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Filed Under: Luxury Family Hotel Review, Winter Escapes

Posted on 31st Jul 2013

Helen reports back from Mauritius… “Arriving into the small colonial style reception area for the hotel gives you no idea of the large and impressive resort that lies behind this small relaxing lounge. As you come out of reception, a long vista unfolds before you as you walk across a bridge to a terraced area with fountains which leads onto the main pool of the resort with the Indian Ocean glistening beyond.

I was fortunate to stay 3 nights at this lovely hotel which exudes calm, but with a real sense of style and efficient and friendly service. Part of the large Telfair estate which is now owned by Heritage and Verandah hotels, the resort comprises of the Heritage Le Telfair hotel, the neighbouring African themed Heritage Awali hotel, the trendy C beach club, a stunningly set golf course, original Colonial Estate house, which now forms Le Chateau restaurant and a set of luxury villas on the hillside behind the hotels.

I loved the contrast between the spacious and elegant colonial style rooms and suites and the C beach club which is very chic and contemporary with chill out music and stylish round wicker sun loungers and pods.

Food is a real highlight at this hotel with a large choice of restaurants. Sadly with three nights, there was not time to try everything, but lunch at the C beach club including delicious pizzas and tasty salads, dinner at Annabelle’s a more formal experience with fantastic and hearty food from a table d’hote menu and super Asian dining at Ginja. A highly memorable experience was our a la carte breakfast on the Verandah of Le Chateau, overlooking the manicured lawns, the golf course and the hills beyond.

There’s always plenty to occupy you at this resort with pedalos, kayaks, snorkelling equipment and catamarans all available free of charge and over at the gym area, you can join in daily group exercise classes which include yoga and tai chi. The crystal clear lagoon is ideal for kids to paddle, for snorkelling practice and for a refreshing dip and there is a long stretch of white sand beach for lazy walks.

The spa offers a range of treatments and I tried the signature musical massage. The therapist asks you to choose one of seven colours and my colour was orange. It was hard not to lapse into fits of giggles when my massage started with the music for ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ (hardly the gentle wave sounds one normally gets!).”

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