Restaurant Stars, Shanti Maurice Mauritius (Restaurant Review)

Whilst staying at Shanti Maurice recently, we paid a visit to the Stars restaurant and sat on the deck under the dark velvet sky with twinkling stars.  The culinary influences are South African, but the ingredients are primarily local.

The restaurant uses only the finest and freshest ingredients whether caught from the Ocean or cultivated in their own gardens or sourced from a local farms nearby.

We asked to sit outside where it was easily accessible and upon our arrival the table had already been laid and was ready right next to the pool. The menu was a delight and we had problems deciding….

Early Flavours were the starters and  

From the Water Gods 

Sea Bass Tiradito         sliced raw seabass in a spicy citrus dressing, coriander and avocado guacamole

Stars Tuna Tartare      garlic, ginger, balsamic and miso infused crab and egg fritatta

Marlin Carpaccio        fresh marlin carpaccio with hearts of palm and olive and lemon and basil emulsion

Braised Octopus             salad of braised octopus with lemongrass spiced gazpacho

Wasabi Prawns from Mozambique       wasabi coated prawns with sweet papaya salsa

Seafood Broth with Coconut                  south east asian seafood soup with lemongrass and mushrooms

Salted Chili Squid        squids in a crispy tempura batter sea salt  and garlic  chili sauce

I choose the salted chili Squid whilst Hans chose the Wasabi Prawns from Mozambique

Hans really enjoyed his prawns but I was a bit disappointed with the squid which was a bit bland.

For the second course we had many choices:

From the farm:

Venison “Tataki”    venison loin with rosemary soya glaze

Beet root Carpaccio and Mozzarella Tempura       mustard grains dressing

Bobotie     Cape Malay curried beef casserole with raisins and apple chutney

Mojo Chicken from Souilliac   pan roasted chicken breast  in a citrus marination  with oregano

served with fried banana and sour cream

Five Spiced Pork Belly   crispy tongue and  chorizo braised cabbage

Tandoori Baby Chicken roasted with  tandoori  marination and served  with crispy tapioca

Braised Black Pepper Beef Cheek  sticky yam mash

Simmered Karoo Lamb Shank  in soya and sichuan pepper broth, with barley risotto, christophine

and green peas

From the Water Gods

Seafood Skewer      lime, garlic & chili flavored seafood skewer mixed beans and garden herbs

Grilled Tuna Mi-cuit    confit onion ,bacon and saffron veloute

Oven roasted Seabass   anchovy butter crumbs, olives and roasted mediterranean roots

Ginger Poached Ombrine   slow poached  in a ginger broth, sesame oil , spring onions and steamed rice

Pan Seared ‘Catch of the Day’  seafood laksa , bok choy and mushrooms

Desserts

Baked Vanilla Yoghurt   vanilla infused baked yoghurt with strawberry and balsamic compote 

Sweet Papaya and Passion Fruit Bake    sabayon of sugarcane  and rum

Madagascar Chocolate Snicker Bar    brownie, ganache, caramel ,toffee mousse and roasted

macadamia  nuts

Lemon Tart   tart with rodrigues lemon curd accompanied with lemon thyme sorbet

Coconut Shell      With coconut mousse, sorbet, crunchy flakes and coconut rum

Selection of Homemade Ice Creams & Sorbets

Coffee

Mauritian Coffee     mauritian vanilla rum, hot coffee,  sugar, double cream

Calypso Coffee      kahlua, hot coffee, sugar, double cream

Irish Coffee    irish whiskey, hot coffee, sugar, double cream

Café Coretto     grappa, hot coffee, sugar, double cream

Review

Staff– Friendly, knowledgable and efficient

Food– Delicious, skillfully prepared, innovative and just the right quantity

Atmosphere– The restaurant is trendy and relaxed. We arrived early when just a few tables were occupied but soon we were joined by many others and there was a feeling of mutual appreciation for the culinary delights.

Advertisements

Top 5 Seychelles Gourmet Hotels

Gourmet Experiences

Echoing the grand assortment of people who populate Seychelles, Creole cuisine features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant flavours of the Orient. Here are the top 5 Seychelles Luxury hotels offering the best gourmet experiences: 

Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie in La Digue

Enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of La Digue Le Domaine de l’Orangerie offers all day dining.

Image

Le Combava Restaurant
Le Combava, which means kaffir lime, is an exquisitely designed roof terrace lounge serving à la carte food only. This epicurean delight serves up the finest meals using the freshest ingredients only, for an upbeat and sophisticated culinary experience.

Image

Santosha Restaurant
Serves popular international fare and local Creole specialties in eclectic mix live cooking style and buffet with the “Catch of the day”. The outside deck graciously overlooks the Indian Ocean and the crystal clear waters for alfresco dining. The breathtaking view of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean will whet your appetite, marking an exquisite and memorable dinner.

Raffles in Praslin

Combining the best of the local culture and cuisine with dishes from around the world.

Image

Losean Restaurant
Virtual Tour

Meaning ‘ocean’ in Creole, Losean is open for breakfast and dinner. It features regular themed buffets including colourful Mediterranean, Creole, seafood, and barbecue evenings with live entertainment. There is outdoor and indoor seating, and a garden view. Specialties include roast lamb on the spit, wood-burning pizza oven, whole fish, paella, and cookery classes for resident guests.

Curieuse Seafood Restaurant
Virtual Tour

Named after the nearby island, Curieuse this seafood restaurant offers a breezy, island-chic atmosphere in a relaxed and casual venue. It has outdoor and covered seating areas to keep you close to the beautiful environment and private pavilions available for romantic dinners. Indian Ocean seafood and grill, with meat specialties also available, and an international wine list; vegetarian diets and special requests always accommodated.

Denis Island

Image

Whether it is breakfast in bed or romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach – the night sky your only roof, an intimate table for two on the deck of your own villa, or dinner in the terrace dining room, the refined cuisine of Denis Private Island is nothing short of tantalizing.
The chef prepares daily the most succulent dishes, creative and extensive buffets with live cooking stations fresh from the island’s estate and fished from the surrounding seas for breakfast and lunch. And in the evenings, Creole speciality night, barbecues on the beach, sushi and sashimi prepared from the day’s catch. Another highlight is the elegantly- presented five-course table d’hôte dinners in the dining room or around the pool deck. Before and after dinner, staying open well into the night, the well-stocked bar provides the meeting point for a tête-à-tête or to get to know your fellow guests.

Image

Constance Ephelia

Constance Ephelia Resort of Seychelles has five restaurants and bars. Each outlet has its own individual concept, design and décor, thereby maximizing  the possibilities in terms of culinary and bar experiences. Our little gourmets are also well catered for with different menus to appeal to different ages – including gourmet baby food.

Image

Corossol “Live”
Corossol “Live” is the main half board buffet restaurant on South Beach. The main focus is the live cuisine creating interaction between the chefs and the guests. The buffet offers different sections – an Asian station with wok and Tandoori station, as well as Asian noodles, central station featuring a beautiful pizza oven, pasta station, grill and plancha, to name just a few.

Image

Helios “Mediterranean” Buffet restaurant 

A casual chic restaurant on the South beach with its main feature being a large wood-burning oven. Open for lunch and based on a buffet service with influences from the South of France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, etc… Tapas, mezze, antipasti, are followed by thin and crispy pizzas, whole fishes and dishes baked in the oven in cast iron dishes. A wide range of creative pasta is also on offer. For desserts, “Helios” boasts a selection of creative ice creams and sundaes. Tea/pancake and ice-cream service from 15h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner for special evenings only.

Image

Adam & Eve…“Ethnic Grill” A la carte grill on South Beach
The à la carte restaurant on the South Beach. Its open kitchen offers a selection of creative salads, a large selection of skewers and quality meats and fish dishes grilled or cooked “à la plancha” in front of the guests. Another speciality of this restaurant is the “native” breads that are prepared and cooked on site and served with their local signature “chutney”. Beach Menu available between 12h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner for special themed evenings.

Image

Cyann

Cyann “Signature cuisine” is a speciality à la carte restaurant with on North Beach
Cyann is the “haute cuisine” restaurant of the resort, unique in its concept and design. Located at the bottom of the Hillside villas, this restaurant offers a beautiful view over Port Launay marine park. Casual chic for lunch, the restaurant turns into an elegant and refined venue in the evening. Cyann proposes a selection of signature dishes combining French culinary techniques with the lightness and flavours of local and Asian influences. A sushi bar, situated near the pool, offers the best quality fish for lunch and dinner. The Chef’s table experience, allows guests to enjoy the action of the kitchen, as well as a specially created menu. Open for lunch from 12h00 to 15h00. Beach Menu available between 12h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner from 19h30 to 22h30.

Seselwa “Cuisine des Iles”

Casual all day à la carte restaurant  on North Beach. Seselwa is a casual and popular outlet, with a lively ambiance and facing the gorgeous North Beach. Designed with white furniture and brightly coloured cushions, it evokes freshness and the festive spirit of Seychelles. Breakfast is served buffet style. At lunch and dinner, Creole specialities are proposed and the freshest seafood is grilled in front of the guests on the central grill. Flavours of the Islands and the very best ingredients are the words that best describe the Seselwa culinary style. Open for breakfast on a buffet style with à la carte options. Open for lunch from 12h00 to 15h00. Beach Menu available between 12h00 to 17h00. Open for dinner from 19h30 to 22h30.

Image

Four Seasons Seychelles on Mahe

 Image

RESTAURANT ZEZ

Zez boasts spectacular ocean and sunset views from the top of the hillside.

The breakfast buffet takes you on a journey around the world. Our favourite was the three-egg omelette with crab meat, accompanied with potatoes and tomatoes. Waffles, whipped cream, maple syrup, green banana sauce and french toast, caramelised pineapple, cinnamon, maple syrup

Dinner is a contemporary interpretation of intercontinental cuisine, as well as delicate preparations of local fish.  Specialities to be found are Fines de Claires Oysters, Sautéed Foie Gras, Vanilla Glazed Lobster Tail and Premium beef.

APPETISERS

Fines de Claires Oysters – Half Dozen, Shallots Vinegar, Cocktail Sauce
Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare with Avocado, Mango Coulis
Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Red Wine Braised Cabbage, White Bean Cassoulet
Sautéed Foie Gras with Takamaka Rum and Banana Flambé, Cinnamon Croûtons
Prawns Al Ajillo with Tomato, Garlic, Potatoes Sautéed
Veal Sweetbread with Eggplant and Tomato Ragout, Crispy Potato
Beef Carpaccio – US Beef Tenderloin, Truffle-Lemon Dressing, Seasonal Greens
Rocket Salad with Fresh Figs, Prosciutto, Pomegranate Vinaigrette Lobster Carpaccio with Baby Greens, Champagne Dressing Caprese Salad – Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamic Reduction
Mixed Vegetable Salad – Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Mango, Radicchio, Endive, Violet Mustard Vinaigrette

SOUP

Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho with Garlic Croûton, Zucchini Wrap
Creamy Seafood Chowder – Bacon, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Red Snapper
Mushroom Soup with Quail Ravioli, Truffle Foam

MAINS

FISH AND SEAFOOD
Red Snapper with Potatoes, Green Beans, Black Olive Tapenade
Job Fish – Pan-seared, Fava Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Preserve Sauce
Mahi Mahi with Lentil Salad, Red Wine Tomato Dressing
Vanilla-Glazed Lobster Tail with Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Lobster Emulsion
Seafood Cioppino – Prawns, Octopus, Lobster, Grouper, Garlic Bread

MEAT AND POULTRY
Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Potato Croquette, Caramelised Fennel, Mint-Rosemary Reduction
Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Potato Gratin, Haricot Verts, Braising Jus
Angus Beef Tenderloin – Grilled, with Truffle Mashed Potato, Sautéed Spinach, Thyme Jus
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Tomato, Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
Duck Confit Risotto with Morel Mushrooms, Crispy Parmesan Cheese

VEGETARIAN
Vegetable and Potato Mille-Feuille with Caramelised Onions, Sautéed Spinach, Tomato, White Bean Ragout
Saffron Risotto with Seasonal Mushroom Ragout

DESSERT
Roasted Pineapple with Coconut-Vanilla Ice Cream
Tiramisu
Strawberry Macaroon with Yogurt-Ginger Sorbet
Churros with a Duo of Toffee and Vanilla Sauce
Citrus Salad with Orange Short Bread and Calamansi Sorbet
Trio of Gelato – Berries, Pistachio, Orange, Hazelnut, Mocha, Lemon, Stracciatella

Image

Restaurant Kannel

Stylish yet informal, Kannel serves Creole and international fare, featuring a variety of fresh fish and seafood. Enjoy its beach-side location, stunning open-air setting and spectacular views of the water.

APPETISERS

Mediterranean Salad – Tomato, Bell Pepper, Avocado, Cucumber, Onion, Feta Cheese, Coriander, Crispy Bread, Olive Oil and White Vinegar Dressing

Grilled Asparagus with Mixed Bean Salad, Egg and White Balsamic Dressing

Scallop Fritters with Salsa Verde and Avocado Dip

Niçoise Salad with Soft Poached Egg

Caesar Salad – Romaine Lettuce, Crispy Bacon, Toast, Egg and Caesar Dressing

With Grilled Chicken

With Grilled Prawns

Grilled Octopus Skewer with Sweet Chili Glaze

Tuna Tartare with Spicy Okra Salad

Sliced Raw Fish Marinated in Coconut Dressing with Crab and Spring Onion Cakes

Thai-Style Beef Salad with Tomato, Spring Onion, Cucumber, Coriander, Fresh Chili and Garlic

SOUPS

Spicy Lentil Soup

Ginger Fish Soup with Coconut Milk

Wild Mushroom Soup

MAIN COURSES

Penne Pasta with Tomato Tuna Bolognese

Linguine Al Olio with Green Vegetables and Parmesan

Reef Fish Slow-Cooked Creole-Style with Palm Heart Pickle

Mixed Seafood Grill with Arugula and Baby Spinach Salad

Whole Grilled Catch of the Day with Green Papaya Salad and Creole Rice

Steamed Red Grouper in Light Soy Broth with Wok-Fried Bok Choy

Grilled Beef Sirloin with French Fries and Béarnaise Sauce

Lamb Cutlets with Biryani Rice, Masala Potatoes and Onion Raitta

Oven-Roast Pork Loin with Spicy Honey and Stir-Fried Noodles with Pineapple

Creole – Curry Served with Local Chutney and White Rice

With Prawns

With Chicken

With Fish

Creole Dishes

DESSERTS

Vanilla Pannacotta with Exotic Fruit and Mango Sorbet

Pineapple Crumble and Lime-Piña Colada Sorbet

Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Tapioca with Coconut Milk and Banana Marinated in Rum

Creamy Chocolate with Raspberries and Lychee Sorbet

Homemade Ice Creams and Sorbets

 Image

Design background of St Regis Mauritius Resort Mauritius

Image

Opening on 15 Sept 2012 the first St Regis Resort in the Indian Ocean – The St Regis Mauritius Resort

The tradition of the St Regis brand and design will merge with the local heritage and regional aesthetics of Mauritius.

Stauch Vorster, an internationally renowned architect and  Trevor Julius interior designer of dsgn were inspired but the  romance of Mauritius colonial past and the location in the shadow of the World Heritage site of Le Morne Mountain on the Southwest tip of the island.

The architects and interior designers have recreated the grandeur, structure and ambience of a 19th century sugar baron’s manor house and historical estate. The legacy of colonial romance, refinement and education of this era matches  perfectly with the St. Regis’ history and vision of the art of living.

The design is the colonial style of grandeur and authenticity with rooms with airy high volumes, huge verandas and colonnades especially in the manor house. No impersonal reception but the feeling that the guests are arriving at a private residence.

Matching the St. Regis values of personalised experiences and discretion, the guest is greeted on arrival by a spectacular view along a colonnade and a personal welcome by a signature St Regis butler.

The remainder of the resort is designed around the manor house, where the restaurants, bars, ballroom and other facilities such as a library and conservatory can be found. Its tropical gardens house within the vast estate the spa, pool, additional restaurants, guest suites and a villa.

The architecture of the manor house and other buildings, such as the boathouse, have been conceived as altered originals, deliberately conjuring the passage of time. History has been preserved in the details, the furnishings have all been carefully collected and selected – no two pieces are the same. It mirrors the habits of the colonial owners who cherished and collected heirlooms associated with their Mauritius ancestors’ rich colonial past, taking in French, Eastern, British and Indian influences.

Delightful to see are the bespoke designs specifically created for particular rooms in the manor house. Toiles and wallpapers reference historical events and central moments in Mauritian history, or aspects of the regional flora, or even details from historical sketchbooks.

The St. Regis Mauritius will host six premier restaurants, each with its own definitive style drawn from a particular aspect of Mauritian heritage and all led by the Hotels’ highly acclaimed French Executive Chef Dominique Blais.

The bar is adorned with a signature mural, a St. Regis trademark. Wood, fabric, rattan and bamboo are the dominant materials used creating the warm atmosphere which takes one back in time.

The guest suites are generous in size and well positioned in order that guests can enjoy the proximity of the beach and spectacular ocean views. The suites flow easily from inside to outside.

The interiors reflect colonial romance with natural materials and a neutral tone-on-tone palette.

The overwhelming impression the resort design and feel is a home away from home, with a perfect romantic touch that perfectly embodies the St. Regis experience.

More details http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1799

Breakfast at Anahita, Mauritius

One of my favourite  interests when staying in resorts like Anahita is witnessing the imagination chefs put into their breakfast menu. Some really understand the joy of starting the day with a culinary adventure which is both exciting and healthy. During my past trip to Mauritius I was wowed by the breakfast bar at Anahita and just wanted to share it with you.

The spread was varied and catered for all tastes including the traditional English buffet breakfast spread, delicious pastries and beautiful fruits & cereals. There was a chef on one area of the bar who would whip up fresh pancakes right in front of you with a wide selection of jams, syrups and toppings; an exciting and special experience especially for any guests with young children.

The selection from the juice bar is impressive with local specialities such as Frangourin (Juice of Sugar Cane) and Tamarin Juice. Well worth a try! The Eggs from the farm are local from the estate and you are given the choice of every type of egg done to perfection, we tried out the boiled egg with farmhouse bread for a difference and the taste was sublime.

As you can see from the A La Carte menu below, there is a huge range of choice and if you’re anything like me, you’ll relish trying out all the different options over the course of your stay. You are also given the choice to eat inside or outside looking over the lagoon. The beach and kids club are just next door so there’s no need to go back to your room, the day is yours!

Bravo Anahita! I look forward to my next visit.

 

Juice Bar

Fresh juice
Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, apple, melon,citrus

Mauritian savours
Citronella (lemon grass), frangourin (juice of sugar cane), coconut water, tamarin juice

Fruits and vegetables

Red alert: beetroot, carrot, orange, spinach

Clean sweep: carrot,celeriac, apples, ginger

Zen attitude: ginseng. ginger, passion fruit, cucumber

Traditional

Alluda, lassi, cold milk 0%, gombova ice tea, soya milk

The ‘Must’

Buck’s fizz , Bloody Mary, fresh fruits and sherbet, macaroon and boudoirs

A LA CARTE

Eggs from the farm

Scramble: truffle caviar or smoked marlin
Benedict: on muffins with hollandaise sauce
Over easy: roasted tomato, grilled musroom and backed beans
Boiled: at your choice with farmhouse bread
Omelette of your choice: Plain, Chives, onion, tomato, ham, coriander, mushroom, cheese, chili or smoked marlin

Coldcuts
Coppa, mortadella, ham and chorizo

Delicatessen
Chicken salami, chicken sausages, beef sausages, Turkey bacon

Cheese
Brie, cheddar, emmental, goat cheese, Roquefort

Mauritian speciality
Chilli bites, eggplant fritters, vegetable samoussa

or

Stuffed roti with peas stew and coconut chutney

Breakfast at Chateau de Bel Ombre

I am definitely a morning person who really appreciates a thoughtful and exciting breakfast menu which was what we were treated to in Chateau de Bel Ombre whilst staying at Heritage Villas. One either sits inside the chateau itself or on its exquisite terrace looking over the fountains and golf course.

The tables were beautifully laid with lovely white porcelaine. We were seated on the terrace and began our breakfast taking in the vista. All started well with coffee for me and a pot of hot chocolate for Jasmine.

Especially for guests on a week’s stay the menu had plenty of choice:

Baker basket
Cereal
Yoghurt
Fruit platter
Eggs- fried eggs, scrambled burrito, eggs benedict,
Mama Creole omlette (fluffy omlette with green chili, scallions, pomme d’amour, peppers)
Eggs, hash brown and bacon
Onions served with grilled lamb kofkas
Steak N Egg burger

Kids choice
Buttermik pancakes with chocolate sauce, local honey, red fruit coulis or nutella
scrambled egg on toast with boerwoerst

 

I am however always disappointed when breakfast is served in the wrong order; such as when the yogurt or cereal arrive after the cooked breakfast or the pastry basket is taken away when the cooked breakfast arrives! Everyone enjoys this meal in their own way and I wished the staff would have simply asked, if that is not the case if you are staying I would urge you to make it clear in which order you would like it in before it begins.

Otherwise our experience at Chateau Bel Ombre was excellent. I chose the Mama Creole omelette and savored the spicy delights of Mauritius a highlight of my day and Jasmine chose her favorite eggs, hash brown and bacon.

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1689

Restaurant Gin’ja, Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius (Restaurant review)

Whilst staying recently at Heritage Villas, we paid a visit to Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius where we had dinner at the famous restaurant Gin’ja. The restaurant which serves innovative Pan-Asian fusion cuisine gave us an elegant fine dining experience with a range of exotic flavours and creative combinations.

We were welcomed enthusiastically and shown our table near the teppanyaki corner. We were left constantly pleasantly surprised as we were not choosing from the menu but given a selection of their best dishes which I have listed below in the menu.

Every dish brought us excitement which only increased as we tasted our way through the surprise menu. There were touches of genius all evening such as the delicious steamed buns before and during our meal with exotic dips, as well as the innovative vanilla tempura icecream which melted in our mouths.

We loved how you could also watch the chef prepare the dishes through a glass window near our table; it let us join in with the creation of the food as well as the tasting. You effectively sit outside looking out onto the water under a roof with dimmed lights which really adds to the atmosphere of the restaurant.

We cannot wait to return and taste more of their impressive inspired cusine!

Review

Staff– Friendly, knowledgable and efficient

Food– Delicious, skillfully prepared, innovative and just the right quantity

Atmosphere– The restaurant is trendy and relaxed. We arrived early when just a few tables were occupied but soon we were joined by many others and there was a feeling of mutual appreciation for the culinary delights.

– Menu –

Starter

Gin’ja delicate platter
Assorted sushi maki, Peking duck with tangy hoisin sauce, jumbo tiger prawn tempura

Main course

Duo platter delicious teryaki beef tenderloin, miso glazed ombrine fish with sauteed baby bok choy and green tea sweet potato

Dessert

Vanilla tempura ice cream with warm cardamon chocolate sauce


http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1689

Rare Indian Ocean Pearl – Exclusive Villas Lencia, Mauritius

Villa Lencia, Mauritius

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=829

Villas Lencia’s concept is the ultra designer home from home. It’s made up of 4 beautiful villas – Villa #1 being beachfront with a pool and 4 suites and then there are 3 guest villas with 3 suites each as well as their own pool.
The property is the home of an international businessman and art collector where this villa is an expression of his love of Mauritian culture and his taste for art and design.

In a nutshell they are 4 stunning villas with hotel service, concierge, gym and spa right on a private beach.

Ultra Design
Villa #1 is a stunning home in a 1600m2 garden and with a living space of 490m2. Just a few of our favourite features of the property are the 300m2 terrace with two huge Fabio November masks at each end of the heated 75m2 pool as well as the linear frames that house the day beds. Then there is the stunning living area of 120m2 with an open plan kitchen. Additionally the suites with a patio of 60-70m2 are beautiful, as well as the lobby with its library area, the master bedroom with its huge dressing room and bathroom with designer tub. There is also a fully equipped gym and private massage salon.

The interior design includes Henri Pedersen Imola chairs, carpets from Toulemonde Bochat, JLB Litezone and Blacheree Illumination for the lights and Elitis for the walls. The villa also houses a private collection of photographic works by Jean-Daniel Lorieux and Slim Aarons (american photographer of the stars in 70s) and works by artist Pierre Letellier and of other artists; some up and coming such as Christiaan Conradie, Daniel Orme, Paul Senyol, Rezo, Kilmani-Jo, Bagus Rai, Costache, and Allan Tuttle.

Villas 2, 3 and 4 are guest villas of 3 bedrooms en suite in a 600m2 garden and living area of 285m2 with a 85m2 living room and open plan kitchen. The ground floor master suite is 45m2 with a pool patio. The villa terrace is 100m2 with a heated swimming pool of 50m2 and a gazebo of 6m2.
Rental is with breakfast, fully staffed with butler, cook and security 24/7.

I am blown away by the freshness and originality of these new villas. It raises the bar in Mauritius luxury villa rentals. The owner has put his heart into every detail of design and delights us with his personal collections.

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=829

Top 10 Seychelles Villas of 2011

Seychelles is such a beautiful destination; an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Luxury villas are rare and we have searched for many years for the perfect properties. Unlike Mauritius the properties in Seychelles tend to be built on the hillsides with magnificent views of the ocean and are just a short ride down to world class beaches. On Praslin we highlight two properties Villa Castello which is beachfront and Rocky Bay Villa which is oceanfront. The standard of some of the Mahe properties makes them a delightful alternative to the hotel stay. All villas are staffed and some villas come with a butler and full board options. Eden Island is our latest addition which offers the boating enthusiast a luxury apartment or maison with the quay only a few steps away. We hope you enjoy our selection.

Li-Al-Do Maison (Takamaka, Mahe)

http://www.elegantdestinations.co.uk/seychelles/accom_mahe_lialdo.htm
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1488

Li-al-do Maison is a beautiful 4-bedroom villa surrounded by a luxuriant tropical garden with its stunning swimming pool and gazebo overlooking the unspoilt bay of Takamaka, on the south-west coast of Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles islands. The architecture of the villa is very much in keeping with the unspoilt surroundings with its decorations and furniture handcrafted by local craftsmen.
It is a great villa for a family reunion or a group of friends with wonderful staff to help you enjoy your stay. The beach is within 10 minutes and many sea excursions are on offer.

Residence on the Rocks (Anse Intendance, Mahe)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1488

Perched in a luxuriant forest overlooking the palm-fringed coral beach and turquoise lagoon of Intendance Bay, South of Mahé, lies Residence On the Rocks. This retreat whose architectural design, as well as interior décor, evokes a sumptuous plantation house from Seychelles’ French and British colonial eras.
The villa consists of a two-bedroom Main House on more or less level ground with granite/rock formations on either side for privacy, a one-bedroom Guest House and a fourth suite has just been added. The large infinity pool (10 x 7 m) elevated just below the rock formations offers a vertiginous ocean view. Opposite the Guest House, a gazebo used for alfresco dining, massages and spa treatments sits on a granite rock. A large Jacuzzi nestles in a rock cave next to it.

Villa Petit Amour (Beau Vallon, Mahe)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1779

Situated at the northern end of Mahé in the Seychelles, this stunning four bedroom villa is impeccably appointed with a unique blend of contemporary European and traditional Creole styles. Set within a private tropical garden with palm, frangipani and fruit trees the villa also offers an infinity swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with stunning views of Beau Vallon Bay and the Indian Ocean. A staff apartment is also available. It is rented fully staffed with breakfast and the possibility of full board option.

Eden Island (near Mahe)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=408

Eden Island is the perfect location from which you can explore the true beauty and treasures that these magnificent islands have to offer. Situated just off the mainland of Mahe; The Eden Island Marina development is the Seychelles’ Ultimate 5 star self catering resort. Eden Island is a residential marina development featuring a range of beautifully designed luxury Apartments, spacious Maisons and private Villas offering 5-star self catering accommodation. A bridge connects Eden Island to the main island, where the international airport is a mere 10-minutes drive away.

Eden Apartments

The Eden Island Apartments are luxuriously designed to fit with the ideal of island living. Ranging from 88m2 to 215 m2, they are typical one to three bedroom apartments, featuring wide open spaces, big open doors and large windows with extended covered verandas, inviting the beautiful outside in.

Spaced all around the island in apartment blocks not higher than two stories, each apartment comes standard with Miele appliances – washing machine, dryer, oven and hob, a dish washer and of course a refrigerator.

Eden Maisons

Maisons are private and Luxurious duplex homes featuring plenty of space and consist of two to four bedrooms. They range in size from 210m2 to 305 m2.
As with the Apartments, the Maisons come standard with en-suite bathrooms.

Placed privately on plots ranging between 260m2 and 1000m2, no more than 3 Maisons are connected to each other, facing different directions to optimise privacy and bringing the extensive outdoors inside through large verandas and open windows.

Villa Castello (Anse Kerlan, Praslin)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=537

This distinguished Tuscan-style property is located on the north-western section of the island of Praslin with the most impressive sunsets on the island. The property is nestled on one of the most beautiful white powder-sand beaches of the Seychelles with excellent opportunities for swimming and bathing. It presents a fascinating view onto the islands of Cousin and Cousine as well as Mahé and Silhouette. From the Beach Pavillon you can look over both offshore beaches and a breathtaking outlook onto the sea.
It is Four double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. It has a wonderful private swimming pool and a fantastic beach location. It is also within proximity of Castello Beach Hotel for dining and activities.

Bay View Villa (Anse Boileau, Mahe)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=110

This wonderful 6-bedroom villa of 650m² (sleeping up to 13 guests) with swimming pool facing the sea and located on Mahe (the capital island); is the perfect spot for holidays with the family and a group of friends. A wonderful option for groups and incentives…
Bay View Villa is on the most beautiful coast of South West Mahe between the Barbarons tip and the Anse Boileau Bay, ocean front and in an oasis of calm and greenery. It is 20 minutes from the capital city Victoria and 25 minutes from the international airport by car. There are a few shops and restaurants some 10 minutes from the villa on foot, and the only equestrian centre in Mahe is also nearby.
It is the ideal central point to visit the island. The capital city Victoria will surprise you with its full colour market, its shops, its religious buildings and its few colonial creole houses. Up north, the national Morne Seychellois park will captivate you with its beautiful flora and its majestic panoramas. On the east coast, the Jardin du Roi will immerse you in an old spice plantation with its master house and its amazing estate. Finally, the enchantress west coast will fascinate you with its succession of wild and idyllic beaches

Villa de Cerf (Cerf Island, near Mahe)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1285

Nestling against this unique backdrop and commanding sublime views of the coastline of east Mahé, Villa de Cerf provides luxury and privacy in an exquisite island retreat that boasts four spacious, elegantly-furnished rooms on two floors of an imposing, colonial-style villa not far from the water’s edge.
Among further villa facilities are a spacious lounge/dining room and swimming-pool with wide terrace and sun deck while the services of a live-in hostess and cook are available to ensure maximum guest comfort and the best possible introduction to mouth-watering Seychellois Creole cuisine.

Cerf Island, part of the beautiful Ste. Anne Marine Park, is close to the scenic east cost of Mahé, the principal island of the Seychelles archipelago, and offers one of the most tranquil and unique landscapes of all the Inner Islands. Having long been the traditional settlement of choice for the privileged few, Cerf Island gives its residents a refined ambience as well as all the benefits of fine island living: silver-sand beaches, hidden coves and a pristine interior just waiting to be discovered.

Rocky Bay Villa (Anse La Blague, Praslin)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1307

Rocky Bay is a luxurious villa perched ten meters above water and overlooking the picturesque sandy bay of Anse La Blague in Praslin. Its peaceful and unique location on a private rocky headland has breathtaking views and its close vicinity to the sea makes it a highly sought after holiday environment.
The villa offers four double bedrooms with double beds and with their own private balcony and sea views.
The villa comes with housekeeping and a chef. A rental car is recommended. This is a great villa for a family holiday and children under 12 stay free. The villa rental comes with housekeeping and chef.

Royal Bay Villa (Anse Royale, Mahe)

http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1684

The Royal Bay Villa is situated towards the southern part of Mahé Island. It overlooks the beautiful bay of Anse Royale and its magnificent beach (2 minutes walk).
With its Mediterranean ‘hacienda’ look Royal Bay Villa offers four well appointed bedrooms upstairs,
two of which with double beds are en suite whilst the other two (1 double & 1 twin) share a large bathroom. All rooms are air-conditioned and have their own external balcony and most bedrooms also offer views of the ocean. Great villa for a family holiday and children under 12 stay free. Villa rental comes with housekeeping and chef.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Resort

The villas are located on Silhouette Island (a marine national park, that is regarded as one of the most important biodiversity sanctuaries of the Indian Ocean), 30 kilometers from Mahe, the main island where the international airport is situated. A 40 minute boat ride or a short helicopter flight from the main island of Mahe, Silhouette island is known for its dramatic mountain peaks, rich cultural heritage and unique biodiversity.

Only steps from the idyllic palm fringed beach, all of the stunning Villas at The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Resort offer spectacular views, luxury amenities, wireless internet access and spacious living areas. Various villa types (some with plunge pools) offer great accommodation for couples and families of 2 adults and 2 children.
There are also plenty of activities with a fitness centre, PADI dive centre, spa and a total of 7 restaurants.

We hope you have enjoyed our Top 10 and look forward to your feedback!

Top 10 Mauritius Villas of 2011

Reflecting on this year we have seen new trends and wanted to share with you our portfolio’s top 10 Mauritius villas and apartments for rental in 2011.

A hugely successful trend in Mauritius for accommodation is the wide range of brand new luxury beach apartments and penthouses on offer. These beachfront properties are making a refreshing change to the hotel and also enhancing to the Mauritius experience by enabling guests to live like a local and get outside the tourist zones. All the apartments are newly built, privately owned and managed by professional teams for housekeeping, security and concierge. This year has seen the opening of such apartments each corner of Mauritius and the uptake has been beyond our expectation and the feedback is positive. The guests appreciate the privacy, style and service whether on holiday with the family, business trip or an extended stay.

This year has also seen the opening of many top luxury private villas with chefs, butlers and maids and the uptake has been excellent. Some beachfront villas are newly built by private owners, some are boutique villas run like small luxury hotels fully staffed and others are substantial investment properties on private estates. All offer a home from home top class stay whether you are a group of friends, private wedding party, large family holiday or a corporate retreat.

Luxury Beach Apartments

Cape Point Apartments – Cap Malheureux (north coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1662
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/apartment/cape-point.html

Cape Point has four spacious 3 bedroom apartments and the second floor 4 bedroom offering a high level of comfort and stunning views over the lagoon with the small outer island of Coin de Mire. The swimming pool has a large wooden decking area and a bar pool. Cape Point is located in the exclusive and quiet area of Cap Malheureux and is only five minutes away from the bustling resort of Grand Bay. This property has been a great success for large family reunions and weddings.

Leora Beach Apartments – Tamarin-Black River (west coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1766
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/apartment/leora-beach.html

Brand new for 2011 these first luxury apartments for rental on the west coast were a hit from the moment they were launched in July. Leora Beachfront Apartments are in a stunning location with amazing sea views and private access to the sea within a stylish setting. There are 12 apartments and 2 penthouses of 3 bedrooms each set in four stylish blocks. Nearby are top-rated golf courses, sports clubs and commercial centres with shops and restaurants.

The opening of such apartments in other seaside locations is a welcome addition to what the island offers as they offer privacy, style and service required by many clients coming to Mauritius on business or for an extended stay.  It is also ideal for families, groups of friends and small corporate groups looking for an alternative to the luxury resorts.

Luxury Villas

Villa Athenee – Poste Lafayette (east coast Mautitius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1663
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/luxury-villa/villa-athenee.html

A firm favourite year on year, this 5 bedroom beachfront pool villa is stylish and spacious; a real home from home. Guests appreciate the ambience of the villa, deck, pool and lovely soft sand of the beach as well as the delicious cooking provided by Marie-Josee. Excellent choice for a group of friends or large family.

Villas Hermes – Belle Mare (east coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1496
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/luxury-villa/villa-hermes.html

Villas Hermes 2 with its 5 bedrooms can be rented along with Villa Hermes 1 with 4 bedrooms. A popular villa on the finest beach of Belle Mare and right near One&Only St Geran. All bedrooms are ensuite and air-conditioned. The outside covered terrace leads to a spacious lawn overlooking the powder beach and quiet bay. Great for families with small children as well as groups of friends. Well located near several top golf courses and 5 star hotels these villas are a long time favourite of our clients. The staff show a love and dedication in their housekeeping and cooking and offer a truly authentic Mauritius holiday experience.

La Boiserie- Mont Choisy (north coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1085
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/beach-bungalow/villa-boiserie.html

This well positioned charming 4-bedroom villa with guest cottage
sleeps up to 8 adults and 2 children and boasts a beautifully maintained front garden, laid out to lawn and sand, leading to a covered wooden gazebo for dining and  overlooking the beach and beautiful blue bay of Mont Choisy. Its location its great for sea sports enthusiasts with the  Blue Water Diving Centre and the Big Game Fishing Centre (Le Corsaire )just 75 metres away. This villa has been very popular for large family groups with small children.

Le Jardin des Salines- Black River (west coast)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1525
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/beach-bungalow/jardin-des-salines.html

Built along the beach of a large family estate off the beaten track on this fabulous peninsula close to Black River and Le Morne, these stylish villas ticked all the boxes. With 3 bedrooms, spacious beachfront private pool, on a lovely beach and with great homemade Mauritius cooking.

Villa Tiara-Poste Lafayette (east coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1700
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/exclusive-villa/villa-tiara.html

Stunning beachfront  Villa Tiara has welcomed many of our guests this year. A luxury stay in this boutique villa is with service chef, butler, housekeeping 24/7, own private heated pool, hamman/sauna and gym. The villa can accommodate 12 adults and additional children. It can be rented on bed and breakfast, half board and all inclusive. Along with sister Villa Almira the Sankhara villas can accommodate up to 18 adults plus 6 additional beds.

Villa Almira-Poste Lafayette (east coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1744
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/exclusive-villa/villa-almira.html

A popular 3 bedroom all ensuite villa with own private pool. A pampered stay for all the guests with butler, chef and housekeeping.

Family groups, golf groups, large private weddings and corporate retreats have enjoyed both Villa Tiara and Villa Almira this year.

Anahita Suites- Anahita (east coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1517
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/hotel/luxury/anahita.html

Beautifully spacious 1,2 and 3 luxury bedroom suites/apartments with breathtaking views of the turquoise lagoon or views of the lush golf course with a stunning mountain backdrop. Superb breakfasts, many complimentary activities and top class restaurants. Well equipped gym, variety of sports activities and a relaxing spa. OurSpace children’s club and Teen’s club.  The Anahita Golf Course benefits in as many ways as possible from its beautiful, natural setting. You have spectacular rocky outcrops, large native trees and jaw-dropping views of the mountains and Indian Ocean.
“The 18th hole is one of the most impressive in the world” – Ernie Els

With the offers available at Anahita and the huge range of top level facilities we are always happy to recommend the resort to our clients.

Heritage Villas – Bel Ombre (south west coast Mauritius)
http://www.villasdemaitre.com/hotelinfo.asp?SupplierID=1689
http://www.elegantdestinations.com/mauritius/villa/hotel-villa/heritage-villas.html

Open this year for rental these spacious 2,3 and 4 bedroom villas overlooking the ocean and the 18 hole golf course of Bel Ombre. Guests staying here have relaxed and been spoilt. Whether golfers or not there has been plenty to do with free access to the C Beach Club, restaurants, bars, spa and sports facilities of  hotels, Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa and Heritage Awali Golf & Spa.

We hope you have enjoyed our Top 10 and look forward to your feedback!

%d bloggers like this: