A few months ago, we went to Shandrani Resort & Spa in Mauritius for a week end.
Summer is here and you just feel like doing nothing, beside a swimming pool or the sea. Well, we could really enjoyed this stay !
Location : 10 minutes drive from the airport, Shandrani resort is the only five stars hotel around. Some people may find it disturbing to watch and hear planes taking off and landing (given the comments we have read on Booking.com and Tripadvisor…) but we did not. We slept very well and it was nice to see an A380 Airbus from the swimming pool.
When we arrived, the staff took good care of us, offered a welcome cocktail and explained us the different activities around : 3 beaches, restaurants … Shandrani Resort is pretty big and we immediately felt on holidays !
The room : Maybe the only drawback. Even if they have been renovated, the buildings and the rooms seemed a bit old. It may just be a personal opinion. We had a small leak in the toilets, nothing serious. From the room, we had a really nice view to a little private beach.
The restaurants :
The breakfast is served at Grand Port, the main restaurant. Generous buffet, with many choices : salted/sweet, cold/hot dishes. Really like a 5 stars hotel. The dining room is spacious, with a nice view on the beach and the swimming pool. Same for lunch. We also tried the Ponte Vecchio, an Italian restaurant with decent quality, and finally the Sirius beside the pool in a more relaxed atmosphere.
The activities : We couldn’t do everything, but we did borrow bikes to have a nice excursion around, in the villages and sugar cane fields. Perfect after our big breakfast. For snorkeling, a boat brings you 5 minutes away to a nice spot to see the fishes. If you have never done it before, it is not bad. For the regulars, it is just commonplace. In Mauritius, there should be nicer places.
I am not a spa specialist (ask Audrey instead), but I was impressed by the one in Shandrani. A sensation of absolute calm ! The swimming pool is surrounded by trees, birds. You can find a hammam and a sauna. Makes you want to have a nice massage !
We loved :
– the all inclusive package that starts right at your arrival, at any time (yes, 1hour after landing, we were having breakfast near the swimming pool while waiting for our room !)
– the location, 10 minutes from the airport
– the spa
– the spacious resort