We arrived on the 10th May for a 9 night stay on our Honeymoon, which started with a short head & shoulder massage and a fresh coconut water drink while we were being checked in. I have never experienced a more friendly and relaxing check-in anywhere in the world!
Before I get into too many details about the resort, I just have to say: this was one of the best places I have visited ever, and the care and attention provided by the staff was second to none. Everyone seemed to know our name (whether we had met them or not!), and they were prepared to take ever step to cater to our needs, whether it was anti-allergy bedding or making suggestions for meals to cater for a shellfish allergy. This is place where you are paying for quality service, and that is exactly what you get.
We stayed in one of the Luxury Suite Villas, which were beach facing on to the coral beach and a short walk to the restaurants, either via the beach or paths. The Villa was spacious and airy, with the AC providing a cool setting away from the heat outside. Having had a hectic year organising the wedding, one thing we really needed was sleep which we got plenty of here! The bed must have been a Super King, big enough for 4 let alone 2! Extremely comfortable bed, and we even had the option of sleeping in the afternoons on the sunbeds on the deck or in the shaded Sala (small covered gazebo). The Villa came with a pool, which was a good size and can even be heated on request - makes it more tempting to go for a dip later in the evening when the temperature starts to cool.
We were staying on Full Board, which meant we had Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner all included (with Lunch and Dinner being 3 course meals), but you still had to pay supplements for drinks for Lunch and Dinner. There is also a private dining menu (i.e. room service), which is mostly a selection of the restaurant menus for lunch/dinner plus some extra options for late night dining. The private dining in the Villa comes with no extra tray charge, which can make it ideal if all you want to do is lounge about in your villa and are looking for privacy.
There are two restaurants, Pebbles and Star, each specialising in their own flavours.
We were also allowed to order from the Restaurant menus as part of the private dining, which was a good touch.
The food was of excellent quality. Every meal came well cooked and we quickly found that every dish was becoming a favourite dish! We also found that the side salads come with a very tasty dressing, one of the best ever tried.
The food was a mixture of Indian, French and South African food. The desserts were absolutely sublime, people with sweet-tooth's will not be disappointed! Particular favourite desserts of mine included the selection of ice creams and sorbets, the Chocolate Fondant and the Madagascar Snicker bar (this must be tried at least once)
There is also a "Fish and Rum shack" night, which happens on the far beach (other side of presidential villa) every Monday and Friday. This is held on the beach where there is a buffet service of fresh grilled seafood, was well as a selection of meats.
The food again was delicious, where everything is grilled to order exactly as you want it. There is also a salad buffet to choose from.
You can also try a wide range of rums, about 60 in total! We were not as adventurous and stuck to the cocktail, which was delicious. During the evening there is a Sega dance performance, which guests are invited to join in with.
The resort has a well equipped fitness centre/gym, but we did not make much use of this. There is also a running track for anyone who feels like going for a run, but a better place to run would be along the beach!
The Spa was simply amazing, one of the best features of the resort. Apart from getting the usual massages/treatments, you can also get additional treatments such as haircuts, manicure/pedicures and make up done. The Spa also has its own large pool, sunbeds, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna which can all be used without any additional charge.
The resort always has a number of activities planned for each day, all of which are outlined in a weekly newsletter which is given to all guests on a Sunday/Monday morning - I cannot remember the exact day as I lost all concept of time out there! The activities range from personal fitness sessions, group yoga, swimming/snorkelling, archery, volleyball, to tourist excursions. Some of the activities are free but some of them do come with a supplemental charge.
We were initially only planning on staying within the resort, however after about 5-6 days we found we were getting too lazy and had to be a bit more active! The travel desk/concierge was very helpful in finding activities to do. In the end we decided on a day trip to the capital Port Luis, with a visit to the Sugar factory and botanical gardens.
We also did a day trip which was a boat trip along the South East coast of the island. This included being taken around in a speedboat (which you get to try yourself), snorkelling, parasailing (additional charge), tour guide along the coast before stopping off at one of the smaller islands for some lunch and relaxation.
Another thing which the resort does is an evening called "Grandmas kitchen", where you are taken to the home of the grandparent of a member of staff where you have a traditional family meal cooked for you and meet some of the family. This is a nice touch, and can also help you socialise with other guests of the resort who take part, as it is such an informal atmosphere.
As we were on our Honeymoon, we were also provided with the following:
A candle lit rose petal bath, which helped melt away all stresses.
A private candle lit dinner with wine - you can take this either in one of the restaurants or in your Villa. I recommend the Villa in the Sala, though unfortunately it started to rain during ours and we decided to move dessert inside.
A complimentary treatment in the Spa, which was essentially a full body massage for 60 minutes in a couples session.
As with any trip, there can always be a few cons/downpoints, no matter how trivial.
Price: Although we were on full board so all meals were covered, it was easy to see by the prices that eating in the resort could get expensive very quickly. I think a standard meal that we chose could easily reach £100 for the two of us. As mentioned before the food was of excellent quality, but you were definitely paying for that quality.
Villa: There were times where the villa floors did not always seem the cleanest, however given the proximity to the beach this cannot be blamed on staff as it is very easy to bring all the sand back in with you!
Service speed: Due to all menus being a la carte, it means that if you go for breakfast in the restaurant you will need to be seated first, choose off menu and then have the breakfast served. This can make breakfast take an hour depending on the speed of service, which for some people can be too long, especially if you have booked a day out. The bread sticks provided also sometimes seemed like that had been out in the humid air for a little too long, and were starting to go a bit soft.
However, overall I cannot fault the Shanti Maurice, and thank them for making our Honeymoon such a relaxing and memorable time.
The Luxury Suite Villas are the closest to the restaurants, but are also facing on to the coral beac...
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