Veranda Paul & Virginie

Mauritius, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Named after the legendary couple immortalised in the novel Paul et Virginie, this small and intimate adult-only hotel is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. Nestled in tropical gardens on Mauritius' north-east coast overlooking a beautiful calm bay, it’s sure to evoke romance. The resort features two lovely swimming pools, two restaurants overlooking the lagoon and a poolside bar with sea views — be sure to try the delicious pancakes in the afternoon. The Seven Colours Wellness Spa offers a variety of treatments, there's an exclusive catamaran for Veranda guests only and the hotel offers a number of traditional experiences and surprise 'Pop-Up Moments'.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

In the picturesque fishing village of Grand Gaube on the north coast of Mauritius. Transfer time from Mauritius International Airport: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Please note that if taking a seat in coach this may be longer depending on how many hotel stops are en route.

Hotel information

81 rooms on 3 floors. All rooms are sea facing with balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, flat-screen TV with in-house films, radio, telephone, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, safe and hairdryer. Comfort Rooms have views of the beach and lagoon, with 1 queen-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All-Inclusive of: daily buffet breakfast at the main restaurant. Daily lunch (buffet and/or table d’hôte) at the pool bar restaurant, plus a Rs 500 credit per person per day for lunch at St Géran restaurant. Buffet or set menu dinner at the main restaurant, à la carte dinner at St Géran is available with a Rs 700 credit per person, per night (excluding seafood items). Privilege Room guests may dine from the à la carte menu without supplement on selected items (excluding seafood dishes). Afternoon tea/coffee and pancakes or snacks. A selection of drinks, including soft drinks, juice, mineral water, local beers, selection of cocktails and local spirits, and house wine by the glass - available at the bar from 11:00am –11:00pm. Mini-bar (soft drinks, juices, water and local beer, replenished once daily). In-room tea and coffee. Picnic boxes available for guests leaving the resort for the day. Land and non-motorised water sports including windsurfing, pedal boats, kayaking, sailing boat, snorkelling, stand up paddle, tennis volley, bocceball, glass bottom boat.

Please note: All-Inclusive starts from your arrival at the hotel and ends upon your departure, irrespective of check-in and check-out times.

All Inclusive of (applicable from the 1st of February 2025 to the 31st of January 2026): daily buffet breakfast at the main restaurant, Privilege room guests can have their daily breakfast served at St Geran (except Sundays). Daily lunch at Sandwicherie (a la carte) at the pool bar restaurant, plus daily lunch at St Geran Restaurant with selected items included in the à la carte menu. Daily dinner at the main restaurant, and a Rs 900 credit per person per night for dinner at the St Geran. Afternoon tea/coffee and pancakes or snacks. A selection of drinks, including soft drinks, juice, mineral water, local beers, selection of cocktails and local spirits, and house wine by the glass - available at the bar from 11:00am–11:00pm. Mini-bar (soft drinks, juices, water and local beer, replenished once daily). In-room tea and coffee. Picnic boxes available for guests leaving the resort for the day. Kiosk with pop up snacking offerings during the day. Land and water sports (as described on hotel’s fact sheet; some activities may be at extra cost).

Room upgrades:

Superior Rooms are larger with different decor and a spacious bathroom, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Privilege Rooms are larger still, with 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Privilege Rooms include the following benefits: à la carte dinner (with supplement for some items, excluding seafood) at St Géran Restaurant on a daily basis (unless restaurant is being used for private event). One full-day catamaran cruise once per stay, including open bar and lunch on board (minimum 7-night stay, weather permitting, departure from jetty). Pillow menu. Nespresso machine.

Complimentary shuttle twice per week to Grand Baie, plus seasonal free shuttle on Friday and Saturday evenings to Grand Baie (departure 10:00pm, return 1:00am), pre-booking at reception required. 

Isle de France Restaurant (buffet and table d'hote restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner), Le Saint Géran (à la carte restaurant and beach bar, in a typical Mauritian Rondavel, open for lunch and dinner). Poudre D'Or bar and lounge (poolside, with sea views). Street food kiosk (serving snacks during the day). Beach/pool service* (drinks and a select menu can be served from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the beach or around the pool).

Veranda Resorts InterHotel All Inclusive Access: guests booking All-Inclusive can enjoy food and drinks within the AI package at sister hotels without any supplement. Applicable at: Veranda Palmar Beach, Veranda Pointe aux Biches, Veranda Grand Baie and Veranda Tamarin. Transport at client’s cost. Guests need to inform Veranda Paul et Virginie Front Office/Guest Relations team 24-hours prior (subject to hotel occupancy level).

Live evening entertainment.

2 swimming pools. Seven Colours Wellness Spa*. Complimentary non-motorised water sports including windsurfing, pedal boats, kayaking, sailing dinghies, stand up paddle, aquagym and snorkelling. PADI scuba diving*, kitesurfing*, fishing*, bicycle rental* and excursions* available nearby. Boules, beach volleyball, table tennis. Golf at Heritage Golf Club*. One ticket entrance per guest per stay to World of Seashells Museum (transfers not included). One ticket entrance per guest per stay "Les Terres des 7 Couleurs de Chamarel" (transfers not included).

Complimentary WiFi.

All stays inclusive of the 31st of Dec '23 must cover a minimum 3 nights duration. 

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: the dress code in the restaurants is smart casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers in the evening.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful relaxing resort

May 27, 2024 Bolanx Essex, United Kingdom

A beautiful hotel & location and lovely that is is adults only. So many amazing things about Veranda Paul including the setting, the food choices but more importantly, the staff are literally second to none. Each and every one are polite, attentive and will go the extra mile. They can not do enough for you. We have stayed in Mauritius before at a… Read more
A beautiful hotel & location and lovely that is is adults only. So many amazing things about Veranda Paul including the setting, the food choices but more importantly, the staff are literally second to none. Each and every one are polite, attentive and will go the extra mile. They can not do enough for you. We have stayed in Mauritius before at a different hotel which we tried to re book but is undergoing renovation so chose the Veranda Paul. We had a long talk with one of the staff on our last day about a few things we found quite disappointing. Not awful things, but things that if addressed, could so easily take your holiday to another level. I don't know what other rooms are like so can only comment on our own which was the comfort room and was perfectly adequate. We were lucky enough to have the top floor room right at the end of the resort and it was amazing and so private. Our bathroom was good, although the grouting on the step in the middle had created a groove so the water pooled out every time we showered and had to use the small towels as well a the floor one to stop the water going everywhere! Not a big deal but again, an easy fix. The size of the room was ok. The only changes I would suggest would be a bit more storage around the dressing table area as there is no room to put make up/hairdryers etc. A simple addition of a drawer to at least put everything away would make a a huge difference. Also definitely not enough wardrobe space. It either needs a lot more space at the bottom to store suitcases, or, perhaps beds raised off the floor to allow placing them underneath. As it is, they all had to be just left at the side of the room. English plugs make life so easy and also USB points in the room too. A simple thing that makes life so easily day to day while your away. The wifi is absolutely the BEST I have ever had in any hotel around the world we have stayed in. No having to go and sit in the main building just to log on. The coverage is brilliant everywhere. Ignore comments about the food being repetitive. Its not. Yes, of course you will get some things the same each day, thats true of most hotels, but the hotel provide a fantastic varied menu each day and there is something for everyone. The saint Gerant restaurant menu is exceptional. I can honestly say I did not have one single meal that wasnt great - and I'm an Ex Chef. The biggest issue we discussed was the All Inclusive set up. It is quite simply ridiculous and has no consistency whatsoever. At least 4 or 5 times a day you are being asked "are you all inclusive" and it gets very tiresome. You have to sign a receipt almost every time you have food or drinks, even though its zero? Why? What is the point. On one occasion my husband went to sign and told the barman that it wasn't our bill. He said, doesn't matter. Then why are we signing it? The next day when asking to sign they said, no its fine you dont need to. As I say, no consistency. There is a drinks menu so items with stars are available on the All inclusive but the rest are not. But we are All inclusive. Isnt the whole point of All inclusive not having to worry about buying drinks?? So, you can't have a Tequila sunrise (even on all inclusive) because that doesn't have stars next to it but they will make you 'something similar?' Really? Pretty much all hotels will charge for branded spirits. Of course they do because they have to import them so that is absolutely understandable but not cocktails made with local spirits. The lack of sun beds (mentioned by almost all guests) This is a major problem that MUST be addressed. People work hard all year for 2 weeks holiday and travel thousands of miles to do so. Having to lay on a grass verge on a towel when they arrive because there is nowhere else is lay is absolutely NOT ACCEPTABLE. The hotel is about to have some refurbishments done which is fine, but that doesn't help all the people up to now who are having to deal with this. We discussed so many easy fixes that could take place now before the refurbishment takes place. 1) Acquire more large bean bags that can be scattered on the grass area by the infinity pool together with another more along the area above the beach. This could possibly accommodate another 12 or 14 couples. It would make a huge difference. 2) Extend the far end of the beach. The beach is crescent shaped and at the very end of it is a fabulous rock pool which should absolutely remain as its beautiful with all sorts of fish but in front of this there is enough room to comfortably have another 8 beds - 4 at the back by the wall, 4 in front. Why hasn't someone picked up on this with so many continual complaints about lack of beds? It is such a great shame that these things could be fixed so easily, improve guest holidays and provide even better feedback for the hotel. I really hope they are on the agenda when it comes to renovation for future guests. If not, I fear we will continue to read the repeatedly 'copy & pasted' comment of "Rest assured, it has not fallen on deaf ears".....Hmmm. Finishing on a positive note: It was my birthday while I was at the resort and unbeknown to me, my husband had given the hotel staff balloons and birthday signs etc to put in our room. When we returned from our day out, the room was overflowing with not just the balloons, but vases of flowers, rose petals coconut sweets sparkling wine, the lot. It was the most wonderful surprise. As I have said before, the staff are amazing. After our chat about the above, the hotel offered to let us keep our room for the whole of our last day FOC as we were not leaving until 6pm in the evening. It was a lovely and very welcome gesture so we were very grateful. With these simple fixes in place, we would certainly consider returning to Veranda Paul. Read less
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May 23, 2024 bushcusine Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Wonderful experience. Staff are extremely friendly. Food was great and it was truly a luxurious holiday experience. The ultimate couples getaway for a few days to relax and enjoy each others company. Thank you to the hotel for making things so special for us.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very Good Overall Experience

May 21, 2024 Nicholas S

The staff were very friendly and welcoming from the very first moment. The food was excellent with a good variety to accommodate everyone's taste. Breakfast and dinner is a buffet and although the basics stay the same, there is something unique each evening e.g. Fried steak, fried fish, mussles, shrimp was a unique item. The evening desserts… Read more
The staff were very friendly and welcoming from the very first moment. The food was excellent with a good variety to accommodate everyone's taste. Breakfast and dinner is a buffet and although the basics stay the same, there is something unique each evening e.g. Fried steak, fried fish, mussles, shrimp was a unique item. The evening desserts are outstanding and are a sweet tooth's dream. The mango ice-cream was delicious. A basic lunch is available from a menu and if one is on an all inclusive package, even the most expensive item is covered. The resort is very well maintained by hard working staff who are always busy doing something. There was various forms of live entertainment, all of which was very good and the local performers are very talented. The drinks are cold and served up by untiring barmen from 11h00 until 22h00. Three yellow stars means a drink is covered by an all inclusive package and there is plenty to choose from for alcoholic and non-alcohlic options. The rooms are small, but have a king size bed, a small bar fridge and a small area which can be used as a desk for a laptop. There is a choice of an airconditioner or roof fan. There is plenty of space to pack out clothing albeit a tad unconventional. There is a small 32" TV with 98% French speaking channels, which is to be expected in a mostly french country. If you want your own TV options, one can plug in an external USB device or cast from your cellphone to the TV. The Internet connectivity is excellent with a 50Mbps upsteam and a 40Mbps downstream speed which works very well with a VPN. With thirteen (13) or more WiFi AP's around the resort means one will almost always have excellent coverage even with almost two hundrex devices connected. Things to be aware of: - The beach allocated to the resort is very small. This means that on busy days the space available is limited. - If you are expecting a large or private swimming beach, this doesn't exist. - The resort is nestled between public areas so, evening traffic noise especially speeding motorbikes is audible. - There are some small shops within walking distance of the resort where one can purchase a variety of items. - There are two swimming pools, a traditional one and an infinity pool. Both are very well maintained and are clean. - In case of bad weather, there isn't much to do at the resort. - If you don't already know your partner well, by the end of the trip, you be very familiar which their ablution habits as there is a very little to no privacy in this regard. - Bring your own hiking water bottle along or purchase one at the gift shop so that one can make use of the water dispensing machine at the bar area. Suggestions: - I would suggest that a system of having a fob or some form of identifyer is introduced so that one doesn't have to keep identifying oneself as a "all inclusive" or not. In theory, this works on an honour system and there is nothing to stop someone from trying to cheat the system for personal gain. - There is no clear form of a no-smoking policy at the resort and Mauritius having such strict no sales of vaping equipment didn't stop inconsiderate people vaping in the dining area with no regard for other guests. The same is true for the pool area where vaping and smoking goes unchallenged and non-smokers have to endure the bad habits and smells of guests who have no regard for others. - Probably the biggest and only real complaint is the availability of shade on the beach and at the pool areas. This is achieved on the beach by a limited number of thatched structures and at the pool areas by foldable umbrellas. There are a limited of these as well as loungers, many of which are broken and unuseable. There is signage which informs guests that they may not reserve the loungers and that personal items and towels will be removed if they are unattended. This does not stop people from putting their towels down, going for breakfast and only returning four or five hours later to lie in the sun. During the time which has passed, in theory no one else can utilise the loungers and umbrellas. We witness an event where someone dared remove the towels of people who had disappeared since the crack of dawn, when then resulted in an argument and an unpleasant scene when the guests returned to claim their marked spots. If the resort enforced their own rules, this would not be a problem. By 07h00 every morning, half the usable loungers have already been marked by ghost guests who only return hours later. There are also simply not enough for everyone to use. Also be warned if you don't want to lie in the sun and seek shade, besides the few structures at the beach and the limited umbrellas at the pool area, there is no other shade outside with seating. Some umbrella's may also not be used when the wind is above 20km per hour and our umbrella was simply put down by a staff member who told us "This umbrella isn't allowed to be up". This will mean that if you don't want to cook oneself like a well done lobster, the main area next to bar or in the main reception area has to be used. Alternatively, returning to one's room is the only other alternative to seek shade. Read less
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May 21, 2024 D613PZpeter

Overall this hotel was okay but we wanted better. The rooms are tired and the layout not great, all clothes storage is in the bathroom and the toilet is a small space. Service was very variable from excellent to poor, notable mistakes on ordered food and drink. Facilities are reasonable but the beach equipment is sparse and staff seem reluctant to… Read more
Overall this hotel was okay but we wanted better. The rooms are tired and the layout not great, all clothes storage is in the bathroom and the toilet is a small space. Service was very variable from excellent to poor, notable mistakes on ordered food and drink. Facilities are reasonable but the beach equipment is sparse and staff seem reluctant to make things available. The sunbeds are in poor condition and there aren't enough. This hotel could easily be so much better. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent stay!

May 21, 2024 483ivev Antwerp, Belgium

Excellent stay in Mauritius! The staff was very friendly and helpfull. The room with balcony had a perfect view over the lagoon. You can book trips for snorkling and diving at the hotel. The breakfast and dinner buffet are very good! And the restaurant at the beach is superb!