Veranda Paul & Virginie

Mauritius, Indian Ocean

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. Refurbished in summer 2017, 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

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Water Skiing
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking

Where is it

In the picturesque fishing village of Grand Gaube on the north coast of Mauritius. Transfer time from Mauritius International Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes.

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: buffet breakfast and buffet or set menu dinner at the main restaurant. Set menu lunch at St Géran Resaurant on the beach or a sandwich selection at the main bar. A la carte dinner at St Géran is available with a 30% discount (excluding seafood items). Privilege Room guests may dine from the à la carte menu without supplement (excluding seafood items). 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 dinghies, snorkelling, stand up paddle, tennis, boules, table tennis and beach volleyball.

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

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 (without supplement, 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).

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). 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. Floodlit tennis court, boules, beach volleyball, table tennis. Golf* at Heritage Golf Club. 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. Live evening entertainment. Complimentary WiFi.

5 nights 23 Dec '18–6 Jan '19 and 28 Dec '19–1 Jan '20.

*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 Beautiful hotel, shame about the food

May 14, 2019 gemmat88g Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Veranda Paul et Virginie between 30th April - 14th May for our Honeymoon and I’m sad to say I left a little disappointed. To start with the positives, the hotel itself is located right on the beach and you can’t fault the views - after 2 weeks it never got boring. The beach is small but it’s quiet and full of wildlife - tiny… Read more
We stayed at the Veranda Paul et Virginie between 30th April - 14th May for our Honeymoon and I’m sad to say I left a little disappointed. To start with the positives, the hotel itself is located right on the beach and you can’t fault the views - after 2 weeks it never got boring. The beach is small but it’s quiet and full of wildlife - tiny crabs dig holes in the sand and little fish swim right up to the shore. You can find perfect shells in the sand and the sea is turquoise, it certainly looks like paradise. There are tons of free activities to choose from like paddle boarding, snorkelling, glass bottom boat etc. so there is lots to do if you don’t like lounging around all day. The pools are pretty and serve their purpose but they’re not very deep if you’re looking to really swim. During our first week the hotel was lovely and quiet, we had our pick of the sun beds all day but during our second week the hotel was fully booked and we had to pounce on any free beds when they were left. The rooms are decorated nicely and are all sea facing. We had a room on the bottom floor so our doors opened right onto the pool. There is a fridge and mini bar although it’s very basic and half of the items you have to pay for. We were impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms and the turn down service in the evening when we were at dinner. The air con and WiFi was perfect, the WiFi works all over the hotel including the beach if you need it. The evening entertainment was great, really classy and a pleasure to watch. We also went on two excursions, a day trip to Casela Zoo and a guided tour of the Botanical Gardens, Sugar Museum and Port Louis. Really nice days out to see a bit more of the island and definitely recommend. Now for the one negative, the one thing that massively lets this hotel down is the food and drink - it’s just not good enough. We felt the lunch menu is the best out of the three but none of the meals matched the appealing descriptions. One example of many, I ordered a smoked salmon salad with avocado, orange zest, sesame seeds and coriander, only to receive a bowl of iceberg lettuce and shredded cabbage, smoked salmon and a small dollop of what looked like (but didn’t taste like) guacamole. We were expecting nice chunks of fresh avocado and wondered if maybe the hotel didn’t have any, but were shocked to see the next morning, nice, big, ripe avocados used as decorations on the breakfast buffet! The still water provided in the large glass bottles is tap water and for some reason the staff are very reluctant to give you bottles of fresh water. After 10 days of drinking the tap water and noticing other guests walk around with actual bottled water, I started asking for this only to be met with bizarre excuses like “you can’t have fresh bottled water at dinner”, I think I only received 2 bottles of fresh water and the other times I asked for it I was given an excuse. For the money you pay, especially with all inclusive, I would expect fresh bottled water to be the norm or at least provided if asked for. We’re a polite, quiet couple and never made a fuss but maybe we should have been a bit more persistent. I’m also sad to say that I began to dread the evening meals. Despite the “themed” buffets on the alternate days, it was pretty much the exact same food, all quite bland and not much to look forward to. The table service meals had only 2 choices and again were all very similar. For a 2 week stay there simply isn’t enough choice or difference in the meals. We did mention this to a member of staff when we were asked how our stay was going and he said that we could ask the chef for something different if we didn’t like what was on offer, but I wasn’t confident it would be much different. Overall, we had a very relaxing and laid back honeymoon but it was short of our expectations. The location and settings are idyllic, the staff friendly and helpful but my one piece of advice for others looking at this hotel - if you’re a particularly fussy eater this may not be the hotel for you. Read less
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May 12, 2019 a_atkinson788 county durham

Been here 10 days and all we can say about it is AMAZING it's not just the hotel it's the staff even cleaners are friendly and so pleasant from the minute you arrive till you leave your treat brilliantly. It was my birthday while here and the chef ridwan made me a cake also sanjeep the head waiter in saint germain. We will definitely be back… Read more
Been here 10 days and all we can say about it is AMAZING it's not just the hotel it's the staff even cleaners are friendly and so pleasant from the minute you arrive till you leave your treat brilliantly. It was my birthday while here and the chef ridwan made me a cake also sanjeep the head waiter in saint germain. We will definitely be back thanks for making our holiday special Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Didn’t like it we loved it

May 8, 2019 Barry H Norwich, United Kingdom

We have just stayed 12 nights all inclusive at Veranda Paul et Virginia. We were met at the airport by our taxi driver Luc who had actually lived in London,but now back living in Mauritius for the past 30 years, so our 1 hour journey went very quickly with him telling us about Mauritius. Registering into the hotel was easy enough, we upgraded to… Read more
We have just stayed 12 nights all inclusive at Veranda Paul et Virginia. We were met at the airport by our taxi driver Luc who had actually lived in London,but now back living in Mauritius for the past 30 years, so our 1 hour journey went very quickly with him telling us about Mauritius. Registering into the hotel was easy enough, we upgraded to a privilege room which gave us access to St Geran restaurant, the food was delicious we loved the warm chocolate cake. In the main restaurant breakfast was served daily and there was plenty of choice, fresh fruit, cheeses, bread rolls and hot food omelettes, bacon etc. Evening meals in this restaurant alternated between table service and buffet. Must mention Sweta the lovely lady chef serving breakfast always friendly and smiling a pleasure to meet in the morning. Jane one of the waitress was also a delight, must say all the staff were very polite when passing. It was great that there was entertainment every night which we looked forward to and enjoyed. The hotel was exceptionally clean, gardens well maintained. Our trip on the catamaran which came complimentary with the privilege room was most enjoyable and the crew were very professional, we enjoyed the bbq food and drinks. We enjoyed our time on the trip swimming with dolphins although as we are not strong swimmers we stayed on board and were able to take photos and videos, we also did the South tour, and our driver for the day was Luc and again very informative. We enjoyed relaxing on the beach people watching, it was also nice to see the locals enjoying themselves at the beachside. We would like to mention a few names Awan our room boy well done, Rohit waiter, Venista waitress, And also Vikram bar waiter for keeping our glasses full. Barry & Sue. Norfolk Read less
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May 7, 2019 79JohnG Sarratt, United Kingdom

Small beach, friendly staff, big efforts but food standards poor for a hotel of this rating. Management made strenuous efforts to compensate but this is a long way off a 5* hotel. Fab evening at Local La Table du Château (Labourdonnais) which was amazing.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Holiday, Hotel is good but could easily be great

May 3, 2019 MatthewHarries2204 Swansea, United Kingdom

I hope this review in no way puts anybody off from staying here, the location itself is perfect and the hotel itself is very nice. the communal spaces especially. when you walk in to the main reception you're greeted by a massive open planned reception with high pitch thatch roof displaying all the intricate carpentry. straight a head a glimmer of… Read more
I hope this review in no way puts anybody off from staying here, the location itself is perfect and the hotel itself is very nice. the communal spaces especially. when you walk in to the main reception you're greeted by a massive open planned reception with high pitch thatch roof displaying all the intricate carpentry. straight a head a glimmer of the infinity pools and beaches behind them. This hotel could easily be a five star but they need to up their game. It's worth mentioning this is not really an "all inclusive" hotel - basics are included. in your mini bar a bottle of house beer, coke and water is free. if you want chocolate,crisps etc you have to pay. same with the drinks. house cocktails/spirits and beers are included but if you want a nice jack and coke you'll need to pay. The rooms are okay. They're clean and have everything you need. the bathrooms are a little grubby. tiling is poor. paintwork poor, shoddy mastic etc.. i'm in construction, i notice these things. We had a ground floor room which initially i was a bit disappointed with but actually turned out to be the best place to stay. We were in room 202 overlooking the pool. The outside areas couldn't be faulted. the gardens all well kept. There are 2 pools. 1 shallow pool for relaxing and chatting and 1 infinity pool. There is also a boat house which offer some all inclusive activities such as paddle boarding, pedalo and kayak. we booked the scuba diving at £70. I don't have a scuba certificate but am a confident swimmer, the company who runs the scuba diving day gives you an introductory lesson in a swimming pool (at another hotel) and then you go out on the boat to the dive zone. The scuba diving was awesome and saw hundreds of exotic fish. the instructor also has a proper underwater camera who films you and takes photos, of which you can purchase at £50 (well worth it) The food. From reading other reviews have all said the food was bad. I disagree with that. the food wasn't bad, it was just bland. Unsure if they've introduced this recently but the evening meals alternates daily between table service set menu and buffet food. The table service was better than the buffet and some of the food was actually really nice, unfortunately however there is not much choice when it comes to the table service. set entree, set soup and then choice of 2 mains and then 2 desserts. The buffet was a let down in my opinion, not a lot of choice and the food bland tasting. If it was me running the show i'd bin off the buffet entirely and concentrate on table service adding some more choices. more of an all inclusive a la carte. There is a second restaurant that serves a la carte food but dining here is not included in the all inclusive package, it was also quite expensive. (all seafood related also) The all inclusive lunch ordered from the bar was very nice. lovely juice burgers, succulent buffalo wings, wraps, panini's.. very good Between 3pm and 5pm they serve homemade pancakes which is a nice touch. By far the most annoying and frustrating part of the stay was the service. very slow. You would go to the bar, order a drink, they would say they'll bring it to you and 20 minutes would go by and you wouldn't have it. they would forget.. A LOT! All the barmen are very young and inexperienced, you can see in the evening the head barman telling everyone what to do, it is the same in the restaurant, i could have read a book in the gaps between the courses. It would be annoying in the day where you would be sunbathing and a waiter would come and serve the person a drink sunbathing a few chairs down and instead of asking other people if they want drinks the waiter would run back to the bar and wait further instructions from the master. Also the cocktails are terrible. other than the pina colada, they all taste the same. full of pineapple and orange juice. I know this place is not 5 star and i think we compared this hotel to other 5 star establishments around the world where we've stayed. as noted at the start i don't want this review to put anyone off staying there as it truly was an amazing holiday and a lovely place to stay, but the devil's in the detail.If you're used to prompt service, luxury bedrooms and fine food. this place ain't for you. Read less