Tuesday, February 22, 2011
WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MAURITIUS, part 4, Le Touessrok
ISLAND HOLIDAY FEELING...
Le Touessrok is built on a sandy peninsula lined with palms and extends onto an offshore islet ringed by beach and lagoon, so suites are all ocean front or beachfront. The island experience is extended to two more islands offshore, one with the spectacular Le Touessrok championship golf course, and the other an exclusive Crusoe island. You escape by the resort’s private boat to Ilot Mangénie for beach and dining.
Le Touessrok is a romantic resort, with its palms, pools and fringing sands. It is also a resort with a bit of fun – nightly entertainment. We saw dragon dancing on a platform by the pool celebrating Chinese new year. For guests who like to retire before 1130 pm, rooms away from the dancing and shows should be requested as one of our party was disturbed by the dance music. In my junior suite on Franjipani island, I heard nothing except some happy English people going “home” afterwards.
Complimentary snorkeling, canoes, pedalboats and ulimited waterskiing and windsurfing are offered. Scuba and catamaran sailing offered for a supplement. And of course there is golf on the island golf course designed by Bernard Langher.
Backing up the sporty life is a free fitness centre, four tennis courts and a jogging track. For relaxation, the Givenchy spa is an elegant retreat with a motto “Beauty is no longer a ploy used in the art of seduction, it is the very essence of charm...” For dressing up and looking good, true to the resort’s sociable nature, you have a busy hair salon too.
And of course there is a kids club. This one has its own pizza oven and kiddie restaurant.
Franjipani island is joined with the public areas by two bridges. This is where we had our suite.
We loved our split level Junior suite in Franjipani wing with its high quality floors and furnishings and bright touches of colour. The desk, instead of facing the wall, lay on the higher level dividing bathroom from bedroom and mini lounge area. Sitting down at the desk (to do makeup in the lit makeup mirror) or working, you looked out through the glass doors onto the balcony, palms and beach. What a romantic view.
The bathroom was roomy with its own symmetry – central bath, a vanity on each side, and separate shower and toilet hidden behind two glass doors at the back. So well hidden one should add, that they took some finding.
Later on during a hotel inspection we saw other suites including the ocean suite. This has a separate living and dining area, and the special feature of two balconies coming off the master bedroom. It has direct beach access.
One of the nice surprises was the deluxe room in the Coral wing (not on one of the islets but on the beach of the mainland). Very fresh and tastefully bright, also on two levels like a mini junior suite, with balcony with view over beach and lagoon. (The Hibiscus wing is suggested for families and I gather is not for the deluxe honeymoon customers.)
Altogether there are 125 junior suites, 6 ocean suites and 68 deluxe rooms.
There are also three private villas. We saw one which was very spacious, with a happy holiday feeling for all its exclusivity. Comes with a butler and a kitchenette (his preserve).
Images of an ocean suite below.
The hotel offers 5 restaurants and 3 bars. We joined other guests at the manager’s cocktail party under the palms by the beach. There is nothing quite like a tropical evening when balmy breezes blow ozone off the water and coconut fronds rustle.
HOW TO GET TO LE TOUESSEROK
50 minutes by car from Mauritius International Airport.
One of the three villas with private pools