Grand Baie Mauritius
Grand Baie, on the north western coastline of Mauritius, was once only home to poor fishermen and their families until the 1970ís when the economy took a turn with the rise in the price of sugar. Because of Grand Baieís location it developed quickly and the sleepy village is now one of the main tourist centres of Mauritius.
Grand Baie offers the tourist everything from trendy boutiques to craft shops and plenty of restaurants and night life and is now the main centre for yachting, water-skiing, windsurfing and other water sports. Accommodation varies from Hotels to self-catering bungalows.
Grand Baie Hotels
The Black River Gorges National Park is the place to visit to see the remaining native forests and unique plants and birdlife, particularly from September to January when the flowering season is at its best. Picnic facilities have been set up at the visitor centre of Le Petrin and there is a boardwalk that offers access to the dwarf forest of the region. For the energetic, a 7km return hike to Maccabee forest or 1km hike to the Black River through the Gorges is recommended. To find one of the rarest birds in the world, the Mauritian Pink pigeon, you need to visit the Casela Bird Park in the Black River district.
At the Caudan Waterfront is the Blue Penny Museum which houses two of the rarest stamps in the world and is dedicated to the art and history of Mauritius.
For families, it is recommended to take the children to see the old biscuit factory in Mahebourg where the biscuits are prepared using traditional methods.
The Palmyra Hotel and Restaurant is a Lebanese restaurant offering generous portions, excellent quality, service and good value for money. LaTanjore Restaurant is a highly recommended Indian restaurant with reasonable prices and good quality food.
Grand Baie offers a wide range of accommodation to choose from.
The Hibiscus Beach Resort & Spa boasts itís own private beach, and the amenities include a full-service spa, a health club, an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a steam room, limo/town car service, a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Additional amenities include a children’s club. All rooms are equipped with satellite television, coffee/tea, complimentary bottled water, air conditioning, internet access, blackout drapes and premium bedding including Egyptian cotton sheets. Hibiscus Beach Resort and Spa offer a host of activities on site and nearby including aerobics, bicycle rentals, fishing, a golf – driving range nearby, helicopter/airplane sightseeing, horse riding, mountain biking, scooter rentals, and a host of water sports.