One&Only Le Saint Geran
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... over lunch: fried rice, chicken curry, barbecued chicken, onions and cucumber and a choice of soft drinks. I was happy to learn that the Prodigues have been careful with their finances over the years and have just been able to purchase their first car, a small Toyota model that is not sold in the US.
We talked about many things, such as current world events and the connections with prophecy, the social and religious situation in Mauritius, the situation on ...
Wednesday March 3rd, 2010
Port Louis, Mauritius
We docked on the Northwest corner of the Island and boarded a ferryboat to Le Caudan Waterfront. Around the Waterfront, there were strip malls and a large two storey mall. An underground walkway took us under the busy highway to another bustling area of food, clothing, spice and handicraft shops. After looking around, we hired a taxi ...
... boat ride along the coast to Trou Aux Biches. When we arrived we were briefed on the dive and in we went. We descended right above the wreck whihc was a n old fishing boat that sank in 1987. It felt very surreal as you've only really seen it on the TV! It was all rusted up, slightly on its side and it had the classic mast and chimneys. We started off by circling around the edge of the ship seeing all the ...
... and allowed through. All those goody goodies with their onward tickets...... To our surprise we waited probably 10 minutes and then a man appeared to take us to the Air Mauritius booking desk so we could book our flight to Madagascar. How easy was that? It was more of a trail going through security and screening to get to the departures hall in order to book these flights. Each security person was told our story, yet more raised eye brows and frowning ensued....... ...
Sunday was a busy day. We left the apartment mid-morning and made the short drive to Pamplemousse where the islands botanical garden is located. We arrived around 11:00 and enjoyed walking through the various sections. We saw some giant tortoises, as well a pen with large tame deer, whose ancestors were brought from Scotland hundreds of years ago. There was also a lovely large pond teaming with fish. The huge trees of various varieties, some with amazing root systems ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews One&Only Le Saint Geran Belle Mare
We stayed at the St.Geran for a week with our 10month old daughter.
Having stayed at Le Touessrok and Le Saint Geran on our honeymoon five years ago we were very much looking forward to our return and were certainly not disappointed!
We went to the Saint Géran for our honeymoon in May 2006 on the recommendation of some relatives. We had high expectations from what they had described and were in no way disappointed. We agree with everything said in the review below - but we stayed in a junior suite and everything seemed to be the same except no chocolates on our pillows or scented candles! There were pillow menus so that you could choose the firmness of your pillows and bath menus so you could choose oils, candles, chocolates and champagne combinations (at a price).
I can't give this hotel anything but a well deserved high review.
I am rather confused by the review of the St Geran I have just read by a TripAdvisor member from Salisbury who said that the St Geran was rather tired-looking and poor value for money. So, in response, here are my family's views following a two week half-board stay at the end of Jan 2006:
Nicer than Le Touessrok - but still a 'chain' hotel
Having stayed at Le Touessrok, my wife and I tried Le Saint Geran.
It is much more up market - and the atmosphere more relaxed. People seemed happier! Beaches are much more natural - the sand is softer - and it has a more tropical island feel.
That said, it is still part of 'One and Only' - and so has that hotel chain feel. As with a lot of reports, we felt that prices for wine and extras were unbelievably high and in some cases very inappropriate.
Also, for the price, the hotel is a little 'tired' looking.
I would think twice before spending serious money on a week or two here. There are better boutique options at these rates than this 'waitrose' type hotel.
I stayed here for my honeymoon in 2000 and still have great enough memories of this hotel to remember today. It was refurbished in December of the previous year so still felt very new. The rooms were great. I can still remember the excellently chosen atmospheric music that was playing when we entered the room for the first time - I really wish I had taken down the name of the CD. The fruit which appeared almost daily was a nice touch. The shower cubicle was very spacious, the water pressure first class and the soap and toileteries top notch.
Only surving because of its name!
I went on a work educational and I was really looking forward to seeing this property, but I couldn't have been more disappointed.
Rooms are very tired, staff are not as friendly as any other hotel in Mauritius - (except the Maritim) and they seem to have a pet rat that lives near the restaurant!
Also I allow hotels for some mishaps but my collegue also went on a educational only a month after me and on visiting that hotel was also horrified to see the rat again!
Please consider on your trip to Mauritius choosing this accommodation as others like the Heritage, Residence and Dinarobin are much better value for money.
This is a fantastic hotel - certainly not as modern as le Tousserok, but a class above le Tousserok and older clientele - majority over 50. HAving said that, there were younger people there - a good mix. You go here for the food and the service, which really are legendary. They unpack and put your stuff away for you, and pack your suitcase for you on the day of departure. The watersports are the best I've experienced. Free water on the beach and fruit from time to time and they provide you with a free sarong and beach bag. They also come and clean your sunglasses on the beach.
We went to Le Saint Geran for 10 nights at the end of February 2005 for our honeymoon (with our 2 year old in tow!). We chose this resort mainly because of it's excellent kids club reputation and we were not disappointed. We transferred from the airport to hotel by helicopter (highly recommended!) and when we landed we were greeted by the Hotel Manager, Kids Club Manager, the butler and about 3 or 4 other staff with cocktails and flannels. It was certainly an impressive start! We were then taken on a 'tour' of the hotel and when we returned to our room the butler had unpacked for us and put everything away - we were in heaven! We had the same 'nanny' for the whole holiday and our 2 year old spent 12noon-4pm and 7pm-10pm at the club and had his lunch and dinner there (you can take the children to the restaurant, but they all seemed to enjoy eating at the club more). The facilities were very good and everywhere was clean. We spoke to a few other couples with children who were regulars at Le Saint Geran but had taken the opportunity to visit the new sister hotel 'Le Touessrok' a couple of days on this trip and all agreed they would stay there next year (it is slightly less formal), but I would not say this is a bad reflection on Le Saint Geran - which is a must if you have about £9,000 spare (this was the rough total cost of our holiday after paying for golf, childcare, lunch etc...). If I was pushed to pick out something that was not good it would only be that the children's TV channel was in French - although English is the official language, French is much more widely spoken.