Monday, March 7, 2011
WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MAURITIUS, part 8, Paradis
Paradis is well named for its paradise setting on Le Morne Peninsula: beautiful white sandy beach that stretches to sister hotel Dinarobin and beyond, plenty of palms and wide turquoise lagoon, with the added attraction of the tall craggy mountain beyond.
But the final factors in choosing Paradis are the wide range of sporting activities and the family friendliness. On one side of the rooms lies the beach, on the other the golf course. The kid's club not only has Asterix village decor and its own restaurant, but will teach your kids basics of waterskiing (from age of 5) and golf (age 6-12).
Staying at Paradis, you get the added bonus of access to the restaurants at Dinarobin (8 restaurants in all), and nowadays at every restaurant there are options that can be chosen on halfboard, or courses that can be enjoyed for a supplement. You also get two spas to choose from, and two golf courses.
The spa at Paradis is a serene and attractive spot, while the spa at Dinarobin is one of the most exotic on the island, maybe the most colourful, lush and inspirational. (Image of Paradis Clarins spa above, and Dinarobin zen-inspired spa below.)
The sturdy low-rise architecture with wide balconies, and earth or sunshine colours, have become a trademark in themselves – spelling Beachcomber. So have the well-loved formulas of spacious junior and senior suites with many connecting rooms, and family suites. All of which include spacious “Beachcomber bathrooms”.
The above is the bathroom of a senior suite - certainly big enough for an extra bed or two.
Not that you can squeeze in extra beds too liberally at these five star hotels. Paradis keeps up standards and provides only top comfort. You can bring in one child into your room. Otherwise you should take a connecting or adjoining room for your children,family suite or villa.
Images above, snapped during our recent hotel inspection, show Senior suite patio and lounge, Deluxe suite lounge and Deluxe bedroom.
Paradis offers 286 suites in all, plus 13 villas. The villas used to be for celebrities, says Resort Manager Marc Hausser, but now they are very popular with families. So you need to book 9 months ahead.
The Beachomber-Paradis formula is working well and 42% of customers are regulars. October 2010 was the best in the history of the hotel. December was up 15% and January 22%. Resort Manager Marc Hausser told us that healthy finances enabled investments, e.g. in desalination to try to become self sufficient in water supply.
HOW TO GET TO PARADIS
1 hour 30 minutes by car or 20 minutes by helicopter