Need to know
98; including 70 suites and 28 villas.
Noon; guests are charged 50 per cent of the room rate for late check-out. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can drop their bags at reception and unwind in another suite or villa if there’s one available.
Double rooms from $402.68 (£310), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include Continental and full-English buffet breakfast, daily snorkelling tours, non-motorised watersports, bike hire, access to two 18-hole championship golf courses and a 5-minute boat ride to Ile aux Cerfs, with its private beach and golf courses.
Opt for a half-board rate and your family can also hop over to Four Seasons resort to tuck into their range of restaurants. For special occasions (or a family night in) you can summon a chef to your suite or villa to cook a meal or set up a barbecue. If you fancy knocking a few balls around and need a golf cart, the Anahita golf course charges RS500 for each golfer for 18 holes, and RS300 for 9 holes. A golf club caddy is available for RS200 a person. At the Ile aux Cerfs golf course, it's RS990 per golfer for 18 or 9 holes, and RS450 for a golf club caddy. If you're a newbie, an hour of free golf initiation is offered daily at 3pm.
Hollow tining (essential fairway maintenance) will take place on 1 August, but the course will remain open.
From 4–25 September, further course maintenance work will take place. There’ll be some disruptions for the first week; the course will be playable during the second week; normal standards will resume after the third week.
At the hotel
Wellbeing centre, lagoon, private beach with watersports facilities, kids clubs, boathouse, restaurants, bar, café and sweet shop, fitness centre, champion 18-hole golf courses and a clubhouse, boutique, laundry and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: fully-fitted kitchen (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, Nespresso machine, microwave and kettle), flatscreen TV, bathrobes, slippers, free bottled water and black-out blinds. Villas are also graced with a private garden and all suite category rooms and above have a private infinity-edged plunge pool (with safety netting).
Our favourite rooms
All suites and villas have large fully-fitted kitchens, spacious gathering-sized living rooms, and private plunge pools.
There are three. Two outdoor infinity pools – one for adults, which is heated year-round, and one for children, which is heated during the winter – sit side by side in the village, surrounded by rattan sunloungers, palm trees and parasols, with alluring turquoise-tinted views of the Indian Ocean beyond. A beach-like slope allows easy access to the curved and crystal-clear kids’ pool; however, there’s no supervision. The kids’ club also has a shallow unheated pool for infants.
The fitness centre has large windows, so gym bunnies can gaze at the greenery during a workout. Outdoor treatment rooms have gentle ocean breezes and lush tropical foliage – many of the plants are used in the treatments – to send you into an island-scented reverie (or a more secluded session can be booked in your suite or villa). Thalgo facials, body wraps and scrubs, massages, couples treatments, waxing, manicures and pedicures are all offered, but Juniors can join in too, with massages for kids tweens and teens (30 minutes for 3–6 year olds, 45 minutes for 7–12 year olds and 60 minutes for over-12s).
Bring your breezy beach best, an underwater camera for snorkelling sessions, and your most care-free attitude.
There’s no wheelchair-accessible accommodation onsite. Pushchairs and buggies can be pushed around public areas problem-free, but there are some steps from the reception to the pool area where obliging staff are happy to help.
Cots are free for under-threes; extra beds for under-12s can be added to Prestige Suites for an extra charge. Entrance to the kids club is included (meals are chargeable), babysitting is available for €10 an hour and kids are welcome in the restaurants.
All food is locally sourced, the hotel composts waste to use on the surrounding land, and grey water is filtered and used in keeping the golf course green.