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- Stay in a beautiful colonial mansion house belonging to the same family since 1830.
- The house is set in sweeping, manicured gardens with ancient trees and lush green lawns.
- En suite rooms are individually designed and offer original charm with four-poster beds and teak furnishings.
- Dine on the wonderful open-air terrace at the restaurant, overlooking the gardens.
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La Demeure St Antoine
As this was once a family home, each room is unique, complete with four-poster beds, period wooden furniture and original family photos. Each room leads directly out onto the wrap-around veranda, and has an en suite with shower. There are no televisions in the rooms, but Wi-Fi is available. Unusually, if you’d like a bath, there’s a separate (lockable) bathroom off the main living area.
Located in the peaceful grounds of the (now defunct) family sugar factory, you can still see a 19th-century water tank and well in the well-tended gardens. Built alongside the main road heading into the town of Goodlands, you’re a short walk from a series of local shops selling fresh fruits, saris and locally-made furniture.
Food and drink
Arguably the highlight of a stay here is the restaurant. In the evenings you can dine on the candlelit veranda looking out into illuminated gardens. The menu is an à la carte fusion of French and Mauritian cuisine, with fresh local ingredients as well as high-quality imported specialities. There’s a carefully curated wine list and the desserts were some of the best we’ve tried on the island.
Breakfast is also served in the main restaurant, and is a continental selection of fresh bread, homemade pastries, fruits and yogurts, as well eggs to order.
While there are basic tea and coffee facilities in your room, the restaurant staff are on hand to serve you drinks on the veranda outside your room if you wish.
As the hotel doesn’t have any children’s activities or the ability to add extra beds into the rooms, we don’t suggest this as an option for young children.
The hotel’s location in the north of the island makes it a good base from which to explore Chateau de Labourdonnais, Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens and L'Aventure du Sucre, a sugar factory museum. You can also take a walk into the town of Goodlands, where you’ll find a selection of local shops and an array of brightly-painted Hindu temples that welcome visitors (please remove your shoes before entry).
Historic Marine, a model ship building company, are also within walking distance and offer complimentary tours (there’s a small donation box by the exit) of their workshops — ask for directions from staff.
This simple but charming guesthouse offers a unique experience, ideal for those wanting to discover more of Mauritius’ history. We recommend combining a one or two night stay here with time at the beach or in the mountains.
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