Sunday, March 20, 2011

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MAURITIUS, part 11, Royal Palm





ROYAL FROM TOP TO TOE...
In its picture postcard setting, Royal Palm radiates ease, elegance and prestige. But first the arrival takes the breath away. You swing off the road from Grand Bay and there it is. A perfect avenue of palms, leading up to the entrance flanked by royal guards in turbans.



Though a compact property with rooms in a long three storey block facing the beach, Royal Palm feels spacious and serene.

The lagoon is a glistening pastel turquoise, and the beach is soft pale golden sand, lined with palms and sunbeds. It is beautiful though not very long, with an area devoted to the best in watersports. On the beach were some guards (as the sheltered lagoon has a lot of boat traffic, they need to keep the beach free of waterborne intruders).

Preventing paparazzi might be useful because of the celebrities that stay here, among others who can afford Royal Palm’s special style and impeccable service. Loyal guests come back again and again for their holidays, to their "home from home".



Dining is strictly a la carte and innovative cuisine even on halfboard. In addition to the main restaurant with wide verandah and views, there is the exquisite Natureaty…





On our recent visit to Royal Palm we saw two rooms – a senior suite and appropriately a royal suite. Most delicious about the royal suite was the pool with its infinity edge, open pavilion and view over the beach (above). The royal suite has two bedrooms and a large lounge. One of the bedrooms has its own hammam!

The senior suite also has a very generous lounge space – so much so that the sofa set seems far away in the corner. Items like a “creatively old” desk and sideboard were interesting and stylish. The bedroom breathes luxury with its lighting, perfect linen and contrast of white and mahogany. Guest toilet in addition to the separate toilet en suite. For families, another suite can become connecting, by closing an outer door to the porch. Neat way to take away the spooky feeling of a connecting door to strangers.





Spacious lounge in senior suite



Bedroom senior suite

The spa is impressive, built in 2007, with 18 light white treatment rooms, and a lush courtyard with pools. One couple’s treatment room has a hammam attached, and another has a sauna. Nails makeup and hair are all taken care of. There are three fitness rooms with different kinds of machines, all very up to date.





Pools at the spa



Watersports

HOW TO GET TO ROYAL PALM

1 hour by car from Mauritius International Airport, 20 min by helicopter



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