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Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Blue Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just returned from 12 nights at the Shandrani (7th to 19th October). We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend this hotel.

Restaurants: We tried all the a la carte restaurants which, at this time of the year, were easy to book. By far our favourite was The Sirius where the service, food and ambiance are excellent. The fish restaurant, Le Boucanier was a little pretentious, offering only a set menu each week. The Italian, Porto Vecchio was lacking in ambiance and the service not so attentive. The Teak Elephant was worth a visit, but once again it has a set menu each week, so we only went once.
All the a la carte restaurants provide a bottle of wine inclusive from a very good wine list.

The staff in the Grand Port self-service restaurant ranged from very good to poor and disinterested, but the food was delicious with a great selection every day.

The main bar, Blue Bay bar is very good. Any make of drink is included, so if you want Bacardi, Gordon's etc, then ask specifically. The staff were very good and regularly sought to know if we wanted more.

The location is beautiful with one slight drawback. It is only 10 minutes from the airport and is on the take-off flight path. This was initially disconcerting, but as there are only a few flights which seem to be concentrated around two short periods in the day, morning and evening. We soon got used to it and it did not detract from our enjoyment. However the airport is being re-built and expanded, so the future may not be so good on this front.

The beaches either face the lagoon or the open sea. The lagoon is very peaceful and you are regularly visited by a mobile drinks cart that offers a range of drinks and rolls, all part of the inclusive deal. Don't forget to take your snorkel as the sea life it beautiful and accessible from the hotel beaches.

The main sea-facing beach is long and beautiful with the waves crashing in it offers a great contrast to the lagoon side.

We were in a refurbished to floor deluxe room (No 287). Slight drawback is the the palm trees obscure any lagoon view that may have been there. However we were happy to have no one above us and the limited view of the sea to our right was some compensation. The room was large and well-appointed. meticulously clean with a change of towels twice a day and bed-turning down service. it was positioned well away from the main restaurants, but an easy walk from them. Very quiet position. An electric cart may be requested if you really need to ride or are late for a meal as we were on one occasion. No complaints here at all. There still remained in mid October a lot of Deluxe rooms still under refurbishment, but i should imagine that they will all be completed by the end of November if not before.

The Guest relations staff are a delight and willing to help with any issue. It was my partner's 50th birthday while we were there and the fantastic table flower display was arranged without question, making it a memorable evening for her.

Reception staff are very helpful too.

The main reason we chose Shandrani was that it is all All inclusive, so you are not made to feel any different from other guests at meal times or when ordering drinks. We found this was a major contributor to a very relaxed and enjoyable experience.

The Sports centre staff are very helpful. We took an escorted cycle trip to Mahebourg with Patrick and David. The saddles were unbelievably uncomfortable and there are a few hills to negotiate, so if not fit, might be an idea to give it a miss. However Mahebourg is worth a visit and useful to have a guide as there is quite a bit of history to be explained.
We took the hotel kitchen tour which was very interesting and very reassuring.
We also took a catamaran trip along the East coast to Ile aux cerfs. Take some money as you have the opportunity to para-glide along the trip and there are now restaurants on Ile aux cerfs.
We also hired a car and driver for a day and were taken to wherever we chose for about £140. Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens are worth a visit, but be prepared for a sit in a traffic jam around Port Louis. The dormant crater of the dormant Trou aux cerfs southern volcano is also very interesting.

I suspect that in the main season, December/January, booking al la carte and getting a drink may be more difficult, but our experience was great and absolutely no complaints.

Room Tip: If you want to see the sea you need a ground floor room. The block that contains room 287 is in a go...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Spent a week here on honeymoon, great service, great location, lovely people, super food, highly recommended. Rooms are well furnished and the beaches offer varying styles - busy or quiet, sun or shaded. Watch the sun though, it burns.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We spent our last 3 days at the Shandrani, it was lovely, we wished we'd had a few more days there. The food was very good, as was the choice of beverages. Our room was lovely, and we were able to walk around the resort to walk off our over-indulgences! Would definitely goback.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Myself and wife love the outdoors and are water-babies of note and live for being active yet also enjoy lying back watching the sun go down after a great day.... This is exactly what Shandrani brought and more....

From the excellent dining at their restaurants, or pigging out out the buffet Grand Port restaurant, midday mouthwatering sandwiches on the beach to cocktails at sunset, Shandrani's staff offer an unmatched colonial style of hospitality, where you are the king.

But that's not why you go to Shandrani!

The Blue Bay area, which is on the South Eastern side of Mauritius, where the resort is located is rated as the best part of the island. The clearest waters, epic glass bottom boat trips, amazing snorkeling and reef life, private boat trips, sailing, and all sheltered within the Blue bay, and just a short ride from the airport.

Typically our days involved sailing/ windsurfing/ hobbiecatting in the morning before the wind died completely, followed my a quick waterski/ wakeboard then a trip on the glass bottom boat out to the snorkeling site, snorkeling for 40 minutes, then head back, hopefully in time for another session skiing. A quick snack/ lunch then out again either sailing or paddling on the lagoon in one of the kayaks and more snorkelling, skiing and end off with some sailing and a dip in the resort pool.

Then came the beers and cocktails and chilling on the beach a short while before freshing up for supper and some well earned quality gourmet food.

Ironically with all the activities I noticed some couple lying on the beach reading there Kindle all day everyday.... hey, what ever does it for you!

We didn't get time to go bike riding, use the gym, play tennis but did spend 1 hour in the spa, which was well deserved and also did 2 SCUBA dives inside and outside the bay....

The highlight of the trip was a private boat tour outside the resort with Eric (ask for him on the beach) which included a private tour to an old abandoned French lighthouse, including spotting local birds nesting and 3 amazing snorkeling trips to private locations, where we got to play with an octopus and puffer fish too. Even the SCUBA diving I have done all over the world could not compare to Eric's private spots, not to mention his great sense of humor, charm and love for the sea.... Ask for Eric on the beach, spend the money, it'll will be by far the best experience of your holiday, and possibly underwater life!

Room Tip: Don't stay too far from Grand Port buffet/ breakfast area, which is also close to where the wate...
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

It is a beautiful hotel located by a gorgeous bay, which offers great opportunities for water sports. There’s an awesome coral reef if you’re into snorkelling.
There are three different beaches to choose from so even lying on the beach won’t be so boring.
I had a spacious room with a bay view, which was amazing, but sometimes the palm trees obscure the view :)
The food is excellent – varied and tasty.
Taxis are very cheap so that’s a nice way to see the region. Another option is the boat trips with the locals.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Shandrani for our Honeymoon. We want to say a huge thanks to all the staff for taking great care of us. The staff in, housekeeping, reception, the restaurants, the buffet, the bars, the spa and the sports centre were ALL very attentive and made our honeymoon feel like a honeymoon should! Luxurious!

This hotel really is fully "all inclusive" . The water and land sports are all included with everything from water ski to sailing as well as a diving centre, golf, tennis and gym. All premium spirits are included as well as champagne!

As part of the serenity plus package you also receive a massage each (as honeymooners we also received an extra massage each). Otherwise treatments are additional cost. We choose to upgrade one of our massages to aromatherapy. Both massages were excellent - the upgraded one was longer, full body and used scented oils..in our opinion it was definitely worth the upgrade. The hotel has 2 SPAs (Clarins spas) and our favourite definitely was the outdoor one - it is beautiful but you can only the facilities in the outdoor SPA if you also have a treatment booked so make good use before and after your complimentary massage.

The sports centre is great - we took bikes out for a bike ride (free of course) and also took advantage of the quiet gym and flood lit tennis courts.

The food was really the highlight for us. The Teak (Thai) was excellent. As good as some of London's best Thai restaurants. Le Sirius (A la carte) was also excellent - we tried this one twice and on one of those nights was their Mauritian themed night - we had sugar cane cocktails before dinner and great Mauritian food - made a great change.

We upgraded to the Lobster mean at Le Boucanier - although expensive - well worth the money in our opinion - the food was like Michelin star!

The Buffet was also very good - always lots of choice - fresh - waiter servicing on drinks - spacious and nice surrounding.

Day trips - we booked a private speed boat for just the two of us for a half day trip - we booked this through Oliver who is on the beach - this was definitely one of our highlights - we visited Ile aux Cerfs (make sure you spend some time here) and Ile aigrettes (you can stop, snorkel and swim here) - we paid around 6000 rupees and this was well worth the money. We also stopped on the way to do some parasailing. We asked the hotel for a picnic this day as we were going to be out (at a small surcharge) and this was jam packed with lovely baguettes, salads and drinks - more than we needed and was just a perfect way to enjoy Ile aux cerfs.

We also rented a car one day and took this for a drive up to the capital - very easy - they literally have one Motorway running up and down the Island - same road rules as Britain - nice, easy and great fun. Again we took a picnic from the hotel.

The aeroplanes were more frequent than we expected - but didn’t wake up us at night.

Entertainment in the hotel was pretty good in the sense it was subtle and not at all tacky - we had sitar players one evening which we thought was very classy.

The Blue Bay Bar is busy but if you go before dinner they do give canapés which go very well with the pre-dinner glass of champers!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The Shandrani resort is excellent. We were there two weeks for our honeymoon.
Very good food, wonderful beaches, great activities.

Beautiful snorkeling in the Blue Bay lagoon.
Great activities such as water ski and sailing (good winds for that)

Certified Diving center, however, since deeper dives are in the ocean, it's rough. Big waves and strong current on certain days. Diving in the lagoon (7m) is perfect for the novice.

It's very near the airport, and yes, aircrafts goes just above it, but it's not that much annoying, and it doesn't happen at night, or at least it never woke me up.

The buffet is really great, even at night, and the restaurant à la carte are excellent, especially the Teak (Thai food).

I recommend it to anyone going to Mauritus with that kind of budget. It's a 5 star at the price of a 4. It's truly All Inclusive, even the Champagne is included.

Room Tip: The Deluxe rooms are far from the reception and restaurants. The Superior Beach Front are the closes...
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Address: Blue Bay, Blue Bay, Mauritius 50802 (Formerly Beachcomber Shandrani Resort & Spa)
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Location: Mauritius > Grand Port District > Blue Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Blue Bay
Price Range: $389 - $1,070 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 327
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN MAURITIUS FOR BEACH AND NATURE LOVERS Located in the unspoilt south region of Mauritius, Shandrani is a welcoming five-star resort with a lively vibe. Set on a private peninsula lapped by the Blue Bay Marine Park rich in sea life, Shandrani has three different beaches to discover. A short boat ride inshore takes you to the famous Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve. When it comes to sports and leisure, the resort has something for everyone. A range of land and water sports is at hand including water-skiing and golf (the hotel features a 9-hole Par 29, "pitch & putt" golf course). A sailing school and a diving centre affiliated to PADI will delight all sports enthusiasts. Other facilities include a spa and a wellness centre, both associated to the world-renowned Clarins brand. Four restaurants invite you to sample sumptuous dishes served with a choice of fine wines. At Shandrani Resort & Spa, enjoy relaxing holidays in peaceful surroundings. ... more   less 
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