20 Degrees South (ex Colonial Coconut) was one of the first tourist hotels on Mauritius, established over twenty years ago. It is a small (34 rooms) boutique hotel but still luxurious and has charm and personal service. Each room is uniquely furnished and decorated with lots of homely Mauritian Colonial touches.
The hotel is located at Pointe Malartic set between Grand Baie and Pointe aux Canonniers on the North of Mauritius. It stands on a turquoise lagoon facing the islands to the north (le Coin de Mire, Ile Ronde and Ile Plate).
In a quiet residential area, 20 Degrees South is at the end of a coastal road in a peaceful location. If you fancy a bit of night life, Grand Baie is just 3km away for shops and restaurants with plenty of crafts, markets and entertainment. A lovely traditional canoe will take you free of charge to the town just 5 minutes away by boat. There are 4 trips per day at fixed hours.
Many activities are included in the price here and in addition other activities such as water skiing and diving can be paid direct. The Botanical Gardens and Sugar Museum are just 15 minutes drive away and the huge Mont Choisy beach 5 minutes. The capital of Port Louis is about 30 minutes drive.
There is a Spa with four massage rooms, one Turkish Bath and one Jacuzzi. Beauty treatments are also available and free of charge.
The 34 rooms which are sited in a coconut grove facing the sea, are divided into 4 (new) Austral Suites, 2 Suites, 9 Beachfront and 19 Charm rooms. All individually decorated and furnished. All rooms have bathrooms with both bath and shower and seperate toilets. They also all have telephones and free internet connection, mini bars and tea and coffee facilties plus all the usual comforts such as air con. They all have a terrace or balcony. Note that the charm rooms face inwards to the pool and courtyard.
The two large Austral suites are on the water with a living room area and outdoor Jacuzzi or privatge pool. For families or groups of friends there are four connecting rooms. Four rooms can be made into triples.
The hotel has a restaurant run by a talented young Mauritian chef providing plenty of fresh local food. Breakfast is English or Continental with no time limits in the morning. Lunch and dinner are a la carte. At the poolside bar you can enjoy fresh fruit juices, traditional drinks and house rum cocktails plus excellent French or South African wines.
There is light musical entertainment (piano bar or similar) at night and a dress code is required for dinner.
Location: Grand Baie
Rooms: 34 beautifully furnished, air conditioned rooms, including 6 suites.
Activities: Golf (5 mins from the hotel); Sailing; Diving; Fishing; Snorkelling; Swimming with Dolphins; Speed boating; Biking; Kite Surfing; Excursions to markets, the botanical gardens, the Sugar Cane museum to name a few!
Facilities: All rooms feature: Mini bar; tea and coffee making facilities; Flat screen TV; Safe. The suites have a Jacuzzi or a plunge pool. There is a Spa for relaxation and rejuvenation; Two fresh water swimming pools; American pool bar; Library; Souvenir Shop; Laundry; Foreign exchange; Car and scooter hire; Free shuttle service to Grand Baie;
Dining: There are 3 restaurants to choose from here. One within the hotel (by the pool, on the beach, inside); another on a private island just off the coast set within some ruins; the third is on a beautifully renovated boat.
Children: Children aged 12 and over are welcome here
Health: There is no malaria present here
Communication: Phone and free wifi are available in each room
"The hotel was very different to many hotels I have stayed.The service level was very high.A major factor was booking in after a long flight, a warm welcome and a seat in the bar , and a personal guided tour of the hotel, after a coffee or a drink.The beach was a bit small , but it did allow the staff the bring you drinks at any time."