By Justin Paul
Photography courtesy of Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa
Originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of Virtuoso Life
SERENITY AT FIRST SIP
Arriving guests at Mauritius
’ newest resort are greeted by a hostess in a sega dress bearing a cup of sugarcane green tea. After an extensive renovation, the legendary Le Touessrok Resort & Spa
on Trou d’Eau Douce Bay reopened in November 2015 as a 200-room Shangri-La. “It has a sense of grandeur from the moment you arrive,” says Cape Town-based Virtuoso travel advisor Clairë Adams, who frequently visits family on Mauritius. “Many Mauritian resorts have gone for a more contemporary or Westernized feel and have lost their identity, but from my first look, Shangri-La seems to have found the perfect balance.”
Picnic, beachcomb, and kick back on Ilot Mangénie, Shangri-La’s private island, complete with a beach club and on-call butlers. On neighboring Île aux Cerfs, resort guests receive complimentary rounds at the Bernhard Langer-designed 18-hole golf course.
Your party among fire pits and sunken loungers at Republik Beach Club & Grill – home to 20 house-infused tequilas and a Champagne, Bellini, and Bloody Mary bar.
ROOM TO BOOK
For families, a Junior Suite in the Hibiscus Wing, with interconnecting options and the closest proximity to the main pool, or one of three 4,550-square-foot beach villas. “The villas’ position is possibly the best on the island,” Adams notes. “Each has its own private beach, which is unheard of in Mauritius, as every beach has public access.” Couples and honeymooners will appreciate the Frangipani Wing’s peace, seclusion, and exclusive pool.
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