Mauritius’s famous Le Touessrok, long patronised by the rich and fabulous, reopens on November 1 following a six-month top-to-toe renovation under the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts banner.
Located on the east coast at one of the island’s most beautiful bays, the resort was born in modest circumstances in the early 1970s when Jacqueline Dalais took over her family’s small restaurant, added some guestrooms and began hosting parties so wonderful that the word soon spread.
Since then the resort has evolved, attracting movie stars, rock royalty and actual royalty smitten by its postcard-perfect locale and laid-back chic.
The $US30 million ($41m) upgrade riffs on this barefoot glamour with a clean new look, using natural materials and a muted coastal palette in all 200 ocean-view guestrooms and suites (plus three villas), together with new restaurants and a signature Shangri-La Chi day spa.
Along with sugar-sand beaches and dreamy views, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa also commands exclusive access to a private island with a beach club and team of butlers. Guestrooms are spacious, starting at 54 sq m; all accommodation has expansive ocean views and some categories come with a terrace with direct beach access.
Expect king bed, luxury bathroom with deep soaking tub, cable television and free Wi-Fi.
That trio of secluded premium beach villas offer private pools, gardens, butlers, limousine airport transfers and plenty of five-star extras, from personally monogrammed bathrobes to an electric car to get you about the estate.
Le Touessrok has always been family friendly and under the Shangri-La brand will feature a club for children aged four to 11 (open 9am to 10pm daily), as well as a teens’ club, and free meals for juniors under 12 in the all-day dining areas and pool cafes.
DON’T MISS: A round of golf on the 18-hole championship course designed by Bernhard Langer and located on a nearby island.
DINING IN AND OUT: The refurbishment has retained several favourites including the Indian restaurant Safran.
New eateries include the beachside Republik Beach Club & Grill and Kushi for Japanese fare. At Republik, executive chef Steven Grande suggests foie gras parfait or salt-crusted fish stuffed with herbs and citrus. After dinner enjoy live jazz or blues at Sega, the resort’s rum and tiki bar.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Tea was originally planted in Mauritius in 1892; take a tour to the old tea factory and museum for a tasting; or visit a distillery and learn how to make a cracking rum cocktail. CHECKING IN: Special opening room rates from €265 + VAT ($411), valid to December 19. More: shangri-la.com.
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