Our Review of the Stunning St Regis Mauritius Resort
I came across the St Regis Le Morne one day whilst searching for hotels and fell in love with it, I was adimant I would stay here one day so always kept my eye on deals.
So when we decided to go to Mauritius I knew exactly where I wanted to stay and they had a great deal for full board included too. I love it when you have a dream hotel on your list and you actually get to stay there, another one ticked off my list.
The 5 star St Regis is located in the south west of the island at the foot of the UNESCO world heritage site of Le Morne.
It sits directly in front of the crystal clear turquoise Indian ocean with miles of white sand to stroll along. Its around 1 hour 20 minutes away from the airport costing around £60 one way.
The drive to the hotel is absolutely breathtaking, the rolling hills and mountainous views are beautiful, I didn’t want the drive to end. I’d highly recommend hiring a driver to see this magnificent island, driving around were some of my best memories.
We arrived at the St Regis early afternoon with blue skies and the sun shining. Our bags were swiftly taken from us by the friendly valet staff and we were shown to the lobby where we were provided with cool drinks and a cold flannel. Such a lovely touch. The reception area was beautifully decorated overlooking the pool area, we just couldn’t wait to explore this stunning hotel.
Even from the first 5 minutes at the hotel we knew we were in for a treat. The boys were both given a black St Regis draw string bag with lots of goodies in, including a bucket and spade each, well this was the highlight of my 1-year old trip he played with that bucket and spade every single day.
We were given a brief talk about things at the hotel and told to pop back when we had settled in if we needed more information. This is exactly how it should be after travelling a long way to Mauritius.
We were then escorted to a buggy to take us to our junior suite. This is one of the perks at the St Regis you can us them anytime and they are complimentary. We drove along past the pool area and beach to our block of suites which are in 2 story buildings overlooking tropical gardens and ocean view.
The St regis is an all-suite hotel with 175 suites so as you can imagine all the rooms are beautiful.
We were greeted at our room by our own personal butler Ravi. He was so friendly and showed us around our 1st floor room and how everything worked. I have to say we were absolutely blown away with the room, it was huge, and the colonial crisp decor was simply stunning.
As you walk through the door you have your mini bar and coffee maker to the left with complimentary water that is replenished daily. The room consisted of a king-sized bed looking out to the sea with high ceilings and wooden beams making it feel light and airy.
I suffer with a bad back and dread new beds, but this was simply luxurious. The white linen and fluffy pillows were a dream! My eldest son slept on the single sofa bed, he slept like a log so I’m guessing he found it very comfortable.
There was also a small cot for my one year old at the end of our bed. The St Regis really do take care of the minor details that make your stay so special. Ravi left a cookie with sweets on the side for my boys and a huge fruit basket for us. Such a lovely touch.
There is a TV in the room with a great storage unit that has lots of different adapters for charging your personal belongings. With having young kids, it was nice to snuggle up and watch a film in the early evenings.
The bathroom has to be my favourite part of the room, it was huge!! The oval bathtub was my idea of heaven and with the most magnificent smelling toiletries it really was an indulgent part of my trip.
The toilet is separate to the bath area and there is also a double shower with his and hers sinks. The walk-in wardrobe was fantastic for all our clothes and amenities, nice not to be tripping over cases. There is also a safe that has a plug socket inside so you can lock your personal belongings up and charge at the same time! How clever is that!!
Our balcony was definitely a place I’d loved to have relaxed and read a good book but with 2 young boys who want to play in the pool and beach all day this didn’t happen! There is a comfortable sofa and table with lots of space for the kids to play.
Each night there is a turn down service which we used to book from when we went out for tea. I have to say it’s definitely one of the nicest rooms I’ve ever stayed in.
With two young boys the pool is a must! There are 2 pools at the St Regis, the large main pool by the colonial house and the smaller garden pool near some of the suites. We went to both pools depending on what we were dosing that day as the little one loved the beach and the garden pool was nearer to the beach.
The pools both have plenty of comfortable sun beds to accommodate everyone and at the main pool there are some lovey cabanas which was great for when we needed to get the little one to sleep. There are complimentary beach towels and bottles of water on hand by the staff again and other lovely touch.
Where do I start with the beach? Well its simply stunning, its known for having one of the best beaches on the island as it has the breath-taking backdrop of le Morne mountain. It really didn’t disappoint.
The beach goes on for miles and looks out to the crystal clear turquoise Indian ocean. We watched the most beautiful sunset together as a family just near the sports centre where there is a little pier out to the sea, such a lovely memory.
There are plenty of comfortable sun loungers scattered along the white sands with bars and waiters there for your every need. There’s even a call button on your sun lounger so you don’t even have to get up!! I don’t remember those days we were the ones chasing the kids down the beach! I’m sure I’ll make good use of these call buttons when I’m retired!!
The St Regis offers some of the most idyllic restaurants on the island. We were full board which meant we had breakfast, a 2-course lunch and dinner included in our stay.
With having young kids (one who especially loves to scream at meal times) we opted for the Manor dining room most evenings as it is a buffet and self-serve meaning the baby gets food quicker which equals less screaming and embarrassing the parents.
The cuisine is French Mauritian and offered some amazing flavours. My absolute favourite thing was the creme brulee, my word they were delicious. I must have put a stone on in creme brulee!! The mayor house looks out to the beautifully lit pool and decking area where there are a few tables.
Try to get one of these tables if you can as it’s so romantic even with kids. You feel like you are at an old colonial house in the deep south just beautiful. We also ate here in the mornings for breakfast. The breakfasts offered a wide variety of food and catered well for allergies and intolerances. The staff were brilliant catering to my son’s milk allergy and Brough him fresh porridge each morning.
We mostly ate at the boathouse grill and bar by the beach at lunch time. The views to the beach are spectacular and the local seafood is a must! I especially loved the lamb chops and green tea and raspberry creme brulee, honestly it doesn’t sound the best but it was the nicest creme brulee I’ve ever had in my life!! The kids enjoyed their food here too especially the fries! Kids!
We just had to eat at the floating markets, the place was just so pretty not too. The water surrounding the restaurant was littered with floating lanterns making for an idiotic romantic evening.
The pan Asian cruise was delicious, and the chef cooked me up something special as I have so many intolerances. I was so impressed with how they catered to my needs and the kids also enjoyed their food especially desert just like mummy!
We didn’t try the other two restaurants Atsuko (Japanese with a surcharge) and simply India but a couple were talking too said both were suburb. All the restaurants are decorated to the highest standard with beautiful views, we all enjoyed our evenings at the St Regis.
I have to admit I’m not one for leaving my kids in a kid’s club, I’d just end up worrying about them! However, my son did keep asking to go so we took him to play at the kite flyers kids club with his younger brother and stayed with them.
The staff were all so welcoming and friendly and the boys had a great time. The kids club is for ages 4-12 years, but little ones can play with an adult. They have their own pool and outdoor play area as well as structed activities and games.
They also do trips out crab hunting and when we were there, they did henna tattoos which my son thought was fantastic! He showed everyone. We were given some lovely little kite flyers kids club t shirts and souvenirs when we left, the little things really are thought of here.
Hospitality and Butler service
We weren’t aware we got our own butler at the St Regis and what a nice touch it was. Ravi our butler went above and beyond to help us during our stay even arranging for us to keep our room until we left in the raving for our 12-hour flight home.
This really helped us as it would have been a really long day without the room. The St Regis pride themselves with high levels of service and making sure all guests are happy. They went out of their way to help my young son carry his food back to the table, pick us up in a buggy when it was raining and booking our excursions.
I can’t knock a thing we were very impressed. We got concierge to book us a driver for the day to show us some of the best places in the south and what a day we had! £100 and we say so many beautiful attractions see my post “things to do in Mauritius with kids” I’d definitely recommend hiring a driver from the concierge at the hotel to see the island.
If you’re like us and can’t really sit still for more than 5 minutes, then check out the complimentary water sports activities. My husband and son went out in a pedalo and got the most spectacular views of the hotel and le Morne.
They offer snorkelling and I hear the reefs and littered with beautiful coloured fish. Or why not rent a canoe or do some kite surfing, we saw many people doing this and it looked like so much fun.
We were going to do the famous dolphin cruise and swim but the early start and cooler weather we decided it would be too much for our youngest who had an accident a few days before. It’s something we really wanted to see so will have to return one day.
There is a fully equipped tecnogym located on the spa building for anyone who wants to work out. There are persoanl trainers on hand to help daily from 8am to 7.30pm for anyone aged 16 and over. Children may acompany an adult in to the gym but must be supervised at all times. We love to have a break from the gym (well my husband ive never been to a gym in my life!!) so only had a nosy inside.
After a good workout looking out to the lush gardens you can enjoy the sauna and steam room with complimentry water and towels.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go or even see the spa, the closest I came was the medical centre next door! I couldn’t leave my husband alone with the kids however the st Regis do offer babysitting and the kids club for older children of you are wanting to visit the spa and have a kid free day.
The spa is located next to the colonial house and offer a vast range of beauty and spa treatments (o what I’d give to relax or even just sleep) in 12 tastefully decorated treatment rooms. they offer private cabanas on the beach and his and hers massages. Now that’s the life!
Attractions to see near by
Here are our top recommendations of things to do in the south of Mauritius:
- Ebony Forest Reserve
- Chamarel Waterfall
- Seven Coloured Earths
- Black River Gorge National Park
- La Vanille Nature Park
- Paddleboarding with views of Le Morne
- Swim with dolphins Le Morne
- Horse ride on the beach
- Crystal Rock
- Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
- Bel Ombre beach
Mauritius Travel Tips
- Be sure to try as many restaurants as possible at the St Regis
- Speak to the concierge and get them to arrange a driver for the day to see local attractions
- Request a 1st floor room, the views are beautiful
- Bring a pair of water shoes like the Mishansha Water Shoes (Amazon) for the beach as its a small shell beach
- Try the Creme Brulee
- Watch the sunset on the beach
The St Regis has to be June of the most beautiful hotels I think we have ever stayed in. The colonial house with the backdrop of Le Morne mountain is just amazing. Every single detail is thought about at the St Regis they don’t miss a thing.
If you are thinking of going to Mauritius is highly recommend the St reigns you really can’t go wrong. The beach is breathing, food delicious and location amazing! It’s the ultimate paradise beach location.