Preskil Island Resort has recently re-opened its doors following a total refurbishment where 60% of its original structure was redesigned and rebuilt. This renovation has been a real success – the light, airy and clean lines of the new architecture successfully maintain a local Mauritian flavour whilst creating a sense of space and symmetry, with wonderful panoramic views across Ile aux Aigrettes in the turquoise lagoon and the sphinx-shaped ‘Lion Mountain’ looming on the mainland.
This resort is in a great location on the southeast coast, on one of the most attractive seascapes in Mauritius. Its close, but not too close, to the airport (with no noise disturbance) making it a great choice for arrival and departure – you can be sitting on a sun lounger on a white sand beach 40 minutes after touchdown. There are also plenty of interesting local things to do nearby, such as the Blue Bay Marine Park, the historical town of Mahébourg, a guided tour of Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve or an inland excursion to La Vallee de Ferney.
The hotel describes itself as 4 star but, in truth, it’s not far off being a 5 star property. As you cross a short bridge over a pretty little waterway on to the island and enter the hotel, your eye is taken immediately to a ‘sea of dappled blue’.
The new Preskil has been very well laid out and cleverly designed, using local natural materials such as ravenala, eucalyptus and bamboo, with island-style thatched rooves. Of three restaurants to choose from, two are included in the half board or ‘all inclusive’ options, a well–appointed boat house has a decent array of complementary water sports including water skiing off the jetty and twice daily snorkelling trips, a brand new Banyan Spa features holistic gemology treatments, whilst, best of all, the accommodation is very impressive.
The rooms are fresh, spacious and light, with white billowing curtains and soft cream, white and grey undertones, and extremely comfortable beds with good quality white linen. The ‘lead in’ rooms (in the usual contradictory style, it’s called a superior room!) are well thought out and a very generous 53 square metres – if that doesn’t mean much, the lead-in room in most 4* hotels will be around 40 square metres. Open-plan loft-style junior suites popular with honeymooners are right on the sea. A remarkable number of rooms have good sea views, which is a testament to the clever layout of the hotel. I would also recommend the outstanding ‘family units’ consisting of two separate adjoining bedrooms that can accommodate two adults and up to three children or teens (up to 17 years old only).
A Kids Club, ‘Tikoulou’, offers an educational, fun and interactive programme for children, including trips to neighbouring Ile aux Aigrettes to learn about the indigenous birds and plants; and, meet ‘Big Daddy’ the tortoise. A babysitting service is also available, at an extra cost.