Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2016

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vegetarian and organic dishes; and at dinner the menu includes table d'hôte or specialist buffet options, accompanied once a week by traditional Mauritian Séga dancers. My favorite was the waterside Indian Pavilion, which immerses guests in a North Indian experience, complete with the intoxicating and mouth- watering aroma of roasting Indian herbs and spices wafting from the theatre-style kitchen. The resort's signature private dining experience is staged in a waterfront, bohemian chic tipi conceived by noted British fashion designer Alice Temperley, complete with a Parisian glass chandelier suspended from the canopy, a custom- made wooden floor and dreamy golden-dotted fabric floating all around the interior. In similar fashion to the entirety of the property, the Spa at One&Only Le Saint Géran offers an exclusive sanctuary of quiet pampering nestled amongst a lush tropical landscape. The interior design has discernible Mauritian influence, with subtle tones of amber and gold calling to mind sky and sand at sunset. e relaxation room overlooks a reflecting pool with views of the Indian Ocean, with a sauna and steam rooms rounding out the relaxation spaces. Treatments and signature wellness "journeys" are carried out in partnership with the award-winning ESPA brand. A hair salon and the celebrated Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure studio round out the array of amenities. Celebrities and others "in the know" have long sung the praises of his unique buffing technique, which leaves nails pink and shiny – no varnish needed! Comfortably reclined on a plush chaise throughout my entire 60-minute "dry" pedicure, my piggies were pampered to perfection. Hard as it may be to pry yourself from the indulgent environs, the resort offers several off-site excursions, including Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius and the Botanical Palmplemousses Garden. I dusted off my haggling skills and opted for an afternoon at the bustling Flacq Market, the largest outdoor market on the island. Maneuvering through throngs of locals jabbering in Mauritian Creole, I surveyed rows and rows of purveyors hawking goods, running the gamut from pleasing to pungent, who were keen on making certain I didn't leave empty handed. sl Rooms at One&Only Le Saint Géran begin at $354/night. For more information or reservations, visit lesaintgeran.oneandonlyresorts.com. Flacq Market. Photo by Bridget Williams. Photo by Bridget Williams. e spa's reflecting pool offers views of the Indian Ocean. slmag.net 55

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