Preskil by name but Prestigious by nature.
I have seen quite a few hotel ‘re-births’ over the years but rarely one as impressive as this. The Preskil Island Resort has recently re-opened its doors after a total refurbishment programme where 60% of its original structure was redesigned and rebuilt – which was just as well because the old Preskil was beginning to look pretty tired and old-fashioned. 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.
The Preskil Island Resort, the only ‘island’ hotel in Mauritius, is located in the south east, near to the old town of Mahebourg and a short 15minute hop from the airport. 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 hotel describes itself as 4* but, in truth, it’s not far off being a 5* 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’. This really is one of the most attractive seascapes in Mauritius: the extensive sandy beach, the turquoise lagoon with colourful sailing boats bustling across to the neighbouring nature reserve island of Ille aux Aigrettes, the surf crashing on the distant reef and the ‘Lion Mountain’ looming on the mainland.
The new Preskil has been very well laid out and cleverly designed – everything seems to be in the right place and the island concept works well. 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.
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). ‘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.
So what makes the Preskil Island Resort rather special? Well, first and foremost, it really is 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. And then, just as importantly, the hotel is right at the top of its game; everything is new and sparkly and functioning efficiently, whilst all the inevitable teething problems when a hotel reopens have now been sorted out (the hotel actually opened in June). Meanwhile, the price for the Preskil, still with an astonishing 30% re-launch discount, is as good as it gets.
Mauritius is a fantastic holiday destination because there is so much to see and do and the huge choice of hotels on the island provides outstanding value. With the long range forecast predicting a bitterly cold winter ahead in the UK, now is the time to be booking a sunshine break and Mauritius can provide the perfect Brexit escape plan.
But you will need to talk to Susie Freeman Travel to guarantee the most competitive price and the right package to exactly match your expectations.