Calling it the playground of life and love, I would describe Mauritius as the Paradise Island with its own little heaven nestled on the East coast. We planned a golfing holiday for our sons, aged 17 and 13, who are both keen golfers. We really wanted them to experience what it is like to play at various international courses and as for me, I wanted to just relax and spend quality time with my family. So we headed to Le Touessrok Resort.
Fun & Games
Le Touessrok Resort is made up of three islands: Isle aux Cerf, The Hibiscus and The Frangipani. They have such a classical French elegance in a lush tropical setting. The holiday gave me just what I wanted - quiet moments, relaxing spa treatments and great food.
The boys loved the golf course set on an island, a quick boat ride away off the main hotel in the lagoon. It was one of the most scenic and beautiful locations to have a golf course, and is rated amongst the 10 best and most challenging courses in the world.
The resort's main heated swimming pool, which is set in a central courtyard, is surrounded by restaurants and relaxed poolside bars overlooking the pristine beach. In a separate secluded location, there is an adults-only pool, which is a quiet and calming getaway.
When it came to the kids, they could indulge in numerous water sports (all offered at the resort) such as snorkelling, parasailing, banana boat rides and waterskiing. I preferred relaxing beneath the palms on a beach lounger, sipping cocktails and enjoying the bliss.
There are plenty of dining options at Le Touessrok. There are four restaurants, two beach bars, with amazing spreads of food to suit the diverse palates of my family. The buffet restaurant, called 389, offers a variety of international cuisines. The special features of all the restaurants are the open kitchens, delicious desserts and the ice creams (try the raspberry sorbet).
Lunch at Barlen, the seafood restaurant, on the beach was fantastic. We were told that the restaurant is named after Mr Barlen the executive chef who has held the position for 35 years. The sushi and sashimi platter was delectable and the boys loved their chicken cha swei wrap.
For dinner we decided on Safran, where we got to taste an eclectic fusion of Indian and Creole food. But the Paul & Verginie seafood restaurant (named after the famous shipwrecked lovers) on Isle aux Cerf was absolutely fabulous, Island Breezes and Pinacolada cocktails followed by the sea food platter was heaven.
Back to the Room
Every evening after dinner, we found the room perfectly set in white. White bedroom slippers, chocolates and a bottle of water on the bedside table, a glass diffuser and scented candles, a pillow menu to choose from, I think that Le Touessrok truly redefines the standards of luxury.
We took lazy walks on the beach at sunset, and the boys had a blast at the teen club, playing pool and making new friends. All this was usually followed by quiet dinners for the family that were a gastronomic experience. Fortunately is a gymnasium to work off those calories and the Givenchy spa for an aroma therapy treatment was a perfect way to relax and unwind.
The spa is designed with plush interiors, perfect mood lighting and the warm aromas of citronella and jojoba oils.
During my spa treatment, from the six different essential oils that I was offered to choose from, I settled for the cocoa vanilla oil. The next 50 minutes were sheer bliss, what with the therapist working her magic to release all the tension from every muscle in my body. The treatment ended with a light facial massage and pressure points on my neck and scalp.
The Last Word
From what I experienced, the service at Le Touessrok is impeccable and the staff warm and friendly; and lets not forget the very comfortable and luxurious rooms.
Le Touessrok made our holiday on this paradise island in Indian Ocean a truly unforgettable experience. Now I'm back in Mumbai inspired to work on my new collection.
Sonali Dalwani is the designer and founder of Crimzon Accessories.
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