If there’s a better stretch of shoreline on the tropical island of Mauritius than the sheltered bay between Trou d’Eau Douce and Île aux Cerfs, it’s yet to be discovered.
The area’s francophone names recall a century of French rule on Île Maurice, when sailors were drawn to this dreamy strip of coast by freshwater springs, prolific deer and a sheltered anchorage inside the island’s fringing reefs.
If you’ve seen photos of wispy casuarina trees and lush mangroves spilling down to a turquoise-framed sandbar, you’ve probably already become acquainted with the Île aux Cerfs, but this is just the most famous of a string of sand-sprinkled islets dotting the coast near the Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius.
Benefits of booking with British Airways Holidays
- Book now, pay later with deposits from £75 per person, and pay off the balance in as many instalments as you like. Balance is due seven weeks before any long-haul holiday*
- A dedicated 24-hour, seven-days-a-week holiday helpline for any issues whilst you’re away
- ATOL protection for all holidays – keeping you and your money safe
- A generous baggage allowance of 23kg per person is included – so there are no extra costs to add on
A British Airways Holidays break to Mauritius will place you in one of the island’s most prestigious addresses, in prime position on this idyllic coastline, gazing out towards sand-framed Ilot Mangénie and an endless blue horizon (the nearest landmass heading east is the coast of Western Australia).
Faraway Escapes: Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius
With three flights a week all-year-round from London Gatwick (LGW) to Mauritius (MRU), this Indian Ocean gem is within easy reach for those in search of the ultimate faraway escape. Here’s a taste of what’s in store...
The go-to destination for royals and A-listers
A Mauritius landmark for more than 40 years, Shangri-La Le Touessrok is consistently ranked amongst the top escapes in the Indian Ocean, and its effortless style and refined service have drawn a Who’s Who of famous names, from royalty to Whitney Houston and Jennifer Lopez.
Direct flights from London Gatwick put this exclusive escape within easy reach of mere mortals too, though you may be tempted to upgrade to Club World so you can dive straight into the refined, no-luxury-is-too-much style of travel that the island is famous for.
Opulent private accommodation
The Shangri-La team came on board at Le Touessrok in 2015, and a process of regular reinvention has kept things fresh ever since.
The current incarnation mixes barefoot luxury with tropical cool, juxtaposing natural materials – surfaces made from natural wood slabs; plants growing in beach flotsam pots – against clean modern lines. Everything is oriented to draw the eye towards the view – a pastel tableau in pale blues, vivid greens and creamy whites.
The Coral Deluxe guestrooms and the Hibiscus and Frangipani suites come with a canopy-covered balcony or direct sand access. In the lavish three-bedroom villas, you’ll get a stylishly furnished terrace spilling out towards a private sundeck and a personal infinity pool, plus a personal butler and an unparalleled sense of privacy.
Private island escapes and unforgettable dining
Daytrippers to Mauritius’s east coast flock to the sandbar beaches of Île aux Cerfs, but guests at Shangri-La Le Touessrok have access to an exclusive private island playground in the form of Ilot Mangénie.
Boats whisk sunseekers over to white miles of empty sand, beachside dining, shady cabanas and indoor and outdoor spa experiences on one of Mauritius’s dreamiest seafronts.
Fill days basking by the surf or reclining by two lavishly landscaped pools, or get active beside, in, or under the water (there’s good snorkelling and diving in the bay, and everything from yoga to archery, bocce and beach soccer onshore).
Alternatively, put in some quality driving time at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club or Anahita Golf Club, with views of turquoise waters and misty headlands floating in the tropical haze.
More reasons to choose a holiday from British Airways Holidays
There are all kinds of advantages to booking
- Quality accommodation options to suit every budget, from three-star to five-star, there’s something for everyone
- Collect bonus Avios on holiday packages
- You can now use your Avios as part payment on holiday packages. See ba.com/holidays for more details
- Upgrade to British Airways Club World to experience an extra level of service and style. You’ll enjoy dedicated check-in desks and priority booking, a larger baggage allowance, access to private lounges, and complimentary food and drink options onboard. In Club World, you’ll be able to recline in a spacious seat, which converts into a fully flat bed with luxury bedding and amenity kit
You can be similarly ambitious when it comes to the menu. Five restaurants take guests on a globe-trotting tour of India, the Far East, the Med and the best catches from the Indian Ocean.
For a truly extravagant alfresco lunch, book a helicopter tour, dropping in on uninhabited Île Plate for a private picnic.
With luxury on the agenda, consider checking into the Frangipani wing, for access to adults-only pools and extra perks such as complimentary cocktails and in-room check-in.
Welcome to the Indian Ocean with no luxury spared.
All holidays with British Airways Holidays are ATOL protected, come with 23kg baggage allowance per person and a 24-hour holiday helpline. Secure your holiday now with a low deposit* at ba.com/letouessrok
*Based on two sharing. Deposit balance due seven weeks in advance. Subject to availability. T&Cs apply