20 Degrés Sud
North Coast, Mauritius
20 Degrés Sud is an intimate boutique Relais & Chateaux hotel located near Grand Baie on the north west coast of Mauritius. Small and elegant, 20 Degrés Sud offers guests a warm and personal service within a haven of refinement and style.
At a Glance
Charming and cosy boutique hotel
Relaxed and informal atmosphere
Hidden behind a huge oak carriage entrance door
Dine aboard the island’s oldest motor boat, Lady Lisbeth, whilst cruising around the bay
Close to Grand Baie for shopping and a good base for exploring Mauritius
The one restaurant offers a daily changing menu with chefs recommendations
Stay in an Austral Suite and enjoy the ocean view from your plunge pool or JacuzziScott Dunn team
Original photographs of the hotel's Vintage Boat, the Lady Lisbeth, are displayed in the bedroomsKatie May
There is a tree growing through the restaurant, and an aquarium in the lounge!Scott Dunn team
The Lady Lisbeth dinner cruise around Grand Baie is not to be missed!Scott Dunn team
You enter the hotel through the big wooden doors and arrive into a little hideaway, a couple's paradiseAlice Moseley
Take the complimentary boat shuttle to Grand Baie, saving you having to get a taxi thereAlice Moseley
Experience the Robinson Crusoe style of Ile Platt reached by an hour 44ft catamaran cruiseScott Dunn team
Check out the lunch menu - exceptional quality for really good pricesVictoria Douglas
Loved this tiny property for its intimate, homely atmosphere and individual character. Tasteful and eclectic décor – no two rooms are the sameAna Albiol
Whilst taking a pre-dinner aperitif sit back in one of the many comfy sofas and marvel at the beautiful aquarium full of tropical fish!Jack Mace
Go for a Beachfront room for a little more space than the entry level Charm roomEmma Mark
Choose the Austral Suite, and you get the choice of a Jacuzzi or Pool on your balcony! Be sure to request your preference in advanceClaire Walker
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to 20 Degrés Sud
20 Degrés Sud is described as one of the best kept secrets in Mauritius. On Pointe Malartic, in a lovely setting between Grand Baie and Pointe aux Canonniers, the hotel stands on a gorgeous turquoise lagoon in the Grand Baie, facing the islands to the north - Le Coin de Mire, Ile Ronde and Ile Plate.
Hidden behind an oak carriage entrance door, it combines excellence and luxury within an intimate, privately run establishment.
Within 20 Degrés Sud, each of the 36 rooms and suites look onto the pretty coconut grove facing the sea and have been individually designed by Belgium interior designer, Flamant. The rooms have been decorated using specially selected furnishings and antiques, creating a personal 'home from home' atmosphere with a distinct French elegance flair. The four Austral Suites are equipped with a private plunge pool, and for ultimate luxury, the ground floor suites have a large Jacuzzi each. These suites have terraces less than two meters from the water and the breathtaking views of the blue sea create an exceptional setting.
The restaurant at 20 Degrés Sud is located on the waters edge, principally serving the finest of Mauritian local produce. The kitchen is directed by the talented Mauritian chef, Manolito Grosset, who will prepare fresh fish dishes or, if you prefer, a six-course lobster menu on request. A fabulously romantic evening can be spent on the hotel's beautifully restored salon boat, 'M/S Lady Lisbeth' dining whilst cruising around the beautiful bay. Alternatively, it is possible to dine in the The Governer's House, an old ruin, now a listed building. This little restaurant has just a few tables and a magical, intimate setting on a beach on a separate island, and guests are taken there by the hotel's catamaran. Fresh fish and lobster are specialties.
Activities at 20 Degrés Sud include a variety of watersports, boat excursions as well as big game fishing, which can be arranged nearby. Relax in the library with a choice of over 2000 books, DVDs and board games, or have a game of billiards. Alternatively, guests can sit back and relax in the hotel's own mini spa, with treatments ranging from a hot stone massage to a mother of pearl body scrub.
All the rooms are air-conditioned and have a beautiful terrace which looks onto the attractive coconut grove bordering the sea. The rooms are tastefully furnished in a vintage chic design and equipped with queen-size bed, safe, plasma, flat screen television, DVD player, telephone, a mini bar and tea/coffee-making facilities. Each bathroom is equipped with an old style bath, a separate shower and two wash basins built into a beautiful wooden surround. The suites additionally have either an outdoor hot tub or a small private swimming pool.
These rooms are equipped with a private plunge pool overlooking the sea, for those on the ground floor, and for those on the first floor, with a large Jacuzzi. Their terraces are less than two meters from the water with excellent views.
Although some are more modest in size, all overlook the beautiful coconut grove that opens onto the sea, allowing you to “live” the 20 Degrés Sud experience at a reduced rate. Nevertheless they are totally faithful to the spirit that we sought for this hotel: all different, with a great deal of charm and the furniture and furnishings come from the Belgian interior decorator Flamant Home Interiors.
These suites are all different, offering a surface area of more than 90m2. They are each equipped with a small private plunge pool overlooking the sea for those on the ground floor and for those on the first floor, a Jacuzzi.
They are located 20 meters from the water and each has an outdoor Jacuzzi. The view from their terraces alone justifies their positioning.
In order to preserve the seclusion and tranquillity of this hotel, children under the age of 12 years are not permitted to stay at 20 Degrés Sud.
The 20 Degrés Sud offers excellent dining facilities from the restaurant in the hotel to the unique dining experiences on the Lady Lisbeth, and the renovated ruin. There are two small freshwater swimming pools, one of which is heated to 26°. Guests can also use the spa, where the expert team of therapists welcome you daily from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm with four treatment rooms, a beautiful hammam and whirlpool bath. Facilities also include a library, board games, billiard table and unlimited WiFi. For more active guests there is a bicycle hire and boathouse that provides watersports equipment and PADI dive center.
Guests at the 20 Degrés Sud can play golf in the majority of Mauritius's clubs, the nearest being on the east coast of Mauritius. The hotel will be happy to organize transport and the journey takes 45 minutes.
20 Degrés Sud offers a wide variety of complimentary watersports activities that range from windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, snorkeling, sea kayaks, a laser, glass-bottom boats and boat transfers to Grand Baie (four trips a day). The hotel can arrange scuba diving, waterskiing, private boat excursions, parasailing, kite surfing, big game fishing and tennis, at an additional cost.
Location & Directions
North Coast, Mauritius
20 Degrés Sud is on the north coast of Mauritius, between Grand Baie and Pointe aux Canonniers. The north coast of Mauritius has an abundance of sheltered beaches, making it an ideal tourist and watersports destination. The Northern part of Mauritius can be accessed by car and is 60km from the airport. The northern coast of Mauritius is just 5km to the lively town of Grand Baie. Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa and 900km east of Madagascar.
When to go
Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.
The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain.
Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island – it can rain here at any time of year, and even when it’s not raining the area can be cloaked in low-lying cloud. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer.
Apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school vacations, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).