20 Degrés Sud
Nestled in a coconut grove in the mouth of the bay, 20 Degrés Sud is a boutique resort with 36 colonial-style rooms and suites by a quiet private beach, just steps from the water’s edge. The hotel has an informal and intimate style, with bookshelf-lined lounges and attentive yet discreet staff.
Renovated in July 2011, the hotel is elegant without being over the top – white and creamy shades, including the painted wooden walls and beams under thatch, give it a beachy feel. The Belgian owners, Michel and Anne Bourgeois, have created an intimate atmosphere with the main area and rooms built around one of the freshwater pools where sunloungers beckon.
The hotel has thirty air-conditioned ‘charm’ and ‘beachfront’ rooms and six suites with terrace or balcony and roll top bath. All are individually decorated and sprinkled with antiques in the manner of a private home. Charm rooms are quite small, so it is worth considering an upgrade. The four spacious Austral suites are right on the water’s edge, with four poster beds, Nespresso machine and a plunge pool or jacuzzi.
The restaurants, bars and clubs of Grand Baie are nearby, but you may be tempted to stick around. Along with an a la carte menus and a Mauritian theme on Sundays, imaginative dining options at the hotel include a gastronomic cruise, where eight people nightly can dine on the hotel’s vintage 1920s motorboat, Lady Lisbeth, and a catamaran trip to an exclusive restaurant in a 19th-century ruin, now a listed building, on Flat Island. The hotel became a member of Relais & Chateaux in 2014.
A wide choice of excursions and watersports are at hand for those who love to be on the go. For further exploration of the island, a complimentary water taxi service is provided, taking passengers back and forth from Grand Baie and offering guests the chance to eat out in the evenings, and enjoy some shopping during the day.