I found Laurent Gerard, my other favourite barman, at Prime, the steakhouse that has acquired an ultra-modern, industrial aesthetic. Prime, open for dinner only, offers rare vintages and sustainable wines from around the world, as well as rum infusions that taste like more. Head chef Vikash Coonjan buys locally wherever possible and draws on his Mauritian roots to prepare tasty dishes for guests.
The overwater restaurant Tapasake completes the evening-dining offering. It has a particularly romantic setting — next to the lagoon and away from the main resort area. The restaurant’s open kitchen showcases a contemporary Asian tapas bar where guests and visitors can enjoy sushi, teppanyaki, batayaki, and tandoor in the tapas style.
Next year the resort will be unveiling private residences, each with their own pool, for those regulars like me who never wish to leave. These will be located on what used to be the golf course, and will feature a full suite of amenities and resort services for guests to enjoy the Mauritian life, One&Only style.
One&Only Le Saint Géran’s attraction always been underpinned by its unsurpassed location on this private peninsula, its unrivalled views, and its legendary staff. The resort has now increased its appeal to modern travellers with new dining concepts, impressive public spaces, and beautifully designed suites and villas.
The high rainfall during the first quarter of 2018 will no doubt have done much to rejuvenate the resort’s landscaped gardens, which suffered during the construction period. The ducks had not returned to their regular poolside spot, and the grey-crowned crane was not walking his usual beat along the stream that leads to the spa. No doubt, like loyal guests, they will soon return.