Villa Poseidon is situated in the north of Mauritius at Cap Malheureux, 3.5 kms from the centre of Grand Bay. The name of this splendid area of Mauritius (Unhappy Cape) might seem terribly uninspired, but as a matter of fact was perceived as homage to the infamous shipwreck of the Saint Géran that took place on the 18 August 1744.
This local disaster greatly influenced the dramatic ending of Bernardin de St Pierre’s book Paul and Virginie.
In today’s time of air travel, Villa Poseidon is an ideal location for a relaxed tropical beach holiday with family and friends. Life here is sweet and the views from the spacious veranda or the first floor windows absolutely breath-taking. Visitors will be able to observe picturesque fishing pirogues heading out early in the morning or coming back laden with their prey as well as colourful catamarans taking tourists to a visit of the northern isles such as Ilot Gabriel or Flat Island.
“The sea is well equipped around Cap Malheureux ‘’, is a saying amongst the locals,
Lovely Villa Poseïdon by the sea, which is called a “campement” in Creole language, was once accessed after long hours of travelling through sugar cane fields and walking along golden beaches only. There was neither running water nor electricity in those days of bygone bliss.
Today, even though visitors enjoy amenities like air-conditioning, Villa Poseidon still is all about letting go of stress. Here you are walking the beach barefoot, or letting the sun work on your tan while you lazily read a book on the wooden veranda, whilst casting a watchful eye on your children who play nearby in the water. In the evening, parents enjoy a drink of Mauritian rum punch, while the children play in the shelter of the spacious veranda.
During the weekend, each evening the rhythm of the ravanes can be heard from afar. These locally made large drums accompany the traditional Mauritian dance called Sega.
Cap Malheureux is a tranquil fishermen’s village just about 10 minutes by car from bustling Grand Bay, where banks, supermarkets, cinemas, restaurants and nightlife as well as great shopping of any kind can be found.
The villa is situated right next to the famous red-roofed church, depicted on countless postcards and in most tourist guides.
Those who like to immerse themselves in the turquoise waters will find very nice swimming at Paramé, about 5 minutes down the beach.
The owners of the villa also own an historical home that is now a museum; the ‘’ Chateau de Labourdonnais ‘‘, which is 20 minutes, drive away.
A visit of the Chateau de Labourdonnais is a trip in the history of Mauritius of the colonial times.