Need to know
36, including seven suites.
11.30am, but flexible, late check-out is available for 75 per cent of the room rate a person. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $379.43 (€336), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include breakfast (Continental, full-English or American) and à la carte dinner, plus daily transfers to Grand Baie in a motorised pirogue (longboat).
Bikes and helmets, snorkel masks and flippers, sea kayaks, laser dinghies, Hobie Cats, stand-up paddle-boards and windsurfing boards are available to hire for free.
At the hotel
two library lounges with board games, a boutique, billiard table, parking and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and films on-demand, minibar, kettle and cafetière. The Beachfront, Suite and Austral Suite categories have Nespresso machines and iPod docks and speakers.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms are in mod-colonial style, with dark wood and leather against white walls and linens, gauze-veiled four-poster beds and designer Belgian furnishings from Flamant. Room 4 is a large suite, with a sprawling deck for tropical views, and has a Jacuzzi. Room 2 is equally elegant, with a little pool on its deck.
Both of the hotel’s pools are lined with schist rock tiles and fringed with coconut palms. Day-beds, and wicker tables and chairs line the decking. The larger pool is by the bar and heated to 26 degrees in the winter. The more petite pool is in palm-shaded seclusion behind the spa. Alternatively, take a cool dip in the Indian Ocean from the nearby beach.
The spa has comprise three treatment rooms – one for couples – a hammam and whirlpool bath. Enjoy massages, wraps, body scrubs and rejuvenating facials. Couples can treat each other to the Lovers Retreat ritual with over two hours of pampering featuring a flower-petal scrub, a Monticelli mud wrap, and relaxing hot oil massage followed by a flower petal bath.
A kaftan for après-swim drinks and some basic French for polite exchanges with the friendly staff.
The hotel isn’t suited to guests with mobility issues.
Over 12s only – this sophisticated hotel is more of a ‘let’s leave them with the grandparents’ kind of place.