Mauritius has always been described as paradise on earth so when Tal, my sister, and I got the opportunity for a five day stay at Le Touessrok and Sugar Beach, thanks to World Leisure Holidays, we jumped at the chance.
The flight to Mauritius is only 5 hours from Cape Town – so no holiday time wasted on long flights and no jet lag due to huge time differences. We landed in Mauritius in the late evening, where we were met by one of the representatives from the SummerTimes, who provided all our transfers from airport and between hotels. Her warmth was a lovely introduction to the country where we found the welcoming hospitality common to all the Mauritians we met, from the hotel staff, shuttle drivers and air hostesses.
The trip from the airport to Le Touessrok took an hour, in which the super friendly driver filled us in about the vibrant country. We arrived at Le Touessrok in the pouring rain. Not the Mauritian weather we were expecting. Although the first day was cloudy, waking up in Le Touessrok was an experience. At our first breakfast we oohed and aahed over the vast selection of food and tried just about everything, all of which was phenomenal.
The hotel is modern with Mauritian twists that adds delightful character and we spent the rest of the morning being shown around the hotel by Prithee, the Sales Co-Ordinator, amidst the pouring rain, a hilarious experience. The hotel boasts 203 rooms including the private villas. The afternoon promised a stop to the rain so we spent in on the beach which was a short walk from our room. We couldn’t resist lounging about on the floating beds in ocean.
Dinner on the first night was at the Indian restaurant Safran and it was a culinary experience like no other. By far the best meal I have ever eaten, anywhere in the world. The food was exquisite and an absolute delight. Tal and I were rather obsessed with the Peshwari naan and still I still crave it!
Over the next two days we experienced true island living. We swam, took a trip to Illot Mangenie – the hotel’s private island. I couldn’t get enough, and there will be more on that soon. We also had the most amazing full body massage at the Givenchy spa. We also had dinner Barlen’s which was on the beach. It too was simply incredible, offering the best in fine dining and with one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. I really didn’t want to leave the little slice of paradise. It is definitely on the top of my list of places to revisit!
Ps To experience the magic yourself, for reservations and further information call World Leisure Holidays on 0860 954 954, email them, or go to their website. It will be the best decision you made all week. Trust me!