“The hike up Le Morne is not for the faint of heart, but well worth the panoramic views one you reach the peak at 555m,” explained Damon N. Page, Area Manager, Indian Ocean, Marriott International and General Manager of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort. In an interview with Page, we discussed the origins of the property, the grandeur of the St. Regis Villa, his favourite dishes and drinks, signature treatments at the Iridium Spa and much more.
Tell me a little bit about the history and location of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts are known for delivering unrivaled luxury, bespoke service and refined elegance at the best addresses in the world. The St. Regis Mauritius is no exception. Situated on the southwest side of the island, we located on the Le Morne Peninsula, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are nestled the Indian Ocean with a 1km stretch of beach & Le Morne Branbant Mountain.
With regard to luxury accommodations, what makes the St. Regis Villa the most unique private villa on the island?
The St. Regis Villa which is a 1659sqm haven. It encompasses 4 bedrooms, formal & casual living rooms, a dining room for 12 persons, a personal gym, office, an outdoor BBQ area and infinity pool. Three of the four bedrooms have a private plunge pool. A dedicated team, including butler, chef, security & housekeeping are at your service for the duration of your stay and can arrange for any whim that you desire. There is no bigger 4 bedroom villa on the island.
What are some of the speciality dining options available to guests, and what are some of your favorite dishes across the board?
The St. Regis Mauritius Resort has an award-winning culinary team with our Executive Chef leading the brigade across 5 restaurant venues.
- Le Manoir Dining Room: Our breakfast venue and for dinner offers and array of international cuisine, with an emphasis on French & Mauritian cuisine. You must try the Crème brulee.
- The Boathouse Bar & Grill: Adjacent to the beach offers the freshest seafood and steak options. Begin with an aperitif at the bar at sunset, then move across to the restaurant where the Palm Heart Salad starter and any Main Course with tuna is exceptional!
- Floating Market: Our Pan-Asian restaurant is lead by Chef Van, from Vietnam. I can’t decide between the Miso Glazed Catch of the Day or the Lemongrass Chili Lamb Loin!
- Atsuko: Japanese fine dining in a pristine setting. You must try the Wagyu Sushi Roll, Karashi Sake (broiled salmon with mustard) and Buta (the most tender pork cooked in a ceramic griller).
- Simply India: In my opinion the best Indian restaurant on the island! It features all of Indians regions with dishes you wouldn’t normally see elsewhere. Pindi Cholay, Nehari E Kalas and Shammi Shikampuri.
Lastly, we have something very unique on the island: the Chef’s Table. Literally in the kitchen with the chef, a sophisticated 6-course meal is prepared and presented for an interactive experience. The dessert is made right before your eyes, and I can’t explain it, but it is a work of art!
At the Iridium Spa, what would you recommend guests seeking a more unique, signature treatment?
The Iridium Spa highlights using indigenous ingredients to highlight the benefits bountiful products. Cardamom & coffee body scrub or a honey body wrap. There is also a holistic approach in our wellness offering. We have the following teachers and facilitators available at The Iridium Spa: Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Ocean Somatics and of course, massage. For Massages, our two signature treatments are Iridium Touch and Kitesurfers Respite.
What other experiences and activities might guests be able to organize while staying at the St. Regis Mauritius Resort to enjoy the area more broadly?
Aside from the water sports activities available at the Resort—kayak, SUP, sailing, snorkelling are all complimentary. Two activities not to miss are the dolphin trip, not even a 20 minute boat ride from the resort and just outside the lagoon, you will see pods of dolphins and for those that are more adventurous can swim with them! As well, the hike up Le Morne is not for the faint of heart, but well worth the panoramic views one you reach the peak at 555m. It is approximately a 2 hour hike to the top.