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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shandrani Hotel Blue Bay
- Shandrani Hotel Mauritius
- Shandrani Blue Bay
- Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa Mauritius/Blue Bay