One&Only Le Saint Geran
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... It was a mess.
This paired with the fact that we were constantly losing an hour of sleep meant that studying for midterms was an absolute nightmare.
On the first night at sea, the ship’s captain decided to turn off the external lights of the ship so we could have a star watching night! The sky in the middle of the ocean was just covered stars, so much so it looked like dust. It was so nice laying out on the deck with the rest of the ship. ...
... a bit too scruffy (there are those at home who would howl at my outlandishness) but here I’ve no one to please but myself. So, I happily allow those who would wonder about me to, well, wonder. I look a bit like mountain man Jeremiah Johnson, I’m afraid, but my smile seems to reassure skeptics.
The staff here is mostly Indian and all are friendly, offering warm greetings at every encounter. The servers have an interesting method of pouring a ...
... person per night. Our place was a four bedroom house right on the sand overlooking this little bay with a bunch of boats parked in it, and it had this backyard patio with a bunch of nice patio furniture and a grill. It was so nice, we lucked out so much. There was also a maid that lived in a place across the street that came and cleaned both mornings which was really nice.
So the first day there we got picked up by the ship midmorning and drove ...
... enlarged liver and spleen) and a vasculitic rash on both shins that looked very nasty. They were doing a barrage of tests to see what was wrong and she might end up with a liver biopsy which is never nice but we'll see later in the week! In the afternoon as standard we hit the beach for some catch, stone game, frisbee and sun baking with all the guys! It was then a quick trip to super ...
... Dr T finds the market a bit dodgy. Even the lion fell asleep, guarding the park. The mountains to fascinate me: they are like a décor for a movie. Dr T helps the next lion. The city does grab me in the end. We find small shops: need a briefcase or paint? How would you feel if your name is master Ass? Ending with a beer, just like we started. To go home for a nice homemade hamburger meal: thank you chef T. And tomorrow: a beach ...
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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.