Adults-only hotel with charming thatched buildings, unique experiences and romantic dining.
It’s perhaps no surprise that at a hotel named after one of the most famous couples in French literature, romance is the main focus. A stay here will be filled with plenty of ‘us moments’, whether you’re relaxing on the small cove-style beach, sitting down to a romantic dinner or retreating to the much-loved Seven Colours Wellness Spa for a treatment that’s been tailored for couples. At the heart of the hotel there’s a delightful freeform pool, but the spot with the real wow factor is the infinity pool which has fantastic views towards the northern islets. There’s little to stop you spending most of your time in the pool or soaking up the sun beside it, although it would be a shame to miss out on the uniquely Mauritian experiences provided by the hotel. These include a catamaran cruises around the islets (shared with guests – including children – from sister hotels), an exploration of nearby villages, and fishing from a traditional boat, known as a pirogue.
We love that mornings at the hotel can be as leisurely as you please. You don’t need to rise early or even leave your own bubble as a continental breakfast can be served in your room at any time of the day. If you do want to start the day with some company and views over the pool and bay, you can head to the open-air Isle de France where there’s an extensive buffet of local and international dishes and eggs are cooked to order. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner. There’s another nod to literature at the restaurant Le Saint Géran, the name of the shipwreck that was immortalised in Bernardin de St-Pierre’s novel Paul et Virginie.
The rooms have recently been refurbished and have a light and bright décor, pale wood furnishings and neutral fabrics. Every room overlooks the sea so all you need to do is choose whether you opt for a Comfort Room, a slightly larger Superior Room or one of the Privilege Rooms. If you opt for the latter you will be able to enjoy one free catamaran trip per stay and the option to have dinner at the à la carte restaurant, Le Saint Géran – it’s well worth the upgrade for these exclusive extras.
On the island's north-east coast; close to the village of Grand Gaube
Good to know
Guests over 18 are welcome at this resort. Minimum stay: 5 nights 28 Dec-02 Jan. Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply. Conditions apply for the Privilage Room benefits.
81 sea-facing rooms
• Rent a bike (or tandem) and explore the local area* • Try your hand at fishing from a tradition pirogue* • Enjoy lunch at a local home and taste Mauritian specialities* or take part in a Creole cooking lesson*.
2 restaurants, bar
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Ile de France • Afternoon tea or coffee, snacks and pancakes • Select drinks including local spirits and house wine by the glass (11am to 11pm) • Minibar replenished once daily with soft drinks, local juices, water and local beer • In-room tea and coffee replenished once daily • Dine around at sister hotels (transport at extra cost; must be booked 24 hours in advance) • Selected land and water sports.
*Denotes local charge