Our stay at the One&Only le Saint Geran was fantastic so I’m writing several posts about it:
- General One&Only Le Saint Geran review and room overview
- The food at the One&Only Le Saint Geran (this post)
- Beach and pools at One&Only Le Saint Geran
- Activities for adults and kids at the One&Only Le Saint Geran
What made the food at One&Only Le Saint Geran special?
One of the main strengths of the One&Only Le Saint Geran really was the food at the various restaurants. The executive chef and the executive pastry chef are French so that gives immediately confidence in the quality and it showed. The local chefs also do fantastic cuisine and are heading up each restaurant.
We all loved the fresh, tasty and well thought food. The menus in each restaurant and on the beach were really well thought. We were just slightly less convinced by Prime.
I had connected with the executive pastry chef, Simon Pacary, on Instagram before our visit and it was really nice to chat with him about his deserts.
Understanding the One&Only restaurants options
The explanation of restaurants was a bit confusing when we arrived so here is my simplified version
- Breakfast: is only at la Terrasse. Or you can order it in your room. They actually set it all out for you on the table rather than just leaving the trays! Very lovely.
If you go to the buffet style, you have everything you can imagine. Fresh fruits, cooked eggs, pancakes, cakes, many breads, pastries, salads, cold meats, cheese, fresh juices, and even some cooked indian or japanese cuisine.
- Lunch: la Pointe (where you have the family pool) or on the beach.
On the beach, I highly recommend the tomato mozzarella salad which came with a tomato compote and pesto and delicious tomato bread. The Mauritian salad was also very good. If you order a sandwich, it actually comes in a box with salad, fries and a fruit salad. So lovely.
You can also order hot food such as pizza, burger. And of course a full range of wine.
I must say that having a glass of rose and a tomato salad while seating on a lounge facing the turquoise sea was one of the highlights of our holiday!
If you want freshly grilled fish, then you’ll just walk a few steps from the beach and take a seat overlooking the pool and the beach at La Pointe. The menu is again very well judged and the sharing platter of fish is really nice.
- Diner: la Terrasse where you can have a fantastic buffet food or order a la carte, or Tapasake, the Asian restaurant, or Prime, the steak restaurant.
At la Terrasse, the buffet changes every day and they cook your main course fresh for you if you want meat or seafood. They can also do pasta as you wish, pizza to your desire. Great Chinese counter and Indian curry counter too
Tapasake is great for a more romantic dinner. There is something quite glamourous seating on the cushioned benches in the bar over the water. Food is either Japanese, Korean or Mauritian. It is using the tapas formula but the portions are quite big so don’t order too many of them to start with. You can always adjust if you’re still hungry. I recommend the scallops carpaccio with spicy avocado purée. Delicious. We all thought it was very good and fresh and went back twice.
Prime appeared to be the fancier restaurant of all as the dress code was “elegant”. However, the decor inside is more like a steak house and the menu was definitely meat oriented. It was not that fancy but I suppose if you are a meat lover you’ll be pleased to have a selection of beef from various countries. On the plus side, this is where Simon Pacary, the pastry chef, does fancy deserts and they are delicious! I tried his signature dish, the caviar, which looks like a caviar box but is actually based on a mojito. Very very nice!
- For a cake or a snack at any time: L’Artisan.
The stuff of dreams: lots of cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolates, ice cream on a beautiful display that changes every day. You can buy some during the day, also order some sandwiches for lunch, and this is the desserts buffet for la Terrasse so all included in the evening. So nice to be able to indulge on sugary treats! Of course Mademoiselle loved it.
Make it even more special with a private diner!
To end our stay in style, we booked a private diner. You can have it not far from la Terrasse, on the boat jetty at the boat house or, like we did, at the end of the peninsula. It ‘s more private and silent there.
The price is not much more than the diner at la Terrasse but the difference is that there is a preset menu and you have to choose between two starters, two mains and two deserts. Once again, they were very accommodating for Mademoiselle and she was able to choose from a separate kids menu.
There truly is something quite magical to walking at sunset towards your lovely area with tent, rug and cusions and lighting. You have one single waiter looking after you the whole evening. I really recommend it!
One&Only le Saint Geran, Mauritius
- 162 rooms
- From 436 Euros in low season, 700 in high season
- Half board rates available
- Check their site for special offers, we had a 30% discount for instance
Double queen rooms are good for a family of four
Suites like ours have a wide space and sofabed for your kids
Kids menu everywhere. They’ll also love the artisan with all the cakes, pastries, chocolates
Kids club from 10 am to 10 pm with a great variety of activities, table tennis
- Pool area for todlers, for babies, life guard at the pool as well
- Teenage clubs as well with video games, Mac…
Karaoke, 5 a sides
Food adapted everywhere. They’ll love the artisan
Free waterskiing lessons
Snorkelling and glass bottom boats
- Tennis court
- Boat house with lots of complimentary activities
- Electric bikes for hire