Our Rating
7.0
Overall

Canonnier Beachcomber

4 STAR

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Our Rating
7.0
Overall

Canonnier Beachcomber

4 STAR
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Perched on a sheltered peninsula on the north-western tip of the island, Canonnier Beachcomber is one of the most popular family resorts in Mauritius.

Our Ratings

7.0
Overall
6.5
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
9.0
Activities
9.0
Child Friendly

Our Ratings

7.0
Overall
6.5
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
9.0
Activities
9.0
Child Friendly

What's Hot

  • A more tranquil experience than sister resort Mauricia - but the action of Grand Baie is just around the corner so it gives you the best of both worlds in many ways
  • Le Navigator enjoys a spectacular location looking out over the northern islands - a great place for a romantic meal!
  • Head for a massage at the Spa, stunningly located within the branches of an ancient banyan tree
  • Archery is available as an unusual but fun activity!
  • You can also access the facilities at Mauricia including two extra restaurants, if you fancy a change of scenery

What's Not

  • As the sea floor of this beach can be quite rocky, you may want to head 10 minutes down to the long sandy beach at Mont Choisy

Canonnier Beachcomber

Canonnier Beachcomberboasting breathtaking views across the coral reef to the picturesque islets offshore not to mention a huge amount of character being studded with ancient cannons and historical ruins, Canonnier is one of the most popular family resorts in Mauritius

Resort Profile

Perched on a sheltered peninsula on the north-western tip of the island, Canonnier Beachcomber is one of the most popular family resorts in Mauritius.

Quick Overview

Rooms
284 Rooms and Suites
Location
Grand Baie, North West Coast
Standard Meal Basis
Breakfast and Dinner
All Inclusive Option
Yes
Kids Club
Yes
Golf
No
Spa
Yes

Canonnier is set in seven hectares of tropical gardens in a site of great historical significance to Mauritius as it was a military post from 1715 through to the early 20th century – major features today are the ruins of the 18th century lighthouse (which has innovatively been converted into the resort’s kid’s club!) as well as the old fort and cannons from which the resort takes its name. Major renovations during 2005 have enhanced the authentic Mauritian atmosphere and given it a modern twist with the rooms in particular now sporting an attractive contemporary minimalism. An unusual feature of Canonnier courtesy of its position at the end of a peninsula is that it boasts three separate little beaches, giving guests completely different views of the panoramic sea-scape from wherever they choose to relax. The sheltered position in the north-west of the island also means that the sea is generally calm and the weather pleasant avoiding the prevailing strong south-east trade winds.

There’s plenty of choice as far as accommodation is concerned with the 284 rooms at Canonnier, all sporting lovely clean lines and décor courtesy of the big renovation back in 2005, being divided into 5 basic types: the Standard Rooms are on the small side at 24 m² (meaning that they can only accommodate 2 adults with a child under 6 years) and you have the choice either of lovely sea views or looking over the lush tropical gardens; the Superior Rooms are slightly larger (at 28 m²) and nicer and can accommodate a child sharing with parents provided they are under 18 years; given the lack of interconnecting rooms at entry level, larger families will be suited to the Family Duplexes (32 m²) where 2 kids can be accommodated in a separate bedroom on a mezzanine level (the steps up are quite steep though, so Beachcomber don't allow smaller kids under 5 years old); the most spacious family option is then the Garden Facing Apartments (80 m²) which boast 2 full bedrooms and bathrooms so giving much more space and privacy; finally there are the 4 Sea Facing Suites (50 m²) which are the most exclusive and upmarket feeling option and lovely for a romantic break.

As mentioned previously Canonnier boasts 3 separate little sandy coves, so it’s usually pretty easy to find a lounger away from the crowds if you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet. Be aware that the sea floor here (as at a lot of other resorts) can be quite tricky in terms of pieces of coral and rock, so you’re advised to put on water shoes before you venture in – for a great swimming beach though you can always take a 10 minute walk down the beach to the public beach at Mont Choisy which has plenty of sand underfoot and also gets deep quite quickly so is great for swimming. The resort’s tropical gardens are worth exploring with loads of birdlife enjoying the area which is attractively studded with creeks and cascading pools.

Talking of pools, there is an inviting swimming pool with lots of sunbeds and a bar close by where you can get some instant liquid relief from the heat of the sun. But for total relaxation try a relaxing massage at the Spa which quite uniquely is built amidst the branches of a banyan tree. If you’re the more active type, there are the usual plentiful array of land and watersports available and you can even pop over to the sports centre at the nearby sister resort of Mauricia Beachcomber on the other side of Grand Baie. One quite different and hugely fun activity on offer here for both adults and kids is archery (Canonnier is the only Beachcomber property to offer this) and this is very popular with guests. Kid’s will no doubt also be kept occupied by Beachcomber’s consistently excellent kid’s club – here though it has been incorporated into the ruins of the old lighthouse with a pirate theme that will enthrall the little ones. Finally a new introduction which will please the golfers is the resort's affiliation with nearby Mont Choisy Le Golf.

Although the basic package at Canonnier is half-board (breakfast and dinner daily) there is an excellent value all-inclusive package and indeed most South African customers choose to go all-inclusive to avoid any nasty surprises that can come with the notoriously high drinks prices in Mauritius. Along with the 3 restaurants at Canonnier, you are also able to dine at the sister hotel in Grand Baie, Mauricia Beachcomber which means you have another couple of restaurants to choose from. The main restaurant, Le Frangipanier is open-plan and set in the garden adjacent to the pool and specializes in buffets - an entertaining feature at dinner time is live cooking demonstrations when guests watch the chefs prepare their meal. For a more intimate and romantic experience you must try Le Navigator where old 18th century cannons line the gorgeous terrace of the former colonial manor house – and later in the evening, once you’ve finished your romantic meal, this converts into a disco where you can really let your hair down!

Pricing

per person sharing

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Booking Notes

  • Rates apply only to SA residents
  • Rates are subject to currency fluctuations
  • Children under 18 years of age require an unabridged birth certificate

Child Policy

  • Children under 6 sharing with parents stay and eat free
  • Free Kids Club daily for 3-12 year olds
  • Children in own room save 25% - 50% on accommodation
  • Enquire about children fly free special valid during specific seasons

  • NOTE: If infant turns 2 during travel, they are regarded for pricing purposes as “children”