Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2016

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The mention of Mauritius typically conjures quizzical looks from those whose exotic inklings are likely inspired by a vague knowledge of where in the world the island is located. A small speck in the Indian Ocean some 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent, if you are arriving via South Africa, your flight path will likely take you over Madagascar, which for me made the destination seem that much more remote, foreign, and therefore exciting. Uninhabited at the time of its first recorded visit by Arab sailors in the Middle Ages and later by the Portuguese, the island was first colonized by the Dutch in 1638. Prior to the opening of the Suez Canal, Mauritius served as an important base for trade routes between Europe and the East, with the French and British involved in a long power struggle for its control. After France surrendered in 1810, the British remained in charge until 1968, when the country became an independent state. Today the 1.2 million residents of the island represent a multiethnic society, with most identifying their ancestry with Indian, African, French and Chinese origins. Hinduism is the dominant religion. Set within this rich cultural tapestry on its own remote white sand peninsula on the northeastern coast of Mauritius, is One&Only Le Saint Géran. A distinct sense of place is evident as soon as you set foot in the soaring open-air lobby. Water is everywhere, both seen and heard, instantly initiating a mood of tranquility. Each of the resort's 162 suites and signature Villa feature a private terrace or balcony that face either the ocean or the calm waters of a sheltered lagoon that is ideal for an array of complimentary water sports, including water-skiing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking. Land-based activities include a nine-hole Gary Player golf course, tennis, mountain bikes, Speedminton, a very well equipped fitness center, yoga, Pilates and volleyball, among others. e brand's signature KidsOnly program is available for children from ages three to 11. Notable onsite dining options include PRIME Contemporary Grill, which serves Australian Angus Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and organic produce in bold, contemporary environs. La Terrasse, the resort's main restaurant, is situated adjacent to the sprawling pool with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. At breakfast there is a bountiful buffet; lunch encompasses light meals, salads, Hotel Confidential: One&Only Le Saint Géran Written by Bridget Williams 54 slmag.net

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