Cape Town - If you're dreaming of a once-in-a-lifetime escape to Mauritius, our advice to you is to wait until late 2017...
That's because the idyllic One&Only Le Saint Géran resort on the north-eastern coast of Mauritius has announced its plans for an exciting rebirth of the beloved resort.
The resort will close in February 2017 for an extensive renovation, and will re-emerge late 2017, retaining what guests have always loved – a sense of exclusive privacy on its own private peninsula.
All of the restaurants will be redesigned, introducing additional outdoor dining and new dining concepts including a pan Asian experience complete with sushi bar.
Although the One&Only's Le Saint Géran will be the perfect retreat on the island... it's definitely worth it to venture out of the resort and explore the island, regardless of when the One&Only revamp concludes.
Delicious Mauritius offers fantastic respite for South Africans, and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA)'s recently released Mauritius 2016 Winter Calendar will make you crave a #WinterEscape across the Indian Ocean.
July is focussed on getting out and exploring the island on foot. Trekking, trails and marathons are on the menu when athletes and adrenaline junkies flock to the mountainous landscapes of the island – some covering as long a distance as 100km on foot.
As winter draws to a close, August again will bring to the island gastronomic feast fit for a king, or any self-respecting foodie, with festivals and gatherings offering up the finest in local cuisine, creole cooking, international chefs and tastings of the very best of Mauritian rum from across the land.
And don't be fooled into thinking that Mauritius is only for couples in love... Tails of a Mermaid traveller Natalie Roos recently listed the island as a "fabulous" destination for solo travellers. "As long as you’re not heartbroken or prone to fits of tears when seeing happy, in love couples, I think you’ll find that Mauritius has a lot to offer the solo traveller," she says.
SEE: Solo travelling the Indian Ocean islands
If you love Mauritius enough to live there, the One&Only Le Saint Géran resort will also be introducing private residences for guests who want to make the resort home.
Secluded villas with their own pool will be introduced with a full suite of amenities and resort services for Residents to enjoy the Mauritian life. Check out what's living like on Le Saint Géran:
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