Villa La Chaulee is situated in a dead end private road parallel to the coastal road opposite a 3 star hotel - The Merville Beach. The nearest accessible beaches on foot are "La Cuvette" 10 minutes, Pereybere 10 minutes, Grand Baie beach 15 minutes. In fact all along the coastal road are beaches. All beaches have white sand with emerald crystal clear water. On the shore we have filaos trees and grass growing. Normally guests can hire deck chairs and practice all kinds of water sports everywhere. One of our longest beaches "Mon Choisi" is about 15 min by car.
What you can find down the Coastal Road
When you leave Villa la Chaulee and turn left down the Coastal Road towards the Village of Grand Baie (20 minutes on foot), you will see on your way:
On the right side of Road: The Square with its Garden Restaurant, A Beauty/Spa salon, Wine shop.
On the left: A Bus Stop, Hotel Ventura with its Indian Restaurant, A Wine Tasting/Restaurant (L'Atelier du Vin), An Italian Delicatessen/Restaurant, Beauty nail care, An Art shop, Supermarket Store 2000, Stardance Discotheque, A Pub, A Bar, Luigi Italian Pizza & Pasta Restaurant and above it A Steak House, A Gourmet shop "L'Epicerie Gourmande" underneath Luigi and a Bakery next door.
On the right: Hotel Le Mauricia, The Royal Palm, The Veranda Hotel, The Grand Bay Yatch club, La Cuvette Public beach.
On the left before entering the village: A Mauritian Restaurant, Tours Operators, Beauty salon, An Indian Temple, An Italian Cafe, The State Bank, The Banana Bar (live jazz) on Friday/Saturday, A Petanque drive.
In the village: More activities and more shops, Restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Sea Food, Continental, Snack bars), Tours operators, Banks, Internet Cafe, Bars, Discotheques, Pizzerias, A Bazaar, Bus Terminal for Express service to Port-Louis, Water Sports Centre, Deep Sea Fishing outings, Super U, a Catholic church, a Mosque,etc.
An 18 hole Golf course at Belle Mare Plage about 40 minutes' drive by car from Grand Baie offer all the challenges that a trained golfer is looking for. Possibility to spend the day in the hotel, enjoy the beach and even have lunch there. Another golf course at Anaita near Belle Mare Plage in a nice setting is also open to the public with facilities for lunches or water sports. Possibility to hire golf clubs and bag on the spot exists but perhaps the choice of brand names might be limited. For beginners, there are pros for private or group lessons at a fee. At the Legends Hotel in Grand Gaube, about 20 minutes' drive from Grand Baie, there is a driving range where you can practice your shots by paying an entrance/practice fee.
Nearest and unique airport is about 1 hr 15 mins from Grand Baie. Hiring of car is not essential but for greater mobility and independence it would be recommended. We could propose some reliable local car hire that charge less per day than Avis or Hertz. Otherwise, during the day, the bus is a cheap and reliable means of transport. We have also our own regular taxi man and if used by our guests, he would charge very reasonable fares.
Port Louis, the town is about 25 minutes' drive by car. There is an Express Bus from Grand Baie centre which departs every half hour to Port Louis (45 mins.), it is cheap, reliable and air-conditioned. Many tourists use this means of transport to move about. Pamplemousses botanical garden is about 15 minutes drive.
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Shops in Grand Baie offer lots of locally made or imported products. Since Mauritius is a textile producing country, many of the manufactured goods found on the local market come from our factory. Mauritius is a multi-cultural country, therefore our cuisine is a cross road between east and west and reflects our diversity. We have restaurants offering the following food: Creole, Indian, Chinese, French, Italian, fast food, snacks and of course stylish and gourmet restaurants that are found in some of our reputed hotels. For very little money, you can try local fast food sold by street vendors. Lots of small cafe offer food at reasonable price for breakfast and lunch. Super U is our main supermarket in Grand Baie. There, you can find almost every thing under one roof: foodstuff, clothes, summer shoes, children's clothing, local handicrafts, books, magazines, souvenirs, fresh vegetable and fruits,wine etc. The banks that are locally represented are: Barclays, HSBC, Banque des Mascareignes, Mauritius Commercial Bank.
Places of interest are:
La Vanille in the South - Crocodile farm, giant tortoise that you can ride, splendid Insectarium - the restaurant proposes crocodile meat on the menu.
Casela near Flic-en-Flac - Reserve for birds and other animals. Children can fish tilapias that are returned to the lake afterwards.
Aventure Park, Chamarel: Acrobranches - equipped with an harness and tied to a cable stretched upwards overcoming obstacle in trees and branches, this calls for sporty and fit bodies that would stop at nothing.
Port Louis Race Course - Champs de Mars, every Saturdays from May to December.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden - impressive collection of indigenous plants.
Aventure du Sucre - an old sugar factory transformed into a Museum retracing the history of the Sugar Industry in Mauritius