Review by: Anonymous

Countries Visited:
Mauritius & South Africa
Holiday Type:
Honeymoon
4 23/11/2011

Overall Impressions

Highlights of the honeymoon were South Africa - accomodation in Cape Town was very good, and Safari location recommended was amazing and even though was not a big Kruger style park, perfect for the experience we had said we wanted, and we got more than asked for or anticipated.

Countries Visited

Accommodation Visited

Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse 5

Excellent choice, very helpful staff, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tamarina Hotel 2

Further to the general view expressed above about not expecting a resort apartment complex, this was a dissapointment to us. Not only would this be something I would expect as a tour operated hotel in Mallorca with a three star plus rating or the like, but equally it stood out in sharp contrast to the hospitality received in our other accomodations. Everywhere else we had stayed we were made to feel personally welcome, had hand-written congratulation cards, and were made to feel very special. Here, the feeling was one of cattle at initial reception, with the first interactions consisting of requesting the proof of marriage... Immediately this provides a very different atmosphere. In addition, although it sounds picky, to have hand-written cards everywhere, and to find a pre-printed letter here, just confirmed the initial welcome - being one of many, rather than an individual appreciated guest. Staff, and we ended up being spoken to by all levels of management, were very well intentioned in general, and multiple times a day we would be asked if all was ok. This took over though, as even when we left the hotel to eat outside, it seemed like the staff were keeping a file, with everyone knowing where we ate, asking us how it was, etc - it was a bit bizarre. The quality of the food was also less than impressive, as it clearly catered to the lowest common denominator, with the food overall being tasteless and uninspiring. Overall, it felt like a cheap package tour operator holiday. I understand, and I stress this, that this is probably what it was, and also what we paid for, and that what we wanted may not have been affordable to us - however this should be something we were aware of in advance, and for us to have decided whether or not to still go ahead in any event. The way it was, Mauritius was the disappointment of our holiday.

Auberge Burgundy Guest House 4

Very nice, very friendly, nice room, personalised greeting - all in all a good stay with no complaints.

Amakhala Bush Lodge 5

The highlilght of our trip, based on the experiences, the small touches, the willingness and eagerness of staff and owners to please. Just amazing.