Relax, recuperate, revive and rejuvenate’ are the four Rs of advice offered on the welcome card from the general manager. Sign me up…
Nestled on Turtle Bay in the Northwest of the island, The Oberoi is just 15 km from the capital Port Louis and protected by a mountain range, it’s sheltered from strong winds that sometimes whip across the island.
Styled as a typical Mauritian village and set over twenty acres, its pathways weave through the lush, sub-tropical gardens leading up to the thatched roofs of the rooms and villas (71 only). I thought I would never remember where mine was located, but the flow of the resort soon captured me and each time I ventured out, I easily found my way back to my pavilion.
The property and its facilities are extremely well laid out, with the reception, two of the restaurants, and the bar being the central hub of the resort; all things lead on from here. Water is all around and at times, all you can hear is the ocean and the ornate water features and fountains which are spread throughout the walkways and public areas.
The hotel offers a ‘Touching Senses’ programme for you to partake in various activities during your stay. These are complimentary and include sculpture classes, stargazing, cooking classes, Hindu mythology talks, nature walks, painting classes, and wine tasting. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn something new if you ever, for a moment, start to tire of relaxing in the sunshine.
The Oberoi ethos is about exceeding guests’ expectations through dedicated service. The staff are the property’s greatest assets, without a doubt, and while this is not an ultra-modern property—it doesn’t offer you all the mod cons for example–it does provide traditional, authentic accommodation, excellent restaurants, a wealth of activities, and some of the best service I have ever experienced in the region.
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