Magic of Arabia & Mauritius
Lisa Curtiss makes the most of Emirates daily service from Dubai to Mauritius to enjoy a luxurious two-centre break at One&Only’s Royal Mirage and Le Saint Geran.
One & Only Royal Mirage
Considered by those in the know to be Dubai’s most chic and desirable luxury beach resort, Royal Mirage, a trinity of properties each with a different style and character, is a wonderfully tranquil haven from the craziness of the city. The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa are architectural masterpieces, evoking the splendour, elegance and exotic mystery of an age gone by.
No expense has been spared in terms of the décor with stunning fountains, artwork and fragrant flower filled gardens. Each attract guests with slightly different needs and personalities, the Arabian Court for couples, larger Palace more family orientated, and the exclusive Residence & Spa chosen by those who desire privacy, tranquillity and anonymity – and as such is a firm favourite of ‘A-List’ celebrities, royalty and sports stars, who return time and time again, safe in the knowledge they can truly hide away from the world and relax undisturbed. The rooms and suites in each are most thoughtfully designed, filled with unique object d’art hand picked by the owners from around the world, spacious, comfortable and enjoy views across to the various pools, private beach and Palm Island beyond.
For food lovers, Royal Mirage is a must. The various restaurants are excellent. Favourites at Arabian Court were Eauzone, modern cuisine with an Asian twist, which has decks over the pool, and floating ‘Majlis’ with views to Palm Island, and The Dining Room at the Residence & Spa for a true gastronomic experience, pared with wonderful champagnes and wines.
Prior to dinner, do enjoy cocktails at Celebrities Bar at the Palace, acknowledged as one of the most elegant venues in town, or head to the beachside Jetty Lounge with its uber-cool vibe and incredible night-time city skyscraper and Palm Island views. From here you can take a ferry to another One & Only property – the Palm, an exclusive super-luxurious boutique resort of private superbly appointed villas, and dine at Michelin-star chef Yannick Alleno’s STAY – the dessert bar is an absolute must, here the pastry chefs prepare your choice in front of you to order, and encourage you to sample a raft of totally decadent chocolate treats. Delicious!
To totally relax and unwind, enjoy the delights of the authentic oriental hammam at the Residence & Spa. The Rose Hammam tried was excellent and left my skin feeling silken soft and fragrant.
One&Only Le Saint Geran
Leaving Dubai, we headed to Mauritius to sample the delights of the acclaimed One&Only St Geran, another firm favourite with royalty and celebrities, which nestles peacefully in the silver white sands of its own private peninsula. Under the sway of hundreds of coconut palms, tropical flower filled gardens run right down to the edge of a pristine pure white coral-sand beach. This exclusive Mauritian hideaway is a wonderland for all manner of water sports with beaches, coves and reefs famed for kiteboarding, water-skiing and scuba diving.Ideal for couples and families alike, guests enjoy incomparable hospitality, the One&Only Spa, world-class golf, KidsOnly programmes and exceptional cuisine.
The resort features luxurious suites with ocean views, but if you can, book their two-bedroom Ocean Front Villa Residence complete with its own pool. Here you can enjoy your stay in discreet luxury, with all mod cons, and your own host on hand 24-hours a day, supported by a team of valets and private chef. The villa is hidden in a peaceful corner on the St Geran estate – yet still within just a few minutes beach front walk to all of the resort’s amenities. It boasts clear views of the Indian Ocean beyond the swimming pool and terrace, a master bedroom with magnificent four-poster king-size bed, and the second bedroom features two queen-size beds. Each of the two bathrooms has cascading shower and whirlpool bath, plus a fully-fitted kitchen and spacious living/dining room equipped with premium quality china, crystal and silverware – ideal for entertaining a small group or for a private romantic dinner.
In terms of dining, you’re spoilt for choice, with The Terrace, next to the pool, serving a fantastically fresh luxury seafood buffet, the chic PRIME Contemporary Grill offering delights including Australian Angus Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and organic produce and the Indian Pavilion located along the water’s edge, enjoying a magnificent natural setting, with views of the green sugarcane-clad mountains and the private lagoon. The open kitchen there enables guests to be part of the creative cooking experience, as the whole dining area is infused with the most mouth-watering aromas of Indian spices and herbs
The spa at St Geran is a wonderfully peaceful hideway, with its own private lap pool and views across the lagoon, and also features a very good hair and beauty salons plus an acclaimed and exclusive Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez.
Coupling the chic, cosmopolitan allure of Dubai with the luxurious laid-back beach vibe of Mauritius proved a most definite success and is highly recommended.
One&Only Royal Mirage royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com Reservations – + 971 4 399 9999 One&Only Le Saint Géran lesaintgeran.oneandonlyresorts.com +230 401 1888