colour Earths, the extinct volcano, a tiny tin hut for the best curry lunch in the world and also a few of the "tourist" Ralph Lauren shops that litter the island.
BE VERY CAREFUL when buying any RL stuff, it seems to be made for the Asian market and the sizes are "interesting" to say the least.
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone as it was clean, friendly and good value.