We recently spent a wonderful week at Le Touessrok (end Nov 2007) with our 2 children - 2.5yrs and 10mnths - and it was definitely all it is cracked up to be. To anyone thinking of going, hopefully here are a few tips from our own experience.
Getting there: We travelled economy with BA. Mauritius is obviously very popular with families so we weren't alone in travelling with young childen. BA has now installed touch screen video on demand systems, so not only do you have recent releases that you can rewind, stop, pause at any time, but also have a good back catalogue of films for children - Monsters Inc, Aladdin etc etc. which makes the 12hr flight a lot easier.
Arrival: Very efficient through customs, endless wait for luggage but 3 flights arrived at once puttting a strain on the handlers, so probably not common. I arranged resort transfer through the internet (1,600 ruppees) who also supplied car seats but can also be arranged via the hotel for not much more. (EUR45)
Location: The east side of Mauritius seems to have a constant breeze that is wonderful in the warmest months, but possibly could make it cool in June to Aug. Not certain of this, but just guessing. In November, the soft breeze is a welcome relief and without it would make sitting out a little uncomfortable after a while.
Accomodation: We stayed on Frangipani Island. We were very lucky and had a wonderful room with direct beach access which is very rare seeing as the island is mostly built on rocks and the vast majority have balconies in the 2/3 story complex, although all have direct sea views, I believe. The interiors were beautifully appointed with massive luxurious bathrooms and on a par with other 5 star hotels in, say, Asia or the Maldives. The day and night butlers were superb and ensured that you had everything you needed during your stay, especially for the kids (from non-slip bathmat to milk at night). There are steps around Fangipani Island (so tricky for pushchairs) and seemed to be few children there as there is a pool in the centre of the island exclusively for adults. If I went again with children I would probably stay in the Hibiscus Wing that is closer to the family pool, has a more child-friendly beach directly in front and is also closer to the kids club. All these rooms also look out over the sea.
Beaches: As mentioned in previous reviews, the beaches are beautiful, but around the resort (and in the water) the sand is fairly course with larger pieces of broken coral, so I would recommend taking shoes that can be worn in the water - especially for children. There also can be sea urchins in the water and although they sell the shoes at the resort, they will be cheaper at home. The free boat service the hotel runs is wonderful and they go every 20mins to either the private island (very quiet, soft sand, exclusively for hotel guests and totally idyllic), Ile aux Cerfs (also owned by the hotel, but also for the public - not that this changes much - softest sand and probably the best for kids as the water is very shallow), or the golf course.
Restaurants: We went on a half board basis and so we ate at Three Nine Eight on most nights. Despite being a buffet, the quality and variety of the food was excellent and children were well catered for (high chairs, bibs, purees for babies, marmite in the morning(!)). We ate out at the Indian Saffran restaurant one night which was fine, but not worth the extra, in our opinion. The asian-fusion restaurant, Barlens was excellent and well worth a visit.
Children: As mentioned, children are very well catered for. The kids club is from 4 years old so younger ones need a babysitter, but at EUR 8 per hour, it is the cheapest thing in the resort! We left them there for a couple of mornings and they were well looked after and with the kiddies pool, pirates tree house and a myriad of other activities there's plenty to keep them happy and entertained. It's obviously geared up towards older children with daily organised activities for each age bracket, but it's great for a few hours so that the adults can lie back and be able to read a book! There is also an evening babysitting service which we also used which again is cheap and well worth making the most of (although obviously what you save on that you will spend elsewhere on cocktails etc). Make sure, however, that you take everything you need as it is incredibly expensive if, for example, you run out of nappies and have to pay EUR20 for a small packet of Huggies. I'm sure you can get thing cheaper away from the resort but with such wonderful surroundings we just couldn't get the energy to leave. One very positive thing, though, is that all food, drinks for children under 2 is free and so no need to brings small pots of pureed food for babies as they will make anything for them even in the beach restaurants on the islands.
Prices: Much has been said of the cost, and yes, it is very very expensive. Lunch for 2 adults and a 2-yr old was in the region of EUR50-100 for some excellent grilled fresh fish, couple of beers and coffee. If you eat out in the evening at one of the other restaurants then expect to pay around EUR100 extra (on top of the amount that is included for the half board). A bottle of beer or coke is EUR4.50, so all on the high side. However, Le Touessrok is an exclusive resort that is in a perfect location on the island, has its own private island get away and you just have to accept that or else go to a cheaper hotel.
Overall: It was our first trip to Mauritius so cannot compare it to other hotels, but we liked what we saw. The clientele was older than I thought (40-55) but could have been because it was not during school holidays and there were quite a few families there also. The islands, golf and proximity to Ile aux Cerfs is the main draw and I'd recommend the place the anyone who wants to treat themselves and worry about the cost later.
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