There are few places on the planet that enjoy iconic status. Le Touessrok in Mauritius is just one of them. Considered to be one of the most exclusive properties in the world, Le Touessrok underwent a massive refurbishment in 2000 and the results are outstanding. Today, it comes as no surprise that the hotel’s clientele list features Hollywood’s top celebrities and musicians as well as some of our very own Bollywood star families.
With the contemporary décor, this could well be a stylish, urban hotel in the heart of Paris. But the only difference is… you’re in Mauritius. The suites and villas are as understated as it gets but the luxury is uncompromised. The spacious interiors of each suite and villa invite you to kick back and enjoy some quality time with your spouse.
Here are a few reasons why Le Touessrok is your best bet for an absolute honeymoon splurge
The Hotel: Besides being one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most coveted addresses, Le Touessrok’s opulent and (unbelievably expensive) private villas are the talk of celebrity town. Each villa comes with a private plunge pool, a team of butlers and a private chef at your disposition whenever you need him.
The Butler Service: Each room comes with its very butler, quite literally at your beck and call for the entire length of your stay. If you’re craving a cappuccino at 3 am, need a local sim card or need someone to help you pack your Louis Vuitton picnic trunk for the next morning, all you need to do is call on your 24-hour butler who will take it upon himself to ensure you get what you want.
The Location: Situated in a quiet corner, on the Eastern coast of the island of Mauritius, Le Touessrok’s beach is relatively isolated from the other beaches. If you’re looking for a romantic sunset, you’ve probably chosen the wrong coast. However, the sunrises are blissful, if you’re courageous enough to wake up for them.
Needless to say, the beach is absolutely stunning. White sand, clear blue water, stunning lofty cliffs in the background. A veritable picture postcard!
The property is a short boat ride away from Ile Aux Cerfs and the private island Ilot Mangénie.
The Givenchy Spa: In the wake of your tiring and stressful wedding, there’s nothing better than for you and your better half to unwind at a luxurious designer spa and enjoy some couple treatments. The Givenchy Spa at Le Touessrok is one of the island’s most exclusive spas. Specially conceptualised and customised by Givenchy Paris, the spa uses Swisscare products that have been exclusively designed for the brand. Besides a range of modern, cutting-edge treatments from Europe, the spa incorporates a lot of elements from traditional well-being rituals from the Indian Ocean. Try the four handed Ylang Ylang Body massage or the Canyon Love Stone Therapy.
The Private Island: Picture this, you walk a short distance from your room, board a tiny boat and in ten minutes, you’re on a deserted private island. Le Touessrok’s Ilot Mangénie is where lovers of solitude and tranquillity come to spend a day completely undisturbed and in a state of incognito. The quiet feet-in-the-sand bar at the corner of the bar dispenses cocktails and snacks all day long. The private island is not accessible to anybody other than Le Touessrok’s guests and this, in our opinion, is the hotel’s most valuable asset.
The Golf Course and Water Sports: The 18-hole designer private golf course finds itself in the most ethereal setting. With the backdrop of the blue skies and the azure waters not too far away, Le Touessrok’s golf course is an ideal way to spend a day in style. Besides that, you can even indulge in some water sports at the private sports cabin on the Ile Aux Cerfs.
Nespresso machines: When every single room of a hotel is equipped with a Nespresso machine where pods are replenished regularly, that’s a sign of the management’s good taste. And the guests aren’t complaining.
Romance Under The Stars: At night, Le Touessrok transforms itself into a fairyland of sorts with lamps, candles and tiny coloured lights in every corner. As you sip on your champagne with your loved ones, enjoy the beats of the live band and gaze at the starry African sky.
Riaan J. George is a widely published lifestyle and luxury journalist who has established himself as an authority on all things chic. Ex-Culture Editor at L’Officiel India, Riaan now runs his virtual style magazine Urban Eye by Riaan George (www.urbaneye.in) which brings you the latest updates on fashion, travel, food and culture. Follow him on Twitter @riaangeorge