Le Preskil Island Resort has recently re-opened its doors after a total refurbishment programme 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 the lagoon and the mountainous backdrop of the interior. In a great location – lovely setting, close but not too close to the airport, and plenty of interesting local things to do in the general vicinity of the hotel, such as the Blue Bay Marine Park, the historical town of Mahebourg, a guided tour of Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve or an inland excursion to La Vallee de Ferney. Don’t let the airport’s relative proximity put you off because the constant prevailing wind means that you really don’t notice the occasional flight departure and, given the ever-increasing congestion on the roads in Mauritius these days, a short transfer to your hotel is quite a bonus!
The bedrooms are fresh, spacious and light, with white billowing curtains and soft cream, white and grey undertones. The beds are extremely comfortable with good quality white linen and the ‘lead in’ room (in the usual contradictory style, it’s called a superior room!) is well-appointed 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. And a remarkable number of the bedrooms have good sea views, which is a real testament to the clever layout of the hotel. I would also mention 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).
The new Preskil has been very well laid out and cleverly designed. There are three restaurants to choose from, two of which are included in the half board or ‘all inclusive’ options, a well – appointed boat house with a decent array of complementary water sports including water skiing off the jetty and twice daily snorkelling trips, whilst, best of all, the accommodation is very impressive.
‘Tikoulou’, their Kids Club, offers an educational, fun and interactive programme for children, including trips to the neighbouring Ile aux Aigrettes where they learn about the indigenous birds and plants; and, of course, a babysitting service is available but at an extra cost.