On its own peninsula with no public access, it’s peaceful and private. An adult-only, its romantic, so a good choice for honeymooners and couples, who can eat seafood in thatched kiosks around the pretty cove at night, loll in the lovely clifftop infinity pool and go on gourmet picnics. The hotel has loads of cosy areas for couples to sit in, and seawater jacuzzis in the waterfall tumbling into the cove. The warm staff – many who have been here for 25 years – know guests by name.
The hotel was fully renovated this year and the new plantation-style décor is very well done. The new food choice is also impressive. Four restaurants range from Mauritian fusion cuisine at the main restaurant, sushi and Thai food in a new thatched cabana next to the main pool and tapas-style cuisine at the Peninsula Restaurant, where locals moor their yachts for lunch on a Sunday.
The 75 sea-facing rooms and suites, are painted white, with elegant yet homely plantation-style furniture including muslin-draped four poster beds. The deluxe rooms are fine, if on the small side, so if you can afford it, go for a junior suite, with extra sitting room. I’d recommend the fabulous, bigger senior suites, for an extended stay.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, I rate it as a boutique 5*. Facilities include three pools, including a new lap pool, and you can also get a decent sea swim in the Anse La Raie lagoon, and two tennis courts, now as good as new, and floodlit in the evening. There’s also a lovely Cinq Mondes spa, offering treatments based on ancient healing rituals.
The well-equipped boathouse situated on the end of a small promontory offers Hobie Cats, dinghies, water-skiing and the chance to spot turtles on snorkelling trips. An added attraction is the hotel’s large, crewed catamaran, which takes guests on short trips to nearby islands for swimming and snorkelling. Not surprisingly, these free jaunts, (with a nominal fee for lunch), tend to be very popular. For the more adventurous, mountain bikes offer a good way to explore the island.