We spent six glorious days in this beautiful hotel, situated on a picture perfect tropical beach, with volcanic mountains in the distance and crystal clear water right outside our door.
First impressions of the hotel were all you could ask for - greeted warmly by the front desk staff while being ushered to luxurious lounges where we were presented with refreshing lime and coconut cocktails and a cooling towel while checking-in in comfort.
Our ground floor deluxe room was very spacious, beautifully appointed with a plush king-sized bed, marble bathroom with full-sized bath and top-class toiletries and fittings, and luxurious bathrobes and slippers supplied. We also enjoyed a very comfortable chaise-like lounge for watching the LCD TV, and a writing desk and private balcony overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens, with glimpses of the aqua blue water and pool. The views weren't as good as those in the rooms above but the convenience of access to the pool, restaurants and the beach more than made up for it. Being on the ground floor meant we were often visited by tiny tropical birds as we enjoyed a "cuppa" on the balcony - some quite inquisitive but never intrusive.
The water activities at the resort were included in the price and we enjoyed several trips on the glass-bottom boat, spying on the different varieties of coral and fish in the sparkling clear water, as well as seeking out pods of dolphins as they fed in Tamarin Bay only a short boat trip away. Once we were surrounded by about 60 of these beautiful creatures and we spied several people swimming with them and having a wonderful time. Floating around the lagoon on a paddleboat or kayak were more great experiences and the water was always clear enough to catch sight of several tropical fish varieties. Although the varieties and the population of fish weren't as prolific as those in the lagoon at the Cook Islands when we snorkelled off the Rarotongan beach, it was still worth it, especially if it's your first attempt - the clarity of the water is perfect, similar to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.
The staff were exceptional in their service and friendliness - always with a ready smile, a friendly greeting and the beautiful gesture of a hand over their heart as they greet you with "Bonjour". When we asked the significance of the hand gesture, we were told their greeting was meant in a genuine heartfelt attitude.
At 7.00 pm each evening, staff from all the areas of the hotel, e.g. wait staff, chefs, housemaids, gardening, water activities staff, maintenance and administration etc, gather beside the beach for the Torch Lighting Ceremony where torches are lit from a pit fire and then each staff member light more torches peppered around the entire resort so that it looks like a fairyland. While the ritual is being observed, the stirring piece "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins is playing and it creates a wonderful accompaniment to such a moving custom. (You can listen to this beautiful piece here - I recommend it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrhgk8Fa_QE )
The food at the resort was plentiful, fresh, delicious and satisfying. We had the advantage of half-board, which included a full American-style breakfast and a different themed buffet each evening. Breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, all manner of hot dishes, eggs, cereals, many varieties of bread for toasting, sweet pastries and yoghurts - and probably other offerings which I didn't see as there were far too many to enjoy! The dinner buffet was sumptuous with fresh soup and many different bread types, umpteen choices of Hors d'oeuvres beautifully arranged in formations of tiny dishes, several different piping hot dishes, including fresh fish cooked as you watched, several different vegetables, many assorted salads and an eye-catching vast array of delicious French patisseries and desserts - again displayed beautifully and something to suit every palate, including fresh fruit. The only thing we had to pay for were our drinks and lunch if we stayed in at the hotel for the day.
Special mention must go to Joelle, Aartee and Alexandre from the La Pomme D'Amore restaurant and Les Coquillages Beach Café who always greeted us warmly and made our dining experiences extra special, and another to Deepak, the exceptional concierge with his warm smile and readiness to make our stay the best it could be. He organised two excellent tours with a private driver for us - one an all day tour around the south-west corner of the island which is the most spectacular part of all, with volcanic mountains, a dormant crater, eye-catching ribbon-like waterfalls plunging into lush valley floors, the Seven Coloured-Earth - a fascinating tourist attraction also with some petting Seychelles tortoises to amuse you, and huge waves crashing onto black volcanic rocks at the only section of the island where the reef doesn't prevent waves from making it to the island itself. Our second trip which he organised was to the fabulous Casela Nature and Leisure Park where we patted lions and cheetahs - simply stunning and so moving - and taking a segue journey through the safari park where we fed and patted ostriches, wild piglets before playing with a herd of zebras - the most incredible experience!
I thoroughly recommend this hotel for all its comforts and amenities - and the people who treat you like kings and queens but make you feel as though you're part of their family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This five-star resort enjoys an exceptionally sunny position, located on the western coast. It stands on one of the island's most famous beaches, Flic en Flac. The warm and refined atmosphere of the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, characterised by a unique purity of line, has been built using a palette of forms and colours to evoke a contemporary Asian and Mauritian design in perfect harmony with its lush setting. This delicate atmosphere can also be found in the 193 rooms and suites laid out in series of low buildings, all of them facing out to the sea and the setting sun. The choice of restaurants includes La Pomme d'Amour with its range of local and international fare, Ginger Thai featuring authentic Thai cuisine. Hotel guests can as well enjoy lunch at Les Coquillages, the beach restaurant.Relax and unwind at The Spa Mauritius, inspired from the 4 sensorial elements - fire, water, air and earth. Guests can choose from a wide range of treatments to restore their natural equilibrium. Apart from the water sports and activities available at the hotel, guests have access to a 9-hole putting green, three tennis courts and a Kids Club, for children aged from 4 to 12, and run by a team of fully qualified professionals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Mauritius Resort And Spa
- Hilton Mauritius Hotel Flic En Flac
- Hilton International Wolmar
- Hilton Wolmar
- Wolmar Hilton
- Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa Flic En Flac