Tuesday, January 11, 2011
WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MAURITIUS, part 1, Royal Palm
STYLE WITH WARMTH
Mauritius is one of our most beloved destinations, warm in every sense, with radiant waters and welcoming people. Mauritian style is hospitable and gracious, with extraordinary fusion cuisine and romantic elegance rooted in the Colonial past. Friendly to children yet perfect for honeymooners. And plenty to do for sporty souls, along with indulgence for all.
Follow us on a recent journey to some favourite spots…
PERFECTION IN PARADISE: ROYAL PALM
Royal Palm oozes luxury, and complete and utter serenity. The service is there if you want it – and they leave you in peace if you don’t. It’s called perfect service…
Relaxing on the white beach we saw a remarkable sight, which epitomises Royal Palm. A bellman in red suit and white gloves was delivering something to a family on a silver tray – snorkelling gear for the kid.
Every detail at Royal Palm is in place. Everything in its 84 suites is of finest quality. We had a Junior Suite on the first floor with beautiful ocean view and the beds were the most comfortable we had ever slept in. As for the food … We could only wonder why they had not been awarded any Michelin Stars.
On half pension one is offered a choice of three starters, three main courses and three deserts. If you do not fancy anything from the set menu you can choose from the a la carte at no extra charge. Then you also have a chance to eat at Natureaty for a supplement. In fact we were so pleased with the food at the main restaurant we did not even try the other restaurant.
Breakfast was nothing other than “absolutely fabulous”. Eggs and hot food were a la carte and when it came to pastries, fruits, cereals etc you just pointed at what you wanted and someone served you on a plate.
The Spa by Clarins is a special place and the treatments top quality.
It seems a very adult hotel. In fact there are kids there (happy kids) but seen rather than heard. The kid’s club is excellent. That may be the secret of the silence – or just the spell cast by the palms.
Royal Palm is serene but absolutely not stuffy. It is relaxed. At lunch you will see a couple in slops and shorts next to women full of perfume and jewellery. Everything goes. In the evenings it gets a little more formal, but never starched up to the collar. A man can wear a polo T-shirt for example instead of a tie but should wear long trousers.
Perhaps too low key for those who think glamour is glitter? But to us, it was perfect elegance … A home away from home. No wonder it is full of guests who have been there before.
Our Junior suite, home away from home
Romantic and serene, under the palms
We took it really easy. But there were endless things we could have done - from free tennis, squash, waterskiing, windsurfing and kayaks to snorkelling on coral reefs. Scuba diving, cruising and speedboat rides also possible for extra charge.
HOW TO GET TO ROYAL PALM
1 hour by car from Mauritius International Airport, 20 minutes by helicopter.