Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Reopening late 2015, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa offers a taste of the hotel group’s Asian heritage while reflecting the organic views from east coast of Mauritius. Hamish Kilburn writes…
Bountiful-pristine beaches surround the revitalised Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa. After an extensive six-month renovation, the hotel is set to reopen late 2015. The property located on the eastern coast of Mauritius will now compliment the indigenous landscape while reflecting Le Touessrok’s rich history.
Before going into the fine details of the hotel, one first notices the exposed public areas. The lobby is welcoming, with open space and no boundaries overlooking looking the lagoon. In deference to the island’s Sega dance tradition, an art installation adorns the wall of the lobby – depicting the swirling spectacle of the dresses during this locally revered dance. Natural colours, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, highlight custom-designed furniture and contemporary-wooden sculptures. Its location is again reflected with subtle animal prints used on textiles and marble floor. Each lamp in this area is different and unique, creating an asymmetric tone.
A total of nine different size rooms are available at the hotel and resort, as well as three exclusive villas. All rooms provide guests with a personal island sanctuary. They are located on the beachfront offering uninterrupted, postcard-perfect views of tranquil waters through large bay windows and extensive balconies or terraces, all providing direct access to the talcum-white sands of the most prestigious beach on the island.
Comfortable space in the bathroom of the Junior suite allows for a freestanding bath to be the centre of guest’s attention in front of the over-sized shower room. Flashes of black is met by striking purples to create a relaxing private area.
The Shangri-La Suite is the jewel of the hotel and is opulent in its Asian heritage while maintaining the indigenous enchantment of the rich island culture. The signature suite features an expansive master bedroom, a private dining room and an oversized terrace that offers unforgettable views of the ocean’s turquoise waters.
Dining and entertainment
The hotel offers guests a sophisticated culinary journey with inspirational gastronomy that is rooted to nature, sourcing for ethically and locally grown ingredients where possible. Creating vibrant atmosphere, cutting-edge concepts and artistic collaborations, the dining experiences provide more than just outstanding meals. The hotel’s five restaurants have dedicated menus to Asian, Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean and barbecue grill-inspired cuisine.
The Sega bar is a Mauritian Rum and Tiki bar and offers a collection of revered Mauritian rums and over ten house-infused rums. It is nestled in an organic venue with its centrepiece taking inspiration from the musical expression of the Mauritian Way of Life in a dance known as the Sega. The swirling movement of the skirts worn in this dance in represented in the ceiling art.
Guests can enjoy bespoke wellness experiences in Chi. Its primary focus is on holistic and Ayurvedic wellness. Low-standing sofas, high-wooden ceilings and subtle lighting create a warm environment for guests to unwind in.
Sustainable and timeless, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa has been revitalised using the finest craftsmanship, while creatively using organic and recycled materials to produce chic and contemporary finishes. Offsetting Le Touessrok’s signature Mediterranean-style architecture, Shangri-La brings a taste of its Asian heritage to Mauritius through its finesse and detail, while paying homage to the resorts long-standing involvement in its local culture.
The announcement follows that of a joint venture agreement between Shangri-La’s holding company, Shangri-La Asia Limited, who have taken a 26% stake in the property, and Sun Resorts Limited who will continue to have an interest in the resort. The hotel is set to open November 2015.