Maradiva Villas is set in 27 acres of lush gardens with views across Tamarin Bay and inland views of the mountains. The west coast is known for its dramatic sunsets, which can be enjoyed here whilst sipping a sundowner. The hotel has a private beach, where palm trees provide shade from the heat of the sun. Guests are assured of attentive service and each suite has a butler to attend to guests' needs and wishes.
The 65 luxury suite villas are spacious and make the perfect home from home. All have an al fresco dining and relaxation area, complete with a plunge pool. Facilities include plasma screen TV, internet access, safe, ceiling fan and walk in wardrobe. The contemporary bathrooms have marble floors and bathtub with separate shower and twin hand basins. Large windows in each room show views of the private garden and dining area, which also has comfy chairs, sun loungers, expresso machine, bar and radio and CD player. The villas have direct beach access and 24 hour butler service. Bathrobes, slippers, beach towels and bottled water are provided free to all guests. The larger exclusive villas have similar facilities plus a separate indoor living area. The Presidential villa has two bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom plus a separate living room, so is ideal for families or groups.
Maradiva offers a full range of complimentary water sports, including kayaks, glass bottom boat rides, pedalos, water-skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing and laser sailing. Other options available at extra cost are speed boat trips, deep sea fishing and catamaran cruises. Away from the beach activities include tennis, table tennis, yoga and golf with the Tamarina Estate course just 15 minutes away. Other options include beach volleyball, bicycle hire and the gym. The hotel can also arrange a variety of local excursions. Of course, there is always the option to relax on the beach or by the infinity pool and enjoy the tranquillity of the location. The village of Flic en Flac is just a 5 minute drive away, too, with its beach, lagoon, restaurants and shops.
The Mini Club is on hand to look after children between the ages of 4 and 12, with a choice of sporty, creative and cultural activities. The club has its own playground with a sand pit, shallow pool, toy room, and 'Dodo room' with a floor and walls padded with soft cushions, ideal for running around and letting off steam. There's a babysitting service for younger children. All this lets parents enjoy some time to themselves in the knowledge that the little ones are well cared for.
Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Coast2Coast is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of which are served a la carte. It provides Mediterranean, Mauritian and international cuisine, served indoors or outside on the terrace with splendid views of the ocean. Open for dinner, The Cilantro specialises in Pan Asian and regional Indian dishes. The interactive live cooking Teppanyaki counter should not be missed. Breakers Bar is conveniently located next to the beach and pool. It offers light meals and snacks as well as a range of soft and alcoholic drinks and live music in the evenings. Staff are also on hand to serve guests their favourite snacks and drinks at the pool or on the beach. Guests can opt to enjoy a special meal away from the restaurants, maybe by the pool or on the beach or in their privacy of their own villa, at any time of day.
The spa looks out onto a private garden and has a comprehensive range of western and traditional Indian treatments, delivered in a relaxing and harmonious setting. It offers rejuvenating treatment including Ayurvedic therapies, yoga classes and a range of beauty treatments. The trained therapists are available to advise on the best treatments for each individual. These range from scrubs for exfoliation, body wraps to nourish and flower petal baths to moisturise the skin. Massages with aromatic oils are popular. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life and longevity, is practised here. Guests can gain mental, emotional and spiritual benefits from this treatment, to enhance their overall well being and even prolong life. Yoga classes are offered on a private and group basis. This gentle exercise balances the mind and and body, unlocks energy and tones muscles. Pampering treatments are available at the beauty salon. These include facials, manicure, pedicure, face masks and hair styling.
"This place was such a disappointment after our Leopard Hills experience. The good points are that the staff were very friendly and helpful and the setting is lovely. Gardens and the beach are very well kept and the villas have been stunning at one time but are very tired. Peeling veneer, stained furniture, both sinks in our en suite had large cracks, lampshades tilted as the fittings were damaged, three light bulbs were not working for the entire week. Our bedroom floor creaked loudly and I was woken every night when my husband got up to visit the bathroom. The floor was only cleaned once during our visit and I suspect that was because we were present that day. We dined in our outdoor lounge/dining room one evening and the waiter spilled some lobster broth on the floor. This still hadn't been washed by the time we left 6 days later. Alcohol was extortionate, one single gin and tonic from the beach bar at lunchtime was US$30 and a can of diet coke from the minibar $9. Wine in the restaurants also had a massive mark up. We found one of the wines in a local supermarket for only a few dollars. The food was uninspiring at best with the same menu at lunch time and dinner and also room service. Tepanyaki was hugely disappointing, the food was pleasant enough but the restaurant lacked atmosphere and the chef only cooked the main course on the grill before leaving. None of the usual 2 hours of entertainment and delicious food that I associate with Tepanyaki. The Indian was very ordinary too, also my Goan prawn curry was downright unpleasant. Maybe just a bad choice on my part but we do eat in a lot of Indian restaurants, one a Michelin starred one, I had kind of expected similar food! Also my husband had food poisoning for two days. I did tell the restaurant manager about this and he seemed quite perturbed so I assume action was taken. Of course the cause could have been completely out with their control, there were a lot of flies around. For a five star establishment breakfast was also disappointing with poor service (they were either understaffed or undertrained) and substandard food. (What is the point of having a label with 'champagne' and a Pommery ice bucket if there's never any there?) I ordered some bacon and a sausage with my scrambled egg and received at least 20 rashers of bacon and 4 sausages, all on separate plates!! We spoke to the residents manager while we were there to give some constructive criticism and he did listen attentively and take notes. Overall we got the impression that the owner wasn't willing to invest the money needed to upgrade the establishment despite the fact that there is an indication on Trip Advisor that the upgrade had started about a year ago. On discovering the average salary of the staff he is obviously using the place as something of a cash cow!"