Experience Mauritius in style and elegance

Alta Lotter on 21 July 2012
Whether you are a first time visitor to Mauritius, or a regular, the Sun Resorts marketed by World Leisure Holidays will welcome you to this island paradise as no other hotel group can. I was fortunate to spend 6 days in Mauritius during July 2012 and stayed 1 night at each of these properties, to enjoy what each hotel had to offer and to realise how different each property is in terms of style, location and ambience. La Pirogue (4 Star) is a famous landmark on Mauritius and has been open for 36 years; its 20% repeat clientele proves its popularity. Its location on the West Coast makes it the perfect honeymoon and wedding spot with romantic sunsets awaiting you. The bungalows situated in the massive garden with over 1000 coconut palm trees create a relaxed “fishing village” ambience. Next to La Pirogue is the ever popular Sugar Beach (5 Star) with its contemporary La Plantation style architecture and formal gardens. This hotel is popular amongst families and for group and incentive travel purposes. It is also ideal for couples, especially for those wanting peace and quiet – the south villas with the quiet pool will be a favourite retreat. At Sugar Beach and La Pirogue guests have a choice of 5 restaurants, 3 bars and 3 pools and they share the beautiful Aura Spa, and sports centre. The recently opened Long Beach (5 Star) on the East Coast is the most innovative and eco-friendly hotel currently on the island. It boasts various features to keep energy usage low and to conserve the environment, such as higher ceilings and motion sensors to activate or deactivate lights and air-conditioning. Life at Long Beach revolves around a central piazza with 4 restaurants and a bar flanking it as well as the conference centre. Another poolside restaurant and bar offers relaxed dining. Cuisine offered at this resort is varied from Chinese, Japanese, Italian, seafood and off-course international buffets with live-cooking stations. A bonus at this resort is that all rooms, even the standard rooms have stunning sea views with private terraces or balconies. You may want to relax on the widest and longest stretch of beach of any Mauritian resort offering each room 109m² of beach space. The prestigious and elegant One&Only Le Saint Geran (5 Star Deluxe) on the North Coast is the perfect resort for the discerning traveller looking for the best in service excellence, style and luxury. It deserves its status as a Leading Hotel of the World and offers guests grace coupled with service of distinction. The beautiful gardens with swaying palm trees and endless views make this a true paradise resort. Three restaurants will ensure you savour the finest cuisine. Hospitality at this hotel is in a class of its own, with menu pillows, scent pillows, walk-in closets and much more. Sometimes in life, the best is kept for last, and in the case of this educational trip, it was certainly the case. The world famous Le Touessrok (5 Star Deluxe) is a resort which will take your breath away and it is truly worthy of its recognition as “Best Hotel in the World.” From entering this iconic resort, to stepping in your guest room, style, elegance and class will await you. European and Mediterranean influences are apparent in the architecture, while contemporary interior decorating promises comfort and luxury. 5 Restaurants and 3 bars offer a wide variety of cuisine and the perfect spot to enjoy a sun downer. The hotel is located on the east coast of the island on a peninsula and therefore boasts 4 beaches. As the water sports are offered on Ile aux Cerf which is just a 10 minute boat ride away, guests can experience total peace and quiet while enjoying the sun on any of these beaches. Should you require even more privacy, spend some time on Ilot Mangénie –a private island exclusive to Le Touessrok guests. Now it is just a case of deciding which one of these amazing resorts will be your next holiday spot as all of them offer style, elegance and true Mauritian hospitality at its best. Tell me what you are looking for and I will advise you as to which resort will best suit you.