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What a wonderful welcome. After a sweaty taxi journey we arrived at The Casa Florida Hotel and Spa which was down a small road 2 minutes from the Pereybere beach. As soon as we stepped out of the taxi we were greeted by a lovely lady called Leena who walked us over a little bridge housing a pond full of koi carp and home to a few frogs.
Our bags safely at reception we were taken to a seated area by the pool for a welcome cocktail. We sat and enjoyed sipping our drink whilst being advised on the food, hotel and amenities that was to offer for our stay.
The first impressions were very good, a gated resort just 2 minutes from the supermarket and 3 minute walk from Pereybere Beach. The resort boasted a large restaurant area which was situated next to the pool. Across from the restaurant and still next to the pool was a lovely housed bar with an open sided wall with seating for relaxation whilst enjoying an alcoholic beverage.
It was great to sit down and enjoy a cocktail whilst taking in the surroundings, as we finished the last drop we collected our luggage and was taken to our room. We had number 509 a standard room with AC. It was clean and comfortable with big mirrors, a TV, mini fridge, Bathroom with shower and a little terrace leading out onto the back gardens of the resort. The terrace itself is not private but there wasn’t many people passing by.
We ventured out to the local supermarket Winners. It’s a 2 minute walk away and has a SMB cash point and everything you’d expect in a supermarket. I’d advise you to buy a few bottles of water and some alcohol if you want a few drinks before going for dinner or as a late night cap.
This time of year the hotel is quite quiet so there wasn’t regular entertainment. Friday night we were allocated a table as per our room number. (We went full board). Our three course meal started off with vegetable soup. Tasted good, not exceptional and with the weather being so hot in Mauritius we expected something a little more refreshing like melon or prawn salad. Dinner was steak, potatoes and salad. You walk up to a small BBQ style grill near the pool and the chef cooks the steak to your liking. This wasn’t like a fillet steak or sirloin but more like frying steak. It was served with a pepper sauce which was slightly bland. The steak wasn’t anything special but filled a hole, the potato wedges were spot on!
We were well looked after by Vikram a supervisor of the hotel restaurant staff. He was superb another great staff member!
After dinner we retired to the room to relax as you can imagine we were knacked after the day we’d had! The hotel also boasts a gym, tennis court, little park for children and games room.
The following day…
The AC was amazing! It’s really worth having in Mauritius and it didn’t cost any extra at the hotel. It comes as standard!
Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 10am as consists of freshly made omelettes, pancakes, pastries, bread, cereal and juice/tea/coffee/hot choc. All help yourself and you choose were you want to sit. When we arrived for breakfast we wasn’t completely sure of the way it worked. A wonderful member of staff called Kantee, has to be the most kindest lovely lady as we only spoke to her a few minutes. She explained all made us feel at ease straight away and helped us to find a table. Me brings a fussy eater opted for an omelette. I found it again quite bland so after a few mouthfuls went for a couple of pancakes instead. One with sugar and one with chocolate. They were really nice and cooked to perfection. Bry went for some pastries and went up for seconds. The juice is refreshing and tea and coffee offered throughout the time whilst you’re eating.
There’s not that much to do in the hotel whilst it’s so quiet although Pereybere offers a beautiful beach along with bars, restaurants and some shops.
Lunch was served between 12.30 and 2pm. Tomato salad to start which we opted out of having and then typical Mauritian chicken curry with rice for main. It reminded my of a curry flavoured between a corma and a tikka. Very delicious, enough to fill you up and served with a spicy kind of soup. Desert was ice cream which was very tasty. Vanilla with streaks of chocolate. Again after lunch we opted to relax in our room and enjoy some time together and a nap before getting ready for dinner.
Saturday night consisted of crab soup to start. This was again a nice soup but maybe soup isn’t the best starter for such a warm country. The main was a mixed grill, chicken, lamb, fish and sausage. Served at your table with salad and side plates of rice and potato salad. This was really tasty! We poured the brown sauce onto the meat we were given and this was a great combination! Best meal of the stay!
The entertainment was a DJ but with the lack of customers it wasn’t very lively! We enjoyed a drink in the bar costing 150 rupees each and involved ourselves in conversation with the barman who again was great. His name was Elvis and he made us feel welcome and instantly comfortable.
Again Sunday morning consisted of breakfast as normal. Check out is at 12 but lunch was still included.
Overall this hotel has a lovely atmosphere even though it was a quiet time of year for them. Friendly and accommodating staff, a lovely clean pool and garden area. Games room, tennis court, spa and kids play area to keep all interests entertained. Good food throughout the day. Clean rooms with everything you need. Beautiful location and perfect for a relaxing break away.
Thank you Casa Florida for our stay!