On arrival, we were whisked to the stunning open Reception area located beside the extremely inviting infinity pool. We were warmly greeted by Akshada, Assistant Guest Relations Manager and shown to our impressive Beachfront Villa, number 64. As I entered, I was thrilled to see the beautiful decor and sense of space — a lofty high ceiling with thatched roof, a Living Room that looked out onto a patio area with private plunge pool (heated in their winter season), plus direct access to the beach beyond. To top it all off, there was a lovely bottle of Champagne waiting for us! The villa interior was extremely well appointed, with a separate guest bathroom and shower room (to the left of the master bedroom), floor length windows, plus gorgeous turquoise blue upholstery which contrasted brilliantly with the dark wood furniture. The bedroom boasted a flat screen television — fully equipped with the latest movies on demand; plus the bedroom opened up to the main bathroom with a generously-sized Jacuzzi bath.
Feeling relaxed, following a wonderful De-toxifying massage treatment at the hotel Spa, we were invited to drinks in the hotel’s wine cellar. As I stepped into the wine cellar I could not believe my eyes — the whole basement was covered in bottles of wine and Champagne. One very special bottle of Moët Champagne was almost as tall as me! Having been passed a welcome shawl, the Assistant Head Sommelier, Emma, took us for a fascinating cellar tour. We were surprised to discover that Constance Le Prince Maurice’s wine cellar is the largest in the whole Indian Ocean! Once seated, we enjoyed Champagne and canapés, whilst listening to Emma talk passionately about her role. We gained a wonderful insight into the various grape varieties and most popular blends. Later, we were escorted to the main restaurant, where our table had been beautifully decorated and where the service was superb. The menu was extensive – I chose the crab and orange ravioli to start, followed by smoked duck breast and finally a decadent coconut soufflé for desert. It was definitely one of the best meals I have ever tasted, all three courses were outstanding.
The next morning, following a fantastic sleep, we headed off to breakfast to see what delights awaited us. There was everything you could possibly wish for – a fresh pancake and waffle station, an egg station, fresh fruit, plus a whole array of cooked breakfast items. What a lovely way to start your day – taking coffee whilst looking at the stunning Indian Ocean! Taking a stroll around the immaculate resort, one discovers that it is in fact, very intimate size. We then retired to our villa to enjoy our private pool and the sunshine. Housekeeping made sure we never needed a thing. During the afternoon, I decided to experience the huge jacuzzi bath, whilst Dale headed off to the gym and that evening we decided to try the Asian restaurant - my favourite style of cuisine. Small and intimate, the restaurant had two chefs who prepared and cooked the food on a small station in front of guests. Fascinating to watch, we chose sushi to start, which was incredibly fresh. Then we chose from an array of small tapas style dishes - we enjoyed dim sum and stir fried prawns, and then ordered more sushi after our main courses (as we enjoyed it so much)! Again through the whole few days we engaged with so many members of staff - the restaurant manager came regularly to check on us, and nobody could ever do enough for us. We finally sat back and enjoyed the entertainment of a live band in the restaurant, such a relaxing way to end our meal. The whole resort had such a wonderful atmosphere throughout.
We awoke the next day, to glorious sunshine, ate delicious Eggs Benedict and simply relaxed by our private pool (the pools are heated in their winter so the temperature was lovely). Mauritius is perfect during our early summer (classed as their winter) as the temperatures are inviting without being too humid, plus there is always a nice breeze. That evening, we joined the Managers Cocktails, in the bar, before being spoilt with private drinks on the beach. The table was situated in the sand and decorated with brilliantly lit tea lights and larger candles. We were served champagne and canapés whilst surrounded by brilliantly lit tea lights and larger candles. We were then asked if we were ready for dinner and whisked off to our surprise location. As we walked down the beach we had such anticipation for where they were taking us. Suddenly we turned into the garden of our villa, number 64 and what awaited us was the most romantic setting I have ever seen. The whole pool area was covered in candles and rose petals - simply mesmerising. We dined from a bespoke menu and the in-villa dining team were phenomenal. All our favourite foods appeared – seafood, beef and pineapple with a luxurious chocolate mousse! We then sat under the stars and enjoyed the stunning surroundings – a very special experience.
We started our final day by taking advantage of the in-villa dining by having breakfast on the terrace. Our lovely Villa Host laid the table and we enjoyed our breakfast whilst taking in the dreamy sea views. We were genuinely sad to leave; and were waved off by numerous staff whom we’d met during our short, but wonderful stay — such a lovely goodbye from such a special resort.