"Beautiful hotel, superb location, great facilities"
If you're looking for a lovely hotel in Mauritius in which you can relax, swim, sit by the pool or on the beach, and eat quite a lot - all in a luxurious surrounding - then this is the place for you.
I've given five stars for everything because in reality the things which did niggle me were so insignificant that it would seem almost churlish to mention them. But for the sake of balance, I will.
The standard rooms are four star, I would say, rather than five. It just looked a tiny bit on the tired side, which is surprising considering how new the hotel apparently is. The Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur, for instance, would be (and is) five star. This is not quite at that level of supreme luxury.
Secondly, if you're having dinner, I personally find it off-putting for a waiter to clear away my wife's plate while I'm still eating. It interferes with our relaxed dining experience. I'm surprised nobody has told the waiters not to do this.
Thirdly, we did see a cockroach and a mouse in the dining area. But in a way, that's almost to be expected: it's a massive open dining area. So I should stress that at no point did I think anything was dirty or unhygienic.
Finally, 95% of the staff were absolutely lovely. One was a bit moody. So if the worst I have to complain about is one moody waiter in a week, then I'd better get over myself.
The list of positives is endless. I'm out of word space now, so the question is, would I go back? In a heartbeat.
Traveller from Saffron Walden, UK