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REVIEW: Shangri-La Mauritius

Mauritius is a wonderful island based in the Indian Ocean, filled with crystal waters to explore and plenty of nature. If you're visiting Mauritius, it won't be long before you discover the warming charm and sense of adventure this place has to offer.

In addition to the vast landscape, Mauritius has, you'll also find there's a selection of luxury hotels to choose from, including Shangri-La Le Touessrok, located on the East coast. As a Brit, when I think of Shangri-La hotels, straight away I think of the modern, sleek city hotel that sits within the London Shard. Notably known for having world-class service and lavish amenities, it was safe to say I was very excited to get invited to visit their Mauritius resort.

As we drove to the resort, you'll enter a gated driveway filled with pink blossom trees - a very Shangri-La style entrance! Greeted with a gong, and walking through a pond with koi; you can already tell the service and hospitality will be five-star. During check-in, we refreshed our tastebuds with a light non-alcoholic cocktail and were shortly walked to our room.

3-Bedroom Beach Villa at Shangri-La
3-Bedroom Beach Villa at Shangri-La

The interior of the rooms has a contemporary design with modern furnishing, light wood and scenic views of the beach. The complimentary bottle of rosé champagne and a fresh fruit platter were the perfect touches to the welcome experience.

Shangri-La Le Touessrok is extremely spacious.

"...the resort sweeps across 34 hectares of verdant, tropical gardens and 4 kilometres of stunning beachfront, the most expansive in Mauritius."

If you plan to relax, you'll find plenty of loungers either around the beach or by the pool. Although if having a chilled day doesn't tickle your fancy, and you're seeking more adventure, you'll also be glad to know that the resort offers an array of activities and excursions to choose from. You can even take a trip to the resort's small private island Ilot Mangénie which is a haven for natural beauty. A 10-minute ride on the jetty, and you can enjoy a private cabana lunch with a dedicated butler.

Looking to venture outside the resort? E-bike rental tours can also be booked via reception. This was personally my favourite part of the stay, even if it was my first time riding an e-bike (which by the way, makes riding uphill, so much easier). The tour allowed us to explore the local area as we made a few pit-stops to visit historic sites, gorgeous viewpoints and even have a shot of infused rum at Lolita's Rum, based in her garage. Typically resorts try to keep everything on-brand by looking to keep you within the resort proximity, so it's great to see how Shangri-La embrace and find ways to support their local community.

For those that like to look after their health and fitness whilst abroad, Shangri-La Le Touessrok offer a fully equipped gym and spa, plus daily fitness activities. I was fortunate enough to experience a gentle morning yoga flow, private pilates 1-1 and an energising HIIT workout. All of which, was exactly what I needed after a few days of being horizontal on a hammock. Non-motorised water sports are also free for guests to enjoy if you're planning to venture into the waters.

Now let's talk about everyone's favourite - food. You can expect that a large resort such as Shangri-La Le Touessrok, would of course offer a wide selection of restaurants to choose from. From fresh seafood, beautifully prepared sushi and flavoursome Indian food, the resort will take you on a culinary journey. Before you head off to dinner, I suggest you visit Republik for happy hour and enjoy the sunset beach views.

Republik Beach Club

Overall, if you're planning to visit Mauritius and looking to book a 'has it all' hotel that is both laid-back luxury and family-friendly, Shangri-La Le Touessrok can provide just that. We were only here for 3 nights and even though we had a jam-packed schedule, there was still so much to explore and do.

This holiday was gently offered by Shangri-La Le Touessrok. All views and opinions here are as usual my own.


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