A style icon of 50 years’ standing, One&Only Le Saint Géran is the undisputed grand dame of Mauritius, though a 21st-century makeover has accentuated her colonial look with contemporary wood, stone and Mauritian-style sugarcane thatch. A resort of this calibre invites – nay, demands – complete relaxation, so when not gazing idly at the lagoon, you might find yourself floating languidly towards the spa for a traditional Mauritian massage, or mopping up every drop of garlic butter that smothers your grilled lobster, before sinking into a supernaturally soft daybed for a well-deserved (or not-so) poolside siesta.
Double rooms from £726.12 (€836), including tax at 15 per cent.
ates include daily breakfast in La Terrasse, served from 7.30am.
The hotel will be under renovation from 16 April to 15 October 2024; they will not be accepting reservations during this time.
At the hotel
Private beach with loungers, spa with 12 treatment rooms, sauna, hammam and infinity pool, two further pools, four restaurants and a bar, free WiFi. In rooms and suites: balcony or terrace with lagoon or ocean views, marble bathroom with shower and freestanding bathtub, minibar, TV, sound system.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms and suites at One&Only Le Saint Géran have the wow factor built into their DNA, with balconies or terraces that overlook palm-fringed beaches and impossibly still blue waters. But it's the beachfront rooms that really set our hearts racing. Here, from your terrace, it’s a mere stumble across a lush strip of manicured lawn before you feel the warm, powder-fine sand between your toes.
The resort has not just one or two, but three infinity pools. The main pool at La Pointe restaurant is family friendly and comes with panoramic sea and lagoon views, swim-up bars and canopied cabanas. There’s a more secluded pool by La Terrasse restaurant, while the 18-metre spa pool is just for adults, before or after a treatment.
Treatments in the extensive spa are inspired by Mauritian traditions and ingredients. Think tropical body scrubs with coconut, honey and sugar and chakra-balancing massage using hot volcanic stones and essential oils from local mint and citronella plants. Sounds almost good enough to eat, though we’d advise against it. Some treatment rooms open onto private gardens with outdoor showers and there’s a hammam, sauna and oversized daybeds flanking the private infinity pool.
An underwater camera for snapping colourful corals and selfie-shy octopi on a must-do shipwreck dive. There’s a dive centre at the resort’s boathouse that offers courses for newbies.
Club One has state-of-the-art fitness facilities with training options available. There are yoga and pilates classes and three tennis courts. You can also try your hand at padel, a part-squash-part-tennis racket sport that’s played in doubles.
The pool at La Pointe is family friendly and there’s plenty of fun to be had in the lagoon’s calm waters, from kayaking to tube rides. Kids' clubs cater are for ages 3-17 and run the full gamut of activities including treasure hunts, yoga and karaoke.
Toddlers to teenagers. All age ranges are catered for by the resort’s Club One kids’ clubs.
Two-bedroom suites give the kids a bit of privacy and independence, meaning you get plenty of peace and quiet to enjoy all that extra space. It’s a win-win.
Club One provides babysitting services from 9am to 10.30pm daily, ensuring your poolside siesta goes uninterrupted.
Watersports, swimming lessons, sports facilities and kids’ clubs across three age ranges: KidsOnly (aged 3-10), Tweens (8-12) and Teens (13-17). The clubs cover a vast range of activities including gardening, arts and crafts, dancing, football tournaments, video gaming and much more.
Kids are welcome in the pools at La Terrasse and La Pointe, the latter of which is supervised by lifeguards.
Parents with infants aged two or under are requested to dine at 6.30pm if eating in Tapasake. There are no restrictions in the other restaurants. The all-day kids’ menu is free for children up to the age of five.
Professional babysitting services are available for babies and toddlers under three years old. Fees apply and 24 hours’ notice is required.
No need to pack
Equipment for all land and water activities is provided by the resort, so your kids need only remember their toothbrush and favourite cuddly toy.
The resort has a slew of forward-thinking eco policies designed to enhance its green credentials. Dimmable LED lighting runs on timers that ensure it’s never on unless required, drinks are served with biodegradable plastic straws and liquids come in recyclable glass bottles. An annual training course ensures staff stay on top of the latest carbon-neutral requirements.
Dining on salmon and tuna sashimi at Tapasake, as the moon rises over the mountains and shimmers in the lagoon, is going to be a hard act to follow. Ask for a table on the terrace that extends over the water.
Glamorous evening attire for showing off your tan at the high-end Tapasake. Dress down in floaty chiffons and cool linens in the other venues. Shorts and flip-flops are largely off the menu.
Gourmands, rejoice. Celebrity head chef Marc de Passorio oversees a fine fivesome of dining options across the resort. Signature Japanese fusion restaurant Tapasake serves up silky sushi and flaming teppanyaki grilled dishes that are every bit as inspired as its setting: a traditionally thatched over-water villa with views of the moonlit lagoon and sugarcane-dense mountains beyond.
Inspired by Southern French and Italian cuisines, Le Badamier is the resort’s new kid on the block, serving up freshly caught local seafood in the shade of the great Badamier tree on the beach, with glorious accompanying ocean views.
Head to La Terrasse for breakfast and dinner, or grab a picnic of sugar-glazed pastries, coffee and freshly-squeezed juices at L’Artisan bakery and café if you want to head straight to the beach. Last but by no means least, laidback La Pointe is a beachside grill par excellence. Grab a poolside cabana and linger over a long lunch of Mauritian bass grilled in banana leaf, tropical fruit platters, and, of course, a rum cocktail or three.
There are four bars, all of which are extensions of their dining counterparts. Tapasake Lounge takes the restaurant’s pan-Asian flavours and runs with them, serving up spicy rum cocktails over the lagoon. Le Badamier, La Terrasse and La Pointe are more relaxed, with background lounge music and impromptu dancing on the menu. A signature Coco Palms cocktail – with its heady blend of Pink Pigeon rum, kahlua and coconut – will soon have you up and shaking your tail feathers.
La Terrasse and Tapasake serve dinner until 10.30pm.
There’s a full menu available between 11am and 10.30pm, so you can dine on your private terrace just about any time the mood takes you. A limited menu allows hungry night owls to snack between the hours of 10.30pm and 5am.
Cast away on sugary Mauritius sands, One&Only Le Saint Géran sits lagoonside on its own private peninsula in over 50 acres of tropical gardens.
It’s a little over an hour by car from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
Hire a car at the airport if you’re planning to spend time exploring the island. Seekers of perfect, isolated beaches at the ends of perilous dirt tracks should consider an off-road vehicle. There’s free, secure parking at the resort.
Start your tropical-island adventure as you mean to go on and arrive in the resort by helicopter.
Worth getting out of bed for
No one at One&Only Le Saint Géran would dream of judging you for spending day after day lounging by the pool, dipping your toes in the lagoon or enjoying Mauritian hot-stone massage in the spa. But, in the unlikely event you ever find yourself itching to… do something, the resort is at your service with a slew of frankly eye-popping activities.
Fishing for marlin and barracuda on the Indian Ocean then grilling your catch at sunset? Check. Helicopter ride through the mountains? Sure, why not. Catching the trade winds for a kite-surf above the waves? Oh, go on then.
If that all sounds a tad too energetic, more sedate organised fun include kayaking through the mangroves, selecting ingredients for your cookery class on a Flacq food market tour with the resort chefs and searching for endangered pink pigeons, Mauritius kestrels and giant Aldabra tortoises on an island trek with a Mauritian Wildlife Foundation eco-ranger.
It’s also worth renting a car and getting lost on the island, discovering traditional fishing villages and secluded beaches along the way. The capital, Port Louis, is about an hour from the resort, on the island’s west coast. It’s home to lively food markets brimming with aromatic tropical fruits, rainbows of spices and other souvenirs. There’s also a Moorish fort with panoramic city and sea views, and a couple of museums worth a look, among them a Natural History Museum with a complete skeleton of the emblematic dodo, and the Blue Penny Museum, which traces the island’s history from colonial times and features as its star attraction 1847 Mauritius Post Office stamps, considered the most valuable on the planet by eager philatelists.
Idyllic isolation is the name of the game at One&Only Le Saint Géran and, with so many dining options to choose from on the resort you’d be forgiven for guffawing at the very suggestion of leaving this perfect peninsula at any point in your entire trip. Mauritius does, however, have a wide range of lip-smacking alternatives if you fancy a change.
Fresh and zingy fish tacos from brightly painted roadside shacks are potentially life-changing, and therefore an absolute must. Likewise wallet-lightening tasting menus at one-of-a-kind historic mansions.
Le Château de Bel Ombre is easily worth the hour-long drive to the south of the island, especially if paired with a day trip to the mountainous Black River Gorges National Park. A 19th-century plantation house in immaculately manicured French gardens by the sea, its colonial-style wood-panelled interiors set the scene for your English afternoon tea or lavish tasting menu of local seafood and seared meats.
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A significant revamp of Mauritius’s grand dame has only accentuated her many charms, adding rooms, suites, a spa and – in pan-Asian Tapasake restaurant – a contender for the best dining experience on the island, all sea-fresh sushi, tender teppanyaki grills and swoonsome moonlit lagoon views. Sweet touches in rooms include soft colour palettes influenced by the tropical vegetation, azure lagoon and sugar-white sands that frame the resort. Balcony views of the same could very likely make grown men weep, while hand-painted modesty screens between bedhead and bathroom slide open to let in more natural light. Suite guests can rely on a dedicated butler service, while those staying in the decadent Villa One add an infinity pool, firepit, private beach access and daily sundowners to what is already, by most measures, a pretty lavish experience. A quartet of restaurants and a vast range of activities – from barracuda fishing to chakra-balancing massage treatments – mean no two days on the resort need be the same. Unless of course, that’s precisely what you came for.