Thursday, January 20, 2011
WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MAURITIUS, part 3, Dinarobin
TROPICAL CHARM DELUXE
There is a sense of joy at Dinarobin, a feeling of light and water, to complement its tropical charm. Waterways, huge pool and fountains sparkle among lush palms at this very stylish resort. The airy lobby creates a good start to your holiday. Here you check in seated, enjoying a drink.
In a beautiful location on the island of Mauritius, Dinarobin lies at the foot of Le Morne Mountain with the Paradis golf course beside it. And the Indian Ocean is as it should be in tropical paradise. Clear blue and turquoise. At low tide the reef is very close to the beach, but only 20 to 30m away you can lie in the shallow lagoon and see pretty butterfly fish through the clear water. Watersports (a full range of different activities) are available next door at Paradis, most included in the rate.
That means the beach at Dinarobin is all the more peaceful. It is a natural sandy beach with seashells and little bits of coral adding to the charm. Since there are private pools for every house block – this attracts guests to stay in their semi-private space, leaving just us and a few others on the beach, enjoying the silence.
We stayed in a Junior Suite on the second floor with a huge balcony and sunset view. The rooms are spacious and light and the bathrooms are huge.
There are a total of 172 suites all with terrace or balcony. The junior suites (65 sqm) are priced differently depending on closeness to the beach, amenities and club facilities. More space and perfect position come with the Club Senior Beach Front suites (115 sqm). For families with 2 or 3 children space can be extended by booking “family suites” (2 connecting junior suites) or taking the top of the line Club Luxury Family Suite Beach Front.
We ate at all four restaurants at Dinarobin, buffet restaurant, Italian restaurant, French restaurant and a beach restaurant that is open for lunch. On the beach you eat contentedly with your feet in the sand. All the restaurants are excellent, and service faultless and very personal. The half board is valid for all restaurants, with a supplement at the French. Here, where we ate an amazing nine courses, you tell the chef your preferences and a menu is composed with a theme to suit you. The atmosphere in the Italian restaurant was particularly pleasant, and the antipasta unforgettable. What a huge table of nibbles BEFORE you even reach the starter. Another couple stood there with a tray looking bemused.“Where do you start?” he asked. An additional four restaurants at Paradis add to the quandary of what to choose when and where…
The spa by Clarins is famous for its beauty and excellent treatments. Master of Shiatsu Wesley has been flown round the world by guests when they suddenly find they cannot live on without him. One can understand why. At the Select Collection spa in Stockholm we too flew Wesley in for the grand opening in May 2010.
Guests at Dinarobin are a mix of nationalities with a good sprinkling of French, Italian, German and English. Though there are loads of kids enjoying the private pools, kid’s club, kid’s pool and watersports next door, the resort remains serene.
Dinarobin offers all the sophistication of a 5-star deluxe resort, but it does not overdo it. The mood is easy going. Service is available when you need it. And if you don’t, they sense you should be left alone. Masters of the personal touch…
HOW TO GET TO DINAROBIN
1 hour 30 minutes by car or 20 minutes by helicopter from Mauritius International Airport
Serenity on the beach (above) - guests enjoying themselves at the pools (below) or doing watersports at Paradis. (Or playing golf.)