A colonial style house with three bedrooms set in lovely tropical gardens in a tranquil inland spot on Rodrigues Island at Montagne Bois Noir.
Each of the rooms has en-suite facilities and are individually furnished in bright, clean colours. The lounge and dining areas are full of the owners artifacts and collections from travels.
The owners, Marie-Line and Fernand were originally from Belgium but settled on Rodrigues some time ago. Marie started cooking for friends and then groups of travellers brought in by their friends and word spread about the amazing food and the guest house opened five years ago! Since then the business has expanded and there is an impressive industrial kitchen and produce shop selling 'Marie's Island Produce' a selection of honey, spices, chutneys and jams, sausages, salts and much more. Also home made are a selection of aperitifs and wines to be enjoyed with the meals here.
The gardens were planted around the house and have grown quickly in the tropical climate giving a feeling of being in a tranquil oasis in the middle of this generally barren island. There are chickens, bee hives and fruits growing alongside the flowers and trees.
Excursions can be booked for you by the owners and you can hire cars or scooters to get around Rodrigues, there are also buses that pass nearby to take you around the island. The beaches are not far away, about 10 minutes and hiking trails take you around the whole island exposing more bays and hidden coves.
Open: Cases a Gardenias is open all year.
Location: Cases a Gardenias is in a inland setting on Montagne Bois Noir on the small island of Rodrigues. The house is in a lovely tropical garden. There are daily flights from Mauritius to Rodrigues.
Rooms: There are 3 guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and private terraces. They are furnished in cheerful, bright colours. All rooms can accommodate an extra bed to become triples if necessary. The furniture is hand-made. There are plans to build a handful of more rooms.
Activities: These include kitesurfing, diving, fishing and trips to the beautiful beach at Trou d’Argent and Ile aux Cocos for bird watching. The owners are happy to arrange transfers and car hire for guests and can advise on places to see and suggest activities.
Facilities: You will taste some gorgeous regional food here, created by Marie-Line, who produces preserves and liquors. She keeps chickens and has bees which produce delicious honey. You can help collect honey and fresh fruit from the garden if you wish. You can enjoy tasty breakfasts in the courtyard or in the pretty dining room. You will have exquisite 4-course dinners, too. The gardens are very attractive and include a fountain and a fishpond. There is a lounge where you can unwind, chat to guests or read a book. Your hosts, Marie-line and Fernand, a Mauritian-Belgian couple, are welcoming and helpful. They speak excellent English.
Dining: Meals are usually eaten communally.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a non-malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
In general ecotourism is not a big thing in Mauritius currently, however, this small owner-run lodge makes a real effort in planting endemic trees and reducing water & energy usage.