Hotel check: Le Touessrok

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Background

Sun Resorts is a Mauritian hotel group that owns and manages five resorts in Mauritius – Le Touessrok, Long Beach, Sugar Beach, Ambre and La Pirogue.

Where Is It?

It’s set over an archipelago on the east coast of Mauritius. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport – which is located further south – is approximately an hour’s drive away, whilst the capital, Port Louis, is a similar distance away, in the north-west. The resort has magnificent views of the Trou d’Eau Douce Bay. Out in the lagoon are two islands: Ilot Mangénie and Ile aux Cerfs, home to Le Touessrok’s 18-hole championship golf course.

Rooms and Facilities

Le Touessrok features 68 deluxe rooms; 132 suites perched over basalt rocks or on small sandy coves; and three secluded beachfront villas – each with a pool, garden, terrace, private beach and individual access. Perched over a glittering ribbon of sea, our junior suite quoted freely from the lap of luxury with its iPod docking station, espresso machine and a butler on call. You can watch the sun rise over the bay from your bed or the funky egg-shaped bath. Offered a choice of three types of pillows, I opted for the comfy goose down variety.

Restaurants and Bars

Three bars and six restaurants include Safran, Barlen’s, Three-Nine-Eight for multi-national cuisine; Paul & Virginie on Ile aux Cerfs for seafood and Mauritian dishes; Crusoe’s on Ilot Mangénie for fresh fish or spit-roasted lamb; and the Club House on Ile aux Cerfs, overlooking the golf course. At Safran we opted for the Tasting Menu offering five original dishes, each paired with an appropriate wine. After nibbling on paper-thin papadums, we set to work on our tandoori salmon marinated with green herbs and pan-seared scallops paired with G.H Martel Brut Prestige – Epernay, a crisp champagne. A Klein Zalze Unwooded Chardonnay from Stellenbosch complimented a grilled prawn and mini idli, while the Landskroon Chenin Blanc paired perfectly with the chicken kebab flavoured with chilli, ginger, cardamom, mint, garlic, fenugreek and coriander. A lychee and lime sorbet refreshed the palate for the curry leaf and red onion encrusted lamb cutlet, matched with a smooth Baron Philippe De Rothschild Reserve, Carmenere. Barlen’s on Frangipani Island offered contemporary cuisine with an Asian twist. My pan-seared scallops served on shredded palm hearts, followed by tuna tartar were bliss. At Ilot Mangénie on Le Touessrok’s private island, we nibbled on fresh grilled lobster at Crusoe’s, serenaded by a Sega band.

Conference Facilities

Two fully-equipped 114m2 conference rooms and a group hospitality desk are available free to guests. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in all the rooms and conference areas. The resort can also personalise gifts such as island rum, local spices, books, T-shirts, fruit baskets, flowers or champagne with the logo or wording of your choice. Team building activities can be arranged.

Leisure Facilities

The Givenchy Spa offers bespoke treatments if you’re not up to the water sports, tennis, horse riding, scuba, game fishing, gym, or a swim in one of the three sparkling pools­. Bernhard Langer’s signature 18-hole magnum opus is a fairway to heaven. Accessible only by a five-minute boat ride from Le Touessrok, the golf course snakes curvaceously along shimmering shores. All 18 holes have views of the ocean. My husband went snorkelling and scuba diving, whilst I chose to relax on my recliner.

Verdict

Le Touessrok raises the bar with levels of luxury exalted even by Mauritian standards. Children of all ages are well taken care of and staff will indulge every sybaritic urge and then some. The only thing Le Touessrok will leave you wanting, is more.


Contact
Address:
Coastal Bay, Trou D’Eau Douce, Flacq
Tel:
+230 402 7700
Web:
letouessrokresort.com

Caroline Hurry