Why we like it
Pure love and literary inspiration; Virginie and Paul were lovers. When Virginie drowned on the sailing ship Saint Geran off Mauritius’ north-east coast during a cyclone, Paul was so devastated that he died shortly after of a broken heart.
The story was immortalised by JH Bernardin de Sainte-Pierre in 1787 and has become a definition of true love. And so has this adult’s only resort. With wood, stone and thatch Colonial décor throughout, all rooms face the Indian Ocean and have a private balcony or terrace. For a real treat, experience the seafood dining at Le Saint Geran – the resort’s a la carte beach restaurant perfectly located on a sandy pier surrounded by water – a lovers rendezvous par excellence.
Mauritius North Coast, Grand Gaube
12 comfort rooms garden facing with private balconies or terraces. Bathroom comprising of shower and W/C. Size: 32 m²
57 superior rooms sea facing with private balconies or terraces. Bathroom comprising of shower and seperate W/C. Size: 38 m²
12 comfort rooms garden facing with private balconies or terraces. • Bathroom comprising of separate shower/bath/wc. Size: 42 m²
• Furnished terrace or balcony
• Air conditioning
• Hair dryer
• TV/satellite channels
• Telephone with voice mail
• Individual safe
• Tea and coffee facilities
Isle de France - main restaurant overlooking the lagoon offering buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Le Saint Geran - located on a sandy pier surrounded by water offering daily specials including grills, seafood and mauritian delicacies. Open for lunch and dinner
Available in main bar and rooms at an additional cost.
Visit the Seven Colours Welness lounge for a variety of treaments and massaege.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
• 2 swimming pools
• Excursion and car rental desks.
• Laundry service
WATER SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
• Table tennis
• French bowling
• Waterskiing (payable)
• Laser Boats
• Glass-bottom boat trips
• Snorkelling trips including equipment
* Scuba diving Centre (payable)
• Deep-sea fishing (payablee)
The hotel’s conference room can accommodate: 60 pax in theatre style. It is equipped with a CD/DVD player, a microphone, a lectern, a screen, a flip chart, a video system and an overhead projector. Available upon request: a video projector, Internet access, fax services, photocopy services and secretarial services are available upon request at a nominal cost.
Why we like it
This resort in the heart of the Azuri Marine complex offers myriads of facilities within the large estate. Azuri can be a fun place for families or a retreat for couples; how about an ocean front room with private plunge pool.
There is the option of the main hotel rooms or the real home from home experience if you stay in a private apartment within the Azuri complex – 3 or 4 bedroom residence featuring fully equipped kitchens and private outdoor areas. This is the best of both worlds with all the facilities of the Azuri Resort available to you with the luxury of a 3 or 4 bedroom residence featuring fully equipped kitchens and private outdoor areas.
The resort offers 5 restaurants so you are sure to over indulge. Many rooms have a sea view and the all-inclusive option upgrade is surely the best way to go
A private balcony or terrace provides soothing views over the lagoon or natural surroundings. Rooms offer the option of a king bed or two double beds. In-room amenities and services, such as complimentary wireless internet access, individually controlled air-conditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen TV with satellite TV channels, docking station, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, espresso coffee machine, in-room safe, IDD telephone line and a hair dryer.
Deluxe Garden rooms
All 38 Deluxe garden rooms are decorated in a fresh and multi-coloured décor that echoes the natural beauty of these tropical surroundings. With up to 53 square metres of total living space including a furnished balcony with a view of the gardens or surroundings, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower, and the option of a king-size bed or two double beds.
Deluxe Ocean rooms
Ideal for couples and families, the 29 Deluxe Ocean rooms feature total living space of up to 53 square metres with a furnished balcony and large glass doors that highlight the view of the ocean, and a bathroom with bathtub and separate shower. The rooms have an eclectic interior design with a dash of vivid colours that complement the tropical surroundings, and offer the option of a king size bed and two double beds.
Subtly decorated with a fresh, eclectic décor and colourful accents, the 19 thatched roof suites are a moment away from the scintillating lagoon. Each suite offers the choice of a king-size bed or two double beds. With a total living space is 65 square metres including the terrace and bathroom with shower, and amenities available at your fingertips. Club benefits and access to the Club Lounge are included.
Breakfast and dinner at La Comtoir. There is an option to exchange lunch for dinner on your half board package.
Half Board PLUS
Complimentary three hour open bar service during dinner. There is an option to exchange lunch for dinner on your half board package. The drinks will then apply to your chosen meal. Drinks package is only valid whilst at dinner and cannot be consumed after the meal at another venue.
•Buffet breakfast daily at La Comptoir.
•Lunch daily at either La Comptoir or Cyan Restaurants.
•Dinner daily at a choice of two venues La Comptoir or Lazuli Restaurants. At Lazuli a credit is offered to guests against their a la carte menu.
•Drinks including house wines, local beer and spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, juices and water.
•Tea and coffee
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Le Comptoir will be a central feature of your holiday. Colourful buffets, a menu of internationally inspired dishes intertwined with the best of local Mauritian cuisine and an eclectic selection of Asian fare are backed with stunning ocean views. An open kitchen and live cooking stations where chefs rustle up dishes in front of you make Le Comptoir a culinary spectacle.
Open for breakfast and dinner daily. Combining Pan Mediterranean inspired cuisine with a dash of contemporary flair and with stunning views over the lagoon, L’Azuli offers a new take on relaxed dining with its elegant and sophisticated décor along with an extensive drink list that includes cocktails from around the world.
All day dining. Decorated in warm shades of green and offering a relaxing atmosphere, The Café provides a perfect place for an early freshly brewed coffee and delectable savouries and sandwiches to enjoy at any time of the day.
Relax like never before and emerge rejuvenated after thoroughly indulging yourself at The Spa designed to celebrate Thailand’s traditional healing and wellbeing heritage. There are six suites for singles and couples, including an invigorating traditional Thai massage and sauna and steam rooms. Exquisite and blissful treatments and spa journeys are available, with special programmes for couples a speciality.
Younger guests will enjoy the supervised Kids’ Club which is divided into two zones, one for the youngsters aged three to eleven, and the other for the teens to hang outin their own
Free of charge throughout the resort.
•Services & Facilities
Enjoy water sports and land activities aplenty.
Two swimming pools will provide the perfect place to enjoy sunbathing while those looking for a dash of action will enjoy water sports in the calm waters of the lagoon.
Non-motorised water sport activities are offered complimentary and include:
•Catamarans and glass-bottom
•PADI dive, canoeing and deep sea fishing available on request at a charge
Mauritians are friendly, hospitable people. Mauritius believes that the magical ingredient that makes the island’s nation stand out from all of the rest is the refinement and courtesy of its people which many foreign visitors will recall with great fondness.
The most beautiful beaches in the world set against a breathtaking landscape, which is why these glorious beaches have been attracting travellers since the sixteenth century. Mauritius is embraced by a spectacular coral reef which transforms the mighty Indian Ocean into coastal lagoons as calm as a baby’s bath, laced with golden, powder-soft coral beaches, fringed with exotic coconut palms and casuarinas.
Fascinating cultural diversity where you can see faces from all over the world. Indeed, the rich cultural diversity of the people has become the island’s pride: its Indian, Chinese, Creole, African, European and Malagasy populations live together in perfect harmony, respecting one another’s traditions and remaining true to their own.
What you can expect from Mauritius
You’ll find the highest concentration of glamorous hotels on earth in Mauritius and miles of glorious white sand beaches. Exclusivity and style are what this tropical pear-shaped island is about, but its appeal is greater: British holiday makers return raving about the hospitality received here. Mauritius’s multicultural mix – mainly Indian, Creoles, Chinese and French – are an easy-going, friendly and healthy lot, and nothing is too much trouble.
Luxury here is surprisingly affordable – Mauritius has some of the best value deals in the region. Reassuring remnants of the British colonial era remain in the Gymkhana Club, tea plantations and driving on the left, but gateaux piments and dhal puri stalls at markets, hip-wiggling sega performances and the ubiquitous dodo icon, add a touch of the exotic.
THINGS TO DO:
Plentiful water sports, world class spas, top-flight golf courses and gourmet cuisine make it hard to leave the hotel, but Mauritius has plenty to see and do – from French colonial houses and imaginative animal parks to nature walks, quad biking, zip lining and horse riding.
The tourism hub is in the north around Grand Baie, which has the greatest concentration of both hotels, and beaches and entertainment. The east coast is most famous, with the most celebrated hotels and stretches of arguably the most beautiful white sand beaches, while the flat, calm beaches of the west coast are favoured by families. The ‘green’ south is the islands wilder, but perhaps more interesting side. There are clutches of hotels in the southeast and more to be found squeezed onto calm stretches near pounding surf and cliff top walks in the southwest.
It was writer Mark Twain who said: You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven was copied after Mauritius. With that recommendation, it’s no wonder 100,000 British visitors go each year.
Some of the Hotel Properties in Mauritius
Radisson Blu Hotels
One & Only Le Saint Geran
Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel Mauritius
InterContinental Resort Mauritius
The most Luxurious Train in the World
Some of the Rovos Journeys you can choose from
This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
- Jacaranda City
- Kimberley’s Big Hole
- Kimberley Diamond Museum
- Klein Karoo
- Great Karoo
- Cape Winelands
- Cape Town
This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Depending upon railway capacity, this journey could be routed through Botswana.
- Pretoria – Jacaranda City
- Tropic of Capricorn
- Hwange Game Reserve
- Victoria Falls
Dar es Salaam
This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous in the world. The sojourn begins in Cape Town taking guests to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria for short tours followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve*. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls where guests enjoy a bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Rift Valley negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. Climbing again, it traverses the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision
of timeless Africa – before the bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam the following day. Available in reverse. Please note that depending upon the railway’s capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe. *Or Kwa Maritane in Pilanesberg Game Reserve
- Cape Town
- Klein and Great Karoo
- Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
- Pretoria – Jacaranda City
- Game lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
- Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania
- Victoria Falls
- Zambezi River sunset cruise
- Chisimba Falls in Zambia
- Great Rift Valley
- Selous Game Reserve
- Dar es Salaam