On one hand 2017 has been a difficult year for us due to my cancer, Mr Bigg’s challenging new job and Mademoiselle’s exam preps, but on the other hand, we had some fantastic trips. Initially they were to celebrate my milestone birthday but they ended up being a celebration of life and reminding ourselves to enjoy every moment.
Celebrating life at One&Only Le Saint Geran
After celebrating with my family at le Saint James in Bordeaux, and then with Mr Big and Mademoiselle at le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons, we ended up in style with a dreamy trip at the newly reopened One&Only le Saint Geran in Mauritius.
We spent a blissful 8 days there and there is so much to say that I’m breaking this review in several parts (as I had done for le Domaine des Etangs).
- General One&Only Le Saint Geran verview and room review (this post!)
- The food at the One&Only Le Saint Geran
- Activities for adults and kids at the One&Only Le Saint Geran
- Beach and pools at One&Only Le Saint Geran
Why we chose One&Only le Saint Geran
For the past few years, we had talked about doing a winter sun holiday. During the summer after my diagnosis, I looked at various places in Mauritius, thinking “what if”. We considered the Caribeeans but I was pushing for Mauritius because of its reputation for kindness and the easy jet lag. When hurricane Irma sadly affected the Caribbeans, we firmed up our choice for Mauritius.
Regarding the hotels, as it’s not a destination that I look for usually and as it has mostly resort hotels rather than boutique ones, I contacted Charlotte, a private travel agent who had been recommended by Boutiquologie.
With her help, we considered several places before I read that the One&Only Le Saint Geran would be all refurbished and renewed just in time for our trip. The hotel is a legend on the island and well known of the French (former presidents went there), the quality of service, the location on a peninsula with beach and lagoon and the new beautiful decor won us over.
I booked it on my hospital bed two days after surgery by calling Charlotte who did a fantastic job arranging everything!
My advice for chosing your room
Here are the things to know when choosing your room:
- Go for a room at ground floor level as you then have a terrace and chairs and can just walk to the beach. Size depends on the category of rooms you have.
- Some people have said on forums that they preferred the rooms with balcony as it meant less people walking just by the front of your room. See what you prefer.
- To the left of the resort between the Terrace and La Pointe restaurant are the rooms with the shortest access to the beach. As in 10 meters from your terrace. Handy for getting to the family pool and the breakfast restaurant. It’s also the best area for swimming as the sand is without stones. Downside is that it feels much busier there.
- To the right you have more sense of privacy. And especially if you choose the ocean facing rooms. The walk to the beach is still very short as it’s about 20 meters from your terrace! Beach feels more private with less people but is rockier. However, it’s then a longer walk to the pool and La Pointe.
- Then you have the lagoon rooms. On the lagoon side obviously, so no direct view or access to the beach but there is a lagoon beach which is very lovely too. The lagoon is very peaceful and those rooms are in the lowest category so they could be a really good choice and represent great value. You are also closer to the spa and the one club where all boat activities are.
A beachfront suite with terrace meant great views in the morning
We had a beachfront suite which was very spacious. There was a big lounge, with a sofabed for Mademoiselle and a table where we often had brekfast, a double bedroom, a big walk-in wardrobe and a very nice bathroom. The new decor is nice and fresh although a bit corporate in style.
Location was not ideal as we were just next door to the Terrace restaurant. It meant music until 23:30 at night and some noise in the morning as this is where breakfast is served. We stayed up quite late so the music didn’t bother us much. It was more the fact that your terrace was in view of the guests at the restaurant that annoyed us a bit.
We did ask if we could change rooms but the only one available was on the busier side of rooms. In addition our room was really roomy and lovely. So we stayed put. They were very gracious about it all.
Actually because they did some works on the restaurant during the day they offered us a 60 min massage free of charge!
Once used to the location, we really had a great time in that room and all conforts were there for us.
The suite came with butler service. I never had that before and it’s really nice. A lovely gentleman or lady would come to us every day and ask us what we needed to book or arrange. He would then take care of everything. Apparently he could have also unpacked our luggage if we had wanted!
The room category also included free aperitif brought to the room every evening with little canapés. We felt quite posh to have our glasses of champagne delivered at 19:15 every night!
Finally, it also meant that on our last day, they transferred us to another smaller room (photos in the gallery) after our checkout so that we can shower and refresh later that afternoon before going back to the airport. Really nice!
Our overall verdict on One&Only Le Saint Geran
You can read on the other posts the details of what we thought of the food, the activities, the beaches and pools. In short, we loved it!
What we liked
What could be improved
We had chosen to go the week before half term holiday because of the massive cost saving on the flights and the room price as well. The additional benefit was that the hotel was only at 53% capacity so it never felt busy despite having 162 rooms. We always had lounges on the beach with unobstructed views, there were hardly anyone in the pool, getting a table was a breeze and at the boat house, the staff really wanted to help and make us do things as they had not much activity!
The renovation has really tastefully done. While the rooms lack a bit of personality, all the common areas are just to my taste. Lots of touches of blue, my favourite colour, white and bamboo for the exotic touch. They compliment the blue of the sea or the green of the gardens so well.
Everyone was really nice, the setting was magical, the food was really really delicious and the weather was mostly clement. We had one and half day in the middle with torrential rain and thought it would be like this for the rest of the week but it cleared up and we then had great sun and wonderful sunsets.
The three of us agreed without hesitation that we would come back to Mauritius and to One&Only Le Saint Geran next time we have a big celebration. We just need to start saving for it now!
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
- Swimming lessons
- Free waterskiing lessons
- Snorkelling and glass bottom boats
- Tennis court
- Boat house with lots of complimentary activities
- Electric bikes for hire