Hidden Eden

by Editorial
Le Touessrok's pour madame et pour monsieur bathrooms feature large soaking tubs.

Le Touessrok's pour madame et pour monsieur bathrooms feature large soaking tubs.

Safran, an Indian restaurant, unfolds around an open kitchen and tandori ovens. Mitchelin-Star chef Vineet Bhatia created the sophisticated menu.

Safran, an Indian restaurant, unfolds around an open kitchen and tandori ovens. Mitchelin-Star chef Vineet Bhatia created the sophisticated menu.

One & Only Le Tousserok

I tend to shy away from modern hotels with their all-white decor accompanied with no luxury and expensive bills, but the five-star Le Tousserok blends chic minimalism with lavishness in an exemplary way. The resort tries to make guests feel as if they arrived at some lost village, a gong is sounded to announce your arrival and hotel management greets every guest. Once you are swept into this oasis, you don’t want to leave.

The Rooms: While very modern, there are staccatos of luxury that stand out: purple cashmere throws on the all-white uber-count cotton sheets, plasma television with European and African channels, fiber-optic beside lamps and even an espresso maker (but they charge $4 per pod). There is a “pour madame” and “pour monsieur” bathroom that’s more like a personal spa with the largest soaking tub I’ve ever sat in. The view of the Indian Ocean was the ultimate luxury. Ours was on a peninsula, which made it feel like we were isolated in paradise.

The Service: Need a jogging partner? Our butler was more than willing to put on his Nikes so I wouldn’t sweat alone. Later that afternoon, he was arranging bougainvillaea in the shape of a heart on our bed. They know your name, they know your drink, and they know how to find you.

Activities: The only time I’ve ever wished I knew how to play golf was while I was staying at Le Tousserok, which is home to a Championship
Bernhard Langer course, where every hole boasts an ocean view. Everyone from famed golfers to the guests around the pool gushed about the course. There’s tennis, scuba diving, and water sports.

The Food: The resort also operates on a half-board basis with an international buffet that is basically made to serve. Safran, and Indian restaurant which chef Vineet Bhatia (of London fame) provides the menu. I still have fantasies about the white and dark chocolate samosas shaved with fourteen carat gold.

The Bottom Line: Is it worth the 24-hour trip? Yes, if you’ve exhausted destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico and you’re looking for something different. It’s also a great honeymoon location and most of the guests were younger couples celebrating their marital bliss. Rates start at $750 per room per night.

One & Only Le Touessrok, Trou d’Eau Douce, Mauritius. Telephone: 230 (402) 7400 or (866) 552-0001 for toll free U.S. reservations. Email: info@oneandonlyletouessrok.mu.

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