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One&Only Le Saint Géran - Hotel Overview

On the romantic peninsula of Belle Mare on the north-east coast of Mauritius, One&Only Le Saint Géran is nestled in a tropical garden overlooking white sandy beaches and the magnificent lagoon. Its name is inspired from the Saint Géran shipwreck site nearby which immortalised “Paul et Virginie” in the novel by Bernardin de Saint- Pierre. Accommodation is sumptuous and reflects the Dutch and French colonial influences with European comfort and style.The luxurious and comfortable rooms feature a terrace or balcony offering breathtaking views of the lagoon and sea.

The cuisine at One&Only Le Saint Géran is a discovery and experience of culinary delight. La Terrasse serves buffets, light meals and even organic dishes. Rasoi by Vineet features the exciting show kitchen of its Michelin-starred chef. He will amaze you and titillate your taste buds with his modern-Indian flavours.  Prime is a sleek dining venue that displays a refined and decadent menu. There is an array of complementary water sports to choose from and golf fanatics can practice their swing at the lush nine-hole golf course, designed by Gary Player. The One&Only Spa is a sanctuary for holistic treatments and massage therapies.

Room types at One&Only Le Saint Géran

Ocean Suite

Room Occupancy 2+1

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Each spacious Ocean Suite has a separate roomy lounge, private dining room and two secluded terraces lead off the sumptuous master bedroom. Inside, plush upholstered sofas offer comfortable seating, while the draped curtains and sliding shutters frame the grand bay windows. Many Ocean Suites are connected to a Junior Suite, making it an excellent choice for families.


Villa

Room Occupancy 5

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A dedicated Villa Host is on hand 24-hours a day, supported by a team of valets and private chef. With two spacious bedrooms, The Villa is hidden in a peaceful corner of our Mauritian estate. Reminiscent of a classical island home, it boasts clear views of the Indian Ocean beyond the swimming pool and terrace. A fully-fitted kitchen and spacious living/dining room equipped with premium quality china, crystal and silverware are ideal for entertaining a small group or for a private romantic dinner.

 

 

 


Ocean Suite Family

Room Occupancy 2+3

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Each of the 4 spacious Family 2-Room Ocean Suites benefits from 2 en-suite bedrooms as well as a separate roomy lounge including a dining area and three secluded terraces facing the Indian Ocean. These accommodations are perfect for a family holiday. They have a sumptuous master bedroom with King-size bed and a second bedroom with Queen-size beds.  Inside, plush upholstered sofas offer comfortable seating, while the draped curtains and sliding shutters frame the grand bay windows. Both large bathrooms include a dual vanity, private WC, a roomy shower, large bath and special lighting. Located on the ground floor, this is an excellent choice for families (189m²/ 2,034ft² including terraces).

 


Junior Suite Beachfront

Room Occupancy 3

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The resort's 48 Beach Front Junior Suite enjoy a prime location directly facing the ocean and just a few steps away from the beach in Mauritius. The Dutch and French colonial influences as well as the eclectic European comfort and style characterize the Beach Front Junior Suite. Enjoy luxury accommodations at our hotel in Mauritius. From the terrace or the balcony, the view extends over the contrasting white sands and deep blue of the sea, while the interior, dominated by a soft King-size bed or two Queen-size beds, is both intimate and romantic. The dressing room provides ample space to store belongings, while the bathroom includes a dual vanity, private WC, a roomy shower, large bath and special lighting.

 


Junior Suite

Room Occupancy 2+1

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With Dutch and French colonial influences, eclectic European comfort and style characterise the resort’s 100 Junior Suites at our Mauritius hotel. From the terrace, the view extends over the contrasting white sands and deep blue of the sea and the lagoon, while the interior, dominated by a soft King-size bed or two Queen-size beds, is both intimate and romantic. The dressing room provides ample space to store belongings, while the bathroom includes a dual vanity, private WC, a roomy shower, large bath and special lighting.

 

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Hotel Restaurants

PRIME

This sleek and sexy dining venue brings a new dimension of culinary sophistication to Mauritius. The Contemporary Grill. offers an exceptional menu, serving only the finest Australian Angus Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and organic produce. Guests are invited to experience superb cuisine in casually hip, modern surroundings, perfect for evenings of great food, great wine and great conversation. Headlined by the resort’s award-winning culinary team, the decadent menu serves revisited classics with a critical focus on purity, quality and freshness.Dishes will range from Frothy Mushroom Cream Soup with Perigord Truffle to Pan-roasted Rock Lobster and Slow-cooked Wagyu Beef Short Ribs.

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The Grill

The real steakhouse experience comes from The Grill with mouth-watering selections such as an “Toma Hawk” Rib of Beef for two or an Australian Angus Grain-fed Rib Eye. Modern décor adds a chic and stylish atmosphere to the restaurant.

Burnt-orange walls with terracotta undertones, creamy-white leather club chairs and ambient lighting create the perfect backdrop for exceptional dining.

PRIME Lounge, with its cozy wrap-around polished wood bar and signature cocktails, elevates the room’s energized vibe, as chill-out lounge music fuels the fashionably smart ambience within. Serving dinner only. Open 6pm to midnight, Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday).

Rasoi by Vineet

Rasoi by Vineet features the contemporary Indian cuisine of Vineet Bhatia, whose Michelin-starred London Chelsea restaurant was named "Indian Restaurant of the Year" just a year after it opened. Located along the water's edge, the restaurant enjoys a magnificent natural setting, with views of the green sugarcane-clad mountains and the private lagoon. Dining at Rasoi by Vineet is a multi-sensory experience, from the atmospheric tropical fans and bespoke chill-out music to the delectable aromas from the wood-fired oven and open Tandoor. Reservation for lunch and dinner required.

La Terrasse

La Terrasse offers an eclectic variety of local and international specialties, located around the pool and overlooking the Indian Ocean. Breakfast offers a sumptuous buffet featuring eggs cooked to order, waffles/crepes, fresh baked breads, freshly ground coffees and vanilla-flavoured Mauritian tea as well as healthy fare including smoothies and yoghurts. Lunch follows with a choice of fresh local fish and seafood complemented with Asian-inspired specialties. A nightly entertainment accompanies dinner, providing an exceptional voyage of cultural discovery. Table d'hôte menus feature mouth-watering crayfish and prawns straight from the ocean, spicy temptations of home-grown Creole cuisine, and the delicate subtleties of France, India, China and Asia. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The Pool Bar

In the shade of its thatched-roof, The Pool Bar is the ideal watering hole for guests taking a refreshing dip in the pool, or basking in the sun nearby.

By day, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are served around the bar, whilst at night it is a wonderful place to gather and sip cocktails.

Open 9am to 1am.

Golf Club Bar

Drinks, including the 'Green Island Fragrance' cocktail, are available all day, and the lunchtime menu includes sandwiches and salads.

Open 8am to sunset.

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Spa

One & Only Le Saint Géran feeds the body as well as pampering it. The award-winning spa is set in its own private garden of fragrant flowers and shady palms.

The comprehensive menu of ESPA-designed therapies and treatments can be enjoyed. All are based on the elements of Unwind, Balance and Uplift to help relax and cosset. A number of treatments are also available for men and children, the latter include after sun treatments, hair-braiding and mini manicures. The One&Only Spa has its own lap pool, plus a hair salon and a Mani: Pedi: Cure Studio by famed podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez.

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Environment

The serene One&Only Spa is nestled within the resort's abundant tropical landscape overlooking a reflecting pool with ocean views. Dappled sunlight streams through billowing sheers into the spa relaxation room, and shell-encrusted light fixtures are complemented with subtle tones of amber and gold throughout the spa, reflecting the warmth of the island’s spectacular sunsets.

Garden Spa Pavilion

Walk through an exotic garden to reach the unique outdoor spa pavilion suspended over water with idyllic views of gardens, sea and sky. Let the gentle sounds of nature soothe your senses as sublime treatments are dispensed with deft skill.

A truly special experience which can be booked alone or shared with a friend or loved one.

Massage Therapies

Unwind, Restore and Elevate. These are the cornerstones of the One&Only Spa, three distinct pillars around which all spa therapies and treatments are created. Each features its own specialised set of holistic programs designed to guide guests in choosing the experiences best suited to their particular needs…from pure relaxation to unique wellness journeys.

Unwind

In this fast-paced world, it is often difficult to slow down and let our mind, body and soul unwind and relax. The Unwind Programme calms the mind and nerves, easing muscle tension to achieve a sense of deep relaxation and peace. Activities include a variety of spa treatments, meditation, nutrition and yoga.

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Restore

During times of stress, way of lifes can become unhealthy and our bodies may feel sluggish and in need of detoxification. The Restore Programme is designed to cleanse and purify both mind and body, restoring the body's natural equilibrium. A full menu of spa treatments is complemented by cardiovascular exercise and cleansing nutrition.

Elevate

The daily stresses of life often lower our energy levels, leaving us feeling emotionally drained and creating a sense of fatigue. The Elevate Programme can be experienced through body massage, energising fitness and nutrition. Focus is given to pressure points and energy centres of the body resulting in a sense of wellbeing and vitality. Enjoy individually or as a series, spa treatments include a variety of scrubs, wraps, baths and sun treatments.

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Sport & Leisure Activities

From Express core classes and yoga to beach volleyball and water-skiing, Le Saint Géran offers a wide array of activities. A morning scuba dive. Putting with the golf pro on the Gary Player designed golf course, or honing skills on the tennis courts.. Enthusiastic and highly trained staff attend to the specific interests of each guest. Children are cared for in the enriching and engaging KidsOnly Club. Guests are offered several complimentary activities during their stay including unlimited water-skiing, Hobie Cats, kayaks, snorkeling, glass bottom boat trips and more. Also offered complimentary are green fees at the Gary Player-designed 9-hole course located on the resort's grounds, play on the synthetic grass tennis courts, and access to a dynamic KidsOnly Club for all children ages 4 to 11 years.

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Fitness Centre

Be inspired in your journey to fitness and wellbeing; guide you on how to achieve your goals and support you in maintaining active lifestyles. The combination of a dedicated fitness team and exquisite training environment makes the fitness and wellbeing experience at One&Only Le Saint Géran truly special. The fitness environment includes a Fitness Centre fully equipped with Technogym® Excite and Personal Selection ranges (including Kinesis™, Flexability™ and the Wellness System™), a mind/body pavilion and an 18m lap pool. A great fitness centre, a choice of classes including yoga, pilates, tai chi and an exceptional Youth Fitness Programme, which includes swimming lessons, Kids Bootcamp as well as healthy cooking classes, not to mention a golf academy at the nine-hole Gary Player-designed course.

Health and Fitness Packages

After a fitness consultation, your personal trainer will help you find the perfect balance of physical activity to suit your needs and goals using a variety of modalities.

Two packages are available:

  • Kick Start Personal Training Package (4 hours)
  • The Complete Personal Training Package (7 hours)

Tennis

Surrounded by the lagoon and palm trees - and illuminated for night play, too - five synthetic grass courts are available anytime day or night. The resort's tennis pro is also available for individual coaching.

Water sports

Complimentary water sports abound at One&Only Le Saint Géran, with the calm waters of the cove providing ideal conditions for kayaks, pedal boats, banana-boat and tube rides, as well as complimentary water-skiing; and the coral-sea lagoon on the ocean side offering exceptional snorkeling, windsurfing, Hobie Cats, mono-hull Lasers, and small-game fishing.

Mauritius is paradise for watersports, and some of the world's most prominent names in water sports have found a home at One&Only Le Saint Géran.

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Guests may choose to perfect their skills - or simply learn a new sport - at The John Battleday Water-ski and Wakeboard Academy (JBWA) or VIP Kite & Stand Up Paddle (SUP) School, both offering novice to advanced instruction for a fee. The vast white sand beach, beautiful flat water lagoon and challenging reef waves make the resort the finest kite surfing destination on the island. All water sports are offered complimentary, with the exception of kite surfing, JBWA instruction, fishing, parasailing adventures, stand up paddle and banana boat, tube and speedboat rides, which are available for a nominal price.

Golf

The lush Gary Player 9-hole, par-33 course, complete with its own clubhouse and One&Only Golf Academy, offers complimentary green fees for guests. Instruction for players of any level is available at the One&Only Golf Academy, from intensive training with video analysis, to fine-tuning game play on the practice range followed by 9 holes with the pro, to a fun day on the greens with the whole family. Tee times can be booked at the Hugh Baicchi-designed 18-hole Legend course nearby.

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Kids Facilities & Kids Club

KidsOnly is a fully supervised club for children ages 4-11 years. The complimentary club offers a range of daily programmes and age-appropriate activities between the hours of 10am and 10pm. Daily supervised themed activity programmes are adapted to all age groups with a focus on discovery, education, local culture, nature, sports, arts and crafts.

The KidsOnly Club is a shipwreck theme following the original Le Saint Géran story with sails, wood plank walls, barrels and centre post to simulate ship elements. There are games, arts and crafts area; a computer room featuring four slim Apple iMacs, printing facilities and Wi-Fi access; a movie room equipped with seventh generation video game systems and the latest games for all ages; plus a colorful Toddler room with dedicated outside sand play area.

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The large exterior playground in the garden features a swimming pool and a kid’s dining area. A variety of exciting themed activities, run by our professional KidsOnly counselors await all our young guests and their families for a memorable experience. Children under four years old must always be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Baby-sitters are available at a nominal charge. Dressed as mini-gardeners and equipped with watering cans, children aged 4-11 can explore and discover local flora through the Summer in the Garden programme.

With instruction from the resident gardener and under supervision of the KidsOnly Coordinator, children are invited to indulge in an afternoon of gardening and discovery at the resort’s herb garden.

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Hotel Facilities

  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Wifi
  • Telephone
  • Tea Coffee Service
Activities
  • Beach volley
  • Tennis
  • Spa
  • Fitness
  • Golf

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Location

One&Only Le Saint Géran - Tripadvisor Reviews

What to Do in the Hotel's Region

Golf - East

Mauritius has a long experience as long as golf is concerned. Indeed, this sport was introduced in 1844, under the British rule, thus becoming the third country in the world to be introduced to golf.

Mauritius has set itself the objective of becoming the best golf destination in the Indian Ocean, and gradually a worldwide reference. It is worth mentioning that, in 2008, the country was the Golf Destination of the Year title by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGRO).

What to Do in the East

Today, Mauritius hosts eight 18-hole golf courses, as well as five 9-hole golf courses, most of them being situated within hotel resorts along the coastline. Most of them have been designed by famous golf course designers like Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els and Rodney Wright.

Golf courses have certified instructors, and all the materials like golf balls, clubs, caddies and carts can be hired. For those who wish to try their hand, private golf lessons are also available.

The unique thing about golf in Mauritius is that it can be practised under optimal conditions in breathtaking background scenery of gorgeous mountains and beaches that surround most of the golf courses.

Kitesurf East

Although a lot of people are not aware of it, kite-surfing has its roots as far back as the early 1800s, but was formalized in the mid 1990s. It is often described as a mixture of different water and flying sports like windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing and paragliding.

Mauritius, with its wide lagoons and South East Trade winds offers all the required ingredients for a thrilling kite surfing adventure. Mauritian waters offer opportunities both to beginners and experienced kite surfers; it is thus seeing more visitors choosing the destination for its kite surfing opportunities.

What to Do in the East

The country now counts 8 registered kite surf schools and rentals. As most water sports, these services are usually available within hotel premises, but are not limited exclusively to the hotel’s customers. Moreover, these schools main instructors have got the International Kiteboarding Organisation certification. These schools also offer kiteboard rental either per day or per week. The equipment is of international standards and regularly updated. Some schools also offer downwind and lagoon crossing trips for small groups interested in surfing around the island. However, they have to be booked well in advance for logistics reasons.

Even if experienced kite surfers are tempted to just go with the flow, it is advisable to have all necessary information, so as to know where the best spots are, what is the best time of the year and what are the precautions needed on specific spots.

When?
Since water temperature will not go below 20°C, there is no unsuitable season for kite surfing. Even the winds make it possible to kite surf all year round. However, during the months of June to January, winds can get very strong.

Where in the East?
The advantage with the East coast, including the South East coast is that the kite surf spots there are adapted for all levels, the best period being from April to November. Spots in this region include Belle Mare, Pointe d'Esny and Blue Bay spots. Shallower spots are also available in Poste Lafayette, La Colombiere, Trou d’Eau Douce and L’ile aux Cerfs. The main drawback of this region however is that the lagoons are irregular in depth, and coral patches can thus be a hazard. Moreover, there are several passes in this region, with strong currents that can pull the kiters outside the lagoon. It is thus advisable to kite well inside the lagoon in this region.

Horse Riding East

Horseback riding is definitely not new to Mauritians, nor Mauritius. The least one can say is that it is a sport deeply rooted in the traditions of the country. The fact that we find here the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere is proof enough of that. The passion of horse racing is shared by (almost) all Mauritians. And that, irrespective of their ethnicity or social class...

But horseback riding is not practiced only on the Champ de Mars racecourse. There are quite a few equestrian centers on the island. You can most definitely stroll down the wide (and white) sandy beaches of the island on horseback. With the lapping waves in the background, you can enjoy the sun and scenery as a bonus. During the day, the sportiest and most experienced can also take a dip in the sea with their horses! This is a unique experience that can only leave you with good memories. In the evening, enjoy the sunset as you stroll quietly, alone, with your partner or your family.

What to Do in the East

The beach is not your favorite playground ? Well, you can also enjoy horse riding in lush vegetation on beautiful domains at the heart of the island. Some even extend over 2,000 hectares. You can also find equestrian centers in various localities of the island.

In the East
One of the largest domain of the island is located on the east coast. You can ride for more or less an hour and a half in a breathtaking scenery that will make you see Mauritius in a new angle. The icing on the cake? A whole bunch of activities and services are available for those accompanying the riders !

Ile Aux Cerfs Island

Tucked away in the secluded Eastern Coast of Mauritius, the renowned Ile aux Cerfs Island or literally known as Deer Island is a haven of relaxation, fun and entertainment. The island is spread over a lush vegetation of 100 hectares and is visited by tourists and locals due to its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and with a wide range of activities.

What to See in the East

Known also for its best snorkeling areas, Ile aux Cerfs has beautiful coral reef teeming with a vibrant marine life where you can enjoy the rich underwater world. You do not have to be a good swimmer or diver to discover the realm of the marine ecosystem. You can try the underwater sea walk where you will have the chance to feed the beautiful fishes. Or simply try the thrilling parasailing to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the incredible Island and turquoise lagoon.

Also the island consists of many facilities such as small market, bathrooms, restaurants and also a five-star hotel with a golf course designed by the famous golf player Bernhard Lange. The course covers 38 hectares on the southern half of the Ile aux Cerfs Island with the holes snaking up and down the length of the island, boasting naturally undulating topography, volcanic rock outcrops, lakes and gullies, and a variety of tropical trees and plants.

Ile Aux Aigrettes

What to See in the East

The virgin nature sanctuary of exotic and indigenous species, Ile aux Aigrettes - a tiny coral island (26 hectares) just off the Southern Coast of Mauritius is a nature reserve under the supervision of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The island is a natural museum and home to many endemic and native animal and plant species.

Its flora is mainly composed of coastal ebony forest and strand scrub vegetations. There are 97 known introduced plant species on the island, and 28 are considered as major weeds. Pink Pigeons, Mauritius Fodies and Mauritius Olive White-eyes have also been reintroduced, along with the Aldabra Giant Tortoises (to replace the extinct giant tortoise species once found here). The beautiful endemic Ornate Day Gecko Phelsuma ornata still occurs on the island naturally. Captive Mauritius Fruit Bats can also be viewed on the island for educational and awareness purposes.

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation solely manages and conducts tours. The usual tours take between 1½ and two hours and start from Pointe Jérome, around 250m Southeast of Le Preskîl hotel. Longer 'eco tours' of two to 2½ hours are also available. These allow you more time on the island and let you meet some members of the scientific teams working there. Tours involve a good deal of walking; wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen and water. At the end of the tour you can visit a small museum and shop.

Domaine De L’etoile

Domaine de L’Etoile is a huge private nature reserve extending over 1200 hectares of lush green forests and dense valleys. It has kept the island’s most spectacular panorama, indigenous forests, and bountiful valleys. This splendid reserve invites nature lovers to rejuvenate in the Eastern part of the island.

What to See in the East

Expect exciting adventure moments such as the giant zip line course of 3,500 meters where you will get to see the breathtaking views, along with thrilling quad and buggy drive, horse riding, hiking and archery.

This former sugar domain is one of the most preserved regions in Mauritius boosting indigenous forests rich of several varieties of plants and trees with the famous ancient ebony trees and endemic species. The Domaine also includes crystalline sources and rivers that extend to distant mountains. Its natural environment favors the survival of wild animals, while you will be able to admire deers, boars, monkeys and bats as well as rare species of birds such as the “Cateau Vert” and the “Crescerelle”.

Head to the serene area of the restaurant where you will have the chance to savour the tantalising dishes with the genuine flavours of the local cuisine.

Belle Mare Beach

What to See in the East

The Belle Mare beach is located in the secluded Eastern part of Mauritius. The beach has fine white sand fringed with lush casuarinas trees and is considered as one of the longest beaches in Mauritius.

It stretches from the Belle Mare village to the south till the village of Trou dÈau Douce.

The enticing Belle Mare beach has many top-end resorts and villas due to its incredible location and features.

Its shallow bay and crystal clear sea water has undoubtedly attracted many locals and tourists as well. You can relax, and sun bath or swim in the southern part of the beach, where you can practice a range of water activities such as snorkelling.

Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin and mako shark which are pretty much popular in this eastern part. Belle Mare also serves as a convenient base camp for a trek to 1,575-foot Lion Mountain, where sweeping views reward those who make the challenging hike to its peak.

Blue Bay Beach

Located in the South Eastern Coast of Mauritius, just some 15 minutes from the international airport, Blue Bay beach is an idyllic relaxing hideaway to get sunburn. The beach is very renowned for its best preserved marine ecosystem, incredibly serene ambiance, and shimmering emerald blue water.

What to See in the East

The protected Marine park offers a great spot for glass bottom boat tours, diving and snorkeling. Take the chance to explore the rare beauty of the striking aquatic species, as the bay is a shallow haven of coral and colourful fish in all shapes and forms.

The Blue Bay beach can be somehow packed with many people picnicking during weekends, providing you a chance to mingle with the friendly locals. In addition, you will find plenty of snack food outlets offering tasty local food, or if you are craving for some other kind of cuisines, then there are many nearby restaurants available. But if you want some lone and tranquil time, then you can also visit the gorgeous Pointe Désny beach, where you can sunbathe, and relax.

Blue Bay Marine Park

What to See in the East

The Blue Bay Marine Park is a Protected Area situated in the South Eastern Coast of Mauritius. This marine park extends over 353 hectares (3.5 km2) where you can find a diverse and rich fauna and flora especially the corals, mainly for a brain coral of diameter 6-7metres, with 108 of coral, 233 fish species, and 201 species of mollusks.

Besides, it also consists of mangroves, algae, sea grasses, corals, and other marine organisms. Different fish species include Damselfish, Surgeonfish, Butterfly-fish, juvenile Sailfin tangs, as well as tiny Pipefish and large Trumpet fish.

The marine park is an idyllic diving and snorkeling spot, as there is crystal clear water which offers great visibility with an average depth of 5.5m.

This area has the most vibrating marine ecosystem which has been well preserved. With a great view of the reef, fish and of large selection of corals, the Blue Bay Marine Park is a true haven to feast your eyes with the ocean beauty. There are also glass bottom trips where you will have the same privilege access but without getting drenched.

Mahebourg Historical Naval Museum

The Mahebourg Historical Naval Museum pays tribute to the 1810 battle naval of the Vieux Grand Port which lasted several days and was a great attempt by the British to conquer the island. It ended in defeat for the British and both sides suffered heavy casualties. The French victory is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

At that time the museum was a hospital which catered for the injured commanders both of the French and English fleets for treatments. The story of the victory is retold in the museum, along with salvaged items - cannons, grapeshot and the all-important wine bottles - from the British frigate Magicienne, which sank in the battle.

What to See in the East

The museum occupies three floors, where two of which are accessible to the public. On the ground floor wreckage of sailing ships that took part in the Grand Port battle, original cannon, cannonball, paintings and swords and weaponry of Robert Surcouf, the eighteenth-century corsair, popularly known as the king of the Corsairs. A large relief map shows the complicated reefs of Vieux Grand Port where the great battle took place. The bell, recovered from the wreckage of the St Geran which sunk off the east coast in 1744, is also on display. There is an interesting newspaper cutting of Charles Seabourne, who with survivors from the ship Trevessa, landed at Bel Ombre in the south in 1923 after spending 25 days at sea. On display are the ship's biscuits, a razor and the lid of a cigarette tin which they used to measure water rations. In a separate showcase is a Roll of Honour dedicated to Mauritians who died in World War II.

On the first floor are Labourdonnais' four-poster bed, two palanquins or wooden sedan-type chairs, which were borne by slaves to convey their masters through the country and a collection of coins, curios, model sailing ships and early maps, labelled in French and English.

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