LA PETITE VILLA ®
Nestled in a green and peaceful setting, at about 200 metres from the public beach, is LA PETITE VILLA ®. The building is definitely in an original architecture, and this tranquil, wonderfully relaxed choice will offer an unimaginably beautiful setting for the holiday of your dreams. Accommodation facilities at LA PETITE VILLA ® are as follows :
- - A master bedroom with a king size bed,toilets and jaccuzi
- - A room for kids,with two single beds, a bunk bed, a baby cot
- - A friends room,with a double bed
All the rooms are air-conditioned and at the ground level, there is a roomy lounge with comfortable armchairs for you to relax and unwind after a day spent touring the island or the whereabouts
Among other amenities, you will find:
- A kitchen with fridge, hood, oven, kettle, coffee maker, toaster. The large sliding doors of the kitchen open onto a swimming pool, with wooden deck, and open space
- Two bathrooms,one at ground floor, with shower and toilets
3G internet Wi-Fi connexion is available, as well as satellite television, and Play services from Canal + ( Mauritius). Parking space is available in the yard for your car, should you decide to rent one during your stay on the island. Treat yourself to true tropical-inspired comfort at LA PETITE VILLA ®
Trou d'eau douce
The famous village of Trou D'eau Douce, East Coast, Mauritius: an unrivalled point, for excursions in boats, outings on the islands
Situated on the east coast of Mauritius, “Trou d’Eau Douce” was called thus by seventeenth-century Dutch sailors who used to land there on their way to or back from the East Indies for water and food supplies. In fact, not far, at a spot near the beach called “Belle île” was found a source of potable fresh water which soon became one of the main water supply points, hence the name Trou d’Eau Douce. The Dutch settled the island only temporarily and built there, at the same time as in Flacq and the Vieux Grand Port bay, the first dwellings on the island, indeed the only ones. It was much later, during the French colonisation period, that “Trou d’Eau Douce” developed into a sugar-cane planting and processing area with the construction of a sugarcane mill at Victoria. However, in 1839, with the abolition of slavery, the sugarcane industry whittled away as the most important economic activity of the village for the freed slaves, most likely because of bad reminiscences of the sugarcane fields, went to settle along the coast and engage into fishing. Today, if fishing and agriculture are still significant economic activities in the village, tourism has become its economic backbone. The Shangri-La's Le Touessrok, the five-star hotel, a popular destination for the jet-set, is found there.
Trou d’Eau Douce is strategically situated as the starting point for the discovery of the eastern coast of the island. The presence of Shangri-La's Le Touessrok hotel nearby has greatly contributed to the development of the transport infrastructure in the area. In addition to the good quality of the roads, the village has an adequate bus service to and from other areas of the island and you will have no problem finding a taxi or hiring a scooter or a bike for your trips (the last two modes of transport being convenient for excursions to nearby places of interest only) .
A few suggestions of your discovery trips are:
- Discover the public beaches : Trou D’eau Douce, Palmar and Belle Mare, footing or by cycles
- An outing at Ile aux cerfs, or nautical activities
- Snokelling ( available at the villa), in the bays of Palmar
- Shopping in Flacq | visit the common market ( on wed mornings & Sundays ) where you’ll find an abundance of fruits and vegetables
- Trip by the local bus lines, an opportunity to meet local people, a route stopping in the centre or the south of the island.
You will enjoy strolling in this small village of some 5,000 inhabitants where warmth and kindness of people is present,with a fine example of the island's sense of hospitality throughout the world. You can experience the the rhythm of life in the tropics and marvel at the multicultural variations of the Mauritian society where there is a long-lived harmony of people whose ancestors came from Europe, Asia, Africa .... After all, is not that what makes Mauritius so singular? If the cultural past of the place arouses interest in you, then you can inquire about the old sugar factory converted into Café des Arts or the painting workshop of the Manglier Foundation, one of the last students of the famous French painter Henri Matisse. Take a tour of the small local fishing port, the 'Lime Kiln' tour, and still walk to the end of the village to discover the public beach.
It would very surprising if the top priority of your Mauritian holidays is not to enjoy as much as possible the warm sun and the outstanding beauty of the beaches of this wonderful island. Though the beaches of the eastern coast are less renowned than those of the northern and western coasts for swimming, yet you will delight in the charms of those beaches situated at reasonable distance from the Petite Villa. Arrange for a discovery trip to the beaches of Palmar, Belle Mare or Poste Lafayette, by car or by bus. While strolling along the waterline, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the vast ocean spreading out as far as the eye can see, the fine, warm sand grains trickling between your toes.And, if you can’t resist the lapping of the waves on the shore, do not hesitate to head out for a swim in the warm and turquoise water. The lagoon here is rich in corals and the crystalline sea and soft, sandy shore remain as nature made them, an unspoiled character which the northern and western coasts, overcrowded with tourists, have in great part lost. If you feel like it, you may go sea-diving, with mask and tuba, at Palmar. Otherwise, with a basketful of delicious, tasty local foods, sit down in the shade of the tall trees along the shoreline and enjoy a picnic in front of a lagoon awash in deep blues and aquamarines.
You will most likely wish to visit l’île aux Cerfs, the island with paradisiacal
beaches off Trou d’Eau Douce which has earned itself quite a reputation in many parts of the world. Only a few minutes’ walk from La Petite Villa is the jetty from which the taxi boats set out to the island for an unforgettable day. You may also choose other sea excursions to nearby islands, like îlot Mangenie, an ideal spot for picnics. Talk to your host about it and he will make it his pleasure to arrange private boat trips, with lunch and drinks, for you!
You can also enjoy your presence in Trou d'Eau Douce and go up north or to Centre de Flacq, the largest village in the area or down to the south Mahebourg, former large slave market of the time of French colonization turned today into a tourist zone while preserving its historical identity. But, whatever direction you take, you will walk along one of the most picturesque coasts of Mauritius and whose pleasant landscapes will offer a beautiful trip, both from the side of the mountains, to inland sceneries and ocean views from shore, that will leave you speechless. And, on the way to Mahébourg, you will have the opportunity to visit some vestiges of the Dutch era, such as Fort Frederyk Hendrik, the Dutch Tower or the Old Cemetery. The first landing site of the Dutch on the island, on the Mahébourg road is also worth seeing.Those are some suggestions of excursions or tours you may consider from LA PETITE VILLA ® and that your host will most agreeably arrange for you. And, of course, Mauritius has many other places of interest, and often of extraordinary scenic beauty, that you have to see before flying back home.
Please contact your host to set up a vacation plan to make the most of your holidays. An outing of Big game fishing, or inner lagoon snorkels and fishing are some other activities you can indulge in.
Or you may want to go on a tour of the main towns of the island and to the other touristic places you may have heard of. In spite of being a rather small island, Mauritius does not lack in picturesque landscapes which can but dazzle and delight you. The northern and western coastlines, with beautiful, bright white beaches, Port Louis the capital city and its market filled with oriental scents, the Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses created in the 18th century by Pierre Poivre, a French botanist, where you can find some rare plant species, Chamarel and its seven-coloured earth, Casela the wild animal park where you can walk with lions, tigers, among other and many more other places to see, so that at the end of the day, your stay will captivate your heart with unforgettable souvenirs.
Do not hesitate to ask your host to prepare a tour plan of everything you need to see,in view of not to miss anything in Mauritius.
An Isle of Spices
Eating good food: You will find in abundance vegetables and meats, according to your tastes.But you may also choose to do your own cooking. As aforementioned, LA PETITE VILLA ®has a well equipped kitchen. You may be able to buy fresh vegetables at selling points not too far away as well as at supermarkets where you will find a large variety of products from all the five continents.
Otherwise, you will find in Trou d'Eau Douce two restaurants that will make you taste some culinary wonders inspired by China, India, Europe or even Africa. You will also find the cuisine "à la mauricienne", another facet of the cultural richness of this island so unique!
But you can also have your meals delivered to LA PETITE VILLA ® , the days when, tired of your hikes or walks, you will not feel in the mood to cook or dine out!
We hope that this bit of information on La Petite Villa, as well as the photos that accompany them, will have convinced you to make it the place of your Mauritian holiday. If, however, you wish to know a little more, please contact us on this site and we will be happy to answer your questions.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS IN MAURITIUS ! !