The Most Remarkable Place on Earth
Delve into the famed artistic heritage of Mauritius, celebrating the island’s diverse languages, religions, ethnicities and cultural traditions. Your journey begins with a private audience with celebrated artist and collector, Salim Currimjee, at his gallery in the capital Port Louis, where you will learn more about the island’s artistic past and present, view pieces by contemporary artists, and enjoy an exclusive presentation of Salim’s own work. Following the tour, lunch will be served in the grounds of a beautiful French colonial mansion in the heart of the capital. Built in 1853, the property has been lovingly restored to its former glory as a private house, open exclusively to guests of One&Only Le Saint Géran.
Allow Michele Giraudo, our Hotel Manager, PADI Divemaster and accredited SSI Shark Ecology specialist, to introduce you to our captivating Indian Ocean neighbours. Michele has been diving with sharks for the last ten years, and knows just where to go for the optimum experience. On-board our luxury Legend 33 speedboat you’ll head out to Fosse aux Requins (Shark Pit) and The Cathedral dive spot for a chance to meet up to fifty Grey Reef and White Tip Sharks, up close in crystal clear waters. After two tank dives in these incredible environments, you’ll enjoy a relaxing picnic on one of the spectacular and secluded nearby beaches.
Get ready for a full day of island fun, from a morning on the ocean to an evening on the shore. Your adventure begins on the jetty, where you’ll board our 55-foot Big Game Fishing boat and sail off to uncover where the best deep-sea treasures await. After the excitement of the morning, your afternoon calls for some indulgent restoration, with a blissful experience at the One&Only Spa. Feeling brand new, a sunset celebration awaits, enjoying beautiful acoustic music around our crackling One Bonfire and enjoying the freshly grilled spoils of your morning at sea.
Amateur chefs and foodies - this is the one for you! Along with our Celebrity Executive Chef Marc de Passorio, you’ll head out to the vibrant Flacq Market to fill up your shopping bag with colourful local groceries and delicacies. On your return, Marc will take you for a small detour to see what delights the fishermen have in store. Then it’s back to resort, to begin cooking up a storm under his expert guidance, while our Sommelier leads you through the perfect wine selection. Then of course, the pièce de résistance - sit down, enjoy the fruits of your labour, and reflect on your day of discovery.
Leave your own lasting legacy in Mauritius as you help build a model of the mighty ‘Le Saint Géran’ vessel, to be held in the island’s Marine Museum. Immortalised in Bernardin de St-Pierre’s famous novel, ‘Paul et Virginie’, the naval ship belonging to the French East India Company wrecked just off our coastline in 1744. One&Only Le Saint Géran have commissioned a replica in partnership with the museum, where construction is taking place over the course of a year. You will be able to add your own personalised piece, sign our exclusive Visitor Book, and will receive a small model of a traditional pirogue that you can personalise in the atelier – a lovely memento of your experience.
Hit the road to explore the sights of our beautiful island, with the wind in your hair and a rather expert guide! One&Only Le Saint Géran’s own General Manager, Charles de Foucault, teams up with Harley Davidson Mauritius to offer you an exclusive tour on two wheels, filled with his personal insights, favourite places, and memories. A Harley enthusiast, Charles has been riding since 1999 when he lived in California: “My first experience on a Harley was riding from Laguna Beach to Yosemite National Park, we spent a whole week on the road and I was hooked! Months later I had my own Softail Deuce which I kept for 10 years, moving it from Los Angeles to Korea to Bahrain and India.” These days, Charles favours a custom red Dyna Switchback, and relishes the opportunity to get out and share his passion with our guests.
Kit your little ones out with a unique fashion statement that will remind them of their time here at One&Only Le Saint Géran. Every Monday our talented seamstress is resident at the KidsClub, ready to create personalised couture. Select from our vast range of stunning African prints and, in consultation with our team, you can design a bespoke dress, romper, or two-piece item. Just a few days later your ensemble will be hand-made and ready for a final fitting, in preparation for the much-loved ‘Kid’s Couture Fashion Show’.
Encounter first-hand some of the planet’s most successful conservation work as you head into the wilds of the island with your very own eco-ranger from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). Crossing valleys and protected nature reserves, climbing waterfalls and gorges in search of epic views, you’ll uncover indigenous flora and fauna, including the Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Kestrel and even giant Aldabra tortoises. Along with the Echo Parakeet, these particular bird species have been rescued from the brink of extinction, and are a testament of the islands incredible preservation efforts – a true delight to see, up-close, wild and free.
Discover the hidden corners and celebrated icons of Port Louis during this 3-hour ‘off the beaten path’ walking tour. Your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you on the history and traditions of every area as you explore the streets and old workshops of the city. You’ll also have the chance to taste some local delights, showcasing the diverse Creole, Indian, Chinese and African culinary influences.
Let the history of ‘Old Port Louis’ come to life on this 3-hour walking and boat tour around the city’s harbour. As well as exploring the storied streets and taking in the port from the unique perspective of the water, you’ll enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Aapravasi Ghat museum, a testament to half a million immigrants who were processed there between 1849 and 1923, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and archaeological wonder.
Since the launch of the Porlwi Festival in December 2015, the capital has become a playground for the island’s established and emerging artists. The result is a blend of diverse, inspirational street art that captivates you as you explore decorated paths throughout the city. After the delightful and informative walking tour has concluded (approximately 2 – 2.5-hours) you will be taken to the striking Citadelle Fort to enjoy a cocktail aperitif and take in the sunset over beautiful Port Louis.