Grand Baie, Mauritius

20 Degres Sud

Rates from (inc tax)$325.64

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Characterful colonial cosiness


Bountiful, beachside coconut grove

Boutique hotel 20 Degres Sud proffers the simple pleasures of rum-laced cocktails and a quiet stretch of shore. Set in a coconut grove, close – but not too close – to lively Grand Baie, its palapa-thatched rooms are within lazy strolling distance of the beach (and watersports are included in room rates). Tropical spa treatments and tip-top service add a layer of luxury. And if you’re proposal planning, the incredible dining experiences (on a vintage catamaran or a 19th-century private-island-set ruin) offer a perfect question-popping moment.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of champagne and 25 per cent off spa treatments


Photos 20 Degres Sud – Grand Bay – Mauritius

Need to know


36, including six suites.


11.30am, but flexible, late check-out is available for 75 per cent of the room rate a person. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $325.64 (€299), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR344.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast (Continental, full-English or American) and à la carte dinner, plus daily transfers to Grand Baie in a motorised pirogue (longboat).


Bikes and helmets, snorkel masks and flippers, sea kayaks, laser dinghies, Hobie Cats, stand-up paddle-boards and windsurfing boards are available to hire for free.

At the hotel

Spa and hammam, two library lounges with board games, a diving centre, boutique, Lady Lisbeth motorboat, billiard table, parking, free WiFi throughout (high-speed for an extra charge). In rooms: flatscreen TV and films on-demand, minibar, kettle and cafetière. The Beachfront, Suite and Austral Suite categories have Nespresso machines and iPod docks and speakers.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms are in mod-colonial style, with dark wood and leather against white walls and linens, gauze-veiled four-poster beds and designer Belgian furnishings from Flamant. Room 4 is a large suite, with a sprawling deck for tropical views, and has a Jacuzzi. Room 2 is equally elegant, with a little pool on its deck.


Both of the hotel’s pools are lined with schist rock tiles and fringed with coconut palms. Day-beds, and wicker tables and chairs line the decking. The larger pool is by the bar and heated to 26 degrees in the winter. The more petite pool is in palm-shaded seclusion behind the spa. Alternatively, take a cool dip in the Indian Ocean from the nearby beach.

Packing tips

A kaftan for après-swim drinks and some basic French for polite exchanges with the friendly staff.


The hotel isn’t suited to guests with mobility issues.


This sophisticated hotel is more of a ‘let’s leave them with the grandparents’ kind of place.


Water used by the hotel is desalinated using solar energy.

Food and Drink

Photos 20 Degres Sud – Grand Bay – Mauritius

Top Table

By the window in the on-site restaurant watching the boat lights twinkle in the Indian Ocean, or dining alfresco on Flat Island’s wild beach.

Dress Code

Be an angelic beach bunny in floaty white linen with minimal gold accessories to glint in the sun. Mr Smith should don untucked white shirts with tailored shorts.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel has several jaw-dropping settings for the fabulous sea-to-table dishes crafted by local chef Sanjeev Purahoo. Overlook the waves at the seafront restaurant, hop on the hotel’s Lagoon 440 catamaran and travel to private Flat Island for a meal in the magical seclusion of a 19th-century governor’s house, or charter vintage motorboat Lady Lisbeth for a meal in its teak-lined cabin. The food is equally spectacular, with a six-course lobster menu, tender cuts of meat from South Africa, and a caught-that-day sushi spread (must be ordered in advance).

Hotel bar

The bar is a bright space with white wooden walls, rattan furnishings and 19th-century antiques. Be sociable at the long slate bar, or pluck a book from the shelves by the door and delve into the fine wine list.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am to 10.30am; lunch from 12 noon to 2pm; and coffee, tea and home-made cakes are served at 4pm. Dinner on site is from 7.30pm to 9.30pm; on the Lady Lisbeth it runs from 7.45pm to 11.30pm.

Room service

Ask staff for the daily in-room menu.


Photos 20 Degres Sud – Grand Bay – Mauritius
20 Degres Sud
Coastal Road, Malartic Point
Grand Bay


Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is an hour’s drive from the hotel. There are daily flights to international hubs such as London, Singapore, Paris and Dubai.


Driving in Mauritius is relatively stress-free. Roads are well signposted and there are some jaw-dropping coastal routes. Just remember to drive on the left. There’s free parking at the hotel and an Avis car-hire booth at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

Worth getting out of bed for

Grand Baie sits at the northerly tip of Mauritius, close to Point aux Cannoniers: the more touristy side of the island, with postcard-perfect beaches and sheltered bays. There are sprawling resorts close by, but 20 Degres Sud has a peaceful spot to itself, with an elegantly landscaped beach. You needn’t rouse yourself from your sunlounger to organise holiday fun – the hotel can plan it all. Watersports equipment can be hired for free on site, and the shuttle to Grand Baie will drop snorkellers off at the best sites, such as Coin de Mire island or Black River, where dolphins frolic. For an extra charge, guests can waterski, paraglide, kitesurf or scuba dive at the centre just off-site. The hotel’s Lagoon 440 catamaran, which has four cabins, or their 36ft Legend speedboat are available to charter, and the hotel’s position at the lagoon’s edge, near the mouth of the bay, means safe and exciting sailing for novices and experts alike. Play a few rounds at Mon Choisy Golf Club, a five-minute drive away, or haul in your own supper on a big-game fishing excursion. Blue- and yellow-fin tuna, marlin and sea bream populate the turquoise waters, and you can spend a relaxing full or half day spotting and catching them (advance booking is recommended). Excursions to Mauritius’s greener south side and the Central Market in Port Louis let guests experience the islander lifestyle. Or take a peek at the giant lilypads of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (+230 243 9401), hop back in time at the Sugar Museum and Factory (+230 243 7900) or explore colonial castle La Bourdonnais (+230 266 9533). In Grand Baie, experience the serenity of the oldest temple in Mauritius, Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir, haggle in the Grand Baie Bazaar or don a Spongebob Squarepants-esque helmet for a Solar Under Sea Walk (+230 263 7819).

Local restaurants

Colourful eatery Le Off (+230 263 6357) serves up elegant fusion fare – tuna tartare with a passion-fruit coulis, tagliatelle with lamb meatballs in a spicy creole sauce and tropical-fruit-infused desserts. Dine in a space filled with Moorish furnishings from Morocco, Egypt and Portugal or dine alfresco by the backlit pool. Strung with tropical flowers and lit with candles, romantic Rivoli (+230 269 0617) in Grand Baie has a small, secluded garden. It’s also rather good at authentic Italian food, with simple but tasty pasta, meat and fish dishes.

Local cafés

Coffee Garden (+230 263 2270) is a sweet, unassuming joint that’s brightly painted in citrus hues inside, but has a serene garden for alfresco dining. Coffee is good, but their menu of paninis, omelettes and brochettes is worth dipping into – the smoked marlin sandwiches are excellent.

Local bars

Sleek club Les Enfants Terribles (+230 5263 1076) has three sections, (one each for hip-hop, pop and R’n’B). There are coloured lights and a laser show, plenty of bars to prop up and a VIP room.


Photos 20 Degres Sud – Grand Bay – Mauritius

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this serene beach hotel in Grand Baie and unpacked their spices and brightly coloured baskets, a full account of their luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from 20 Degres Sud in Mauritius…

Mauritius doesn’t have to try hard to be romantic: its powder-soft beaches and tropical foliage immediately suggest sun-kissed seduction. But the island’s beachfront resorts can be impersonal passion killers, so head to boutique hotel 20 Degres Sud for knock-your-socks-off (and several other items) ardour. The hotel’s coconut grove buffers guests from the touristy trappings of Grand Baie, and its beach is usually empty but for a few locals and some shaded rattan day-beds. The cosy, colonial rooms may not boast gadgets and gizmos, but they won’t be missed. Instead, you’ll be gazing over the ocean from your terrace, meandering to the bar for balloon glasses filled to the brim, or having a meal in the tree-pronged ruin of a governor’s house on a nearby private island. This bite-size boutique paradise has all the trimmings and we challenge you not to get carried away.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in 20 Degres Sud’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The relaxed yet sophisticated feel, the food, Dennis in the bar. Enjoyed Le Capitaine and the deep sea fishing was great fun, but is definitely not for people who are prone to sea sickness.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

The intimate surroundings, attractive crowd, excellent meals, indoor outdoor showers. Recommend Le Capitaine, Souterelle, Flowers of Paradise. 

Don’t expect

Tennis or golf


Stayed on 22 Aug 2016

We loved

Small, intimate and French atmosphere, food and service. Le Capitane seafood restaurant nearby

Don’t expect

Business center, gym, tennis courts and vast public areas like most of the 5-star hotels on the island


Stayed on 20 May 2016

We loved

hotel, food, staff, room. 10/10

Don’t expect

difficulty with payment


Stayed on 27 Mar 2016

We loved

Colonial style, cocktail bar, dinner by the pool or sea. Local recommendations: The Beach House in Grand Baie, the Adventure of Sugar museum, Chateau Labordonnais. 

Don’t expect

Afternoon tea


Stayed on 6 Mar 2016

We loved

Outdoor shower, food, and bar area.

Don’t expect

Spacious rooms and perfectly-appointed room details.


Stayed on 12 Feb 2016