One&Only Le Saint Géran – Mauritius
Hotel Type: A tropical island beach retreat.
Location: Excellently located between a beautiful sheltered lagoon and the warm Indian Ocean on a private peninsula, on the north west Belle Mare coastline of Mauritius. It is just an hour’s drive from the airport, or a short hop by helicopter.
Style: Colonial beach luxury.
Rooms: 142 enormous ocean and lagoon facing rooms & suites. There is also a secluded 2-bedroom villa.
Favourite Room: Vicky’s favourite are the Beachfront Rooms & Suites as she loves the idea of walking straight out of the door onto the soft sands.
Ideal For: Barefoot luxurious living.
Swimming: There are three swimming pools. One family friendly pool, an adult only pool at the spa and another pool next to the La Terrasse restaurant offering seclusion and awe-inspiring ocean views. Of course you can also swim in the Indian Ocean off the 2km pristine sandy beach.
Dining: There are six restaurants boasting delicious international flavours. As well as private dining and an open-air lounge surrounding the infinity pool for relaxed cocktails during the day and live music at night.
Children: Perfect – from toddlers to teens.
Activities: Enjoy the complimentary activities including tennis, mini golf, water skiing, Hobie Cats, kayaks, snorkelling, windsurfing, water bikes, glass-bottom boat trips and paddle boarding. Join in one of the hotels fitness classes, yoga lessons or head to the fitness centre. Go on an island adventure, whether that is out for a day of ocean fishing, discovering the mangroves, spending the day on a speedboat, trekking the island, jumping out of an aeroplane, scaling a great mountain range, or quad biking through sugar cane fields – the action is never far from the door.
Spa: There is a tranquil One&Only Spa that partners with brands Biologique Recherche and ESPA for bespoke treatments in 12 treatment rooms.
Accessibility: The resort is wheelchair friendly and has two room categories suitable for disabled guests.
Low Season Price From: €616 per night in a Lagoon Room, including breakfast and dinner.
High Season Price From: €1,025 per night in a Lagoon Room, including breakfast and dinner.
Open From: All year round.
Le Saint Géran was Mauritius’ first luxury hotel. It set the bar very high and hasn’t lowered it since. To start with, it probably has the best spot on the island, on a sheltered private peninsula, with a crescent shaped lagoon fringed with dazzling white sands on one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other. You’ll pinch yourself when you arrive. Wide, colonial style terraces on stilts over the water, whitewashed open plan villas, gently swaying coconut palms, the seductive emerald ocean and vast daybeds beckoning you. It is slick and laid back all at the same time, where exceptionally trained staff look after your every need – the suites come with their own butler. It has all the trimmings of a tropical heaven and it’s very easy to see why guests return here again and again.
Either facing the ocean or the palm fringed lagoon and mountains beyond, each and every room and suite is luxuriously large, with a private terrace or balcony. They are furnished and decorated in contemporary style, with natural earthy tones, and feature large, marble lined bathrooms, with equally sumptuous views. All rooms can sleep up to four, with a choice of a king size bed and sofa bed, or two queen size beds, and many interconnect. The Lagoon Rooms are a little haven, where you wake in the morning to the gentle sound of waves. From the similarly sized Ocean Rooms, you can step right from your terrace into the gardens and down to the shore. The Beachfront Rooms offer direct access to the ocean, and you may struggle to move from your private sun loungers. From your bed in the Ocean Balcony Rooms you look down through the palms directly to the water – what a way to wake up. Right on the sand in a secluded resort location, are the Beachfront Balcony Rooms. Needless to say, these are elegant and intimate. The One Bedroom Suites are airy and sophisticated, with spacious living and dining areas, dreamy views and a butler service. They can sleep up to four making them perfect for families, with the option of interconnecting. The Beachfront Junior Suite has a private deck that is just a stone’s through from the sand. Decorated in serene creams and blues, these suites are blissful. For a bird’s eye view of the ocean, the Beachfront Balcony Junior Suites are just perfect. The Ocean Suites have enormous private decks with a hammock hung between the palms, and elegantly styled interiors. Above, are the Ocean Balcony Suites, where views of the Indian Ocean flood in through the large sliding balcony French doors. We love the Beach Front Suites for their large ocean facing decks, with ample space for al fresco dining, and mesmerizing views of the turquoise water and reef beyond. It’s an ideal place for being waited on hand and foot by your butler. The Beachfront Balcony Suites are quiet and romantic, with the same gorgeous views. For larger families, or for even more space, the Two and Three Bedroom Suites are sublime. Choose from Ocean or Beachfront with a terrace or a balcony and enjoy the benefits of luxury Mauritian living. And then there’s Villa One… A sumptuous and airy two bedroom private villa right on the beach with an infinity pool. It’s the perfect spot for a week or two on the island.
Le Saint Géran is a destination for gourmets, with extensive menus and flavours from the island and around the world – there’s something for every palate. Its restaurants also have some of the most beautiful settings we’ve seen – on the beach; on stilts over water and terraces amongst the palms. La Terrasse, the chic pavilion at the centre of the resort is where it all happens, with vast breakfast spreads and a delicious menu of Mauritian and Creole influenced dishes, in a buzzy atmosphere. Mouthwatering tapas style pan-Asian food is served at the resort’s signature restaurant – Tapasake – where diners can watch the chefs at work. Le Saint Géran has one of the island’s finest steak restaurants – Prime – serving organic beef and seasonal Mauritian seafood. Lunches at La Pointe, right on the tip of the peninsula, are relaxed and laidback, and it’s the best place for a sundowner. We love L’Artisan and its coffees and pastries – the tables piled high with cakes and treats are a sight to behold. And if Mediterranean food is a passion, you’ll be in for a treat at Le Badamier. The resort offers an excellent private dining service. You can eat in your suite, on a secluded part of the beach, or on a boat organised by the concierge service – almost anything is possible.
Families can’t fail to have a fabulous time here. The KidsOnly club for children and One Tribe for teens, with their extensive programme of activities, from snorkeling trips to karaoke and from treasure hunts to kickboxing – allow parents some precious down time. There are three pools from which to choose, and the beaches could not be safer. There are tennis courts and coaching, a football playground and mini golf and glass bottom boat trips. The rooms and suites can interconnect, the restaurants have children’s menus and there’s a babysitting service. Everything is covered!
Mauritius has much to see and at Le Saint Géran you can explore locally or venture further afield, along the coastline and into the interior. Kayak through the mangroves to spot indigenous flora and fauna, or take a guided hike or a quad bike into the rainforest clad mountainr. Climb Le Morne Brabant; explore the Black River Gorges or see the spectacular Tamarind Falls. The range of water sports in the resort is huge, and many are complimentary – waterskiing, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and paddle boarding. As you would expect, the One&Only Spa is a real sanctuary, with an almost endless list of treatments, many of which are based on natural island ingredients. There’s yoga and strengthening classes, a fitness centre and the resort’s team can devise an individual programme for you, focusing on diet and exercise. Families of all ages will find a huge range of activities – one of our favourites is the fishing trip where you get to cook and eat your catch at the end of the day. In between, you can sail around the Ile aux Cerfs, snorkel, and explore deserted stretches of beach. And of course, there’s always the option to stay poolside and be truly pampered.