Finally coming to terms that I’m not waking up to fresh island air, crystal blue ocean and the sun beaming on my face (where it’s not uncomfortable like Dubai heat), I thought i’d re-live the holiday by sharing it with you guys. At the end of April we heading off to the St Regis hotel in Mauritius, we spent 6 nights on the island and could have easily done much longer. St Regis is roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the airport, the airport was very quick to get through and transportation was handled by the hotel so it was a very smooth journey, the driver was very informative with things to do in Mauritius, supermarkets, ATM and the history of the island.
As soon as you arrive at the hotel the views are breathtaking, there is just so much greenery, a rarity in Dubai. The staff are sooooo friendly and accommodating, I can’t fault a single one of them from the check-in desk, the bar staff, the room butlers and buggy drivers, honestly this made our whole experience so magical. We had a sea view room with a semi-private pool which lead directly down to the beach, the rooms were pretty standard but a good amount of space and a HUGE bath tub, Yayyy!
We spent most of our days around the pool, or down at the beach by the boathouse bar, the weather was on and off, some days were beautiful blue skies, others it would rain for an hour and then be sunny, and then one day we had a cyclone level 2 (4 is the highest) which we pretty much hung out at the kids club or in the cinema (yes the hotel as a cinema). They also have a pretty decent gym that I used…once.
Going on holiday with Bella I never really thought we would get much of a “holiday” and instead spend most of our time pushing the YOYO around hoping she’ll take a nap but now she’s that little bit older it was so much easier, Bella was either happy playing with her toys on the sand or playing in the pool, half of the pool was very shallow which she could stand up in and play in, which was very handy! Bella honestly had the best time and even made a few little friends towards the end of the holiday.
The hotel has five restaurants you can dine in:
Floating Market, which is Asian cuisine the ginger steak is unreal.
The Boathouse, is a seafood restaurant located on the beach this was by far my favourite restaurant, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere is just 10 out of 10 and we ending up dining here twice, we would have gone again but it was rented out for a wedding,
Atsuko, is their Japanese and sushi restaurant, too be honest it was ok, it’s indoors and quite small so there wasn’t much of an atmosphere, the night we went it also wasn’t very busy, our main course was very good though it was wagyu steak which you cook yourself on your table which was a great experience.
They also have ‘Simply India” and “Le Manoir Dining Room” which we unfortunately didn’t get round to trying, breakfast is also hosted in the Le Manoir. Next to Le Manoir is The 1904 bar, which is great for a drinks and a shisha after dinner.
I could go on and on about how amazing this hotel is and I’d probably lose you, so I will list below the thing included below, but honestly if you’re a couple or a family with young (Bella loved it) or older children it really is a must visit, it’s my favourite family hotel and will defiantly be returning next year.
Rating out of 10: 8/10
Child friendly: yes
Swimming pool/Beach: Yes
Activities: Kids centre, games room, cinema, football, beach games, gym, water skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, pedalo
Spa/salon: Yes (defiantly book their Kite Surfer massage)
Transportation: Yes, and if you want to go out of the hotel, they will arrange everything
Baby-sitting: Yes, we had one for one even she was fantastic and very sweet