by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Located right on the beach on Grand Riviere Bay near the rainforest, Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel offers various accommodations types, including units that sleep up to six people. Rooms on the ground floor offer direct beach access and second floor rooms have furnished verandahs overlooking the sea. All rooms are air conditioned and have mosquito netting around the beds.
There is an onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring both international and local cuisine, as well as a cafÃ© offering snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Room service is also available. Daily breakfast for two, parking and Wi-Fi are all offered free of charge.
The hotel’s location is a prime spot for guests visiting during the nesting season of the local leatherback turtles. Its beach is home to the largest colony of these endangered turtles. Rainforest hikes and bird watching are other popular activities in the area.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Turtle watching
- Bird watching
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Fabulous time watching the large Leatherback turtles nesting and hatching up close at Mount Plaisir Estate. It takes a while to get to the beach - almost 3 hours from the airport by car - and the setting is untouristic-ly rustic, but it is comfortable and the welcome is pleasant. The food is also good. The whole reason for going is the fantastic and dramatic experience of being around the turtles each night or early morning, saving myriad hatchlings from the vultures and frigates, and then releasing them into the sea at sunset as part of the conservation program. Basically, you are watching the raw life to death cycle take place in front of you through these massive and gentle, dinosaur-like creatures. The Rainforest is also worth a trip. Our guide was David, who has a shack on the beach, and he was very pleasant. He also makes various craft items engraved with turtles that are for sale for around US$20. Very educational visit.
Our stay started of well until we had no water in our rooms on the top floor of the hotel. There were 12 of us so you can imagine the discomfort. After a few complaints we were offered the use of one of the ground floor rooms where we were able to use the bathroom and shower. I think this situation should not have occurred as the hotel should be better prepared for its guests, under any circumstance. We were there for one night and made a quick gataway the next morning. Not exactly what we had in mind when we planned the long trip up to Grande Riviere, but our comfort was more important.