The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

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Graceful and elegant colonial-style five star on Le Morne Peninsula’s exclusive ‘five star strip’ with a dramatic mountain backdrop 

Families will feel like house guests in a tropical, tranquil mansion here, complete with gourmet food, a beautiful beach and butler service, and the chance to kitesurf.

Information & Facts

Accessibility

All paths are wheelchair friendly, and there are two specially-equipped rooms, and a lift, in the Manor House.

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

The resort can arrange the usual popular family excursions - all reasonably nearby - through local DMCs: swimming with the dolphins and Casela World of Adventures on the west coast and La Vanille Nature Park in the south.

The concierge can organise an early morning trek up Le Morne mountain with local guide, Allan (a three hour round trip suitable for fit 8 year olds and upwards, but perhaps best appreciated by tweens and teens) (Rs1500 (£33)/2500(£55) group/private). They can also book horse-riding for any age group at one of the islands best stables, Haras du Morne, at the foot of the mountain (Rs3200 (£71)/2400(£53) adults/children). Advanced riders can go up Le Morne or swim with horses from the beach, in the early morning.

 

Best Bits for Kids

The huge pool and beautiful beach, sports and activities including kitesurfing, private cinema.

Best Bits for Parents

Sports and activities including kitesurfing, gourmet dining in elegant surrounds, The St. Regis butler.

Best Family Beaches

The St Regis Mauritius lies on 800 metres of exclusive beachfront on Le Morne Beach, one of the island's finest, sheltered, stretches of powder white sand, with marked swimming zones and stretching 4kms along the peninsula. Being a bit out of the way, and with few facilities outside the hotels, this public beach is one of the island’s least visited, and therefore most private, and tranquil, even at weekends.

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

The hotel provides PS4s, x-box in room for older kids and teens, and free Wi-Fi, reaches the beach. There are TV movies in the kids club, and a cinema.

Endorsement Quote

Shielded from the outside world behind a high wall, as you sweep into this drive, and up to the Manor House, you know you’ve arrived somewhere grand, and yet, feel quite at home. There’s no stiffness at The St. Regis Mauritius resort, where luxury is simply accepted as the norm. And what family wouldn’t want a 24 hour butler on standby, delicious breakfasts ‘at home’ on the elegant covered terrace overlooking a huge, turquoise pool (with shallows for toddlers) and a fine stretch of safe swimming beach.

The St. Regis brand only settles for the world’s best addresses, and this resort offers families quality activities in a tranquil safe environment, in an iconic and exclusive island location, with a beautiful white sand beach against a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Family Traditions is one of the signature rituals of St. Regis (along with Afternoon Tea, The Bloody Mary and the bespoke St. Regis Butler Service), and this resort takes the needs of its younger guests seriously – from offering swimming lessons to providing a teacher to help with holiday homework.

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

Lead in junior suites suit most families needs. Those seeking tranquillity, but with a pool nearby, should book a suite in the crescent around the garden pool, with plenty of space to play on the lawn. The Beachfront St. Regis Suites steps away from the sea, suit young families, and the resort has 12 interconnecting suites (Junior Suite and Ocean Junior Suite) for multigenerational families.

For the wow factor, opt for a Beachfront St. Regis Grand Suite or Ocean View Grand Manor House Suite - the most spacious for families, in the heart of the action – which both accommodate two children under 12 and one baby. For those for whom money is no object, the ultra-contemporary St. Regis Villa, is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean.

Food & Drink

Food has improved recently under the direction of talented executive chef Nicolas de Visch. Families can dine in all of the five tempting restaurants around the Manor House range from French-inspired and traditional Mauritian cuisine to the exotic flavours of Southeast Asia and Japan, with a rotating adult-only option. A kids menu is available everywhere. Under 3s eat for free, and babies food is included as per adults meal plan.

St. Regis rituals include afternoon tea, and Sabrage (with special-priced Champagne menu) at the Boathouse Bar & Grill at sundown. An exclusive private dining experience, is at the Chef’s Table.

Children can have lunch and dinner at the Kite Flyer kids club (those on half board pay for lunch). When there’s more than five children at the kids club, they are taken to the restaurants for an early dinner at 6pm.

With the décor and personalised service of a dining room in a stately home, Mauritian flavours merge with French at Le Manoir Dining Room, where elegant family breakfasts and dinners, are taken on the covered terrace.

Two bars range from the old-school elegance of the 1904 bar in the Manor House, with its mother of pearl inlaid panels, a fitting place for a spicy La Belle Creole Mary to the tinkling of the piano, while one of the St Regis Rituals, Sabrage, is held at the Boathouse Bar & Grill every evening (with a special-priced Champagne menu). A bar and restaurant, this the place for a chilled sundowner on cream sofas with your feet in the sand, before candlelit dining, with seafood on the menu, and live music and dancing. With 50+ kids, in peak season, a special kids’ buffet is laid on at the Boathouse Bar & Grill.

Across a bridge from the manor, Asian-inspired fare is found at Floating market, and Japanese cuisine is served on sleek black tables at Atsuko.

Getting There

The resort is a 75 minute private transfer or taxi journey from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Families can arrive in style by requesting a luxury car.

Hotel Shop

The hotel shop sells toys and watersports equipment, kids clothes, sun cream and toiletries.

Hotel Vibe

Families feel like house guests, at this sumptuous all-suite resort set in tropical gardens around a Victorian manor house, complete with a personable butler on standby. Painted an elegant taupe, it oozes colonial grandeur with its colonnades, large terraces, original artefacts from far-flung countries and cloth-draped sun loungers by the large, tranquil central pool.

Kids Clubs

Open from 9am to 4.30pm, and 9am to 9pm at peak holiday times, the Kiteflyers kids club housed within attractive basalt walls, caters for children between 4-12 years old, with kids divided into two groups for activities at peak times. Coloured lamps hang from the ceiling in the air-conditioned interior, and there’s a decent sized garden with a pool for outdoor play.  

Activities include kite flying on the beach, kids yoga, nail art and hairdos (not at spa), and tennis, soccer and a pool party for 8-12 year olds. The resort puts on special programmes for families at peak season. At Christmas, Santa arrives on a sea plane, or a horse. At Easter, there’s a funfair complete with coconut shy and bouncy castle, Ti Garden – a little farm with chicks and bunnies, and an egg hunt. On Earth Day this year, families cooked marshmallows over a bonfire surrounded by candles.

The Lifestyle teens club caters for 12-17 year olds, in a floating location. The large drawing room functions as the main hub during term time and has billiards, table tennis and table football, bean bags and lounges for socialising, and a DJ Academy. Activities include aquagym and football, and learning to play musical instruments, such as the ravanne, the special drum used in traditional Mauritian séga music. In peak holiday times, special events include safari hunts, and a beach party with a bonfire and DJ. Teens can explore the quiet peninsula independently, by foot or by bike.

Location

In the ‘five star strip’ of exclusive resorts on the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Le Morne Peninsula, The St. Regis Mauritius Resort lies on Le Morne Beach, on the islands’ southwest tip, sheltered by the dramatic giant monolith, Le Morne Brabant. Le Morne beach is one of the islands finest, sheltered, beaches, and Le Morne Peninsula is the island’s kitesurfing hotspot.

Pools

A lovely large rectangular central pool, is fringed by draped cabanas overlooking the shallow pool for toddlers and a couple of restaurants and bars in the manor house, so parents can watch their children swim while sitting on the terrace. The kids club has a 40cm deep pool, heated to 26 degrees in winter, with water tumbling from chutes in the basalt walls. 

Rooms

The 172 sea-facing colonial-style ‘residences’, with neutral tones, rich dark wood and individual artefacts, are arranged in two-storey clusters along the beach, with private balcony or terrace. Most lead in Junior Suites with St Regis signature bedding and spacious bathroom, which can accommodate two children, are a stone’s throw from the sea, and Ocean and Beachfront Junior Suites feature oval-shaped baths. The Beachfront St. Regis Suites, which accommodate one child and a baby, have a separate living room, and a ‘wet room’. The Beachfront St. Regis Grand Suites, overlook the renowned ‘One Eye’ kite-surfing spot, and the Victorian-style Manor House Suites, have soaring ceilings, a vast terrace, four poster bed and couples spa beds in the bathroom. A stunning four bedroom villa (bookable in separate units), sleeps eight adults and four children, and features three swimming pools, a gym and spa treatment room and private beach access.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

The word Iridium means ‘of rainbows’ in Greek and the futuristic Iridium spa offers bespoke treatments in 12 lavish, light-filled spa suites – think floors of white marble, and elegant woods and stone fittings, a men’s grooming salon, hair and nail salon, sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath and a small relaxation terrace (in a space of 2000 square metres). Exclusive beauty brands include the anti-aging Valmont and Belle Luccè, whose signature treatment is the hot guava and coconut milk body ritual.

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

Kids yoga, nail art and hairdos are activities at the kids club.

Sports

The boathouse offers complimentary watersports, kayaking (with a see-through bottom to experience the underwater world), pedalos, snorkelling, stand-up paddle, windsurfing and sailing. There’s also a glass bottom boat trip twice a day and waterskiing initiation at high tide (8 years and up).

Le Morne is the best spot on the island for kitesurfing, and ‘One Eye’ – used for international kiting competitions, is among the top five spots globally. This was the first hotel on the island to offer a premium kite-surfing club, ION Club Prestige. Private lessons include a Try to Fly taster for kids from 6-9 years (on land) (Rs2400/£51.43) and Fly and Fun for teens 14-16 years (Rs3600/£77). The resort launched kitesurfing packages for adults complete with butler, this year. Wakeboarding is also on offer, and horse riding on the beach.

PADI scuba diving sessions includes diving for kids (payable). Bubble makers is an introduction to diving for 8 years and up in the pool and lagoon, and junior open water diver (for 10 years and up), includes four sessions in the water. The resort also offers private swimming lessons for kids.

Room Service

The St. Regis Resort Mauritius offers 24 hour butler service, and around the clock in-room dining, with special requests accommodated (tray charge applies).

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