Honeymooning at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok, Mauritius | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Do you have a picture in your head when you think of paradise? Of course, there’s the textbook dream of a white sandy beach with palm trees and clear lapping waves {of which this review will feature plenty} but when you actually think about it, paradise means so much more. It’s about finding your ideal heavenly place. If you’re like me you might have already created a dream list of the kind of features you’d want from a honeymoon? You’d want at least one pool? Impeccable service with a smile? White sandy beaches for sure with different areas to relax in at different times of the day. {side note – my parents list would even include an iron and ironing board in their room as one of their top criteria, no joke!}. When I went to stay at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok resort in Mauritius a couple of weeks back, I was amazed by not just how many things the resort ticked off my dream list, but by the fact that they even had things I hadn’t even thought about. Festoon lights!! Sofas in the sand. A tropical fruit beach bar. Even waiter service by segway. If you’re looking for honeymoon inspiration in the Indian Ocean you’re in for a treat today. Go grab a biscuit and let me tell you all about it… 

I’ve talked before about my love for Mauritius, an island surrounded by a reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. Mark Twain once said it was his heaven on earth. The quality of resorts here are probably the best in the world? Especially when you take value into consideration. Being one large island, Mauritius has ridiculously high quality beach resorts and service yet they’re considerably more affordable than the Maldives or the Seychelles which are a series of smaller islands. The resorts here simply have to be more competitive. Being a large island means the airport is big enough to accept jumbos too so you can fly here direct {a huge plus} and flights are normally overnight, 12 hours straight with hardly any time difference/jet lag to worry about.

Whilst the lack of jet lag and direct flights are a great bonus, the real allure in this island are the incredible people that live here. Anybody will tell you that you can’t get better service anywhere else, that’s truly genuine and from the heart, like you can in Mauritius. You also can’t find a resort like Shangri La’s Le Touessrok. From the minute we landed at the airport, we were greeted with cold Frangipani scented towels and our bags taken from our hands before being driven 45 minutes along the coast to the resort.

I’d been following Shangri La Mauritius on Instagram for months before our trip and I knew we’d be in for a treat staying here {the most instagrammable honeymoon place ever?}. But until we actually arrived, I didn’t realise just how incredible it would be. The resort, Le Touessrok is one of the most famous and almost an institution in Mauritius known especially for it’s Ile de Cerfs golf course. The Shangri La group, known for their luxury, took over the hotel a couple of years back and have given the resort a multi million dollar makeover. It’s now the ultimate, not a single detail has been spared.

Take the lobby, for example. All open aired, surrounded by Insta friendly botanicals with white washed walls, plush sofas and fun artwork. The design for the whole hotel was inspired by the island and uses local wood and materials.

We were greeted by name, and huge smiles, in the lobby {something we’d quickly get used to, everyone here from the pool guys to the boat drivers are amazing} and check in was fast. There’s nothing that annoys me more than arriving after a long journey to having to give loads of lengthy check in details. We were handed tropical drinks with a frangipani flower poking out of the straw and then offered some breakfast and taken to our room.

There are 200 rooms here, which impressively all have views of the sparkling sea. Yep, every single one of them. We stayed in the Frangipani wing which felt like an exclusive private island within the resort and if you’re honeymooning it’s a must. Being on the peninsula you’re separated from the main resort by two bridges, making it feel more romantic. You also have an exclusive pool {without children} to use and a complimentary minibar each day, free evening sundowner cocktails on the beach and you’ll be greeted with a bottle of chilled champagne and a gift on arrival. With this room type you also get access to an A la Carte breakfast on the beach {more on that later}.

Our Frangipani suite had the dreamiest view that you could see even from the egg shaped bathtub looking out onto pure paradise. The room was very modern in design with a smart TV and USB plugs by the bed. My favourite part was the outdoor daybed on the balcony to look over the sea.

That view will definitely take some beating. The sea seemed to turn more turquoise as the days went on.

We made good use of the minibar and daily crisps/nuts for afternoon drinks and snacks on the beach or in your room. It kind of felt like we were all inclusive without the price tag, especially with the evening drinks included.

If you’re judging paradise on beaches then Shangri La Mauritius wins hands down. I mean, not only one beautiful beach but five separate areas all just ridiculously perfect. Being on a peninsular means that it feels like the resort is a private island with different areas to explore. One side was quite exposed and windy {to cool you down on hot days} but the rest were calm, sheltered lagoons with all the sun loungers and daybeds in the world to while away an afternoon.

You could stay here for a week and choose a different area to set up camp each day and still not get around the whole resort. I really loved this about the hotel as you could have a different view every afternoon. Some are wide open beaches, some more like hidden coves and one even on a private island a boat ride away! The resort was at 70% occupancy whilst we were there yet we hardly saw anybody! It’s spread across thirty four acres of beachfront and has some of the most prestigious sand on the island in Trou d’Eau Douce Bay.

It felt sometimes like we had the whole place to ourselves. No German battles for any towels/sun loungers here!

Within five minutes of our first afternoon on the beach I found a starfish in the water! The sea so clear that you could watch the fish from the sand.

I’ve been to a few different parts of Mauritius and always found the beaches to be too full of coral to walk on comfortably without shoes. But here the sand was super soft. We found lots of sea urchin shells which were beautiful to collect and look at, as well as the starfish bobbing around on the shore.

There were so many water sports on offer everyday but we lazily didn’t feel the need instead stayed on our loungers watching everybody else try them out. You can try complimentary kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkelling, water skiing or wind surfing for example.

If a beachside bar is more your thing then you’ll love my favourite spot on these sofas built into the sand. In the evenings you can have drinks here as the sun goes down and the lights turn on, but in the day it’s a tranquil spot if you want to read a book or just soak up some sunshine.

Look at that water! Completely oversharing these photos but can you ever have too many beach photos?!

Daybeds to curl up in dotted all around the resort.

Just when I thought the beach couldn’t get better, I discovered the fresh fruit shack which made it feel even more like the ultimate hashtag island life.

Fresh pineapples and coconuts! Delivered by a waiter on a segway whizzing along the beach.

You know on holiday when the ultimate decision is just pool or beach? Well here it’s the dream come true. I was obsessed with these striped loungers at the main pool surrounded by palm trees looking out across the beach. Oh and I should mention about how child/family friendly this resort is, I had a lot of messages whilst I was away saying why aren’t these kinds of boutique beautiful resorts child friendly? But this one actually is! Honeymooners without children, don’t fear – there are plenty of child free escapes around the resort so you never feel surrounded by kids. But the hotel mixes the two very well.

We spent our mornings here before heading to the beach in the afternoon. The pool guys would bring around ice cold water, fruit kebabs and in the afternoon frozen yogurt!

The Frangipani part of the resort had another pool which was a lot quieter with a tropical kind of vibe.

It’s an adults only pool. Look at the thickness of those lounger cushions!

You’ll be surrounded by palm trees wherever you go, pure paradise at its best.

One of my favourite parts of Le Touessrok are the two islands that lie just off the resort to explore. Ilot Mangenie is exclusive to guests staying at the Shangri La whereas Ile aux Cerfs is a public island with an 18 hole golf course. Shuttle boats run every half an hour throughout the day to both. We took the boat over to the private island for half a day which ended up probably being my favourite part of the trip.

Going out on a boat on holiday always feels like an adventure, especially when the water is that clear and sparkly {and calm! Nothing I hate more than a choppy boat trip}. It’s just a ten minute whizz across the lagoon with amazing views back to the resort and across the island.

You arrive to an idyllic wooden jetty where you get met by your butler for the day and taken down a path to choose your sunbeds. In the meantime, you’re given a facial mist and cold towels whilst your sunglasses are being cleaned! I mean, talk about desert island luxury.

We spent the morning on the sunloungers {or rather my husband did, I was combing the beach for pretty sea urchin shells and taking a million photos of the boardwalk}.

The island has it’s own restaurant if you want drinks or to order lunch. Everybody raves about the truffle pizza there for lunch but we were too full from breakfast to fit anything in. When you want to go back to the main resort, a boat is called and you’re whisked back!

Talking of food, we were spoilt for choice during our stay. There are four restaurants, as well as private honeymoon destination dining options on the beach. For breakfast, you’ve got a choice of the main buffet at Le Bazar which has just about everything you could ever imagine. We loved the choice here but found it quite hot and busy at peak times so we ate most of ours at the a la carte beach restaurant Republik where it felt a lot more relaxed. There was still a buffet selection as well as ordering off the menu. This is included if you’re staying in the Frangipani wing {but a supplement if you’re elsewhere in the resort}.

We didn’t bother with lunch, being on a half board package with snacks from the minibar and breakfast was so big that we didn’t need it. Dinner though each night was a real treat. You can eat at Le Bazar with a blend of Asian and International buffets, Kushi which is Japanese with a sushi bar and yakinuku grills at each table. Safran was a stunning restaurant with a mix of Indian and Mauritian food with a few special treats to make the whole thing feel a bit more theatrical. You’re greeted with a traditional hand washing ceremony and a decorative bindi dot put on your head. There’s live music and fire displays to watch. And then there’s Republik Beach club and grill with lots of fish, meat and pasta on offer.

I feel like I’ve been talking forever yet I haven’t even scratched the surface of the resort? You really have to visit to experience it all, there’s an incredible Chi Spa where we unwound with a couples massage, a really well equipped gym, a sports club to play tennis or borrow bikes {you can do a bike tour around the local villages which I wish we’d have had time to do}, a dive centre and the boat ride to the golf course.

Walking around the resort we found these 100 year old turtles in a sanctuary!

I feel like Shangri La have got the balance just right here. The mix of family friendly to romantic couples, quiet areas to fully relax as well as activities if you’re the type to get bored lazing around on the beach. International DJs {Nick Grimshaw is hosting New Year here!} coming to play weekend parties yet beaches where it’s so quiet all you can hear are the waves lapping. Not many resorts cater for so much, yet manage to do all of it just so right.

Sunset was blissful, although you can’t see it go down over the sea, the colours in the sky change pink as you’re drinking cocktails on the sand and the festoon lights switch on.

Whatever your version of paradise, I’m pretty sure you’ll find it at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok.

A few things to note;

Dress code; Mauritius is quite strict on the evening dress code for men. You should pack long trousers and closed in shoes for most restaurants. Pack lots of resort wear, you’ll spend most of the time in swimwear and cover ups.

Best time to visit; September through to December and April through to May are your best bets for warm temperatures avoiding rain. There can be cyclones in January and hot/humid weather through to April with more of a chance of rain. Their winter from June to September is dry but tends to be fairly cool between 17-23c.

You’re always welcome to message me if you’re thinking of booking this resort for your honeymoon. I had quite a few messages asking about what I’d pick between the Maldives {read our review of Shangri La Maldives here} or Mauritius. It’s a really hard one as both are so incredible but also quite different. I would say to look at your budget and time of year that you want to visit and see how both stack up. I honestly whole heartedly would say you’d have an amazing time at either.

You can find out more at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius – www.shangri-la.com/mauritius/shangrila

Room rates at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa are from US$358 (approx. £283) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.shangri-la.com/mauritius/shangrila, or call 0800 028 3337.

{I was a guest of Shangri La’s Le Touessrok but all opinions are 100% my own. I’d never share anything that I didn’t truly love}