Shangri La Le Touessrok Resort and Spa
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Cool east coast five-star with two island playgrounds. Families are safe and well-entertained in this spacious, stunning and secluded five star on a private east coast promontory, with two island playgrounds, one even for playing Robinson Crusoe on at Ilot Mangenie, in addition themed kids birthday parties can be organised at venues across the resort.

Best Bits for Kids

Plenty of space to splash and roam; being Robinson Crusoe on Ilot Mangénie and watersports on Île aux Cerfs; the T-club with a magical treehouse and pools; feeding the tortoises.

Best Bits for Parents

Seclusion in stunning surrounds, with idyllic vistas of sand and sea everywhere you turn; being spoiled by beach butlers on wild and secluded Ilot Mangénie; Champagne breakfasts (for those staying in the Frangipani wing) and cocktail hour at Republik, and gourmet dinners – including enticing pop-up dining - with superior entertainment.

Endorsement Quote

A grand sweeping drive through a parade of palm trees hints at the beauty and luxury that awaits at this secluded five star resort, which was once a haunt for celebrities and royalty. Shangri-La’s ‘Hospitality from the Heart’ really shows at Le Touessrok, where guests are treated like family, and welcomed with the beat of the ravanne (a handmade drum) and maravanne (a sugarcane shaker) used in the local sega music, and a hibiscus-infused sugarcane green tea. Of all the hotels on the island, it feels my home away from home.

What makes this resort really special though are its two island playgrounds, both a 10-minute boat ride away: Ilot Mangénie, a wild and secluded private island retreat exclusive to guests, and Mauritius’ favourite island playground Ile aux Cerfs, with watersports galore, cool bars and restaurants and an 18 hole golf course designed by Bernhard Langer.

It also offers added value in terms of gourmet pop ups and events. Ever evolving, a horse-riding trail (including swimming with horses) on Ilot Mangenie (8 years and up, chargeable) and a stargazing observatory are in the pipeline.

Hotel Vibe

One of the island’s first luxury resorts, Le Touessrok reopened in November 2015 after a £20-million reinvention by international hotel brand Shangri-La. Cool contemporary Asia-influenced interiors, are reflected in the salvaged tree roots holding up the glass tables in the lobby, subtle animal prints on textiles and marble floors, and rough hewn mango wood desks and coral screens in the bedrooms. A ‘Weavers Belvedere’ sculpture, inspired by the weaver birds' nests in the mature tropical garden, and the scent of lotus, frangipani and hibiscus, gives a sense of place. With lapping turquoise waters over white sand and a tropical Bohemian island-chic vibe - yet superb service – it’s a dream family holiday, and this resort also has a bit of buzz, from the subtle music from speakers in the sand on the beach to live DJs, themed dinner shows and late evening jam sessions.

Rooms

Accessibility

A lift and two ramps to the Hibiscus wing with a room specially-equipped for guests with special needs.

Check in information

Check in is at 2pm and check out is at noon. Early/late check in/out is available, for a fee, or the resort has an arrival/departure lounge with changing rooms and showers/WC, just off the lobby.

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

Generous-sized, lead in Coral rooms suit families on a budget. The Hibiscus junior suites, the same as the Frangipani junior suites, but on one level and with a sunken, rather than stand alone, bathtub, and without the added perks and privacy, are attractive and good value.

Families also like the Frangipani suites, for their tranquillity and privacy, and all wings have rooms with beach access – ideal for sitting on the terrace while children play in the sand. Hibiscus junior suites, with no steps and, near to the kids' club, are ideal for families with youngsters. To blow the budget, the Beach Villas are arguably the island's most stunning.

Rooms

The 200 sea-facing rooms and suites are all beachfront, in low-rise, Mediterranean-style villas, decorated with rich natural materials such as tropical mango wood and teak, with original coral artworks. Arranged in three wings, all are suitable for families, and come with a terrace or balcony, two queen size beds, and bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub, and posh toiletries.

Generous-sized, Coral rooms decorated in a neutral elegant palette, are close to the lobby, and family pool, while Hibiscus junior suites feature a sunken tub surrounded by shimmering pink tiles. The exclusive split level Frangipani junior suites, with a central egg-shaped bath and abstract representations of the contour of sand in sea, come with perks including an adult only beach and pool, a la carte intimate beachfront breakfasts (with Champagne) and a complimentary cocktail hour with live DJ at Republik Beach Club & Grill.

There’s one opulent Shangri-La suite and three huge beautifully-appointed three-bedroom Beach Villas, with cathedral ceilings, and exquisite art work, have a secluded infinity pool, electric car and family bikes to get around, and a 24-hour butler, and even personalised bathrobes embroidered with your name.

Activities/Things To Do

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

It costs (Rs40,000 (£871) to charter a catamaran for 6 people for a day (Rs4,000 (£87) per additional person) or Rs40,000 (£871) for a speedboat for 4 hours, max 10 persons with lunch for 4 persons only -  Rs2,000 (£43.50) per additional person), to go wherever you like.

‘One Love’s’ hot pink speedboat from the hotel jetty, with Creole guides, can take families to explore some of the lesser-known south eastern islands, from Ile aux Phares, with its quaint lighthouse to the pristine sands of tiny Ile des Flamants, with a BBQ lunch on Ile aux Cerfs.

A ranger-led tour of conservation southeast island, Ile aux Aigrettes, reveals tortoises roaming under the ebony canopy and pink-pigeons, with chance for kids to feed birds by hand and a BBQ lunch.

Heading north to Grand Baie, families can snorkel below the pristine Gunners Quoin, and pull up for lunch at The Beach House, right on the water.

Other excursions on offer, include jeep excursions in La Valleé de Ferney nature reserve and electro-biking through a game reserve home to deer and wild boar. PRICES TC

The hotel plans to get its own catamaran for private cruises along the east coast with a chef aboard (and lobster and Champagne to order), and sea urchin plucked straight from the water.

Best Family Beaches

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok has seven white sand beaches - the longest (3.5 kms) on Ilot Mangénie - offer a large swimming area, and are some of the islands best and most private.

Of the 34 acres of beachfront in front of the resort, the right side near Republik Beach Club & Grill is shallower for kids to swim, and beyond the long stretch of shallows on Hibiscus and Coral Beach, is deeper water for adult swimming. Nest beds are scattered along the Frangipani beach, and beach boys on segways deliver fruit kebabs, sorbet and a sunglass polish.

A regular shuttle (every 30 minutes) takes families across to Ilot Mangénie, an exclusive private island retreat or to the island playground of Ile aux Cerfs (ileauxcerfsleisureisland.com), with talcum white sands within reach of 21st century conveniences, and watersports galore, including banana boat rides, parasailing and a pirate boat. Beaches range from a toddler-friendly shallow channel of translucent water off the main White Beach, to wilder spots for swimming and snorkelling just a short walk away.

About two minutes drive north east is the 10km Belle Mare Plage one of the finest beaches on the island. Heading south, is Blue Bay Marine Park, where families can take an inexpensive glass bottom boat trip from the shore to see the coral reef.

Kids Clubs

Open from 9am to 10pm, the T-club, under the leadership of Danielle, caters for children between 4-11 years old is one of the island's largest and most attractive, with fantastic facilities. It has a kids restaurant under thatch in the garden with a pizza oven and buffet (and jars of baby puree in the main fridge).

Split into two age groups, kids activity programmes provide fun and imaginative activities, with a focus on the outdoors and engagement with the natural habitat, and educational activities. Parents can enjoy time with their children by participating in activities such as crab hunting, pedalos and kayaking (and many do). There is Air Hockey, for when it’s raining.

Open until 10.30pm, the Active-T Club, one of the most attractive teens clubs on the island, offers social activities and themed evenings for 12 to 17 year olds. Activities include table football, badminton, table tennis, archery and diving initiation, stand up paddle. Daily activities (10am-noon) include complimentary wakeboard, water-skiing and Hobie cat, and a treetop obstacle course and banana tube (both payable) on Ile aux Cerfs. There’s also seasonal kitesurfing at Palmar (payable, on request) and half day excursion to Domaine L’Etoile, home to deer, wild boar and endemic birds, includes a Tyrolienne, and quad biking, ziplining and horse riding.

Facilities

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

The kids club has an open-air cinema, but otherwise, it’s largely a digital detox at this resort, although kids 6 and up can use the PS4 at the teens club. Free WiFi throughout, stretches to Ilot Mangénie – a bonus for teens – and a Bluetooth speaker on Ilot Mangénie, means each member of the family can listen to their own music.

Hotel Shop

There’s an arcade with shops selling childrens clothing, including beachwear, toys and accessories, as well as holiday items such as suncream and insect repellent.

Pools

The resort’s two pools include an attractive adults only pool in the palm grove between the Frangipani Wing and Republik Beach Club & Grill, with massage jets and double daybeds. The open-sided Sega Bar directly overlooks the decent-sized family pool with sun loungers and parasols, beside Coral Beach (and close to Hibiscus Beach) should parents want to relax in the shade with a drink. T-club’s shaded pool - one of the largest in-club pools on the island – has a separate fenced toddler pool with sprinklers.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

The healing own-brand CHI, the spa, offers holistic treatments using the islands botanical and herbal products including Traditional Tipik Healing With Sega Rhythm, alongside beauty brands carita and decleor, in eight beautiful treatment rooms, with wood-lined walls, water features and plush fabrics beside the adult pool. A day long fitness programme from the life fitness gym, including complimentary pilates, yoga classes on the Frangipani lawn, Zumba, a power walk and circuit training. Payable classes include sunrise yoga on the beach, a bootcamp and uniquely krav maga, the Israeli martial art that’s popular in Europe.

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

The CHI, the Spa offers a hydrating chocolate wrap followed by a relaxing massage using chocolate and orange essential oil and a facial (75 minutes at Rs4000 (£86) or 3200 (£69) for 60 minutes of each treatment – minimum 6 years old) for kids. Treats on offer during peak holiday times, include mini manicures and facials, hair braiding and henna tatoos.

Sports

Complimentary sports are offered at the resort, Ile aux Cerfs and Ilot Mangenie.

The mini-boathouse on Hibiscus Beach offers complimentary stand-up paddle, pedalos and kayaks. Ile aux Cerfs boathouse offers complimentary unlimited water skiing, wake boarding and Hobie cat, and a kayak tour (10 years and up, accompanied by a grown up) which reveals crabs in the mangrove, at low tide. Payable activities include parasailing and banana tube on Ile aux Cerfs, and kite surfing at Palmar, arranged on request.

In resort and on Ilot Mangenie is complimentary windsurfing and sailing initiation for adults and children (with the kids club) and snorkelling, scuba diving and archery initiation. Families can play petanque and bocce ball on Ilot Mangenie, which also has an outdoor exercise (parcours) trail, and a jogging track.

Tennis courts, billiards, beach volleyball and table tennis can all be arranged in resort. Complimentary green fees are offered on Ile aux Cerfs’ 18 hole golf course designed by Bernhard Langer.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

With five restaurants and gourmet pop-ups, there’s plenty here to excite young palates. Kids are welcome everywhere, and the chef can tailormake kids menus to accommodate the fussiest of eaters, including gluten-free options. Two children up to 6 years old, dine free at the buffet and the kids club, and from 6 to 12 years at a 50% discount.

Market-place-style Le Bazar, the main buffet restaurant, offers a blend of Asian and international cuisine, catering to every whim at breakfast and dinner. Live cooking stations, a juice bar and a chill room delight at breakfast, while dinner means a dim sum trolley, noodle bar, a rotisserie, burger bar and a kids’ corner. Themed dinner buffets include Mauritian, French and Mediterranean nights, and a meat and seafood night.

Gourmet options range from family-style dining on modern Indian cuisine from Chef Ramesh Bundi's at Safran designed around a set menu offering 15 different plates including breads, rice, curries and tandoori to Japanese cuisine at sensual Kushi (the comb used by Geishas to tie up their hair), with a sushi master, yakinuku grills at each table, and a traditional Omakase chef’s menu depending on the catch of the day. Kids can see, and taste, food cooked underground using hot stones in the Earths Oven, near the kids club.

The coolest spot to drink and dine is the artsy, open-sided Republik Beach Club & Grill, serving a la carte Mediterranean cuisine, barbecue grills and wood-fired pizza overlooking the ocean. Families can hang out in sunken sandpits on the beach at sundown (complimentary drinks and snacks at the daily cocktail hour for Frangipani wing guests) with a live DJ, with a dinner show and late night jam sessions. Dinners feature lobster, house-smoked meats and a signature vodka flambéed pasta, and breakfasts, for Frangipani guests, include artisan French cheese, cold cuts and breads and pastries and a Champagne, Bellini and Bloody Mary bar.

Republik Beach Club & Grill has a late night tequila bar – with over 20 tequilas infused with herbs, coffee and fruit. Other drinking holes include the iconic Sega Bar (named after the sensual national dance), overlooking the family pool, which offers Mauritian gourmet New Grove rum tasting (in mango-wood smoked glasses) and Tiki cocktails with ingredients sourced from villages islandwide.

White-clad staff greet families with a cold towel as you step off the jetty at Ilot Mangénie, a favourite spot for a Robinson Crusoe-style lunch with five star service, under the filao (casuarina) trees. There’s everything from Mauritian specialities to Champagne and lobster linguine, fresh catch of the day to the signature truffle pizza, and fresh coconut juice.

Roshan serves fresh fruit and vegetable juices, mocktails, smoothies and freshly cut coconuts at the Lakaz Jus kiosk on Hibiscus Beach, joined by a pop up food truck with designer burgers, pizza and hot sandwiches for a quick and easy lunch for families in September 2018.

Kids can choose from 12 flavours of homemade ice cream (with a delicious New Grove rum and raisin for adults) and families can grab food to go, for sports activities or excursions, at the lobby food station.

Room Service

24-hour room service, with a kids menu. Baby purée is complimentary, with no tray charge.

Location

Getting There

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok is about 45 kilometres – around one hour by car - from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in the southeast, or a 15 minute helicopter transfer. Luxury cars, with refreshments and wifi are available.

Location

A secluded hideaway on an east coast promontory in pretty Trou d’eau Douce bay, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa has 34 acres of private white sand beachfront and two offshore islands - a 22 hectare kingdom with plenty of space for families to roam.

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