On arrival at the hotel, we were seated on the plush chairs in the lounge welcomed by a cool drink as we waited to check in. SS being a platinum Starwood member (the hotel is a part of the Starwood chain of hotels) having spent many project nights at the Westin, was accorded a warmer welcome in the form of an upgrade to the exclusive area of the hotel to the ‘Nirvana’ wing with its exclusive restaurant, swimming pool and beach area. What was more, they upgraded our room too.
As the golf cart drove us to our room, as we entered, the hotel staff told us we were having the best in the hotel! Oh we literally whooped when the suite opened into a huge terrace balcony with beach chairs and a dining table overlooking into the swimming pool and the sea! Ah! Bliss! I was totally torn between tearing away from the view of the ocean and the comfortable bed for a few reviving hours of sleep.
We checked out the suite, with a spacious living room and a bedroom that even had a private Jacuzzi! Other perks were the complimentary wifi, free drinks and exclusive access to their beach facing restaurant for a complimentary breakfast. I certainly could not stop exulting and smirking about how we got all this for Free, thanks to Starwoods fabulous loyalty program.
Had we not got upgraded, I guess, we would have been just as happy seeing that most of the rooms were ocean facing, were beautiful too and that is all that mattered!
The resort was beautiful with a lovely 1000 meters private beach to start with. It had several amenities that included a well-equipped gym, a spa and beauty salon. It also had a kids club for activities, tennis courts, two large swimming pools, Table tennis, beach volleyboll, and water sport facilities.
The hotel also offered several complimentary water activities to all its guests. These included kayaking, paddle boating, water skiing, wind surfing, glass bottom boat ride, and snorkeling. Additionally, they also offered other paid services of dolphin and catarmaran (Sailboat) cruises, fishing, discovering islands, private cruises, lessons in water sports etc.
Dining was sumptuous at Le Meridian with being spoilt for choice in several of its restaurants offering a variety of delicious cuisines ranging from Mediterranean, Indian, and European in distinct settings. The staff told us that this being winter, this was the lean season, and hence we were able to get tables for breakfast and dinner as easily as we did. In summers, the resort is usually more crowded and advance booking necessary at all the restaurants. The restaurants also had a dress code that did not permit shorts and slippers for dinner.
Like all good things come to an end, so did our points and the stay but I am glad, the last we used them was the best we have ever stayed in for a lovely time at Mauritius.
You can know more on this hotel on their website http://www.lemeridien-mauritius.com/. Rest assured, we had a fabulous experience and I would highly recommend it.