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
This was my 3rd stay here, and it was great... again.
Friends and I began our 5-night stay, welcome drinks in hand, watching leatherback hatchlings scramble to the sea. The next morning and throughout our stay, we woke to a beach covered with new nests and tracks. Each day, we climbed out of bed before dawn to watch the last turtles still nesting.
For long-time Florida turtle patrollers, it was perfect!
Leatherback nesting is winding down in June. I can only imagine the beach when nesting is at its height!
The Mt Plaisir is directly on the beach, which is a bit less than a mile long. Night access is restricted to guided groups. Tickets (~$14 US pp) are obtained at the Turtle Center next door. Our guide Darren was very informative, committed, and clear. His message was positive and strong.
We stayed in 4 upstairs rooms overlooking the beach. The rooms were large, had good reading lamps, shelves, a wrack for hanging clothes, chairs, and balconies. I was in room #11. I had a large bed with a very firm and comfortable mattress.
We all spent a lot of time sitting on the balcony reading or talking.
We slept well. Nights were quiet and the A/C was fine.
The communal breakfast included in our rate was excellent. Besides eggs, juices, coffee, tea, and breads, we were served a variety of local dishes each morning. My favorite: eggplant dishes.
Soups at the Mt Plaisir and everywhere during our trip were very good. My favorite: callaloo.
For our gluten free AND corn free friend, no problem. Special pancakes and breads for her!
There was always plenty of water on the tables. And the wine was wonderful.
There was consistently good wifi service in the dining room and office area. During our stay, the power was fine also.
I think we were the only people (ever?) to not see piping guans with Nicholas. Others did the very next day. The chocolate tour was quite interesting. Several of our group also went on a much-too-long hike in the woods.
Host Piero Guarini arranged our transportation from the Mt Plaisir. (Oda with the Pax Guest House had arranged our transportation to the Mt Plaisir.) All drivers throughout our trip were excellent.
The staff took very good care of us! Thank you to Lydia, Loretta, Lisa, Brinette, WendyAnn, and Thea! And to others whose names I don't know.
A special thank you, Piero and staff, for supporting sea turtle conservation!
The place was just like a grandmother's house cosy and ancient. No tele... And sorry to say the half of a soap and the skid marks on the towels was disgusting.. We carried our own. The local turtle caregiver was super nice and my girls had a super time.. It was indeed a little spooky to see the place in total darkness but it was understood.. The breakfast was delicious as for the customer service.. It was excellent... Brings back memories of when I was small