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Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa – Mauritius
Located on the east coast of Mauritius, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa Mauritius, a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World‘, offers guests an ultimate luxurious beach resort experience unlike any other.
Le Touessrok has been awarded Best Hotel in Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean in the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2011. As it is stated in the list, the Le Touessrok is “the most glamorous family-friendly hotel in Mauritius”.
It reflects an elegant mix of contemporary and tropical styles, and as such it is impossible to imagine a more romantic setting.
Across the water are the resort’s two islands – Ile aux Cerfs with its spectacular championship golf course designed by Bernard Langer, which is is one of the best golf courses in Mauritius, and Ilot Mangénie, an island retreat exclusive to guests, both a short ride by private boat.
Le Touessrok offers an extensive choice of accommodation styles and sizes.
The spacious rooms and suites have been beautifully designed in a light and modern ‘rustic-chic’ style and feature locally sourced furniture.
They are situated on the mainland in the Hibiscus and Coral Wings, with further suites in the Frangipani Wing. All of them are sea-facing and with 24-hour personalized butler service.
You can choose among 5 categories:
Deluxe Rooms are spacious, elegant and contemporary. All have King-sized beds, large bathrooms and private terraces, plus the latest in-room technology, contemporary furnishings, and expansive views of the Indian Ocean.
Junior Suites are cool and contemporary with design features inspired by the tropics. Ocean views and large bay windows bring a changing light to the rooms as the day progresses.
The Junior Suites in the Frangipani Wing feature designer style, with plasma screen TVs and egg-shaped baths. Junior Suites in the Hibiscus Wing are more classical in style.
Ocean Suites have a cool and contemporary feel. They are spacious and light and offer great luxury and privacy.
Ocean suites have a separate lounge, private dining room and two secluded terraces leading off the master bedroom. They may interconnect to an adjacent Junior Suite – perfect for families.
The Royal Suite is for the discerning few who want a level of service and luxury that was once only the province of royalty. With its classic colonial style of decor and furnishings, it is suited for entertaining in royal style.
The Royal Suite is completely detached for exceptional privacy. It has a huge master bedroom, dining room and outside terrace.
The very best is the supreme three-bedroom luxury, totally discreet with private swimming pools, gardens and separate entrances, designed in the spirit of contemporary Mauritian style.
Each Villa has a chef and team of waiting staff. The villas are prepared to the personal preferences of guests. Each villas has its own personal manager, on call 24 hours a day, who makes sure all is done exactly according to guests’ needs, tastes and wishes.
Each villa has two master king bedrooms, with a third queen bedroom behind. The bathrooms have sculptural stone bathtubs that lead out to private walled gardens with outdoor waterfall showers and daybeds.
The living areas are light and relaxed, with high, vaulted wood ceilings, tall windows and terrace doors that lead out to the infinity pool and wonderful tropical vistas.
Three Nine Eight
The name says it all: on three floors there are the cuisines of nine countries in a ‘culinary theatre’ presented by eight show kitchens. This extraordinary buffet restaurant is the place for breakfasts, and sociable and entertaining evenings.
Three-Nine-Eight also has a spiritual dimension, rooted in Chinese Feng Shui, a philosophy that seeks true happiness through the harmonious existence of mankind with nature.
Overlooking Hibiscus Bay, this elegant and contemporary restaurant serves highly sophisticated and timeless Indian recipes prepared with Continental methods. The modern interpretations of classical Indian cuisine are conceived by the chef, Ramesh Bundi.
A far smaller, more intimate Dining experience, Safran unfolds around an open kitchen and tandoori ovens which produce wonderful breads and smells.
The Safran is renown as one of the best restaurants in Mauritius offering a truly remarkable dinning experience.
The beach restaurant and bar on the shore of Trou d’Eau Douce bay is built from wood and thatch with an Asian-inspired interior, and presided over by ever-smiling and welcoming figure of Barlen himself.
The restaurant offers a range of dishes, based on a fusion of Asian and European cuisine. Barlen himself, a most charming host, has been at Le Touessrok since the early days of the resort.
Sega Bar is well known for its exceptional selection of Pure Malt Scotch Whiskies, as well as its impressive range of Single Barrel Bourbons. It also features Le Touessrok’s own home-made rums along with fine rums from around the world.
In the evening, the rhythms of the resident jazz band will take you until late at night in a stylish atmosphere.
Paul & Virginie
During a day of waterspouts or relaxing on the beaches of Ile aux Cerfs, lunch is provided at the relaxed, barefoot restaurant Paul & Virginie.
Named after the famous shipwrecked lovers Paul et Virginie of the 18th century, the restaurant serves perfect beachside daytime fare of lightly grilled, fried or steamed local fish, seafood, pizzas and simple Mauritian dishes such as palm-heart salad.
Near to the Paul et Virginie restaurant, Sands Bar serves a selection of drinks, light lunch dishes and snacks.
La Chaumière Masala
Offering contemporary Indian cuisine, a true delight to Oriental savors, La Chaumière Masala is the latest restaurant to be discovered on Ile aux Cerfs Island.
La Chaumière Masala has revisited classics of Indian cuisine which has been enhanced with local ingredients.
Crusoe’s Restaurant & Robinson’s Bar
On the resort’s romantic ‘desert island’ of Ilot Mangénie, fresh local food and drinks are served beachside under the trees.
With a relaxed welcome from the manager ‘Friday’, Crusoe’s offers wonderful locally caught same-day fresh fish, a salad bar and pizzas.
Robinson’s Bar is the place to taste a selection of delicious home-made rum concoctions served by Mr Robinson himself, friendly Governor of Ilot Mangénie.
WELLNESS & SPA
Experience the ultimate in personal treatment at Le Touessrok Givenchy Spa complex.
The Givenchy Spa, one of a select few around the world, reflects Givenchy’s famously elegant and understated style. The experience is unique – an exclusive opportunity to unwind and discover physical and mental harmony.
The Givenchy Spa works with the Matt Roberts Personal Trainers next door to combine treatments and fitness programs with suggestions on nutrition, beauty and health,and with the fashionable Bastien Gonzalez Podiatry & Pedicure Clinic, also in the same building.
It aims to give guests at Le Touessrok the ultimate feel-good experience. Treatments range from the Canyon Love Stone Therapy and the four-handed Ylang Ylang Body Massage, to Body Scrubs, Hydrotherapy, Facials and saunas.
After, or in-between treatments, clients are encouraged to enjoy the relaxation room. The Bride’s Room is exclusively dedicated to the bride’s pampering on her big day. Beauty Flash facials, manicures, foot massages, the ultimate make-over and hairstyling designed to make her feel special.
LE TOUESSROK ISLANDS
Ile aux Cerfs Island – A 10 minute free boat ride takes you to the perfect place to spend a day relaxing by the beach on this beautiful paradise island. On Ile aux Cerfs you can participate in a number of exciting water sports, or simply to enjoy a great meal in one of the Le Touessrok restaurants operating on Ile aux Cerfs Island.
Ilot Mangenie Island – The truly romantic will love this deserted island, a few minutes by free boat transfer from the Hotel and an exclusive retreat for Le Touessrok guests. The island offers a perfect island retreat offering an intimate atmosphere and beautiful beaches.
On the Island each guest enjoys a treatment of kings, having a luxury sun bed, beach towels, and a dedicated personal treatment from captain Crusoe and his team.
Sports enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise at Le Touessrok. The resort offers an array of activities to accommodate everyone of all ages.
Stunningly landscaped private grounds enfold the Hotel – offering tennis courts, golf, and fully equipped fitness center – while the sea, with its four beaches and two separate islands, offers a huge variety of water sports and plenty opportunities for rest and refreshment!
The resort also has a jogging track and offers bocciball, volleyball, aqua-gym lessons, archery, badminton and football.
Additional special excursions can be arranged as per client requests such as customized nature trails, hunting, fishing, cycling and many more.
The Fitness center
The Fitness Center provides sophisticated personal training, stretching sessions, programs for swimming, aquatic exercise, tennis and golf. A jogging partner is also available on request. Use of equipment is free of charge, with an optional services of a personal trainer to guide you through your training.
Tennis enthusiasts will appreciate complimentary use of the Peter Burwash International Tennis Club, located next to Hibiscus gardens. The Tennis Club has four floodlit synthetic courts, with individual coaching and full equipment available for hire.
Water and sea activities
The waters, reefs and southern trade winds of the Indian Ocean provide for the very best in diving, snorkeling, sailing, water-skiing and windsurfing.
All guests have access to free water sports and basic tuition from the Hotel’s fully-trained team of instructors. The perfect way to try waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing safely for the first time, or simply to brush up your skills by using high-quality boats, boards and skis for no extra charge.
Beaches & Pools
The allure of water is everywhere – guests at Le Touessrok can enjoy any of four intimate, pristine white beaches and two beautifully designed pools.
The white sand beaches are perfect for strolling, playing games or simply idling on luxurious sun beds in the shade of thatched parasols.
The large free-form main pool is at the focal point of the resort’s mainland buildings, a relaxing tropical environment with swim-up to the Sega Bar. There is also a secluded pool of charm and privacy by Barlen’s and the Fitness Centre. Each of the Villas has its own private infinity pool.
Le Touessrok Golf Course – 18 holes
Le Touessrok Golf Course is pleased to offer complimentary green fees for guests at Le Touessrok.
Bernhard Langer designed the 18 hole, par 72 championship course to challenge advanced players, while remaining exciting and playable for recreational golfers.
This is achieved with four sets of tee decks for each hole, so the angles of attack and approach vary. There is a generous provision of fairway where appropriate. The greens are mainly small and undulating, requiring precise approach shot.
The tees – Each hole has a minimum of 4 Tee decks: the Langer Tees, championship Tees, tournament Tees and forward Tees.
Golf Academy – The David Leadbetter Golf Academy facilities include an indoor swing studio with the latest computer aided swing analysis software for both individual and group tuition.
Prestigious ‘Golf International Magazine’ has listed Le Touessrok Golf Course at No. 1 rank in its “100 of the Finest Things in Golf” listing in a special issue celebrating its 100th issue. This commendation gives to the Bernhard Langer designed golf course a unique place in what the world has best to offer in contemporary golf.
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